In 2007 Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare released and changed the formula for FPS games forever. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare delivered a Hollywood blockbuster single player campaign and perfected FPS multiplayer gaming.
Over the last five years Call Of Duty has in my opinion lost its way by trying to copy its rivals mechanics, delivering sub-par story modes (even completely dropping single-player last year) and forgetting the simple formula that made it great in the first place. Until now!
When yet another COD iteration was announced earlier this year I was honestly less than interested, I am a firm believer that since Black Ops 1 there hasn’t been a Call Of Duty that can compare to the pure poetry that are COD 4: Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops. The more I saw of this new iteration the more interested I became, it looked like Infinity Ward was taking COD back to what gamers’ fell in love with 12 years ago.
I am happy to say yes, for the most part Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is a love letter to what Call Of Duty used to be. Here’s my review.
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare brings back the enigmatic Captain Price with a new squad of soldiers to combat a terrorist threat in the middle east. I’m not going to spoiler any story plots so I will keep it brief. Modern Warfare’s campaign is back to the blockbuster quality we used to expect from Infinity Ward with each mission being different and standing on its own as a blockbuster experience.
There are definitely some stand out missions that you will want to replay again and again, whether you’re sniping insurgents across a desert town or silently clearing town houses in the dead of night Call Of duty: Modern Warfare keeps you clutching that controller till its worthy end.
There has been a lot of controversy about the realism, use of certain weapons and the ability to kill civilians in the mainstream games media. At no point did I see this as an issue as all of the weapons are grounded in reality and Modern Warfare is trying to tell a real world story and pay homage to the real life soldiers who put their life on the line so that we can sit playing these very video games in the safety of our homes.
The game does a great job of immersing you in its world and punishes you if you don’t follow its rules of engagement.
So yes you can shoot civilians but its not that simple, if civilians run in to the line of fire or are accidentally killed the game makes you live with that on your mind and the fact that it doesn’t instantly fail the mission kind of makes you guilty. If you intentionally go around gunning down civilians, stopping laughing only to reload then the game fails you and you will not progress. Civilian casualties are there to help add gravity to the experience and keep you grounded in reality. It works well.
The story is mainly set in a fictional province in the middle east but does also drop in to places such as London and regions of Russia, each location is stunning and beautifully crafted, even the character models are gorgeous. The game tries to tell a more personal story and uses certain characters as anchors for different views on their morality. Difficult choices are easier for some where as another character may wish to seek another means to achieve the goal with less blood on his hands.
The acting is stellar especially Barry Sloane’s performance as the hardened veteran Captain Price. It does feel like you’re in a movie when watching cut scenes which helps the game immerse you in its gritty story. Call Of duty: Modern Warfare’s’ campaign is Infinity Ward’s finest work since Modern Warfare 2.
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer offering strips away all of the fat of the recent games and delivers a streamlined and classic Modern Warfare experience.
You have the usual soft-core and hardcore difficulties with an added “Realism” mode with no HUD or anything. With its selection of well presented maps and modes Modern Warfare offers something for everyone (except zombies players) and my personal favorite is Gunfight.
Fans of the original Modern Warfare duo will love this installment and even in soft-core players only take a few shots to kill so bullet sponges are a rarity.
Spec Ops however is a different kettle of fish. It is as you remember, small co-op missions that offer differing experiences except this time they are open to more than one extra player. I definitely got more Operation Flashpoint: Red River vibes from it than Modern Warfare 2 if I’m honest but that’s not a bad thing as Red River is one of my stand out co-op experiences on the Xbox 360. Spec Ops seems to have less iconic missions but have more re-playable ones. They are a great addition to have back in the fold though.
I did review Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare on Xbox One so you will probably be able to review the Survival mission before I can so please give me your review in the comments as it is a timed PS4 exclusive.
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- Overall - 9.5/109.5/10
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is the best iteration of the franchise in years and is COD back to top form.
A stellar campaign and top notch multiplayer mean that for the first time in years COD will once again be a GOTY contender.
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