Price: $49.99 (£29.99)
Description: Action-Packed First-Person Shooter
Pros: Adrenaline pumping gameplay, immersive music, fully featured multiplayer.
Cons: Unimaginative storyline, stereotypical locations, endlessly spawning enemies.
Advised Control Method: Mouse with right click only (I mean only)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is just what you would expect from the franchise. Intense campaign, adrenaline pumping multiplayer and a whole lot of explosions, gun shots and death. Call of Duty surpasses itself in online play which is obviously its main asset, but it holds up a strong campaign fit to please any FPS fan.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s campaign follows the adventures of ‘Soap’ MacTavish from the S.A.S and Sgt. Paul Jackson from the U.S.M.C. Each level more or less alternates between the two which helps vary the gameplay and locations without compromising the general story. Well, whatever there is of it. As you should expect from a hyped up, all-action FPS, the campaign’s story is very stereotypical of the genre and certainly not going to win any awards. Generally based in either some rural middle-eastern favela or overgrown Russian town, the locations could have used a bit more imagination.
But Modern Warfare’s action is intense. It grabs you by the throat and never lets go as you are thrown from one blood-splattered battlefield to the other with many plot twists along the way. That’s not to say that COD’s gameplay is just go go go. Some levels require patience and calculated movements which helps break the sometimes overwhelming action into more manageable chunks.
The game stays strong in the sound department as well with great voice acting, brilliant atmospheric music that knows just the right time to kick in and not to mention the stellar graphics throughout the campaign.
But the game’s campaign isn’t the reason you buy Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Well it shouldn’t be because multiplayer is awesome. There are a ton of people online, despite the game’s age, offering a variety of modes and options to choose from. Even though my own exploits onto the online battlefield aren’t anything to be proud of… yet. Call of Duty manages to supply a smooth, exciting and addicting experience, and one of the best online ventures I have played to date.
And online in Call of Duty isn’t just a one-off thing. Ranking up your character, unlocking new weapons and perks and the nostalgic sensation of becoming progressively better keeps you pinned to the screen. The variety of maps, either inspired by campaign mission or completely invented for online play, are plentiful, offering a new gaming experience every time.
Call of Duty is a brilliant FPS. One that has certainly put a lot of effort into the multiplayer yet still upholds a twisting campaign worth playing. If this looks like your thing then go for it, because this game packs a lot in one (long) download. I have not even covered arcade mode or perks in this review, I’ll leave you to discover them yourself. But gameplay wise, Modern Warfare hits the spot and sets the standard for FPS’s. I’ll see you online.