Modern Warfare Remastered: Game Insider News
Modern Warfare Remastered: 2016 Remaster of the Year Award
Call of Duty has run into a rough patch over the past few years with declining sales year in, year out which has lead the COD franchise into an all new and exciting direction. The decline came in 2013 with the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts which was developed by Infinity Ward as gamers began to drop off the radar.
For those who have not played Call of Duty: Ghosts it was the follow-up from Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that ended the Modern Warfare series. Ghosts was made with the a whole new story in mind that saw a close friendship between a soldier and his dog, but when it comes down to Call of Duty there is a far greater interest in the online multiplayer mode. Ghosts multiplayer was one of the worst, if not the worst of all of the Infinity Ward multiplayers that we have seen in their games. The gameplay felt gimmicky, the prestige emblems were dreadful, the guns were not overly great and due to these things among many others the player base began to drop. With players moving to other franchises, which at this point would have been games like Titanfall and Battlefield.
The next year in 2014 there was the release of Sledgehammers first solo outing game called Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that served as the first COD game in a cycle that would last for 3 years creating advanced movement futuristic set COD games. Not well received by the more long lasting veteran Call of Duty players due to the advanced movement system mechanics as many COD fans were hardcore on the end of having boots on the ground style warfare.
Although, with the release of Advanced Warfare we began to see some interesting things get added to the game that would later also be carried over the future COD games such as with the supply drops that gave a gambling like set up where Advanced Warfare players could earn keys that could be used to unlock a supply drop that would unlock 3 random items/camos/guns/etc. This would have been the earliest stage when Activision (the publisher and copyright owner of the Call of Duty franchise) would have realised the unfavourable audiences for having a futuristic setting for Call of Duty due to the overwhelming decline in sales of the game.
So, a year later in 2015 Treyarch released their follow-up COD game from Black Ops 2 titled Black Ops 3 that also used advanced movements like jet packing high in the air and wall running that would become the most popular, at least in sales, of the advanced movement mechanics system for the 3 year COD cycle of futuristic set titles. Black Ops 3 deserve credit for their timely release as sales began to slither back up slightly, making a greater return than the previously released COD title thanks to having a great campaign and multiplayer that rivalled any COD game that had been released prior to this one. Black Ops 3 also brought with it an improved supply drops system that has become quite the money earner for Activision given that it includes a micro-transactions system where there is the option to either earn the keys to unlock a supply drop or to instead purchase COD points with real money to open them instead.
Then, in the following year there was the main COD title release of Infinite Warfare which was developed by Infinity Ward, a game that in many COD fans eyes just does not live up to expectations that fans hold so high for the franchise. Being this is the case sales have once again dropped for the solo copy release of the Infinite Warfare game. However, there was hope brought back to the traditionalist COD fans when in 2016 Infinity Ward released a deluxe legacy edition for Infinite Warfare that included the remaster of 2007s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare named Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the first COD title in 3 years to offer boots on the ground warfare.
MWR: A Beacon of Hope
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, released in 2016 (within the legacy edition for Infinite Warfare) was the first opportunity that COD fans have had in 3 years to play boots on the ground style warfare without all of the bunny hopping and wall running.
Another problem with the futuristic setting for Call of Duty that made the recent 3 year cycle with the inclusion of all of the Call of Duty developers is that it offered a whole lot of indifferent gameplay experiences for fans who started out their enjoyment for the franchise with modern/relatively modern warfare. To then thrust players into a sci-fi world that is far from anything that has been previously been seen in the COD franchise was a foolish move that nearly tore the heart of the COD player base in half.
However, Activision were quick to bring players back to the franchise with the release of Modern Warfare Remastered, a game that online has been changing rapidly in elements of entertainment week in, week out since its first release.
MWR started on release online with just 10 multiplayer maps and the rest from the original from COD 4 were added at Christmas giving players the authentic gameplay experience from 2007's COD 4: Modern Warfare original. A standalone release has also happened for MWR which was released for the PS4 late in June and for the Xbox One late in July a month later. The games current price stands at $40.
MWR: Is it Worth Buying?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is by far the greatest online multiplayer game that I have had the pleasure of playing in 2016 (crossover/2017).
The multiplayer has an endlessly brilliant selection of maps, the greatest among them being Bog, Vacant, Shipment, Crash, as well as many others. There is also a map pack available for MWR that was originally a part of COD 4: Modern Warfare which will cost extra after purchasing the game at a cost of $15. Should you buy the map pack? Personally, I bought the map pack because I like to feel that I have access to everything that the multiplayer experience has to offer. But, from playing all of the DLC maps for varied lengths of time in the past I would say that Chinatown, Broadcast and Killhouse are very good maps but I have never quite found playing Creek to be all that enjoyable, this of course probably being the reason that I am not a sniper and it is a sniping map.
Update: Map pack - as of recent the map pack solo game mode selection has been removed so players cannot instantly play the map packs (only) from the menu screen as the map pack has been integrated into the normal map rotation. This ultimately makes it much less likely that the DLC maps will appear all that often when playing the game with the masses. A likelihood being that there is not a full lobby of players who have bought the map pack making it unlikely that they will appear as often.
The multiplayer has been one of the most entertaining multiplayer experiences that I have ever had in video-games history. This is due to there being regular updates by Raven software who remastered the MWR game, adding in new supply drops; including bounties that must be unlocked by unlocking items listed below them through supply drop openings. These are earned naturally by time played in the multiplayer public playlists or by purchasing COD points with real money.
Raven software have also done updates for MWR that have included new supply drop weapons, weekend warfare limited game modes, special events (christmas, St. Patricks Day, summer) and much more.
In my opinion this is the best Call of Duty game that I have played in years and it only gets better as Raven Software are constantly updating the MWR game with new content that offers an incentive to keep playing the game. One only hopes that Raven software will l continue to keep updating the game with new content after the release of Call of Duty: WW2 (2017s COD game).
So, is Modern Warfare Remastered worth purchasing? I guess all that I can say when answering this question is that I own a copy of MWR for my PS4 and Xbox One and I have not lived to regret these purchases.
MWR: Is it Worth Buying?
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