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on June 3, 2009
Be very careful. You are not getting a Variety Map Packs token with purchase of this game as previously Advertised.

Activision seems to want even more money, and have now taken to bait and switch marketing tactics. Previous version of this Game of the Year Edition have been advertised as coming with a token you could use to download the Variety Map Pack. It's a gimmick used for pretty much all Game of the Edition games. It's what makes them worth the purchase over the older version of the game. Without this token, downloading the map pack is going to cost you about $10.

So now without any public notice, Activision has stopped including the free tokens inside GOTY Edition games. Making this game $48.99 (if you want the new maps) instead of Amazon's current price of $38.99. Buyer beware.

Buy this game used and don't let Activision rip you off as they did me.

It would also be nice to see Amazon put up a notice denoting this game will no longer include the map packs.
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on May 28, 2008
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is truly amazing First Person Shooter.

Modern Warfare has the most realistic graphics ever made for a game. It's very much like being inside a film. It is a visual feast. The sounds of wars are as real as if you are on the battlefield. The bad guys are smart and adjust as the situations change. The game has a great story with more than a few interesting characters. One of the most compelling aspects of the game is the accurate portrayal of the chaos of war. Confusion reigns as the enemy floods forward. What to do, where to go, when to stand and when to charge, are all choices that you make in the fluid situations of combat. The battles are long. The enemies just keep coming. Very, very cool.

If you are a first timer in the wonderful world FPS's start out on the Recruit level. If you are an experienced gamer you will find the upper levels more than challenging.

Modern Warfare's multiplayer is amazing. This is THE best shooting multiplayer experience to be had on line. Many features and new maps add to the addiction. But, if you are a FNG, playing online in multiplayer can be a bit difficult to get the hang of. Be prepared to suffer some humiliation until you get your skill levels up. Hang in there.

The Arcade Mode is an great additional (and mostly overlooked) feature. Here you play to rank yourself in the Modern Warfare universe across the planet. Allso, very cool.

HIGH replay value. A whole lot of bang (pun intended) for your buck.

Not many. The game is fairly short. The Veteran level is insanely difficult. The cheats available to the PC are not available on the 360. That's it.

You will not be disappointed. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is great fun and an the most amazing gaming experience to date. Plus, it doesn't have the mindless violence of any of the Grand Theft Auto series.

PS: The low star reviews are by young spoilers. They like "their game" best and feel it their "duty" to "shoot down" any other game that the gaming community thinks more of than "theirs." C of D 4 didn't get to be the 2007 Game of the Year (beating Halo 3, Assassin's Creed, BioShock and a host of others) by being anything less that near gaming perfection. As a grey gamer (been playing shooters for decades), I can say without hesitation that C of D 4 ranks 1st in it's class and takes a backseat to none.
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on May 17, 2008
I've played COD4 for a grand total of about 16 full days (384 hours) and still appreciate it very much. Like Halo 3, this is primarily a multiplayer FPS with a sidecar campaign that is well-written, choreographed, and voice-acted. All there is to say about the game has been said, however, on the original game's forum, so let's focus on the GOTY Edition's only added feature: the Map Pack.

I purchased the map pack the day it dropped and instantly had mixed feelings. Two of the maps, Creek and Killhouse, only tangentially keep with the game's fiction. Creek is vast, set in an undulating eastern European countryside. Due to the map's size, most players equip sniper rifles and just pick others off as they make their way through choke points and hence has gained a reputation as a "camper's paradise", meaning that players tend to just sit and wait, or "camp", rather than rush their opponents. Killhouse, on the other hand, is somewhat like Halo 3's Foundry map in that it is a big generic warehouse within which players navigate generic barriers and structures. It really is supposed to resemble an indoor military training area and can only be accessed online by playing Team Objective games (like Search and Destroy, Sabotage, etc.) or playing private matches with your friends. If you don't appreciate campers in FPS's and would prefer not to play a map that feels "outside" the game's narrative space, you may not enjoy these two maps.

