Sunday 13 January, 2008
This game was truly amazing! The single player mode consists of intense modern warfare scenarios throughout the world as you alternate between the two main characters, USMC Sergeant Paul Jackson, and SAS Sergeant "Soap" Mactavish. This game is a first person shooter, in which the player must follow objectives in order to save the world from the threat of a nuclear apocalypse. The multiplayer mode is pretty intense as well, offering typical multiplayer scenarios such as "free-for-all" and "team deathmatch". A few original scenarios are offered as well such as "sabotage" and "oldcore". The basic multiplayer objective is to kill as many opponents as possible, while dying the least amount of times yourself. Multiplayer can be played with opponents online, or with friends at your house.
The game plays through much like a movie, seamlessly connecting the storylines of the two main characters. Playing off of the current middle-eastern conflicts, as well as references to cold war russia, COD 4 gives the player an enjoyable experience, connecting past, present, and what could happen.
The storyline starts off with the player playing as a British Sergeant, "Soap" Mactavish raiding a ship in the Bering Strait with his team, looking for a nuclear device that is supposed to be on board. Your team learns that a russian terrorist by the name of Imran Zakhaev is stockpiling nuclear weapons and has helped to overthrow a fictional middle eastern country. The U.S. sends forces in to stop the uprising as well as to locate Zakhaev and his comrade, Al-Asad. One of the soldiers sent in to the action is Sergeant Paul Jackson, who is the other main playable character. The british SAS forces are trying to locate the enemy leaders as well. The rest of the game takes the player around the world, as well as into the past, right after the Chernobyl disaster where
terrorists are using nuclear technology found at the meltdown site.
This game has a lot of social interaction even in single player, because there is just so much going on. An onlooker would be just as into the game as the player, in awe of all the explosions and dangers going on all around the character. Multiplayer has even more social interaction, whether it is online or 1 on 1. Headsets allow players to communicate around the world, to taunt one another, or to give tactical orders.
This game was a lot of fun for me and appeals greatly to fans of first person shooters or wartime games. This game appealed to me for its realism and the intensity of the missions as well as the intensity of the multiplayer scenarios. It feels like you are actually in the game, with its amazing graphics and gameplay.