Five Early Multiplayer Tactics for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Posted on Monday, August 11 @ 17:16:34 PST by Daniel Bischoff
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare offers up new tactical gameplay thanks to exoskeleton backpacks that add hydraulics and rocket-power to jumps, strafing out of fire, and the arsenal you carry with you. We got hands-on with the game last week and here are five tactics that seemed to do well on the three maps available during the event.
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Jump everywhere you go to get some good practice in right away. Hit the A button once to jump and then hit it again to get a rocket boost into the air. From here you can scope out the competition, pick a new vantage point to move to, or fire on enemies. The exoskeleton allows for a few different modifications so you can add the ability to hover for a short time. This will allow you to stop your momentum and fire on enemies unexpectedly, so make sure to mix up your movements and tactics.
Moving around a map with your exoskeleton abilities will prove a lot more fun when you learn what works and what doesn't, so get to super-jumping your way around a level.
The shotgun available for use in the demo I played featured a fairly direct volley of fire, but it has a neat hydraulic effect that's hard to describe. Still, the devastating amount of damage delivered to players in close range can be felt even after the round leaves your weapon. With the increased mobility offered by the exoskeleton and the typically high footspeed of your average Call of Duty soldier, this weapon will likely dominate matches around launch.
3) Pick 13
While I like the franchise's typically deep customization system, Black Ops 2 players with a lot of experience in-game will find themselves more comfortable than this novice in equipping 13 pieces of equipment and abilities. I kept trying to leave behind my secondary weapon and take added explosives or another perk but the math wasn't adding up. Make sure to choose equipment carefully as heading into a match underprepared left me at the bottom of the leaderboard.
If you don't take a secondary weapon, you can use a perk to get another primary weapon but the slot defaults to a knife which also features unlockable attachments and perks.
4) Wrist-fired grenades
Exoskeletons can equip a variety of different grenades which, when fired from the wrist, provide the kind of cover you need when retreating from opponents on the offensive. I often emptied a magazine, hitting nothing, and still scored a kill thanks to a well-placed explosive so make sure to use the items you take into a battle given that your equipment refills when you respawn anyway.
5) Play aggressively
Many Call of Duty players live by memorizing spawns and slaughtering enemies as they appear on the map and while many of the more tenacious and determined players will swear by crouching and ensuring a low-profile on radar, Advanced Warfare encourages a lot of aggressive tactics.
If you play a lot of Call of Duty, you probably already know to check corners and watch your back when moving from room to room but with everyone exoskeleton-equipped you need to give yourself a wide vertical angle too. While I normally tend to hold my aim a little lower, a lot of other players will be leaping at you so ensuring that your eyes stay up and aware of all possible angles of attack will remain key to success.
We'll have more on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in the coming months. Make sure to check out the campaign reveal trailer here.
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