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Ladies...
Max and I got our hands on a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We figured we should probably play it because people like to watch men get sweaty in videogames or whatever. Anyway, we recorded this the day after Max's birthday, so we were both pretty hungover, which served to exacerbate our lack of shooter skill and the incoherence of our jokes. Enjoy.

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No Share Play

Activision's not playing nice: Call of Duty blocked from PS4 Share Play


One big blocked scene
Nov 06
// Brett Makedonski
Activision's taking one of the most basic social skills that everyone learned in kindergarten and totally disregarding it. The publisher's using its biggest title of the year to be the first, and most prevalant, example of a ...
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COD

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare seems to have a more consistent framerate on Xbox One


Both versions put to the test
Nov 05
// Chris Carter
Digital Foundry has ran a test on the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for both current-gen consoles, and it seems as if they both have their advantages. The PS4 version looks slightly better as the Xbox One edition h...
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CoD community misogyny

Call of Duty dev says community is not misogynistic


Yeah, okay.
Nov 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey has spoke out against the notion that the gaming community is corrosive, telling BBC Newsbeat he and his team has a "pretty low tolerance for toxic behavior" while downplaying its...
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Conan

Conan O'Brien is better at Call of Duty than Frogger


Trying his hand, then losing that hand
Nov 04
// Brett Makedonski
Conan O'Brien, the self-professed "Clueless Gamer," is back for another round with one of the year's biggest videogames. This time, it's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Ever the sharp mind, Conan immediately jumps all over the emotional try-hard "pay respects" scene near the beginning.  Then, he dies a lot. Not from bullets, however -- from ruthless morning commuters.
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Call of Duty

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare channels its inner GoldenEye 007


Has anyone made a 'House of CoDs' joke yet?
Nov 03
// Brett Makedonski
Everyone knows that the best part about GoldenEye was the immense satisfaction of rolling up behind your friends with an RC-P90 and painting the back of their heads with rainbow-colored death. Paintball mode was the bes...
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'F' off

Press F to pay respects: Call of Duty jumps the grave


'F' off
Nov 03
// Steven Hansen
There's a bit in Watch Underscore Dogs where Trench Coat McBall Cap has a sad over his niece's (oh, right, a gruffman not sad about his dead wife, right) grave. After the flashback and his tortured inner monologue&n...

