“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare”, the reboot of the widely popular first-person shooter game, has finally launched and is set to become another billion-dollar hit for publisher Activision Blizzard Inc.
The game is a fresh take on the popular Modern Warfare sub series of the Call of Duty franchise that was initially launched in 2007 and has since become a rage among gamers.
The game is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It's highest edition is priced at $99.99. The Standard Edition includes the base game, a special Tactical Knife and one Prestige Token for Black Ops 4. The Operator Edition includes all that and three “Operator Packs” which include themed skins and weapon cosmetics. The Operator Enhanced Edition includes all of that as well as 3000 Call Of Duty Points which you can use to buy cosmetics (and not Supply Drops, apparently).
At launch, the game experienced some serious issues, including a connection failed error that was preventing players from logging on. These issues seems to be ironed out. Infinity Ward said that log in issues were related to the “huge number of players” trying to play, which is certainly the most likely explanation.
Three game provides the following modes: Campaign, Multiplayer and Special Ops.
In the single-player experience within Modern Warfare you will play as three characters – Sgt. Kyle Garrick, CIA Agent Alex, and Farah Karim, leader of the Urzikstani Liberation Force – in a covert battle for the global balance of power. Missions within the Campaign include a variety of differing playstyles, such as close quarter, stealth, and long-range combat scenarios. There are also multiple difficulty options, which fit a wide scope of players from those new to the franchise (Recruit) to seasoned experts (Veteran).
Multiplayer in Modern Warfare offers a variety of fun and competitive modes with plenty of customization options. Go up against fellow Tier One Operators – or in other words, members of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare community – in live fire combat exercises, ranging from Free-for-All games to tactical objective modes, on a variety of maps based on locales within the Modern Warfare universe. Your Operator will enter Multiplayer maps complete with an ultra-customizable loadout, tide-turning Field Upgrades, and Killstreaks, powerful rewards for taking down multiple enemies within one life. You can rank up your soldier to unlock the full suite of loadout options before continuing progression into Officer Ranks while earning experience for your weapons along the way to unlock attachments and weapon perks to further customization.
Special Ops is a co-operative, PvE experience within Modern Warfare, where you and up to three other teammates will continue the events of the Campaign through intricate and dynamic missions. Join the global alliance Armstice, a joint force of Allegiance and Coalition Operators led by Kate Laswell (CIA) and Sergeant Kamarov (FSB), to stop and sever a global terror organization’s access to weapons, funds, intelligence, and hardware.
2XP tokens are limed consumables that double your XP in Multiplayer for a predetermined time. You can earn 2XP tokens by completing challenges in-game. Or, you can get 2XP tokens by redeeming Activision codes from participating retailers on the Call of Duty website.
No matter what difficulty setting you choose, the basic controls and game mechanics within Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Campaign are all the same.
During normal gameplay, your character may take damage and lose health. While there is no health bar nor hit points visible, relative health can be gauged by how your screen looks. Does the screen look clear? Then you’re healthy. Is everything starting to go black and white? Well… Get to cover, or else it’s good night.
In every difficulty setting, health regenerates over time. After taking damage, it may be wise to hide behind cover or disengage from combat temporarily in order to get back to full health.
While playing Campaign, your game will automatically save at certain points so that, should you need to exit the game for whatever reason, you’ll pick up right where you left off. When the “Checkpoint reached” messages appears, do not turn off the power or close the game, as this may corrupt your progress.
If you’re looking to play the Campaign at higher difficulty settings, you might need to know more than just the basics. Infinity Ward used the help of retired military consultants to add to its authenticity.
A major component of that is exercising caution while in combat. In most scenarios, you will be outnumbered, so using cover to shield against oncoming fire, moving tactically throughout the play area, and paying close attention to surroundings for potential enemy locations are all some good tactics to consider.
In the Multiplayer menu, you’ll have the following options:
- Quick Play: Get those boots on the ground by dropping into the next available Multiplayer lobby. Edit what playlists you’ll be opted into by fiddling with the Quick Play filter tab.
- Featured Playlists: This rotating carousel will feature unique and fun playlists that are separate from the Quick Play tab. Try some of these out for a change of pace within Modern Warfare Multiplayer.
- Private Match: In case you want to practice against the A.I. or play with only a few friends
- Team Deathmatch – Two teams face-off with one simple goal: eliminate the opposition. Each takedown of an enemy player awards a point for your team. The first team to reach the point limit, or the team that earns the most points within the time limit, wins the match.
- Free-For-All – Similar to Team Deathmatch, but with no teams. Eliminate as many other players as you can before the time and/or score limit.
- Domination – An objective mode where two teams fight for control over three objective points.
- Gunfight – A 2v2 experience with no respawns on small maps where every player uses the same weapons and loadout items that rotate every two rounds.
- Ground War – The polar opposite of Gunfight. This game mode features large-scaled objective based combat with vehicles.
Loadouts, typically, are comprised of a primary weapon, secondary weapon, three perks, lethal equipment, and tactical equipment:
- Assault – This class can hold its own no matter the engagement type. From long distances to close quarters, the assault rifle and handgun combo is fairly formidable in combat.
- Ghost – The Ghost default loadout could be great for those who love playing with a bit of stealth, as the primary weapon has a Supressor on it, which reduces the sound the weapon makes while firing.
- Heavy Support – Bring out the big guns! This loadout has a light machine gun, which could provide plenty of suppressing fire, as well as a shotgun for close engagements courtesy of the Overkill perk.
During the game, you may earn a Field Upgrade, an additional in-game equipment asset of your choosing that grants particular advantages.
Your default Field Upgrade is a Munitions Box, a box of ammo that resupplies you and your teammates with ammo and Grenades. There is also a Recon Drone, a remote-controlled drone that marks enemies. More Field Upgrades can be earned as you progress and level up in Multiplayer.
If you wind up doing really well in the game, you may earn a Killstreak, powerful tools that reward skilled players with the opportunity to turn the tide of battle if used wisely.
By default, your Killstreaks will be the Personal Radar, an escort drone that reveals nearby enemies, a Cluster Strike, which gives you a laser pointer to signal for a number of cluster mortars to hit a location, and the Chopper Gunner, a controllable assault chopper armed with a turret and air to land missiles. These three Killstreaks are earned by getting 3, 5, and 10 kills respectively without dying.
At some point during your Multiplayer experience, you will gain enough experience to rank up.
The first two rank ups – going to ranks Private II and Private III – give two more default loadouts: Demolitions and Sniper. The former could be great for those who like using explosive weapons to make a serious impact in-game, while the latter loadout could be superb for marksmen.
Then, at Rank 4 (Private IV), you earn the ability to customize your own loadouts. You can do so by going to the Weapons tab in the Multiplayer menu, which is also where you can customize your Killstreaks, choose a Field Upgrade, select a Watch, and browse through weapon blueprints you’ve earned and Weapon Mods you’ve made in Gunsmith.