Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and the issue with remaking outdated video games

You don’t know what you need.


“You wouldn’t want to upset the fanbase. They already hate the other game they’re forced to buy in order to play this.”

In the lead-up to the launch of Modern Warfare Remastered, it was arduous to overlook the noise individuals excited to play the sport had been making, so anxious to get again right into a remake of this nine-year-old recreation. Most of them in all probability even clocked over 100 hours within the unique, and that solely made the remake’s launch much more of an occasion.

Part of that is born from the frustration that surrounds latest Call of Duty releases, notably a results of a quest to change-up the collection’ dated method by injecting extra sci-fi mechanics into it. “Boots on the ground” is the phrase you’ve little doubt seen and heard, to the purpose that even Activision and Infinity Ward began utilizing it when referring to Infinite Warfare, a recreation that’s taken this double-jumping and wall-running pattern the neighborhood has grown to hate a lot to its extremes.

It was clear everybody was craving for the nice outdated days of Call of Duty, whether or not or not it’s disgruntled long-time followers, or just these fed up of seeing three completely different Call of Duty video games go the sci-fi route.


There was a sentiment that stood out to me probably the most, a stark angle ardent followers adopted since studying of the remaster’s existence. These individuals wished the very same 2007 recreation, they only wished it to have the seems to be of a 2016 one.

Fans went so far as preemptively calling out “haters” and “detractors” earlier than the factor even got here out, telling them that they’re absolutely conscious of the unique recreation’s overpowered perks, unbalanced weapons and tenting spots, and that they’re utterly completely happy to see them return untouched.

Newcomers, or followers of the unique who possess a type of widespread sense, had been definitively advised to by no means elevate any of the sport’s long-standing points, for the only motive that that is how issues had been again within the day. Ironic, when a few of these exact same defenders complain concerning the precise issues in fashionable Call of Duty video games.

The message was clear; these gamers don’t need innovation on this 2016 remake, they need the identical precise recreation they performed years in the past. Anything else could be an insult.


This type of angle didn’t shock me. I perceive the concern of remasters “ruining” an expertise gamers have come to know and love. The solely drawback is, with multiplayer video games, if one thing was irritating again then, it’s going to be doubly so now. And in my thoughts, this utterly misses the purpose of a remake.

It took the unique recreation’s neighborhood months to plot probably the most annoying and spammy loadouts, and it took even longer for them to establish overpowered ways and weapons. With the remaster, all this data is out there on day one. The course of you undergo with any multiplayer recreation, from everybody beginning out unaware of one of the best tools and ways, making an attempt every little thing out for enjoyable, to finally distilling the accessible choices to the best few, is all gone.

You had been robbed of the maturation you undergo alongside multiplayer video games earlier than you even purchased the remaster. It’s the identical factor that occurs once you determine to get right into a multiplayer recreation years after launch.

Once the lustre wears off, you’ll start to recollect the nightmare of grenade launchers, M16s, Juggernaut, and Last Stand, and there’ll be nothing you are able to do about it. There aren’t any counters to most of those, there’s a motive why they annoyed many, and a motive why they’re thought-about one of the best choices. All that has been properly discovered years in the past, bringing in new gamers doesn’t imply you’ll be beginning afresh.

This is what my time with Modern Warfare’s multiplayer have been; an train in frustration and rage over the identical rattling issues that obtained me riled up again then. It made me realise that the final word goal of this remaster was to make it as archaic and outdated as attainable, simply with a contemporary coat of paint.

But you wouldn’t wish to upset the fanbase. They already hate the opposite recreation they’re pressured to purchase as a way to play this.


I simply can’t benefit from the outdated Modern Warfare multiplayer in the present day, as a result of I’m not the identical particular person I used to be in 2007. The shooter scene isn’t the identical it was again then, both. Myself, in addition to others, have since performed numerous hours of many different multiplayer shooters that it’s inconceivable to simply ignore all of that and get together with poor design selections simply because they’ve by some means turned Classic with age.

“Modern Warfare Remastered is a remake, at least in the graphics and sound department, which absolutely makes the gameplay seem that much more outdated.”

I suppose in that method it’s precisely the Modern Warfare I bear in mind. Playing it on this state in the present day, after all of the progress the trade has made in design, really feel, and enjoyable, makes me really feel like we’re throwing away all of that in favour of a short-lived nostalgia journey.

Maybe if Modern Warfare Remastered had acquired a slight graphical touch-up and was only a pre-order bonus for Infinite Warfare, possibly then it will have made sense to maintain every little thing because it was. But Modern Warfare Remastered is a remake, at the least within the graphics and sound division, which completely makes the gameplay seem that much more outdated.

How lengthy will it take those that had been swooning over the concept of not making any adjustments to grasp that they will’t get pleasure from this in 2016?

However lengthy this may increasingly take and nonetheless many will finally admit that what they wished wasn’t the best alternative, one factor will stay the identical: Activision missed a golden alternative to remake this seminal shooter into one thing match for 2016 design requirements.