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Realistic and Entertaining Modern Warfare Sim Scores with Multiplayer Fun

  • Feb 1, 2009
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COD4:MW was the game that not only introduced me to online gaming, but hooked me to it as well. Unlike prior Call of Duty titles, Modern Warfare takes place in a fictional present-day setting. Throughout the single-player campaign, you'll take control of both British S.A.S. soldiers and American Marines as they work together to attempt to unravel a terrorist plot involving Russian nationalists and Arab insurgents. Each mission gives you objectives both at the beginning and as you progress through the stage. Your arsenal is based on real-world equipment, and is typically based on the origin of whomever you are controlling or fighting against. For instance, Arab insurgents will typically be found touting AK47s, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other Russian-made weapons (expected as Russia has been a well-known arms trader in the middle east). Missions take you from the opening sequence of raiding a cargo ship as it sails across an ocean to obtain info on a nuclear device being traded illegally, to remote parts of Russia, all the way to a daring mid-air VIP rescue mission aboard a jumbo jet. But while the single-player storyline is intriguing and enjoyable, Call of Duty 4 truly shines in it's online multiplayer modes.

Here, you'll be able to go toe-to-toe with other COD'ers in a wide variety of pre-made maps in an even wider variety of game modes. Find yourself engulfed in an 8-man free-for-fall match, or join up with 7 other teammates for some 8-on-8 insanity. Headquarters mode gives you the challenge of localing, securing and defending a particular objective from the enemy. There's even a one-on-one cagematch mode to settle scores with those buddies of yours that like to think they're top dog. The true genius here is the unlockables and levelling up system; with each kill and each bonus objective completed (which range from amounts of kills with a particular weapon to surviving a set amount of time, to special explosives kills and accuracy awards), the player can watch as his rank steadily increases and new items become available. These include weapons and weapon upgrades, such as scopes and silencers. The wide variety of weapons is quite impressive, from M16 assault rifles to Dragonov Russian snipers, C4 charges to frag grenades, bazookas to claymore mines, uzis, shotguns, etc. All with customizable attachments. Also, a perk system is present that allows you to give your soldier advantages in combat; some of these include increased bullet damage and penetration, extra body armor, increased explosives damage and faster/longer running. The customizations are nearly endless.

The controls are ultra-responsive and the learning curve for them is almost non-existant, especially for First-Person-Shooter veterans. While this game is somewhat dated and obsolete due to the recent release of Call of Duty: World At War, there may not be a modern-era combat simulation that so deftly combines realism with arcade excitement the way COD4 is able to. Even now thousands of players continue to fight the good fight online, just waiting for new recruits to take a stab at. If you haven't enlisted yet, now's the time, private!

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February 07, 2009
Yeah, the multiplayer is far superior to COD:WAW. No doubt. And yes, I'll get started on some music reviews here very soon. I've just been doing them for so long, it's enjoyable to critique other things I'm interested in as well. This place leaves no lack of things to talk about, that's for certain.
 
February 06, 2009
I love this game. I think it is much better than cod5 that just came out. Sometimes, I think that Modern Warfare should have came after World at War. Great review, man. I personally love the multi on this one, especially when you can use the headsets to talk to each other. Are you still reviewing music?
 
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It is the fourth installment of the Call of Duty video game series, excluding expansions. It is also the first one to break away from the World War II setting and to be set in modern times, and the first game in the series to be rated Mature in North America. The title and game details were announced on April 25, 2007, while it was released worldwide between November 6, 2007 and November 9, 2007, and became available on Steam on November 6, 2007 for pre-purchase, becoming available to play on November 12, 2007. A Mac OS X version of the game is scheduled to be released in May 2008.

The story is set in a fictional near-future war between the United States, Europe, and Russian Loyalists against Russian Ultranationalists and Middle Eastern rebels, and features real-world weapons and vehicles. It is told from the perspective of both a United States Marine and an operative of the British SAS, and is set in multiple locations, including the Middle East, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Pripyat. Its multiplayer features different game modes and contains a leveling system, which allows the player to unlock additional weapons, weapon attachments, and camouflage schemes as they advance.

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ESRB: M
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward, Aspyr (Mac conversion)
Console: Xbox 360
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Release Date: Consoles and Windows NA November 6, 2007 AUS November 7, 2007 EU November 9, 2007 Mac NA September 26, 2008
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