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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare arrives via Xbox Backwards Compatibility – Is it worth the return?


The Xbox Backwards Compatibility program has brought countless classic titles to Xbox One since it first began at the back end of 2015. Some titles though have been high up on the most requested list for some time, with players begging for their favourite Xbox 360 titles to finally make an appearance on Xbox One. Since it began, classics such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: World at War, the Dead Space games and even Mass Effect have all made their way to Xbox One. Now though, it’s time for another Call of Duty title to arrive on Xbox One, but is it too little too late for this highly requested title?

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Ignore

When it originally released back in November 2007, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was an instant global hit. It won countless awards, became the best-selling game of 2007 and kickstarted the phenomenal online love for Call of Duty’s multiplayer component. On top of that, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare boasted a fantastic and heartfelt story that saw players switch between the roles of six classic characters, with the most notable being the iconic British Special Air Service recruit Sergeant John MacTavish – A.K.A. “Soap”.

The story follows a civil war that has broken out in Russia between the government and the ultranationalists who want to restore Russia to its Soviet-era glamor, as well as the battle between a separatist group led by Khaled Al-Asad who seizes power in a small oil-rich country within the Middle East by executing the president Al-Fulani.

Whilst the campaign offerings in Call of Duty 2 and 3 pushed on some sensitive issues, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare really took things to the next level and as the story was more sensitive to the real-life issues then later releases, the impact it had was a memorable one.

It’s fair to say you won’t find many with a bad word to say about Call of Duty 4’s campaign mode, but it was the multiplayer side of things that really brought the game to such high popularity.

With 10 prestige’s available on the console version of the game when it released, the competitive nature of Call of Duty was everyone’s main focus.

The game proved so popular in fact, that a remastered version – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – was released alongside the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, bringing with it improved visuals and audio, even more Prestige levels to conquer and a revitalised online multiplayer free from the encroaching modding community that corrupted the originals multiplayer offering.

Unfortunately, that’s where the problem lies for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare now on Xbox One. Had it been brought over a few years ago when the Xbox Backwards Compatibility program had first released, there may well have been many reasons to head back, even with the online multiplayer so corrupted. But now, with a new and improved version of the classic experience already available on Xbox One, with both better visuals, audio and an improved multiplayer, is there really any reason to head back to an inferior version of the game? I don’t think so, and whilst the remastered version will certainly bring an extra cost, the improvements it brings are well worth it should you wish to get involved with this classic Call of Duty game once more.

So, there we have it… some thoughts on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare arriving on Xbox One once more and why we think it’s a little too late. Do you agree? Will you be heading back to this Xbox 360 classic? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.

Carlos Santuana (Sly Boogie1993)
Carlos Santuana (Sly Boogie1993)
After 20 years of playing every game I can get my hands on, I can now be found selling my soul for anything Resident Evil, Gears of War, or Gamerscore related... all of which will be mastered after a good cuppa!
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