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COD, or call of duty is a highly respected franchise in the FPS genre. This is their game for the wii (yes I know they made black ops for the wii as well, but I haven't played that, so I can only review this).
To start off with, this game has 3 gameplay modes. Survival (where you have to fight off hordes of enemies. Note that this can be played with someone online as well). Campaign (you bog standard FPS campaign. Its actually really good, and really fun, but it feels a little short), and online mode, where you battle it out against other people online.
Really, the meat of this game is in the online mode (or maybe survival if you like that sort of thing). I have only 1 or 2 complaints about the game I want to mention now. The Nunchuck isn't the best way to play this game, you need a classic controller. Unfortunately, I do not have a classic controller, and as a result the game often feels more difficult as it can be difficult to accurately aim and shoot with the normal controller and nunchuck, especially scoping with sniper rifles. Also because buttons like crouch and lie down are all on button on the normal controller, whereas I think they are two different buttons on the classic controller (some people online are able to jump straight into prone, I cannot do this, I have to crouch the prone), it does feel like you are automatically at a disadvantage without the classic controller. I have gamecube controllers, but for some reason they did not make it compatible with this game (they are compatible with other wii games, like goldeneye and super smash brawl). As a result, its a bit annoying to have to either put up with the disadvantage, or fork out another £20 or so for the controller.
Anyway, that out the way, this is a pretty good game. Its very fast paced (I kinda don't like this at times though), and there is a huge variety of weapons. You can also customise your weapons (you have to level up with each weapon by gaining exp doing challenges and killing opponents, when you level up the gun, you can unlock say the grenade launcher etc). You can also create your own loadouts, and there are various maps as well (although sadly they can feel repetitive if you play the game for too long). Also there are killstreak and deathstreak rewards that you can unlock. These include things like bomb strikes, back up helicopters, turrents, bodyproof armour, and a huge variety of things to turn the tide of war. Deathstreaks help you "get back" in the game. So if you die say 5 times in a row, you have a "surviour" thing, where before you guy dies, he has a chance to lie on his back and carry on shooting. Note this doesn't work with headshots and explosions, but it sometimes does help. The on thing I don't like about online mode though is the constant changing battlefield. In some ways this makes the game fun and lively, but sometimes you want there to be a "battleline", and there to be more tactics rather than just running around shooting, or just sitting there camping. I liked that aspect of other game like BF2.
What about the campaign? This is very good, and basically you follow various teams (Americans, British SAS, germans, Russians etc) as they try to bring down Makalov (I think I spelt it right), who is some sort of arms dealer, and you are involved in missions to south africa, to infiltrating an underwater nuclear submarine! The missions are really quite innovative, but they feel like there are not enough.
Anyway, overall this is a very good game, and I must have spent more than 200 hours online. My only main niggle is the controller thing, but apart from that this is a very good game. Really the best shooter I have played on wii. I am going to give it 4/5 just because of the controller issue, and the issue regarding needing a game mode with more tactics involved.
This latest incarnation of the Modern Warfare series won't disappoint those who have played and enjoyed the previous versions, and for those coming in for the first time the learning curve is pitched just right. The big win for me compared to the previous games is the variety of vehicles and weapons you get to toy with: in the first few levels you'll get on a boat, a helicopter, you'll take control of air-to-surface missiles...all helping keep you engaged in the action.
The other thing that keeps this engaging is the transferring of the action to places that are recognisably modern - cities, the underground network, shopping arcades...all get a look-in.
Online, the game seems smoother than the previous versions. I'm no expert but it seems to match you with people on a similar network speed so I've had none of that lag I had before where one person either seemed to slow down every other player, or someone on a faster connection was impossible to compete with.
I'd like to see a few more maps on the Wii and maybe more interaction with the environment in the online maps but no real complaints.
All in all a good buy with a lot of entertainment for the money.