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Call of Duty 4 on Xbox 360: Review

With the semi-recent release of Halo 3, one might think it would be dominating Xbox Live. Not so. Before this game, many other games like the situs judi casino online have dominated the scene for ardent gamers who played it with much fun. 

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare took over the #1 spot on the weekly Xbox Live activity list, according to Larry Hyrb’s popular blog, MajorNelson.com. The surge past Halo 3 isn’t a fluke. Many Xbox 360 owners would agree: if you haven’t bought the game yet, it undoubtedly deserves your $60.

The Call of Duty 4 developers decided to move away from the tired genre of World War II games and step in a modern setting. The result tuned out to be brilliant.

COD4’s single player campaign takes the player through destructed cities, abandoned buildings, open fields, and many other settings. Every detail is accounted for on these intricately constructed maps, and the graphics look superb all throughout the campaign mode. Explosions look fabulous, gunfire is as realistic as ever, and enemies and squadmates respond to their environment well. In nearly every chapter of the single player campaign, the player has at least one AI teammate fighting with him. Although the teammate NPCs aren’t killing machines, they’ll often help the player out with much needed cover fire or well-placed deadly shots. Ultimately, however, the player is forced to eliminate most of the enemies himself.

When played on some of the higher difficulty levels, Call of Duty can be frustratingly hard at times. Although it’s easy to breeze through some area of the level, most campaign sections have at least one major battle that leaves the player angry, trying to formulate a new strategy. Once beaten, however, these sections prove to be thoroughly rewarding.

The campaign storyline is intense and gripping, and each single player chapter has a cliffhanger ending, making it difficult to end your playing session and refrain from continuing to another level. A series of catastrophic events characterize the addicting storyline. Each plot twist increases the intensity even more. The storyline of Call of Duty 4 is truly one of the best gamers have seen in a first person shooter in a long time.

The one thing that slightly annoyed me about the campaign was the constant swapping of characters. In one chapter, you’ll be playing as one soldier in a certain city, then you’ll switch over to a different soldier in the very next level. This is present in every Call of Duty game so far, but it seems that once you get used to fighting as a certain soldier in a certain setting, you’re quickly whisked away to play as another character. It interrupts the flow of the game slightly, but overall it doesn’t hurt the game significantly.

Single player is fun for a while, but the real longevity of Call of Duty 4 comes in its ingenious multiplayer mode. Several gametypes are available to play, including “Free For All,” “Team Deathmatch”, “Domination” (similar to “territories” in Halo), “Search and Destroy” (like “assault” from Halo, but with no respawns), “Team Tactical” (3 vs. 3), and more. Although some gametypes are more fun to play than others, it’s worth it to give them all a try.

Multiplayer plays similar to single player, except obviously, the player is facing live opponents. Many of the 16 maps have the same setting as the single player campaign, and the surroundings are strikingly similar. To be honest, I personally only like a few of the maps, as most of them become monotonous to play. Several maps, including the notorious “Wetwork” and “The Bloc” maps, are very often vetoed by players attempting to avoid playing them. However, new maps from Infinity Ward are likely on the way to Xbox Live users.

The leveling system of Call of Duty 4’s multiplayer mode is also superb. In order to “level up,” a player must gain points. Points can be achieved by completing challenges, winning games, or simply killing opponents. Once certain levels are reached, guns, new challenges, and more, are unlocked. When a good amount of time is devoted to playing COD4, it becomes rather easy to level up. Although the levels stop at 55, “prestige mode” allows the level ranking fun continue. When activated, “prestige mode” starts the player over at level 1. In return, gamers receive a shiny new symbol next to their name.

Call of Duty 4’s multiplayer mode has an excellent user base, which will allow it to remain as one of the most active Xbox Live games for months to come. If patches and new maps come soon, it will only improve on what it already is: one of the best Xbox 360 mutliplayer and single player games to date.