Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Review
- Posted November 22nd, 2007 at 06:56 EDT by
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Combining an intense single-player campaign with addicting online multiplayer, Call of Duty 4 is one of the first must buy titles of the holiday season.
- Immersive single-player storyline with great replay value
- Stunning Visuals running at a solid 60fps
- Great Multiplayer
- Ally A.I. in early missions is a bit overpowering
- PS3 version has a few problems with online servers
Moving away from cliché World War 2 story types of the past, developer Infinity Ward brings players a fresh new experience in the modern world of terrorism and nuclear warfare. For those of you who are still stuck playing Resistance Fall of Man, with nothing else available to help make your PS3 shine, look no further - Call of Duty 4 offers everything and more with its photo realistic graphics to its thrilling multiplayer gameplay.
To start things off, let’s talk about the single player. In Call of Duty 4, players will traverse across many different countries playing as two different soldiers. The game begins with Sgt. John "Soap" MacTavish, and a young Capt. Price boarding a barge from helicopter during a storm on the sea. This part of the story plays as prologue, 15 years before the general events of the game take place.
What’s great about this opening level (entitled “Crew Expendable”) is it helps the player get fully immersed in the action. After you collect the target data, the ship is hit with a missile and it’s a race to the top before the water gushing in entraps you and your squad. The tilting camera as the ship sinks and soundtrack alone get your blood pumping.
After the prologue, players move to present day, taking control of U.S. Marine, Sgt. Paul Jackson. Shipped to the Middle East, Sgt. Jackson must find and terminate a terrorist group lead by a man named Imran Zakhaev. What’s so bad about this guy you say? Well the fact that he has nuclear missiles and is leading a revolt to return Russia to its former self as the Soviet Union, kind of makes him a little on the unpopular side.
As you progress through the first Act one of the more appealing levels has to be “The Bog”. Taking place at night, players will have the primary objective to save a crew of an Abrams tank stranded in the desert. What’s unique about The Bog is that this is the first level you utilize night vision as well as lock on rockets. Also, it was one of the first levels to show off Call of Duty 4’s A.I. Players will notice that not only will enemies take cover and throw grenades, but they will flank you, deploying units from multiple angles using cover fire to engage you and your fellow troops.
At the end of Act I, Sgt. Jackson finds himself caught in a nuclear explosion. After extracting fellow commutates, terrorists detonate a nuclear bomb in the center of the Middle Eastern capital, wiping out all entering U.S. forces as well as the escape helicopter Sgt. Jackson is aboard. Surviving the crash, you crawl out onto the desolate terrain only to die moments later for radiation poisoning.
Once Act I is over, players jump in the shoes of Sgt. John "Soap" MacTavish, seen earlier in the prologue. Teamed up with Captain Price, players move from the Middle East to areas in and outside of Russia. Everything from stealth sniper action to Rambo style demolition missions follow, eventually leading to a cool slow-motion matrix style shoot out with the ultimate nemesis you’ve been tracking throughout the whole game.
When looking at mission types, Call of Duty 4 offers a wide range of different objectives that you and your squad must accomplish, some very linear and some offering multiple paths to your checkpoints. Things you may encounter include everything from defending specific locations to rescuing and escorting VIP members to safe extraction points.
For example, in “All Gillied Up”, you must sneak your way into an encampment using the grass cover of your gilly suit. Once in position, you use your sniper rifle to assassinate a lead terrorist, only to be followed by waves of enemy troops and attack dogs. After you make it through the surging enemy forces you and your teammate must run to the extraction point where your helicopter is waiting.
All together the single player campaign should keep you occupied for at least 8-9 hours, if not ... (continued on next page)
- 12:01am EST - November 22nd, 2007
unbelievable game love it (1st post)why do psu take forever 2 release their reviews?
- 12:39am EST - November 22nd, 2007
wow defintely a blockbuster hit. overall I give a 9.5 as well a must have in any PS3 library. Multiplayer keeps me up all night!!
- 12:58am EST - November 22nd, 2007
Possibly the best next gen fps there is it's got the lot a little short but makes up for it in the online multiplaye, and the ps3 version is much better than the xbox360 version.
- 2:59am EST - November 22nd, 2007
best fps ever. / i think it might take them longer cuz they actually play thru the game b4 reviewing it
- 4:04am EST - November 22nd, 2007
I loved this FPS its the best one I have played on a console in a long time. Save Red Faction and Killzone
- 4:30am EST - November 22nd, 2007
Great game but way too short and for that reason I give it a 9.
- 5:18am EST - November 22nd, 2007
Awesome Game, 10/10 easy but this review, no offence, is bad - You have given away major plot turns and twists, I want a review not a step by step guide to what goes on in each level. Anyone who has not played this has just had the game ruined
- 7:37am EST - November 22nd, 2007
Because our people at PSU.com actually play the game and dont cheat their way through it like most game sites.
- 8:29am EST - November 22nd, 2007
In general all across the board, this game is going to be a big hit through this year.
- 9:23am EST - November 22nd, 2007
ive got cod1 cod2 cod3 and cod4, albeit 3 of the 4 are on pc and cod4 is a blast, best game ever on pc.
- 9:52am EST - November 22nd, 2007
theee BEST GAME EVER!!!
- 9:56am EST - November 22nd, 2007
10+ thats all i'll say
- 10:24am EST - November 22nd, 2007
leeman99...looks the same to me, as does assassins creed. This is getting annoying, I thought the Cell was supposed to be able to have better physics, it looks like it is compensating for the RSX and keeping up with the Xenon, but will it pull ahead?
- 11:04am EST - November 22nd, 2007
This game is a perfect Ten, I bought alot of other games but haven't played them yet cause i can't put it down.
- 11:50am EST - November 22nd, 2007
Well chimmy no disrespects i can't say anything about assassins creed but cod4 i have the two versions and i play them on a 42inch hd sharp aquos and can honestly say the ps3 version does look better than the xbox360 version same goes for fifa08.
- 12:44pm EST - November 22nd, 2007
um i dont know wat u guys r smokin but i only give this game a 8.0 mayb 7.5 the online is intense but boring after a while and all you do is run around in the same levels it seems like theres only 4 levels in the game id rather play WARHAWK
- 1:10pm EST - November 22nd, 2007
How does this reviewer get stuff so wrong? He says the prologue mission "crew expendable" was set 15 years before the events of the regular missions. That is not true. The only mission set 15 years in the past is the "ghillie suit" mission in which you play as a young Leftenant Price.
- 2:56pm EST - November 22nd, 2007
YO this game is wack, they LIED
They said it will have RUMBLE installed in the GAME, THAT IS BULLSH**
i have a rumble sixaxis, it works will all PS3 games, and UNCHARTED. This game does not support RUMBLE. STOP LYING or make it rumble in a patch today, or your A PHONY, a big fat PHONY!!!!
- 4:35pm EST - November 22nd, 2007
looks like a great game
- 7:14pm EST - November 22nd, 2007
I'm gonna buy this game too. Is it Modern Warefare or Warfare?
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