We Are Changing “Call of Duty”

Call of Duty series is not going anywhere in the foreseeable future, but it is absolutely not a bad thing. Yes, the last four installments were just a copy/paste of one another with different settings and minor gameplay tweaks in the single-player campaign. Yes, the basic corridor formula hasn’t budged an inch in the last four years. And, yes, the set-pieces at times were ridiculously contrived just for the sake of showing them in first-person.

But at the end of the day even the most jaded and picky gamer (unless of course he’s a complete self-righteous individual) can agree that there is still some fun to be had there. The gunplay ultimately works, except for some guns sounding like broken pop-corn machines. The rapid changing of perspectives and the overall story delivery insure that the player is always kept on his toes. The controls are tight and responsive without exception. And the set-pieces even for the hardcore and casual gamers alike can deliver thrills and excitement.

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Noticed how I used the term “casual gamers” in the last sentence? No, I’m not trying to segregate people to start an argument. I’m saying that there are those who are actually passionate about video games and then there are those who just merely find it as a fun pastime. And both viewpoints are justified. But in case of COD collocation “casual gamer” perfectly encapsulates the secret of its financial success. It structure appeals to everyone and especially to those who merely seek a short distraction from their everyday routine. I’m not saying it lacks depth or enjoyment. The multiplayer as a twitch-based shooter is really fun. Unlocking new weapons, gear, different perks and then using them is incredibly addicting There is even an amount of strategy to be found there, despite what some rage-fueled gamers might suggest. But the overall experience, both single-player and multiplayer, can be boiled down to one word – fast. And I want to stress this out – it’s not a bad thing. It’s just how all the games in the Call of Duty Series have been designed from the beginning and it works perfectly well. And because of this gameplay design it appeals to everybody.

Especially to those who just have an hour a day to relax and play one game. Because imagine you are a family man with a full-time job and you just want a short burst of escapism for two hours? What will you pick: a game where you have to learn basic mechanics and combos or a game where a machine gun is handed to you with a with one simple instruction “Go nuts!” There are obviously exceptions to this (like with every rule), but for the most part untutored gamers will pick the latter. And as we can see, they already do. Considering that around the world even those people who don’t know anything about videogames, heard of “Call of Duty”. And that’s a fact. It’s ridiculously popular for all the right and wrong reasons at the same time, and to sit in your room, merely flinging poo at it without any explanation will not benefit anyone. Of course it doesn’t mean that you need to bend over and let developers have their way even if you don’t like what the current game is offering.

No, it means that we need to make valid points, talk with developers using those points, make suggestions in general without resorting to verbal violence and, finally, vote with our money. I know it’s a very simple and obvious observation, but it looks like we have forgotten about it. And I don’t actually blame those who have, because partly they do have a point. Even if you are a long-time fan, you have to admit that the argument “every year, all the same” at this period in time is somewhat validated if articulated correctly. But we finally can fix it, right now. And you know why it not only might work, but is already showing results?

The latest “Black Ops 3” gameplay presented at E3. Treyarch finally decided to give player some choices in how to approach the game in the single-player campaign. What gear to choose, what weapons and augmentations to take into battle. Certain sections of the map will be an open playground. At last, all weapons sound like actual firearms and not toys for children. They are altering and changing-up what has become the routine of this series. Whether or not Treyarch will succeed is a totally different question. But from what has been shown, I have to state, that this is the first Call of Duty that I had interest in since the original “Black Ops”.

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That’s the point of this article. To say that, yes, for the last four years (some would argue even more) the Call of Duty series has been refusing to evolve or change in any way. I am sure that even some of the hardcore fans can partially agree with that statement. But I am also sure that even those who don’t like Call of Duty can see the potential presented in the new gameplay videos. Because the developers are not only mixing up the stale formula, but actually doing something truly exciting with it – presenting gamers with freedom.

