Guns, explosions, warlords, drug cartels, conspiracies, cold wars, dirty politics, army secrets - are merely some ingredients that make an action-based game a spine-chilling, mind-numbing, high drama thriller. But again, those are some, not all. Advanced graphics is another of those little things. A proper gamer knows what he wants: high ambient occlusion so the environment looks real-er and less game-y, better post-processing and anti-aliasing for better textures and no rough edges, and a good enough frame-rate. And finally, the game play. What spoils an otherwise good game is poor game play, but sometimes even a half-hearted story gets a pass because the game play is amazing. When it comes to action, the first-person shooter is the unequivocal winner. And in that genre, the name Call of Duty is synonymous with extraordinary gaming experience. Feeding a whole generation of gamers to incredibly addictive plots, jaw-dropping graphics and out-of-the-world game play, Activision has done a fantastic job of keeping such a huge franchise alive and true to its roots, even after so many instalments. And now, they join up with Sledgehammer Games to give you their greatest spectacle yet: the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare for Xbox One. The dream FPS game has been brought to life, complete with the ultimate futuristic-tech, sophisticated armed mechanical exoskeletons and holographically projected interfaces for the user. The graphics are to die for, what with Activision pulling all the stops to make this the most surreally real gaming experience there is, and one might just run out of adjectives trying to describe the story, not helped by the fact that there's a CGI installation of Hollywood superstar Kevin Spacey holding the reins in this great war to save humanity.
Set in the backdrop of a very technologically advanced but war-ravaged world forty years into the future, the tale is given an extra edge with its unnerving relevance to the real world political and military scene, with the blood-curdling factor added with the hidden teeth of truth embedded within the storyline. Advanced Warfare gives a myriad of fancy new toys to play with, from Threat Grenades that highlight enemies through walls to directed energy weapons, similar to lasers, that burn through armour, not to mention the weapon attachments that would turn your normal gun into some sort of super-gun. But these are not even the biggest attractions. The real money-spinner is the cybernetic exoskeleton that grants you superior physical abilities, and practically affects your every action in the game, particularly the ones like escaping from enemy fire or sneaking up behind someone or jumping on or off buildings. But given all that, this episode doesn't deviate from the elementary pacey game play that is one of the defining characteristics of Call of Duty. On the contrary, they have gone ahead and enhanced the speed and flexibility features, making the game a far better treat. Not only that, Advanced Warfare allows you a never-before enjoyed freedom where you can plan out your own manner to take down an enemy setup and execute accordingly. All of that is well and fine, but add to it the hyper-realistic rendering of facial features and environs, and you now have the full set. Sledgehammer
Games have made no qualms about pouring in everything to developing maddeningly superb graphic animations and it must be said that they are exquisitely impressive. Looking for an FPS that will give you sleepless nights? Well, you found it. Get your copy now, and fight your way to restoring peace on the planet. You really can't resist yourself from Call of Duty anyway so why wait.