This is the
fourth game of the Call of Duty series. It has left
WWII, (the setting for the previous three games) behind, and
moved to the present day. Has the move been worthwhile though?
COD4 moves to the modern era following the World War II setting for the
previous games in the series. In the single player campaign you control
several characters (but only one at a time). The main one is a member of the
SAS, but you also play as a U.S. Marine in some missions. The storyline
moves around places such as the Middle East, Russia, and Azerbaijan, and
involves nuclear weapons, coups and invasions.
The actual gameplay is truly awesome, and this is without a
doubt the best shooter ever as regards general gameplay. There are loads of
different weapons and different types of missions to do; some at night, some
in the day, and even some underground. Sometimes you might have to rescue
hostages, in others you are assaulting a town, and you have to move building
by building, killing enemy troops or searching for terrorists, while in one
mission you even go back to the time of the
Chernobyl disaster. The single player campaign is
unfortunately not very long, but the quality of it is superb, and it has a
good amount of variety in it.
The graphics are superb as well. The weapons look realistic and the scenery
surrounding each map is great. With loads of detailed outdoor scenery there
is a load of hiding places for you to try and pick out, while buildings and
houses are just as detailed.
The sound is very good too. Most games have decent sound effects and
background noise, but in this game they’re very well done. You can tell
which weapons are being used just from their sound effects when you’re up
close in a firefight, while distant battles sound more muffled, which works
Call of Duty 4 is just fantastic online. Up to eighteen players can play on
one of the sixteen different maps, and there are six different game modes to
choose from. Many of the maps are taken from the single player game, and
they vary from small cramped maps which favour automatic weapons and
shotguns, though to large maps which give snipers an advantage.
The single player campaign is a bit on the short side, but the online play
will keep you busy for hours. As a result, COD4 is great value if you’re a
fan of this type of game.
Thankfully the Call of Duty series has moved from WWII to the present day.
It is very hard to fault this game, and the short single player campaign is
about all that can be criticised. Apart from that, COD4: Modern Warfare is just
about perfect, especially if you like online military shooters, and should
be remembered as a classic for years to come.
Overall Score: 98%