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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

PC | PlayStation 4 | Xbox One
Genre: Fighting
Developer: Sledgehammer Games Official Site:
Publisher: Activision
Release Date:
4th November 2014
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:10pm 27/05/15 | 1 Comments
The next piece of DLC content for the most recent, and advanced in the warfare department, Call of Duty has been named and shamed by Activision. Well, not exactly shamed. I couldn't really think of a word that rhymed with named. Anyway, it's called Supremacy and will feature four new multiplayer maps plus the next chapter in the Exo Zombies saga, called Carrier. Which adds Bruce Campbell into the zombie slaying mix. Groovy.

The popular Exo Zombies saga continues in the all-new episode, Carrier. Following the end of the last episode, Infected, Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Burn Notice) steps in and joins the battle-hardened cast of John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, RED, Burn After Reading), Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror, Scream), and Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Wolf of Wall Street). In Carrier, the four are trapped on an Atlas aircraft carrier. Carrier features advanced new weaponry, enemy Atlas Strike teams, Sentinel support squads, and a host of new zombie enemies.

Supremacy is set to drop June 2nd on Xbox platforms, with Windows and PlayStation at a later date.

Aimed! Should have used that, because of it being a shooter and all.
Monday, 30 March 2015
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:30pm 30/03/15 | 2 Comments
A new trailer for the next Exo zombies addition to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now live and looks to be all kinds of infectious and includes some very big names in popular culture.

John Malkovich, Rose McGowan, Jon Bernthal and the ever-awesome Bill Paxton star in the zombies narrative of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, where they're now, in act 2, facing off against the over-powered undead hordes at a Burgertown Franchise.

It was late coming, but Advanced Warfare's Exo zombies continues to be one of the series' most enduring and loved modes, drawing in big names like those mentioned above, for its fun and disparate standing to the both the game's campaign and multiplayer, proper.

Watch the new trailer embedded below.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:58am 25/03/15 | 0 Comments
The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC drop is almost upon us (April 1 for Xbox owners), and as is the marketing norm, it's accompanied by a new gameplay trailer that shows off that Aussie-based map, the should-have-been-released-in-the-original-game Grapple Mode, new Exo Zombies mode and more.

While some of you may not be dancing around in your Exo suits in the game anymore, it's hard to not watch this trailer and want to taste some of the action. Changing map conditions with meaning, Sydney harbour-side apartments and Grapple Mode. Freaking Grapple Mode. Are all part of the Ascendance add-on content arriving at the beginning of next month.

Check out the new trailer embedded below.

Thursday, 19 March 2015
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:45pm 19/03/15 | 2 Comments
Sledgehammer Games has revealed a new multiplayer map as part of the forthcoming Ascendance map pack, which is set in Sydney, Australia.

It’s the first time in the history of the franchise that Call of Duty has landed boots on the ground in Australia, though in the case of Advanced Warfare it makes some sense. Friend of the site and co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, Michael Condrey, revealed to us last year that an early test map for Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer was actually the Sydney Opera House.

Of course this map only uses the iconic landmark as a backdrop, but it’s still awesome knowing Australia’s presence has always been at the fore with this most recent Call of Duty.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance is the definitive DLC package, with its four new, thrilling multiplayer maps, the formidable OHM directed energy light machine gun/shotgun hybrid, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the all-new Exo Grapple ability playlist that introduces the Exo Grapple ability to multiplayer. Exo Grapple gives players a faster way to reach strategic vantage points or a brutal secondary weapon to take down the competition, exclusively on Ascendance maps.
  • Perplex: Get vertical in Sydney as you fight to dominate this five-story modular apartment complex. Take the high ground or blast through the close-quarters interior in this small to medium sized map. Adapt your strategy mid-match when construction drones shift apartment modules, creating new routes and cover positions.

  • Site 244: An alien spacecraft has crash landed, spilling its mysterious cargo under the shadow of Mt. Rushmore, USA. This medium to large three-lane map allows for any style of gameplay, focusing combat through the space ship’s fuselage and around the debris-littered landscape. Use the map-based scorestreak to crack open an alien spore and instantly enhance your perks and exo abilities.

