Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare review

  • Spectacular solo moments
  • Customizable multiplayer
  • Modernized arsenal
  • Ambiguous context of the war
  • Same ol' pop-and-shoot behind crates
  • Short singleplayer campaign

The team-based multiplayer more than makes up for the typically brief running time of the singleplayer. The transplant to modernity has been embraced much better here. Kill-streaks earn you the right to call in support: radar coverage, air strikes and even AI-controlled helicopters to hunt down the enemy team. And all kills, damage, and objectives completed inch you closer to your next promotion, permanently unlocking new weapons and Perks. You use these to design your own custom classes: we favored a semi-auto sniper rifle, smoke grenades and the Juggernaut and Dead Silence perks. We developed a fondness for stabbing people, you see, so we needed to be tough and quiet, conceal ourselves and pick off the few people too far away to shiv.

This character progression is persistent across all servers - they don’t need to be special ranked ones. Infinity Ward figures any system will be hacked eventually, so they’re just trusting players to realize that it’s more fun if you progress fairly. And it is: the ranks come thick and fast, there are lots, and you unlock special challenges as you go.

The action is ridiculously fast and bloody. Every weapon is a more efficient killing machine than its WWII counterpart, and the frantic pace has the side-effect that you never feel pinned down or hopeless. Everyone goes down so easily that even the best player is killable, and respawn times are so fast that dying is never particularly frustrating. The previous games’ modes are all here, along with newcomer Domination, in which both teams try to hold three control points at once. Like the other modes, it draws everyone together into a messy melee, but is open enough to let you find ways around the usual chokepoints.

More Info

Release date: Nov 05 2007 - PS3, PC, Xbox 360 (US)
Available Platforms: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Activision
Developed by: Infinity Ward
Franchise: Call of Duty
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language


  • adge112 - October 8, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    i heard this game was really good .......
  • bovice - December 3, 2008 8:46 p.m.

    I didn't think the game would be that good... so I figured what the hell.. why not? So I buy it.. went home... been addicted to it since.. heck, I think I spend more time with this game than I do with my girlfriend.. ha.
  • crazyqazqaz - October 26, 2008 6 p.m.

  • oreomonkey - September 15, 2008 9:21 p.m.

    oops that didnt come out quite right it was supposed to say Call of Duty 4 rocks but i guess it got screwed up when i posted my bad
  • Vivapwnata - December 7, 2008 8:46 p.m.

    SO SICK OF PEOPLE WHO ARE OBSESSED WITH HALO THREE. This was my first game i got along with the 360 Elite, and i have to say that they have outdone theirselves. Graphics are awsome and i am hooked on the storyline, it's too bad that Sgt. Paul Jackson's helicopter had to be nuked...My fav. level is just kidding, probably all gillied up. Can anyone help me find all the intel pieces?
  • Cwf2008 - December 7, 2008 7:20 a.m.

    Unlike crap games like Gaylo 3, this game deserves its 10 rating. I predict most of us will still be playing this years from now...or until the next Modern Warefare comes out
  • DJContaras - November 5, 2008 4:45 p.m.

    This game is amazing. My first Shooter purchase for 360 and i am taken back by the graphics. My only problem is on "No Fighting in the War Room". I uploaded the codes and my next oblective is to follow Capt. Price, but he is just standing there. Can anyone help me with how to fix this? Thanx.
  • Drake98 - September 18, 2008 11:16 p.m.

    One of the few games that actually deserves its 10 rating.
  • oreomonkey - September 15, 2008 9:20 p.m.

    CA££ 0ƒ еT¥ 4 ®0K$
  • Dusty56 - September 3, 2008 2:41 a.m.

    This is probably one of my all time favorite games, if you love shooters like i do then you'll love this game too.
  • FluffyDestructo - August 25, 2009 8:37 p.m.

    I love this game it deserves a 10 but the campaign is probably one of the worst that i have ever played. But the LIVE multiplayer is fantastic, i can't wait for modern warfare 2 to coem out!
  • FineOoger - July 3, 2009 3:13 a.m.

    the first game i had ever gotten was CoD2 which was a opening title for the 360 i use to love that game but i reacently looked back at the game and noticed HOW FREAKING AMAZING CoD 4 IS its a must buy for fans of CoD
  • cubsfan101 - June 17, 2009 3:52 a.m.

    pretty good game. i loved everything about this game except the moment where we have to snipe some guy in a place full of armed men. i haven't played that game in six months so i can't really remember most of the details of that level.
  • Fudgeman511 - May 29, 2009 2:21 a.m.

    I would marry this game if I could... This game is Epic and definately needs to be brought to Heaven were God will love it...
  • Mythmaster4800 - April 7, 2009 4:02 p.m.

    Hello Gamers. I have only one point I would like to make. Some of you say you are sick of people who are obsessed with Halo 3. But after reading over comments from this game and Halo 3, it sounds like you people have the exact same obsession with this game, and some of them don't like it either. So if you're going to whine about them, then look at yourselves too. Both sides love their game. I respect that. They think its one of the best. I respect that too. Both games are by far some of the greatest FPS games to grace us with their release. If anyone agrees or disagrees with what I say, send me a message.
  • cohagan573 - April 6, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    The Best Game I Have Ever Played. On-line is Simply Pure Class! Campaign Is Brilliant. 10/10
  • gamer49 - January 11, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    this game is realy fun but can get you mad some times.
  • R38P3R - January 4, 2009 1:52 a.m.

  • brassy14 - August 15, 2009 3:19 a.m.

    the greatest shooter game ever i recomend this game to all gamers. i give this game a 100000000000000000 out of 10! it is really realistict: the grenades, the guns, the explotions.the best part is xbox live.
  • freekingenius - April 27, 2009 11:24 p.m.

    amazing i love it and if anyone wants to play, add me ConiferousBver

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