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Even the die hard WWII buffs will readily admit that COD3 fell short of the mark set by the previous two iterations of the game. In regards to their moving away from the WWII era into a more modern front, Infinity Ward was recently quoted saying…

“We wouldn’t have worked on it for seven years if we didn’t like it”

So while the team at Infinity Ward may have traded in their stick grenades and Thompson Sub Machine Guns for Mk 19 Grenade Launchers and Barrett M468’s they were very explicit in stating they in no way have lost their interest in the WWII genre.

That said, COD4 makes the jump to modern day warfare but that isn’t the only big change in store for fans of the franchise. Infinity Ward has called on the assistance of several TV writers in developing the plot for which they say this installment of the series will utilize immensely. This is definitely a change of pace from the previous iterations. While it is unknown who exactly they are working with, they made it clear that the plot will not revolve around the current events in the media today and instead will focus on a group known as the “Four Horsemen” and a fictitious Russian nationalist looking to restore the former glory of the Soviet Union.

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No Matter How Much Things Change, They Stay The Same. As with the previous titles, your perspective will change several times in the game as you will find yourself playing multiple characters in multiple locations such as Russia and the Middle East. You will fight as a part of a larger unit which again keeps with the tradition of the series. Another innovation that has been retained from the recent games is the absence of a traditional health bar. If you pay close attention you may notice a few names from previous versions of COD as well.

Early missions are set in the black sea on board a large cargo boat. You arrive by chopper under the cover of night in the midst of a heavy thunderstorm and rope down on to the deck taking out the ships guards quickly and stealthily. This is where the heavy use of scripted events really becomes obvious.

As you progress through the story more traditional “open ended” combat situations arise in the later missions set in the middle east. One such mission takes place in a level known as “The Bog”. It tasks you and your unit with the responsibility of coming to the aid of another soldier (ala Saving Private Ryan) who is trapped in his Abrams tank. You will have to maneuver streets clearing enemies and securing buildings all in the name of rescuing the soldier in need.

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In game cut scenes that resemble black-and-white news footage and elaborate loading screens complete with narration and full motion video are just a few of the things we have come to expect from Infinity Ward that set this title apart and help to entrench gamers in the game play experience.

Infinity Ward has created an impressive new graphics engine complete with its own physics system, dynamic lighting, special effects such as rain, dust winds, and other debris that will blow you away. Classic game play modes we have all come to love such as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Capture The Flag return but new to COD4 are features that will allow you to customize the multiplayer game play to fit your style. For example, while there will be default classes such a Sniper, Medic, and Assault, you will now also be able to “create-a-class” as you advance through the game and gain experience allowing you to interchange weapons and abilities.

Each character will have three ability “perk” slots. The first of which focuses on accessories such as grenades, C4, silencers, etc. The second keys in on your physical attributes such as increased health, reaction time, and faster reload. The third and final set revolves around special characteristics such as stealth, accuracy, etc. When you are killed in game you will be able to see the perks equipped by the player who killed you and vice versus. That aught to be good for some trash talk amongst friend.

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The action makes use of advanced weaponry, is set in intense modern settings, and never seems to stop – so take cover when you can because the opportunities in this game are few and far between. If you like non stop action then you will definitely want to pick this title up when it hits stores.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. Optimobeef-

    How the heck can you not be impressed? This game is COD on steroids man. If you don’t like this then you probably aren’t a fan of FPS and you really shouldn’t be commenting on them. Period.

  2. COD is old. There was a time when the standard shooter with better graphics was all you needed, but that time is gone. Games like Prey, and the upcoming Crysis, have shown that creativity is more appealing than the latest sub-pixel shaders on a done 7 too many times COD yawnfest fps.

    Besides, the COD games are always only skin deep. There’s virtually no interactivity to the enviroments, and the strict spacing and level open-space restrictions make the games feel like they’re stuck in the 90’s.

    yawn.

