Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare PS4 Reviews

Compared to the months of pre-release hype that Destiny received, we can’t help but feel that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is somewhat sneaking onto store shelves. The biggest gaming brand on the planet has taken a slight stumble in recent years, with the disappointing Call of Duty: Ghosts compounding a decline in annual sales. Still, Sledgehammer Games appears to have recaptured much of the bombast that made Infinity Ward’s old Modern Warfare games so good, and this futuristic entry has certainly demoed well since being announced earlier in the year. The big question is: is that enthusiasm the product of Activision’s ever impressive smoke and mirrors – or could this really be a return to form?

Polygon - 9/10

For whatever minor missteps Advanced Warfare makes with its story, it more than compensates with vision and remarkable execution. The latter has never really been Call of Duty's problem — Ghosts notwithstanding — but Advanced Warfare adds enough and moves far enough forward with its new abilities to feel like a risk. Turns out, that's just what the series needed.

Game Informer - 9/10

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s single-player campaign is a ridiculous summer movie romp with sobering visions of the future of weaponry. Bring popcorn, because the real fun begins with the multiplayer, where the wealth of customization options should have players coming back for game after game.

GameSpot - 8/10

The last time Call of Duty had “Warfare” in its subtitle, it led to a well-received trilogy that deftly transitioned the series away from a well-trodden global conflict to modern-day combat. If the settings of today have run their course just as World War II did years ago, Advanced Warfare makes for a convincing foundation of futuristic yet relatable combat that is worth exploring and expanding further. The huge change in player mobility is less of a paradigm shift and more of an overdue retooling for an 11-year-old FPS franchise, especially in a year of mobility-focused shooters. Yet for all its predictability, Advanced Warfare is a deluge of action-film bravado, and it's difficult to not be carried away by its tidal forces.

Joystiq - 4/5

Despite the familiarity, it's been years since a Call of Duty campaign was as coherent and fast-paced as this one. Within the confines of its franchise, which has yet to make much room for a mature look at the subject matter, Advanced Warfare works with aplomb and, at the very least, plays its Big Dumb Movie card wisely. If you're running out of bad guys, borrow some from Hollywood.

Metro - 8/10

Despite a few pulled punches this is the best Call Of Duty has been in years, and the multiplayer in particular is the most innovative since Modern Warfare began.

Video Gamer - 8/10

For a future warfare title with drones and jetpacks, Sledgehammer's success is partly to be found by looking to the series' past, and by combining its own ideas with COD's natural appeal it has reinvigorated the franchise. - No Score

Whether Advanced Warfare is for you or not will be down to if you like the series. I can't really see it converting those who have turned against the series, but it'll certainly keep those who love Call of Duty from growing tired. The new changes mix things up enough to keep Call of Duty interesting and the campaign, with the excellent Kevin Spacey, is just the icing on the cake. It's just a shame that the developers couldn't dream up an ending that would have left people thirsty for more.

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