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E3 2013: Call of Duty Ghosts Preview


Call of Duty: Ghosts takes place 10 years after the events of Modern Warfare 3, in which the United States is hit with a devastating attack of some sorts and your character must sync up with the Ghosts, an elite task force that comes in to save the day. We don’t really know what the event is, yet, but it looks pretty bad from the devastation that used to be San Diego and now just looks like a giant hole in the ground.

There’s no getting around the fact that Ghosts is more Call of Duty, but if you give it the chance, it’s attempting to do something special with its campaign by giving you something other than yourself to care about.

That something else? It’s Riley, your companion dog that is by your side throughout the game. Before you say anything, yes. Peter Molyneux did the same thing, but it worked. And it works here too. Riley isn’t just some dog that follows you around, he has meaning. He directly impacts the game in a meaning and powerful way.

In the opening scene of our demo, you control Riley through the use of his backpack, something that was pulled from real military operations. There’s a camera so that you can see what he sees, a speaker so that you can issue commands from a distance, and vibration motors on the collar to tell Riley where you want him to go. Since it’s all based on current technology, it’s extremely interesting to see how it all works; plus, it’s more believable.

As always, there’s a really neat underwater exploration section that gives members of Ghosts access to the APS, which is a gun that can shoot underwater. Normal guns can’t do that, but the dev team insists this is also based on real world technology. Things go wrong and stuff starts blowing up, requiring you to swim between falling pieces of wreckage before falling prey to a giant piece of a ship, or, at least, that’s what it looks like; things cut to black.

We then move to a nighttime scene atop a skyscraper as the Ghosts shoot steel cables to another building and start to traverse. As they’re halfway across the gap, the cable drops and they swing toward the building to start rappelling. It’s one of those moments that everyone watching the demo audibly said, “woah, uh” as if they had a quick sensation of vertigo watching the Ghosts fall toward the building. It’s a monumental moment that sets the tone of just what Call of Duty: Ghosts is still about: those big set pieces.

From here, the level turns into more of a stealthy shooter segment as they traverse the outside of the building, moving from room to room, taking out enemies through the windows; everything happening from outside the building.

They eventually cut a hole in the glass and make their way in to get to the shooting, but there’s still a more emphasized focus on stealth, even right up to the very end as they’re rappelling and taking out enemies while moving down the building.

Of course, this is all helped by Ghosts’ new graphical engine that looks beautiful running on Xbox One hardware. Lighting and shadows don’t seem forced anymore, but, rather, give off a distinctly natural tone, which was much needed.

It’s no secret that single-player isn’t the main reason that people buy Call of Duty, but that doesn’t stop Ghosts from having a great campaign to compliment the multiplayer aspect. While we were only shown three short snippets of campaign segments, Call of Duty: Ghosts seems to be taking a more subdued, mature approach to the campaign that Call of Duty has always needed.

Words by Alex Rubens. 

Unfortunately ShopTo is not stocking Call of Duty Ghosts at this time, however you can pre-order Battlefield 4 below.

Edited On 24 Jun, 2013

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DynamiteWhyte's avatar
DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
Love how the news about COD: Ghosts, and Battlefield is the game linked to buy below it.
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troublemaker 3 years ago
It's brilliant!
Johno Muller's avatar
Johno Muller 3 years ago
I like it almost as much as I would like PS4 stuff below an xbone article
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
been playing some modern warfare 3 this weekend and liking it again so may pick this up at some point
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HappyNoodleBoy 3 years ago
between BF4, Titanfall and Killzone 4 this will be ignored.
Johno Muller's avatar
Johno Muller 3 years ago
Bastard kids demanding their games a day early ruining the experience for everyone else
Joe2120's avatar
Joe2120 3 years ago
Haha I wasn't sure what to do since we aren't selling COD Ghosts :p
DynamiteWhyte's avatar
DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
What is the script with Destiny Joe?
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
Titanfall isnt out this year is it? I feel as though i may be missing out on this for a while as well with all the xbox one games and ps4 games.
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LFC Bywater 3 years ago
Not selling cod ghosts at all?
DynamiteWhyte's avatar
DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
I think they'll sell COD:Ghosts, but not until it is released. But don't quote me on that...

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