Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Review Round-Up

By Heidi Nicholas,
Arguably one of the most anticipated titles of this year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is out today. Not many have managed to get their hands on a copy early enough to review it, as it seems that those outlets which have, attended a specific press event. For this reason, we don't have a review yet, as we're waiting for our copy. Sean's ready to dig into Modern Warfare the minute our copy arrives and bring you his thoughts as soon as possible. Despite this, a few reviews are beginning to pop up, mostly focussing on the campaign as multiplayer hadn't yet been experienced. So far, it looks as though Modern Warfare is holding its own. Below, you can see a roundup of the reviews so far, with the platform or specification included where possible.

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  • GamesRadar+: 4/5 " Infinity Ward has undoubtedly succeeded in assembling a blockbuster action game quite unlike any other. On the whole, it's a tightly scripted and excellently executed experience."
  • PC Gamer: 80% "...it's Modern Warfare's moments of unfamiliarity that impressed me—rebuilt weapon handling, ambitious new multiplayer modes, and characters that aren’t the cookie-cutter operatives we've seen in the last decade." Reviewed on: Nvidia GTX 2080, Intel I9-7900X, 32GB RAM
  • PC Games N: 8/10 "While not every multiplayer addition is as good as it could be, Modern Warfare’s campaign sets a new gold standard for the series that will be hard for sequels to match."
  • Gamespot: 7/10 (Review in progress) "Modern Warfare makes old observations and presents them with new flourishes. Those new flourishes do make for a good campaign and solid multiplayer. But it's when Modern Warfare asks you to think harder that it falls short."
  • Game Informer: 8.75/10 "Developer Infinity Ward takes big chances in both multiplayer and the single-player campaign, and while some of the ideas hit with deadly precision, others fall flat." Reviewed on PlayStation 4
  • Windows Central: 4/5 "Modern Warfare feels like a return to form that made Infinity Ward such a name in first-person games."
  • Daily Star: 4/5 "Call of Duty Modern Warfare is a tight shooter that hits most of the parts you expect from a AAA shooter, but some of its obsessions leave a bitter taste in the mouth." Reviewed on PS4
  • The Daily Dot: 4/5 "The Modern Warfare reboot is a much-needed injection of the intimate, tense action heroics that made the original a defining experience." Reviewed on PlayStation 4 Pro
  • Metacritic: Metascore of 86/100
We'll bring you our own review as soon as we can.

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Check out our Best Xbox One First-Person Shooters Available in 2019 article for a compilation of other great games in this genre.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!
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  • p1zZaBiTp1zZaBiT877,783
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 12:34Permalink
    Next comes the mp achievements and micro transactions
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 12:45Permalink
    Reviewers are paid off so they are worthless, cant wait for inevitable greed
  • FORTE IS KINGFORTE IS KING1,236,439
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 13:40Permalink
    PSYCHADELICACE said:
    Reviewers are paid off so they are worthless, cant wait for inevitable greed
    They have already changed how they handle post launch support. They have no season pass or loot boxes planned. They will have a battlepass of sorts. That isn't greed. It is a company trying to make money. Name 1 company that doesn't have a game with microtransactions, loot boxes, seasonal passes or some kind or "pass"? You know that they are in the business of making money right? They have shareholders to think about. This COD has the most content in the base game that I can remember in the past 5 years at least.
  • cortana1cortana139,873
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 13:43Permalink
    The campaign is the best by far.Not a mindless shooter,deep,dark and extremely realistic of real world conflicts.To real people may say,but it's the truth about terrorism and how wars are fought.If you can't handle it,you shouldn't be playing cod.Which in the beginning of the cod series,was based on real events during the war.World at war had footage of and prisoner being shot in the head.This is the realities of war.
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 14:00Permalink
    Well... it is the same dumb shooting gallery with ingame cutscenes and chaotic hollywood action as always roll

    But hey... its CoD!!!! All aboard the hype train
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 14:19Permalink
    I'd rate it a 0/10 so far, since it bricks One X's.
  • WobbloWobblo502,525
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 15:13Permalink
    FORTE IS KING said:
    Name 1 company that doesn't have a game with microtransactions, loot boxes, seasonal passes or some kind or "pass"?
    There are quite a few.

