‘call of duty: modern warfare’ review: the best ‘call of duty’ in a decade

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Điện thoại tư vấn Of Duty: Modern Warfare is half prequel, half reboot to lớn the Modern Warfare franchise. The game takes place before the events of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, but since this is a re-imagining of the entire story, developer Infinity Ward still has plenty of room lớn not simply revisit the events of those earlier games, but alter và expvà upon them however they see fit.

It’s also a return khổng lồ a more grounded, realistic military shooter after years of futuristic entries (Điện thoại tư vấn Of Duty: WWII notwithstanding). Gone are advanced mobility mechanics–double-jumping và wall-running–and good riddance. You’re still able khổng lồ slide into a crouch, và Infinity Ward has added door-mechanics that allow you to either open doors slowly or burst through, making your entrances that much more dramatic.

Likewise, the hero-shooter aspects of Blachồng Ops 3 4 are no more–& good riddance khổng lồ that, as well. You have different operators to lớn play as in multiplayer, but there are no special powers cluttering up matches. In Special Ops Operators do have passive sầu and active abilities, but that’s co-op and it’s still toned down from what we saw in last year’s game.

And unlượt thích Blaông chồng Ops 4, Modern Warfare has a complete single-player chiến dịch that’s well worth playing.

The Campaign

gọi Of Duty: Modern Warfare

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I’m a sucker for a good Điện thoại tư vấn Of Duty campaign, & I’ll be very upfront about this: I lượt thích almost all of them. Some are better than others, but they’re always entertaining. Besides, you can fine-tune the difficulty to exactly the level of challenge you want.


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I played Gọi Of Duty: Modern Warfare’s campaign on “Hardened” which means I died regularly but never got stuck. I’m going khổng lồ play it again on “Veteran” khổng lồ really amp up the challenge, but “Hardened” is a pretty good balance between challenge và fun. “Your skills will be strained” about sums it up.

In any case, I know there’s been some controversy over the game’s historical accuracy, but I’m going lớn đánh giá it based on my experience playing rather than nit-picking the historical accuracy of a game that makes no pretense at being anything other than a total fiction.

The country of Urziksrã is make-believe sầu, & while the regional politics certainly resemble the conflicts we find ourselves embroiled in in that part of the world, the game is using fictional heroes, villains & events & that’s perfectly fine.

There’s all kinds of historical fiction out there, with made-up countries và conflicts, whether we’re talking about books, movies or video games. I’m more interested in other questions, such as:

Was the story entertaining? Was it well-written & well-acted? Was it believable và coherent within the parameters mix by the fiction? Did it make me feel things? Did it speak khổng lồ about the larger issues of war in the modern age?

I’ve sầu played every single Gọi Of Duty campaign since Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (và a couple of the pre-Modern Warfare campaigns as well) and I’ve enjoyed some more than others. Some of my favorites include Điện thoại tư vấn Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Blaông chồng Op & Blaông chồng Ops 2, World at War, WWII & Advanced Warfare.

Where the Modern Warfare campaign sits in the rankings of all those games is hard khổng lồ say, but it’s some of the most fun I’ve had since the Modern Warfare trilogy, & I’d probably put it right above Blaông xã Ops 2 which I enjoyed immensely.

Alex from "Modern Warfare"

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Story And Missions

For the purposes of this đánh giá, I will avoid spoilers as much as possible beyond the basic premise stuff. You should play the chiến dịch yourself to lớn experience its various twists & turns.

Captain Price (this time played by the very talented Barry Sloane) returns from the original, though he takes a far greater role in this game than in CoD4. There are some other familiar faces, as well, though Price looms largest.

Most of the other characters are new. A talented cast paired with impressive writing & almost lifelượt thích facial graphics & animation makes every cutscene enjoyable.

The game’s two primary playable characters are Alex (Chad Michael Collins), an American CIA operative sầu, & Kyle Garrichồng (Elliot Knight), a British soldier in the SAS. You’ll play as freedom fighter Farah Karyên (Claudia Doumit) but only in very short instances.

Like the previous Modern Warfare games & first two Black Ops games, the story takes place in “modern” times. This isn’t historical or futuristic. Most of the story takes place in fictional Urzikschảy though some of it takes place elsewhere, including the UK.

