Modern Warfare was initially released all the way back in 2007, over ten years ago. Back then I played it on a laptop and really loved it, even got my dad to play it since he’d dable in a first-person shooter every now and then. The sands of time have fallen and I’d think less and less of the original “modern” CoD game, with brief glimpses in my mind of levels like Death From Above where you fly a drone blowing the shit out of the enemies from above.
Booting up the remastered version on my PS4 felt very nostalgic. It looked better than I remembered it looking. Not by much at first but then I checked out what the original looked like and damn, your mind really can fill in the blanks and make older shit seem a lot cooler than it was.
The game was included with PS+ and since I loved it so much I was down. I decided to go straight for the platinum since I looked it up and there were no online trophies so I was good to go. It took me less than 24 hours to plow through everything and get that shiny plat. Don’t take that as it’s a cakewalk either…
But first, let me talk about the gameplay. While the game is over a decade old it really does hold up to modern games, which shows just how on-point they got the feel of shooting in first person. All the weapons feel really tight to control and everything is just very satisfying to shoot. Enemies aren’t bullet sponges but will go down in a few hits, or a nice head-shot. Even on the hardest difficulty.
Playing on the hardest difficulty is where the issues really begin for me. Granted, this isn’t that major of a complaint, it’s unbalanced but it’s a short game so who cares? On some of the levels you just get surrounded by enemies and one shot will kill you quick. On one of the levels, right at the end, you’re carrying your injured sniper partner, you put him down and then have to wait for a chopper to come in to pick both of you up. Well, you have to defend your point while waves of enemies repel in from helicopters and swarm in from doors of building. It is one of the most insane, unbalanced, unfair, sections of a game that I’ve played in a long time.
I ended up just laying down in a wooden booth as grenade after grenade landed all around my booth blowing up, you move out a little and you’d get shot. It took a lot of tries and patience to work through and luck myself to victory. It’s some serious bullshit, and if you got the plat also then I guess we’re blood brothers now.
I didn’t care for the story that much, It didn’t keep my interest and I’d skip everything if I could. It’s just a solid, short campaign that gets you in and out of the fun. Don’t expect a grand adventure with multiple paths that you can play forever, just a well made action movie game.
Final score – 8.2
If I was going to throw a score on the game now, this is about what I’d give it. Nothing wrong with an 8, I’d start the game up right now and play some more. I had no interest in the multiplayer, just bumming around up in that single player goodness.