  • Climate: Fight your way through a futuristic man-made utopia in this lush, climate-controlled enclosure. In this small to medium sized circular map, land and water routes channel frenetic combat around the central island structure. Watch your step when the river water changes from an asset into a deadly bubbling obstacle.

  • Chop Shop: Think fast as you make your way through the black market exoskeleton industrial complex and engage in fast-paced shootouts in this medium sized, symmetrical map. Activate the map-based scorestreak to take control of an Advanced Repulsion Turret that radiates a deadly microwave EMP to help lock down key areas.
The Exo Zombies saga continues in the all-new episode, Infected, as the four Atlas employees, portrayed by the returning celebrity cast of John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, RED, Burn After Reading), Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror, Scream), and Jon Bernthal (Fury) fight tooth and nail through undead zombie hordes. Located on the outskirts of an Atlas facility, the new Exo Zombies episode introduces a slew of never-before-seen undead masses, a robust arsenal of new traps and armaments and everyone’s favorite fast food joint, Burgertown.
“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's DLC content takes players on a journey to iconic locations throughout the world, and I'm very excited that we were able to include Sydney,” Condrey said via press release. “It’s one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited, and the spirit and friendliness of the Australian people is truly amazing. To our friends Down Under, we dedicate this map to you and your beautiful country.”

As usual, this new content will be Xbox exclusive for a short time, arriving on the platform from April 1st. No release details for PC or Sony’s platforms have been revealed as yet.
Friday, 20 February 2015
Post by Eorl @ 01:02pm 20/02/15 | 1 Comments
If you haven't yet had a chance to try out Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty: Advance Warfare jetpack-infused multiplayer, now is probably your time to do so thanks to a free weekend on Steam.

Starting today, anyone wanting to try out all of the game's launch maps can do so by heading to the Steam page. The free trial includes a variety of game modes, and any progress earned will be transferred over if you feel like buying the game. Conveniently both the standard and Digital Pro editions have been discounted to help make your decision easier.

Still playing Advanced Warfare? Let us know in the comments how the game is holding up.
Monday, 9 February 2015
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 07:03pm 09/02/15 | 3 Comments
In a short interview with AusGamers, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games and friend of the site, Michael Condrey, revealed that the studio looked at numerous options for their co-op experience before co-opting Treyarch's popular zombies mode.

We prototyped a number of co-op experiences throughout the three year development of Advanced Warfare, and the one that continued to resonate on the development team was the zeitgeist appeal of Zombies. From our work on Dead Space, to our appreciation of zombies in pop culture, and the fan love of Zombies in Call of Duty, we felt it was the right decision to marry the balance of terror and frenetic gameplay with the new movement and mechanics of the EXO in Advanced Warfare.
Read the short interview feature right here.
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Post by Eorl @ 10:54am 05/02/15 | 0 Comments
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Havoc DLC is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC on February 27th, developer Sledgehammer announced today.

The pack adds four new multiplayer maps, including Core, set in a nuclear fusion plant in the Gobi desert; Urban, a small rooftop map located in Dallas; Sideshow, an abandoned motel decorated with clowns; and Drift, a ski resort in the Rocky mountains, complete with a timed avalanche.

Part one of the Exo-Zombies mode, starring John Malkovich, Jon Bernthal, Rose McGowan, and Bill Paxton, is also included, alongside a new directed energy assault rifle, the AE4, and its variant, the Widowmaker.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Post by Eorl @ 12:41pm 21/01/15 | 0 Comments
The latest Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo-Zombies video has shined some much needed light on the mode's backstory, showing off its all-star cast in action.

According to the trailer, Atlas Corporation drops a bomb with the hopes of finishing a war. Instead, it unleashes a "freak show." Indeed, we do see tons of augmented zombies tearing through hallways and wrecking everything in sight.

