Call of Duty 4:

Call of Duty 4:
Rating
Overall:

For: Outstanding graphics, great single-player campaign & multiplayer Against: Arcade realism, scripted event dependence & linearity

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Price: $99
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Visually mindblowing, COD4 provides you with an enormous arsenal of real-world weapons to hack and chop at the seams of international terrorism.

Call of Duty 4 is one of the most anticipated first-person-shooters of 2007, and we’re happy to report that it doesn’t disappoint. In fact, if it had arrived earlier in the year, it would have been a strong contender for our game of the year. Visually mindblowing, it provides you with an enormous arsenal of real-world weapons to hack and chop at the seams of international terrorism, in two rich story threads that converge for the finale.

Cinematic flair abounds. In one moment, you’re in the interactive shoes of a captured president, violently dragged to his place of televised execution. Beyond that, it’s non-stop shooting in the creek-saturated boots of a British SAS section in the former USSR and the dust-caked goggles of a platoon of US Marines in the Middle East. So, what’s new?

In these battles, there’s now widespread material penetration; the modelling of bullets punching through insubstantial objects. This is a doff of the hat to realism, and it’s a nice improvement. Taking cover in the game doesn’t make use of a specific mechanism, as in GRAW 2 or Gears of War – you’ll rather need to duck, lie flat and stand up as required to peer over things. You also can’t really choose different directions of attack and retreat, or even slight detours. Thankfully, like the space-age Master Chief, your character can absorb unlimited bullets in his lifetime, just as long as he doesn’t take too many hits in a given five-second block of time. Fun takes priority over science.

CoD4 lacks the flexible-open areas and hence the choice of attack vector you’ll find in games like GRAW 2 and Medal of Honour: Airborne. Still, any complaints with CoD: 4 can really be distilled down into criticisms of the game style. While it’ll irk some military enthusiasts, and those who like really open-ended gameplay, the set pieces have been so immaculately constructed that anybody can immediately appreciate the hard work that’s gone into polishing this game. The fully rounded, extensive multiplayer mode is just delicious icing on the cake.

CoD: 4 is supposed to throw you into a relentless avalanche of action and suspense, and in this it flawlessly succeeds. If anything, the game’s near-seamless loading and rapid transitions between levels will have you accidentally staying up ‘til 5am after starting up “just a quick five-minute session”. But this just illustrates the game’s amazing magnetic draw and Infinity Ward’s ability to create a stunningly compelling world.

This Review appeared in the January, 2008 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine

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Comments: 11
charonis
27 March 2008
The singleplayer is great, albeit very short.

The multiplayer is fun to play during office hours though.


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Visually mindblowing, COD4 provides you with an enormous arsenal of real-world weapons to hack and chop at the seams of international terrorism.

What do you think?
Alistor
28 March 2008
Got my hands on the demo. It looks pretty good.
Invicta
28 March 2008
Single Player was definately one of the best I have ever played through,
havn't really had a chance to get into multiplayer as of yet.
I still give CoD2 multiplayer a run though =P
charonis
29 March 2008
CoD4 singleplayer was good fun (especially the Chernoybl bit.. although all it did was remind me of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.).

The only thing that got me though, I played and finished Crysis before playing CoD4, and it seemed like a step backward. Crysis you can destroy absolutely everything, and you can interact with everything, whereas in this, you can't do much at all besides blow up a car and kill people.

Just seemed like a backwards step in technology to me. Maybe I should've played CoD4 first.

Still an awesome game though don't get me wrong. Too bad CoD5 is going to be crap.
E=mc2
3 April 2008
Played the COD4 demo not 2 bad at all, albeit pretty linear is, the full any better? plan on buying,mainly for the multiplayer.
As for a step backwards, I'm still playing Deltaforce Extreme,love the open terrains
charonis
4 April 2008
The full version is pretty much the same as the demo I guess. Just bigger setpieces and more extravagant explosions.
Cyber Vandal
14 April 2008
yea great game.
DeathBySlinky
24 April 2008
COD4

Excellent Single-Player Campaign, especially the levels in the Helicopter using the Infra-Reds and the Heat Seekers, and also the level where you have to take out Isaac Zachaiev, or however it is spelt.

Multiplayer is one of the major drawbacks to this game. I mean, shooting through walls is cool in the single-player campaign, giving a feeling of skill, but in multiplayer this causes major camping. A camper with a singleshot could watch you run behind a wall and take you out through that wall. I mean c'mon! Get some skill. A total noob could run around with an assault rifle and just spam walls hoping to kill someone. IT TAKES NO SKILL TO SHOOT THROUGH A WALL!

Single-Player Friendly: Yes
Multiplayer Friendly: Only if you can live with being camped!!

Overall:

Graphics: 9/10 (wounds when hitting enemys could be nicer, so could the explosion when you kill one with a grenade or claymore)

Storyline: 10/10 (Excellent Story, assasinating a world-wide wanted man....Sounds like fun)

Sound: 9/10 (The explosions were a bit soft if you were just far enough away not to be hit)

Overall Mark Average: 9.3/10

Peace Out,
DeathBySlinky
blockcentre
8 May 2008
Invicta wrote:
I still give CoD2 multiplayer a run though =P


Best LAN game EVER. Maps in the desert are just brilliant. I can't remember the name of it as I haven't played it in ages, but the map with the white houses where you run around on the roof tops was the best multiplayer map I've ever played.

I haven't bought CoD4 yet - been holding off until I have time again to play games. Don't know when that will be though :(

Jake.f
4 May 2009
Im gonna get it for 360 soon.
jorgea
15 March 2012
I need to play the demo to get a good idea on this game.
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