So instead of trying to yell against COD or one another and say that it’s popular for no apparent reason. Or simply outright ignoring it and not giving a blumpkin of whatever will happen to it. Let’s just take a step back and, if Treyarch delivers on what they have showed, see the obvious evolution of the franchise and future potential on display. “Why do that?” – you ask. Because, it will sell no matter what. The reputation amongst casual players has been built and people who simply want to relax for couple of hours will buy it for the reasons that I’ve mentioned above. So let’s not piss in the incoming tide for once, but to actually help it change its course, because now it seems to be possible. So that we will have something more to play that is not only entertaining or good but is genuinely fun.

How to Get More Supply Drops in CoD Advanced Warfare

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Now that we’ve managed to fix all those Call of Duty Advanced Warfare crashes and problems, we are ready to fully experience the game. The Supply Drops represent a brand new way to gain extra items for the multiplayer matches and you’re probably wonder how to get more Supply Drops in the game, since you can either use the items or sell them for even more XP points. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do with them, but we’re here to help.

So if you want to get more Supply Drops in CoD Advanced Warfare, read on!

Die often, die quick!
It might sound strange and it might be a coincidence, but I seem to get more supply drops when I die in the game, especially if I manage to be the first casualty during a round or I die immediately after joining the game. So try it for yourself a few times, you might be surprised to see it works! Just have in mind that you have to die really fast after the game starts, otherwise it might not work!

Upgrade your Exo-Suit
This is for the single player campaign: when you upgrade your Exo-suit and max out a particular upgrade, you will receive a free supply drop. So since there are 10 upgrades possible, you can get 10 free Supply Drops from the campaign mode! So make sure that you play your best and get them fast!

Supply Drops and play time
Another thing that seems to be true in my case is that the more time you spend in the game, the higher the chances of you earning a supply drop. So the more you stay in multiplayer and level up, the more supply drops you will get.

So unfortunately, there’s not much you can do in order to get more of these goodies in CoD: Advanced Warfare, but you can certainly try out my recommended method. Most likely it’s some sort of glitch, which means that it might get patched in a future update. So make sure that you take advantage of it while it lasts and get all those great Supply Drops!

How to Unlock Zombies Mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Now that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is upon us and we’ve already solved the game’s problems with crashes and freezes, it’s time to focus on the gameplay and one particular game mode: the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Zombies mode! Ever since it was introduced as a game mode in the CoD series, this has proved to be really popular and it should be no surprise that more and more people want to play it. We are here to tell you how to unlock the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare zombies mode so that you can too experience its greatness as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, some people will probably dislike the method: you need to make a purchase in the game and spend $49.99 on the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass. You will also get a bunch of multiplayer maps and the Atlas Gorge map. The good thing about this? It will launch sometime in mid-January 2015, so you still have time to save up some money for the DLC. Or just do the natural thing and get mad at another incomplete release in the gaming world, aimed only at getting more money from your pockets for features that could’ve obviously been introduced to what is considered a complete game.

You can also get a taste of the CoD:AW zombies for free by unlocking the Zombies Bonus Wave in the game. In order to do this, you have to unlock every map in the Exo-Survival Co-Op Mode then make it all the way to the end of the Round 10. At that point, you will receive a bonus round – round 11 – in the game, where you will fight the zombies. It’s not an easy task, but it’s doable.

Even nicer is the fact that after successfully completing the Bonus Zombie Wave in Call of Duty Advanced warfare, you will be rewarded with a playable Zombie Character, a custom outfit Zombie Exo-Suit and Helmet to use in multiplayer!

How to Fix Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Crashes, Freezes and Other Errors

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That time of the year is finally here: Call of Duty Advanced Warfare has been launched and the world is once again ready to spend countless hours in CoD, enjoying the new features. However, not all gamers are lucky to get the full, flawless experience and there are quite a few who report Call of Duty Advanced Warfare crashes, freezes and other performance related errors in the game.

We are here to help you get them fixed, so check out our guide for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare crashes, freezes and other error fixes and hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for and get the chance to fully experience the game and all of its features.