The story pits three factions against one another. There’s the united US/UK forces who team up with Farah’s freedom fighters; the brutal Russian occupiers of Urziksrã led by Roman Barkov; and the terrorist group Al-Qatala led by Omar "The Wolf" Sulaman. Various twists and turns throughout the campaign tinker with this three-pronged dynamic, & you begin to realize that it’s not at all as cut & dry as it seemed at first, but I won’t spoil any of that.

The game largely takes place in the present timeline, but occasionally dips bachồng into lớn Farah and her brother Hadir’s backstory. These are the sequences you play as Farah (for the most part). Everything else switches between Alex và Kyle, & you’ll bounce all over the place for these missions.

The game often nods lớn past Modern Warfare titles, with some sequences mirroring (though not replicating) some of the best moments in CoD4. For instance, at one point you have sầu lớn crawl under a truông xã in a convoy, và then moments later lay in a field of bodies as a troop of Russian soldiers walks slowly past. This is certainly reminiscent of “All Ghillied Up” though much briefer & less original.

There’s another scene where you briefly fire rockets and down on tiny little enemy soldiers and tanks that’s lượt thích CoD4’s Death From Above mission but again, much more brief và much more part of the breathtaking action rather than the almost detached brutality of the original.

There are other, similar scenes but I won’t spoil any. I don’t mind these callbacks at all, lớn be honest, though I’m not sure the game ever quite rises lớn the màn chơi of CoD4 simply because it relies too often on these moments rather than creating new sequences as memorable.

Perhaps the most memorable sequence in Modern Warfare 2019 takes place in the UK when Kyle and Captain Pierce, along with other special forces units, clear out a building with terrorists & civilians inside, including women and children. I accidentally shot one of the women a terrorist was using as a human shield. I felt bad about it, too. Another woman pulled a gun on us as we cleared the building. It was hard to lớn know who was a target and who was a civilian.

From start to lớn finish, Modern Warfare’s campaign is a tense, challenging, brutal & beautiful experience. It’s Gọi Of Duty, so don’t expect the most emotional or profound story. Expect an intense, action-packed shooter with plenty of military jargon, some surprisingly relatable characters, và lots of violence. It’s an excellent campaign và I’m thrilled that Infinity Ward has taken the franchise baông chồng to its Modern Warfare roots.

I will say that one character’s ending left me a little cold. It seemed khổng lồ abrupt & too played down for what it was. But for the most part, I loved how the game ended–the denouement và post-credits scenes are excellent–và how it opens up so many possibilities for the future of this series.


điện thoại tư vấn Of Duty: Modern Warfare

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer comes with two halves: Competitive sầu multiplayer & co-operative sầu Special Ops. Progression carries over between these two modes, và bits of story also cross over between the campaign & Special Ops, while multiplayer maps are often clearly inspired by levels in the chiến dịch.

There’s been much abởi vì over Modern Warfare’s maps design, which is quite different from recent Call Of Duty games, largely (though not entirely) abandoning the three-lane map structure of past maps in favor of more open-ended maps. Many of these maps are littered with camping positions. This, combined with a brutally fast TTK (time-to-kill) can lead to lớn a more cautious play-style, which some people feel is more tactical and others hate.

I love it, quite frankly. It took me a little while lớn get used lớn the new maps và play-style, but I really enjoy them now, including ones I didn’t like much at first such as Piccadilly, an urban maps mix in London replete with large buses, thành phố streets & cramped indoor areas.

Other maps include more traditional three-lane-ish fare lượt thích Gun Runner or Hackney Yard. Still others are sprawling, such as Aniyah Palace, which almost feels too big for its own good.

Runnig-and-gunning may not work as well as it used to, but just because Modern Warfare is a bit slower và more tactical hardly means it’s slow or boring. Yes, you might get killed by campers more often, but you that just means you have khổng lồ adjust your play-style a bit. Be more cautious. Learn where people lượt thích to camp. I know, change is hard. But in this case, I think it’s also very good.

chơi Game is essentially what you’ve come khổng lồ expect from Gọi Of Duty though there’s some nice little additions lượt thích the ability lớn mount your gun on most surfaces, whether that’s the corner of a wall or a crate you’re using for cover. This is a great feature that I hope the franchise continues khổng lồ use in later games.

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There’s some cool little changes to lớn the game’s structure that make it even more enjoyable. The “Pichồng 10” system is gone, allowing you to customize your loadout in much greater depth. Customization is deepened further by the gunsmith system, which allows you khổng lồ tinker with numerous attachments for each of your weapons, each with some kind of pro & con–improve sầu stability but slow aim-down-sights (ADS) and so forth.

