E3 saw the release of a trailer for the remastered Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare ahead of its November 4th release date, and it's fair to say that it went down well. It looks just as good as any of the modern Call of Duty games, despite it being based on a game that was released almost a decade ago. With it being such a long time since its release, here are five reasons why you should be excited for the release of Modern Warfare Remastered.
Call of Duty 4 boasted some of the best maps in the whole franchise, and seeing these remastered will be incredible. If, like me, you have far too much time on your hands, then no doubt you would have come across multiple lists of 'top 10 Call of Duty maps', all of which heavily feature CoD4. Whether it was the tense sniping battles of Wet Work or Crossfire, the close combat of Strike and Showdown, or the pure mayhem of a free-for-all on Shipment, CoD4 had a map for everyone.
Call of Duty has moved on from the class creation of CoD4, and it’s now possible to spend hours just in the class creator. The limited perks, attachments, and killstreaks of the original Modern Warfare all felt ground-breaking back in 2007, but now they offer a welcome relief. Everyone had similar loadouts, and whilst offering you a reasonable amount of choice, you were able to head almost straight in to matches. The focus was on the gameplay, not showing off your soldier’s Shia LaBeouf impression.
When Call of Duty announced Infinite Warfare, the world’s reaction was one of ‘not another Halo rip-off.’ Most players are getting fed up of the whole ‘boosting around the map in a mech suit’ that has been forced down our throats in the past few games. The grounded multiplayer of CoD4 left you feeling more exposed on the map; you felt as if you could be sniped at any moment. The pace of games was slower, as you had to run around the map rather than boosting and wall-running, but this often led to tense, more nail-biting matches. The feeling of realism made the whole experience feel much more enjoyable to play.
The best campaign
This is a bold claim, but Modern Warfare has the best campaign of any Call of Duty game. It has a solid story, but the real strengths of the campaign come with its perfect balance of action and tension, and characters that you really care about. If I was to ask you to name a character from any Call of Duty campaign, who would it be? My money would be on either Soap or Captain Price. The campaign felt real, it was all theoretically possible, whether this was from the limited impact of four men on the ground or the impressively realistic depiction of an AC-130 gunner. To add to this, CoD4 had the balls to kill off of a playable character before that became just another generic FPS trait.
All Ghillied Up
This campaign level was so incredible that it gets its own point. ‘All Ghillied Up’ is one of the greatest campaign levels in Call of Duty history, right up there with ‘The Battle of Pointe du Hoc’ in Call of Duty 2 or ‘Vendetta’ in World at War. The dramatic change in pace really hits you, as you suddenly become aware that any misplaced shot will mean detection. You find yourself holding your breath as you crawl through an enemy patrol, protected only by your ghillie suit. And of course, this is the level that taught a generation of gamers the basics of sniping, and to take the Coriolis effect into account.
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