The new DLC will include some of TV and movies biggest characters; John Malkovich (Con Air), Bill Paxton (Aliens), Rose McGowan (Grindhouse), and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as Atlas employees.

In the new trailer, Malkovich is seen mopping floors when he notices a blood stain on the floor. McGowan appears to be a security administrator. Paxton looks like a high-ranking executive. Bernthal seems to be a security grunt.

The DLC will be coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 first on January 27th. PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait for an undetermined time for the chance to take on the zombies.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Post by Eorl @ 01:08pm 14/01/15 | 0 Comments
A new trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC release "Havoc" offers a look at four new maps, a directed energy assault rifle, a custom variant triple-barreled shotgun and hordes of zombies in exo suits.

Based on a story told through the eyes of four employees of the Atlas corporation, its cast includes John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and Jon Bernthal. The maps are called Core (Gobi desert) Urban (Dallas Ward 3), Sideshow (Wyoming) and Drift (Rocky Mountains).

"Havoc" is due out on Xbox One on Jan. 27 with other platforms to follow.

Friday, 9 January 2015
Post by Eorl @ 02:41pm 09/01/15 | 0 Comments
Starting next month, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players will have a chance to take on the world's best gamers for a prize pool of $1 million.

The third annual Call of Duty Championship brings the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players in the world to Los Angeles on March 27th to compete for the tournament's $1 million prize purse, Activision announced today.

Activision, Sledgehammer Games and Xbox, in partnership with Major League Gaming (MLG) and additional international eSports partners, will play host to 32 of the best Call of Duty teams from around the world, as they compete in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

The tournament will run from March 27 to March 29 with the semifinals and finals broadcast live on Xbox Live on the final day of the championship.

"From Day 1, the team at Sledgehammer Games set out to bring a new way to play Call of Duty multiplayer to fans. We couldn't be more thrilled of how the competitive community has embraced and mastered the new player movements and game modes of Advanced Warfare," Michael Condrey, Co-founder and Studio Head of Sledgehammer Games, said in a prepared statement. "This is posed to be one of the most exciting Call of Duty competitive seasons with the Call of Duty Championship being one of the best eSports tournaments of the year."

The teams in the tournament will draw from the best players in Asia, Australia, North America, South America and Europe. Qualification will be handled through online tournaments played on Xbox One with select live regional finals taking place February through early March in Australia, Brazil, the U.K. and the U.S. The regional finals will be played on Xbox One and will also be broadcast live on and additional broadcast partners.

The championship is open to all qualified players provided they meet the requirements spelled out in the tournament's official rules and regulations.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Post by Eorl @ 11:48am 23/12/14 | 0 Comments
Sledgehammer Games has released a new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies trailer, featuring the one and only John Malkovich for voiceover.

The video's official description also offers a little more info on the story behind the zippy zombie breakout: "Untrained and unprepared, four Atlas employees must survive a horror unlike any other." Alongside Malkovich will be Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal starring in the Exo Zombies DLC, which will be out sometime in 2015.

The first chapter of Exo Zombies will be included with the Havoc DLC pack in January, or as part of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass, it was announced in November.

Sledgehammer has promised a completely new take on the CoD Zombies formula. "As things were wrapping up around launch, we started playing around with the idea of what happens when zombies were thrown into the mix with exoskeleton gameplay," said Sledgehammer in a statement accompanying the announcement trailer.

"What we came up with is Exo Zombies - an entirely new breed of zombies and an entirely new co-op experience that is truly unique to Advanced Warfare."
Friday, 5 December 2014
Post by Eorl @ 12:19pm 05/12/14 | 2 Comments
Developer Sledgehammer is rolling out Call of Duty: Advance Warfare's biggest patch yet today to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The patch which fixes and updates more than 100 items, including the damage and range of nine weapons, will be coming to PS3, Windows PC and Xbox 360 "soon," according to today's post.

"We've included weapon balancing tweaks, fixes and improvements for emblems, improvements within the Player Lobby (including a new way to view your Armory), map exploit fixes, spawn improvements, connectivity optimizations, improvements to our anti-cheat measures, and even more," according to the blog post.

