So, what would the day be without a number of articles focusing on the multiplayer of Call of Duty Ghosts? The same as a day with one article that just talks about everything that got revealed yesterday. So if you missed it, or just want to reminisce, then read on.
Wait. Let’s show the reveal trailer first. Then we’ll carry on…
So yes, there are dogs, sliding, soldiers to customise, corners to lean around, squads, new modes, new weapons, destructible environments, real obstacle vaulting (while shooting!), female soldiers and things we may have missed on first viewing. All in all, this new Battlefield looks like the last one right?!
To be fair, that’s all a little unfair on our part. The multiplayer certainly looks sleek and improved as one should expect now. In fact it is probably incorporating some of the biggest changes to the multiplayer in the series since eSports was added last year.
Mentions of eSports itself was a little thin on the ground, but watching footage did appear to reveal an element of the CoD Casting incorporated into Black Ops 2. Whether it will be as complete as the Treyarch title is a little unclear at the moment, but we’re sure more details will arrive in the coming months in the lead up to Ghosts’ 5 November release.
What has been confirmed is that Call of Duty Championship will be back in 2014 on Xbox, with Call of Duty Ghosts being the title played (obviously), while MLG has confirmed that the game will be “the exclusive first person action and flagship title on the Major League Gaming (MLG) Pro Circuit in 2014.”
What is actually known is that there are three new game modes called Search and Rescue (a TDM variation crossed with Kill Confirmed), Cranked and Squad Mode. Based on the information at hand Capture the Flag has disappeared, as has Black Ops 2 competitive standard (and a personal favourite) Hardpoint. No-one was expecting Infinity Ward to mimic Treyarch completely, but the removal of Capture the Flag is particularly strange.
Squad Mode and Cranked were shown off, and Squad Mode appears to be the Combat Training, crossed with Spec Ops, crossed with Battlefield mode, while Cranked is exactly like the high octane Jason Statham movie Crank.
There is a new ‘Field Orders’ feature sees the first player to die drop a suitcase. Once grabbed by another player the suitcase reveals a special side-mission (get a set number of kills, or head shots). If the mini-mission is achieved before that player dies they will get a strike package containing any of the game’s powerful Strike weapons. Death before the target is reached means the suitcase is dropped for another player to grab.
Squad Mode will allow you to create a custom squad of up to ten characters (yes, you can choose a female soldier and dress yourself up a little) and play either solo, co-op or competitively against other squads – even offline as bots in your opponent’s games – all the while earning XP for your online multiplayer character. There are four modes in the Squad Mode:
- ‘Squad vs Squad’ – You and your Squad (controlled by AI) against another player and their AI squad.
- ‘Wargame’ – Five squad mates to play against an all-AI enemy team.
- ‘Safeguard’ – A four-player co-op mode with wave-based AI enemies.
- ‘Squad Assault’ – Six-player co-op that lets you and five others tackle an offline player’s squad.
There are 30 new weapons in the game, and a new weapon class called the Marksman Rifle. This weapon is essentially somewhere between an assault rifle and a traditional sniper rifle.
There are 20 new Killstreaks and there are no more Death Streaks. Superdog Riley will be one of the new Killstreaks, and it shouldn’t take a genius to figure out what he does. The perks have also been altered and are now grouped into seven Perk types:
- Speed - Includes Sleight of Hand, Agility, etc.
- Handling – Includes On The Go (reload while sprinting), Strong Arm, etc.
- Equipment - Allows players to hold extra equipment, attachments and ammunition.
- Elite - A Perk type that includes Ping (sonar ping activated when killing an enemy to reveal nearby hostiles) and Deadeye (consecutive kills increase the chance to deal more bullet damage).
Movement on the maps has been greatly improved. Vaulting, sliding, peeking goes along with dynamic maps and partly destructible environments. We’re pretty sure that the dynamic elements will be switched off for competitive play, as will the new ‘Elite’ perks.
Weapons, streaks and other items are unlocked in any order you like using Squad Points earned as you play multiplayer matches, and you can Prestige a soldier in your squad and still keep your unlocked gear. With ten players in your squad, that means ten levels of Prestige.
Clan integration seems to be one of the new genuinely eSports focused additions to the game. In ‘Clan Wars’ your clan is paired up with others in a mini tournament which awards clans points over two weeks. If this feature can be set up as a private option, it should make organising tournaments much easier.
The is also a mobile app which will introduce new Clan support features, including clan chat and game invites, along with a Clan-based meta game with Clan XP that can be earned in Clan games allowing you to level up your Clan.
Sticking with mobile apps, Call of Duty Elite will be integrated with mobile and tablet apps and you will be able to track career stats, allow for custom load outs and more – all for free.
Four DLC packs have been confirmed which will be discounted if you buy the Season Pass ($49.99/4000MSP or four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $14.99/1200MSP each).
Finally, should you switch from the Xbox 360 to Xbox One (or PS3 to PS4), all the stats you built up on the current-gen console will be picked up on the Xbox One version of the game. The Season Pass will also be transferable between consoles of the same “family” – free for a limited time only.
The full Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal event – if you have an hour or so.
Or watch as Call of Duty Pros play a team of US Marines on the map Strikezone in the mode ‘Cranked’. The gameplay looks fast and furious and standing still will be one of the worst decisions you will make.
The Squad Mode video.
Hardened and Prestige Edition
Another year, another Call of Duty, another military item you will use once and put in the back of the cupboard. Yes, it’s the Hardened and Prestige editions of the latest entry into the franchise, and they are identical, except for the full HD 1080p, water resistant, wide-angle mounted, wearable tactical camera “based on the actual helmet camera featured in the game itself.” The rest of the content includes:
- A copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts
- DLC Season Pass
- Limited edition Collectible Steelbook
- Paracord Strap
- Downloadable bonus multiplayer map: Freefall
- Ghosts Insignia Pack including in-game player patch, playercard & background
- Digital Call of Duty: Ghosts soundtrack