How Call of Duty: Ghosts' New Multiplayer Mode Balances Chaos With Strategy

Blitz mode may seem simple, but it comes with its own unique twist on teamwork.

There's something deceptively complex about the new Blitz multiplayer mode in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Sure, it looks simple enough: two teams try to defend a magical glowing circle within their base, and if anyone from the competing team manages to dash inside that circle without getting killed, that sneaky player will earn one point and find himself instantly teleported back to the safety of his own side of the map. It is, essentially, CTF without ever needing to pick up a flag.

And wouldn't you know it, combining that straightforward rule set with Call of Duty's frenetic pacing can lead to some pretty chaotic action. With the ability to teleport right back to your base, you can charge headfirst into the enemy stronghold knowing you need only the slightest shred of health in order to score a point and make it back alive. Once you've got your eyes on that circle, you know you've got to go for it.

And that's exactly what you wind up doing...at first. But spend more time with Blitz mode, and you'll find a competitive multiplayer experience that balances that chaos with a pretty substantial need for team strategy. For one thing, scoring a point triggers a 10-second cooldown period on the enemy team's circle. There's nothing worse than being that guy who runs into the circle immediately after his teammate scores a point, only to find himself surrounded by enemies without the ability to teleport home to safety. You've got to coordinate the timing of those attacks, spacing them out enough to make sure no one gets left high and dry.

Of course, coordinating those attacks doesn't have to be a clean and precise endeavor. Say you've got your gaze fixed firmly on the enemy circle with too much ground to cover before getting gunned down by enemies. Just throw a flashbang while dashing toward the circle, and as long as you continue a fixed line, you may just distract your enemies long enough to score yourself a point--blindness and all. It's those little ways of buying a quick route into the enemy base that makes Blitz such a chaotic but entertaining endeavor.

Then there's the need for defense. If everyone is attacking the enemy base, that means you're leaving your own base completely uncontested. Success in Blitz mode requires at least a few players to hang back and guard the fort, preferably those who've outfitted their character with enough claymores to surround the circle with deadly stopping power. And given that scoring a point automatically teleports you back to base, there's a very fluid distinction between attacker and defender. You can reel off a few quick points in a row, and find yourself in a position to hold tight and play defense for a bit.

Or maybe you just use defense as a decoy. Don't kill the enemies attacking your base--that would just send them back to their side of the map where some of your teammates might be working on scoring points. So instead, you just distract them for a bit. A spray of gunfire here and there to keep them pinned behind cover. That keeps them away from their base, giving your guys enough breathing room to score a point or two.

It's situations like these that make Blitz a surprisingly rewarding game mode for how straightforward the match parameters are. Sure it's chaotic, but to find success, you need to manipulate that chaos to your advantage.

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98 comments
Dark_Rage
Dark_Rage

They took this franchise too far, new COD games have nothing intriguing, i saw this gameplay trailer, where they were controlling a dog to take down 3 or 4 soldiers.

Yes, that's a GHOST attitude (yep this is sarcasm).

princetrase
princetrase

Haha, it boggles my mind how there is so much hate surrounding a game that hasn't been released to the masses yet.   

ph1nn
ph1nn

Call of Duty and Strategy in the same sentence. I laughed.

SlayerX13
SlayerX13

CoD has become nothing more than a yearly map pack that isn't compatible with last years map pack. :/

kingoflife9
kingoflife9

Titanfall is made by the guys who originally made cod, so the masterminds are back to save FPS.  Bow down to the xbox one.

MoreThot
MoreThot

95% chaos (a.k.a. Run n' Gun) 5% strategy (a.k.a placing your kill streak reward.)

harndoogle
harndoogle

Sorry, but COD will be a Ghost town when Titan falls.

Gamer2098765489
Gamer2098765489

I love hating Call of duty hurr...hurr..it's the new cool thing!

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Titanfall? No? Don't care.

AmonRA_CRO
AmonRA_CRO

COD and teamwork?? Yea right... NEXT...

elbauto
elbauto

Actually, Just like all the others...

leandrro
leandrro

i remember trying to play thet imitation of battlefields rush mode in cod; what a joke, cod+team-objective is impossible

kiryyya
kiryyya

This actually sounds like a lot of fun. Especially that whole 10 second cooldown lol

spectralmerc
spectralmerc

Gamespot STILL doesn't understand the player-base/target demographic of Call of Duty. What this article describes is the ideal scenario, and even then, an ideal where people take this game too seriously. If you want to play this gamemode as it's written on this article, make a mod for Arma 3. THEN, will teamwork, cover and all those fancy strategic words mean something. But not on CoD. Blitz games will last less than a minute (sans cooldowns) because it will simply be a race to stack points. 

