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Third time’s a charm: ‘Modern Warfare’ review

When I bought “Modern Warfare” as a digital download to my PlayStation 4, I thought this would turn out to be another yearly $60 payment for another “Call of Duty” game where the newest thing in the game is the design of the user interface. 

Personally, I rarely get attached to a new “Call of Duty” game because of how it is a running-joke with Activision always releasing a new one every two years. However, I found this entry to be the best in the past five years (despite how they still implemented a battle- pass in this edition). I enjoy it for its’ single-player campaign, deeper weapon customization, and the emphasis on tactical encounters. 

This campaign in terms of storytelling, is frankly the most controversial one out of every other “Call of Duty” to ever be released, to the point that there is a warning when you enter the menu for Campaign mode. However, the story itself is decent, but don’t come in expecting Scorsese-level writing either.   

 The shooting is about the same as any other call of duty. If you’ve shot a rifle in “Black Ops 2,” then you’ve shot a rifle in “Call of Duty: WW2,” no doubt about that. This time they have made the gameplay loop feel more exciting by allowing deep customization of weapons that honestly would be better called “personalization.” 

 The longer you play with a specific weapon, the better the game makes that weapon for you with this unlock system. There are tons of sights to attach, including sniper scopes on shotguns. I have said enough.  

“Modern Warfare” really made a glow-up here in my eyes with its emphasis on being tactical.  Players can now mount cover or peek through doors, which are small editions that feel oddly gratifying to me.   

The largest emphasis on being tactical in this game is a 32 vs 32 ground war mode. Both teams attempt to capture objectives “A” “B” “C” “D” and “E”. If one team has every objective for a short time, they win with an animation of a nuclear explosion, which is frankly the most hype thing in a “Call of Duty” game.  

 Overall, with a decent story, and a small amount of weapons due to the vastness of its personalized weapon customization, it has its own solid ground, even if there can always be an update that changes a map or weapon. This game is a solid 7/10. If you are going solo, wait for when it’s on sale and it would be totally worth your money. If you have a friend that owns this and you MUST play it with them, this would be the best $60 “Call of Duty” game in a while.

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