Gamers Answer Call of Duty 4
With Grand Theft Auto IV gone AWOL this holiday season, Call of Duty 4 is the top game on wish lists of war shooter enthusiasts this year. Although the Call of Duty series has traditionally been entrenched in WWII warfare, CoD4 is blasting its way into modern combat.
CoD4 is a war based shooter with emphasis on realism. Infinity Ward founder Grant Collier said in an interview:
“Graphically, the goal was to be most photo-realistic game ever made. We created the first next-gen title ever with ‘Call of Duty 2′. That was back when all these art techniques were in their infancy. With ‘Call of Duty 2′ under their belt, these guys have really mastered them,” Collier said.
Players are cast as various elite warriors such as U.S. Marines or British SAS in missions that carry them around the world and even through time. As seen in many shooters, the single player game is short; a mere 4-5 of gameplay on the easiest setting. However as is also typical, gamers buy shooters for the online multiplayer game where the intricacies of an in-depth weapons upgrade system and menu of “perks” will keep the game fresh and exciting.
The game features all the latest weapons, equipment and vehicles, all carefully researched with military cooperation. The research team tagged along on live-fire exercises on military bases with some of CoD4′s biggest fans.
“Talking to World War Two vets, the ones that are still around, they don’t play video games and don’t really care. But these guys are hot to trot for video games,” Collier said of the Marines.
Call of Duty 4 was released for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 November 6 in North America. The game launched in Australia November 7 and will be invading Europe November 9.