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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review round-up is good news for Activision

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You may be wondering why we don't have a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review up yet. The answer is quite simple: We just got our hands on the thing, so we're still working on it. But if you absolutely, positively must know what to think right now, then here are a few trustworthy sources you can turn your eyes toward in the meantime.

Our pals at Total Xbox give Advanced Warfare an 8/10, saying, "Making COD feel fresh is a tall order indeed, and Sledgehammer has cracked it at the first attempt." Meanwhile, over at the equally reliable GamesRadar, they've awarded the game a score of 4/5, thanks to the strength of its multiplayer action: The campaign structure is "by the numbers," but it "excels in online multiplayer, with brand new mechanics and a complex, loot-filled progression system."

A few others of note:

Videogamer.com: 8/10—"The first truly impressive Call of Duty in years."

GameSpot: 8/10—"Advanced Warfare is a deluge of action-film bravado."

Polygon: 9/10—"Advanced Warfare is the most fun I've had with the series since it reinvented the shooter mold."

Joystiq: 8/10—"It's been years since a Call of Duty campaign was as coherent and fast-paced as this one."

All in all, it looks pretty good for the Sledgehammer guys, I'd say. Our own Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review will be up later this week, in which you can expect us to drill into the PC-specific aspects of the game.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.