Yes, it’s true. In the Year of our Lord Two Thousand and Sixteen, I have never played Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
I was in 8th grade when the game was released and I didn’t have an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 at the time. But that’s not to say I’m completely ignorant about the game. I still vividly recall the intense announcement trailer, the across-the-board positive reviews, and kids at school sharing their war stories. Plus I had plugged tons of hours into its sequel as well as World at War and Black Ops.
Now, nearly ten years later, the kind folks at Activision have re-released the game to the masses alongside the latest entry in the venerable franchise, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. After spending a weekend with the two games, they come off as sort of an odd pairing.
First things first, it is really easy to criticize Call of Duty for not changing much year-to-year. And while that is true, comparing the edition from 2007 to its 2016 counterpart, the differences begin to show and the rift between the two grew the more I played.
Modern Warfare Remastered’s multiplayer is intense in ways that I had forgotten about over the past few iterations. Aside from the sparse gunfire, maps are quiet, forcing you to focus on the ambient sounds as you pace cautiously around. While I was still getting my ass handed to me, a feature of Call of Duty that will never change, the pace was much slower and my demise was hardly ever a shotgun to the face. Remastered allows players to revisit the time honored traditions of camping in one spot, out of sight and sniping the shit out of your opponents.
Camping; I hadn’t thought about camping in years, and here it was again. I had grown so accustomed to the jet packs and dolphin dives of the more recent games that I’d completely forgotten about this super legit and totally not bullshit tactic.
That being said, I’m having a great time playing both games. For all their similarities and differences, their thrilling action set-pieces and nonstop intensity in multiplayer are the best in the genre. It should be obvious to anyone who gets their hands on these games, why Call of Duty reigns supreme year after year.
For my thoughts on the Modern Warfare Remastered single player campaign, check out Digital Download Episode 21.