Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Review
It has been a long time since we had a Modern Warfare game, some would even argue that Call of Duty: Ghost would have been the last in the series. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is known as a soft reboot to the whole series. We are getting a retelling of the famed series with this one and for this review, it will be broken up into two parts. Since many go straight into Multiplayer, we here are going to discuss the story mode first since that was our main interest from the start.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Vicious Beginning:
There is no such thing as an absolute hero or villain. It all comes down to the perspective of the people you either save or torment. This is why war is so complicated because one side wants liberation while the other enjoys how things are. Other times the rules of engagement tend to have mistakes in which the story begins with a mistake. A robbery to steal from the Russians takes a drastic turn when US soldiers that planned to infiltrate the same compound intercepts the thieves. The outcome was an ambush leading to Marines being gun downed as the thieves run off scared at their mistake.
It is now a race to find out who was the terrorist that attacked those marines and what are they planning to do with the biological materials that were stolen? In the spirit of Modern Warfare, you will be playing through the story from different viewpoints. There will be some dramatic scenes in which you will have the option not to see that horrible side. At one point you will play as two children whose village has been attacked and you will have to survive through the ordeal. Then you jump to the present where the whole story comes full circle.
All and all the story alone is worth it no matter what the elite multi-players that stay just skip it and play the MP. Nope, I highly recommend it especially those playing on PS4 and want to get into Spec Ops. You will unlock other characters for MP if you do so and can progress to the Spec Ops understanding how the story continues.
As stated this is a soft reboot so going into this with a new look works well. There is a huge shock value that I was expecting, but only to a certain degree even with one mission where you have to fight in a cave that is set on fire. It takes a different route of your typical FPS which almost crosses into the Adventure territory. This felt like an interactive movie with the many voice actors really selling the campaign. There is a level of humanity that you can appreciate when playing you start questioning the actions of the NPC’s. Hell, even at times I would try to do things differently which you can to save a person’s life.
Spec Ops Continues the Story:
This is where Co-op finally comes to Modern Warfare and this makes me happy. You can team up with random players or as I would recommend it with people you know. The best part is that whatever load-outs you made in Multiplayer you can use in the Spec Ops, but there is a slower leveling up build. However, you will get access to some vehicles as the stages are huge.
Keep in mind this will be a higher level of difficulty as you will have a few objectives to deal with and as you progress enemies get tougher. There will be a point where the game will throw at you a few Juggernauts. It kind of turns into a horde mode in a way, but it is truly fascinating with more to come.
Campaign Final thoughts:
Infinity Ward did a fantastic job retelling the story and honestly, the few claims they don’t bother are just cheating themselves out of something fun. How it all plays out and continues with the co-op in spec ops feels as if Infinity Ward listened about giving us some form of co-op. All and all the Campaign alone gets a 4.5 out of 5.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer!
This is where Call of Duty shines for me as stated before I missed classic Modern Warfare. It is all about not having augments of exo-suits or weird Titanfall jumping. You just have regular perks, slides and your own weird skills or exploits to win the game.
Let’s talk about some of the new game modes like Ground War being introduced. This mode is mainly for those that loved the huge battles of Battlefield which Call of Duty: Modern Warfare put their own spin on it. Semi-open land with capture points objectives and some vehicles. It is intense and a great way to get some of those missions for your weaponry done.
NVG the night vision TDM is also a new addition that we had the pleasure of checking out in the beta. It is still straining to the eyes for a long period of time, but still a fun mode. Here is the best part out of all the game modes, you can filter out for the quick play option or just pick whichever you like individually.
Also, the 2 vs 2 matches are introduced which will give you random guns in each mode. It is frustrating, but you can see the appeal for some quick matches. If you take too long you will need to hurry and capture the flag to get the Win. However, there were not many matches where it came down to that.
You will have many options of customization from either side of the operators you unlock and of course your weapon load-outs. Personally, infinity ward did a wise move by leaving out custom emblems because you get tired of seeing all the racial emblems and of course X-rated stuff. The more you progress the more calling cards and emblems you unlock.
The mission system drives you to use all the weapons, but some would suggest using Sniper Rifle in ground war for sure to get the 30 kills. Also out the window is the famed prestige. You will instead get officer ranks as you reach 5-Star General rank 100. That grants you a challenge completion which rewards you a ribbon. If you earn 10 ribbons in that season you get an emblem. You get 100 ribbons to gain a better emblem.
Once the season ends you will reset and begin again, you keep all your weapons and unlocks though. You just have to climb the ranks once again.
Weapons, of course, have their own level-up system which as expected you level them up and unlock skins, attachments and even scope icons. There will be over 100 camo patterns to unlock and also pendants or stickers to have on your weapons.
This the first time in COD history that all platforms can actually play together. You have the added bonus of using a keyboard and mouse on both PS4 and Xbox. So those that complained or were worried about fighting the PC gamers don’t have anything to fear. Felt good and solid even with all the gamers either finding exploits or hiding spots. Just adapt and learn the maps and you will be fine.
There are some mixed feelings with the maps this time around. It does feel a bit bland compared to other maps in the COD series. Granted that Modern Warfare tries to utilize actual places vs. some others. Not saying all are bad, maps like Picadilla is fun and has a lot of tactical points. There is also the recent free update of Shoot Hosue is small and great for fast games.
That’s about it, the guns have their advantages and disadvantages no matter what gamers may say. There is a level of agreement that 725 and MP7 are a bit broken, however, you can tip the scales if you are smart enough. Also, switch to hardcore mode if the regular game is annoying for your hit markers.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer gets 3.5 out of 5.
Conclusion as a whole:
All and all Call of Duty: Modern Warfare gives some of us a great experience as a soft reboot and brings back what we loved from the series. There are loads of replay value and of course, being able to play with all your friends no matter what console you are on. You just need to share your Activision Gamertag that will be your universal name for everyone.
The grind to level up is not as bad as you would seem and if you want something else besides PVP, you can co-op in PVP. There is a survival mode which is a horde mode that you can level up in and earn funds to unlock more weapons and items.
Thank you all for sticking around this long and here is our final verdict…IT’S A BUY! It was worth the wait and having friends from all different platforms brings gamers full circle. It feels good and I hope other companies see this as a success to open up their borders with crossplay. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is available right now and please pick up your copy today. – Beast Out –
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