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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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Wii U

What's the point? Wii U gets Black Ops II map almost two years later


Haha, what?
Aug 08
// Chris Carter
The Wii U often gets the shaft in terms of DLC. It either gets it late, not at all, or is left completely in the wind as to what the status is. Nearly every major publisher has pulled one of these moves, most notably Activisi...
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Called to duty

Called to duty: Two Naughty Dog designers join Infinity Ward


Welp
Aug 01
// Steven Hansen
A couple of Naughty Dogs have gone to join Riley the Call of Duty dog at Infinity Ward. Twelve year Naughty Dog veteran and narrative design lead Taylor Kurosaki split to the nationalistic shooter factory, he announ...
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Xbox at gamescom

Xbox has 'big reveals' planned for its trip to gamescom


Starting with Call of Duty multiplayer
Aug 01
// Brett Makedonski
If its word is to be believed, Xbox is going to take advantage of its time at the world's biggest videogame convention. When gamescom hits (and in the days leading up to it), Microsoft will hold a handful of events where rev...
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CoD DLC

Call of Duty puts a nail (and bullet) in the coffin of Ghosts DLC with Nemesis


Dropping Aug 5 on Xbox Live, other platforms sometime later
Jul 31
// Brett Makedonski
Activision's doing its best to drum up hype for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but it's not ready to leave Call of Duty: Ghosts behind like some sort of unloved orphan child. No, it has unfinished business, as the ...
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Fight the powers that be!
A campaign trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare came out which goes over some of the plot points. I also speculate on some rather obvious, yet still uncertain, plot developments to come. The trailer also announced a multiplayer reveal coming August 11, which I theorize could come with a beta announcement.

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This one's for you, Morph.
Today there are a bunch of new trailers for games like Assassin's Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and The Last of Us Remastered (which is on sale) but Bill and I would rather talk about superhero cartoons from twenty years ago, and guns we can't remember the names of in Unreal Tournament. 

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer teased, collector's edition detailed


The $120 version includes a season pass
Jul 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A brand new trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has dropped today, detailing how the conflict leads the way for the Atlas PMC to come into power. It's your typical Call of Duty trailer, with tons of cool looking set p...
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More lawsuits

Former Panamanian dictator sues Activision over portrayal in Black Ops II


Who does he think he is? Lindsay Lohan?
Jul 16
// Brett Makedonski
The videogames industry has seen its share of legal actions lately, but the most recent one comes from an unlikely source. Manuel Noriega, the dictator of Panama until 1989, has filed a lawsuit against Activision for appropri...
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Neversoft

Neversoft burns the eye, gives out knives for studio's last day


He'll never skateboard again
Jul 10
// Steven Hansen
As part of merging with Call of Duty's Infinity Ward to make a "super-studio," it is the last day of Neversoft as its own studio. The eye, perhaps made most famous by Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was burned in ceremony and everyone in the studio was given a knife Crocodile Dundee would be okay with. RIP in peaces, Neversoft.
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Confirmed: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will have audio


*shrug*
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A new behind-the-scenes video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has confirmed that the game will indeed have audio. Guns will have the pew pew noises, dudes will go "oh no you shot me how did you know bullets were my weakness!?. Oh, and there will be lots of explosions. 
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Call of Duty

Go behind the scenes with this Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video


The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was Kevin Spacey.
Jul 02
// Brittany Vincent
In a new behind the scenes look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's animation and art styling, new motion capture techniques were showcased that may finally bring true believable faces to gaming. That's what they said when I...

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