The other new game mode shown off was Search & Rescue, which combines elements of popular modes Search & Destroy and Kill Confirmed. The idea is to plant a bomb in one of two locations, with each soldier only granted a single life. Fallen players will leave dog tags, which can be picked up by teammates to revive them or by enemies for eliminations.
Unlike Cranked, there was far more strategy to be found in Search & Rescue. Coordinated teams would stick together in clusters, making sure to quickly eliminate enemies and pick up the tags of any fallen allies. Anyone that ran off the beaten path was pretty much doomed to failure. This mode was more suited to close-quarter combat. There was one instance where one of my opponents was playing sniper, but that idea's main flaw was quickly exposed, as I simply scooped up any dog tags left behind by his targets.
This is merely a sliver of what Ghosts' multiplayer has to offer. There's a new point system that applies to loadout perks, but many of them weren't available while I was there. Although before anyone asks, yes, Riley the dog was available as a killstreak reward and was used quite often to bark at any sign of danger, kill any nearby foes, and generally provide a good morale boost. Clans will also be available in Ghosts, though there wasn't nearly enough time to explore those specific features in detail.
As far as visuals, Call of Duty: Ghosts looked as polished as any CoD title currently on the market--which is not really a good thing, considering I spent the entire day on an Xbox One. For all the talk of "next-gen" and "evolution," Ghosts didn't do much to push the visual envelope. I was far more intrigued by some of the features new to the series, particularly the dynamic destructible environments. There were several instances where pieces of the stage would collapse and either create new paths or block others. At one point, I was walking underneath a gas station, only to watch a rocket fly overhead and knock the whole thing over, leaving me stuck underneath the rubble until someone put me out of my misery. Another instance saw an opponent deploy an airstrike, which not only took out all the players on my team, but also completely destroyed the entire level in a fiery inferno. The result was mass destruction and what felt like a whole new stage, both in terms of visuals and stage layout.
All stages have destructible areas, some of which can change the layout entirely