Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has blasted onto consoles and the 16-year-old franchise has cranked up the nostalgia by rebooting the classic Modern Warfare title.
The good news is that the game has ditched season passes and loot boxes in favour of a-la-carte DLC maps, plus FREE post-launch multiplayer maps and modes for all players.
Meanwhile, this will be the first game to feature cross-platform play, so you can take on pals on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 simultaneously.
The game also sees a reimagined version of classic COD hero, Captain Price, complete with his ferociously manly facial fluff.
But have they confirmed a killer new COD? Or have they banked too much on nostalgia? Here’s what the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reviews are saying so far.
It’s worth noting, lots of outlets are posting reviews in progress, or are waiting a week before sharing their final verdict on the game in order to properly test multiplayer.
Gamespot 7/10 – review in progress
“The pitfalls of Spec Ops don’t detract from what Modern Warfare does well. Realism mode is an excellent addition to the slate, and although not all the new multiplayer modes are great, Gunfight and the Night Vision playlist are refreshing standouts. And while the campaign ends up playing it safe in the end, it’s still a memorable one, and it lays a strong foundation for where the Modern Warfare series could go from here.”
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is still very much a Call of Duty game. The core DNA of the franchise is very much alive, and it may be stronger than ever thanks to this new Gunfight mode. Now, don’t get us wrong: if you haven’t been a fan of the franchise, this game probably won’t change your mind. However, if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for Call of Duty to return to its roots – if you consider Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare to be its roots – you might want to check this one out.”
PC Gamer – 80
“It sets the bar high for first-person gun feel. Gunfight is a standout mode that proves to me Call of Duty can slow down and the sky won’t fall. I hope to see even bigger risks with its post-launch support. Modern Warfare is a promising platform for new ideas, but the sentiment will carry little weight if Activision shoves this game aside and we’re talking about Black Ops 5 in 2020. For now, it’s the Call of Duty to beat.”
Games Radar – 4/5
“Infinity Ward was always going to have to simplify the complexities of modern warfare to make this game work. What’s important is what it chose to emphasise in service of that. For the most part, the studio has decided to pull focus onto the chaos born out of proxy wars and the debilitating pressure of being under fire from a seemingly unstoppable force, and it works when it does so. When it works to emphasise some perceived darker reflection of the world, it comes across as callous and a little cynical. That isn’t enough to detract from what this Modern Warfare revival is ultimately able to achieve, but there’s still work for Infinity Ward to do as it works to re-establish this series for a new generation.”
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