This year along with the new addition to the COD series we also received Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered. Originally released 9 years ago, we take a look at how this remaster compares to the original game and whether it stands the test of time.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare was one of my favourite first person shooters on the Xbox 360 so I was over the moon to see that it would be receiving the remaster treatment this year. Whilst it may have been a contentious issue for many with it only being available as part of a bundle with Infinite Warfare, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be picking it up at launch.
First off I was slightly disappointed that we weren’t greeted with the introduction that the original game had but that aside seeing the box art appear on screen as the game loaded was a happy sight to behold. Back in 2007 Infinity Ward took an already popular series and turned it into one of the best and most popular first person shooter series with Call of Duty Modern Warfare. The fourth main line Call of Duty game took the series into the modern era and it soon became the go-to game for fans of the FPS genre.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered has been developed by Raven Software who also worked with Infinity Ward on the original game and to their credit they decided not to mess with the core gameplay. This is not just another standard remaster though. Whilst the visuals have received an obvious upgrade they’ve also overhauled the sound and the menus.
The campaign is a masterpiece that really puts to shame recent efforts and exposes just how poor the last handful of Call of Duty campaigns have been. The Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered campaign looks beautiful by today’s standards but once again does show the age of the game’s engine. The gameplay remains as solid as it was back in the day.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered reminds us just how many top quality missions the campaign had and they still to this day remain some of the best around. Playing though F.N.G, All Ghillied Up, Crew Expendable and Mile High Club offer some of the best moments you can experience in the first person genre.
The characters too are just as memorable as they were back when the game originally released. There is a special place in my heart for Captain Price and Soap MacTavish and I think it’s safe to say that there hasn’t been any characters in the Call of Duty series that have been able to get even close to how good these characters are.
There’s some nice Easter eggs included in the remastered campaign and overall I think it has stood the test of time extremely well. The Call of Duty Remastered multiplayer has received an equally impressive overhaul. Releasing with 10 multiplayer maps, followed by another six in December we get to fight it out on some of the best multiplayer maps the FPS genre has ever seen. To have so many top quality maps in one game is unlikely to happen again for a long time and they put modern efforts to shame.
Some of the glitches have received funny Easter eggs and the lesser known vantage points are all there for you to take advantage of. Raven have done a great job keeping the gameplay authentic and veterans of the original will feel right at home. The weapons all feel like they did and they have personality that the more recent COD games struggle to replicate.
The game also ships with many of the original faults that used to have the community locked into debate such as quick scoping, no scoping, camping and grenade spamming. It’s great to see the flaws back as they really make this remaster feel authentic. It’s so nice being able to play a Call of Duty title that has the gunplay front and centre again and this remaster really does expose the flaws with the futuristic COD titles.
The gameplay has stood the test of time very well and whilst it does at times show its age, all in all this game can easily compete with modern additions to the genre. The simple kill streaks and basic perk system keep your attention firmly focused on the weapons and the maps and developers would do well to take away that point from this game. When you get the gunplay and map design right you don’t need the ridiculous gimmicks that the future hopping titles have added.
Raven have added some new game modes and have given the menu screens a bit of sprucing up. You get to have a good look at your character. The music makes a welcome return as does the announcer. Everything is how it should be and the new additions don’t feel out of place.
The Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered is a fantastic piece of work and really puts its younger brother that it shipped with under the spotlight. I really hope we see other Modern Warfare titles receive the same remaster treatment and hopefully it’ll help persuade Activision to leave the future behind. I’m sure we will see the remaster release as a standalone at some point in the future but so far I haven’t felt too worried about how much I had to fork out to get my hands on the game.