Review: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Nov 03 // Chris Carter
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: Sledgehammer Games (Current-gen) / High Moon Studios (Last-gen)Publisher: ActivisionReleased: November 3, 2014MSRP: $59.99 Ghosts was ultimately a half-measure. While the James Bond-esque satellite kinetic rod cannon was a cool idea, the game didn't really explore futuristic technology as much as augmented existing tech. Advanced Warfare throws any conception of modern-day limitations out the window, and it's that much better for it. The gimmick this time around is the Exo Suit, changing the face of near-future war into that of a super soldier. The suit allows you to jump higher, dash faster, and slam into things with greater strength than ever before. Right off the bat the game feels fresh -- like a faster-paced Call of Duty -- like something the series should have experimented with before this point. Heck, you can even air dash and double-jump -- in a Call of Duty game! Items like the Threat Grenade, which shows a heat-reading of all of the enemies within your field of view really drive the point home that this is not your typical fare, and I love that it feels so different in just about every game mode. You can also do things like flip-up a makeshift riot shield instantly from your suit, cloak, and shoot grenades out of your arm. Frickin' laser beams are also in and are a joy to see in multiplayer. [embed]283217:56181:0[/embed] We've finally come to the point where the franchise can be considered "current-gen" by any standard. While Ghosts was developed primarily for last-generation hardware, the PC, Xbox One, and PS4 versions have the top honors here, and it shows. The faster gameplay really lends itself well to a farther draw-distance and a smoother framerate, and load times are drastically improved. For many, the big draw is the new story, featuring the lovable Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons. Over the course of 15 missions you'll embark upon a journey with Spacey as your PMC boss, earning new gear and augmentations for your suit as his character starts to become more and more power hungry. Spacey does not phone it in -- he gives a great, animated performance that's worthy of his top billing, and the campaign is worth playing just for him alone. Of course, the missions themselves are still practically on-rails, which will probably lead many people out there to skip the campaign again in favor of jumping right into multiplayer. With games like the recent Wolfenstein bringing back the glory of open-ended maps, I would have hoped that Advanced Warfare would marry the signature action style with a less linear map layout. If you know what you're getting into, though, it's better than the last three Infinity Ward campaigns. The additional "Exo Survival" mode alongside of the campaign is kind of a throwaway however, hearkening back to the Survival Mode of Modern Warfare 3. It basically pits you and a partner against an increasingly deadly set of wave-based enemies, which is just as dull as it sounds. With no real story or gimmick such as aliens or zombies, there's a very limited amount of enjoyment to be had here. Zombies are said to arrive with the upcoming DLC, but for now you're out of luck. Abbreviated load times are particularly welcome for one new feature for the series -- the pre-game firing range. Gone are the days where you're scared to try guns out of fear of ruining your kill to death ratio. Now you can almost instantly fire up a virtual range to test out your gear in before the vote and countdown ends to give you a better feel of your chosen loadout. Multiplayer once again is the main event, and some interesting changes have been made give Advanced Warfare quite a long shelf-life. In addition to the tried and true Prestige system, "Supply drops" (read: loot) are also in this time around. Now instead of using the same few guns over and over, playing more and completing challenges will earn you unique drops, with new statlines to play with. When coupled with the new training ground between matches, you're actually encouraged to change up your style constantly -- a fresh concept for hardcore fans. I also didn't notice any real balance issues with any of the newer weapons or variants, which is also good news for casual players who still want to remain competitive. My favorite addition is probably the "Uplink" gametype, which is basically futuristic basketball. A round object is thrown onto the battlefield, and two teams have to kill each other for it. Upon grabbing said object you can either throw it or pass it to a teammate, and the ultimate aim is to get it into the floating enemy uplink "goal." Yep, it's a blood sport, and it's a ton of fun. All of the classic modes like Ground War and team deathmatch return as well. The full-on customization "slot" system returns, which lets you change your loadout to your heart's content outside of your basic primary and secondary weapons, and all of those wonderful toys will give you a lot of options. Killstreaks are now customizable this time around, which lets you change the parameters of the same boring old UAV you've played with for years. It's another small mechanic that brings online play forward and makes it ultimately more interesting. Multiplayer takes place across 13 maps, which isn't a lot, but thankfully the futuristic touch changes them up considerably. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare plays it a little too safe with the campaign, but it feels like a real core entry in the series, and will please fans who are jaded after last year's release. While Treyarch is still the king of Call of Duty in my eyes, Sledgehammer Games has shown itself to be more than capable of taking over with its debut entry. Infinity Ward is now the odd man out.
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Exo Squad
After the disappointing Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activision needed fresh ideas, and Sledgehammer was just the developer for the job. Even before it delivered its first game, a weight has been lifted off of Infinity Ward and...

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CoD Advanced Warfare, Dragon Age Inquisition up to 20% off


Yep, it's another CoD
Nov 01
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. If you're a PC gamer questioning why you need to spend the full $59.99 for a purely digital copy of Call of...
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Call of Duty

New leak possibly confirms zombies in Call of Duty: Advance Warfare


Previously, this was Treyarch's signature
Oct 31
// Chris Carter
In the past, Call of Duty development was principally handled by Infinity Ward and Treyarch. I've always preferred the latter, who was able to weave their signature "Nazi Zombies" mode into their games (though I am likin...
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Call of Duty

Yes, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Season Pass is $50 again, comes in four parts


First due in January
Oct 29
// Chris Carter
The three certainties -- death, taxes, and a Call of Duty Season Pass. Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be following the same scheme as recent games in the series, with a $50 S...
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Dictatorsuit

