Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Review: Call of Duty 4

Intense. That's the best word to describe Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the new shooter from Infinity Ward that takes the CoD franchise out of the 1940's and into the modern era. The firefights are sweat inducing, the sniping missions will have gamers holding their breath along with the main character and the storyline is Hollywood worthy. The game presentation is first rate with excellent voice acting and sound effects, and the touch-your-TV-to-see-if-its-real graphics are absolutely stunning. CoD 4 is a great game, a definite must own...but.
Throughout the game I kept thinking that there was something missing but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. When under fire, I kept trying to slam against the wall for cover and shoot from my hidden position like in Gears of War. I kept thinking that I sure wish I was doing more of the leading and less of the following like in Rainbow Six Vegas. I kept thinking during multi-player matches that it wasn't as nearly as fun as online Halo 3. That's when I started to realize that when compared against these three games, the flaws of CoD 4 become more obvious. The single-player campaign is way too short, the multi-player mode is fun but doesn't offer anything you can't find in other games, and the controls are relatively simplistic.
The FPS market is a crowded one, so its impossible not to compare one against another and I just couldn't help but think of Halo, RB6 and Gears while playing CoD4, and because of that it took away from some of my enjoyment of the game. Once you're able to do something in another comparably good game (command the men in your unit, fire from cover, have an incredible online experience) if you can't get that from a new title, it takes away some of its luster and unfortunately that's the effect previous shooters have on CoD 4. Without a doubt the game is a blast, but when it comes to ranking available FPS games worthy of spending your money on, Call of Duty 4 comes in fourth place.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, DS
Price: $29.99 - $69.99
You take the good: Intense gameplay, great presentation
You take the bad: Woefully short single-player campaign, overly simplistic gameplay
And then you have, the grade: B+


Solid_Cell said...

Well, miltiplayer on Halo doesn´t seem different from previous Halo´s, yes COD4 is too short but the Multiplayer is awesome, is faster than GRAW and with the air strikes, classes and perks make it diferent than other games around not no mention the graphics that stand over other games, in fact the only thing I critizise is the short campaing. COD4 is amazing, only wish it could be longer, but maybe Infinity Ward left some stages for download...

Ub3rn00b said...

Out of those 3 games you say are better than COD 4, I could disagree on all counts. Halo 3 is..nothing different from halo 2..just updated to the 360. yay.
Gears of War is fun at times. I like being able to duck for cover and shoot around it. Good stuff. I didn't play Gears online long enough to really form an opinion about it. Single player though is, honestly, one of the best gaming experiences I've had since HL2.
Out of the 3 games you've mentioned, I would say RB 6 Vegas is possibly a better MP game in certain ways. The maps are bigger. There are more tactics involved in team play. Some other reasons maybe I can't think about right now.
That having been said, COD 4 is simply the most FUN I've had in a MP game in forever...I sold Halo 3 and used the money to by COD 4. No going back.

FrostyMelon said...

HEY! You only played the MP for 25 mins! LOL! Not enough for an opinion of 'whatever' game MP. At least, that's my opinion. The MP for CoD4 is sheer joy, and the best out their right now.

H3 is the same 'lather, rinse, repeat' crap...over and over and over again. At least with CoD4 you don't get that, and I thank god for it! (THANK YOU HEYZEUS!)

I think you need to put the game back in, send me a message when you're on...and we'll show what the game is all about. Though...after that you may be taking that Halo disc into gamestop for a tradearooski.