    FORTE IS KING said:
    You know that they are in the business of making money right?
    Do you think Call of Duty was not profitable before microtransactions and shady business practices?

    I think the main issue here is that, at launch, there are no microtransactions so the reviews (which are consulted by gamers for years to come) cannot mention them. After the review cycle has finished, they fill the game with manipulative microtransactions, which is a big issue for some people. Whilst they aren't in the game now, they almost certainly will be. If they had the audacity to do this to Crash Team Racing, you bet your bottom dollar they will do this to their biggest franchise. This is deliberate. They are purposely withholding part of the game so it doesn't get reviewed. It's embarrassingly transparent. This is not for the benefit of the gamer.

    It blows my mind that people are happy to support multibillion dollar companies' shady business practices. Publishers forcing developers to corrupt their game franchises by prioritising monitisation over gamer satisfaction, working out which parts of the game they can carve out and sell back to you later at a premium, remastering old games and then re-selling you the DLC again at a more expensive price than before (rather than most remasters that include all content), all the while they are siphoning billions of dollars in unpaid tax (https://www.taxwatchuk.org/activision_blizzard_tax_avoidance...) - none of this benifits the gamer and anyone defending it simply does not care about the quality of games and would rather allow unchecked capitalism corrupt the industry.
  • bLaKgRaVybLaKgRaVy537,158
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 15:40Permalink
    FORTE IS KING said:
    PSYCHADELICACE said:
    Reviewers are paid off so they are worthless, cant wait for inevitable greed
    They have already changed how they handle post launch support. They have no season pass or loot boxes planned. They will have a battlepass of sorts. That isn't greed. It is a company trying to make money. Name 1 company that doesn't have a game with microtransactions, loot boxes, seasonal passes or some kind or "pass"? You know that they are in the business of making money right? They have shareholders to think about. This COD has the most content in the base game that I can remember in the past 5 years at least.
    Ratalaika games don't have any of that. wink
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 16:26Permalink
    Honestly, the game is so good. I played WW2 and it sucked, but this one has not disappointed yet. MP needs some improvements but I am going to enjoy it as the gun play is great.

    As an equities analyst people here thinking Activision should just release a game and all content for free really don't understand business. Game development is not a hobby, its a business and business models need scalability beyond units sold. This game has a lot of content that will keep tons of people coming to the game.

    Wobblo, if you're using a Microsoft or Apple product to type your message you've already supported tax shelters. This practice is nothing new. Apple had $200 billion in tax havens but that has since come back to the states after Trump lowered the repatriation tax from 35% to 14%, thus benefiting America.

    Activision is here to make money, not please you with free content.
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 17:16Permalink
    FORTE IS KING said:
    PSYCHADELICACE said:
    Reviewers are paid off so they are worthless, cant wait for inevitable greed
    They have already changed how they handle post launch support. They have no season pass or loot boxes planned. They will have a battlepass of sorts. That isn't greed. It is a company trying to make money. Name 1 company that doesn't have a game with microtransactions, loot boxes, seasonal passes or some kind or "pass"? You know that they are in the business of making money right? They have shareholders to think about. This COD has the most content in the base game that I can remember in the past 5 years at least.
    Youre unbelievably naive if you think they arent going to pull some greedy bs.
  • MemesNBeerMemesNBeer119,083
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 17:28Permalink
    FORTE IS KING said:
    PSYCHADELICACE said:
    Reviewers are paid off so they are worthless, cant wait for inevitable greed
    They have already changed how they handle post launch support. They have no season pass or loot boxes planned. They will have a battlepass of sorts. That isn't greed. It is a company trying to make money. Name 1 company that doesn't have a game with microtransactions, loot boxes, seasonal passes or some kind or "pass"? You know that they are in the business of making money right? They have shareholders to think about. This COD has the most content in the base game that I can remember in the past 5 years at least.
    You do realize they said the same thing for Black Ops 4 and added loot boxes a few months later after the reviews were in right?
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 19:21, Edited on 25 October 19 at 19:29 by Stinky Big BudsPermalink
    I've had 2 hard crashes in the last hour :( I think the problem is when you try and play with friends as I played a while last night solo with no issues at all, there is definitely a problem they need to sort out.

    I don't know about the SP I won't play that for a while yet.

    As for the MTs and lootboxes and greedy stuff, trust me it will come it always does with CoD.

