Call of Duty: Ghosts is battle ready for its launch today, 5 November. This will be the latest first-person-shooter (FPS) video game among the famous Call of Duty series.
But its maker, Infinity Ward and publisher Activision have braced for slower initial sales when compared with its predecessor 2012's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 that garnered $1 billion in 15 days.
The game has a futuristic 2023 setting where U.S. is no longer the superpower. An elite Special Operations group fight to regain America's lost status and prestige with the antagonists, the Federation of South American nations.
The game provides fresh approach for the franchise among the Call of Duty series and has added a sling of new features to make it attractive to gamers.
- Game will include a new multiplayer called the Squad modes where players can have soldiers customized to their liking and battle out against human or computer controlled characters.
- Players will also get a playable German shepherd dog named Riley.
- It has dynamic maps with interactive elements where the entire landscapes can shift
- Players will be provided with a lean system where they can lead around obstacles
- There is a new mantling system that allows players to move smoothly over objects and not lose momentum in the run.
Megan Fox aims for a UAV in Live-action Trailer
Megan Fox of "Transformers" fame stars in a new live-action trailer that was released on 2 November. The video is set to Frank Sinatra's "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die," song and features four different people firing and running across casinos in Las Vegas to snow filled tundras and ultimately to space.
Fox makes a cameo appearance in the trailer shooting down a UAV. The trailer also shows a German shepherd dog.
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New Perks System
Infinity Ward has detailed a new perks system for the game that will allow players to customize their soldiers and weapons. There are a total of 35 new perks for the game, with point value of 1-5 where players will need to pool 8-12 points on perks.
Players will have to play the game to unlock the required level to gain access to perks. Below are some of the categories that were mentioned in Call of Duty's community page.
Outrun and outmaneuver enemy players. Speed Perks are all about getting the lead and staying ahead. Examples include:
Sleight of Hand: Faster reloading.
Stalker: Move faster while aiming.
Dexterity and control drives the Handling Perks, improving actions and accuracy. Examples include:
On the Go: Reload while sprinting.
Steady Aim: Increased hip fire accuracy.
Stealth Perks aid the player in staying out of sight, maintaining a low profile and engaging on their terms. Examples include:
Takedown: Kill enemies without revealing their death locations.
Incog: Resistant to targeting systems including: Recon, Thermal Scope, Tracker Sight and Motion Sensor. No name or red crosshairs when targeted.
Keep in tune with your surroundings. Awareness Perks help you survey the environment and detect enemy players. Examples include:
SitRep: Detect enemy explosives and tactical equipment.
Wiretap: Utilize all active enemy and friendly SAT COMs on the field.
A hardened endurance reduces the effects of fatigue. Resistance Perks keep you going through tough engagements. Examples include:
Focus: Reduced weapon sway when aiming down sights and reduced flinch when hit.
Blast Shield: Increased resistance to explosive damage.
Tacticians swear by their gear, and Equipment Perks ensure you have the best tools on hand. Examples include:
Extra Tactical: Additional Tactical equipment.
Extra Attachment: Extra attachment for your weapons.
Elite Perks offer special abilities that affect your loadouts in a variety of ways. Examples include:
Gambler: Spawn with a random Perk.
Ping: Activate a sonar ping upon killing an enemy, revealing nearby hostiles.
Developer Confirms Game will Run 1080p on PlayStation 4 and 720p on Xbox One
Mark Rubin, head of Infinity Ward confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts' Xbox version will be running at 720p while that of PlayStation 4 will be running at full 1080p HD.
"Early on, we didn't know where exactly the resolution of anything would fall because we didn't have hardware or the software to support it," he added, according to Eurogamer. He explained that though his studio kept it at 1080p, the "VO chat on Xbox took up so much resources that we couldn't do 1080p native." He also added that the game can run at native 1080p however, the studio was unable to "get the frame rate in the neighborhood we wanted it to be."
This will mean that upscaling software will be used to make it run at 1080p from native 720p. This will be a disadvantage for Xbox One console as the resolution of the game will be technically inferior to PlayStation 4 version.
Doomed Squad Introduced In Extinction Mode Trailer
After confirming the new Extinction mode for the game, the developers released a trailer where the Ghosts battle out with alien invaders.
A squad is seen combing up the area when they descend upon the nest of breeding aliens. A host of other aliens are already watching over to attack the human invaders.
Players will have to survive and defend their lines as waves of alien invaders attack them.
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Free Fall Gameplay Trailer
A trailer was also released concentrating on the pre-order bonus map, 'Free Fall'. Free Fall is a dynamic map where skyscrapers fall and players will have to keep shifting as there will be jerks and the map keeps changing.
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