The past year saw some fantastic new games in the market that really pushed the envelope of storytelling and game design. Even more so in the first person shooter (FPS) genre, which has been graced with a few truly outstanding games that have been like a breath of fresh air. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (CoD 4) is one such title.
Deadly accurate: Col’s dramatic sequences have a raw appeal.
CoD 4 takes a break from the WW2 theme of the previous titles in the series and brings us smack bang into the no less perilous world of modern-day jihad-inspired terrorism. Infinity Ward, developers of the game, have pulled out all stops in bringing a brutal, nerve-racking and emotionally charged game that moves along at breakneck speed till the final climatic cliffhanger that really drives home the point about modern urban warfare in a way you’re unlikely to forget for a long time to come.
In fact, CoD 4 is full of dramatic sequences that leave a strong impression on you, if only because they are so raw and uncompromising in their portrayal of events. This is apparent right from the start, when your very first mission has you storming a ship in the rough weathers of Bering Strait in the Pacific Ocean. Just when you think this will be a simple, covert exercise employing the usual sweep-and-clear tactics that you learned in the tutorial, all hell breaks loose as the ship is taken out by unknown forces, pushing you to make a mad dash through the rapidly tilting and sinking ship to make it to the rescue helicopter. I kid you not when I say that that the first sequence is only a small appetizer of things to come as you’re sent on increasingly deadly missions that will not only test your shooting skills but also your ability to follow orders and act as part of a Special Forces team.
There is no place for heroes here, although you will have your moments of glory in the game such as when you take the position of a gunner on board the AC-130 gunship providing air support to ground forces. Or when you don a “Ghillie” suit and accompany a certain Captain Price on a black-ops mission to assassinate a dangerous terrorist. Or when you’re instructed to rescue the pilot of a downed copter in the heart of a war-ravaged town that apparently has a deadly bomb ticking away somewhere amid all the gunfire and explosions.
The single-player campaign in CoD 4 is admittedly short, but it packs a huge punch nevertheless. Infinity Ward has done a fantastic job in the audio-visual department, bringing to life the chaos, madness and horrors of urban warfare in a gripping ultra-realistic fashion.
This is easily one of the best FPS games I’ve ever played, which is saying a lot considering I’ve only covered the single player campaign in this article. The multiplayer aspects of CoD 4 are equally excellent, with a class system that rewards players as they accumulate experience points with more weapons, accessories and gears. The game also boasts of no less than 13 multiplayer modes to choose from, which should satisfy the most ardent of players when it comes to multiplayer gaming.
To sum up: CoD 4 is easily one of the best games on the market at the moment and one that will have you up well late into the night if only to see what happens next. Miss this game at your peril.
Game: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Platform: PC/Xbox 360/PS 3
Price: Rs1,200 (PC), Rs2,500 (Xbox 360), Rs2,700 (PS3)
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