Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered - The state of things
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was released in 2007 to critical and commercial success. Upon release, it quickly became the most popular online shooter, spawning multiple sequels and spin-offs that continued to break records over previous instalments.
I was one of those people who purchased the original Modern Warfare at launch. My PC gaming rig was still new, I wanted a visually impressive, fun game, and the reviews spoke for themselves:
“One of the best-looking games to date” – Game Informer
“…the intense single-player campaign offers up an action packed experience that features a tremendously compelling narrative…” – GamePro
“Amazing both online and off” – Gamespy
Modern Warfare quickly became my number one shooter. I played the online portion of this game more than any other title before it, team death match, domination, regular & hard-core, I was hooked. I lost count of how many hours were spent on multiplayer, but I know that I reached level 55 on two separate occasions; the first on my original PC, then second on my laptop that I acquired the following year. The point I am trying to make, is that I loved this game and I played it a lot! After a few years both my laptop and desktop could no longer play this game (thanks to a burnt out GPU and a motherboard failure), so I turned to a PS3 copy. This was something I had on standby, ready to scratch that itch when I felt like some Modern Warfare. Eventually this no longer became possible, with the developers focusing on the sequels and spin offs support for the game was over. Hacking in the console versions rendered the game unplayable online, I could no longer “stay frosty”.
I was loyal to the franchise, buying each sequel and playing its multiplayer often. I’m not going to try and hide it, I was one of those people who purchased COD yearly. The gaming community loves to hate on people such as myself, but I can’t lie, I enjoyed the single player campaigns and loved the new additions to multiplayer. These games were among many others in my collection, but I loved coming back to them each year and seeing what was new.
Then I felt the fatigue, by the time Black Ops 3 was released I was burnt out. Ghosts was horrible, Advanced Warfare was not much better. So I decided any future purchases would be from the bargain bin.
Then came the day they released the trailer for Infinite Warfare. I started watching and was immediately turned off, “this is going to be more of the same s***”. I almost stopped the trailer short before it even finished, but wait… the trailer was over and there was still 25 seconds left? Captain Price appears in the helicopter, cigar in his mouth “Yes! A remaster!”
Credit where it’s due, those pricks knew people were leaving the franchise, myself included. So how else could they get us back? Bundle the remaster with the new version in an overpriced legacy edition. Of course I pre-ordered! I’m a fool and I won’t deny it, but I was not waiting for this to come out digitally. If they were going to force people to pay a premium, they had no intention of releasing this remaster individually for at least 12 months in my opinion. That was enough time for me to justify the cost.
Hacking in the console versions rendered the game unplayable online, I could no longer “stay frosty”.
Fast forward to present day, I’m not sure how much time I have put into the remaster. I finished the singe player campaign in a weekend, it’s still a great piece of gaming history. Online I am coming close to level 40, but I have my concerns. For some reason the game doesn’t seem to keep me entertained as much as it used to. I don’t want to say this, but I think the nostalgia has actually started to wear off. When it comes to the online component, the game runs almost the exact same as it did in 2007. There’s a new coat of paint and those obnoxious badges pop up every time you fire a bullet in the general direction of an enemy. But the core gameplay is the exact same. This is where I think the problem lies, in 2007 most people were happy with how the game played and there was no other Modern Warfare shooters for comparison. But then you start to remember the grenade launchers, juggernaut, last stand and those God. Damn. Quick-scopers! This game is exactly how I remember it, both the good and the bad.
But this is what we wanted, I remember saying that I would be upset if they changed the core gameplay. We got exactly what we asked for. Herein lies the problem with the remaster, many of these core elements that are prevalent in Modern Warfare were removed from future additions. The game evolved and improved with each new version. Not all changes were perfect, remember the Model 1887 with akimbo in MW2? Those things had to be patched they were so ridiculous. But with each new Call of Duty, certain elements were removed and added for a reason. It would be fair to argue that this remaster suffers from too much nostalgia, it’s exactly how we remember it, which is fine for a while, but quickly overstays its welcome.
Is it worth the bundle? If you want only the remaster, then absolutely not. If you were planning on getting both games at launch, sure. But if you’re still on the fence, wait a bit longer. The crowd may die down, but the moment this is released as an individual purchase (hopefully at a respectable price) the servers will fill up and we can all hate those friggin’ noob tubes and quick-scopers all together.