Realising Modern Warfare’s marketing campaign isn’t pretty much as good as I bear in mind it’s like being kicked within the balls by devil’s cloven hoof

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Fuck you, reminiscences.


“What if remasters of older games are just like backwards compatibility – everyone asks for it but when it comes down to it no one actually plays it. We’re spoilt so quickly and distracted by the shiny new thing and I’m beginning to think that’s a good thing.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is again, remastered and looking rather lovely. Oorah.

I’ve been enjoying it this previous week as a result of I’m a spoilt video games journalist and it’s nice. I’m under no circumstances influenced by rose-tinted night time imaginative and prescient goggles. Modern Warfare nonetheless rocks arduous AF.

It’s precisely the identical because it was again within the day earlier than I had kids and my spouse didn’t should fake she nonetheless liked me. You don’t want me to remind you that Modern Warfare nailed Call of Duty to the mainstream consciousness like an interactive torture scene. It turned a cultural phenomenon at that time and stays so, even when there are higher, extra gloriously violent first-person shooters flooding your consoles. This was method earlier than it misplaced its method and also you began enjoying ranges as Riley the fucking canine. Remember that transient pattern after we acquired canines in video games? Yeesh.

Except, as a lot as I don’t wish to admit it, it’s inferior to I bear in mind. That’s as a result of regardless of how good the remastering course of is, video games age fairly poorly. They simply develop so shortly that one thing cool 5 years in the past is a proper load of outdated bollocks in the present day. Remastered video games are the gray hairs in my beard.


Raven has finished an ideal job of including little extras – from smoother animations to reload sounds by the controller’s speaker – but it can’t change the level design. So the signposting is fairly poor and all of your AI buddies get in the best way, clogging up the doorway prefer it’s 2007 another time. Because it’s, basically.

Call of Duty has by no means been very open in its map design, however this seems like a very slender funnel, the place making an attempt a route across the smallest of objects is unimaginable should you’re not meant to go that method. Car hood in your path? Forget it, it might as properly be the Doors of Durin. Sometimes that’s used successfully to push you from one encounter to a different, however as a rule it’s a irritating bumble to search out the right path, not the apparent one you may see proper in entrance of your eyes. No one likes to be informed by a recreation they’re enjoying it fallacious.

So Modern Warfare is old-school and a bit clunky and that’s to be anticipated however goddamn, I nonetheless get a buzz from War Pig’s “POSITIVE ID ON YOUR SPARKLE. WE’RE COMING IN HOT” after which the Apache helicopter swoops in and is all blamblamblamblamblamblammo and motherfuckers’ are flying everywhere in the store like unhealthy trampolinists. Death From Above stays chillingly life like, decreasing warfare to a meta online game inside a online game about warfare. All Ghillied Up might be the perfect mission in any Call of Duty recreation.

It’s nonetheless nice, and I don’t remorse returning to it, however the lit firework I used to be anticipating has fallen over and spunked it’s fizzle into the moist grass. It’s just a little bit heartbreaking. I imply, what if the video games business pushes new expertise ahead so shortly and relentlessly as a result of video games age so shortly, so badly? Maybe we must always by no means look again.

What if remasters of older video games are identical to backwards compatibility or the return of a Nintendo character aside from Mario and Zelda – everybody asks for it however when it comes right down to it nobody really performs it. We’re spoilt so shortly and distracted by the shiny new factor and I’m starting to suppose that’s a very good factor. Frankly, what if all outdated video games are shit?

I acquired a bit down about all of it to be trustworthy with you, so to cheer myself up I made a decision to compile a scientific checklist of all of the video games Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is best than and the outcomes are in. In no explicit order:

All The Games Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Is Better Than:

  • Call of Duty
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Call of Duty: Big Red One
  • Call of Duty: Finest Hour
  • Call of Duty three
  • Call of Duty: Road to Victory
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Call of Duty four: Modern Warfare (2007)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare three
  • Call of Duty: Strike Team
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops three
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, let’s be trustworthy, most likely.
  • All the opposite video games ever made, ever.
  • Apart from possibly DJ Hero.

Writing this checklist cheered me up despite the fact that it’s not true after which I skipped off to inform my spouse I like her and I didn’t play video games all weekend and we had a stunning time. So principally, regardless of our transient reunion, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare isn’t what it was once nevertheless it did simply save my marriage.

Thanks, Activision!