Call of Duty: Ghosts hands-on with Blitz and Cranked multiplayer modes
- Posted September 26th, 2013 at 04:59 EDT by Steven Williamson
Though Cranked is essentially Team Deathmatch, there’s one a major twist that encourages players to play more aggressively and much more tactically. The winning team is simply the team who kills the most collectively, but after each kill you get a speed boost and see a 30 second countdown timer begin to tick down to zero. During this period you must kill again otherwise you automatically explode and die. Much like Blitz, Cranked can be a chaotic mode.
The pace is largely dictated by the speed boost which means players who are Cranked scoot around the map at a frenetic pace. We found the best tactic wasn’t to simply run around like a headless chicken waiting to spot an enemy in your sights, but to find a location on the map where you couldn’t get flanked or approached from behind and therefore had a clean view of players running toward you.
The fact that you have only 30 seconds to kill means this tactic doesn’t work all the time and as soon as we hit the 20 second mark we’d take advantage of the speed boost to then start hunting. It’s quite a buzz knowing that you only have a few seconds on the clock and must kill before the timer runs down. Like Blitz, Cranked is a lot of fun and an excellent addition to the franchise.
With over 20 new killstreaks, 30 new weapons and a host of brand new multiplayer game modes, Activision looks to have stepped up its game with CoD’s multiplayer offerings this year and these two particular playlists have already won us over.
Call of Duty: Ghosts launches on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 5, 2013 with next-generation versions of the shooter arriving at the end of November.
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