Product Type: Activision Nintendo DS games
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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (DS)
Member Name: mchitty
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (DS)
Advantages: Awesome multiplayer, good graphics
Disadvantages: Controls can be clunky... but so what, it's CoD on the DS! No wi-fi.
This was one of the games that I was dying to play when I first got my DS Lite. The idea of a first person shooter controlled using a stylus really excited me, and I've always enjoyed the Call of Duty series since I played the first game on my PC.
The player controls movement with the D-pad, and aims / turns with the stylus on the lower screen, that also doubles up as a map. The L / R buttons are used to shoot.
I think when I first loaded the game up, I expected these controls to feel a bit more intuitive, and I was a little bit disappointed. I see now however that this was an unrealistic expectation, and Activision have actually done a really good job. After a few hours, the controls are a bit easier and you can shoot bad guys like a pro, albeit a slightly clunky one!
The single player campaign seems enjoyable - however, I found the appeal to be limited and soon I found it a bit boring. Although the DS version does a good job to emulate the cinematic feel of the console/PC versions, there are limitations, and unfortunately this wasn't enough to snare me. I have to admit that I only got about half way through the single player campaign!
Multiplayer however is an absolute blast! Blowing up your friends / teaming up with them 3d shooter style is the absolute best way to spend a long train journey together, and there is tonnes of fun to be had. The clunky controls just make it all the more fun and hilarious. It's worth noting though that there is no wi-fi option to play on the internet.
The graphics are great for the DS. The action is reasonably smooth and although everything is a little bit grainy, the visual aspect of this game did exceed my expectations as I was 99% of the time able to make out enemies and allies. What they have managed to do is fairly impressive really, and I was pleased to see very few 'Doom' style sprites! I'd definitely like to see more games that take advantage of the DS 3D capabilities like this.
The sound is exactly what you would expect from a Call of Duty game - dramatic music and punchy gunshots / voice acting. I actually found that playing with headphones really made a difference. I guess that because the graphics are limited, the sound has a greater role in the immersion of the player.
Summary: Good fun single player action and a solid multiplayer experience if you have some DS-owning friends
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