Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review for PlayStation 431/10/2019
As the seasons change and many of us are gearing up for the Winter season, we also gear up for the next Call of Duty. In this year’s entry, we return to the Modern Warfare franchise to experience war as we would today, well for the most part anyway. Although the Call of Duty games may be annual, we know of course that last year’s entry passed up on adding a Story Mode and focused heavily on multiplayer. Like many other people, I was really bummed out by that decision as I actually enjoy the story modes over the multiplayer quite a bit!
As the name implies, this is Modern Warfare, so everything in the game seems as if it could happen today! There is a mission in London where your group engages in a full-blown battle while surrounded by civilians of all types. Add to that gruesome image that the graphics in Modern Warfare are some of the best I have ever seen in a game and what you get is a potentially very disturbing scene. There is another mission that sees you and your team going through an apartment building in the middle of the night, busting down doors to find the bad guys. The problem is that it is not just terrorists in the building, there is a room where there is a woman who is guarding her baby, mind you that you had another room that you recently cleared out with another woman that acted like a civilian and as soon as you turned away from her, she pulls a gun and blasts away at your group. Often you have no idea if the people you encounter are civilians or the bad guys, hence making a very tense situation!
That being said though, the story mode takes place across 14 missions and should take the player around 6 hours to complete. You team up with fan-favorite Captain John Price and his GLORIOUS mustache as well as siblings Farah and Hamir to save their home country of Urzikstan. Along the way, you play as several different characters but ultimately the goal is still the same. Help these individuals as they try to free their country from Russia! In the campaign, you will have to make many split-second decisions that some gamers will have a hard time with. Thankfully, there is a warning at the very beginning of the game that lets players know that the game they are about to play is not exactly kid-friendly. So proceed at your own risk!
In regards to multiplayer, I personally have not been a huge fan of how fast the past few entries have felt. I don’t quite have the reflexes I had as a young teenager so I would find myself be THAT guy that would get shot up and only provide a few kills myself. In their plight of making Modern Warfare more realistic, Infinity Ward has slowed things down a bit. Multiplayer feels significantly better now. There are massive sprawling maps that act as a haven for snipers, but there are smaller maps that are great for non-stop action. There truly are options for all types of fans. I don’t always like playing with real people so I was delighted to see there is an option to play with just computer AI as teammates and opponents.
I really REALLY REALLY liked Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I have no doubt in my mind that in a sea of Call of Duty games, this game takes the cake as the best story mode I’ve played in the franchise. I love that the multiplayer is a little bit slower than the past few entries as well. I will be excited to see what Infinity War does the next time they are up to the plate!
*This Review Code was so generously provided by the publisher for review*