We are working hard on our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review - we received our codes a little late, which is understandable for such a huge launch - but in the meantime, we wanted to share what other major sites are saying about the latest CoD title. Interested in learning more about the Call of Duty game that's being hailed as a true return for the franchise? Here's our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review roundup!
PCGamer - 80 out of 100
"Its undoubtedly my favorite CoD campaign, but a familiar structure holds it back. Call of Duty campaigns don’t have to be sprawling, cinematic military tourism. They could focus on fewer ideas and really nail them. I want the 8-hour, fully fleshed-out version of Going Dark more than fleeting vignettes.
Daydreaming aside, I love Modern Warfare for the big swings it does take. It sets the bar high for first-person gun feel. Gunfight is a standout mode that proves to me Call of Duty can slow down and the sky won’t fall. I hope to see even bigger risks with its post-launch support. Modern Warfare is a promising platform for new ideas, but the sentiment will carry little weight if Activision shoves this game aside and we’re talking about Black Ops 5 in 2020. For now, it’s the Call of Duty to beat."
GamesRadar - 4 out of 5
"Infinity Ward was always going to have to simplify the complexities of modern warfare to make this game work. What's important is what it chose to emphasise in service of that. For the most part, the studio has decided to pull focus onto the chaos born out of proxy wars and the debilitating pressure of being under fire from a seemingly unstoppable force, and it works when it does so. When it works to emphasise some perceived darker reflection of the world, it comes across as callous and a little cynical. That isn't enough to detract from what this Modern Warfare revival is ultimately able to achieve, but there's still work for Infinity Ward to do as it works to re-establish this series for a new generation."
Game Informer - 8.75 out of 10
"All told, Modern Warfare should have received a new Call of Duty subhead given just how different its avenues of play are. Not every one of Infinity Ward’s ideas works, but a few are successful enough that I could see them as series staples. Modern Warfare’s accomplishments may not be as pronounced as Black Ops 4’s (Blackout being one of them), but it still delivers a hell of a multiplayer experience. Gunfight alone is worth the price of admission."
Tech Advisor - No Score
"But rather than go off into the night, Call of Duty has pulled off the impossible and rebooted the biggest individual brand, with a package that Modern Warfare fans will have to get their teeth stuck into because of the sheer nostalgic respect lavished on the original game, while new players will quickly be drawn in by the technothriller action and the stellar production values.
"The campaign has something to say, even if it isn't necessarily presented in the most respectful way and the multiplayer will provide you with something to do as soon as that is over. I want to see more of this world, I just really really wish they hadn't turned waterboarding into a minigame."
PlayStation Lifestyle - 90 - 100
"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare sets a benchmark for the future of games. The amazing new technology it utilizes gives it a level of quality and polish that’s rarely seen outside of first-party studios. A bold approach on a no-frills campaign mode helps it stick the landing, while going back to the drawing board with multiplayer rekindles a classic Call of Duty feel long lost."
We will have our own review out shortly, but until then you can catch up on what's good in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare universe with some of our other coverage seen below:
- Here's How You Can Help Veterans With the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Endowment Pack
- How to Unlock Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gold, Platinum Camo
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trophies List
As for the game itself, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC through Battle.net.