Disturbingly realistic warfare and cinematic storytelling returns in the latest title in the Call Of Duty saga, bringing an online battleground reminiscent of the cult battle royale game Fortnight.
Activision's Infinity Ward studio recently released the latest game in one of the most popular first-person action franchise, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Amid much fanfare, the launch was marred by technical glitches that left fans frustrated due to server outages over hours.
The Call Of Duty franchise, which started in 2003 with games set in World War II, has expanded its settings to the Cold War, modern times, the distant future, and outer space. In total, more than 300 million copies have been sold worldwide.
The franchise has long been known for its disturbingly life-like visuals and exceptional cinematic design, and Modern Warfare, the 16th instalment, is no exception.
Players take on the role of the operators in a gritty, modern-day story of "a heart-racing saga that will affect the global balance of power," according to Activision. As the title suggest, it revolves around present-day warfare with much violence and atrocities wrapped into the story.
As ever, it's rated for mature audiences.
For the first time in the game's history, Modern Warfare features cross-platform play, which allows players to compete with their friends regardless of which platform they're playing on – XBox, PlayStation or PC.
Also, the much-maligned "loot boxes", which are a form of in-game microtransaction raking money from players, have been ditched in favour of a Battle Pass system.
The game features three modes of play: an action-packed competitive multiplayer mode, a tactical and cooperative special ops mode, and a solo-player campaign. The stories in all three modes are interconnected.
In the Campaign mode, single players engage across three characters in a fictional but life-like covert operation alongside a diverse cast of international special forces and freedom fighters throughout iconic European cities and volatile expanses of the Middle East.
It features multiple difficulty options, from a fresh Recruit to a seasoned Veteran. The players go through an immersive, reflexive storyline that requires thinking, skill and judgement to navigate some of the issues and challenges of warfare in the modern age.
The gameplay includes a variety of different play styles, like close-quarter combat, stealth missions and long-range fighting.
Meanwhile the online multiplayer mode offers a variety of fun and competitive modes with loads of customisation options, including the opportunity to play against other players in the online battleground, which is a bit like Fortnite.
There's also a new cooperative play mode with strategic co-op missions. They are all available on a variety of maps based on locales within the Modern Warfare universe.
The world of Special Ops is a dynamic cooperative experience in which four-player strike-teams have to work together against the clock to stop a new global threat.
Players can also continue the single campaign's story through operations or conduct missions, which are shorter-timed gameplay designed to be played repeatedly. There's also a survival mode that is exclusive to PlayStation 4.
Modern Warfare's fully-optimised PC version is available on thebattle.net, Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming platform.
The name Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare should not be confused with Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, a 2007 release which has nothing to do with the latest game.
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the 2011 iteration of the latest game, is among the top-20 best-selling video games with more than 26 million copies across multiple platforms. We won't have to wait long to see if the new version will top that. – dpa
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