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June 15 2007
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
7/11/2007ActivisionActivisionInfinity Ward
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
12-12$119.95
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Call of Duty 4 looks fantastic.
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Better keep your head in.

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Some of the best graphics - ever!
While Electronic Arts keep floundering around with their Medal of Honor series with poorer and poorer releases (although we admit that Medal of Honor: Airborne does look rather nice) Activision have their own World War II shooter series which offers both a solid single player and multi-player experience - Call of Duty. Hang on I hear you all ask... These screens don't appear to be set during WWII. You'd be right too. For the first time Activision are updating the series for modern Warfare - there aren't any antiquated rifles here, this is all about modern warfare - and modern weapons.

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Check out the smoke and particles.
While Call of Duty 3 was developed by Treyarch Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is actually being developed by Infinity Ward. That's not a bad thing at all though as Infinity Ward developed the first two games in the series on PC. They certainly have a strong track record.

In terms of storyline that is remaining fairly well under wraps at this stage. What we do know is that during the game you will have missions where you will play as a British SAS soldier, and other missions where you will play as US Marines.

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It will be possible to fire from choppers.
So this is a Call of Duty title through and through. The game is a FPS, there are multiple weapons on offer, the grenade marker returns so you can see where it has landed (especially useful when they're being thrown at you!) and the missions are varied. But this game also allows you to fast-rope from your Blackhawk helicopter, use a sniper rifle to pick of enemies or engage hostiles from an AC-130 gunship thousands of feet above the battlefield. Being a modernized army you now have night vision goggles to attack in the dark. These goggles even let you see the laser sights from guns, both yours and the enemies which should provide a few thrills in online gameplay!

Online multi-player is also extremely likely to play a part in this game. Activision's impressive Call of Duty 3 (which is still a regular in our PS3 system!) allowed up to 24-players to compete in a variety of game modes online. Unfortunately the developers have confirmed that this sequel will likely support 12-16 players online, we're not sure why the drop and it is quite disappointing. Another aspect which has been dropped for the online gameplay is the ability to use vehicles - but in their place are improved challenges and bonuses including the ability to call in air strikes if you reach a certain number of kills in a row. The XBox 360 game will apparently include 4-player offline split screen gameplay, and we also hope the PS3 version will also include this.

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Battle in the Middle-East.
Certainly one of the most controversial aspects of this game will come from the locations on offer. As well as settings such as Russia and America at least one of the levels will be set in the Middle-East (as you can see in the image to the left of this paragraph). Will the current war in Iraq make this an uncomfortable experience for some gamers? Will it create political protests? Time will tell, but we have to admit a slight sense of unease about its inclusion given that many nations are losing good men every day in the territory due to a (depending on your opinion) senseless war.

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Keeping an eye on the flare.
Graphically this game is astonishing. You have already clicked on each of the images to get a larger look and we can safely say that this may very well be the best looking combat based game of all time. We can also ensure you that these screenshots are running in the game engine, and are not pre-rendered. Not only do the characters looks stunning but the backgrounds are realistic. Combine that with stunning visual effects such as depth of field, rim-lighting, character self-shadowing, real time post-processing, texture streaming as well as physics-enabled effects such as fire, smoke and explosions and this is one serious looking game.

If these screenshots don't get you excited about Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare then nothing probably will. Can the developers make this game every bit as compelling, or even surpass, similar settings found in Battlefield, Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon? I guess we'll find out in November 2007...