I literally had just finished up the second season of House of Cards too.
Kevin Spacey is going to star in the 2014 Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and by the looks of it, he’s probably going to be the bad guy. Which is ok by me, because if House of Cards has proven anything, it is that Kevin Spacey can be as evil of a bad guy as he wants, and I’ll probably still be rooting for him. The same can be said for the movie, “21,” which is probably one of my favorite, under-appreciated films.
As much as this move seems a little out-of-left-field, it is also a pretty brilliant decision. Since House of Cards began in 2013, it seems everyone is in a Francis Underwood craze, and I really can’t say I can blame them. Spacey portrays this very surreal character of deception, while playing it off as genuine honesty and care; I honestly can’t get enough of it. I even find myself re-watching his performance at the 2013 Emmys because it is just that good. If his performance in Advanced Warfare is anything like that of House of Cards (which I’m sure it will be), then he will probably be one of the best Call of Duty villains to date.
Spacey’s character will present a really nice change-up from the stereotypical CoD villain. Instead of the head terrorist, or nationalist leader, or generic good guy turned bad, Spacey will bring a role that has much more depth. I foresee a villain who is cold, calculating, and manipulative to get the desired results, and I can’t wait to see it all play out.
From what I’ve gathered of what we know about the game so far, it appears that Spacey’s character is the head of a type of military corporation, which has turned on the United States. This is an interesting path to take, as the series has tended to revolve around the U.S. or its allies fighting a foreign enemy. The earlier, World War II games, usually portrayed either an American, British, or Russian protagonist and their fight against the Germans. In the modern warfare era of the franchise, the games have tended to focus around task forces of the U.S. and U.K. and their battle with terrorism. Having the enemy instead take the form of a separate military group, possibly one that even operates inside of the U.S., and is operated by Americans, will be a nice new direction.
I did mention in an earlier post, about how Titanfall makes Call of Duty seem boring now, and I still do feel that way. I feel that way, at least, when it comes to the multiplayer, which I’ve officially grown to despise. When it comes to the single player, however, I actually genuinely enjoyed Ghosts’ campaign, and have enjoyed most of the Call of Duty campaigns, despite how the popular opinion seems to be that they are trash. Since I don’t see myself delving into multiplayer at all in the future, Advanced Warfare may be the first Call of Duty game that I don’t purchase, but instead rent through GameFly, for instance. I enjoy the campaigns, but I’m also aware of the fact that the main focus goes into the game’s multiplayer, and that can make a purchase less-arguable.
Sledgehammer has an awesome star lined up for a big role, so if they put in a proper amount of love into the game’s campaign, I think it can be the absolute best to date for the franchise. What an awesome way that would be to start off the “new era of Call of Duty,” on the Xbox One and PS4.