All That Power: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Story Trailer

Wait, where am I?



JONATHAN IRONS is hanging from a window ledge. We can see shards of broken glass, but the camera pushes in on his face. He looks like Kevin Spacey. Or a sort of facsimile of Kevin Spacey's head, smooshed on to a Vince McMahon wrestling figure.

This scene doesn’t appear in the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare story trailer, I’m just guessing at where this whole thing is headed. Trailer and more thoughts below.

I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time... For me, it was starting my own wars because I thought that was a good, profitable idea... Studying the measured diction of James Bond villains... Or that soldier's hands, and the way his skin seemed like paper, as he pushed me through a window in a slow-motion quicktime event...

Hang on, isn't that grossly unfair? Call of Duty - and this trailer - might not have the most nuanced writing, but it seems preemptively cruel to insult the ending of a game that isn't even out yet. Aren't you always aiming to be less cynical and less mocking of things you don't enjoy but others do?

Yes, but that's the thing. I like many of the Call of Duty games. They sometimes tip over into leering, geopolitical disaster porn, but at their best they're silly action romps. I can embrace gleeful explosions, scenery-chewing villains, and first-person shooting mechanics that have more in common with rail shooters than Quake. For all its pontificating about Private Military Companies, Advanced Warfare looks to be on the right side of this. I'd like to have a Crysis-style nanosuit in more games, for starters.

Fair enough. In that case, isn't it just a bit shit to make American Beauty references just because the game's got Kevin Spacey in? At least the House of Cards references everyone else is making aren't fifteen years old. In fact, it's a bit trite to write this post in script format as well - it's barely even a joke, and a clumsy rhetorical device for delivering the information readers need from a story like this. When's Advanced Warfare out?

November 4th.


A large group of RPS COMMENTERS enter.


  1. Orija says:

    House of Cards probably made the biggest dive in quality from Season 1 to 2 of any show that I’ve watched.

    • MuscleHorse says:

      Who would have thought there was so far to go from ‘Pretty Dreadful’?

    • Grygus says:

      I liked season two more.


    • Froufrou says:

      On the contrary, less focus on godawful Zoe Barns and facile sex was a major improvement. And Raymond Tusk was also a great thing.

    • WhatAShamefulDisplay says:

      I agree, To Play the King was nowhere near as good. Michael Kitchen was miscast in my view.


    • sabasNL says:

      I couldn’t disagree with you more

    • Scumbag says:

      You might think that, I couldn’t possibly comment

  2. PopeRatzo says:

    COD: Titanfall

    • secuda says:

      Though Titanfall was just like COD.

      • Makariel says:

        When a titan cod falls, you better be prepared to make fish n’ chips.

        I need to buy potatoes.

  3. xp194 says:

    Am I the only one still have trouble working out who we’re supposed to be rooting for (or even playing) in this game?

    • Ansob says:

      Given the political leanings of previous CoD games (“ALL PEOPLE OF COLOUR ARE EVIL THE POOR ARE EVIL GOD BLESS USA USA USA”) I guess they want you to be rooting for the FINE, UPSTANDING BUSINESSMEN of Atlas.

      • Bull0 says:

        You sure you were playing Call of Duty and not some kind of weird KKK game? Which instalment was the “Kill the black people” one? And the poor?

        Give me your examples so I can explain what the context was, because you seem to have missed it and replaced it with something silly

        • Chuckleluck says:

          He may have been referencing Modern Warfare 2 and 3, which had you fighting in Brazil and Africa. Those levels were full of trash (literally, they really needed a decent housekeeper) and I hated them.

          • Bull0 says:

            I guess I just find the idea of fighting in brazil and africa being equivalent to “kill all black and poor people” pretty lazy

        • sabasNL says:

          It’s pretty true what he says, the enemies you’re fighting are *always* of a different race, religion or development level. The only exception to this are the WW2 Call of Duties in my eyes.
          As a matter of fact, I believe this one is going to be the first one to break that “tradition”, as (I assume) you’re a US operative fighting against Atlas, which happens to be a US company.

