It has been 12 years since the release of the original and first installment of the COD Modern Warfare series. And anyone reading this today will happily remember the exact moment that the game’s John “Soap” MacTavish joined the legendary Captain John Price in battle, that is too say if you played the original title.
For those who don’t know, Captain Price is actually loosely based off of a real life Scottish SAS soldier called John McAleese, which is a touching tribute to this soldier who passed away in 2011. Personally, this game was my introduction into the Call of Duty franchise and to say the least it was damn well worth it right up until the last installment of the Modern Warfare series in 2011 (Modern Warfare 3).
I personally feel that after the release of Modern Warfare 3 there were too many COD releases. And these games failed to hold the same value or instill the same feeling that the Modern Warfare series of games offered. One of the reasons seems to be due to the fact that the franchise owners have tried to milk the shit out of COD fans for the better part of a decade. There were some note-worthy games in this time, but it felt like they were few and far apart. Though, I really enjoyed playing the original Call of Duty Black Ops and Call of Duty Ghosts, which both having really well written story lines.
However, I’m focusing on the single player games as the multiplayer format has pretty much stayed the same since the release of COD Modern Warfare in 2007. Disappointing I know. To such an extent that I (a COD fan boy) dropped the game and vowed to never purchase another COD game until they fix the game and get back to basics. And oh boy did they get back to basics with this title. I bought the game on release day, which is something I promised myself I would never do again with the COD franchise. Though, I am glad to report that it was not a mistake and that I need to give them credit where credit is due. I really liked this game.
A bit about the Single Player
Now I am not going to go into detail and spoil anything regarding the campaign side of the game. All I can say is that it is damn good to be back playing alongside the Nikolai and Captain Price again. I really enjoyed their catch phrases and really missed Captain Price telling you to “check those corners”. And with so many other Modern Warfare games you get to play as multiple characters from different countries and military units. The campaigns have various missions across the world from Europe to the Middle East and to Russia. Some missions will include traditional warfare and others focus more on guerrilla like warfare where you get to take on larger enemy forces.
Unfortunately, the campaign is a bit short, how short you may ask, well I managed to play through the single player in less than a day. Granted, I did play the game on normal mode, which made things a lot easier. However, even playing it on the hardest difficulty will not make this a 20+ hour game. Though it does not sell itself as a dedicated single player title.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 Multiplayer
Let’s get down to the multiplayer part of our COD Modern Warfare 2019 PS4 review, as this is probably where you will be spending the bulk of your time, and we all know that this is probably the only reason you want to buy the game. The multiplayer of COD Modern Warfare has changed somewhat. There are currently no prestige levels in the game, maybe this will change with updates and patches, but it’s not a train smash if they never add them back into the game.
The game modes are super straight forward:
•Free for all
•Ground War (including vehicles)
It seems that that Infinity Ward have taken a page out of the Battlefield playbook with the Ground War mode. For a first attempt by the team, I feel like it’s not a bad experience, however, much improvement is required as some of the vehicles are somewhat over powered. As an infantry soldier or someone with little to no armor, you are going to have a bad day at the office.
It has also been confirmed that Modern Warfare 2019 will not get a Zombie game mode, and this might be a deal breaker for some personally I like this as the game seems to focus a little more on the actual single player, multiplayer and Co-Op mode.
Something to note for PC and Xbox owners, is that Modern Warfare 2019’s Spec Ops Survival mode won’t be coming to these platforms for a whole year. As part of Activision and Sony’s ongoing partnership with Call of Duty, the PlayStation 4 will be the only place to play the Survival Spec Ops mode until October 2020. Though the traditional Co-Op Spec Ops missions will be available to everyone. This is something that has pissed off some gamers as they view it as being unfair for non-PS4 owners.
Cross-play is finally here
Cross-play is also available and supported on all platforms, which is a nice step forward in 2019. However, this is only available if you opt-in. If you want enable it, you’ll need to link a valid Call of Duty account to form a platform-agnostic friends list, not unlike the Epic friends lists in Fortnite. Cross play is supported in all multiplayer modes except for Ranked and competitive tournaments, which makes sense.
There are also filters that you can use to play against others who only use keyboard and mouse or only controllers. Personally, I don’t really care what you use, as I just want to play and enjoy the game. However, these filters are great for those who are a little picky regarding mouse vs controller accuracy.
Conclusion: Finally a Call of Duty worth buying again!
Activision has done a great job with this game and only leaves me wondering why it took them 12 whole years to make another great game. It offers a slightly too short, but sweet single player and new multiplayer mods to breathe some fresh air into the franchise. The fact that the game supports cross-play is a huge step forward and a feature that will only help to increase and retain player count.
So, the only question left really is should you buy COD Modern Warfare 2019? If you are asking me… YES, as soon as possible!