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E3 2013: Call of Duty: Ghosts (Multi-Platform) Preview

June 24, 2013 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

During this year’s E3, Activision treated us to a special behind-closed-doors, hands-off demo preview for Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest game in the franchise developed by Infinity Ward, who previously worked on the Modern Warfare entries. Ghosts takes place after a catastrophic event has devastated America, and the nation is no longer a global superpower as a result. Ten years later, what’s left of the military form an elite, near mythic group of soldiers called the Ghosts to combat a new threat against what remains of America. From what I can tell, you play a soldier who has just been brought into the group. Details on the threat remain thin. It appears there is an invading or occupying force in the US.

The first demoed level showed you and your comrade traversing through the wasteland of a major American city. It appeared to be Los Angeles. It looks like a nuclear bomb or something equally devastating went off there. The developers showed off the special K-9 dog that’s part of the group. You actually get to control and use the dog who can go on ahead into enemy outposts and help you breach them. Graphics and details on the game looked impressive. During the presentation, the developers also demonstrated how they were able to make graphical improvements with the game to make everything appear more three dimensional and vibrant instead of flat.

The next level was an underwater mission. In this level, you are actually armed with a real-life assault rifle actually built to be utilized underwater, which I thought was neat. This stage was pretty intense with some strong atmosphere. The level of detail on the stage, complete with various schools of exotic fish, wrecked ships, and underwater reefs was amazing. The area is crawling with enemies. After you progress, you encounter some enemy divers and take them out with the underwater machine gun. Eventually you have to track down an enemy craft that’s releasing some intense water pressure that knocks you back. All hell breaks looks though after you nail the craft with a type of hand-launched, remote controlled torpedo. The impact of the explosion traps you under some wreckage. Your partner helps out, but tons of debris and wreckage if floating down right on top of you. After a brief escape sequence, you are intercepted by enemy divers on some mini-subs who you start to engage just before the demo ends.

The game looks good. Generally, I prefer the game and combat style of the Infinity Ward Call of Duty games, though the ones by Treyarch tend to have better story elements. The setting and scenario for this game looks cool, and I especially like that there will be underwater combat. Call of Duty: Ghosts is set to be released on the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on November 5. The game will also be released on the Xbox One and PS4 later this year.

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