Monday, 20 January 2014

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare... The Game Which Changed Everything

I told you not all the posts would be about Jiu-Jitsu!
Well if you couldn't already guess this post is about possibly the most influential video game ever made, and of course I'm talking about Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (most often referred to as simply COD 4). This game set the standard for every FPS game which followed, and I mean in terms of campaign, multiplayer, game mechanics etc. Games like this come along now and again and totally revolutionize the entire genre, and this game spawned the infamous "COD Killer" slogan which is still used frequently as of today. If you have no idea what I'm talking about when I refer to "COD Killer", it simply means every major FPS game which comes out is a potential attempt overthrow Call of Duty's dominance over the FPS market and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was the beginning of solidifying this dominance.

Now before I start, I want to make one thin absolutely clear! and that this is NOT a review of the game, but simply an acknowledgement of what made this game so great and how it changed the simply everything we now know about video games.
Prior to the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the Call of Duty franchise in my opinion was pretty decent, but not spectacular. The games before were all centered around World War II with popular series such as Medal of Honor, Battlefield, Brother in Arms etc, and Call of Duty was no exception. But Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare made that change to try something new and break away from what we came to expect from FPS games, and it did pay off due some truly spectacular features which we shall now discuss.
Probably the main reason this game became reached legendary statues was due to the games multiplayer, which was completely fresh and different from anything we had ever seen before. The game offered many different game modes on a variety of well designed maps, but the main stand out was the create a class system. This system offered the player to completely edit what weapons and abilities his player had. An example of the create a class system can be seen below:

Create a class menu
The choice of weapons on the game was also quite diverse with the player being able to choose from a selection of assault rifle, submachine guns (SMG), light machine guns (LMG), shotguns and sniper rifles for their primary weapons and a choice of four handguns for their secondary weapon. What weapons you choose was pretty much all dependent on your play style, but to be really competitive you should probably choose either an assault rifle or an SMG, and the ones I would recommend are as follows:
Assault Rifles
  • M16A4 (W/ RDS)
  • M4A1 (W/ RDS)
  • AK-47 (W/ RDS)
Submachine Guns
  • MP5 (W/ RDS)
  • AK-74u (W/ RDS)
  • P90 (W/ Silencer)
So why did I select these weapons? Well they are simply the best weapons in the game, and yes you can call me a try hard, but to get good at the game you should just use the best weapons available to you. So how do I know these are the best weapons in the game? Well through obviously trying them in real multiplayer matches, but also from watching professional MLG players play the game and seeing what classes they use. (a classic Call of Duty 4 MLG match can be found here if you guys are interested). Also, really the only worthwhile attachment you should use is the red dot sight (RDS), except for the P90 which is particularly well suited to the silencer. All of these weapons I selected have a good fire rate, high damage, and various degrees of low recoil.  
So what perks should you choose? Well you could really use any tier one perk, but I personally use bandolier as it benefits me the overall best, but for tier 2 and 3 perks, I would recommend:
Tier 2
  • Juggernaut (Reduces incoming damage by 25%)
  • Stopping Power (Increases bullet damage by 40%)
  • UAV Jammer (Player becomes invisible against enemy UAVs)
Tier 3
  • Deep Impact (Extra bullet damage when shooting through walls)
  • Extreme Conditioning (Doubles players sprinting time)
  • Steady Aim (Increases hip firing accuracy)
  • Dead Silence (Foot steps are 75% more silent)
The selection of each of these perks is all dependent upon your exact play style, but I personally use stopping power and dead silence on all of my classes. So why do I use these? Well I use a headset when I play, so the ability to here my opponents footsteps and not my own is a HUGE advantage, so dead silence is really a no brainer for me. Also, I use stopping power for no other reason than you will secure kills much faster with the perk equipped. Finally, you should also choose stuns over flashes every time as you can throw stuns much quicker.
I think we are starting to get a little off topic right now, so lets get back on track!
Another reason for this game becoming so popular was the sniping cult which developed on the game, and I'm talking about quickscoping, trickshooting, people trying to get montage clips etc. The weapon of choice was of course the legendary M40A3 sniper rifle. Love it or hate it sniping was a massive part of this game, with people either using regular scopes or the ACOG scope which in fact is the only attachment available for each of the sniper rifles.  And of course who can forget the bounce shots! (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then look here) What causes the bounce is a piece of the map which has not been rendered correctly. A lot of famous YouTube snipers gained major popularity due to this game, people such as zzirGrizz, Muzzafuzza, Hutch, OpTic Predator etc.   
The truth about this game however is nobody expected it to be massive, especially Infinity Ward the games developers. Most people expected this game to really blend in with all the rest of the FPS titles, but this game stood out like a sore thumb, due it's killer graphics, awesome campaign and storyline, exceptional map design, and phenomenal multiplayer. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is truly a class above the rest and has made Call of Duty franchise a worldwide phenomenon, and this game I consider  to be one of the greatest video games ever made!   
Catch you later,
(Sorry for the lack of content as of late but I have been very busy with school)


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