Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009, Action Shooter, PS3) – 9/10 game review

Cast / crew
Director: Jason West

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

Single player: Take on the role of a contemporary American soldier fighting against Russian invaders on American soil and a British commando fighting some other dudes somewhere else. Ah, yes, a plot. Modern Warfare 2 has one. That explains all that. Sort of.

Online multiplayer: classic multiplayer modes are bolstered by a robust and lengthy rewards system involving perks, equipment and levelling.

Spec Ops: earn stars for tackling coop-focused missions (split-screen or online) at different difficulty levels. Most of them can also be played alone.

9/10

A remarkably non-sensical and poorly-presented story does nothing to diminish the totally incredible, perfect, genre-defining shooting experience that Infinity Ward delivers yet again. Add to this the usual roster of multiplayer goodness and a new coop mode and you’ve got an incredibly polished, superbly-animated action game which pushes all the right buttons but you might feel a little more manipulated and hit-over-the-head than before. The controversial and optional civilian massacre level is really bad in design, story and concept and simply should not have been included as-is for quality reasons.

This game contains two sexual swear words and graphic war violence, optional potentially disturbing massacre violence.

Classified 18 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 18 years and over.

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Call of Duty: World at War (2008, 360, PS3) – 9/10 World War II first-person shooter game review

Cast / crew
Creative Director: Corky Lehmkuhl
Gary Oldman: Sgt. Reznov
Kiefer Sutherland: Sgt. Roebuck

Call of Duty 5 Call of Duty: World at War (2008)

World War II: Russian Pvt. Dimitri Petrenko is pushing back the Germans to Berlin and American Private Miller is pushing back the Japanese to Okinawa.

9/10

Beautifully polished World War II first-person shooter which is atmospheric, extremely playable, very smooth and controls, looks, animates and sounds brilliant. There’s only one real complaint (aside from a couple of dispiriting bugs which require level restarts) and it’s an old one: disagreeably obvious infinite spawning soldiers who direct 90% of their fire directly into any orifice they choose whether they are looking at you or not, whether they are holding a weapon or not, whether you knew you were going to pop out or not, whether they’re on fire or not, whether they’re dead or not, whether they’re being run over by a tank or not, whether they’re being riddled with your bullets or not, whether a grenade has just exploded in their face or not. Hardened is great fun as it is really tough and satisfying but, unlike Veteran, you don’t get punished for your lack of clairvoyance skills. What is always good about the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty World War II games is that you never forget that this was a real conflict in which real people died real horribly. The ease with which you die, even though it’s a game (you can take three or more bullets which is rather more generous than real-life) becomes, rightfully, a slightly sobering experience.

This Call of Duty game contains sexual swear words and extremely graphic gun violence, graphic blade, fire and melee violence, extremely unpleasant scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.
Classified Violence by PEGI. Game contains depictions of violence.
Classified Bad Language by PEGI. Game contains bad language.
Classified 18+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for adults who have reached the age of 18 or over..

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007, PlayStation 3) – 10/10 contemporary military first person shooter game review

Cast / crew
Project Lead: Jason West
Engineering Lead: Richard Baker
Engineering Lead: Robert Field
Engineering Lead: Francesco Gigliotti
Engineering Lead: Earl Hammon, Jr.
Design Lead: Todd Alderman
Design Lead: Steve Fukuda
Design Lead: Mackey McCandlish
Writer: Jesse Stern
Writer (Additional): Steve Fukuda
Writer (Story): Todd Alderman
Writer (Story): Steve Fukuda
Writer (Story): Mackey McCandlish
Writer (Story): Zied Rieke
Writer (Story): Jesse Stern
Writer (Story): Jason West
Producer: Mark Rubin

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)

Single player: tackle terrorism in a contemporary battlefield as the world’s armed forces unite to remove a common enemy in a politically unstable country.

Multiplayer: employ all your guile, skill and persistence and work your way up from a lowly private with stock weapons by partaking in various wargames against other people from around the world.

10/10

As good as first person shooters get whose only minor fault is that it sometimes feels like the action happens with or without you. This is utterly spectacular, beautifully paced, gorgeous to look at and listen to and, critically, features pitch-perfect controls and instant all-enveloping atmosphere. And who knew that being able to shoot through certain materials would be so rewarding? Even when the game is over, the goodness doesn’t end with a wry rap stressing the fact that Call of Duty 3 isn’t an Infinity Ward game, a bonus level set on an airplane (“Don’t call me Shirley.”) and a never-ending and worthwhile multiplayer component.

This game contains a single sexual swear word, mild swear words and extended graphic war violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.
Classified 16+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 16 or over..
Classified Violence by PEGI. Game contains depictions of violence.
Classified Bad Language by PEGI. Game contains bad language.

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