Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review (Xbox 360)

toughNAME | 2476d ago | User review
Reviewing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Amazing transition from historical facts to fiction with relation to current events
A breath of fresh air from previous Call of Duty games, Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare pulls gamers out of WWII and into a Ghillie suit.

Single Player Campaign -
Previous COD games had decent campaigns, but you always knew in the end, the Nazi's got their ass kicked. The campaign in Call of Duty 4 is nothing short of spectacular, an exhilarating story from start to finish.

Multiplayer Online Play -
Those who enjoyed Call of Duty 2 and 3 online will definitely enjoy COD4's online aspect. But the great online play is overshadowed by some significant flaws.

Firstly, Xbox Live's core aspect: playing with friends. COD4's party system is lacking at best. I constantly find myself yelling over other voices or sending a Private Chat invite to whoever I'm playing with just because it is so difficult to communicate with friend’s in-game. Automatically playing with the same people as last game is nice, but it should just be an option, a separate post game lobby would do wonders to this game.

Second, the ranking system. Clever names and useless upgrades hide the enemy of toughNAME: Challenges. Quite possibly the stupidest thing an online shooter could ever include. Seeing people crouching an entire game or committing suicide down a missile silo really drag this game down.

And lastly, overall gameplay. What was controlled and balanced in the single player campaign turns into a button-mashing mess. With average life being around 8-12 seconds, death is the utopia of this never-ending, but-really-only-20 minute hell.

Controls - (see multiplayer)
Solid controls, similar to prequels, but unsurprisingly COD4 hasn't caught up with today's other popular online shooters, reloading will soon become your biggest challenge.

Graphics/Sound -
Both good...enough. A similar art style may bring satisfaction to old school Call of Duty fans, but rushed textures and lazy draw distances knock a few points off. The sound was not bad, but it wasn't good enough for me to remember it. That doesn't need explaining.

Achievements -
Yes achievements, no Xbox 360 game would be complete without it. I can honestly say I enjoyed earning Call of Duty 4's achievements, mostly because they pretty much came with the story. But as if Online play couldn't take any more hits, there are no multiplayer achievements. 940/1000 points and I doubt I'll ever pick up this disaster again.
Online play{Halfway decent controls{Dull achievements
Fun factor
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
credman27  +   2467d ago
Yeah Right
You don't know what you are talking about. There is no better FPS game on a console right now and you know it. I would be surprised if there is a better FPS that will come out between now and when COD6 arrives in 2009.
Fr0ZzZeN  +   2467d ago
You have no idea... This game is easily one of the GOTY and to give it a 6 is ridiculous.
toughNAME  +   2467d ago
ah, the beauty of USER reviews
i_like_ff7  +   2467d ago
wow u gave nhl 08 a better review then cod4....
soccerstar  +   2467d ago
wow dude you just hate this game cuz u suck at it. My average life is at least 2-3 minutes
toughNAME  +   2467d ago
I suck at multiplayer yes.

Yet I can cruise through the game on veteran...but that means nothing so..
BeaArthur  +   2428d ago
I wouldn't necessarily say he sucks at it but I would question his strategy if he is dying every 8-12 seconds.
Douchebaggery  +   2467d ago
Fr0ZzZeN  +   2467d ago
So you give COD4 a 6, Burnout Paradise a 7 and NHL an 8.6?

Strange way of reviewing but whatever floats your boat.
DeZimatoR  +   2443d ago
Yep, you suck at the Multiplayer. Know why? Because CoD4 isn't Halo, where you can just 20 feet into the air and get shot 10 times in the chest before dying. You actually need to know what you are doing to achieve something in this game.

BTW, whats up with your 'Sound' scores? Are you deaf or something?

Oh, one tip. Being harsh while reviewing doesn't mean you are being demanding. It may just mean you like pretend your a 'tough' (pun intended) guy reviewing. But not exactly fair.

P.S. He gave NHL and 8.6 because he is an hockey fan. That's why ;)

P.P.S. Button mashing? make me laugh...
toughNAME  +   2441d ago
I appreciate you being so angry with my Uncharted review that you had to go back and read all my other reviews:D
IGN gave NHL 08 an 8.9...yet your laughing at me because I gave it a high review?

And yes...I am a hockey fan...thats why I reviewed it

You seem to enjoy chastizing me for my reviews. I play a game and I give my opinion on it, feel free to disagree, but I heardly think calling me names is the best way of getting your point across.

Write your own review if you don't agree :D
TwissT  +   2442d ago
I know this is old but damn toughNAME your a hard grader.
DeZimatoR  +   2441d ago
Yes I checked your other reviews.
Because I thought your Uncharted review was such a 'pearl', I wanted to see if you had any more. And you did. This one for example.

So what if IGN gave NHL an 8.9? They gave CoD4 a 9.4. Now what?
And I don't think I insulted you, I just asked you if you were deaf. I mean, another example is the score you gave to Burnout Paradise's sound. 3? Because it has Avril Lavigne on there and you don't like her music? Sure its your opinion, but it shouldn't be influenced by your personal (music) tastes.

About me writing my own review...if I find time to do it I probably will. Would prefer doing an Uncharted review, just because its fresh on my memory, but I want to finish hard mode first.

We'll see. If I get around to review some game(s) I'll be waiting for your comments. ;)
DeckUKold  +   2440d ago
God your Reviews are HARD
Do you even like games?
Stagerman  +   2437d ago
toughname, you also like to give 360 exclusives good scores. but sound 5? i have surround sound, and i gotta admit it sounds pretty legit.and Multiplayer 4? you just like to be different dont you

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Average Score 9.3 Reviews(72)
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US 05 November 2007
JP 13 March 2008
AU 07 November 2007
EU 09 November 2007
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