First of all, if you have any problems running the game, you should start with what I consider the basics: make sure that you have the latest drivers installed, both for your graphics card as well as the sound card and if your computer doesn’t meet the recommended system requirements, make sure to lower your settings. If doing this doesn’t fix your CoD Advanced Warfare crashes and freezes, it’s time to try some other things!

Cut Scene sound sync fix
Many people have problems with the sound during the cutscenes which goes out of sync (or even the screen goes blank from time to time and makes it unwatchable). There are two possible fixes for this problem:

1. Run the game in Windowed mode (No Border) and you’ll lose the problem.
2. If you for some reason don’t want to switch to windowed mode, you can simply not watch the cutscene, save the game after the mission begins, then reload and enjoy your working video. I believe that the first fix is less time consuming, though!

Nvidia SLI fix

As SLI is not supported natively by the game and you might just want to be able to play the title, here’s the fix that will allow you to do so (via HarBinGeR on the Steam Forums):

Set the following options for the Advanced Warfare profile using Nvidia Inspector :

SLI compatibility bits(DX1x) : 0x020000F5 (Wargame: AirlLand Battle, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Titanfall)

Nvidia predifined SLI mode : SLI_PREDIFINED_MODE_FORCE_AFR

Nvidia predifined SLI mode on DirectX10 : SLI_PREDEFINED_MODE_DX10_FORCE_AFR

Nvidia predefined number of GUP’s to use on SLI rendering mode : SLI_PREDEFINED_GPU_COUNT_FOUR

Nvidia predefined number of GPU’s to use on SLI rendering mode on DX10 : SLI_PREDEFINED_GPU_COUNT_DX10_FOUR

Other people are reporting COD AW crashes and freezes during gameplay caused by the overheating of their rigs. So make sure that you keep your computer’s temperature optimal when running the game.

Also, make sure that you close any background program if you’re experiencing problems, including antivirus and screen recording software.

If your game is crashing and giving you textures-related error messages, disable the Cache Spot Shadow Maps and Cache Sun Shadow Maps in the Settings menu, then restart the game. Your problems should be gone now.

These would be for now our suggested fixes for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare problems. We’re still working on finding new fixes for reported problems and you can help by sharing with us any possible workarounds that you have found, or let us know if you still have problems with running the game after trying these fixes.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare System Requirements Revealed

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That time of the year is getting closer and close: the time when a new Call of Duty game is launched and takes the world by storm, despite the criticism that will surely follow. The next game in the series is Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and I am sure you’re curious to at least give it a try, and you might wonder if your computer is strong enough to handle all the effort. Well, you’re one step closer to finding out, as Activision has just revealed the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare system requirements and you can check them out below.

So if you don’t have one of the best rigs out there, here are the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare minimum system requirements to play the game:

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit
Processor: Intel CoreTM i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 2.80 GHz or better
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 5870 @ 1GB or better
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 55 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX-compatible

Unfortunately, the recommended system specifications haven’t been revealed so far, but anything better than what we have above will surely improve your game’s experience. And fortunately, apart from the huge 55GB requirement in terms of HDD space, the requirements are not way to different compared to those of the last year’s game. In other words, if you were able to run last year’s CoD, you will probably have no problem playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: 5 New Features Coming to the Series

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Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare is the new game of the Call of Duty series and it’s coming out on 4th November. The series is taking a different path this time by embracing a new theme and leaving behind the realistic approach. Advanced Warfare will display a futuristic world, where current-gen technology is fused with science fiction theories. The idea by itself seems quite innovative but the truth is that most of the upcoming features come from other first-person shooter titles. They’re indeed new to the series but old to the genre. Discover the core new features coming to Call of Duty Advanced Warfare this autumn.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare gif1. Futuristic Maneuvers

Call of Duty has always been about representing modern war in the most realistic way, so humanly impossible moves, such as long-range jumps, were never considered in the previous releases. However, things will be different now with the upcoming high-tech theme. Advanced Warfare soldiers will be equipped with a jet pack that will allow them to execute several futuristic maneuvers. Wall climbing, high jumps and long-distance leaps will be part of the new game maneuvers.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare gif2. Sci-Fi Artillery and Weaponry

