Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
I’ve been playing a lot of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on the XBox 360 recently, so not a whole lot in the way of anything else has been getting done. This says something about the quality of the game too; that is to say, I like it.
As with the original Call of Duty (I haven’t played much of the second and third titles, so I can’t give an informed opinion on those), the atmosphere and gameplay in the single player campaign is excellent. The characters speak in witty and believable dialogue, and the player participates in realistic combat and a well-done (if not a bit cliche’d) plot; I won’t spoil it too much for you. It is not difficult to become somewhat involved in the story. The XBox 360 achievements are fairly reasonable too.
The online multiplayer is comparable to the original Call of Duty as well. While I have not played many tactically based shooters, in which you can be killed in a couple of well placed shots such as CoD4:MW, I found it was not difficult to catch on. One creative and fun addition to COD4:MW is “perks,” which allow the player to use a combination of special attributes when customizing his class, which give him specific advantages in battle, which I found fairly balanced. Of course, the gameplay is not without the occasional blatantly abnormal and inexplicable events, which can only be attributed to bad luck or lag. Fortunately, this is reasonably rare. Speaking of which, while playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, I usually experience very little network latency, less than some games. One feature which I was disappointed to find was unsupported in Call of Duty 4 is the ability to have multiple players on a single console for XBox Live online play, which is supported in some games such as Halo 3. While this is unfortunate, it is arguable; while I usually disagree with those that say that smaller screens make gameplay so horrible, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is one game where your sight is very important to you, and a split screen may disrupt that, as well as the atmosphere.
While Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare doesn’t bring a whole lot of new material, there are a few nice elements. In the online multiplayer, there is a challenge system which allows you to complete special tasks in order to gain extra experience points. These points, in addition to experience points earned from normal online play, go toward the player leveling up, which allows him more options when creating his own class, and unlocks more challenges to complete. I like these features both because they make gaining experience less time-consuming and more fun, and because they encourage the player to try different things.
Overall, I find the game enjoyable and well done, particularly for players who prefer tactical shooters.