A title that reinvented a genre and introduced a generation of console gamers to the joys and frustrations of competitive online shooters, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is back and looking better than ever. We’ve taken Infinity Ward’s classic for a quickie to see if it stands the test of time.
What about the multiplayer, any more significant changes there?
Jumping online will feel instantly familiar to anyone who played plenty of the original game’s multiplayer; the addition of call signs, emblems, and an overhauled menu design are the only real changes.
Does it still hold up? Please say yes, I loved Modern Warfare’s multiplayer!
While it’s still huge amounts of fun, when you take off the rose-tinted glasses it’s easy to see a few problems that wouldn’t fly in today’s shooters, such as overpowered perks and weapons. Also, whilst the maps are well designed, they do feel a little small by today’s standards.
Oh… so it’s not the masterpiece I remember it being?
It’s precisely the great multiplayer fans will remember; they just have to be willing to forgive a few unbalanced features and a lack of content that didn’t seem so much of a problem at the time.
Would you recommend the remaster?
Unless you’re interested in Infinite Warfare’s pricey special editions, we’d have to say no. Wait until Activision inevitably release a standalone version of Modern Warfare Remastered, it’ll be cheaper. If they stick to their guns and don’t, you’ll live.
It’s also worth noting that nostalgia can be a double-edged sword. While it’s a lot of fun revisiting a game that provided so many fantastic memories – especially with friends - after so many years a lot of those people have moved on, or stopped gaming altogether, and it’s just not the same experience without them.