Battlefield 4 Takes A (Nasty) Shot At Call Of Duty’s Pet, Riley
If there’s one thing Activision is pushing hard in their Call of Duty: Ghosts, marketing campaign, it’s the inclusion of a friendly German Shepherd named Riley. Not only is he cute, with his battle scars and war torn pelt, Riley seems like an unstoppable force of awesome, with players being able to issue him commands and even control him in certain segments of the game.
I mean, did you see that last Call of Duty trailer? Riley takes down an entire fucking helicopter. No more slow motion, brotastic moments where you grab a character’s hand just as the building explodes in the background. No, you’re sending Riley in, and he seems like he gets things done first time around.
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Riley might be the poster dog for Ghosts, but EA has a message of their own in the new Battlefield 4 story trailer, which you can check out above. It’s all a standard affair, until you see a really up close and personal shot of a soldier pinning down a, wait for it, German Shepherd, and beating it rather violently. Now, that could just be a glimpse at some of the violence you’ll experience in EA’s new shooter, which shouldn’t surprise anyone considering both shooter’s multiple scenes of doggie warfare, but I’m seeing a thinly veiled shot at Call of Duty here.
And, if that really is the intention (which I believe it is), it’s rather harsh coming from EA. I don’t know, I love my nine dogs, so I might be overly sensitive to the issue, but using a scene like this in a marketing campaign seems cheap and distasteful to me.
And yes, seeing a dog rip the jugular out of a man’s neck is totally acceptable. We’re a mass of contradictions. Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments below.