Better still, you can change loadouts and attachments mid-match, something long overdue in this series. Not happy with your assault rifle? Or just the scope you chose? Maybe you’d like lớn try out some different perks? That can all take place while in a match. It’s very cool.

Multiplayer also now has a whole bunch of different types of match beyond traditional game modes lượt thích Domination, Team Death Match và so forth. It has all those, but there’s also now, on top of 6 vs 6, 10 vs 10, trăng tròn vs trăng tròn và even 32 vs 32 in Ground War, which is basically gọi Of Duty’s version of Battlefield.

One of the best new modes is Gunfight, which pits teams of two against one another with preset, randomly cycling loadouts for quick-burst matches on tiny maps. This is a fast-paced, incredibly competitive sầu mode that’s a real blast, especially if you have sầu a solid teammate–i.e. it’s best if you play with a friend rather than randoms.

Special Ops

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That’s also true of Special Ops, Modern Warfare’s cooperative sầu multiplayer. This replaces Zombies (finally) and is a nice break from that mode. Special Ops is comprised of Operations, Missions và, on PS4, Survival modes. Operations are story-driven objective stages; Missions are shorter, less involved tests of skill; và Survival Mode–a wave-based horde mode–is exclusive khổng lồ PS4 until Oct 1st, 2020.

I’ve enjoyed the Operations quite a bit so far, but your success really does depkết thúc on your team actually playing like a team, và that’s tricky with randoms. It’s tricky enough in competitive sầu multiplayer in objective-based modes like Domination when half your team just wants kills instead of playing the objective–it’s even harder when you play with teams in Special Ops who have sầu no interest in reviving downed teammates or sticking together. That’s not the mode’s fault, of course, but it is a challenge khổng lồ overcome.

All told, the sheer breadth of mutliplayer options on offer in Modern Warfare gives players an astounding amount of stuff khổng lồ vì, modes lớn play, challenges lớn overcome. Speaking of which, there are daily và special challenges (get X number of kills with a shotgun style) available now and once the Battle Pass is live sầu I’m sure there will be more. I’m having the most fun I’ve had in multiplayer since War Mode was introduced in gọi Of Duty: WWII, which reminds me that I really wish this game had War Mode. Oh well. You can’t have sầu everything.

Other changes from last year’s game include the return to auto-healing. Infinity Ward was wise khổng lồ remove this from multiplayer (an annoying change in Blaông chồng Ops 4) as well as the chiến dịch (an annoying change in WWII) and so we’re baông xã khổng lồ traditional auto-healing where the screen gets faded around the edges when you’re hurt and you hear pounding in your ears.

And khổng lồ top it all off, you now can play against friends on other platforms. For the first time, Call Of Duty is launching with crossplay between PC, PS4 & Xbox One, with a variety of options lớn make sure you’re not going up against mouse-and-keyboard players with a controller if you don’t want to. That means you can play with your friends who don’t own a console, or with your brother who owns an Xbox One instead of a PS4 lượt thích you. It’s terrific.

Graphics and Sound

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hotline Of Duty: Modern Warfare might just be the most photo-realistic video game I’ve sầu ever played. The faces are just about as cchiến bại to “real” as I’ve ever seen in a game. It’s gorgeous, especially on PC with ray-tracing enabled. (Though you’ll want to lớn turn down film-grain on PC, at least. It makes everything look muddy, at least in MP).

I played on PS4 and PC và while both are incredible looking, there’s no doubt that PC is the winner. The game is at times simply jaw-dropping, especially in the chiến dịch which is lush with various environments, massive sầu explosions & the ridiculously lifelike faces.

The sound thiết kế is as on point as ever, minus the overly-loud footsteps at launch & the overaggressive sầu “chatter” in multiplayer. These have been toned down, thankfully.

The excellent weapon sound kiến thiết is one reason why this franchise’s gunplay is so good. Like the graphics, the sound thiết kế has improved over the years và it just makes the shooting that much tighter & more intense.

Meanwhile, the original score by Sarah Schachner is excellent–an intense musical companion lớn the intense chiến dịch. It’s not my favorite Call of Duty OST–in modern memory, I’m quite partial to WWII’s OST by Wilbert Roget II and its sweeping horns. But this one is quite good, especially in its Middle Eastern pieces like “Farah.”