          • joa says:

            Well no shit. Because western developed nations generally try to avoid conflict with one another.

          • P.Funk says:

            So joa you’re saying that Western Hegemony is inherently racist?

            Cool observation brah.

        • strangeloup says:

          I really, really want someone to set a CoD montage to this now.

          I’d do it myself but it’d entail a) owning and b) playing CoD.

      • USER47 says:

        Well, to be honest, the main characters of the MW series are Brits and one of the major villains is a warmongering, highly patriotic american general…Apart from Ramirez’s Burger King Adventures™ there is not much of US patriotism portrayed in a good light.

        You even get to kill american soldiers left and right, which is quite brave for this kind of mainstream title.

        • sabasNL says:

          I think you skipped Modern Warfare 2 then, since the US patriotism level (hey, we’re fighting in the White House! Against Russians!) was so high I wanted to stop playing it. And I believe the British characters you’re referring to play only a secondary role, the Russians and Americans are the actual main characters and seen more often.

          • USER47 says:

            The main characters of the series are Soap and Price – the ones who touch the overarching story and move it forward, the only ones who appear in all 3 parts of the game. And they are British SAS (and later part of some multinational unit i dont remember name of but is still full of Brits).

            The Ramirez’s part in MW2 (fast foods, white house etc…) is a short patriotic episode. but Ramirez is still pretty much a side character, or actualy not a character at all, just a vehicle with mounted camera for us to see some explosions on unusual places. The same with the american guy in the first game.

          • USER47 says:

            Plus the Russians in general are not the bad guys here. The real bad guys of the series are one nationalistic russian guy and one nationalistic US general who team up and through the manipulations and provocations bring their own countries to the meaningless war to empower their own position…

    • Zenicetus says:

      I’m assuming it’s the usual RoboCop theme, where you’re working for a corporation that eventually GOES TOO FAR and you have to take it down. The endgame is a boss battle between you and whatever version of ED-209 the Guy In The Suit is putting up against you, this time.

    • Focksbot says:

      God, pay more attention. It’s some guy called Power. Possible John Power out of Cast.

    • KenTWOu says:

      The guy with voice of Troy Baker, I guess.

    • Makariel says:

      You always root for the camera to which the gun is attached to. Obviously. Who cares what name the camera has? Even if it’s called Soap. What kinda name is Soap anyway?

  4. GameCat says:

    Hello, it’s 2014 and next gen consoles, why your faces are so stiff? They look kinda like (original) Robocop mask, where you can only see moving lips and other parts of face stand still no matter what. :/

  5. AyeBraine says:

    Exeunt, pursued by a soap.

  6. Gap Gen says:

    “War. War is guns.”
    *Quote text: “If you want to feel the measure of a man, stab him in the face. Repeatedly. In Slow Motion.” George Orwell*
    *Sounds of gunfire, soldiers shouting numbers and radio alphabet and swears.*
    “It was the single biggest cookie in the world. Crisp Islamic dough, chocolate chips the size of stadiums, covered five continents. When Cookie Time was over, world militaries were devasted, our economy in ruins. Only one army had enough guns to shoot the bad guys. We gave military control over to NeoStalin. They rebuilt our cities, installed wifi on every bin. But then-”
    General: “We can’t send fifty billion people to the NeoGulags! We need Congressional Approval for that!”
    *Figure turns. They have J. K. Simmons’ face, but with a big moustache.*
    NeoStalin: “I’m NeoStalin! Purgin’s what I do!”
    *Footage of things exploding. Faceless military men slide out of an APC, firing their guns in a wide arc. Shots of nanoducks playing in a pond. NeoStalin shouts at something, pounds table. Missiles strike the St Louis Gateway Arch. A swarm of flying robobugs bursts out of a sewer grate.*
    *Static ripples across the screen in the shape of a moustache*
    Call of Duty: Guns of Advanced Honor 3: Black Ghosts 2

    • trooperwally says:

      Superb. Have you ever thought about writing screen plays for big budget action films?

