Call Of Duty 4: The Modern Warfare was the first Call Of Duty game not set in the World War 2 era. Following the 3 WWII titles, the folks over at Activision decided it was time for something new, and the 2007 release of COD 4: Modern Warfare introduced a game that sends the player into the Middle East region where we get to combat fictional bad guys and try to save the world from a disaster.
As usual with COD titles, the game is a first person shooter that involves a compelling main campaign and an extensive online multiplayer mode, which is the its most relevant feature. For its time, COD 4: Modern Warfare was definitely one of the more advanced FPS games out there, both gameplay and graphics wise.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Gameplay
COD 4 finally got the action of the franchise outside of the WWII setting and into some new locations. In the campaign mode, the player will roam Middle East as a soldier of the various secret army agencies and combat the local leaders who are becoming ever more powerful.
The gameplay is similar to that of COD 1, 2 and 3, where the player leads a character in first person and can take one of the three positions, stand, crouch or prowl, while moving in a 3d space and advancing the objectives. The objectives of the single player campaign range from destroying a target to gathering intel but the game is fairly linear but the story is quite interesting with a number of fun plot twists and plenty of damage done to both sides, as the game does not end in a perfect scenario where the bad guys are destroyed and the rest of the world is just fine.
Once players have spent the 5 to 7 hours of gameplay it takes to finish the campaign mode, they will have grown accustomed to the controls, whether they are playing the game on PS 3 or 4, Xbox 360 or One, or PC and it will be time to jump into the online games.
Of course, with so many newer COD titles now available, COD 4: Modern Warfare is somewhat outdated and the online games are not as popular anymore. Still, if you are a true fan of the game you may want to try finding some people to combat in the online arenas or spawn some bots for amusement.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer
For 2007 standards, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was one of the most advanced FPS games created. The multiplayer allows for up to 18 players to log into one game, with 16 original maps created by the game developers.
Multiplayer in COD 4 allows to pick one of six gameplay modes including Team Deathmatch, Free For All Deathmatch and Capture The Flag, along with a mode where the goal is the destruction of enemy targets around the map and a more Counter Strike like mode with weapons lying all over the map for the teams to pick up and blow each other’s brains out.
The multiplayer also included some great rewards for the best players. Killing three enemies in a streak, players get to call up a drone to show you enemy locations. Making a five kill streak, players get to call an air strike that will obliterate a portion of the map and kill many of your enemies. At seven kills, players get to call up a helicopter that will remain in the air and shoot at enemies until it is destroyed by them, which is not all that easy to do. This means in Modern Warfare, skilled multiplayer game pays off.
A lot of the online content is also locked when we first start playing, so players will want to earn experience points and rank up in order to be able to unlock all the extras the game has to offer. There are classes to play with and each class has its own weapons loadout and perks. As we level up we unlock new perks to use, while we also have to choose weapons and grenades to carry into each online match.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Graphics and Audio
For a 2007 game, COD 4L Modern Warfare offers a great deal of detail and very high quality graphics. While the games may have much more high end engines today, 9 years later, for its time the graphics of COD 4 were absolutely marvelous.
The developers have gone to a lot of trouble to make every map seem as authentic as possible, which is a very common thing with COD games as even the original few titles had players moving through maps that simply looked and felt like they were actual battlefields or towns that had been bombed. COD 4 follows in this path and continues to deliver highly detailed maps that make us feel like we were genuinely in battle.
When it comes to sounds, the game was also state of the art for its time. The sounds of weapons, grenades and people shouting in the middle of all the shooting sound and feel very realistic and make the game convince even further that the whole battlefield experience is completely real.
Back in the day COD 4 was a highly rated and often awarded FPS game. Nine years later, the graphics and gameplay may be somewhat outdated, but for all those who like themselves some retro style action, it will still deliver plenty of exciting moments and at least the single player campaign should certainly be taken a swing at.
For the true fans of this title, Infinity Ward have also released a Remastered version, which features the same game in a new skin, with elements such as graphics, sounds and gameplay flow improved to better match with today’s games.