Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Author: Cameron O'Shea
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Activision / Infinity Ward
For me it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a first-person-shooter that can keep me interested – in fact I hadn’t found one for quite some time until this little gem came along.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is obviously the fourth instalment of the ever-popular Call of Duty series. Previously the games have been vintage World War based games only, but Activision have moved away from that with this title and delve in to the modern day war fighter often seen in the media.
At first I was apprehensive and sceptical about this game: modern war games have always been a miss for me as they are never realistic. I’m sick of games that have everything going for them but then offer weapons like a proton-accelerator phaser gun or something ridiculous like that. Here is where Call Of Duty 4 excels. It choice of weaponry is spot on and realistic, offering all the modern weapons in use today. Lock ’n load!
Game play is fast-paced and extremely fun – for me, a PC keyboard/mouse user through and through, I’ve always been reluctant to switch to the console for FPS games, but now I’m a convert. The controls are well defined and easy to get used to.
The storyline sees you take your team through oil tankers, Middle Eastern suburbs and commercial airliners all in the attempt to hunt down the terrorist Al-Asad, who is responsible for some massive destruction including the detonation of a nuclear weapon.
The missions vary and this is something that keeps you indulged in the game, it’s not simply load-the-mission-then-kill-everyone-to-win. You may find yourself a sniper in the empty town of Pripyat, Chernobyl, dressed in a full sniper Ghillie suit, to manning the .50 cal mounted on the Chinook helicopter when flying over the city. But one of the best missions is when you are in control of the overhead AC-130 Spector gunship, the view is black and white and shows a topology view only. Your mission to keep the enemy away from your team on the ground by firing 105mm Howitzer rounds. It’s too much fun, you need to try it.
The multiplayer experience is great also, which has been the case with all previous Call of Duty games. The addictive nature of the online experience is like nothing else.
Call of Duty 4 is welcome in a market that is flooded with half-baked and cheap rip-off war games. Its realism helps to elevate it above all the others and it’s hard to pick a fault. However if I did have to it would be that the game is too short, having been able to finish it in under four hrs of continual game play. Let’s hope for more of the same, eh-