Judge tosses former Panamanian dictator's Call of Duty lawsuit


Manuel Noriega will need to find a new outlet for his time in prison
Oct 29
// Steven Hansen
Earlier this year, Panama's former dictator and friend to the CIA Manuel Noriega sued Activision for the use of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Not for defamation of character for portraying him a murderous badman...
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Call of Duty

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare pre-order deals from best to worst


Xbox owners gets the best pre-order value
Oct 28
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. Updated below now that the game is released! FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. Another year, another Call of Duty installment is upon us.&nbs...
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WARMART

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on sale one day early at Walmart


WARMART
Oct 28
// Steven Hansen
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which we definitely previewed here, yep, it all checks out, will be available to purchase one day in advanced at Warfare, uh, I mean Walmart. Close, close. Select stores will have tournaments a...
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Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare PC requirements haven't advanced much from last year


As always though, this'll take up some space
Oct 20
// Brett Makedonski
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's required PC specs have been released on the game's Steam page, and it turns out that all that power doesn't necessarily change everything -- especially if you use last year's iteration as a b...
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Call of Duty

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is getting a previous-to-current gen upgrade deal


Get the Xbox One and PS4 versions free
Oct 08
// Chris Carter
Activision is doing another "cross-gen" upgrade deal with the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. If you buy the game digitally on PS3 or 360 before March 31st, 2015, you'll net a free copy of the respective current...
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Former Call of Duty director Dave Anthony talks national security


But it's not as scary in context
Oct 03
// Dale North
This article on gamesindustry.biz had me looking away from my computer screen for a second, dazed. Here's a quote from it, pulled from a new Businessweek article featuring some words from Dave Anthony, former Call of Duty&nb...
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Call of Duty

Not a lot looks changed in Call of Duty's 'Power Changes Everything' trailer


Maybe it's meant ironically?
Sep 24
// Brett Makedonski
For a trailer that boldly suggests that "power changes everything," Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sure looks pretty similar to past installments in the franchise. I guess the guys jump higher before using their mega-de...
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Call of Duty

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer has butt slams and more


Seven minute breakdown
Sep 03
// Steven Hansen
If our made up Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview didn't sate your desire for gung ho gunplay, here's a seven minute look at Titanfall's I MEAN THE NEW CALL OF DUTY'S multiplayer.  The butt slams are cool, alon...
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Xbox Live

This George Washington Xbox Live skin is available with a charitable donation


Call of Duty Endowment foundation
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
The Xbox 360 is still getting a steady source of menu skins, and this labor day George Washington menu is no exception. Donations to the Call of Duty Endowment are available at $1, $5, $10, and $20 increments, and any am...
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Call of Duty

No, this Call of Duty Mountain Dew and Doritos promotion isn't fake


Everything about it sure does seem like it's a parody of itself, though
Aug 26
// Brittany Vincent
Mountain Dew and Doritos have teamed up with Activision for the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. With the new "Fuel Up for Battle" promotion, gamers in select markets around the world will have the opportunity to cu...
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Call of Duty skips Wii U

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare won't come to Wii U


Sorry, Nintendo fans
Aug 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Call of Duty will not be coming to Wii U this year, Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey revealed today via Twitter. The decision was Activision's, according to Condrey, leaving Sledgehammer to focus its attenti...
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Okay, this Advanced Warfare Xbox One controller looks rad


$64.99
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Catch that Call of Duty: Advance Warfare Xbox One bundle earlier today? It's a custom system that includes the game and a 1TB HDD for $499.99. The controller is also custom designed, and if you were like me wishing it was available separately well good news! It is. Amazon has it for $64.99.
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Watch the Golden Gate Bridge get destroyed in Advanced Warfare


