"Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare"
After playing the abysmal
"Call of Duty 3" last year, my ears didn't exactly perk up when
I heard that "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" was on the way.
Then, I saw a video trailer...and, I decided that I should keep my
mind open to the idea that "COD4" could be worthwhile. But, I
never would have thought I could have been so surprised, because
this game is rock-solid.
I don't know if this is the best single-player game on Xbox
360--"Gears of War" hasn't really been challenged thus far, in my
mind--but, with apologies to "Halo 3",
"COD4" is the best multiplayer game available if you like
first-person shooters. Moving from World War II settings for
the first time, this "Call of Duty" game takes place in the here and
now, and in the story (single player) portion of the game, you
alternate between playing a British military officer and a US
soldier, attempting to take down crazy Russian terrorists bent on
world domination. Unlike the last game, "COD4" has a great
seven-hour adventure for the single player and while it isn't
perfect, the voice acting is great, the variety of missions is solid
(even giving you a fun helicopter mission where you have to kill
targets using just your radar) and the action and tactical planning
is pretty intense. Firefights in "COD4" just feel more
realistic, and you will die a fair amount if you don't use cover.
But, the multiplayer portion of the game is where you will spend
most of your time. Giving you a whopping 16 maps out of the
box (one just has to assume they could give us more later on),
"COD4" is basically an online role-playing shooter. That's
because you build up your character by killing competitors and
mixing up how you do it, as well as beating in-game "challenges"
like building killing streaks or beating objectives (capture the
flag, etc.). There are also experience points within each
weapon class, so you can make, say, your MP5 stronger by using it
more often, and objectives are set by how many times you kill
opponents (kill 50 people and get a scope, kill even more and get a
bigger scope or a grenade launcher or a silencer). Just in my
two hours of play, I have been just using that gun to level it up,
and next, I'll move to maybe the assault rifles or a sniper rifle.
Even better than the experience system: the Perk system.
Your character can utilize three special abilities at a time, called
perks in the game; these range from more health to faster sprinting
to double the ammo packs to extra grenades. There are about 25
of these in all; my favorite is already Last Stand. This perk
that allows, once you have been "killed" by an enemy, for your
player to hit the ground with just your pistol and you can fire at
any surrounding bad guys for about five seconds (or whenever someone
else shoots you again). The number of times I played tonight
and killed bad guys after I had been reduced to just the pistol
while lying on the ground was spectacular, and you get double the
kill points when you kill someone in Last Stand. And, you get
KillCam, which shows you the last three seconds of your life before
you respawn to jump back into the action. I loved watching
other guys size me up for the kill before putting one in the back of
my noggin; great cinema.
The graphics are beautiful; the variety of maps, ranging from
urban hideouts to a farm to a missile silo, is great; the sound
effects are fantastic; the mix of killathons and team-based games is
great. And, it will take you a hundred hours or more to get
through all of the challenges. With this and "Halo 3", I don't
think I need any more games ever...but of course, you know that I
can't be satiated!!
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience