‘Modern Warfare’ review: Infinity Ward tackles terrors of war


Photo courtesy of PC Gamer – SAS Captain John Price leads his squad on a stealth operation to take down terrorists in Camden Town in “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Infinity Ward “goes dark” and back into the present day after spending time in space in the “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Not to be confused with the entry released in 2007 of the same name, the franchise takes a soft reboot,

After “Black Ops 4’s” negative reception for its lack of content and microtransaction schemes, the “Call of Duty” franchise was in need of saving. With the return of a single-player campaign, this entry helps bring the series back to form all while stirring up some conversation.

The story takes place in 2019 where the terrorist group known as Al-Qatala plan to use chemical weapons to create mass destruction. This causes the CIA to team up with SAS to stop Al-Qatala to avoid causing World War III.

The game’s multiplayer similar to the old style of “Call of Duty” before all the futuristic stuff came into play. You have your entertaining modes, killstreaks and operators you can play as that is a fun time with your friends.

One criticism that has been pointed out were “campers” in each match, which are people who stay in one corner to easily target people. It’s a common issue that has been in every online multiplayer and doesn’t plague the game.

The main highlight is the single-player campaign. Fans will be pleased to see the return of Captain John Price, an iconic character in the original “Modern Warfare” trilogy. The game’s new characters Alex, Farrah and Kyle Garrick all have their place in the series that makes you get behind them when the action goes down.

Once you see the mature content warning before starting the campaign, you know you’re in for a big one as each level exemplifies the horrors of war. One stand-out sequence is a shootout in the streets of London against a terrorist group, forcing you to be careful as you try not to hit any civilians running in the line of fire.

Due to the realism depicted in the game, outcries rose on the subject matter shown in the game, such as the presentation of child soldiers, suicide bombers and the “Clean House” mission that depicted soldiers avoiding civilian collateral damage on a stealth operation.

Former U.S. Marine who is known on Twitter as Hot Takeman tweeted his rage after sitting on the game’s E3 panel, talking about how it caused him to relive the horrors of his time serving and how you can’t “digitize and slap that on a disc.”