You can find the full rundown of fixes and changes over on the site, but we've grabbed a small section of the weapon balances you'll see in this patch.

Weapon Balancing Updates (Note: Adjustments affect base weapon and all loot variants):
  • Bal27: damage reduced, max damage range decreased, recoil adjusted
  • HBRa3: max damage range decreased
  • ASM1: max damage range increased
  • MP11: max damage range increased
  • EM1: damage increased
  • EPM3: damage increased, ads time decreased
  • XMG: damage increased, lockdown mode increased
  • Ameli: damage increased
  • Pytaek: damage increased
  • Tuesday, 2 December 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:57am 02/12/14 | 3 Comments
    Sledgehammer Games has announced it's awarding the top 100 ranked Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players with an exclusive set of armour, and boy does it look awesome.

    The Grand Master Character Gear set was unveiled on Twitter, a nice gesture considering most players won't ever be able to see it for themselves. Taking a bookmark from the more medieval times, the Grand Master set definitely looks very out-of-character for the more futuristic setting that Advanced Warfare takes, though that might be a blessing for those who see someone donning this on the battlefield.

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is available now on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
    Thursday, 27 November 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:54am 27/11/14 | 0 Comments
    Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games has today announced that their first expansion to the futuristic shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be bringing the long-awaited zombies mode, Exo Zombies.

    Havoc is expected to launch in January, and along with the zombie mode will come with your typical multiplayer and co-op maps. "As things were wrapping up around launch, we started playing around with the idea of what happens when zombies were thrown into the mix with exoskeleton gameplay," writes Sledgehammer on their blog post.

    "What we came up with is Exo Zombies — an entirely new breed of zombies and an entirely new co-op experience that is truly unique to Advanced Warfare."

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:42am 25/11/14 | 5 Comments
    According to this Ars Technica report, Activision is using DMCA takedowns on YouTube videos that tell players how to use glitches and exploits in its latest Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

    Over the weekend video network Machinima sent out a tweet warning other YouTube video makers that Activision was cracking down on videos that highlighted possible ways to cheat in Advanced Warfare:According to a subsequent and expanded statement from Machinima, the video network has warned partners about the perils of posting Call of Duty videos:

    "Recently Machinima notified its network partners that posting content about Call of Duty videos may receive a strike if flagged by Activision," the statement obtained by Ars Technica reads. "Machinima was prompted to take this action in order to inform its network partners so that they would remain in good standing on YouTube. When a channel receives a certain number of strikes it is possible that they may be blocked as a YouTube partner. Machinima's actions are to protect not only its network partners, but its publisher partners as well."

    The Ars report goes on to note that Activision seems to be being selective in which videos its put CONTENTID strikes against videos showing glitches that are neutral or positive in tone are seemingly getting a free pass.
    Tuesday, 11 November 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:20am 11/11/14 | 10 Comments
    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will receive an update soon that will introduce a number of polish items and fixes such as connectivity optimization, Sledgehammer Games studio head Michael Condrey recently revealed in a blogpost.

    A roll out window was not offered for the upcoming update which will include the following:
  • Prestige reset issues, including emblems and challenges.
  • Adjustment to the in-game chat names notifications placement.
  • Fix for weapon reloads counting as speed reloads in certain circumstances.
  • Connectivity optimizations.
  • Fix for stats accumulating towards leaderboards after prestiging.
  • Adjustment to challenges to unlock Camos for weapons.
  • Fix for round-based game modes, affecting Win/Loss ratios.
  • Implemented ability to unlock eSports Rule options in Private Match.
  • Alongside the patch notes, Condrey also commented on the recent criticism with lack of dedicated servers for multiplayer sessions, a feature that was promised ahead of the game's launch last week.

    “Also, we've been asked several times about the status of dedicated server support,” Condrey writes. “Activision shared this statement earlier this week: Advanced Warfare employs game servers hosted at data centers globally on all platforms and listen servers as part of our proprietary matchmaking system. Our goal is to ensure the best possible connection and greatest gameplay experience regardless of location and time of day.”

