Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Campaign Review

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is finally here, and with it, are my thoughts on the campaign. Activision and Infinity Ward took a jab at rebooting one of the most influentials shooters of the past decade. The result of this experiment has led to one of the most realistic and graphically stunning shooters of this console generation. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare does not hold back when it comes to delivering stunning and unparalleled action. It is a dense, adrenaline-packed experience. Let’s dive into its mechanics and what sets it apart from other entries in the series, shall we?

A quite different Modern Warfare

There’s a saying that goes: ‘War never changes,’ but this entry in the Call of Duty saga proves this title to be an exception to that rule. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a complete reimagining of the franchise many of us loved back in 2007. There is a significant departure from what we saw in the original trilogy, both in tone and graphical approach. Modern Warfare leaves the previous trilogy’s continuity behind, in favor of a more realistic and relevant story-telling for the time we live in now. It explores how warfare and modern diplomacy are tied together for better or worse.  it gives us a clear idea of how war is always on the brink and just one miscommunication error away.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Campaign Review

Some of the characters you love are back. One of the most notable characters making a return is the resourceful and Warfare’s version of a Marvel superhero, Captain Price. There are many memorable characters making appearances, but we won’t spoil the surprises Infinity Ward baked into the game. Though, this is a more realistic approach to each of these characters. The game seems less fantastic and makes you realize what war truly is about. There are many intense scenes in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s campaign, just like the infamous ‘No Russian’ mission. But, this time around these missions don’t aim for the shock value, but rather, they intend to unsettle you with the realism and raw nature of modern-day warfare.

Cinematic action at its best

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare sets the bar at a new level for graphics in shooters. The game is gorgeous and thoughtfully designed. Each of the 14 levels in the campaign are interesting and varied. These top-notch graphics meet with some of the best cinematics I’ve seen in this console generation. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare often feels like you’re watching an episode of Jack Ryan or Homeland, both in the realism depicted and the evolving plot.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Campaign Review

With this realism, Modern Warfare approaches the story of the rise of Al-Qatala, a fictitious terrorist group, and how their actions and Russian intervention affect the, also fictional, country of Urkistan. This story brings many new characters, with engaging background stories, to the mix. Just like the series is used to, the narrative explores the fragility of allegiances and the swift and deadly betrayal that often takes place during a war. Hands down, this is one of the best narratives in Call of Duty game. Although, it is not a flawless one. Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s story can feel somewhat scattered. The way events take place might make you lose track of whats going on in the overall plot.

Tight and entertaining mechanics

The gameplay is stellar in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Each of the varied sceneries is designed to allow you to take advantage of its mechanics. Peeking out of a window or door to avoid being detected feels integrated and natural. You seamlessly change from blasting everything around you in one mission to night vision stealth in the next one. Shooting, running, and crouching to avoid detection feels smooth and precise. In addition, most chapters introduce new gameplay mechanics, such as driving drones or helping with an airstrike to make each mission unique.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Campaign Review

Final Thoughts

If you’re a Modern Warfare fan or like good warfare stories, you don’t want to miss on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Activision and Infinity Ward aimed high and landed perfectly, delivering one of the best campaigns in current generation shooters. Modern Warfare is not shy of portraying how ruthless war might be. As a result, it lands heartfelt and meaningful moments that will leave a lasting impression on many. Its tight, action-driven mechanics and stunning graphics will keep you going non-stop, even when the story feels somewhat scattered. The only downside here is that you can quickly go through the story in five to eight hours. Luckily, there’s some more content waiting for you in the Spec Ops co-op mode.

Release Date: October 25, 2019
No. of Players: 1 Player Campaign – 2 Player Co-op and Multiplayer
Category: First-Person Shooter
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Beenox, High Moon Studios

A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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