      • Gap Gen says:

        This was my licensed tie-in tweet epic for the month that co-incidentally was the same month as the World Cup: link to

        I’m accepting proposals from film producers with good lawyers.

    • AyeBraine says:

      It’s nice and funny, but strangely what will stay with me is the word “devasted”. It’s brutal.

  7. Lars Westergren says:

    Exeunt Graham Smith, pursued by a bear.

    Edit: Beaten to it by AyeBraine

  8. lowprices says:

    The role of the RPS commentors in this drama is, of course, to make observations about the events without ever directly interacting with or influencing them.

    A Geek Chorus, if you will.

  9. Zekiel says:

    So… corporations are good, right? That’s the message I’m getting from this trailer.

    Also: Is American Beauty really 15 years old? I am an old man.

  10. crumbsucker says:

    I’m always wondering when I watch cutscenes like this… wouldn’t it be much easier and cheaper to simply film the actors in front of a green screen, instead of spending all that money, effort, time into motion capturing, modeling, animating them? I’m not a fan of fmv in games, but it would still be better than watching these awkward digital puppets…

    • HadToLogin says:

      Because difference between real-movie and game parts would hurt your eyes?

      Beauty, beauty, beauty, CoD!

      • Awesomeclaw says:

        The first 4 Myst games did exactly this, and the 5th had mocap’d actors with their faces recorded and plastered onto the in-game models. It kind of works (and was ahead of its time – I think the next game to do something like this was LA Noire, 6 years later).

  11. skalpadda says:

    Atlus have published some dodgy games in it’s time, but c’mon…

  12. Viroso says:

    Citizen Kane of Call of Duty articles.

  13. Chuckleluck says:

    I, for one, agree with GAME JOURNALIST. I’ve been wanting to play some good singleplayer campaign games, and I began to miss the CoDs I used to play on console. Yes, they are mindless, full of improbable romps across the globe (MW3 had India, NYC, UK, Germany, France, Somalia, Prague, Russia, and Dubai), and have less interaction than watering a plant, but they’re a nice explosion-filled adventure. Fun if you want a more passive film-like experience.

  14. Kollega says:


    (And in seriousness, the grappling glove and jetpack parts made me remember just how good Just Cause 2 was. Go play Just Cause 2. It has literally more helicopters to shoot down and more map space than all CoDs combined.)

  15. Laurentius says:

    I don’t even know.. if they switched sign Atlas from this armor to N7 i would 100% sure it’s from Mass Effect.

    What a horrible trailer, for now I probably have to declare tie between this and Witcher3 for the worst trailer of 2014.

  16. k37chup says:

    Fucking joke!

  17. MacTheGeek says:

    I realize that Spacey won an Oscar for American Beauty, but it’s not one of my favorite Spacey roles. So instead…

    “How do you shoot the devil in the back? Even if your M8A1 assault rifle with under-barrel grenade launcher attachment is fully loaded and your health has regenerated back to 100%… what if you miss?”

  18. MkMax says:

    Spacey needs to pull out a sword and turn into He-Man when he says “I HAVE THE POOOOWER!”

  19. Blackcompany says:

    All those cool, action flick moments…none of which the player will have any control over or participation in. I wouldnt be surprised if even the jetpack parts are just you watching. Or maybe getting to shoot in a direction while the jetpack steers itself.

    Honestly, I just dont get how the single player portions of these game are fun. I know I sound snarky. I honestly, really dont mean to. I truly dont. I readily admit, I simply do not understand the appeal. Maybe others do and they find it fun and if so thats great. I guess I just prefer to participate in the bulk of my game as opposed to watching it.

  20. Ishbane says:

    That dashing about in the multiplayer gave me weird UT flashbacks.