This scooped the award for best military game at the recent Spike video game awards in the US, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s perhaps the best first-person shooter ever made, better even than this year’s blockbuster, Halo 3.
Ditching the usual World War II scenario, Call of Duty’s makers have embraced the “modern warfare” ethos, plunging players into a world of terrorism, fundamentalism and WMDs as an SAS recruit or a seasoned US Marine. The SAS missions are all brutal efficiency while the Marine levels are a tour de force of thunderous mayhem.
Despite the single player campaign only lasting about eight hours, the multiplayer options add almost unlimited longevity with a smart roleplay-style system giving you improved weapons and abilities and frenetic online challenges. The graphics and sound are also truly next-gen.
Brutal, intelligent, elegant and adult, COD4: Modern Warfare is the future of gaming.