|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered|
High Moon Studios
Infinity Ward (assisted and executive produced)
|Released||November 4, 2016 (bundled with Infinite Warfare)|
October 5, 2016 (30 day access campaign only, PS4 only)
June 27, 2017 (Standalone version, PS4 only)
July 27, 2017 (Xbox One and Microsoft Windows)
|Ratings||ESRB: Mature 17+|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 4 |
- "One of the most critically-acclaimed games in history, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare® is back, remastered in true high-definition featuring improved textures, physically based rendering, high-dynamic range lighting and much more to bring a new generation experience to fans. Developed by Infinity Ward, the award-winning Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare set a new standard for intense, cinematic action, while receiving universal praise as one of the most influential video games of all-time. Relive the iconic campaign across fan favorite missions including "All Ghillied Up" and "Crew Expendable". And team up with your friends with the iconic multiplayer maps from the online mode that redefined Call of Duty."
- — Official Description
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is a remastered version of the iconic game, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The game was primarily developed by Raven Software, while Infinity Ward assisted and executive produced. The game was previously only available to players who purchased the Legacy, Digital Deluxe, or Legacy Pro editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but has been released as a standalone game.
The remastered game has the full campaign, as well as multiplayer with sixteen maps. Ten (Ambush, Backlot, Bog, Crash, Crossfire, District, Downpour, Overgrown, Shipment, and Vacant) were released at launch and six (Bloc, Countdown, Pipeline, Showdown, Strike, and Wet Work) as well as Gun Game and Hardpoint was added as free DLC on December 13th, 2016 along with other new content, with more content being released in the coming months.
Being a remaster of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, it differs from recent installments of the Call of Duty series in that it takes place in the modern era rather than the future. In comparison to the original game, it features multiple enhancements in terms of visuals and sound effects. The scenery and character models are much more detailed, and the weapons are rendered more realistically (for example, bullets are visually seen depleting on the P90, the G36C, and the belt-fed light machine guns). In the campaign, a good portion of the playable characters' body is now shown during some scripted sequences, as well more animations being performed by them, such as Paul Jackson protecting his eyes when the nuclear bomb goes off in "Shock and Awe", as well as catching Volker's hand in an attempt to save him. Animations from recent Call of Duty titles are also used during gameplay, namely the sprinting animations that were changed, as well as the addition of the animations for crawling while prone and for mantling objects. Weapon inspection is an added feature as well.
In 2011, Khaled Al-Asad begins a coup in the Middle East, and Russia is in the midst of a civil war between the government and Ultranationalists. Meanwhile Gaz informs Captain John Price, leader of Bravo Team, that a new recruit to the S.A.S., Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish, is joining their squad.
Soap arrives at the S.A.S. training facility in Credenhill, U.K, where he has a quick weapons training session with Gaz, meets Captain Price and the unit, and takes the CQB test to complete his initiation.
Bravo Team then proceed to the Bering Strait, to look for a suspected nuclear package on an Estonian freighter. After taking out the security detail the team find the package, but fire from enemy fast movers means they barely escape with the shipping manifest, which points to Al-Asad as the owner of the package.
To complete his revolution, Al-Asad executes the President of an unnamed Middle Eastern country, Yasir Al-Fulani.
Shortly after this, Soap, Gaz and Price rescue the Russian informant who supplied the intel on the cargoship operation, codenamed Nikolai, with the help of one of Price and Gaz's old friends, Sergeant Kamarov, and his Russian Loyalists.
Meanwhile, Al-Fulani's death has prompted 1st Force Recon to invade the Middle East to search for Al-Asad. A team consisting of Lieutenant Vasquez, Staff Sergeant Griggs, Sergeant Paul Jackson and others infiltrate a small town and clear the target building and later a TV station where they think Al-Asad is broadcasting propaganda, only to find that there's no sign of him and the broadcast is on a loop.
