Five Things We Noticed About Call of Duty: Ghosts

Guiding your dog, shooting at fish, and playing your part in Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Activision has been showing off the first gameplay for its revamped Call of Duty game at E3 2013. The story in Call of Duty: Ghosts takes place more than a decade after an as-yet-unspecified event dethrones America as a world superpower. As a result of the incident, you and your brother grow up a product of this new age, taking up arms as part of a resistance force. While developer Infinity Ward says that this turning of the tables means you'll no longer have the juicy military gadgets you normally would at your disposal, the demo we saw definitely didn't have us fighting with pointy sticks. Read on for five things we noticed during our demo of Call of Duty: Ghosts.

You will need to prepare your approach

Plenty of jokes have already been made about the inclusion of a dog in this year's instalment, but after seeing the game in action, it's clear that the addition adds a stealth helper as much as it does a fighting sidekick. Riley, your canine companion, is fitted with its own tactical vest, which includes a periscope-style camera you can deploy in the field to scout ahead before wading into combat. There will still be plenty of time to go in with guns blazing, but in at least one section, it was useful to pull out a tablet controller, take control in pup view, and issue commands to mark targets before launching our attack.

Dogs can wear headphones too

Like any good member of the team, Riley is equipped with an earpiece and is wired for sound. This allows you to whisper sweet nothings and orders during tense moments. These include commands to sneak in and scope out the scene, or go straight for the jugular, biting at opponents' arms and tearing out their throats. Just pretend every bad guy is the mail carrier.

You will still need to do the bulk of the work for your team

Another mission we saw had us as part of a three-man team, stealthily infiltrating a high-rise office block in Caracas, Venezuela. After firing bolts to secure ziplines, we slowly slid our way down the outer glass of the building, allowing us to pick off groups of guards. Some sat facing away, oblivious to our presence, making for easy targets, while others loitered around, playing poker in an adjacent room. It's clear the game wants you to be the one pulling the trigger, rather than simply being along for the ride, so expect to do the majority of the heavy lifting, even when shoulder-to-shoulder with a teammate with a clear shot.

You will fire a gun underwater

Yep, you read that right. While plenty of previous games in the series have seen you don a wetsuit and mask to go for a swim, it has typically been under the premise of simply getting behind enemy lines before ascending to the surface. COD: Ghosts will give you a chance to do full underwater warfare. In another mission that took place in the Caribbean, we began by navigating a coral and seaweed playground, while colourful fish darted around us. A warning from our partner said that while we could fire our rifle, we'd need to put twice as many bullets into our victims as we would on dry land--he was right.

Underwater hand-launched guided missiles are a thing

Spotted and targeted by a roving submarine, we pulled out a hand-launched guided missile. Just as was the case when shooting down the enemy helicopter early in the Black Ops II campaign, once out of the tube, we steered it in manually, homing in on the red targeting reticle. And no, before you ask, the dog was not paddling along with us in a fishbowl diving helmet; he'll only join you for certain missions from the looks of things.

For more on Call of Duty: Ghosts, check out GameSpot's live stage demo.

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237 comments
littleking9000
littleking9000

1. Same old shiz

2. Same shiz, different year

3. This shiz sucks

4. Shiz outta luck

5. Cut that shiz out

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

they still wont add gore? THis is an M rated game about war, and there is no wounds or gore? I also hope they keep the hitmarkers that show up as an 'X' out of the campaign. X hitmarkers ruined black ops 2 campaign. Blood, wounds, gore and the enemy falling should be hitmaker enough(see BO and W@W). W@W and BO1 are still the only COD games I can play.

jordan119
jordan119

It will sell millions... mwhahahaha

MaddendedMage
MaddendedMage

Underwater MP?? Unless you are using a harpunes or torpedoes, you would have to be within 2 feet of the enemy for the bullets to reach him. After that they just fall. Theres a reason there is no underwater hunting with guns in real life.

And all the 'new' features, such as sliding and leaning....... new???  Wtf?

savagejoe444
savagejoe444

Don't CoD haters have anything better to do?! I mean seriously, its getting old.

aamir69
aamir69

Five Things We Noticed About Call of Duty: Ghosts
One thing we KNOW about GS...takes money to promote & give higher score to CoD games

Sublem
Sublem

But guys, fish AI! 

jordan119
jordan119

they should add a complaint mode

cantor2537
cantor2537

Yawn. A resistance fighter battling some unknown enemy. I think I'll pass on this.

nima_metal90
nima_metal90

Under water things are cool but wht????? Dogsss??

COD GHOSTS2: RACCOONS WTH BEATS HEADSETS (mayB tht is goin2 be on additional cost)

ux1077
ux1077

Riley is an unnecessary gimmick, all the things he can do can be accomplish by far more simple methods. The take down order? More logical just pop the guy with a silencer, instead of a barking dog. Scouting? Why not use aerial drones, thermal imaging etc. Distraction for enemy? How about throw a rock like Far Cry 3? 

