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I don't usually do 5 stars, but in this case....
on 7 March 2008
I'll make an exception.
First point I have to make because it ticks me off.... why do people compare this to call of duty? They are different games, period.
I love COD4. It really is a masterpiece. But this is also brilliant fun both in solo and multiplayer modes.
OK. So on we go.
I've read some harsh statements about the voice acting, and much as I'd like to stick up for the game, I can't. It's rubbish. But for me it's one of the only weak points of the game, and it certainly doesn't take any of the enjoyment away.
The graphics vary immensely. There are indeed some parts where you think that you're looking at a PS2 game. But these are coupled more often than not with beautiful crisp next-gen graphics. I think this is a beautiful game visually. The environments are very good and usually pretty large (if somewhat linear at times). But effects like fog, rain, smoke are really something to behold. Similarly the explosions from air raids and other attacks are top notch.
The gameplay itself is top drawer. There are enough solo missions to make you feel like a one man army, but there are also a whole bunch of missions where you need to work with your team of Ghosts. I like this idea. It keeps you on your toes, and keeps the game interesting.
Along with your team of ghosts, you also possess such gadgetry as an unmanned aerial drone that you can use to scout the terrain ahead and identify enemy placements. This adds to the tactical side and makes it so much more than a simple FPS game. You also have the 'mule'. A unmanned resupply vehicle that you can use to swap from say, a sniper rifle, to a close quarter heavy machine gun. Again this is brilliant as it forces you to work tactically.
I'm sure you could probably do the missions without using these gadgets, but I seriously doubt it would be as much fun. People that complain about the shortness of the game are probably those that are a bit gung-ho and who enjoy the carnage more than anything else. But for those that realise that Ghosts are meant to be invisible, this is a cracking game.
The online play ups the adrenalin rush considerably, but I think most other reviewers have already said plenty on this aspect of the game. Suffice to say, that in multiplayer all rules go out the window...