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‘COD4’ , the rebirth of a franchise
November 23, 2007
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Sometimes you just gotta leave the past in the dust. Like many of the
military first-person shooters cluttering up the video game marketplace,
‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’ just doesn’t represent a shift in time
period, it represents a rebirth of the ‘Call of Duty’ franchise. Infinity
Ward didn’t go back and reinvent the wheel but in abandoning the World War
eras they cleared those boundaries which may have been confining their
‘Call of Duty 4’ does what few games do these days. It connects with the
player on a very personal level no matter what their political stance might
be. Playing off the war in Iraq and the state of the Middle East, enables
the game to heighten the realism to maybe an uncomfortable but insightful
level for some. As you wage war through small villages and sprawling
cities, you cannot help but to speculate if there will be a sinister plot
twist lurking around the corner that will transform you from a liberating
Masters of level design, Infinity Ward has ramped it up for ‘COD4’. There are many missions where you are in foot, following your compass as you engage in running firefights. There are also some outstanding interludes that have you hanging out of a helicopter operating its gun turret, taking on the role of a camouflaged sniper, carrying wounded soldiers through the streets and acting as a pinpoint bomber guarding freindlies from the sky. Your viewpoint during that stage is a screen resembling black and white military bombing footage you’ve seen played on CBC or CNN over the course of the Iraq War. It is a crafty choice for a gameplay level as it has all sorts of other implications, if you really think about what you are supposed to be doing and how you are doing it.
While close to it, the single player campaign is not picture perfect. Your
colleagues are not that much help so it is best not to rely on them for
cover fire or protection of any kind. Sometimes they have as much impact on
The multiplayer side of things is a multifaceted and addictive proposition. Up to 18 people can play at a time, there are 16 maps and six game modes to select from. As you gain experience points, you can level up your character in your chosen class and do some cool things like call in air strikes or a helping hand from a helicopter or two.
‘Call of Duty 4’ is a short but staggeringly powerful experience. There are some portions, whether they be cut-scenes or part of the gameplay, that really do rival scenes you would find in any Hollywood blockbuster. The thrill of discretely crawling under parked vehicles as hordes of armed enemy soldiers stand nearby or ducking and weaving as you carry an injured helicopter pilot to safety while bullets whiz through the air around you has all the excitement of any action movie. Then, there are the scenes that will haunt you and perhaps stick with you long after you have switched off the console and put your controller down. Without giving too much away, one daring scene/level in particular involves the fallout of a devastating blast. Hands down, it is one of the most compelling scenes I have ever witnessed in a game.
‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’
Rating: 9.5 / 10
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