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Modern Warfare 4,
This review is from: Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Firstly, no my game didn't turn up either. I ordered at the start of August and Amazon had 3 months to get the game to me on time. They failed. It still hasn't turned up. Absolutely appalling.
I have however now purchased the game elsewhere (just as well really) and, having played it for a couple of days, I can actually review it instead of Amazon's disgrace.
Let me start by saying I loved Modern Warfare 3, and especially the multiplayer aspects. Yes, it had issues. But the maps were great in the most part and Infinity Ward proved beyond doubt that they were the Kings of the COD series. The disappointing Black Ops 2 that followed it was clunky, looked like it had been coloured in by a child, had poor multiplayer guns, and was much too linear and disappointing.
This game however is a reinvention, and a definite return to form.
The single player campaign is still cinematic, and linear of course, but less noticeably. The set pieces are grander than ever and the whole thing plays along as if you were in a movie, especially towards the end, which I shan't spoil, but shall say is brilliant. You get to play as the much touted dog during the start of the game too; I would have liked to have seen this used throughout the plot a little bit more as it is very effective.
Multiplayer wise all of the usual modes are there (with Search and Destroy being replaced by a new mode, Search and Rescue - like S&D but with aspects of kill confirmed added) but the whole thing has had an overhaul. You no longer unlock guns - you use squad points accrued during the games - to effectively buy them. Similarly, the perks (you can have much more of these than the standard 4 if you sacrifice your secondary weapons) can be bought earlier than they're unlocked, all meaning you can get the load out you want sooner in the game, if you've got the points to pay for them of course! Another addition is that now you can have multiple soldiers all with different skill sets. These come into their own using the new Squads mode, played against bots in part, whereby the soldiers you create fight alongside you. You do gain XP this way but the whole thing is a little daunting coming from the simplicity of MW3/BLOPS2. And I'm sure it's something we'll all get used to over time.
The new MP maps are also excellent although they do take some time to get used to because they're both huge (and can seem a bit empty therefore), and complicated. There are now several routes around and through the maps, some of which change dynamically as the game goes on, albeit in a much less grander way than Battlefield. This makes for epic encounters, plenty of getting shot in the back but plenty of opportunity to be tactical. It should also reduce the amount of "camping" that takes place; very few map spots have those sort of dark secure corners that campers love. Anyone camping will soon be shot, one way or another. Though, that said, with the game in it's infancy, there is still a bit of it about.
On the downside to multiplayer, if you were hoping to see the end of quickscoping then you're in for disappointment. The sniper rifles seem overpowered and quicker to aim than ever. Similarly, dropshotting is rife. Levelling up also is much, much slower than in previous games, making the game a much more challenging proposition, even for experienced players.
The guns are fine, a total refresh from previous titles, and I find most weapons and classes are well balanced and effective. The game feels like MW3 in that movement is smooth and uninhibited and netcode issues are few and far between; most lobbies are stable and shot registration seems even and sound.
Lastly, to replace the "Zombies" mode of previous titles there is Extinction; a similar principle but with aliens replacing the undead. They have added a levelling-up aspect to this mode too, which should make it much more replayable than zombies ever was.
All in all then I think this is an excellent refresh of the series. The single player is pretty standard fare, with the set pieces being grander than ever and a fine, plot driven, slightly short storyline that keeps you ploughing through it. Multiplayer wise however, this really is excellent and enjoyable, if not tricky to master and thanks to some fellow players, infuriating. 4 stars for the game and all of it's modes.
As a postscript; If I could give negative stars for absolutely appalling delivery time and customer service I would, believe me. The very last of the pre-orders I shall be making here.