Call of Duty: Ghosts preview

Matthew Jarvis finds out what’s next for the multi-million selling mammoth gaming franchise.
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We find out what’s next for the multi-million selling mammoth gaming franchise.

It comes as no surprise that Activision is releasing another Call of Duty game in 2013. What may surprise people, however, are the changes it’s made to the much-loved property.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is the tenth instalment in the CoD series, which has sold over 100 million copies. It’s the sixth CoD by Infinity Ward, known for the hugely popular Modern Warfare trilogy. The game runs on a new engine based on the one used in those games, majorly enhanced to make the most of the PS4 and Xbox One.

CoD is known for fast-paced online matches, and Ghosts is shaking things up in ways like never before for the series.

Multiplayer customisation has evolved beyond simply choosing a gun skin and sight; it now includes making characters unique – for the first time, gamers can even play as a female soldier.

Players will battle across new multiplayer maps with destructible terrain. To move smoothly across the evolving maps, players can now mantle, slide on their virtual knees and lean around obstacles. Revamped audio joins Ghosts’ improved visuals: location-based battle chatter and other additions aim to create a more immersive experience.

Ghosts will run at a swift 60 frames per second, and will use dedicated servers to minimise online issues.

Multiplayer continues in the CoD app. With communication and second-screen features, the app is designed to work as a companion to the game.

Of course, Ghosts has its own new single-player mode, too. It’s set during a post-apocalyptic America, and will even allow players to take control of Riley, a tech-equipped pooch partner who assists the main character. Dogs will make their way back into the multiplayer too, with the return of canine-summoning killstreaks. You’d have to be barking mad not to stock this one.

Genre: First-Person Shooter
Publisher: Activision
Distributor: CentreSoft
Release date: November 5th (PC, PS3, 360, Wii U), November 29th (PS4), November (Xbox One)

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