Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review (Xbox 360)

Dukester101 | 2437d ago | User review
Reviewing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
A change from the norm.
The 4th installment of Call of Duty, by developer Infinity Ward is perhaps the best First Person Shooter of 2007. Rivaling that of Halo 3, CoD4 brings something new and different to the table that past CoD games have not had.

While the single player is lacking in a longer story mode, it is very much action filled and intense. As you travel across the world playing as a member of the British SAS or the United States Marine Corps, you are taken on a journey that is all too familiar to modern conflicts. Without giving too much away, allied forces have taken to war to defend the world from a Middle Eastern military leader.

The single player plays out in many different locales, from the dry and dusty streets of Saudi Arabia to the desolate ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine. The levels of difficulty seem to be on par with previous Call of Duty games, with four different difficulty bars. Despite the shorter story, not much is wrong with CoD4's single player. While the addition of online co-op would have been nice, it is really not needed as the game sweeps you along.

The real fun of Call of Duty 4 though is the multi-player. Included on the disk is 16 multi-player maps of ranging size and scenery. Each map is also taken from a level found within the game itself, altered, and re-created for online play. New to the table though, is the multi-player perks, and weapons challenges.

Players start off their online character as a basic soldier, with not much to choose from in terms of weaponry. As players progress in the ranks, and get kills with specific weapons, they can earn special attachments, such as a Red Dot Sight (to improve accuracy) or a Silencer (to give stealth). There are also several camouflage patterns that players can use to modify the look of their weapons.

The perk system allows players to pick three different bonuses to aid themselves in battle. Limited to just three unique perk classes, players must choose their perks wisely. As players level up by winning games, getting kills, and completing challenges, they unlock new weapons, and perks.

Once a player has reached level 55 on the first playthough, they have the ability to enter "Prestige Mode." What this does is it takes players from level 55, and drops them to level 1. Players start from scratch, but now have a unique and cool symbol next to their name that denotes which level of prestige the player is in (there are 10 levels of prestige).

As a whole, Call of Duty 4 is a strong game both online and offline. Where the game excels though is in the online multi-player. The challenges, perks, and unlockables offer something new and different for players. It gives players a reason to play longer and with specific weapons to "level them up." Infinity Ward made the right decision in moving away from the WWII era, and bringing Call of Duty in to the realm of Modern Combat.
Ups
The challenge, perks, and weapon upgrade system.
Downs
Campaign could have lasted a few more levels.
Score
9.4
Graphics While not differing much from the other CoD games, the sheer level of modern combat is enough to net this score higher. The selection of weapons is magnificent, and using the right weapon in the right situation will net you victory, while using the wrong weapon will cause you a loss.
8.8
Sound While depicting the drab and dreary scenes of a world at war, Call of Duty 4 uses a nice mixture of art and color in their graphics department. The level of detail in buildings, weapons and players is phenomenal. There are still some issues with the graphics, but they are done very well.
9.0
Gameplay The in-game sounds and music soundtrack is very memorable. The "fight music" gets the adrenaline rushing, while the "sad music" plays with your emotions. Either way, the music definitely goes with the mood at hand.
9.8
Fun factor Modern Combat is seemingly more fun than the dry WWII theme of CoD. With exciting levels, fun weapons, and an intense online component, CoD4 is very fun.
9.8
Online While there are server and host problems, the perks and challenges are what makes online great. The amount of maps and game modes offer something different each time you play. Each game is a new and different experience, and requires different weapons, strategies and tactics.
9.4
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
predator  +   2437d ago
Good
Good review Duke, although myself would of given a bit higher on the graphics side but thats the beauty of User Reviews. I look forward to read some more of your future reviews
Dr Pepper  +   2437d ago
Overall, great stuff. I probably would have mentioned issues with the spawn points (they really make me mad sometimes) but oh well :)
Dukester101  +   2437d ago
Ah yes... the nasty spawn points. How many times have we all spawned into bullets, an air strike, or a grenade.

While frustrating, I believe a fix is in the works... just needs MS approval. Hopefully it'll fix crap like that.

If not... then I'd maybe knock .1 off the review.

Thanks for the pos. comments though guys... I'll be reviewing a few more in the future. :)

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Average Score 9.3 Reviews(72)
Release Dates
Nintendo DS Release Dates
US 05 November 2007
JP 13 March 2008
AU 07 November 2007
EU 09 November 2007
PC Release Dates
PS Vita Release Dates
PS3 Release Dates
Wii Release Dates
US 10 November 2009
AU November 2009
EU November 2009
Xbox 360 Release Dates