Many of our readers may frequently ask themselves, “I wonder what the great Tasty Nades’ goals, dreams, and aspirations are? Does he want to own his own yacht? Does he want to have a posse of strippers follow him around and hand distribute grapes into his mouth?” Nope! My friends, playing Call of Duty 4 as if it was in its prime is one of my goals – a fantasy of sorts. So, needless to say, when I heard about this “Remastered Call of Duty 4” I was truly harder than a sack of bricks floating in the Arctic Ocean. I had so many questions and concerns. Was it going to include all the new fancy jet packs and wall running garbage? What were they going to add to it? Or was it simply going to be same? Time to get some answers to these questions.
Blue Ball Score: 22 out of 25 balls
Gameplay was pretty much identical to the old Call of Duty 4. The controls were simple with the D-pad getting the most action. I mean, after all, the “D” pad typically gets the most action anyways right? Unless you’re married I suppose…
Anyway, moving on, the overall feel of the game was a bit different. Without getting into too much details, the multiplayer had a totally different feel. Perhaps it is because I am older with slower reflexes, but it seemed like more people camped and sniped a lot more. But, that can be discussed more in depth later.
The mechanics of the game were slightly improved, but still had an “old school” feel. Movements in general truly felt like an older Call of Duty. That being said, the mechanics and movements weren’t ultra-realistic like modern day games. To some this may be a disappointment, but the whole point is to have Call of Duty 4 REMASTERED. If the mechanics of the game were upgraded to be like current, modern-day games, it wouldn’t seem be the same game in my opinion.
In conclusion, “CoD 4: Remastered” felt like the original Cod4 with some slight modifications to the gameplay. They maintained the original feel of the game, kept the controls identical, and did not incorporate all the fancy wall running, dolphin diving, and slippery sliding garbagio’! So, to be fair, the mechanics could have been slightly more realistic, but I am glad they kept them old school. For these reasons I give this section a 5/5 balls.
As mentioned above, the mechanics and feel of the game was pretty much kept the same. And the campaign was no exception. The missions were exactly the same, the storyline was exactly the same, and the characters we all came to love (Captain Price was my ninja!).
With modern day Call of Duty games, it seems like the warfare is much more vertical, chaotic, and insane. With drones flying around everywhere, grenades that follow you around, and wall running up skyscrapers, it almost seems impossible to take a breath while playing a mission. Fortunately, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered brings back the classic “boots on ground” feel. CoD 4: Remastered truly feels like the grounded warfare we came to know, love, and learn our skills from.
One thing worth mentioning here is that the graphics in the campaign specifically were drastically improved. Everything looked much more realistic. This will be discussed more in-depth later, but I couldn’t hold it in anymore.
Improved graphics coupled with an untouched campaign and feel, lead this section to receive a perfect 5/5 balls.
But! Focusing on the bright side here, it is back! A dream come true! The Cod 4 multiplayer is back in its original form. Yes, it is true. They did not add any jetpacks, dolphin dives, wall running, or even infinite sprinting. All you have are the old school perks, original class setups, and your skills. Of course, one thing worth mentioning is that the graphics have improved as well. Not as much as the campaign improved, but a slight improvement nevertheless.
Tasty Nades, did they add anything at all? Why, I am glad you asked. Infinity Ward did add a few small things to the multiplayer. To begin, they added in emblems and calling cards. This may seem like something small and minor, but it helped to add some customization to the game. One thing the original CoD lacked was customization and, as we all know, modern day gamers love customizing their experience. After all, the height of your eyebrows make a huge difference, right? Ignore any passive aggressive inferences that may or may not have been in that last remark.
Another addition to the multiplayer was in-game medals, such as “Kingslayer.” This helps empower gamers and encourage them throughout the game. It feels nice to be recognized that I killed the top player on the opposing team 5+ times. It doesn’t matter if they are 2 and 10…
For these reasons, the multiplayer gets another perfect 5/5 balls.
Let’s begin the discussion with graphics. The improvements to the graphics are most noticeable in the campaign. The characters looked a lot more realistic and little details were added, such as: wrinkles in the face and eye/mouth movements that coordinated seamlessly with the words spoken. Finally, the battle scenes and animations were heavenly. The fire, smoke, and guns looked like a current gen game, but with an “old school” feel.
Audio? There were some drastic changes here as well. Some of the characters’ voices was the same and some was different. I wish it was all 100% original and authentic, but I suppose we can’t get everything we want, eh? The firing noises of guns changed pretty drastically as well. I noticed this pretty quickly with my coveted MP5. The silenced MP5 sounded like an actual gun in the remastered edition! Imagine that!
I truly wish I could give a 100% yes, but that just isn’t the case. There were some aspects of the game that changed, but nothing major as you may have noted thus far. The primary issue is the gaming community as a whole. As my grand-pappy would say, “Times are different boy!” It seems that gamers just play a lot differently now. The maps are played a lot differently now.
From my experiences in “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered”, there are a lot more campers and snipers. Now, perhaps it is because the Great Tasty Nades is older with slower reflexes, or perhaps it is because the newer games have altered my overall style throughout the years, but it just doesn’t seem like the same multiplayer overall.
All this being said, it does serve as a nice throwback and a reminder to those younger gamers of what a true “Call of Duty” game should be. Thanks to Infinity Ward, there isn’t much that was altered where it completely changed the game itself. But, due to these new generation hoodlums, I am forced to give an honest 3/5 balls.
In conclusion, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered” is a must have for older gamers that are tired of all this chaos warfare. Infinity Ward did not add any of the new generation warfare techniques, change the game in a major way, and kept it true to its roots. The campaign is truly a remastered edition and the multiplayer isn’t far. The simple gameplay, upgraded graphics and audio, old school feel, and minor additions to the multiplayer lead this review to receive a grand total of 22 / 25 balls.