Advanced Warfare will present a series of new weaponry non-existent in the real world. As expected, bullet-based guns will still be part of every battlefield but that’s far from being a limitation since countless sci-fi weapons are being developed right now. Still, the most exciting innovation will rely on the vehicle sector, where laser tanks, hover bikes and ultra-sonic combat planes will become a reality.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare gif3. Interactive Environment

It’s not entirely clear how the next Call of Duty game will make use of environmental interactivity and dynamism. The only functionality known so far is a semi-automatic metal barrier that can be assembled in a question of seconds. This barrier prototype will most likely be displayed as a dynamic element in multiple environments, allowing players to take advantage of this futuristic cover.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare gif4. Nano-Technology Skills

For the first time, Call of Duty will have technologic advanced skills all over the place. Players will be equipped with a nano technology device capable of providing special powers, from super strength and agility to hyper infrared vision. Additionally, there will be other utility skills that will truly revolution the series – invisibility cloaks and anti-explosive scans will be two of the upcoming defensive features.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare gif5. Advanced Cybernetic & Robotics

Advanced Warfare will feature a drone and robot systems. It’s rumored that drones will have a significant role in reconing but it remains unknown if they’ll be an integrant part of multiplayer. Furthermore, the advanced robotics will allow players to command and fight from the inside of massive combat robots. It’s unclear if machines will have any special abilities.

It’s a whole new experience for Call of Duty. So far, the reception hasn’t been the best, specially because most of the upcoming features come from other FPS games, such as Crysis and Titanfall. Let’s hope Sledgehammer Games is preparing further and more complex content and that originality will find its way into Advanced Warfare.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: Power Changes Everything but So Does Graphics

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the next game of the Call of Duty series and it has recently received a fresh reveal trailer unveiling some of the upcoming features. As expected, one the most prominent debates about graphics and resolutions in the video game world is back with a new premise. Advanced Warfare slogan revolves around power and the importance it has in any timeline, present or future, “power changes everything”. But in video games, with a particular focus on the first-person shooter genre, it’s not just power that changes everything, graphics also have the power to transform and shape a whole new scenario.

The Power of Graphics: Realism and Immersion

Call of Duty Advanced WarfareIt’s not my intent to discuss Advanced Warfare’s resolutions and console performances here. Instead, I’ll be discussing the overall graphic quality growth patent in the reveal trailer and its possible effects. It’s a well-known fact that high-quality graphics increases realism, thus immersion. That’s why gamers always seek the highest resolutions possible, because it renders superior visuals. There are more pixels, therefore texture, lighting, effects and color aggregations become more complex. This generates an overall better result, by other words, graphics become more realistic and that’s what gamers want, a more accurate simulation of reality. Playing a game that feels real is completely different from a game that can’t transcend its boundaries. Immersion is about capturing the essence, transforming the virtual into something psychologically tangible and impactful. In Advanced Warfare this essence has been improved, characters and objects have a superior detail quality compared to Ghosts, the previous game. And special effects have become more resourceful and precise. It’s indeed a step forward towards a perfect embodiment of war in real-time.

Call of Duty Advanced WarfareThe Power of Graphics: Game Engines

Call of Duty Advanced WarfareThe gaming engines play a determinant role in the appearance of visuals. In this case, you can even apply the Advanced Warfare’s slogan logic and state that power changes everything when it comes to graphics. New and more powerful engines are capable of impressive results and the upcoming Call of Duty game seems to be a perfect example of how engine evolution can change everything. In Ghosts, some of the most exciting features revolved around the extraordinary specular mapping of particles and interactive HDR effects (smoke, lightning, explosions). Now, in Advanced Warfare it seems things will go much further with a new dynamic movement system (wall walking, large jumps and other sci-fi maneuver moves) and a possible ultra-rendering technology capable of generating impressive representations of reality, such as an accurate and convincing model of Kevin Spacey.

