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Download of the Week: Call of Duty 4, number of pounds 10

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Platform: Steam | Publisher: Activision | Developer: Infinity Ward | Price: £9.99/$9.99

Call of Duty, it's not unfair to surmise, gets a bit of a bad rap these days. Yes, it's understandable that many dislike the series' arguable Michael Bayifying of recent years, and of course, as we all know, increased popularity and commercial success is inherently inverse to the continuing quality of anything. But cut through the current popular opinion and you'll remember that the CoD series has thrown out some absolute stormers in the past. And none moreso storming than Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Which you can currently get for a tenner.

Tight, cleverly-paced, genuinely affecting action. A mature, hard-hitting story with characters who actually matter. Intelligence, sharp design, and brutality with purpose rather than gratuity. That's what CoD 4 is all about, and to tie in with Activision's Call of Duty XP fan expo, you can get it, and in fact most of the CoD series, for 50% off from Steam this weekend. 

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Ten NES games, no money. That's the first party of Nintendo's blow-softener for those of you who bought a 3DS before the massive price drop. As long as you're verified as an early adopter, lap up the 8-bit goodness as an appetiser for the 16-bit GBA splurge coming later in the year.

Cthulhu Saves the World/Breath of Death VII | Steam/XBLIG | £1.99/320 MSP

What's that? An Xbox Live Indie game that's good? Two of them!? What the hell? Yeah, believe it. Fantastically charming, very cleverly funny tributes to - and parodies of - the golden age of 16-bit JRPGs, these two will warm the heart of anyone, alive or dead. You can get them for 240 and 80 MSP respectively on Xbox Live, or as a ridiculously benevolent £1.99 double pack on Steam. Whichever way you go about acquiring them though, you certainly should acquire them.

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September 02, 2011

17 comments

  • JohnnySpazwhacker - September 4, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    $9.99 should be £6.15 dammit!
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  • Tronto13 - September 2, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    The steam deal prices annoy me slightly, why is it 9.99 in both the UK and the US?! Why cant they let everyone pay the same! If you reduce it to that price in the US it should be the same price in the UK!
  • D0CCON - September 2, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    I don't care about the Michael Bayifiying part and I love it when a game becomes popular (that means video games are being accepted more, right?), I'm sick of COD because it's almost the exact same thing every year, except less balanced (compare 4 and WaW to MW2 and BO and tell me I'm wrong). MW2 was pretty popular and I still loved the series up through my first prestige then. After that, I was sick of it.
  • Corsair89 - September 2, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    I'd argue that getting RPG masterpiece Ultima IV on Good Old Games for free is a better deal, but these are good too.
  • gilgamesh310 - September 2, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    Although I think Call of Duty 4 is a good game, I don't think it's as great as it's made out to be. It didn't really do all that much that previous iterations of the series hadn't. It's really just the fact that the setting changed that caused people to believe that it was a masterpiece. It did have a few great moments though, like the nuclear bomb going off and the all ghillied up level, but it's hardly one of the best games of all time or anything.
  • Jedipimp0712 - September 2, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    its good because they were smart enough to get out of the WW2 perspective of the FPS genre. and they made some groundbreaking things for FPS's as well. like the amount of weapon customization, and the juggernaut, martyrdom noobers. classic. the reason why it was such a masterpiece is mainly because the narrative was so great for an FPS. nothing was ever that great until then.
  • jackthemenace - September 2, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    Man, I Hate CoD... [/trolling] Anyway, I really want to like Cthulhu Saves The World more, but, when I bought it on the <P a few months back, I found it incredibly... Dull. I mean, yeah, it was fairly funny, but with the narrator breaking the fourth wall within the first few seconds, it felt very pretentious, and the gameplay was so boring, playing it through for the story didn't really justify it.
  • KGFan - September 2, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    Already own COD 4 and have to get through it. Then it's on to MW 2 which I hope well run well on my PC.
  • Darkhawk - September 2, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    What happened to comment formatting? I liked my paragraphs.
  • Darkhawk - September 2, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    The significant difference between the two Modern Warfares and Black Ops is that the non-stop rollercoaster Michael Bay action at least gave the illusion of interactivity. Where Blops failed is in making the gamer a passive observer for most of the coolest events > Russian Roulette? No control. Crashing vehicle? Again, no control. Most of the scripted events were totally out of players' hands, so it really did just become a lame, first-person take on clichéd Hollywood scenes. Compare this to mashing "R" during ice-climbing, crawling out of the wreckage post-nuke detonation, a slow-mo cap to finish the game, and you'll see why Infinity Ward is/was the absolute best at creating Hollywood video games.
  • Jedipimp0712 - September 2, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    the Epic Price Beard is what makes me love being a man. and playing Call of Duty 4, the best of all the Call of Duty games.
  • db1331 - September 2, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    You are right about it being the best. It perfectly rode the line between the more serious "this is war, it's not something to be glorified" tone of the first two CoDs and the over the top summer blockbuster feel of MW2. It speaks volumes that every CoD since (and other franchises as well) have been copying it as close as they can but have failed to recreate the magic somehow. If you are an FPS fan and are just now waking up from a coma, first of all welcome back, we missed you. Second, we have a black president now. And third, pick this up and enjoy it. There is still a VERY active CoD4 community on PC.
  • Jedipimp0712 - September 2, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    yes, there is. unfortunately i only have it on xbox, i got it the day it came out, and have about 16 days logged, and at one point i was top 60,000 in the world, but beat people that were way higher on the list, and in game battles 3v3 and 6v6. the one thing i find hard to believe is that people continue to buy into the cod PR campaign, and are so closed minded towards only playing cod. people should know that there ARE other titles out there that are just as good or better in the fps genre. i think the BF series is a perfect example to that.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 2, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    Just picked this up last night. It's also another Black Ops free weekend on Steam.
  • db1331 - September 2, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    Don't I know it. I just jumped in a game at lunch to knock the dust off. I can't wait to roll out the welcome mat for all the freebies playing tonight.

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