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The best FPS yet!,
This review is from: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Having owned the game for a few days now, and played through the story twice and the multiplayer almost constantly, I feel it's time to give a review!
It was an interesting move for the Call of Duty series to venture away from their WWII 'safety-zone' but then again, we've seen the ending of WWII more times than we've had hot dinners, so the formula was getting a little old. Needless to say, the 'modern' update is refreshing and new.
The story has you playing as both an S.A.S soldier (Soap MacTavish) and a few U.S.M.C soldiers (depending on mission location). Both styles are fundamentally different, with your S.A.S missions focussing on stealth, and point-entry whilst the Marines missions focus on supporting, reclaiming ground, and neutralising confilct zones. Absolutely needless to say, but both sides offer a rich gaming experience and there's fantastic character building on the S.A.S missions; you really feel like part of the team.
I won't go into too much detail on the story, because I don't want to give anything away, it's hands down the best FPS story I've ever played (and yes, it beats Bioshock in my opinion) and it'll give you many many hours enjoyment as you'll want to play it again and again! One technical thing I thought I'd throw in is that the game is recorded at 60fps, so it's super smooth even on 1080i! This is also true for multiplayer!
Moving on, I suppose Call of Duty's crowning glory has always been the multiplayer. Call of Duty 2 was incredible, and 3 was on par albeit slightly less fluid compared to its predecessor. It goes without saying that Call of Duty 4 is hands-down the best multiplayer experience I've ever had! Everything is brilliantly thought out and the levels are designed fantastically. There are so many features I want to talk about!
Perks: Everyone knows about these from the beta, but there's some confusion to the levelling and over-powering that perks give you...Basically, they don't. Perks are decent, and useful, but they are not overpowering whatsoever. Yes, there's a perk to shoot through walls, but only if the walls are pretty thin and made of a lighter material. So you can't shoot through thick building walls or anything.
Another important aspect of the 'perks' is that you only get the very best ones when your rank is very high, and that takes a long time to achieve. There's a ranks system in COD4s multiplayer where you get promoted based on EXP gained from killing opponents, meeting challenge requirements etc.. and it's well balanced to take people a long time before they get the best weapons. And by best, I mean different. Fundamentally the weapons have similar stats, it's just having the prestige of using fancy weapons over bog standard ones.
But yeah, as you can probably tell by now, I think the game is very good. I'm also 100% certain that my thoughts are echoed across many of the thousands of current online players out there. Get this game, you'll lose your life, but by God is this a worthwhile game to lose it to!
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Initial post: 17 May 2008 17:24:43 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2008 14:37:14 BDT
Mr. C. Davies says:
No doubt this is a very good game, but it should not be getting 5 stars because it does have a number of flaws. For one, the single player game, while fun, the enemies are never ending - literally, its all about getting to the next checkpoint without dying, encouraging reckless running and gunning rather than skillfull gameplay, as if you simply pick off enemies they will just keep on coming. Also, the single player game is pretty short, and not much of a challenge for a FPS veteran.
The multiplayer is incredible, nothing else to be said, just incredible. But you do kind of get the feel it was designed as an online game, with a single player mode attached as an add on. Thats fine if they are clear about this, but if you dont have online access, dont expect a supreme one player experience like Half Life 2 or Bioshock, its not in the same league.
Basically, if you love online shooters, you have to own this, but if you want a one player game, there are lots of better options out there!
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2008 21:55:00 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
absolute rubbish! I played the single player before i got xbox live and although short, the single player is one of teh best experiences i have had on a console. Amazing and breathtaking. Yes the xbox live multiplayer is first rate but so is the single player element
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