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Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

November 5, 2007
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Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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Date of Review:  August 2, 2012
Format Reviewed:   Xbox 360
Language / Country of Origin:   English / USA
Online Capability:  Online multiplayer and downloadable content (DLC) available.  There are both competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes.  Players earn experience points through online multiplayer matches, by defeating other players, completing challenges or finishing matches.  Experience points can lead to weapon upgrades or new challenges.
Prequels: Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, Call of Duty 3.
Sequels:
Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Mobilized, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Equipment Needed: None needed.
Maintenance Required:  None required.

Review:

Plot:  
Designed to reflect the realities of present day warfare, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a fictional storyline about a nuclear entanglement between the United States, Great Britain, Russia, and an un-named “Middle Eastern” country.  When Great Britain discovers that the Russian Ultranationalist Party is utilizing a rebel faction in the Middle East to create pandemonium for political gains, the American government is called in to police the situation.

Cultural / Historical Value: 
This game is part of the critically acclaimed Call of Duty series.  Like the other titles in the series, the game simulates war.  However, this title moved away from World War II and focuses on modern conflicts.  Interestingly, the game has been used to train soldiers for actual combat.  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was immensely popular (it sold the most copies of any game in 2007) and critically acclaimed (being nominated for and winning several game of the year awards).  People praised the games groundbreaking achievements in graphics and gameplay.  Many also applauded the plot, which was written so as to depict present-day combat without offending the world’s geo-political mindset.

Teaching / Learning Characteristics:
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was not necessarily built with teaching and learning characteristics in mind.  However, the military has used the game to instruct soldiers in battle – as it accurately simulates present-day technology-based warfare.  The multiplayer also offers some opportunities for learning, as to be successful in team-based campaigns, players must know how to manage numerous people to form a cohesive team.  This can be a quick gauge as to how strong people are as leaders or followers as you often play against strangers and have to quickly assign specific roles.

Replay Value:  
The single-player storyline can be competed fairly quickly and therefore, does not have high replayability.  However, the true replay value lies in the title’s online multiplayer modes.  Players can level up by gaining experience points in the multiplayer sessions, which in turn, lead to new challenges and weapon upgrades.  Both competitive and cooperative (team-based) multiplayer games exist.

Likely Audiences:
People who like other games in the Call of Duty series.  People who like first-person shooter games.  Fans of online multiplayer titles.  Like with most M-rated titles, those who dislike gory material and graphic content should stay away.  The depiction of war is very realistic and not for everybody.

Overall Score:
90/100

Other Reviews:
1up.com
Gamerankings
Gamespot
Metacritic
MobyGames

 

About the Author:
Ben Bigalke is an avid traveler, bicycle enthusiast, lover of animals and video gamer extraordinaire.  He grew up taking the stories and virtues told by the Nintendo of his childhood to heart.  As an adult, he continues to appreciate the entertainment and learning experiences that videogames offer and studies the technological and artistic advancements they have made throughout his lifetime.  As a videogame reviewer, he enjoys both observing and experiencing the cultural impact that these games have on his generation.

Awards

Award Giver Category Verdict
Spike Video Game Awards 2007Best Graphics Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2007Best Military Game Winner
Spike Video Game Awards 2007Best Multiplayer Game Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2007Best Shooter Winner
Spike Video Game Awards 2007Most Addictive Game Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2008Mobile Game of the Year Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2008Action Game of the Year Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2008All-Nighter Award Winner
Game Developers Choice Awards 2008Audio Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2008Computer Game of the Year Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2008Console Game of the Year Winner
Game Developers Choice Awards 2008Game Design Nominee
Game Developers Choice Awards 2008Game of the Year Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2008Handheld Game of the Year Runner Up
Golden Joystick Awards 2008Nintendo Game of the Year Third Place
Golden Joystick Awards 2008Online Game of the Year Winner
Interactive Achievement Awards 2008Outstanding Achievement in Animation Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2008Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2008Outstanding Achievement in Game Design Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2008Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play Winner
Interactive Achievement Awards 2008Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2008Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2008Overall Game of the Year Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2008PC Game of the Year Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2008Playstation Game of the Year Third Place
Game Developers Choice Awards 2008Technology Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2008Ultimate Game of the Year Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2008Xbox Game of the Year Runner Up
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2009Action & Adventure Nominee
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2009Artistic Achievement Nominee
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2009Best Game Nominee
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2009GAME Award of 2008 Winner
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2009Gameplay Winner
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2009Multiplayer Nominee
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2009Story & Character Winner
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2009Use of Audio Nominee

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ESRB Description:
Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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