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.
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.
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.