Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014)
"Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" follows Jack Mitchell of the United States Marine Corps and his interaction with Atlas, a private military corporation that sells its services to the highest bidder.
In 2054, Private Jack Mitchell (Troy Baker) of the United States Marine Corps, along with Private Will Irons (Paul Telfer) and group leader Sergeant Cormack (Russell Richardson), participates in his first battle against North Koreans in Seoul. Will is killed in action, while Mitchell's left arm is severed, forcing him to be discharged from military service. After attending Will's funeral service, Mitchell is offered a position with the Atlas Corporation, the world's most powerful private military contractor, by CEO Jonathan Irons (Kevin Spacey), Will's father. Mitchell is also given an advanced prosthetic arm to replace his lost one.
Meanwhile, a terrorist group known as the KVA, led by a technophobic man named Joseph "Hades" Chkheidze (Sharif Ibrahim), begins staging numerous terrorist attacks, with the world turning to Atlas to stop them. Mitchell, along with Gideon (Gideon Emery), Joker (Jeremy Kent Jackson) and other Atlas soldiers rescue the Nigerian prime minister and later capture a KVA technologist in Lagos, Nigeria during a technology summit. However, by 2055, the KVA's attacks have become more sophisticated and Mitchell and his team fail to prevent the KVA from forcing a nuclear reactor meltdown on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The KVA launch similar attacks against nuclear power plants worldwide, irradiating numerous cities, killing thousands of people and putting national governments and militaries in turmoil. Atlas emerges as the dominant military force in the world by aiding civilians affected by the attacks and holding back the KVA's rampage.
Four years later in 2059, Mitchell and Gideon search an abandoned downtown Detroit, Michigan to find Dr. Pierre Danois (Erik Passoja), the KVA's second-in-command. After Ilona (Angela Gots), an ex-Spetsnaz Atlas operative, interrogates the doctor, the team tracks Hades to Santorini in Greece, where KVA leaders are holding a conference. Mitchell corners Hades and mortally wounds him. With his last breath, Hades utters "Irons knows," and gives Mitchell a data chip.
Ilona analyzes the chip, only to find out that Irons killed the technologist they captured in Nigeria after Irons learned of the KVA global attack, proving that he deliberately allowed the attacks to occur to improve Atlas' reputation. Irons attempts to have Mitchell and Ilona arrested, but they escape Atlas' headquarters in the rebuilt Baghdad (called New Baghdad), guided by a mysterious soldier, while Gideon stays by Irons' side for further investigation. The mysterious soldier reveals himself to be Mitchell's old squad leader, Cormack, who is now a member of the Sentinel Task Force, an international effort initially created to investigate the KVA power plant attacks, but now repurposed to prevent Atlas' rise to power. ...
Did You Know? Director Michael Condrey said that the engine has been built from scratch. He stated that although there are lines of the old code left, there is new rendering, animation, physics and audio systems. With the new engine, the audio has been made from scratch. According to Don Veca, who worked on Advanced Warfare, the audio in the game is very advanced which gives the audio in the game a genuine and great feel. Saying that audio doesn't come last as it did in previous titles, Glen Schofield says "We make sure that audio is just as important as anything else and Don's in there from the start with us.". Another objective that Sledgehammer accomplished with Advanced Warfare were the animations. The facial animating system and set is the same as James Cameron's upcoming Avatar 2, which is a big step and a first for Call of Duty. According to Activision, the new three-year Call of Duty development cycle meant that Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games was able to create a 'near photorealistic' world unlike any Call of Duty before.