Call of Duty: Modern Warfare hits on all the important aspects of CoD franchise, and perhaps the most divisive mainstream gaming brand of all time. This reboot of a modern classic delivered excellent gunplay in both single-player and multiplayer mode with fantastic weapon customization system make it an excellent first-person shooter franchise.
Weapons can be mount to objects now like door frames, walls and crates now. It’s a great feature that helps to pick off enemies, steady gunshots, and providing cover to your team. Other changes include the return to auto-healing. The screen gets faded around the edges when you’re hurt and your heart pounds in your ears. It’s good to see Call of Duty have both features added to Modern Warfare.
Single-player: Campaign and Mission
You take control of characters Alex, an American CIA operative, Kyle Garrick, a British soldier in the SAS, and occasionally, Urzikstan rebel leader Farah Karim to play against Urzikstan and terrorist operations conducted by a group called AI-Qatala.
You will jump between three characters during different chapters of the campaign and each character provides different viewpoints of the war. Some missions are based on real events which reminds us war is brutal and not fun.
Taking the fifth mission of the campaign “Clean House” as an example, it is a nighttime tactical takedown of a target within a compound similar to how Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011. You have to move within a multistory house and clear several rooms of threats. However, the home is also occupied by women and children. It’s a tense mission that will leave most players pensive.
Same as the previous Call of Duty games, Modern Warfare lets you unlock new weapons, perks, and killstreaks when you level up your account. Leveling the weapon can unlock attachments like muzzles, scopes, and clips which can enhance different aspects of the performance of the weapon like sound suppression, damage range, recoil stabilization…etc. This incentivizes you to keep using your favorite weapons to get the most out of them.
Popular multiplayer game modes like Team Deathmatch, Free-for-All, Headquarters, Cyber Attack, and Domination are unchanged from the previous Call of Duty games, which provide familiar thrills to the experienced players.
If you are a hardcore player who wants to play against other players in darkness, NVG mode might become your favorite as it forces players to use night-vision goggles and you got no UI notification on connected shots or kills.
Spec Ops is a PvE game mode that four players form a squad to fight against AI-controlled enemies who come from all directions, the squad also need to complete different objectives. If you like teaming up with others instead of playing against them, you will get addicted to this model as it requires all members to truly work as a team in order to survive and bypass the heavy-fire.
Gunfight mode is a 2-vs-2 match, a great game mode for more competitive players. It is a balanced game mode as all players have the same equipment and play on small maps. The team that works the best together will win.
Ground War is a 32 vs 32 players game mode to fight and secure different sectors of a large map. It is similar to the Battlefield series in which the players can control vehicles, such as tanks and jets and just like Domination mode on a massive scale.
However, this mode might not suit players who prefer a fast game pace, as running across checkpoints in huge maps could get tedious because of their size.
Crossplay: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Nowadays, players from all over the world play the game from different platforms and crossplay is becoming a popular feature in multiplayer games. It is no exception for Modern Warfare. Modern Warfare is launching with crossplay between PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with the platform icons next to player names in the lobby. It is a great feature that you can play the game with your friends even you are on different platforms.
Graphics and Hardware
Speaking of the visual department, the graphics of Modern Warfare is where the game truly shines. You feel like stepping into a cinematic interactive war epic as the campaigns culminated in a Hollywood action-film set piece played up to give you an immersive first-person shooter gaming experience.
In order to get the most out of Modern Warfare, the recommend system requires an Intel Core i5-2500K central processing unit, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, 12GB of RAM, 175GB of storage, and the Windows 10 operating system. If you want to enable ray tracing, your PC needs 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU (along with an Intel Core i5-2500k or AMD R5 1600x CPU). You may also adjust different display settings like anti-aliasing, depth of field, and motion blur.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the fresh start that the series needed. It hits on all the important aspects of a great Call of Duty game. It provides a compelling storyline and entertaining multiplayer mode which brings back the game to compete with other current popular shooters like Fortnite and Overwatch. While it’s not a revolutionary game like the original, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare still offers many fun and exciting moments.