Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remasteredby Mikhail Mar 11, 2019 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered came as a package if you bought Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Now available for free for PlayStation Plus users this March 2019, it lets you relive the epic campaign and multiplayer game modes of 12 years ago, just with enhanced visuals and gameplay improvements. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is one of the most acclaimed first-person shooters ever. In a way, its thrilling and iconic campaign and multiplayer mode revolutionized the genre, and was a step forward in a decade dominated by subpar free-to-play FPS titles.
Today, PlayStation Plus players can play its remastered version, aptly-named Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, it lets you experience the old game, just with new content, enhanced visuals and audio. Though you could say the gameplay did not age gracefully, it’s a fitting tribute and something fans of the genre should play or play again.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered’s campaign storyline is unchanged from the original. You’ll play as and meet the same characters, go through the same plot points, kill the same enemies, and fight in the same battlefields.Iconic characters like Captain Price, Gaz, and Lt. Vasquez along with Imran Zahkaev and Al-Asad remain the same, albeit with updated features and better character models.
Without diving deep into spoiler-territory, you’ll play as a British SAS operator (as Soap MacTavish), Captain Price (in one mission), and USMC operator Paul Jackson. You’ll fight in the streets of an unnamed Middle East country, in dense forests, underground missile silos, and even Pripyat in Ukraine post-Chernobyl. There’s a lot of variety in the locales and things that are going on all the time, and it’s best to listen to the mission briefings and dialogue.
Personally, I’ve had a great experience playing the game twelve years go. At the time, it looked and played like a state-of-the-art military simulation and it became one of my all-time favorites. Today though, MWR lags behind compared to modern-day shooters. Although the shooting mechanics hold up fairly well, the set-piece, phase-to-phase combat and rather enclosed locales feel restrictive. Regardless, you’ll still be treated to insanely explosive firefights where searching for cover is as important as actually hitting your targets while throwing back grenades dished out by your enemies.
In a way, the AI also feels aged. There were certain instances wherein I would creep up from behind and not get noticed, while Captain Price and the others would fail to advance despite taking out all of the enemy units. There was even an occasion wherein Gaz stood in front of a Russian APC and just keeled over when shot by the main turret. Granted, they’re not totally useless and like most NPCs in the game, are great and nearly invulnerable.
You’ll also be treated to a vast array of weapons, both on the campaign and multiplayer. These range from the M4A1 assault rifle, AK-47, MP5, SAW LMG, and sniper rifles like the M21 and Dragunov. You can also pick up rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and in some situations, use special weapons like the Javelin and helicopter-mounted miniguns and grenade launchers. Oh, and you’ll also be treated to the iconic AC-130 gunship level which is arguably one of the best-designed video game levels of all time. There are also some easter eggs hidden in the levels (tip: look behind Makarov in Pripyat) you would want to discover.
The changes are more drastic in the multiplayer edition, though the gameplay is still pure CoD. New items, cosmetics, and customization items are part of the roster. Unfortunately, there are a lot of microtransaction elements which is a bit of a pain if you’re looking to progress quickly. To add to the variety, the MWR multiplayer has seasonal game modes and items, along with new and existing map variations. More guns have also been added into the mix along with melee weapons, giving you more options to take out your foes.
Though matchmaking takes a while to find lobbies and new players, the volume spiked due to the sheer amount of new PlayStation Plus players. Call of Duty has one of the largest fan bases in the gaming world to date, and you can definitely find online communities to be part of if you’re looking to talk about it.
Arguably the most impressive part of MWR, the graphical and audio enhancements are top-notch. The environment feels more immersive, with ambient sounds, explosions, gunfire, and vehicles sounding more pronounced than before. Character models have also been tweaked to fit today’s current standards, with Captain Price’s wrinkles and iconic muscle beard looking better than before.
Overall, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is a fitting remaster of an old yet beloved game. The graphical and audio improvements make up for the rather outdated gameplay and level design. Nevertheless, it’s a perfect throwback/tribute to one of the best FPS games of all time, thanks to its outstanding shooting mechanics and gripping story. If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you’ll never go wrong in giving it a shot or playing it again.