Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Summary: The Modern Warfare reboot pulls few punches in its story, but it also gets its tone confused. Luckily, the multiplayer is a much stronger experience and one that should only improve with its free content roadmap.
Leveling up guns and other unlockables is an addictive timesink.
Still the FPS Standard-Bearer
Tight as ever gunplay keeps all competitors chasing Call of Duty for another year.
Story Gets Stuck Between Worlds
Is it gritty and realistic or Hollywood and bombastic? It can't decide.
Top Critic Average
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's varied gameplay modes and excellent gunplay suggest the series is headed in a promising direction.
When it's good, it's great. When it's bad it's frustrating. Everything in between is, well, Call of Duty.
Modern Warfare evolves the series for the better, but it could be so much more.
Countless seemingly minor issues build up to take away from what is, at its core, the best and most tactical Call of Duty multiplayer in years.
Nowhere close to a reinvention of the series but the more serious tone is mostly successful, with an ambitious story campaign and some entertaining new multiplayer modes.
Modern Warfare is fast and frenetic, setting a new benchmark for fidelity and high-pressure FPS action
Leveling up guns is ridiculously fun, and the breadth of modes keeps this experience from feeling repetitive. This is a game you can sink tons of time into
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a thrill ride that turns you into a monster
2019's Modern Warfare both draws from the original and lays a good foundation for the rest of the series, despite some thematic issues and co-op pitfalls.