Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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Computer Platform: Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
Produced by: Activision
Price Range: $51-60
Age level: Mature Teen to Adult
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Patches / Upgrades: Occasional Patches

     Reviewed By: Zack Gilbert

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Rating: 2 of 5 (poor)
Gameplay: 5 of 5 (excellent)
Violence: 1 of 5 (extreme)
Adult Content: 2 of 5 (heavy)

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The Call of Duty (COD) series released by Activision has quickly become a favorite amongst fans of all different styles of shooters. Activision has delivered an intense gaming experience ever since the release of their first game of the series, simply titled Call of Duty. The games have only gotten better as time goes on, and I must say Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat has surpassed all the previous games to this series.

First off I’d like to say I have played every Call of Duty game released to date, and this has to be my favorite. The voice overs, the graphics, and the attention to detail is superb. In one mission you are flying in a helicopter at night time with rain whizzing by you. I was blown back at the detail in everything. One of my favorite things was your captain puffs on a cigar as you fly in, and the cigar gets brighter and dimmer with each puff. This may not seem like much, but it just goes to show Activision’s commitment to deliver a realistic game.

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With that said, this game is not suitable for kids especially, even most teens. This game is rated M for a reason. When you shoot an enemy you see a shot of blood spray from the wound. While playing online if you shoot an enemy in the head you see the bloody results on the wall behind them, or if you’re by them when they get shot you see blood spray out the back of their head. The game is not overly-graphic, but it is realistic. Language is also another factor to the M rating. The “f-word” is never used, but characters say s*** a handful of times as well as various word combinations using the word “bloody,” which here in America isn’t a big deal, but is used as sort of a curse word in England.

The gameplay is amazing, and the story line was very well written. You play as a member of the S.A.S. and a United States Marine. Your goal in the game is to hunt down a terrorist who killed the president of a middle eastern country. Things only get better when he detonates a nuclear warhead in the middle of a populated city. You later realize there is another, higher power in this operation and must hunt down and kill him. COD4 takes you through the cities of the middle east, and the woods of Russia in different campaigns.

Online is much worse. Although the gameplay is still amazing, the content goes beyond that of an M rated video game. Xbox live comes with a headset you can use to communicate with other players. This is all well and good until someone gets upset and starts spewing swear words and other obscenities not needed to be mentioned in this review. In single-player there is no sexual content, but online people can use quite vulgar and explicit language.

On a positive note, Activision has sought to expand the online play. Many players had requested that there be some kind of a rank system players go through, and weapons they can unlock. Activision has done this and more. You have ranks and guns to unlock, but you also have certain “challenges” to complete with the unlocking of a new rank. When you unlock a new gun the challenges are you must get a certain number of kills using it, and a certain number of head-shots. Other “challenges include shooting down a helicopter, calling in an air-strike, etc.

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This has to be one of my favorite video games. The content is quite heavy, but not overdone. I would not recommend this game for any teen under the age of 17 unless they are quite a bit more mature than their actual age. Online I have found there are players that are about 9 years old, and in my opinion they have no business being on it, or playing this game period. Parents with a 9 year old begging you to get this game for them I’d recommend that you pass. Otherwise I would definitely recommend this to any fan of first-person shooters!

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Year of Release — 2007

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