Could Call of Duty’s Modern Warfare Reboot Be A Step In The Right Direction?

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After much anticipation, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has returned!

When I think of first-person shooters, there are two main franchises that come to mind: Battlefield & Call of Duty. Both franchises have had their fair share of successes and failures over the years. Last year’s Call of Duty title, Black Ops 4, was received with mixed reviews upon its release with many of the franchise’s fans expressing disappointment about the single-player campaign, or more specifically, the lack thereof.

In spite of that, as well as criticism regarding the game’s use of micro-transactions, the game did fairly well; winning Fan-Favorite Shooter Game, Best Online/Social Game and Shooter of the Year awards.

It was also nominated for a number of other awards including; Multiplayer of the Year, Game of the Year, Ultimate Game of the Year (not sure how that’s different from Game of the Year but anyways…) and the People’s Choice awards.

Now, as limited as my own experience with the franchise is, their latest entry’s reveal was very impressive.

What was that reveal? A reboot of the Modern Warfare series.

Check Out the New Call of Duty Trailer…

Before we continue, let’s take a look at the trailer that got COD fans buzzing!

The new trailer for Modern Warfare is dark and gritty! – YouTube

Pretty cool, right? The soldiers moving through the darkness, the narration, the music; it all really gets the blood pumping! When I saw this trailer it was quite a surprise because it doesn’t actually say much – if anything – about the game’s story (something film trailers could learn from) which makes me curious about what’s actually going on.

One YouTuber who discussed the trailer mentioned that it looked gritty and real.

“The whole trailer had a very serious tone, the visual style of the Call of Duty, it looked different; it looked grittier, it looked more realistic. It didn’t look ridiculous like every other Call of Duty has for years now.” – ReviewTechUSA

I have to agree with him about the visuals being realistic a gritty-looking too. Although, I will admit that his remark about the visuals being grittier and more realistic got me curious so I checked out the trailers for the other three Modern Warfare titles.

A Huge Difference…

Let’s look at the trailer for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and then do a comparison.

Watching these two trailers back to back; you can see a world of difference in the the quality and tone. Don’t get me wrong: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare looks fantastic. It’s very energetic and fast-paced with a bright, earthy colour scheme that provides a sort of action movie aesthetic. You get a sense of the enthusiasm that went into making a game like this.

With that said, the trailer just feels…busy. There’s so much happening at once and the narration sort of tells you everything you need to know about the game and its story.

It doesn’t exactly help that the trailer shows you pretty much all the coolest scenes from the game, but then again; it’s not a bad trailer. It still gets the blood pumping and it got people to buy the game so it did the job.

Overall, there aren’t many problems that I have with this trailer at all – except maybe that it shows too much. Same goes for both Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 – good game trailers that get the job done but show just a bit too much.

Binoculars on a helmet? Well, that makes sense…sort of – Source: GamesRadar

This new, reboot of the Modern Warfare games feels more serious, the darker colour palette conveys a sense of mystery and menace. It’s also very slow, building up towards the action and then you get the coolest piece of dialogue ever to seal the deal.

“Bravo six, going dark.”

There’s very, very little happening and we don’t know much about what’s going on or why. The realistic look is far more cinematic than the original trilogy and it’s absolutely gorgeous!

What do we know about the new Modern Warfare?

Not much is known in terms of the story, but then again the trailer was only just released so I’m sure we’ll see some stuff in the months leading to the game’s release in October. What we do know is that the reactions to the game’s reveal have been mixed.

The game’s writer, Taylor Kurosaki, wanted to give gamers a bit of a think-piece; pushing them into morally grey areas. On that note, the game will apparently have branching dialogue options which will change based on how you complete each mission.

About the only other piece of info I could find was that the character of Captain Price is returning…a fan favorite character – apparently.

The Push for Realism: Making up for Battlefield?

One element to this new entry in the Call of Duty franchise is the push towards realism and morality. This is a very interesting approach from the franchise; realism and accuracy have, after all, been the Battlefield games’ selling point for years now. I bring this up because, it kinda feels like Call of Duty may be trying to make up for last year’s Battlefield V debacle.

Battlefield V was mired in controversy right from the start and ultimately failed to meet the expected sales numbers. With that in mind, it feels like the Call of Duty franchise is trying to take the Battlefield series and copy it.

Modern Warfare
A wide array of colors over the course of the CoD franchise – Source: USgamer

All that said, however, not everyone is happy with the kind of realism that the new Modern Warfare is purportedly aiming for. A big concern all around is how respectfully this game will treat the subject matter and there are a few people who don’t like the idea of a ‘realistic’ Call of Duty game – which given the franchise’s history, I can understand.

Now, in regards to the level of realism in this new game, I’m a little bit worried. It’s up to the developers to decide how they want their game to be and put the appropriate age-rating on the packaging.

I do take issue with the developer stating that they want to be as realistic as possible; only because the true horrors of war/combat can’t be captured on a video screen.

Final Thoughts: the Call of Duty Bug

I don’t normally play first person shooters that often but this new trailer has gotten my attention. I may be willing to give the Call of Duty franchise a chance to impress me.

So, those are my thoughts on this for the moment and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with this new Modern Warfare title. The game is slated to be released on October 25, 2019 – just four months away so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Now, as usual; what are your thoughts? Do you like the direction the franchise is headed in towards realism? Why or why not? Are you likely to play the new Modern Warfare title when it’s released? Let me know what thoughts you may have on all this.

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