  3. This will be of interest to PC gamers as long as they keep it from being dumbed down for console-kiddies. Tailor this game to the strengths of the PC and Infinity Ward could be sitting on an amazing game experience. Here’s to hoping…

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  5. This looks like a really good game and everything, but I don’t like how they’re calling it COD4. It’s nothing like the 3 previous to it, and it seems like they’re just trying to use the name to gain interest in the game.

  6. How can you say this is boring? Want another WWII game? There were over 30 titles focused around WWII last year, I am sure that its going to run dry on material at some point. All its content is history, factual history for the most part. The move to the new events will bring a larger fan base, and allow people to check out whats new.

  7. I have always been a fan of the COD games. Adding modern battle scenarios to the game makes sense. But why not really open it up and go into possible future battles etc. I dont want to play a game and then turn on the TV and have to say hahah i just killed 45 people in that village ten minutes ago.

  8. They have futuristic battle games…alot of the COD fan base are into more lifelike battles than something that looks like lasers and aliens…And ANON above…. you sound like you like more of a unrealistic shooter…something where your shooting zombies or aliens…and as far as your comment where the cod games dont have any interaction with the enviroment….what the hell…your playing a FPS..if you want to grow a tree or play with flowers then go outside homo….otherwise STFU noob.

  9. when is this game hitting the shelves. I need to get this on the first day. COD should make a WWII campaign in the Pacific where they fight the Japanese. This is going to be freaken awesome. Everyone should get it.

  10. cod4 looks like it will not have to take a back seat to halo3. this company makes great games and it’s good to get away from ww2. the graphics look great but i know the game play will be tight. i will def get both games. Makes me glad i got an 360 so i can get both

  11. Holy shit that looks daaaaaaamn Great !
    I think the system requirements r huge !
    Such a awesome Graphix etc. u need a Monster of Computer to play it !

  12. This game looks wicked awesome. I’m not a real fan of modern warfare games for some reason, but as soon as I saw this game, that totally changed. I can’t wait to get this thing, my computer should have no problem running it. Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GXT, whooo. I needed to find a game to challenge my computer, and I think this one may be it.

  13. And another thing. This game is only out for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 probably because those are the only systems that can handle it, without the graphics having to be dulled down. Thought I’d let you know. I’m out man.

  14. this game is freaking awesome ..i been playin this game since day one and seeing the changes gets 2 thumbs up…but…….anyone know the system requierments?

  15. To be quite honest the ww2 era of games is over. They have tried everything adding new features and such. Cod is making the right step in backing away in ww2. Besides for all you “hardcore” ww2 fans EA is alwas making titles with medal of honor.

  16. *slaps anon*

    where u dropped on your head a few times anon? dont be a retard (a schizophrenic one at that) this game is going to be hectic. have you guys read who cool the multiplayer is going to be? it really looks like its going to be awesome.

  17. @d3tox

    Yea man read about it a few hours ago. This game is going to kick ass. I remember how much we used to play COD2 and this has me feeling the same way again about the franchise.

    Jim

  18. I just finally made Staff Sargent in BF2, how sad is that after 2 years of playing it ? I don’t hardly have time to play it anymore though. Off Road club and the Union tie me up way to much.

  19. I Agree i think this game will rock. it will go way farther then the WWII era of COD, because of its realism with you being able to blow shit up, block doors, sit up chicken wire, or shooting though 6 in’s of concret this game will surpast all FPS of E3

  20. Well I’m playing the zDemo and it seesm to be a Pretty sweet game. It has some fo teh features we remember from the other call of duties.
    My Machine Runs it fine also. I have a 2.8 P4 with a gig of ram and a Radeon X800XL 256mb Card.
    I’m assuming the finished product won’t call for any more. Fileshack has the demo now if you need it.

  21. Games that will only allow you to play in first-person view blow. This game doesn’t even include online co-op–just massive multiplayer, which is so last gen. I’ll save the cash and go for Army of Two.

  22. Yo Call of Duty 4’s weapon Javelin kicked tank-butt! i don’t have the game but tried the demo weeks ago. When i fired that ground target rocket launcher it totally blowed my mind!!! I like how the rocket pops out of the hatch and jet straight up to the atmosphere before rushing down vertically striking down tanks bulls-eye!

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