First Impressions: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Another year and another Call of Duty is here for 12-year-olds to rage on. Another year for countless cursing for that quick-scoping that always seems to happen… all the time. However, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is different in a lot of fantastic ways.

I’ve had some time to get in some campaign play and some multiplayer matches. Before APGNation gets to a proper review I thought some first impressions could help some people if they were on the fence about a new Call of Duty game. Let’s be honest, Call of Duty was getting extremely stale and people have a right to be skeptical of a new title bearing the name “Call of Duty.” However, I do have some bad news for you: you may be sucked back into playing Call of Duty this year.


I personally never played Ghosts. I was feeling like many people out there that got burned out on these games. However, when they announced that Kevin Spacey was going to star in Advanced Warfare they piqued my curiosity and continued to have it up until the game’s release. After playing it they now have my attention. The wait was well worth it.

The exoskeleton is what changes the game. Now you get Titanfall-esque movement with jet-pack jumps. This completely changes the strategy of the game, for the better. This alone breathes new life into stale gameplay. Games become more vertical and strategic. It’s something worth experiencing.


The Call of Duty franchise was always known for its Michael Bay action pedigree. Advanced Warfare is no different. The campaign starts you shooting up into the air in a pod and soon landing into a skyscraper. Tone set. Soon after, you come face-to-face with giant mechs and a plethora of combat drones. It’s a Call of Duty campaign, so this kind of stuff is expected.


Like I alluded to before, Kevin Spacey stars as Jonathan Irons, the CEO of a private military contractor named “Atlas.” When a terrorist groups attacks the United States and causes a nuclear explosion (yes, another nuclear explosion,) Atlas comes in and saves the day and provides for those affected by the attack. Atlas then becomes a heavy power in diplomacy (or lack thereof.) The company then bypasses the U.S. Congress to attack those who were behind the attack.

Spacey’s performance is very “Frank Underwood” in tone, if you have seen House of Cards. (If you haven’t, watch it on Netflix. Go do it. Right now!) So far, it seems like Spacey’s performance is solid and is carrying a lot of the other characters’ performances.

You play as Jack Mitchell, a former member of the U.S. Armed Forces who loses his best friend, Kenny Irons (Jonathan’s son), in a battle. Jonathan recruits you to work for Atlas at the end of his son’s funeral.

I haven’t finished the campaign yet, but from what it looks like, big explosions and Spacey are keeping me attached.


The core of what makes Call of Duty multiplayer work remains intact. You have most of the same game modes with a couple of new ones. Killstreaks and perks are back and there are still 12-year-olds yelling racial and homophobic slurs. So yeah, its Xbox Live Call of Duty. However, with the new exoskeleton adds a new vertical dimension to the combat. I haven’t gotten too far into it yet, but it definitely changes how you approach each match. I am enjoying the new gameplay mechanics thoroughly. if you’ve played Call of Duty multiplayer in the past then this is all old hat to you for the most part.

So far, Advanced Warfare was able to bring me back on the bandwagon this year. I have a feeling once word on this game comes to those who are on the fence about Call of Duty they’ll be reeled back in as well. Don’t forget the cursing tweens too.

A proper review is in the pipeline from APGNation, but for now, I leave you with the first impressions of the game. When that review comes around, be sure to be following us on Twitter @APGNation. Also, I may be tweeting some impressions of the game and others I may be playing on my Twitter account @ryanfinfrock.

Ryan Finfrock
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“Cheap Five Dollar Dress.” That’s what my last name loosely means in German. That is pretty much my only claim to fame at this point of my life. In other parts of life, I am a 21-year-old student from Cincinnati, Ohio studying Electronic Media and Broadcasting with a minor in Political Science at Northern Kentucky University. If I’m not studying, working or sleeping, I am trying my hardest to sneak in some game time on my Xbox One or 3DS (Destiny, Madden 15 and Smash Bros. are taking up most of my time.) I also enjoy the occasional iOS game on my iPhone or iPad. I am also a novice filmmaker and news junkie. I work with production folks on a daily basis and start my morning browsing the interwebs and see what the biggest news of the day happens to be. I also enjoy watching movies as much as I can. (But movies are way too dang expensive anymore!) I am firm believer that video games are art. I really started realizing this during the Mass Effect 3 controversy. I couldn’t believe that people wanted Bioware to change the ending to the game. To me, it was like people wanting to change the Mona Lisa because they didn’t like how the hands looked. This was the point where I was writing a lot about video games on my blog and developed a strong passion to video games. I believe video games can be a very powerful platform and the second-best form of storytelling next to reading a book. Bioshock continues to be my favorite game of all time because it brings together good gameplay (at the time) and fantastic storytelling. Also, it has one of the best twists in the history of gaming. So if you haven’t figured it out yet, I love story-driven games. I also take fantasy football way too seriously and am a desperate, die hard Cincinnati Bengals fan.

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