Chinatown is in a class of its own, and well outside the game's fiction. It is a remake of an old FPS map and very dark, with convoluted passages through a cluster of themed buildings and various shifts in altitude depending upon which building you're in. In contrast to Creek, this is a map that favors close-quarters weapons like SMGs and Shotguns, but doesn't totally exclude LMGs or Assault Rifles. It stands apart from the game proper due to its theme, and if you like getting down and dirty in an urban setting, you might enjoy this map.

Broadcast is a large map lifted almost pixel-for-pixel from the single-player campaign. It is a television station in a city somewhere in eastern Europe, and affords players the opportunity to battle both indoors (various offices, a recording studio, mainframe room) and out (parking lot, roof, small adjacent buildings). Out of the Map Pack maps it boasts the best "flow", meaning that time between scuffles is short and that there is easy, obvious passage between areas and floors. Campers and rushers are both satisfied as the indoor action favors machine guns while snipers may pin down marks from accross the parking lot.

All of that being said, I'm a little disappointed that the GOTY version of the game doesn't include any visual or technical enhancements like other GOTYs have (thinking of Morrowind and Oblivion here) and only includes a free set of mostly-mediocre maps that will, after time, be free anyway. Also, it doesn't seem like a sound marketing decision to charge full price for the GOTY Edition when a consumer can purchase the original game (from Amazon) and the maps (from XBL) for $10 less than it costs to buy the GOTY Edition. Questionable...
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on August 4, 2009
This game is an amazing thrill ride. If you have the urge to play a first-person shooter that echoes a modern day version of Saving Private Ryan, then this game is for you. The single player is great. The controls are responsive, and the frames per second are liquid smooth. Furthermore, this game has an intense and relevant story, which, though it does not get in the way of the action, still gives you enough impetus to keep playing. The most unique moments of the single player missions feature you as a defenseless character (e.g. an Arabian president, or a soldier who is a victim of an atomic bomb attack). In these parts you don't shoot any guns; all you do is watch the story unfold first-hand. It's great as an experience, and the intensity of the rest of the missions will have you on the edge of your seat.

In Call of Duty 4 you don't play as only one character; most of the time you will switch between an American Marine and the S.A.S. (British version of Navy Seals) member "Soap" McTavish. For brief spells you play as other characters too. Although I have not completed the single-player game, most of the experience I have had has been excellent. The guns are mostly fun to use, particularly the super-powered weapons (like rocket launchers) that you control for brief stints. The realism is stunning. Cars explode, and grenades thrown by the enemy can be returned. Sniping is more "arcade style", but still an enjoyable part of the game. My one complaint is that there are a few parts of the game where enemies keep running at you from the same place, and the game turns into some sort of target practice arcade. There are a few parts like this in the missions I have played, however they are not frequent, so the game is still enjoyable. Your character occasionally experiences scripted moments, such as when you almost miss a jump into a helicopter while escaping from a sinking ship. These little touches add to the suspense, and are enjoyable to watch even after the 5th time through a mission. Overall, the single player is a blast for FPS fans.

If the single-player gets you hooked, the multiplayer will have you coming back. The mode of choice is Team Deathmatch, where Marines/SAS and Spetsnatz/Terrorists duke it out for supremacy. What makes the multiplayer unique is the class-based system. You can choose between five preset classes, such as demolition expert, special ops, assault, heavy weapons, and sniper. You always have a sidearm, and each class has its own perks, such as more health, steady aim, sprint for longer distances, etc. This is just the beginning. As you gain experience you can create your own classes, and find the perfect combination for your style. You unlock more perks, such as the ability to drop grenades after you die, or to be invisible on enemy radar. In addition to Team Deathmatch, there are also regular Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Headquarters and Search and Destroy modes. Each mode offers something unique. As your character gains experience, he levels up, which adds another element of interest. The multiplayer part of CoD 4 is a great experience, especially if you play with friends. The intensity is ramped up from single-player, which keeps the replay value high.

