By Stan Rezaee
Nine years ago; Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare broke from its World War II roots and redefined the concept of the military shooter forever. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered restores one of the most iconic shooters to the standards of the Eight-Generation consoles while introducing this classic to a new generation of gamers.
Since then the series has taken players from the shadows of the Cold War to the battlefields of the future. As gamers prepare to take the fight to the cosmos, those who missed the good old days with Capt. Price and Sgt. Soap will enjoy returning back to where it all started with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
The world is in chaos with unrest in the Middle East while Russia is being torn apart by a civil war between the government forces against the Ultranationalists. All of this is just another day for Captain John Price and Sergeant John “Soap” MacTavish of the Special Air Service (SAS). Tensions in the Middle East reach a tipping point when the Ultranationalists back a coup that puts Khaled Al-Asad into power.
In response to the coup, US Marines are deployed to bring stability to the region and to capture Al-Asad. Meanwhile the SAS are deployed to help the Russian government and rescue one of their operatives. The situation becomes critical when its discovered that the Ultranationalists are lead by Imran Zakhaev (an arms dealer thought to have been killed by Price) and they have access to nuclear weapons.
Everything gamers remembered and loved about the original Modern Warfare has returned while every issue that was annoying has been fixed. Its still the same classic game that introduced us to memorable characters while giving players one of the best multiplayer experiences since Counter-Strike.
For the most part, the multiplayer game offers the same experience as the original with only a few changes. Old school gamers will notice a few minor changes made to the multiplayer experience such as a few new maps and some tweaks. This is actually an improvement over the original and allows fans to have a better gaming experience.
Modern Warfare Remastered does a great job of taking players to the battlefields of memory lane, but the enhanced graphics aren’t that visually appealing. There are moments when the updated visuals shine but for the most part they feel unpolished. Compared to the visual upgrades that BioShock or Skyrim received, Modern Warfare Remastered visually feels kind of dull by comparison.
So is it worth getting Infinite Warfare: Legacy Edition just for Modern Warfare Remastered? The answer is yes because despite its shortcomings, old school gamers will love returning to the original while a new audience will get to experience one of the most influential shooters.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered allows players to go back to when the series broke from the norm to become one of the most influential shooters of all time. It’s an HD title that has done a great job at honoring the legacy of a timeless classic.
Final Score: 9/10
Disclaimer: I bought this game at GameStop as part of the Infinite Warfare: Legacy Edition.