Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has bundles of the game for sale that include a remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. They dropped the 4 in the title of the new game for some reason, and released it as “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.” I picked up one of the bundles that included the remaster and just finished a veteran run through it, so I think a mini-review may be warranted as a follow-up to my Infinite Warfare review.
So what is included in the remastered version of Modern Warfare?
In a word: Everything.
The entire multiplayer suite has been included in this updated version of the game, complete with updated graphical enhancements that make it look very, very good for a game originally released almost a decade ago. Every weapon, gadget, and environment has gotten the white glove treatment, and the gameplay is identical to how it was when originally released. Don’t look for any paradigm shifts here. It plays the same.
I think it’s a refreshing look at how far the series has come, and reminds me a lot of the Master Chief collection when it comes to memory-lane multiplayer. It’s a nice break from all recent titles that are considerably faster, more complicated, and arguably less balanced. If you enjoyed it before, you’re still going to enjoy it now. I’m impressed with how the graphical updates were handled and am happy that the actual experience of the game was left untouched.
The excellent story of Modern Warfare also got a substantial graphical upgrade. It looks great, and it plays great too. Textures, sounds, and voice acting are all superb in the remaster, and it makes an already great story more enjoyable. Infinity Ward clearly knew how to craft a story, and all these years later it is still an incredible ride through a fictional modern conflict. Soap, Price, Gaz, and Griggs all return in order to bring down Khaled Al-Asad and Imran Zakhaev and their plot to nuke the western world.
The campaign still has all the intel collectibles to find and a bunch of fun achievements for accomplishing certain tasks that you may not normally do. As far as I can tell, the remaster only has one major addition to the game that was not in the original, and the game’s only secret achievement will unlock if you find it. I’m not going to spoil what it is mostly due to the great fan service it represents, but if you’re interested in this tidbit I suggest you play and find out. It’s great.
Overall the game is a solid win as far as remasters go. It’s the same game that propelled Call of Duty forward ten years ago, only better looking. Nothing is left behind, making the entire package a great one. Unfortunately the game is not sold as a standalone title. You can only get the game as part of the bundle with Infinite Warfare. I’m positive this will eventually no longer be the case, but for now you have to get a bundle if you want to revisit this classic. That said, Infinite Warfare is also pretty great, so if you do jump on a bundle, you’re getting two fantastic shooters.
Let’s hope Modern Warfare 2 & 3 make it to modern platforms in one form or another soon (Xbox back compat? Maybe? Pretty please?), so I can finish that story again.