There is no new innovation that I can see here, the game play is the same, just under a different coat of paint, re-skinned mechanism for old features.

Call of Duty had a good run, its time to move on.

blackraven711
blackraven711

Next gen my ass, why won't CoD just die with a bit of dignity ???

ewjiml
ewjiml

Blops 2 - Drone warfare

Ghosts - Dog and underwater warfare

Ghosts 2 - Horse Warfare

Yawn....

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

"You can fire a gun underwater."

Oh, yeah, that's something super interesting to point out :P And prepare for scripted events too. I could probably solo that game without that worthless dog. Wasted article.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

I don't hate call of duty, but this game looks a little last gen.

brxricano
brxricano

Dogfish: The Movie. Based on the video game of the same name, which became a movie, but only after it was a video game that wasn't about the video game movie, but instead was about the movie that wasn't about the video game, in between being a TV show and going straight to DVD.

This is what hearing about Call of Duty feels like.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

I noticed something this game is bad

ishsgames
ishsgames

call of duty is such a disgusting franchise. All hail halo, killzone, and all these amazing first person shooter's that are truly going next gen.

omar_q
omar_q

It's funny how people will line up in droves and buy the same steaming feces Activision is selling since MW2. 

How I could just to comprehend their feeble minds. 

TrueGB
TrueGB

Well, at least they're trying something a little different. That's n ice.

Kooken58
Kooken58

5 Things I noticed about COD Ghosts:

The visuals are sub par, Crysis 1 looks better.

The animations are terrible. Jerky dog movement anyone?  Half the time it looks like the dog is sliding across the ground.

Linear, railroaded, maps. Where is the more open world environment? This is next gen...

The Dog controlls like a freaking robot or RC car. Its like they took the code of a torpedo or RC car from previous games and attached it to the dog. Making him look really stiff and have awkward movement.

Since when could a dog kill a guy in an instant without them screaming?

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

5 things ive noticed about Ghosts:

1) It looks like MW2

2) It looks like MW2

3) It looks like MW2

4) It looks like MW2

5) It still looks like MW2  

Sheik2
Sheik2

Am I the only one who was not impressed with these trailers? for some reason, I mean controlling a dog and shooting underwater might be new but it's not something that looks innovative in gaming. Might be new, but not innovative or something to make a game more "fun". Damn COD, I really expected more from this game in E3.

Nibraybirk
Nibraybirk

Five things you need to know about FPS: 1- If it moves kill it. 2-Point and shoot. 3-Don't think, shoot. 4-Who needs a story, just shoot. 5-it's all been done before. It's a FPS.

robayeit
robayeit

Holy crap the fish move wen u get near them someone bring out the fan fair 

NikIvRu
NikIvRu

BF4 - destroying a skyscraper during multiplayer game. No biggie.
CoD -having a dog and fish - OMG THIS IS THE BIGGEST INNOVATION EVER!!!!WE DEFINE FPS STANDARDS!

sneakthief81
sneakthief81

Did the video demo in BF4's "Fishing in Baku" showcase any "fish AI"..or any fishes?..I don't think so..the word "fish" was in the title of the demo!..I think we all know who is going to deliver this holiday season (sarcasm) :p

Scr4tchQc
Scr4tchQc

does the collector edition comes with a dog?

MaddendedMage
MaddendedMage

@Sublem Yes, thats what my Xbox was missing, an aquarium!

(not)

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@ishsgames you are an idiot. Halo and KZ are not that great, they are just as mediocre as COD.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@Kooken58 Thats what happens when a "new" engine is just an upgraded version they have been using for years

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@Nibraybirk you have obviously never played Half-Life. Goldeneye and perfect Dark for N64 also have very deep campaigns that most FPS games today have yet to replicate. Not all FPS suck, like COD. 

Sheik2
Sheik2

@Nibraybirk Don't insult the category in general. Not all FPS are like COD.

quakke
quakke

@NikIvRu  

Yeah. I knew when this Ghosts shit had not even been revealed yet, that it would suck and Activision couldn't make a new engine because that is actually progress and CoD in general has not ever progressed in anything (except sucking even more than before) or progressed anything (such as fps genre) .

FragZone
FragZone

@Scr4tchQc unfortunately no, but it comes with a goldfish that moves away when you get close to it

chaos-commander
chaos-commander

@FragZone @Scr4tchQc Oh man i was hoping for a real dog so I could do sneak attack missions on my neighbour.   

Pupchu
Pupchu

@chaos-commander it does. but it comes in pieces, you have to put it together with tape yourself (product not guaranted to re-animate)