Okay, those grenades are hecka cool
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Ghosts was a giant disappointment but man Advanced Warfare is looking really good. I'm mostly interested in the multiplayer at this point, but the single-player looks like it will be worth it this time around too.  The latest video for the new Call of Duty focuses on San Francisco, showing off a chase and the eventual destruction of the famous Golden Gate Bridge. 
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Call of Duty console

Microsoft is releasing an exclusive Call of Duty console bundle


1TB HDD
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is getting a special Xbox One bundle later this year, and it comes with some exclusive hardware. For starters, the included HDD is 1TB, which is an upgrade from the 500GB standard model. You'll ...
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Call of Duty

Play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare a day early with the Day Zero Edition


Pre-order for weapons and early access
Aug 11
// Jordan Devore
This week, Activision is making its next major promotional push for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. (Perhaps you read our "preview" or saw the multiplayer trailer.) That can only mean one thing: it's time to talk about pre-or...
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Here's the debut trailer
Activision is offering an in-depth look at multiplayer in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare today during a live event but if you're content with seeing just the basics, this trailer will suffice. With the new exoskeletons, game...

World exclusive Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview

Aug 11 // Kyle MacGregor
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the next game in Activision's acclaimed Call of Duty franchise, a popular first-person shooter series that allows folks to live out fantasies of murdering people in third-world countries. Advanced Warfare eschews the series' traditional settings for a grim future where terrorists strike nuclear reactors on five continents, instantly throwing the world into chaos. Enter Kevin Spacey and his private army of bad men who do bad man things. The story probably isn't too important, though, centering around a Hollywood action movie plot that you'll likely forget within a week. Do you remember anything about the last Transformers movie you saw? I sure don't. I'll venture a guess and say there were some big explosions and cool set-pieces -- which is exactly what you can expect from Advanced Warfare. As the moniker implies, the futuristic first-person shooter is all about pioneering gadgetry like jetpacks, cloaking devices, and hover tanks. You also get to wear power armor called an "exoskeleton," which makes ripping off car doors at their hinges as easy as kicking your co-worker Brett in the shin for no good reason only to then skip away while he languishes in pain. While pretending to play the game I was overcome with feelings of intense jingoism, at one point rising from my chair to shout "U-S-A" repeatedly until an imaginary PR representative restrained and doused me with a fire extinguisher full of Mountain Dew. On other occasions, I found myself remarking on the title's filmic quality and the realistic rendering of Kevin Spacey's jowls.  Once I had my fill of envisioning what the campaign would be like, I moved on to the real meat and potatoes of Call of Duty -- the multiplayer -- where you get to shoot dudes online. I love shooting dudes online. It's the perfect place to exert virtual dominance over others, providing an arena to combat low self-esteem with flagrant displays of teabagging and high-pitched shrieks. My spiritual journey also conjured images of a perk system, which puts newer players at a disadvantage with a more limited set of weapons and upgrades to choose from, while also tricking veterans to keep playing the game with devilish psychological ploys. I assume the multiplayer experience at the preview event was just stellar, hosted on the finest servers Skylanders NFC toy money can buy. What you encounter out in the wild might not be as amazing as what I played at Castle von Activision, though. Or in this case didn't play, as I am making all this up. In summation, I am generally optimistic about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare because this is a preview and previews are generally optimistic. I do have some concerns, though. Would it have been too much to ask Kevin Spacey to reprise his gentlemanly Southern accent from the Netflix original series House of Cards? Why isn't the game coming to PlayStation Vita? And which retailer will have the best pre-order bonuses? (What the hell Watch Dogs?) At least we know this will be a truly next-gen epic visceral experience like none other -- until the next one. /dubstep outro PRE-ORDER NOW & SUPERCHARGE YOUR LOADOUT WITH THE ADVANCED ARSENAL!
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The power of imagination
Activision is upset with us, you know. As it turns out, publishers love revealing things. So when someone leaks something before a publisher intends on tipping its hand, well, it gets angry. And you aren't going to ...

