APS: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

By Marc Caccamise, 4 years ago
By the time this Achievement Preview Spotlight comes out, those who have purchased the Day Zero Edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are surely either progressing through the campaign or grinding through multiplayer levels. Even so, whether you're hanging out with Kevin Spacey in the solo portion of the game, or battling it out with friends in Exo Survival and multiplayer, it's worth taking a glance at the achievements that are waiting for you in the latest Call of Duty title.


Both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of the game contain 50 achievements worth 1,000 Gamerscore. The lists are carbon copies of one another, except for the one strange exception where an achievement with the same conditions to unlock is called "Flying Ace" on the One, but "Maverick" on the 360. There are 15 "Secret" achievements in the game, all of which are story progression, except for one which is for completing the Exo Survival Bonus Wave. At this time there are no challenges for the One version of the game, but I'm sure that's bound to change in the future.

Overall, the list is just what you would expect from a Call of Duty game. There are the achievements for completing every mission, achievements for completing specific tasks during each mission, and an achievement each for completing the game on "any difficulty," Hardened, and Veteran. A good chunk are dedicated to the Exo Suit, which is Advanced Warfare's big addition to the gameplay. Meanwhile, the traditional achievements based on gathering all of the Intel are back, which shouldn't prove too difficult to get once one of our community members gets a guide put up. There are also some achievements geared towards the Exo Survival game mode, so it's good that players will have incentive to check that out. There seem to be plenty of good ones on this list to unlock, but let's look at some of the highlights among the bunch.

Never Saw It Coming in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Boost jump, dash forward, then air stomp on an enemy.

As already mentioned, the Exo Suit looks to be the biggest draw of the Advanced Warfare experience. Significantly speeding up the pace of the action, players will be able to jump higher and sprint faster than ever before. The "Never Saw it Coming" achievement in particular brings together every aspect of what makes the Suit seem special. Based on the description, unlocking this achievement will require you to perform one of the most high intensity ground pounds that you've ever pulled off before in a game. There are plenty of other notable Exo Suit achievements in the game, such as throwing a car door at an enemy to kill them.

Power Changes Everything in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Completely upgrade your Exo.

Another Exo Suit achievement, but this one is more behind-the-scenes. There has never been much of an "upgrading" type of deal in previous Call of Duty games, so the idea of enhancing your Exo Suit is interesting. Sure, the past has been filled with unlocking new weapons, perks, attachments, etc in previous multiplayer and Survival game types, but this feels like the first of its kind for the franchise. There are three achievements tied to spending a certain amount of Exo points, including one for using twenty, so I assume this achievement will require over that number of upgrades to unlock.

Exo Survival Veteran in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Play 50 Exo Survival Matches.

Speaking of all this Exo business, there's an achievement for playing 50 matches of the new Exo Survival mode. Exo Survival will throw waves of varied enemies at you and up to three other players. There are three different tiers of the mode: Light, Heavy, and Specialist to make your way through by completing a certain amount of rounds to unlock the next highest tier. In-between rounds you can upgrade your Exo Suit and weapons, and every so often you will receive special objectives to complete which will aid you going forward. If you fail these objectives, however, something will be put in place to hamper your progress forward. For as many different maps and rounds of the mode there are to play, there should be little trouble playing through these pretty quickly to pop the achievement.

Threat Detected in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Paint 10 enemies with a single threat grenade.

Alongside the new Exo Suit capabilities is a wide variety of grenades to use against your enemies. Instead of lobbing grenades around, you now use a launcher to hurl grenades in the desired location. Threat grenades, in particular, light up all of the enemies in the vicinity of where the grenade goes off, showing you their exact location. Painting ten enemies with a single Threat grenade will be required to pop this achievement. Other grenades, such as the Smart, and EMP grenades, have their own achievements as well.

SP Prestige in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
SP Prestige151 (75)
Complete the campaign on Veteran difficulty.

Completing the main campaign on Veteran difficulty is one of the achievements that is pretty dependable to be found in a Call of Duty game. However, whether the challenge tends to be easy or difficult usually depends on that particular entry in the franchise. It's all subjective, of course, but past games like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have seemed to be much easier than Call of Duty: World at War and some of the others. Which of these categories will Advanced Warfare fall into? We'll soon find out.

In general, the achievement list does not appear at first glance to be something that is too difficult for achievement hunters to complete. Most single player achievements tend to be naturally picked up while playing, and those that aren't can easily be cleaned up by playing on the lowest difficulty. Furthermore, our community is always on top of getting collectible guides on the achievement pages, and a lack of tough competitive multiplayer achievements should make a completion a lot simpler for those who are not the best first-person shooter players.

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Marc Caccamise
Written by Marc Caccamise
Writer of news, features, and reviews for TrueAchievements since June 2013. Discovered the incredible world of video games at a young age with Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf, and haven't looked back since. Outside of gaming, I'm usually found reading up on various history topics or rooting for the lowly Buffalo Bills and Sabres.