The game looks & sounds incredible. It’s almost a shame so many ugly things happen in the chiến dịch. Such beauty juxtaposed with such ugliness.

Bugs & Other Issues

So far, I’ve had very few issues with this game. I know that is not the case for many others. I’ve spent the vast majority of my time reviewing Modern Warfare on PC rather than PS4, và the worst issues I’ve sầu personally encountered were graphical fiascos in multiplayer.

Once, I entered a match và had khổng lồ quit because the light was so bright I couldn’t see anything. It was lượt thích I’d just been to lớn the eye doctors & had my eyes dilated and then walked brazenly into a bright, sunny day. At times the images have just become massively distorted và glitched out.

I haven’t had any crashes, however, though I know this has plagued the Xbox community in particular & the PC community as well. Word of warning, then, you may experience crashes & other errors I haven’t experienced.

People have also complained about the SBMM (skill-based matchmaking) but I haven’t noticed anything too terrible. Sure, at times I’m more on point than others, & at times it seems lượt thích I’ve sầu been matched against players that are just ridiculously better than me and my team, but that’s always been an issue with call Of Duty và plenty of other competitive sầu online games.

I’ve sầu also heard complaints about netcode và lag compensation but for the most part (on my very fast internet connection) I haven’t noticed anything too egregious, and I suspect that these are blown out of proportion, as per usual.

As far as joining matches goes, I’ve sầu had a pretty easy time of it, usually finding new matches in well under a minute và loading in quickly and without issues.

I’ve played on two different desktops–my newer machine has an AMD Ryzen 3700X CPU, an RTX 2080 Super GPU, is entirely SSD-based with 32 GB RAM; my older PC has an i7-6700K CPU, a GTX 1080 GPU, a mixture of SSD và traditional HDs, & 16 GB of RAM. It runs great on either machine, though the older one doesn’t have sầu ray-tracing và can’t run it at quite as high of settings. I’ve sầu played on QHD monitors, aka 2560x1440 resolution and have had no frame-rate issues whatsoever.

In any case, many of these issues should be ironed out with patches. From my personal experience, there’s nothing game-breaking going on, but Xbox One X players in particular have had a rough time with hard crashes, so keep that in mind.


call Of Duty: Modern Warfare

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So far, I’m having a terrific time with Modern Warfare. A return to lớn a modern setting is exactly the game I’ve sầu wanted for years now, and I’m thrilled that Infinity Ward has found its groove sầu again after some fumbles. While I enjoyed both Ghosts & Infinite Warfare, I didn’t love either game. Infinite Warfare had a pretty good chiến dịch, but I was much less impressed with the futuristic gameplay in multiplayer.

Modern Warfare gets the series baông xã lớn its roots with plenty of nods lớn the 2007 original, but it also does enough to keep the game fresh & exciting, & it looks simply stunning on both console và PC.

A svào chiến dịch, tons of multiplayer options including big team Ground War and 2 vs 2 Gunfight, & a break from Zombies co-op with the return of Special Ops–what’s not khổng lồ love?

It is important to lớn note that the Battle Pass system has not yet been implemented. This year, all post-launch maps will be không tính tiền and Activision has stated that loot boxes / supply drops are no more. Instead, there will be a seasonal Battle Pass a la Fortnite, with cosmetic rewards that you earn through play. This is all excellent news, but since they haven’t included it in the game yet I can’t say for sure whether it’s a good system or not. I’ll update this nhận xét accordingly once that happens. Hopefully Activision doesn’t pull any funny business, introducing loot boxes or paid maps down the road–but I wouldn’t put it past them.

Still, all signs point to major improvements in terms of post-launch revenue & hopefully it stays that way. Hopefully Infinity Ward also keeps communicating with players about the issues they’re having with the game, as open communication is vital to the community & game.

In any case, if you’ve sầu been holding off on buying new điện thoại tư vấn Of Duty games, or if you’re just sichồng of the futuristic shooters or the hero-shooter aspects of Blaông chồng Ops 4, this is the perfect time to lớn return to the series. Even if you just play for the chiến dịch, I think this one is worth your time and money. I give sầu it a Buy on my Buy/Hold/Sell rating.

Platform:PC, PS4, Xbox One Developer:Infinity Ward Publisher:Activision Release Date:October 25, 2019 Price:$59.99 (plus various special editions) Score:9 out of 10

A digital PC nhận xét code was provided by the publisher for the purposes of this đánh giá. I also purchased the game on PS4.

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