Answering Call of Duty …with new twists

By Hiren Mistry

The relaunch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare quenches the thirst of gamers worldwide with its jaw-dropping visuals, chilling action sequences and unbelievably real effects. 

The title is the return of the original version launched in 2007, with the same story set up and characters, albeit with new game features and updates such as a Realism mode that removes all of the HUD and Ground War mode that supports 64 players. It all makes it more gripping and real.

Its much-awaited relaunch on October 25 certainly called for a thrilling introduction and Modern Warfare, by Infinity Ward and published by Activision, was unveiled at the SkyDive Dubai Desert Dropzone where gamers were invited to lock horns in the multiplayer game.

It is not wrong to say that this one is the best first-person shooters since Call of Duty 4. You will be joining British SAS and American CIA operatives and will fight alongside them to help rebel forces from the fictional country of Urzikstan to fight against Russian invaders. Its popular character SAS Captain John Price along with local police forces set to recover shipments of chemical gas which the hostiles escape with. CIA officer Alex’s handler, Station Chief Kate Laswell, seeks the help of Captain Price in recovering the chemicals and de-escalating the tense situation with Russia.

While the game’s Special Ops mode features cooperative play missions that follow up the campaign’s story, the multiplayer mode supports cross-platform multiplayer for the first time in the series.

Modern Warfare’s single-player campaign puts weight on realism and moral choices on the basis of which the player is evaluated and assigned a score at the end of each level. While in its multi-player campaign allows more tactical gameplay that includes a focus on map exploration, ‘door breaching’ and Realism mode removes all the on-screen information, leaving you to go ahead depending on your own memory and senses.

Multiplayer will also see the elimination of the mini-map, which is now replaced by compass-style marker and visual cues to detect if characters are friends or foes. Here, the score is evaluated on the basis of kills instead of rewards based on score.

Another new thing is the photorealistic cinematic experience and the intricate details that the player sees in-game like the magnificent flames of fire, smoke from gunshots and burning vehicles. The environment in the game is so real it successfully makes the player feel the war is real — you are a fighter.

For the first time too, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare allows cross-play and cross-progression to players on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. CoD fans, get those controllers ready for another thrilling adventure.

hiren@khaleejtimes.com

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