Call Of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer Reveals Women, New Modes And More
My stance on Call of Duty is decidedly indifferent but I can’t deny that the multiplayer is supremely fun when I do dabble in it and Black Ops 2 certainly did some great new things with its multiplayer so what is Infinity Ward bringing with Ghosts? The answer is quite a lot.
The multiplayer reveal trailer showed off female soldiers, destructible environments (it had to be done sooner or later), player squads and the dog which has become the butt of pretty much all CoD jokes these days.
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Activision also confirmed an honestly interesting and fun sounding new mode called Cranked. It seems to draw inspiration from the Jason Statham movie actually. Kills make you faster but also initiates a countdown timer. Top the counter up with more kills or it will run down to zero and you go kaboom.
There’s also Search and Destroy which is a sort of Search and Rescue mode except player can be revived. Upon dying you will drop dog tags and if a fellow player chooses to pick up the tags then you’re back in. If an enemy gets it then you’re out for good.
Players can now create and customise full squads of 10, each soldier complete with their own leveling, XP, equipment and even Prestige status. Of course, what’s the point if there isn’t a Squad Mode to exploit your entourage in. It’s a solo co-op or competitive mode with matchmaking for entire squads rather than individual players.
The firm detailed four Squads modes; ‘Squad vs Squad’ has you team with your Squad (controlled by AI) against another player and their AI squad. ‘Wargame’ lets you pick five squad mates to play against an all-AI enemy team. ‘Safeguard’ is a four-player co-op mode with wave-based AI enemies. Squad Assault is a six-player co-op mode that lets you and five others tackle an offline player’s squad.
Whether you agree with this or not, XP earned in Squad Mode will contribute towards multiplayer. Below is a look at Squad Mode in action.
Below are some more details as well as a showcase of Cranked mode as played by two CoD professionals.
- A new ‘Field Orders’ feature sees the first player to die drop a suitcase. When another player grabs that suitcase they’re given a special side-mission (such as getting 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. When they die the suitcase is dropped for another player to grab.
- As previously detailed, Dynamic Map Events are events that can be triggered within maps that potentially change the lay of the land. Footage showed busses falling from cliffs, petrol stations exploding and walls being taken out – providing at least partially destructible environments.
- The now infamous pooch Riley can be called in as a guard dog – he will follow you around the map, attacking foes and will growl when enemies are nearby.
- There will be no more Death Streaks.
- Instead of a linear unlocking path, you will unlock weapons, streaks and other items in any order you like using Squad Points earned as you play multiplayer matches.
- When you Prestige a soldier in your squad you keep all of your unlocked gear. With a maximum of 10 soldiers in your Squad, that equates to 10 levels of Prestige, said Infinity Wards’ Mark Rubin.
- The game will contain 30 new weapons, which represents “an 80 per cent overhaul from Modern Warfare 3”. This including an entirely new weapon class, the Marksman Rifles, which Rubin said “bridges the gap between snipers and marksman”.
- Cross-gen profile transfers are confirmed, meaning all stats built up on Xbox 360, for example, can be picked up on the Xbox One version of the game. Cross-gen transfers are restricted to the same console family (so 360 profiles are not retrievable on PS4).
- Call of Duty Elite will be integrated with mobile and tablet apps, for which you can sign up for free. The app, launching alongside Ghosts, will track career stats, allow for custom load outs and more.
- The mobile app will introduce new Clan support features, including clan chat and game invites, and a Clan-based meta game with Clan XP that can be earned in Clan games allowing you to level up your Clan.
- Clan Wars pairs your clan up with others once every two weeks, with matches giving clans points in a mini tournament that lasts two weeks.
I don’t really know what more to say, it all looks really truly great and very exciting. Now if only we could get a companion tiger cub instead of that meddling dog. On that note, would you pay money for a Scooby Doo skin pack?
While you’re here, take a look at what might just be the game’s special editions. There are two – The Hardened Edition and Prestige Edition. The editions were outed by a NeoGAF user so don’t take it as fact just yet.
Both come with a collectible steelbox, the Free Fall bonus multiplayer map, a season pass and bonus digital content which includes the game’s soundtrack. Oh and there’s the Paracord Strap to put around your wrist so that everyone knows just how much you love Call of Duty.
Where it differs is that the Prestige Edition comes in a big box to house the 1080p HD Tactical Camera that you get. Activision is known for having these cool little pieces of tech in CoD collector’s editions and the stalking potential of a camera like this is boundless.
As special editions go, these aren’t too bad but the multiplayer is certainly looking to be doing a lot of things right. Also, Eminem. How can you not like it with Eminem playing in the background?