JOHN1486
JOHN1486

YAY static enviroments...

beardface21
beardface21

Call of Duty and balance is as honest as Democracy and North Korea.

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

Too bad no modes in COD are actually ever fun to their full potential, seeing how the community is childish and doesn't play with any tactics other than camping

Leivve
Leivve

You are forgetting this is the CoD community, so either people won't play this mode, or they will just camp their own circle hoping someone will run headlong into their cross hairs.

drclaw_
drclaw_

This article should say and with some satirical enthusiam,

" How Call of Duty Ghosts new multiplayer still sucks balls and mostly younger stupified generations will buy it along with some older folks new to gaming from a few years back"

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

This can't be right. I suck at strategy and yet I don't always suck at COD. If there is a contradiction something has to be wrong, and it sure isn't that I suck at strategy because man do I suck at strategy.

Atragon
Atragon

Let me give you my secret win strategy for this game:

...

camp with sniper rifle.

robertcain
robertcain

Honestly when people begin playing this mode online all I can see is everyone on both teams just rushing the capture point and not bothering to defend their own. A lot of COD players are too focused on their own progression and personal victories to care about teamwork.

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

Wow, a CoD article not written by Chris! I like Chris and think he is a good editor and reporter but his constant Call Of Duty related stuff recently just makes him look like an uber fanboy.

SultaN-s
SultaN-s

I don't know why you guys bother writing about this game. Millions of kids will buy it anyway. So, stop wasting your time and offending us(actual gamers) with these articles. The press is the reason why publishers don't know how video games should be like or what makes them good.

SkytheWiz1
SkytheWiz1

Trying to add teamwork to CoD?
Have you guys even sat and LISTENED to how badly people treat each other, on their own teams?
This is going to be hilarious.

ph1nn
ph1nn

@UnKnoWnWarRiioR Dumb video. How would Ghosts have Zombies?  Zombies will be in winter-2014 when Treyarch releases one.

MoreThot
MoreThot

@kingoflife9 ;.. hm are we bowing down to the xbox one to pick it up and throw it out the 3 story window?

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

@MoreThot You are being quite generous with your strategy percentage.

onlymetal75
onlymetal75

@harndoogle I wish that were true but those guys are blind to anything other than CoD .Not real gamers!

hystavito
hystavito

@spectralmerc As they say, it's Capture The Flag without having to carry a flag.  Basically you take CTF and look at the most impatient players who are like grrrr now I gotta run all the way back with this thing, come on, thats like 90 seconds of running.  Make it even easier by removing pesky requirements like that and you have Blitz.

drclaw_
drclaw_

@Atragon  look you know, this game is very arcady and thats why it appeals more to younger generations, more mature players and alike prefere battlefield, has a greater sense of realism, cod is very run down now, small maps, even with very little graphical improvement its still a straight shoot em up and alot of kids like that, yes kids and some adults. I remember when i used to play cod with black ops and mw3 and all that you could tell alot older folks would get into this because it was very new to them.


Anyway safe to say its easy to ridicule those who play it and critic the shit out of the game. I think its also because the game could be alot more compelling if they showd alot more innovation gameplay wise, not gamemode or how the menus change and how the strategy changes in terms of how perks are affected. I mean to add more immersive tools in the game. As far as im concerned it heavily relies on younger generations and people will continue to populate so their will always be a market for a straight shoot em up kinda game which cod has succeeded to set stone in. 


The only advantage to adding more immersive quality to the game you ask? once again to garner more appeal to alot of older folks and gamers who have pretty much exhausted their taste for a straight shoot em up. Especially myself i played it alot and most of my friends have grown out of it

stormbreaker77
stormbreaker77

@Atragon camping won get you anywhere in Blitz. You got be on your feet moving around. otherwise you'll come across people like me who check out every camping spot before they move forward. All I need is a second in Blitz to score. Campers, like yourself, only worry about KDR in any game mode. Not worrying about the TEAM. Objective players, like myself, do everything he/she can for the team so we can win. my KDR (1.97) speaks for itself. #geturgameandevolve

SUNDRAGONJ
SUNDRAGONJ

@robertcain This is why I play The Last of Us that requires teamwork, but don't get me wrong I can still rock on COD

vduong942
vduong942

@SultaN-s if they play video games then they are a gamer. there's no "actual gamers"

gawthy
gawthy

@GLOK1132 @MoreThot I thought strategy in COD was knowing how many bullets left after a kill before reloading