    Take that how you will, but hopefully we'll have a more solid answer on where the promised dedicated servers are, and when exactly they'll be implemented.
    Saturday, 8 November 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 11:59am 08/11/14 | 4 Comments
    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's launch hasn't been entirely free of problems, with developer Sledgehammer Games revealing in a blog post today that it's "working hard on improvements to the game."

    An upcoming update will fix a number of bugs, smooth off some rough edges and implement player-suggested changes:
  • Prestige reset issues, including emblems and challenges.
  • Adjustment to the in-game chat names notifications placement.
  • Fix for weapon reloads counting as speed reloads in certain circumstances.
  • Connectivity optimizations.
  • Fix for stats accumulating towards leaderboards after prestiging.
  • Adjustment to challenges to unlock Camos for weapons.
  • Fix for round-based game modes, affecting Win/Loss ratios.
  • Implemented ability to unlock eSports Rule options in Private Match.
  • "Our team has been working hard on improvements to the game. We've also had our ears to the ground, listening to your feedback. Our commitment to continuing to support the game and community is as strong as ever, and we have the whole team focused on making the experience the best it can be," said Michael Condrey, studio head and co-founder of Sledgehammer Games.
    Tuesday, 4 November 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 10:08am 04/11/14 | 13 Comments
    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will feature an online multiplayer Zombies Mode with its downloadable content season pass, according to a new trailer from publisher Activision.

    Originally a leaked Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer teased the Zombies Mode by showing soldiers fleeing from infected humans and a character saying "Soldier, look at me! Are you bit?" Soon after the leak Activision quickly put out their own official trailer, which you can see below.

    The Advanced Warfare season pass includes four multiplayer content packs - Havoc, Ascendance, Supremacy and Reckoning - and early access to bonus DLC weapons for $56.95. It is not yet clear which pack includes the Zombies Mode. One multiplayer map featured in the content packs features a towering railgun that players can control and lay waste to everything on the map.

    The season pass also offers access to a bonus multiplayer map, a remake of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s Pipeline map called “Atlas George,” at launch. The content packs begin with Havoc DLC when it launches on Xbox One sometime in January and will roll out to other platforms on an unannounced date.

    Wanting to know our thoughts of Advanced Warfare? Check out our full review for all the details on what to expect from the first next-gen Call of Duty.

    Friday, 31 October 2014
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 09:56am 31/10/14 | 0 Comments
    We're not far from the annual release of the next Call of Duty, this time at the helm of Sledgehammer Games, and as is customary, Activision and Sledgehammer have released a live action trailer in anticipation of the game's release next week.

    Suit up and unleash the raw power of the advanced soldier in the live action trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Directed by Peter Berg and starring Taylor Kitsch and Emily Ratajkowski, fight your way through a series of enemy forces and discover new movements, capabilities and weaponry along the way in this heart-racing journey through 2059 Lagos.
    Watch the trailer embedded below.

    Tuesday, 28 October 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 11:38am 28/10/14 | 7 Comments
    Analysts at Cowen And Company have examined Amazon's pre-order tallies for the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and have concluded that the game will probably continue the series' trend of declining returns.

    "Advanced Warfare is now pacing almost 40 percent behind last year's Ghosts and almost 70 percent behind 2012's Black Ops 2," the analysts note. "We continue to believe CoD will be down meaningfully vs. last year. With the franchise facing two consecutive significant year on year declines in sales, we think it is prudent to assume it has peaked."

    Cowen And Company preemptively argues against the idea that pre-orders are no longer a determinant of total sales by pointing out that 2014 has seen the record for most-preordered game broken twice, first by Watch Dogs then by Destiny. Clearly people are pre-ordering games, the analysts believe, but it appears that the Call of Duty series - which normally accounts for "a significant percentage of overall preorders" - is no longer attracting pre-order cash at the same rate it did even as recently as three years ago.

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out November 4th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.