Meanwhile, while the SAS is on their way out, the team's helicopter, Hammer 2-6, is shot down and they have to make their way across the fields, trying to evade enemies, searching for survivors but eventually openly engaging them. After reaching a barn, Soap takes a FIM-92 Stinger and shoots down the chopper chasing them. An AC-130H Spectre then arrives to support the SAS to the extraction point, first while they're on foot and later in civilian vehicles. After they reach the junkyard, friendly birds come in to get them.
The Marines head to rescue a downed M1A2 Abrams, callsign War Pig, from a bog, but heavy enemy fire prompts Jackson to destroy a ZPU-4 so air support can come in to mop up. The unit then form up defensive positions on the tank as engineers come in to fix it, and later escort it back to the highway. They clear the forward area, allowing War Pig to move up, and let the tank take some of the big targets. During this, Vasquez tells Griggs and his team to hold an area while he and Jackson complete the mission. At the end, they rendezvous with a CH-46 Sea Knight for evac.
At the climax of the invasion, the squad head to the capital city where they think Al-Asad has withdrawn to. After rescuing a pinned down advanced recon team, Vasquez is informed that Al-Asad has a nuclear warhead in the area. They hasten to evacuate but the team's escort is shot down and they go back to save her. Having spent their time doing this, they do not escape in time and the nuclear bomb goes off, killing civilians, OpFor troops and 30,000 U.S. servicemen, including Vasquez and Jackson and may have included members of SEAL Team Six, who had just relayed info on the warhead. Griggs manages to escape, as he was not with the team during this.
At this point, Nikolai tells Price that Al-Asad may be at his safehouse in Azerbaijan. The S.A.S. then head there, clearing several buildings in the village before finding Al-Asad. Price then interrogates Al-Asad and discovers the nuclear package didn't belong to him when Al-Asad gets a call from the Russian Ultranationalist leader, Imran Zakhaev. Price then executes Al-Asad.
Price then tells the team of when, in 1996, he was a Lieutenant assigned under the command of Captain MacMillan, on a mission to assassinate Zakhaev, an Ultranationalist who was trading nuclear fuel rods for weapons. The duo make their way through the ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine, in ghillie suits and using minimal engagement to stay undetected. Eventually they reach a hotel where they stay on the top floor for three days, until Zakhaev arrives.
When the meeting is underway, Price uses a Barrett .50cal sniper rifle to assassinate Zakhaev, blowing off his arm. The two then make their escape under pursuit from enemy helicopters, believing Zakhaev will die from shock and blood loss. While on their way to the extraction point, they take down a helicopter but it comes crashing towards them and injures MacMillan's leg. Price then carries him the rest of the way and they hold their ground, waiting for exfil.
Back in the present day, eight hours after the death of Al-Asad, the S.A.S. use charges, a crashed Blackhawk's minigun, and later a FGM-148 Javelin, to push back enemy forces until Griggs and the American Marines arrive in the Sea Knight "Gryphon Two-Seven."
With their target now shifted to Zakhaev, the actual owner of the WMD that killed the Marines in the Middle East, the S.A.S., U.S.M.C. and Russian Loyalists perform a joint operation to try and capture his son, Viktor Zakhaev, for information on his father's whereabouts. After a lengthy chase, the team corner him on the roof of a five-story building and Soap moves in to restrain him, however he shoots himself to evade capture.
Angered by his son's death, Zakhaev takes control of an ICBM launch facility in the Atlay Mountains and threatens to launch nukes at the U.S. in retaliation. Price then leads a joint British-American operation to stop this, but Griggs goes off course during the HALO and is captured. Soap, Gaz and Price then divert their course to rescue him before killing the power to the launch facility to allow Force Recon to breach the perimeter. Shortly after getting inside and linking up with Sniper Team Two, they witness two nuclear missiles being launched towards the U.S., with an estimated 41,096,749 casualties. The team therefore hasten inside and after taking out enemy armor with C4, cut the wire to the vents and get inside. After reaching the control room, Soap uses the abort codes sent by Baseplate, the team's command, to destroy the missiles in flight before they reach the Eastern Seaboard. Soap, Griggs and Price then rendezvous with Gaz at the vehicle depot, where they make their escape using Russian trucks.
