Review| Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Last September we got the chance to test the multiplayer part of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for the first time in the beta. Our first impressions were positive and we have been looking forward to the full version of this game ever since. Especially to the story mode, which had suprisingly been left left out of Black Ops 4. We joined up with the American CIA and Brittish SAS to right some wrongs and tried to survive against the forces of Russia and fictional country Urzikstan.
When we look back to previous single player campaigns in Call of Duty titles, it becomes clear that they were mostly based on sensation and extreme action. After finishing the campaign of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, we can tell this time the story mode is different and it has been a change for the better.
During a covert operation to recover a dangerous chemical gas headed to Urzikstan, CIA officer Alex is intercepted by unknown forces. These immediatly take care of his Marine squad, and escape with the gas. After these events, a group of suicide bombers, affiliated with the terrorist organization Al-Qatala, attack the Piccadilly Circus in London.
The CIA, SAS and Farah Karim, the leader of a rebel group in Urzikstan, join forces to fight the terrorist organization and the Russians who are involved, led by General Roman Barkov. This time the gameplay is way more tactical than in its predecessors and we defenitly prefer it this way.
This time it’s ask questions first, kick ass later. This is because of a penalty system which can easily shake things up. If you accidently shoot your own teammates, you restart from your last checkpoint. After each mission you will be judged on your actions. When you shoot innocent people for example, your assessment will be negative. The great thing about this system is that you have to assess the situation yourself. Another example is when you encounter a woman who tries to grab something from an undisclosed location: is it a gun or her cellphone? It’s up to you to properly judge these situations.
Throughout the whole single player campaign we were on the edge of our seat and we are not exaggerating. The variation in missions is huge and this brings out a lot of intens moments. The missions last between fifteen minutes and half an hour. One moment you are escorting a hostage through an office building occupied by terrorists, the next you are dismantling a bomb where you have to cut the right thread at the right time. Once you even play as a little girl who has to defend herself against the Russians who have invaded her home.
The atmosphere in this game is top notch, the sound throughout the game is phenomenal, and the voice acting of all the characters is great. The graphics are exceptional and at certain moments we were in doubt if we were playing a videogame or watching a movie.
The multiplayer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is like always excellent. The connection to the servers is as it should be, especially now the game supports cross-platform multiplayer. There are a few new game modes like Ground War, which supports 64 players on the battlefield at the same time, 2vs2 battles and more. The time to kill is way shorter than in previous titles, which gives the game a classic Modern Warfare feel.
The multiplayer map variation is rather limited, however this is the only real complaint we have about this part of the game. Every gun is heavily customizable and never looses the feeling that it’s a real-world, heavy-duty weapon. Gunfights are more tactical than before and what we are concerned, this is the best Call of Duty game in years. The franchise doesn’t do well with futuristic titles as is proven once again with Modern Warfare, which feels like a homage to the older Call of Duty games that everyone knows and holds near and dear to their hearts.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a great game. The fantastic single player campaign will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the 5 hours it takes to complete. Graphics are stunning and the atmosphere is out of this world. The multiplayer part of the game is very solid and feels exactly right. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is at this moment one of, if not the, best shooter available.
Rating: 9/10 - Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows - Developer: Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Beenox, High Moon Studios - Publisher: Activision - Price: €59,99