In all, this game is a fabulous experience both online and offline. The graphics are amazing, but the gameplay keeps things fresh for a long time. I've been playing on and off for months, and it still holds my interest. One last thought: The mature rating is justified; this is an intense game. I would not let anyone under 17 play this. Compared to games like Gears of War, the violence is much less gory. There is less cursing/crude language too. Infinity Ward decided (wisely) to go for realism without being over the top in the violence and language category. Overall, any mature gamer who likes first-person shooters should check out this game! It's an incredible action experience that's not to be missed.
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on January 9, 2013
This game is really fun to play, but be warned it has foul language. My teenagers play with my husband and they really have a great time. Some times they have to mute the language but really enjoy this game.
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on June 2, 2009
This is the best first person shooter ever made (so far.. until the sequel comes out). If you have an X-Box 360, PS3, or capable PC and you don't have this game yet, you should go ahead and pay for the overnight delivery. Have you been living in a cave or something?

Oh and uh... it's really violent. So uhh.. buy it for your kids to show them how dangerous and evil war can be. Let them play too, though - it's the only way they'll really understand, after all. Teach your children well... head-shots, no misses.
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on January 31, 2014
Actually COD 4 Modern Warfare and COD 5 World at War are a tie in my book , one is just set in modern times and the other in World war 2. These two games ( in my opinion ) are 2 of the best FPS games out there . Even after all these years you can't go wrong with them if you have never played them.

I orriginally picked this game up on midnight release in 2007 and have played the campaign over and over again , and thats not counting the addictive multiplayer my friends and I lost days of our lives to. The game was just a marvel of its time and many game developers have attempted replicate it's success and all have failed . This was the game most talked about at the time and many years to come. Many people including myself still pop this gem in and play the multiplayer together. For a while ( just like World at War ) hackers absolutely ruined the multiplayer experience , but just like the World at War multiplayer , the hackers have seemed to have moved on and we can now enjoy one of the best multiplayer's to ever exist. Just like in World at War you will run into the occasional hacker , but all you have to do is back out of the match and start a new. Its that simple.

Not only is the multiplayer great but the campaign is a very enjoyable ride and in my opinion , it's the best in the Modern Warfare series. The other two were decent but didn't reach the greatness of this game. I really didn't care for Modern Warfare 3 , the story was ok but the multiplayer was lacking , again that is just my opinion. I have beaten all of my Call of Duty games on Veteran and achieved all the achievments to be had except for one , and its on this game.. The mile high club achievement is absoultely a hard one to get and one that I gave up on , but I have the rest !! This game even with todays standards is still a solid 5 out of 5..Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox 360Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Xbox 360Call of Duty: Ghosts - Xbox 360
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on May 27, 2016 CoD Modern warfare was the first great FPS combat game that brought you into the 21st century world of realistic combat. With a good story and good gunplay, it's got a good replay value. Online options even years from now will probably still be available. They've made more, and they are all good. Highly recommended if you're on the fence about a modern FPS.
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on February 20, 2013
What can you say about modern warfare that has not been already said? Fun game, good graphics, intuitive play, lots of weapons. I can't comment on the online feature because I have never used it, but this is the original classic modern warfare game, and if you liked the others, you will certainly like this. The game runs smoothly without glitches, and there is a cinematic element to the game as well. Too bad there were no zombies like Black ops, then it would be perfect!
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on April 14, 2009
Please do not purchase this game thinking you are getting the free map pack. There are many postings online, and my friend recently purchased this from Amazon, and they all say that the Call of Duty 4 Game of the Year Edition no longer has a code for free maps.

If you ask me, there should be a law against this type of marketing, because they "Game of the Year Edition" typically means the same game but with added freebies. There is nothing new if the map pack is not included.

Other than that, it is a good game. I just feel that people buying this game now are being cheated, because their friends told them how they were able to get the map pack for free if they buy the GOTY edition.

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