Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Day Zero

I need to keep better track of release dates. With about 6 hours of notice from a friend, I managed to “pre-order” a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in time to be able to get my hands on a Day Zero Edition in the wee hours of the morning today.  Conveniently enough, I already had the day off, and a marathon gaming session was inevitable. My experience with the multiplayer gameplay has been lackluster thus far, but the campaign mode is absolutely epic. What sort of alternate reality is this?

Perhaps I’ve gotten used to the pace of Destiny‘s combat, or the scarcity of threats in Titanfall mixed in with the hordes of AI soldiers, but I feel a little bit lost in all the PvP game modes. There are certainly some streaks where I feel invincible, using the Exo-Suit boosts to fly around like the Grim Reaper himself, shotgun shells screaming like banshees. But for every one of those, there’s two stretches where I can’t buy a clean shot or any sort of support from a teammate.

The campaign is a wholly different beast. With a setting and a story that could be true enough in the near future, and the inclusion of some mind-blowing tech that isn’t that far off, Advanced Warfare makes you think and it makes you think hard. I won’t spoil any of it, there’s plenty of places around the internet to go if you want that sort of treatment. But I’m one of the few people I know that plays the campaign modes on FPS games anymore, and I’m telling you now: Don’t skip this one.

Seriously, buy Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now. If you haven’t taken the plunge into the XBox One / Playstation 4 realm yet, Activision is offering a trade-up program for the digital version. So there’s really no reason not to do it today.

— The Tabletop General