The Power of Graphics: Is Advanced Warfare Going to Be on Another Level Compared to Ghosts?

Call of Duty Advanced WarfareBased on Activision’s official indications I am quite convinced that Advanced Warfare will be on a very different level compared to Ghosts. It’s true that development is on-going and many things could substantially change until the release date but it would be extremely naïve to ignore the current facts that point towards an improved visual quality system. The recently screenshots display a tremendous detail quality in every single object and the trailer goes even further, with signs that effects and lightning have received a huge improvement. Everything is neater but at the same time, more soft and refined, it’s the clear effect of advanced motion blur and dynamic rendering systems. Special effects also seem more genuine and vigorous. Is it, perhaps, the result of a new particle displacement system or even something completely new? At his point, it’s too hard to tell. But one thing is for certain, Advanced Warfare will display better graphics at every level, what’s left to know however, is if this quality can be maintained without sacrificing performance.

The Power of Graphics: Quality and Performance

Call of Duty Advanced WarfareIn first-person shooter games like Call of Duty, maintaining a sustained 60fps is vital for a proper gameplay. But so far, everything indicates that graphical resolution and quality increases are being prioritized over performance, including solid frame-rates. It’s always pleasing to see stunning images but if it comes at the cost of performance, then the whole effort will be mostly in vain. Gamers seek a balance between both features but in the end, performance is what matters the most. What’s the use of elegant and super-realistic graphics if you can’t move free of lag? I suppose that a new technology capable of establishing this stability is being developed, else we can only expect a huge spec requirement for this game. Just as graphics, performance can change everything too and that’s what makes me sure that Sledgehammer Games won’t take the futile path of elegance; it would be too controversial and unhealthy for the series.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Release Date, Pre Order, Details, Screenshots & Trailer

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It was over 10 days ago when the first leaked details about the next Call of Duty game started to surface (with the first screenshot) and now Activision decided to put an end to the speculations and offer official details about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the upcoming title in the series. We have gathered all the pieces in one single article, so we have here the Call of Duty Advanced Warfare release date, first in-game screenshots, trailer and all the details unveiled so far. A must read and see for all Call of Duty fans out there!

We’ll start with what is probably the most important thing: the release date. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise, since all CoD games are launched at a similar date, but this particular one is coming on November 4th. You can already pre-order the game on Amazon here for the platform of your choice. It should be, again, no surprise to hear that all major consoles are covered: PS 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Developed by Sledgehammer Games (involved with Modern Warfare 3), Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings in the game some really big names: actor Kevin Spacey, starring as Jonathan Irons – one of the most powerful men in the world. You can see him in the trailer below.

But until then, let’s check out all the details we have on the upcoming CoD Advanced Warfare title! You can’t help but say “hmm… Crysis!” when you hear about the use of exoskeletons in the game, which in terms of gameplay will enhance the player’s movement (think boost jumps and grappling, covert cloaking abilities, and biomechanics that provide unparalleled strength, awareness, endurance, and speed). The developers promise that this changes “fundamentally” the way people play Call of Duty.

We also have improvements and changes in the arsenal area: new weapons and abilities are prepared for the launch day, all-new equipment and perks, as well as vehicles (like hoverbikes, yay!) and specialized drones. There will also be a new type of ammunition used in the game, “directed-energy weaponry” that Sledgehammer Games promise to enable new gameplay mechanics, but exact details are not offered.

The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer you can watch below offers a lot of in-game action, although very little, actual gameplay. However, it’s easy to see that the graphics will be really nice and the new exoskeleton element will work great. We can also see some other features, like building our own cover, climbing on walls like Spiderman and the nice hoverbikes:

And if the trailer is not enough for you, Activision has also released a few official screenshots you can enjoy below:

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So, what do you think about this upcoming Call of Duty game? Do you like the new ideas behind this year’s release or you would’ve preferred something more traditional?