Multiplatform (tested PC version and
The Hot Call Of Duty
Franchise hits boots on the ground running head long into a more modern
era with spectacular results. Players follow their actual into more
action than you can shake a gaggle of grunts at. The jump by Infinity
Ward to Modern Warfare is very welcome and superbly done. Though
sorrowfully short, the game keeps up the pace with some of the coolest
visuals and action any gamer can want. Better yet, it seems that
regardless of the platform, no gamer will be short changed like in so
many other games.
Combat is fast and at
times extremely chaotic, with some of the levels having that familiar
pressure to move forward as an all encompassing sense of urgency fills
the player to get the mission done or all is lost! As with the other
Call of Duty Games, this time around in Call Of Duty 4 Modern Warfare,
the player bounces back and forth in an intertwined story between U.S
Forces and the British Spec Ops. Some times you're a soldier, and at
times you get to play as a Sniper, just when you thought the experience
could not get any more intense, you feel the pressure of being the
gunner of a AC 130 Spectre Gun Ship.
The real pressure coming
from viewing the battlefield with gun camera and IR image screens and
providing close support for the troops on the ground. As the soldiers on
the ground advance, your job is to give that support and not blast the
wrong little green/white figures on your screen. The friendlies have a
strobe while the enemies do not. With your troops so close to the enemy
targets you have to be careful on what gun you decide to use. Too much
fire power and your own soldiers can be caught in a blast.
Multiple mission goals
per map are pretty much the norm here. Success in one mission goal can
open up other assets for success in other mission goals. Let me tell
you, there is nothing like calling in a fixed wing craft to do a bomb
drop on an enemy position, or watching as the Cobras chew up a building
that a moment ago had enemy fire raining down on you.
One of the things that is rather cool about the game is that the
environments are varied enough to keep interest up. From a cargo ship
battle to some desert and urban combat, the pace stays pretty high and
the action very intense. One of my main worries before playing the game
was that it would be just another Ghost Recon. No worries there at all.
While a lot of things are scripted, the story and the interaction with
the story make this game no where near Ghost Recon. It stands on its own
and far beyond. After Call Of Duty 3, I can say thank goodness Infinity
Ward is back with Call Of Duty 4 Modern Warfare because they where
As stated, the single
player game just seems a bit short. I would imagine that giving a player
just enough and leaving them wanting more while not making them feel
jipped is a delicate balance. The short game part can be balanced by
playing at a higher game difficulty, though regardless of how far your
stretch the game out, either way when you reach the end you will be
wanting more of this gem of a game.
Graphics seem to look just as incredible across most of the platforms,
the PC and Xbox 360 versions look just awe inspiring. At press time we
could not make comment on a PS3 version. While the PC version does
really need a high end graphic card and a solid system to run, we found
that on the systems we had, at this time with out tweaking the Alienware
system was the only system that ran the game with out a glitch on the PC
front. We must point out that this is due to the other systems just
don't have the hardware punch that the Alienware system does.
Of course the Xbox 360 version looked just as awesome as the PC version.
Voice acting is done very well with combat chatter making things seem oh
so real and in the moment. Music lends itself well also, helping the
emotional punch along depending on what is happening in the game at any
given moment. From moving on to a probing action for the enemy, to enemy
engaged or the tense moments of belly crawling through an advancing
column and hoping not to be seen, it's a true experience that you will
just have to play to believe.
Of course the Call Of Duty line has always been very strong in its multi
player support. No exception this time around. With the maps available
players have plenty of cover and lots of areas to explore and fight in.
I have a hard time enjoying most multiplayer games because it is very
hard to find a team that actually fights as a team.
Combat classes in multi player have different bonuses as well as the
expected different weapons. Though the nice thing about it is that, just
because you start with a given weapon, your not stuck with it for the
whole game session.
Call Of Duty 4 has the standard deathmatch, team deathmatch, domination
modes. Plus a split screen style of play you can try out with a friend
with out hitting Xbox live.
Get in the war you ImpulseGamer readers and pick up Call Of Duty 4
Modern Warfare. This multiplatform game is just the thing for you to
pump up the action and have a blast.
Have fun, Play games.