Video Game Review: Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

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CoD4_boxartDeveloper(s): Infinity Ward, Aspyr, Treyarch

Publisher(s): Activision, Square Enix

Platform(s): Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac, Wii

Genre(s):  First-Person Shooter (FPS)

Game Modes: Single-player, multiplayer, online co-op

Release Date: November 5, 2007

Rating: M – Mature

JD Shep’s Game Fly Rental Review Summer Extravaganza #6 was originally posted as a Facebook note on 07/31/2010. Minor changes were made to the content and format.

Sixth on the list from Game Fly was “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” for the Xbox 360.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” is a first person shooter, duck and lean (as opposed to cover) set in the Modern time-frame (hence the title) rather than in the WWII era like the previous Call of Duties. This is my first game in this franchise, so I cannot compare it to the previous games. This will be based on the Single Player Campaign. There is also an Arcade Campaign and Multi-Player that I have yet to play.

My Stats:
At this point I have unlocked 20 of 37 achievements for 370 points out of 1000 points. I played this on Easy since it was my first time.

Quick Synopsis:
Again, this is set in present time and your enemy…terrorists. Well dang, you can stop right there. There are two stories, British S.A.S (Special Air Service) and USMC (United States Marine Corps), which intertwine. You get to play as both. You have objectives and targets to take out as the game progresses. As BSAS, you go to Russia and fight ultra-nationalists, who seek to restore Russia to its Soviet-era stature. As USMC, separatist group with anti-Western views in the Middle East.


1) This game is non-stop action and adrenaline pumping. There are at certain points, if you do not advance, enemies will continue to spawn. I personally liked this. I could get lost in the action and fun during these moments.

2) The AI is really good. You do not have to command them. Which takes away that part of you having to think and you can just concentrate on killing the bad guys. They can lead the way, and save your life.

3) There is a level where you are controlling the weapons on an AC-130 Gunship. This is awesome, and the dialog that goes along with it is humorous. There are also points in the game where you are the gunner on other vehicles as well. This changes the game up throughout the game, keeping it fresh.

4) Although I do like the cover shooters, I now can also appreciate this duck and lean that you have going on. Why? Because it works on the enemy too. There are certain covers that you can actually shoot through and that will eventually get destroyed. Of course this works with them as well, so keep moving!

5) This game looks really good and realistic. There is a lot of detail to this game.

1) You cannot control the voice volume separately. I normally turn this up while turning the sound fx and music down. This hinders you on listening to orders and also the story line. Then you can argue with this and say that it is more realistic.

2) There is a moment where you are doing long range sniping. In itself it is cool, but to pull off the shot, you need to adjust for wind and the Coriolis Effect (caused by the rotation of the Earth). There was no training on how to do this properly. I just find it disappointing.

If you are wanting some intense, ‘realistic’ war gaming then this is it, but you already knew that. Because if you are actually reading these reviews, you are a gamer. And I was probably the only gamer that waited this long to play this game. You have already played the campaign at least twice and the multiplayer God knows how many times. I came to Call of Duty skeptical, but I will be honest; I was surprised that I liked it so much. As far as ratings, everyone has been placing this game in the 9’s. At this moment I give it a 4) Buy on Sale. After I actually finish the game and buy gold to play multiplayer I would probably bump it to a 5) Buy New. I decided to go ahead and buy this game, so me completing it has been put on hold. I look forward to the other game-play modes and playing through the single player campaign on harder difficulties.

Thanks for playin’!

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