With enemy vehicles and a Mi-24 Hind behind them, Soap, Gaz, Price, Griggs and the survivors head down the Russian motorway, but a bridge critical to their escape is destroyed and they scramble to make a desperate last stand against the Ultranationalists. However, an oil tanker soon explodes, incapacitating everyone but Griggs, who tries to drag Soap to safety but is killed in the process by Zakhaev's guards. Zakhaev himself eventually executes Gaz. A wounded Price slides Soap his M1911, with which the latter dramatically kills Zakhaev and his patrol. Kamarov and the loyalists soon arrive, where Soap is carried away on a stretcher and a medic begins to resuscitate Price, but the fate of the two is unknown. Meanwhile, a news reporter announces a series of nuclear missile tests in Russia, and that the search for a ship in the Bering Strait has been called off, showing the public do not know what has actually happened in the six-day crisis.
In the Epilogue, a bonus mission titled Mile High Club can be played. This follows One-One Team, whose assignment is to rescue a hostage from a plane. At the end, one of the members shoots the guard holding the HVI at gunpoint, and they discover the bomb has been armed, but they just manage to escape in time by freefalling from the plane.
A patch was released on November 22nd, 2016 that addresses several issues with stats and joining games, adding new statistics to the Combat Record and providing several improvements to resemble the legacy versions of Dead Silence and the Helicopter.
On December 13, players who own Modern Warfare Remastered will receive the remaining six remastered maps: Bloc, Countdown, Pipeline, Showdown, Strike, and Wet Work, along with the Hardpoint and Gun Game modes being made available in Modern Warfare Remastered for the first time. Also, all Modern Warfare Remastered players will also get the remastered Winter Crash map in all its glory. There will be a Winter Crash 24/7 playlist beginning on December 20 that will last through the holidays.
Multiplayer Updates Edit
While still remaining true to the original game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered introduces a variety of new things to the existing game by Raven Software. New camos, allowing every gun to be able to have Gold camo, while also introducing new successors known as Regal camo and Exclusion Zone camo, calling cards and emblems.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered players can now exchange COD Points or Depot Credits for Supply Drops to acquire a variety of customization items in the Depot. Additionally, Supply Drops also contain bonus Parts, a crafting currency used to craft customization items as an alternative to getting the items from Supply Drops. All items in Supply Drops were cosmetic only and can be obtained by using Parts, however later updates added new, high performance weapons that are only obtainable by collecting all of the required parts of it from a collection.
Double XP was also supplied from December 20th, 2016 to run through to December 27th, 2016.
On March 14th, 2017, the game received a St. Patrick's Day themed update, adding a St. Patrick Day's themed map, several emblems and calling cards, camos and two melee weapons under the name Operation Shamrock and Awe. Aside from the holiday additions, three new ranged weapons were added, as well three new melee weapons, more calling cards, emblems, characters, as a new section in the Depot known as Operation Lion Strike for these specific items.
On June 27th, 2017, Modern Warfare Remastered along with Infinite Warfare received a "5 Weeks of Summer" seasonal event, including a beach remake of Bog, and there was also a new depot operation added named Copperhead, including new calling cards, emblems, characters, melee weapons, and new ranged weapons, including the return of the Intervention and the akimbo Rangers from Modern Warfare 2.
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frcic8ApwJ0
- ↑ http://charlieintel.com/2016/05/02/call-duty-4-modern-warfare-remastered-confirmed-included-infinite-warfare-legacy-edition/
- ↑ http://charlieintel.com/2016/09/03/10-mp-maps-coming-modern-warfare-remastered-launch
- ↑ https://support.activision.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/Call-of-Duty-Modern-Warfare-Remastered-FAQ
- ↑ http://charlieintel.com/2016/11/22/new-patch-update-version-1-05-modern-warfare-remastered-now-live-ps4xb1pc/
- ↑ https://charlieintel.com/2016/12/21/double-xp-modern-warfare-remastered-starts-dec-22-ends-dec-27/