The year is 2007, and World War II is over at last. Developers have finally run out of ways to retell the same old story and Infinity Ward has already got as close to replicating Saving Private Ryan’s Omaha Beach scene as videogames feel likely to get. WWII ran for six long years and so has the FPS genre’s obsession with it; what began with 1999’s Medal Of Honor peaked in 2005 with Call Of Duty 2. It’s time for change, and of course Infinity Ward – the COD creator formed from members of the team that made Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault – is the one to provide it. But it couldn’t know that Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare would become the defining shooter of the PS3/360 generation, and arguably the most influential game of that period overall.
A fantastic retrospective of one of the most defining FPS games ever. Yes, the Call of Duty franchise has become stale and its focus is almost completely on multiplayer, but Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare stands out as the best of the bunch with its mix of a fantastic single-player campaign and a multiplayer that was just a joy to play.