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Modern Warfare is the game that changed the FPS, and perhaps gaming overall, scene forever. Great gameplay, great story - if a little short - and great multiplayer. The controls are easy to get the hang of, the tutorial nicely introduces them if you're new to Call of Duty. The story plays out across the world as you take control of a member of the SAS and a US Marine. The levels are interesting (from sneaking around into a Chernobyl type city filled with enemies to a run and gun race to stop the destruction of the east coast of the US) and great fun. Difficulty levels are a little tricky. You find the one you can do well, and great. Decide to take it up a notch and be prepared to die... a lot. Some levels are a lot harder than others and can take a long time to complete. Combat is however balanced well, if you find yourself completely in over your head, the AI is competent enough to take some of the heat off you most of the time. But be prepared to watch out for friendly fire in the form of grenades. My one gripe with combat is the grenade warning indicator, it doesn't always show up. And when you die, the game gives you a hint to pay attention to it which just feels like a kick in the teeth when it didn't even give you the warning. The multiplayer is the big draw to any Call of Duty game, and Modern Warfare doesn't disappoint, even at this point in its life. It is very fun, when you're not dying constantly. Everyone at this point is a very, very high level. When you start out, you don't have the perks which help you out (more health, faster reloading, there's a lot of them to choose from the higher up you get). Hang in there and you'll get steadily better. The kill streaks are quite cool. The more people you kill the greater the reward (3 is a UAV - shows enemies positions on your [and your team's] map, 5 is an air strike over a small area of the map and 7 is a helicopter - flies around mowing down any of your enemies that are not in cover). There are lots of different kinds of game type (solo or team based) - things like death match, capture/defend control points, plant/diffuse a bomb, so there's something for everyone's preferred play style.
I was about three years late coming to play this game as I only got a PS3 last year and despite what critics may say about the Call Of Duty series they are great games. The story line was reasonably interesting, even though every level pretty much involved gunning down bad guys and getting to check points it didn't get too repetitive for me, maybe this is because I'm not somebody who sits and plays the same game all day every day just to complete it. If you're the kind of person that wants a game they can just play for a couple of hours every so often to relax this game is really good for that, there isn't really anything too challenging about the game so that makes it even better if you're just a casual gamer. In terms of replay value you unlock and arcade mode once you complete the game which is OK and there is multi-player or you could play through again on a harder setting but that's about it, there isn't really anything to unlock which is a shame. It was easy to become very immersed in the game at times thanks to great controls, fantastic sound effects and decent graphics and I often found myself on the edge of my seat, squeezing the life out of my controller. Without giving too much of the storyline away the game switches between an American marine and a British SAS member, personally I preferred playing as the marine running through the streets of the middle east however I also really enjoyed a flashback mission involving the SAS members Captain. In conclusion this is a must play game and you can pick it up pretty cheap nowadays, good storyline, excellent gameplay but not much replay value.