I was pressured into buying this. It just so happens that the copy I bought of this was brand new. Considering how quickly I burn through money, this to me was an investment. Believe me, I don’t mind splashing out on a couple films here and a few games there. However, paying almost forty quid for a game I already have on a previous generation console was a big risk. Somehow, if this game is actually any good whatsoever, then I can sort of justify buying it. Let’s be fair, it’s just Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with a new coat of paint. But that can make or break a game, right? Still, read on for my Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered review.
Before I start the proper review, I haven’t played much of the multiplayer. There are several reasons for this. These include, but are not limited to; I am not very good at the game, I wanted to play the campaign, I don’t like playing online with other people. But for those out there that do want another multiplayer experience similar to that of the original, this is definitely the place to be. If anything, playing this game made me realise how fun Call of Duty used to be. None of the gimmicks the series has right now, just some good, basic fun.
Oh, wait, I spoke too soon. The gimmicks of the newer games found their way into this. Supply drops and DLC weapons are alive and well. Honestly it really does detract from a game when DLC is the way forwards to winning. Honestly it does feel like a genuine slap in the face. So maybe that’s one of the reasons I stayed away from the multiplayer. It has become the same mess that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has become.
Do a quick check before you play this game. Dig out your old copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Is the disc still there? Does the disc still fit into your Xbox 360? If it does, then you already own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Seriously, I understand the appeal of a remastered classic, why else would I have bought this? But the problem for me is that games like this are just made for a quick buck. As the formerly mentioned supply drops will tell you, it seems like the multiplayer is out of bounds for me. With that in mind, I just stuck to the single player mode.
I’ve stepped away from achievement hunting lately, actually gaming as a whole is a bit alien to me now. Although my focus on film has taken over when and what I play, I felt right at home with this game. Playing through and getting the achievements I unlocked nearly a decade a go was a very nice feeling. Some of the achievements are basically identical, with others being added into the game to balance it out. With that in mind, a nice amount of Easter eggs and nods to famous moments of the franchise are included. Honestly I didn’t realise until today that when Gaz shoots open the door, it’s a reference to Aliens (1986).
Aside from direct quotes ripped out of eighties action films, what can Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered offer? Well, the campaign of the original game is very much there and almost untouched. I say almost, because some very new and cool stuff has been added into the game. Remember in the mission “F.N.G.” where you could go through an obstacle course? It wasn’t necessary, it was merely a background decoration. Well, with this game, you can in fact run that course, along with grenade training.
Nothing core to the campaign has been changed. Apart from a few graphical upgrades and nods to other pieces of media, the originality of the game is unscathed. I must say though, I do remember being a hell of a lot better at Call of Duty than this. Somehow my accuracy has slipped beyond recognition and it’s like I’m trying to fire my weapon on a merry-go-round. That’s not the game’s fault, I don’t think, I’m pretty sure it’s entirely me.
Graphically speaking, the game has improved to unbelievable lengths. I’m genuinely rather impressed by the looks of this game. Every single blade of grass has been revamped to look absolutely perfect. Believe me, I checked. Major set pieces of the game are literally given new life because of how up to date and realistic they look. Scenes including the opening to the first United States mission are some of the highlights of how good the game looks.
At the end of it all, I’m sort of glad I bought Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Like I previously mentioned, this game was a huge part of growing up for me. If anything it was really nice to see one of my childhood games ported over to the Xbox One. If anything, that was the appeal, right? Seeing a classic game get re-released seems to be a normal thing nowadays. I suppose if we’re going to embrace this new trend then we should have some good games to do it with.
The new age of gaming is upon us. Instead of risking things with new IPs, the money seems to be in revamping old classics. Considering one of the only reasons people bought Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare initially was to play this, I’d expect there to be an influx of remastered games. It’s a smart idea, you can guarantee people are going to like it. If it worked for Halo: The Master Chief Collection then it can certainly work for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. By all means, one of the better current generation ports we will see for a very long while.
But when it comes down to the game itself, it’s still very fun. It manages to capture what fun I had with the original and stick it neatly into this game. But along with that it also brings the modern tropes and gimmicks we’ve had to come to expect and loathe. Long story short, very grateful we’ve got this remastered experience, but it’d be nicer without the bullshit supply drops.