Review by _Genesis

Reviewed: 03/23/09 | Updated: 07/27/09

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Review

One and a half years on, and 12 days of playing time… And only now do I choose to review this game. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a first person shooter based on fictional events in the Middle East.

Call of Duty 4 really was genre defining, and has really shown it can stand the test of time. I, like many others out there when buying a new first person shooter, instantly compare it to this one game. I would compare everything. Graphics, game play, how smooth it felt, etc.

Graphics

Graphics-wise, even though Call of Duty 4 was released a year and a half ago, graphically; it is still possibly one of the best available. It runs in 60 frames per second, has great textures, lighting and effects, and really put itself on the map as a “next generation” game. The game runs in full 1080p in the single player campaign, and 720p whilst in multiplayer. If you have yet to get an HDTV, for this game alone, you should.

Gameplay

Call of Duty 4 controls just like your everyday first person shooter as well as having its own unique control schemes, but lacks the custom control schemes that other shooters have, which would allow to control the game in anyway you want to.

The enemy AI is impressive. The enemies “learn” and adapt to your playing styles, so every time you might die, then the next time that you try the enemies will never do the same thing twice. The enemies assault you in large numbers, and on the harder difficulties, they will even attempt to flank you and your team.

Normally, when your enemy is smart, your allies are stupid… Well, this is not the case in this game!!

If you are struggling on the harder difficulties, you can actually get your team to do all the work, as you see - they can’t die!! - so, all you have got to do really, is stay alive! You don’t have commands for them, because you don’t need them. Peep round the corner, and then your team just moves in and clears the room for you.

The campaign was truly breathtaking, and still is to this day. There are a range of missions to be found here, sneaking missions, head on combat and assaulting enemies from the sky in an AC-130 gunship. Each mission is even better than the last, and some just so awesome, you just have to play them literally hundreds of times, *cough*allghilliedup*cough*.

The multiplayer aspect of Modern Warfare is quite possibly the best that I have ever been able to experience from a first person shooter. As you play you gather experience points, from killing and capturing objectives, and the more you get, obviously the higher the level you will reach. There is always something new being unlocked, be it a new weapon or a perk or a new set of challenges.

Call of Duty 4 was the first in the series to include perks, such as increased damage and health, to really spice up the customisation. There are so many different variations that you could have, it really will take a while for you to find the perfect class for you.

Overall

Overall, Call of Duty 4 is just an amazing game, and will forever be hailed as one of the best, if not the best first person shooter to have been made in this generation of gaming, it definitely deserves the full 10 out of 10 that I am going to give to it from this review.

I can almost assure you if you were to purchase this game right now, you would play it for months. The campaign will take you roughly 8 hours, oh, but what a great 8 hours they will be! Then the multiplayer… If you get hooked, you will play this again, and again, and again.

If you are looking for a good, no, brilliant first person shooter, and you don’t own this game for whatever reason… Get out, go to your local games shop, and buy this game!

Final Impressions

+Brilliant graphics
+Brilliant single player
+Brilliant multiplayer
+Brilliant replay value
- … Negatives? Yeah, there really aren’t any…

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Product Release: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (EU, 11/09/07)

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