Review: Call of Duty: Ghosts: Nemesis

Aug 08 // Chris Carter
Call of Duty: Ghosts: Nemesis DLC (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: Infinity WardPublisher: ActivisionReleased: August 5, 2014 (Xbox 360, Xbox One) / TBA (PC, PS3, PS4)MSRP: $14.99 ($50 Season Pass for four packs) Nemesis kicks things off with the Goldrush map -- which is just as expressive as it sounds. With a wide variety of tunnels, lifts, outdoor sections, and even mine carts, it reminds me of a Team Fortress 2-style arena. There are two sets of carts in particular, which can fit two players at at time. It's almost like a roller coaster, flinging around willy nilly as you attempt to dodge and shoot up your opponents. It's wacky, but it's fun. The entire map is fun in fact, and has some very cool visual effects, especially when it pertains to the array of waterfalls and aquatic areas. Goldrush is easily one of my top maps in the entire game. Subzero isn't nearly as pronounced -- in fact, it reminds me of the same arctic sub base map in Modern Warfare 2 -- but it's another solid map from a layout standpoint. It has a standard dispersion of outdoor and indoor sections, which meld well with plenty of vantage points to look out over. It also has a cool killstreak that involves a mysterious creature not unlike the Smoke Monster from Lost. It's a "been there, seen that" kind of map, but I enjoyed my time with it. Dynasty takes place in a lakeside village in China, and is definitely one of the more unique-looking maps in the game. It has a beautiful background littered with classical Chinese ships, as well as ornate stairwells and detailed indoor environments. My favorite part is how all of the stone stairwells interact with each other, leading to some particularly tricky corners and differences of height. It definitely takes some getting used to, which gives the map pack a fresh feel to it. Showtime is modeled after the "smallest Call of Duty map ever made," Modern Warfare's Shipment. Except this time it's game show themed, with a cheesy announcer, scoreboards, and crazy features. If you don't remember this map from Call of Duty 4, it's basically a series of bins and hallways with nowhere to really hide. Almost every point in the arena is unsafe, so you'll have to react quickly to get a somewhat decent score. Out of all the maps chosen for a remake over the years, this is one of the best ones (though my favorite is still the Hollywood-themed Firing Range remake in Black Ops II). Like I said earlier, there's also another chapter in the Extinction saga, otherwise known as Call of Duty Aliens. Appropriately titled "Exodus," this is the final chapter (for now), and involves a great escape from earth by way of a space shuttle. While every map so far has been a derivative of the "drill" mechanic found in the first stage (dragging a tool to each location to proceed), this one is set up a little more like Treyarch's zombies. This time, you'll have to choose between a series of doors to proceed, making it less of a waiting game and more action-packed. All of the alien types so far are reintroduced in Exodus, as well as the "Ancestors" -- the big bads of the Extinction campaign that are more humanoid by design. Challenges have also been updated to give them a different feel While I don't really dig the overarching story (it tries to be more serious than it needs to be), the gameplay of the entire Extinction campaign is actually solid, and in some ways, it trumps zombies. It's much easier for a group to pick up and play, and the RPG-like upgrades are addicting as always, and add some sense of progression to the mix. If you can get a Game of the Year edition of Ghosts on sale at some point with all the DLC, I recommend picking it up just to play "Aliens" with friends. [embed]278929:55200:0[/embed] At this point, all four packs provide enough enjoyment collectively to warrant the purchase of the Season Pass. If you're planning on playing the game for months to come and haven't pulled the trigger on any of the packs yet, now is a great time to do so. Check out our prior reviews for Onslaught, Devastation, and Invasion to get a full picture. Or calmly go back to not playing Call of Duty: Ghosts.
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S.T.A.R.SSSSS! Wait, wrong Nemesis
Look, $50 is a lot of money for a Season Pass in a first-person shooter. If it was just comprised of 16 maps alone, no matter how good they were, it probably wouldn't be worth the money for all but the most diehard of FPS fan...







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