Gamescom 2013: A Bombardment Of Call Of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer Details
Call of Duty: Ghosts didn’t have to wait until Gamescom to impress thousands of people around the world. With the multiplayer reveal taking place a week before the event, Activision chose to have everyone’s eyes on them at one time, and they definitely didn’t disappoint on the night. New games modes, return of strike packages and more got Call of Duty fans screaming last week, and now there’s even more.
In fact, it’s more and a closer look at some of the features that didn’t get enough love on the reveal evening. First up is the Create-a-Soldier system, which will allow players to choose from up to 20 000 different combinations for the appearance of their soldier, which can now either be male or female. The way players select their loadout has been hardly tweaked from the Black Ops 2 iteration, with players given a defined budget and then building their class around that. That means you can still take a weapon with three attachments and hardly any perks, or go solo with a knife and kit yourself out with passive bonuses. It’s an awesome system, and one I’m glad is returning.
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Speaking of perks, Ghosts will feature a host of new ones, split up into the following categories:
- Speed – Examples include Sleight of Hand and Agility allowing players to quickly move through the environment.
- Handling – Improve the player’s weapon handling abilities with perks such as On The Go (reload while sprinting) and Strong Arm (throw equipment further and decrease grenade cook time).
- Stealth – Perks such as Takedown (kill enemies without revealing their death location) and Off the Grid allow players to move through the environment undetected.
- Awareness – Improve a player’s situational awareness and ability to detect enemy equipment.
- Resistance – Enhance a player’s ability to withstand damage and regenerate health faster.
- Equipment – Perks that allow players to hold extra equipment, attachments and ammunition.
- Elite – A new type of player perk that includes Ping (a sonar ping that’s activated upon killing an enemy, revealing nearby hostiles) and Deadeye (consecutive kills increase the chance to deal more bullet damage).
As I’ve already pointed out, Strike Packages will make a much welcomed return with Ghosts, again being split up into three categories: Assualt, Support and Specialist. Here’s the breakdown:
Assault Strike Package – Strike package based on consecutive enemy kills that resets upon death. New streak rewards include:
- Sat Com – Utilize satellite communications to relay enemy movements. Drop multiple Sat Coms on the map for enhanced reads on enemy locations.
- Guard Dog – Man’s best friend is watching your back. Your Combat dog will warn you when there are nearby enemies and take out ones that got the jump on you.
- Maniac – Call in advanced juggernaut armor via Care Package; one catch, this knife expert forgoes guns in favor of a high-speed melee attack.
Support Strike Package – Strike package that does not reset on player’s death. New streak rewards include:
- Night Owl – An advanced companion drone that detects enemies based on proximity and protects you from explosives.
- MAAWS – Lase targets to guide missiles from the free-fire shoulder mounted rocket launcher.
- Helo Scout – Provide sniper support for your team aboard a controllable helicopter.
Specialist Strike Package – Consecutive kills earn players additional Perks.
Ghosts will also feature an array of new weapons, totalling up at 30 new toys for you to get your hands dirty with. On top of all that, there are a host of new game modes that will launch with Ghosts, including the return of familiar favourites.
There are seven new game modes in total:
- Search and Rescue – A take on Search & Destroy, but rather than having a single life per round, in Search & Rescue your team can revive you. It combines that teamwork and communication from Kill Confirmed with the objective-based cooperation of Search & Destroy.
- Cranked – A new level of TDM. When you get a kill, you gain new abilities, but you also start a countdown clock. Rack up the next kill before the timer hits zero, or you’ll explode. In this mode, players not only end up competing against the competition, but also against the clock.
- Blitz – An objective based mode where the goal is to breach the other team’s goal line while defending your own – a high-octane take on Capture the Flag.
- Squads – Call of Duty: Ghosts features an all-new third mode of play, Squads, which allows players of all skill levels to take their squad of soldiers created in multiplayer and enlist to play solo, cooperatively with up to six players, or competitively. Squads features a variety of play-types, allowing fans to swap-out their custom soldiers at any time with a friend for quick-action co-op. The competition can be fierce, as squad soldiers display life-like, skilled tactics and behaviors like side-strafing, corner-camping, jump-shooting and more. Players and their squads will earn XP, and if you’re offline, be prepared, as your squad may be challenged for play on their own.
- Squad vs. Squad – Two-player competitive, pitting you & your squad vs. your opponent & their squad.
- Squad Assault – Play against another player’s squad – even when they’re offline in up to six-player co-op. Match-make against squads made from around the world, or select one of your friend’s squads to assault. Offline players get in on the action, as they apply strategy too as they can determine the loadouts of their squad, as well as the map and mode that their squad will defend.
- Wargame – You & your handpicked squad of five soldiers vs. another squad, swap out your custom soldiers at any time with a friend for quick co-op play.
- Safeguard – Survive wave after wave of enemies in up to four-player co-op.
It’s already looking like it’s going to be another great year for Call of Duty fans, and Ghosts is certainly looking like one of the more exciting entries in recent years. Hell, I haven’t been this excited for a Call of Duty title since Modern Warfare 2, except that didn’t exactly turn out as expected.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will launch for PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U on November 5th.