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Is ‘Advanced Warfare’ really advanced?

Title: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4
Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014

Perhaps the most divisive franchise in gaming today is the Call of Duty franchise, which went from a trailblazing squad-based shooting experience in World War II to the over-the-top, set-piece heavy cinematic experience that now churns out a new title every year.

Advanced Warfare is being billed as the title that will silence the critics. The "exo suits, " a kind of bionic enhancement system for your soldier, grants the player superior aerial and lateral movement. Is it enough to change the formulaic Call of Duty multiplayer experience that gamers hate to love (or love to hate?).

At first blush, my answer is no. Tried and true strategies for gameplay remain effective in the new title, and while it's breathtaking to see your foes glide and soar over mostly bland arenas, the aim assist feature makes picking them out of the sky a familiar affair.

A full review of the title will follow, but here are my first impressions about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's gameplay.

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