Want to know what it's like to play Call of Duty: Ghosts on PS4 without putting yourself in the firing line? Then read on...
A new breed of warrior
In an alternative vision of the future, the world as we know it has been torn apart. With the destruction of the oil producing nations of the Middle East, a new global superpower has emerged from South America; the Federation's rise to power was swift and brutal, sweeping through Central America with steely eyes fixed on the United States. Their strike doesn't come from land, sea or air as anticipated – but from space. Hijacking the ODIN orbital super weapon, the Federation destroys every major US city, wiping out millions of innocent civilians and bringing the country to its knees.
Ten years after the Federation's assault, the US army have fought back, creating a stalemate along an area of California known as "no-man's land", where crumbling cities dominate the landscape.
While the struggle for power continues, a secretive band of highly trained commandos operates beneath the shadow of this global war. Tasked with infiltrating the Federation, securing vital intel, destroying tactical installations and taking out their leaders, these unknown warriors could tip the balance back towards the US. These are no ordinary soldiers. These are the Ghosts.
A nightmare vision of the future
The game begins not on a bullet-scarred battlefield or in a war-torn city, but on a peaceful hillside drenched in sunlight that beautifully shows off the detail which PlayStation 4 is capable of. Moments later, you're transported to an even more visually stunning location: the ODIN Space Station, miles above the Earth's surface. While it's tempting to float around and stare in wonder at the space craft around you and Earth below, you've got a job to do up here – and it's not long before the explosive, chaotic action that players have come to expect from the Call of Duty series kicks in.
Fast forward 10 years and the world has dramatically changed. The aftermath of the ODIN strike has left familiar locations as rubble-strewn craters; you'll even catch a glimpse of the iconic Hollywood sign, battered and collapsing – all of which gives the game a bleak, eerie overtone.
Once more into battle
Your first skirmish with the enemy introduces a new recruit to the Call of Duty games – Riley, a German shepherd dog trained to track down and attack the enemy. As you take cover, Riley will sniff out any hostiles and put the first attack in, giving you a chance to take aim. Later, you control Riley as you move through no-man's land, stealthily infiltrating the enemy's camp, or savagely taking them out with canine jaws.
Heavily armed Federation soldiers have almost overwhelming strength in numbers in the post-apocalyptic wasteland; you can expect to face waves of highly trained personnel and heavy artillery, including helicopter gunships. Fortunately, you'll also find laser guided missile launchers which are more than capable of taking them out – if you can find an opportunity to get your shot in.
Switching weapons as you progress through each stage of the game will give you a huge arsenal of firepower to draw from. As well as sniper rifles and grenade launchers, you can set up remote sniper drones at the edge of the battlefield and switch back to them when the going gets tough and take out the enemy from afar. Some missions will put remote airborne drones at your disposal, letting you take down choppers, tanks – and pretty much anything that moves – while you stay safely in cover. And of course, Riley will always have your back and can be sent into the fray to maul anyone that crosses you.
Comrades, brothers, Ghosts
For many gamers, online is where the real Call of Duty action happens – and fans of explosive multiplayer battles will find plenty to excite them here.
After creating your soldier and choosing a loadout that suits your fighting style, you can choose to jump into one of the many standard, hardcore or clan based game modes available. Before starting a game, you might want to check out the Operations menu to see the many achievements that you'll need to complete to level up your soldier and earn squad points which can be used to upgrade your weapons.
Unlike previous Call of Duty multiplayer games, the heat of the battle can alter and destroy sections of the maps, putting new twists into a match as it progresses. Kill streaks will reward successful soldiers with perks and abilities to turn against their enemies – including a devastating ODIN strike that can wipe out the opposition.
Call of Duty: Ghosts also introduces two new modes. Squads allows you to build and manage a team of computer-controlled fighters that you lead into battle against your opponents, while Extinction is a four-player co-op mode in which you'll need to work together to survive an alien invasion.
If you feel ready to step into the fray, Call of Duty: Ghosts is available now for PS4.