Call of Duty: Ghosts
Gamescom 2013: Call of Duty: Ghosts Hands-On Multiplayer Preview – Battlefield Blitz
Written Tuesday, September 03, 2013 By Richard Walker
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As you may be well aware, we previewed Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer a few weeks ago, when Dan went all the way out to LA to get some hands-on time with the game at the big multiplayer reveal. So what else is there to talk about? As it happens, there's the newly announced Blitz mode we got some time with at Gamescom to talk about, which is about as simplistic as multiplayer modes get. With that in mind, we're going to keep this short and sweet.

Blitz mode is a straightforward mode that joins the enormous list of multiplayer modes that will be vying for your attention when Call of Duty: Ghosts launches in early November. Blitz is so straightforward in fact, that we didn't need the rules explained to us. We were able to jump right in and start having fun immediately. You run from your base to the opposition's base on the other side of the map in an effort to score a point, and that's about the long and short of it. It's capture the flag without the flag, essentially.

Hands-on with a next-gen build of the game, Call of Duty: Ghosts looks incredibly slick and runs faster than hot shit off a shovel. It's Call of Duty, business as usual, running at an infallible 60 frames-per-second on a dusty brown map. Undoubtedly sexy looking, Call of Duty: Ghosts is an uncomplicated joy to play in this new Blitz mode, legging it from point to point, defending your base and waiting for the optimum time to make a beeline for the enemy's scoring zone.

On this particular map - a ruined mall area – there are a few high vantage points for hiding and defending each base, but once you score a point by entering the opposition's base as denoted by an orange circle, you instantaneously respawn back at your base. A timer then pops up over the base that's been scored on, meaning teammates will have to wait before mounting an assault for another point, so you and your team can't all pile in at once and score a whole bunch of successive points.

We play another round of Blitz on a much smaller and equally brown map, where the action is far more furious and frantic. There are fewer routes to the score zone, so running headlong into an enemy is inevitable. Thankfully, we manage to activate a killstreak perk to spawn a faithful doggy helper for a couple of lives, so when we're shot down, our canine killer avenges our death by ripping out the throat of our murderer. Good boy.

Along with the new Search & Rescue and Cranked modes, Blitz is a fine addition to Call of Duty: Ghosts' variety of playlists, offering something that's a little differently paced and tailored towards quick sessions that last only a few minutes. It's perfectly in keeping with Call of Duty's rapid pick up and play nature that has undoubtedly contributed to the series' popularity over the years. The ebb and flow of Blitz will make it a go-to game-type for anyone looking for instant multiplayer gratification, making it something that might be stupidly simplistic, but still worthwhile.

As always, Call of Duty: Ghosts looks set to once again deliver an utterly solid and dependable multiplayer component like clockwork, with Blitz mode being among the most immediate and accessible game types we've played yet. CoD haters might not be won over, but if it's the same frenetic military-grade action that you're after, then you need look no further than Call of Duty: Ghosts this November.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is out on November 5th for Xbox 360 and for Xbox One soon after.


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Comment #1 by creaper210
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 02:02:41 PM
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Sounds cool, but I'll probably stick with Kill Confirmed and Search and Destroy.

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Comment #2 by DouchNozzzle
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 02:22:13 PM
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Here comes the cod cry baby's in 3.....2....1...go.

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Comment #3 by Larsson91
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 02:23:01 PM
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Comment #4 by LoadedCannon
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 02:23:08 PM
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Blitz sounds like great fun! I'd like to see awards going to players who blitz across the map without being hit or without firing back! It's so simple and so great that i'm surprised it hasn't been done before!

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Comment #5 by asphyxiate
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 02:58:48 PM
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I wish they'd bring back War. I loved that mode.

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Comment #6 by I X I Shock I
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 03:03:01 PM
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Same. It's a shame that WaW is nearly unplayable now, hands down favorite mode.

I'm just hoping they have a HC moshpit at the start.

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Comment #8 by Nitnoid
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 03:57:52 PM
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So, let me see if I get this right. You run from point A to point B and shoot people. Got it!

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Comment #9 by SHMEEDIDDY
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 04:00:33 PM
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Thats cute...

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Comment #10 by creaper210
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 04:26:19 PM
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@6 Right
Apart from the tanks that ruined the game for me in some maps, WaW was probably my second favorite CoD.

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Comment #11 by dbdikillhaji
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 04:57:25 PM
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after playing bo2i said I would never play cod again. I was so ashamed with the way it went but congrats infinity ward you have restored faith and ghosts is a day one buy for me on xbone. can not wait for this only hope treyarch learns from their last mistake or I will only play the iw titles from here on out

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Comment #12 by Samigi
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 05:04:52 PM
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what's this game?

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Comment #13 by Yourburntstar
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 05:14:04 PM
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Can't wait to play this on my Xbox One Day One Console.

That's if Microsoft decides if they are ever going to actually release the damn thing.

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Comment #14 by Hurricane Of 87
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 06:03:53 PM
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"runs faster than hot shit off a shovel."

Sounds, fast.

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Comment #15 by MyNameIsWill
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 06:22:04 PM
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Terrible compared to Battlefield 4 and Titanfall, will only buy "CoD" for Zombies.

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Comment #16 by Stig Semper Fi
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 06:50:57 PM
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Call of Duty is to Major League Gaming as Richard Simmons is to women.

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Comment #17 by InfiniteRefrain
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 07:09:55 PM
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I am not a big CoD fan, but I am loving this game mode the more I hear about it.

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Comment #18 by STONE DEVIL
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 07:35:16 PM
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Comment #19 by Sonnenberg
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 08:48:58 PM
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Do not feed the trolls.

CoD is played by more people than BF. It's a fact. Google it. Bing it. Do what ever you have to do to understand it. No matter what you say, more people will play, will like and will buy CoD than BF.

This game is going to be sick.

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Comment #20 by Stig Semper Fi
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 09:11:50 PM
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#19. Spoken like a true fanboy. The only people who still play Cawa Doody are the incompetent fanboy masses who are the underaged people who go to a midnight release to get the game and then go back under a rock for the next 12 months waiting for the next instalment

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Comment #21 by Sonnenberg
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 09:32:24 PM
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20 Cool story, bro

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Comment #22 by Dark Knight1990
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 10:00:54 PM
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I for one am really excited for this game. I'll reserve final judgement until the game launches, but from what I've seen and read this looks like it'll be the game that takes my attention for the first part of 2014. Especially since there are so few games coming to the Xbox One at launch.

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Comment #23 by shooterking69
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 11:31:00 PM
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I still don't see how people can find titanfall.
It looks like an boring generic FPS with just some robot gemmicks

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Comment #24 by lifetimegamer
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 04:46:58 AM
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Big fan of frantic modes like this so will probably play it quite a bit. I just hope the map designs suit this style of mode - i.e. multiple routes to the capture point.

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Comment #25 by FSparacino4
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 05:40:20 AM
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@19 Just because CoD is played by more people doesn't make it a better game when 90% of the player base are the whiny kids whose parents buy them the game because it has been do overhyped. Sure I like CoD just as much as the next guy, but the BF series has my heart.

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Comment #26 by Artemis
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 06:21:43 AM
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BF, COD, Halo, whatever. If the game is fun then it has done it's job :)

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Comment #27 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 11:07:22 AM
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This actually sounds quite fun, but I gotta say I enjoyed most of CoD MP modes to date. Will defo be fun when everyone meets down the middle and there is only one last man standing going for it (or a few more LOL)

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