GC '07: Call of Duty First Look

Sure, Call of Duty 4 will rock the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3, but Activision also plans on hitting the Nintendo DS.

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LEIPZIG, Germany--Call of Duty on a handheld? That's going to be the case when Activision releases Call of Duty for the Nintendo DS around the same time the highly heralded Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare hits the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Sure, the DS isn't exactly capable of the jaw-dropping visual graphics in Call of Duty 4, but it will offer handheld players the first portable Call of Duty experience, and it will also tell a story that runs parallel to the events in Modern Warfare.

The DS game packs a nice list of features, including a single-player campaign with 11 missions and a tutorial, as well as a multiplayer suite with support for up to four players. Multiplayer will support both multicard play, which is when everyone in a game has his or her own copy of the game, as well as single-card play, which is when only one player in a game has a copy and must transmit the game to other players over Wi-Fi. The difference is that multicard play will have seven maps and four modes, while single-card play will be limited to only two maps. The four modes are free-for-all, team deathmatch, capture the flag, and iron man, in which the winner holds onto a flag the longest during a match. Think of it as a variation on Halo's oddball mode.

Call of Duty's control scheme makes heavy use of the touch screen because you basically use it to aim your weapon. The D pad is used for movement (or, if you're left-handed, you can use the face buttons in place of the D pad), and the trigger is used for shooting. There are two types of single-player missions. The first are what would be considered "rail" missions, where you'll worry about shooting things as the vehicle you're riding on moves through the level. One example of this has you serving as a door gunner on a low-flying Black Hawk Helicopter, though you'll also be able to serve as a gunner on a Spectre gunship. The other type of mission is the traditional first-person shooter mission, where you move through a level and blast bad guys with your weapons.

Call of Duty gives you access to the actions that you'd expect in a Call of Duty game. Double-tapping on the screen lets you call up the iron sights of a weapon, letting you aim better. Holding the D pad while tapping up makes you sprint, while holding the D pad while tapping down will make you crouch. You can swap between various weapons using the inventory window in the touch screen, and you can pick up stray weapons on the ground. In addition to the shooting, there will be a variety of minigames, such as a bomb-disarmament sequence that requires you to trace the wiring of a bomb to disarm it.

Call of Duty for the DS won't appeal to the hardcore Call of Duty crowd, but then again, its audience is the more casual handheld community. The game looks good for a DS game. It's also packed with sound effects, from voice chatter to the whistle of incoming mortar and artillery. The game looks easy to play, and the three levels of difficulty will let even the most causal of players get a taste for Call of Duty.

Discussion

16 comments
animus085
animus085

Should be an awesome FPS, i played Call of Duty 1 and 2 on the PC and i always wanted activision to bring one of em ou ton DS

drdeath15
drdeath15

gonna be llike brothers in arms but better hopefuly tbh brothers in arms was pretty good though but yeah i want more!!!

massconquer
massconquer

I've been tracking this game for a while including Assassin's Creed DS. I hope the game will be as appealing as the console game.

roryk666
roryk666

check it out on youtube. it looks really good

Yadish
Yadish

i just want MORE FPS on the DS!!!!!!

inzaneetie013
inzaneetie013

well they say it has 11 levels and will be divided into 10-15 missions. that may be pretty long....maybe 20-30 hours? then with the different difficulty levels maybe it will be a long game

calvinx6
calvinx6

DAMN it gamespot can you could have make the game sound more interesting, Because this game is going to rock no matter what score you'll give it if it don't have multiplayer. like you guys did with Metroid Prime: Coruption.

sirx
sirx

This game seems like could have rivaled Metroid Hunters, but no, they had to leave out online play. And without that this game will probably only be good for 4-5 hours of gameplay, what with some of the levels being only short rail shooter sessions. But hey, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the single player game will be as deep and engrossing as Bioshock and will last 20 hours. Maybe, but I doubt it. :(

shaanic
shaanic

this is the least enthusiastic preview i've seen of COD4 DS. Everyone else seems to LOVE this game......

kl3pt00
kl3pt00

this game is kick ass as far as handheld games go it will defininetly be a good one. TRUST.

Pazy160
Pazy160

@ kingkui it still dosent deny the 'acheivment' of being the first handheld COD. And I got an Ngage, I loved (/love) it to bits and still use it to this day.

actstunt
actstunt

Quote: " [It will offer] handheld players the first portable Call of Duty experience" And what about Call of Duty Roads to Victory?

kingkui12
kingkui12

Its cause nobody ever GOT an Ngage

Pazy160
Pazy160

Quote: " [It will offer] handheld players the first portable Call of Duty experience" What about Call of Duty on the Ngage? Wasent a world beater but was still the first handheld COD.