Call of Duty is one of the biggest franchises in media today and although the series has sold well from the start, it was Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which moved things to another level. This year Call of Duty 4’s developers Infinity Ward are going back to their roots with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a modern reimagining of the legendary game from 2007. Read on to see how it fares in our review.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a spiritual reboot of the original but is very different in its own way. The game features three main game modes; a single-player campaign, multiplayer and Specs Ops which feature co-op missions.
The campaign this time around is one of the best in years and tackles some pretty mature subject matter. While playing the campaign you really get the impression that Call of Duty campaigns are really underrated. Most people get right into multiplayer when they buy the yearly Call of Duty game but this year, if you do purchase the game, even if just for the multiplayer, you definitely need to give the campaign a try.
Modern Warfare’s campaign takes you on a journey across the world playing as the CIA and British SAS fighting against rebels of a fictional country called Urzikstan while fighting against Russian forces who have invaded the country as a third force in the conflict. Although Infinity Ward tries their best at injecting realism into the events by taking liberty with real-life events and forcing them into their story, some of the missions can get quite controversial. The overall campaign experience, however, is excellent and worth the time playing.
Special Ops or Spec-ops are back and feature co-op missions that extend forth the story of the campaign. They’re actually pretty fun and I used to play them all the time with my friends in Modern Warfare 3. The new game’s Spec-ops missions are unique and certainly a refresher when you get bored from the standard multiplayer.
Now onto the Call of Duty series’ bread and butter – the multiplayer. The Call of Duty series has been greatly stagnating for the past few years in terms of its multiplayer, a trend really which started with Call of Duty: Ghosts. Trying to experiment and change things up with each game, the different Call of Duty studios have been doing more bad than good to the franchise. Them trying super quick time-to-kills, boots-in-the-air and other changes to freshen up the series may have prolonged the series’ lifelines but games like Fortnite have clearly taken over the shooter crown from the once king of the game industry.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is different from every Call of Duty you’ve played before in terms of gameplay, featuring brand new animations that make the game feel different. Build on a brand new engine that allows for better-detailed textures and environments, realistic volumetric lighting and ray tracing along with many other improvements make Call of Duty: Modern Warfare the best-looking game in the series to date.
The game performs really well with quick load times and stable frame rates on the PS4 Pro. This year the game supports cross-play as well which is huge since PS4, Xbox One and PC players are able to play together as long as they’re using the same input method i.e a controller or Mouse/Keyboard.
Now I’m gonna be a bit critical on how the game plays, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare features multi-lane and vertical maps reminiscent of Battlefield games which in my opinion do not suit the gameplay at all. Call of Duty has always been a quick-fire arcade shooter and the maps are too technical for it to work. Couple that with the super-short time to kill, you’re actually forced by the game to camp which is super annoying. Call of Duty is fun when you can run and gun, not this at all. I was really hoping for the game to go back to a three-lane map design like in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 which not only was fun in public matches but also for the competitive e-Sports side.
Adding onto the Battlefield comparisons, Ground War this year is revamped upping the player count from 32 to over a 100, which play out on special Ground War-only maps that feature vehicles like tanks and APVs. Certainly an ironic trend of Battlefield being influenced by Call of Duty year-on-year and with that now happening with Call of Duty.
With a focus on tactical gameplay, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has new revisions like door breaching and even removing the mini-map although the latter was added back after huge fan backlash. The mini-map is still gimped though, not functioning like in previous games removing the red dots indicating other enemy players unless you have a UAV going up. Killstreaks are back again but I feel they’re pretty weak until you reach the higher tier ones which are hard to get already due to the game’s quick time-to-kill which makes raking up killstreaks pretty hard.
The gun customization has been ramping up year on year and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare takes this to another level having up to 60 attachments per weapon with 5 equip-able at a single time. Previous perks like FMJ are now moved to weapons instead of being allotted to classes, which is a step in the right direction in my opinion.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is another solid entry in the yearly franchise that really freshens up things. The campaign is excellent with Spec-ops being a viable alternative to the Zombies mode from the previous game. The multiplayer however is frustrating to play for series veterans like me who buy the game each year for the multiplayer. Too much of a focus on tactical gameplay is lessening the fun arcade shooter feel that the game had. I’m still hopeful that in the coming weeks and months developers Infinity Ward patch the game for an experience similar to what I was hoping for.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Review (PS4)
Game Reviewed on: PS4
Game description: Modern Warfare® is back In the visceral and dramatic single-player story campaign, Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® pushes boundaries and breaks rules the way only Modern Warfare® can.
Final Score - 8/10
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is another solid entry in the yearly franchise that really freshens up things. The campaign is excellent with Spec-ops being a viable alternative to the Zombies mode from the previous game. The multiplayer however is frustrating to play for series veterans like me who buy the game each year for the multiplayer.