A topic of interest I raised to the 4-One writing team last week is worth discussing with you guys. It’s something that has been plaguing my mind, and I don’t know if I’m thinking too much into it, or if it’s something you have been thinking as well. Maybe not, but here are the two sides to my question; should Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered be reviewed?
This week, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare hits the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. With it, if you buy the Deluxe version and above, is a digital copy of Modern Warfare Remastered. You can’t buy it standalone, you have to buy Infinite Warfare for $80 minimum in order to play the classic story and awesome multiplayer.
For that reason, I’m wondering, can the game be reviewed separately? If you can’t buy it on its own, and must buy Infinite Warfare, it’s considered a bundle. Am I right? In terms of reviews, Modern Warfare Remastered must be reviewed as part of Infinite Warfare.
What if reviews for Infinite Warfare are unfavourable, with the most redeeming feature being the bundled remaster? What if reviews say “Infinite Warfare isn’t worth your time, but buy it for Modern Warfare Remastered!” I doubt fans would be too pleased with that statement.
What if Infinite Warfare gets a ‘good’ review of 7 out of 10 on its own, but Modern Warfare Remastered brings it up to 8, or even 9 out of 10 on review sites? It would make Infinite Warfare look better than it is, assuming here the possibility that it doesn’t review well.
What if reviews for Modern Warfare Remastered are so good, that it gets 9s and 10s, but still you have to buy a game you’re not interested in?
Sure, a lot of people will be buying Infinite Warfare because they like the space setting, the wall running and the jetpacks, but the younger players in the gaming community may not have the same interest in the boots on the ground classic we all played those years ago. Modern Warfare may be dull and unappealing to the new generation of gamers, while a good lot of us will feel the opposite.
I’m sure Rob will review the game following its release later this week, but still I ask, should a remastered game, that is only available as part of a bundle (for now as far as we know), be reviewed as if it’s a standalone title?