    I just realised this was a bit negative so i'll add I really like the MP and don't mind playing solo so apart from the crashes I would give it a quick 8/10 maybe from what little i've played, I really enjoyed it last night.
  • capicawlcapicawl536,485
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 19:43, Edited on 25 October 19 at 19:44 by capicawlPermalink
    I can firmly say that ratalaika doesn’t publish games with microtransactions. 👍🏼
  • j wizitej wizite423,742
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 20:46, Edited on 27 October 19 at 16:11 by j wizitePermalink
    Wobblo said:
    FORTE IS KING said:
    Name 1 company that doesn't have a game with microtransactions, loot boxes, seasonal passes or some kind or "pass"?
    There are quite a few.

    FORTE IS KING said:
    You know that they are in the business of making money right?
    Do you think Call of Duty was not profitable before microtransactions and shady business practices?

    I think the main issue here is that, at launch, there are no microtransactions so the reviews (which are consulted by gamers for years to come) cannot mention them. After the review cycle has finished, they fill the game with manipulative microtransactions, which is a big issue for some people. Whilst they aren't in the game now, they almost certainly will be. If they had the audacity to do this to Crash Team Racing, you bet your bottom dollar they will do this to their biggest franchise. This is deliberate. They are purposely withholding part of the game so it doesn't get reviewed. It's embarrassingly transparent. This is not for the benefit of the gamer.

    It blows my mind that people are happy to support multibillion dollar companies' shady business practices. Publishers forcing developers to corrupt their game franchises by prioritising monitisation over gamer satisfaction, working out which parts of the game they can carve out and sell back to you later at a premium, remastering old games and then re-selling you the DLC again at a more expensive price than before (rather than most remasters that include all content), all the while they are siphoning billions of dollars in unpaid tax (https://www.taxwatchuk.org/activision_blizzard_tax_avoidance...) - none of this benifits the gamer and anyone defending it simply does not care about the quality of games and would rather allow unchecked capitalism corrupt the industry.
    It’s all greedy. Instead of letting a quality game speak for itself they place indirect play to win tactics in all of there latest games. Have not touched COD since BO3. That was the end for me. The way they pimped the Gobble Gum micro transactions was a disgrace. They made the Easter eggs so hard you either had to fork up an additional 500 hours of worthless boosting or pay $100s of real money for the pay to win Gobble Gums. DirtBags got me for almost $300. Hope it was worth it for them bc I’ll never pay for another COD game again.
  • j wizitej wizite423,742
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 20:49Permalink
    capicawl said:
    I can firmly say that ratalaika doesn’t publish games with microtransactions. 👍🏼
    Making money for these companies overrides any type of morale business practices bud.
  • j wizitej wizite423,742
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 20:53Permalink
    PSYCHADELICACE said:
    FORTE IS KING said:
    PSYCHADELICACE said:
    Reviewers are paid off so they are worthless, cant wait for inevitable greed
    They have already changed how they handle post launch support. They have no season pass or loot boxes planned. They will have a battlepass of sorts. That isn't greed. It is a company trying to make money. Name 1 company that doesn't have a game with microtransactions, loot boxes, seasonal passes or some kind or "pass"? You know that they are in the business of making money right? They have shareholders to think about. This COD has the most content in the base game that I can remember in the past 5 years at least.
    Youre unbelievably naive if you think they arent going to pull some greedy bs.
    You want us to think about how millionaire shareholders feel.... I just can’t.....I can’t say anymore. Sorry. I’m speechless.....
  • capicawlcapicawl536,485
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 21:24Permalink
    j wizite said:
    capicawl said:
    I can firmly say that ratalaika doesn’t publish games with microtransactions. 👍🏼
    Making money for these companies overrides any type of morale business practices bud.
    The joke and my sarcasm clearly went right over your head.
  • EarthboundXEarthboundX1,107,595
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 21:56Permalink
    PSYCHADELICACE said:
    Reviewers are paid off so they are worthless, cant wait for inevitable greed
    I assume you have evidence to back that up right?
  • j wizitej wizite423,742
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 23:23Permalink
    EarthboundX said:
    PSYCHADELICACE said:
    Reviewers are paid off so they are worthless, cant wait for inevitable greed
    I assume you have evidence to back that up right?
    rock
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