(Slightly) Old Video Game Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

The First Person Shooter (FPS) genre is one of the most popular in the gaming world.  There are so many classics to name from such as, Counter Strike, Goldeneye, Half-Life, Halo, etc. etc.  The list just goes on and on.  Many can argue the Top 10 FPS games for decades and they will never get to an agreement. However, one of the ones that solidified it’s own franchise was Call of Duty.

It’s all in the details.

The Call of Duty series of games mainly started out as a World War II era game. But the idea of heading into the 1940s to shoot some Nazis was getting stale. Then the guys over at Infinity Ward tried something entirely different…set the time to the modern era and let loose upon the world on November 5, 2007, a game that would…well…change everything.  Now…the modern era has been explored before in a FPS, but not to an extent like what Call of Duty 4 did.  They pretty much looked at the Michael Bay handbook on  “How to blow shit up” and James Cameron’s guidebook to “Making a damn good action movie” and combined both for one hell of a ride.

The intro of this game, has you as a prisoner and then you get shot.  I mean the first level drops you off on a tanker in the middle of the sea fighting and the amazing fun of escaping a sinking ship.  Then your off in a desert fighting.  There are several different areas you’ll be fighting in and the gameplay is amazing.  It wants you to keep playing.

The graphics were UNBELIEVABLE at the time.  Every modeling detail on the characters were crisp and clean.  You can see the various equipment each character had, which expands the close reality of the modern war a gamer can experience.  But the real stars were the guns. And man, were there a lot of guns. The models of each gun were perfect, with each unique reload/shooting animation and the attention to detail were incredible.  This game was gun porn. Nothing can distract you from the sheer awesomeness of each weapon presented.  The animations of the characters were excellent as they were fluid and realistic.  The level designs were done extremely well.  Each level had their own unique taste that made it seem you were really there.  The attention to detail was just amazing.

The Heads-Up Display (HUD).

The sound effects were done beautifully.  Each gun has its own unique tone from the shooting to the reloading.  Even the guns had their own unique sound effect with the silencer added.  The explosions were very realistic as well.  All the sounds from the game,  just added so much realism to the game.  The voice overs and the music were nothing to pass over either.  The voice overs are great, each character had their unique identity and don’t seem like any traditional non-playable character (NPC) you were playing with.

The story is your typical Hollywood action movie, it’s more about the action than the story. There is a story, but you never really pay attention, you just want the action to start.  You play as several characters in different countries (and a different time period).  Each character has their own back story, but they all eventually tie in together.  Now, the story isn’t much of a thing to focus on, because their are plot holes and questionable reality, but that doesn’t stop you from…well…enjoying the game. The average gamer can finish this game on the normal setting in like 5-6 hours AT MOST.  This isn’t much playing time I agree, but it’s not the single player campaign people play for, it’s the multiplayer.

Now I can’t review the multiplayer, because…well…I got this game once Modern Warfare 2 came out.  So…I’ll just say this, Modern Warfare 1 did bring a lot of new ideas into the multiplayer world with perks and killstreaks.  It created a warzone for those who knew how to handle themselves.  It was innovation in the making and this helped create one of the biggest multiplayers of all time.

This game changed the playing field of the FPS genre.  From the ridiculous campaign mode to the innovative multiplayer mode.  This was the game that toppled Halo 3’s run as the king of multiplayers.  I give this game an 8.6 out of 10 for the single player experience.  A game everyone should have experienced by now.

Rating: 8.6/10

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