Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare First Look

The Nintendo DS will get its own version of Activision's mammoth military shooter in November. We took a look.

Call of Duty 4 is currently topping the wish lists of PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC gamers everywhere, but Activision's massively popular shooter franchise is coming to the small screen too--or the dual small screens, to be precise. We got a look at Call of Duty 4 for the DS recently to see how it will relate to its cousin on the consoles and to find out how the controls work on Nintendo's handheld. COD4 on the DS won't follow the storyline of the console game explicitly. Instead, it will happen in parallel, so you'll be visiting the same or similar locations as in the console game, sometimes even encountering the same events that you'll remember if you're also playing the bigger version of the game. For instance, the DS version will open with a ship level just like it does in the main game, but you'll be investigating a different ship from the one on the consoles.

In practice, the game plays much like other recent shooters on the DS. You use the stylus to look around, the D pad to move, and the left shoulder button to fire your weapon. You can access your collected weapons and grenades by tapping icons on the touch screen. You can also bring your weapon up and look down its sights for more precise aim by double-tapping the touch screen. In addition to the run-and-gun core action, you'll get some occasional on-rails action sequences, like manning a mounted machine gun as you buzz enemy positions. The single-player game will include 12 missions. There will also be a four-player, local-only multiplayer mode with such game types as team deathmatch, capture the flag, and hunter/prey, which is sort of a kill-the-man-with-the-ball game. This multiplayer mode will offer nine maps, two of which you can play with a single cartridge through download play.

In the campaign, the game will also have a couple of interesting and surprisingly hectic minigames. One of them is a hacking minigame where you have to rotate a number of tiles around to create connected pathways between a number of nodes on the edges of the grid. The other minigame we saw involved defusing a bomb. We had a limited number of seconds to trace colored wires with the stylus between various connectors on the bomb, and naturally, we had to be pretty spot-on with our tracing to make sure we could disarm the bomb before it blew us to smithereens.

Call of Duty 4 looks like it's shaping up to be a fairly solid shooting experience in DS terms. The developer seems to have crammed quite a bit of action and explosions into Nintendo's scrappy little handheld. The DS game is due out in early November, right alongside the console versions.

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Discussion

52 comments
Loopuze
Loopuze

Ok, time to revise my mini-review...the first level is impressive, but fairly standard, I was expecting a fun FPS. But the 2nd level, this incredibly intense on-rails tank-gunner sequence...oh,...my....god...I had headphones, turned off the lights, and I comepletely forgot I was playing on my DS...I didn't think this kind of thing was even possible on the DS, I mean, this really raises the bar, to be honest. Helicopters, explosions, all in gorgeous, gorgeous fully-modeled 3D....oh, yes, it is a thing to behold. Most impressive DS achievement I've seen since Phantom Hourglass. Ok, I'm gushing, sorry, but, really, it IS freaking cool. So check it out :)

BrandonAkey
BrandonAkey

wow... so many comments on 'scrappy' and its not even a bad thing. learn how to read please... Scrappy is a complement. about the game, I REALLY have high hopes for it, the DS needs WAY more games like this

krystians
krystians

This game better be sweet. I need a new game ever since I have finished PH. I still think they should make Goldeneye 007 remake on the DS. But till then I will just keep hoping this one get a good review. If not then I will get myself MK:3 for the DS... or is it 4.... i forgot. :(

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

if it online on ds then i'll get it so if i go somewhere then i'll play this and at home i'll play on 360... swweett!!

pokemon_rox
pokemon_rox

sounds good... as long as it doesn't end up like Golden Eye --YUCK!!-- if they put at least half the time into it that was put into MP: Hunters, it will undoubedebly be a good game

bunyipbrown
bunyipbrown

Yeah, FPS' work amazingly well for the DS. Just as good as a mouse. Although a bit cramped, none the less still very good.

sonic_rusher
sonic_rusher

Is this online because I am getting contradicting info?

M1X
M1X

Gonna buy it on the release if it gets good reviews... This over mario party...

Raiko101
Raiko101

I always rest the DS on my leg as not to put weight on the hand holding the DS. Thus I avoid cramping.

CRAZYCAM_93
CRAZYCAM_93

Good to hear the levels are different than the console versions. I will probobaly buy this game. The DS was made for FPS's!

smiggles116
smiggles116

I think this idea of porting Call of Duty 4 over to the DS is both daring and awesome. I am a huge fan of shooters, and I love my DS. If this game dose everything it's trying to do right, I will be hooked.

keebthesquee
keebthesquee

Scrappy?????? 0_o vat zee $%^& ........ at least it's not useless like the psp.

keebthesquee
keebthesquee

man.....why can't they understand that the best button configurations were that of metroid prime: hunters. or maybe its just me...but i don't like using the stylus to be pointing everywhere...... -__-

juggleballz
juggleballz

To SUCHAFOOL: Hey man where did you get that game grip? And which one? I have been checking them out and I want to get one as MP: H killed my hands. Cheers

Ba0ng89
Ba0ng89

Yea i know ive bought one b4 too, its pretty useful but it gets slippery later on though..

suchafool
suchafool

Metroid gave me hand cramps too, but I bought one of those 'game grip' things (looks like a ps2 pad with a hole in the middle for your DS)... problem solved. Now I'm pretty good at online Metroid!

DiscoBurn
DiscoBurn

After a solid hour or two of MP:H, I stopped getting any hand cramps...so assuming the controls are anything like MP:H, this should be a solid title. However, I doubt I'll be hyping this one for a while.

WiseGamgee
WiseGamgee

scrappy just means that it punches above its weight, it's a compliment!

noudontidort
noudontidort

That control scheme = major handcramps. I won't be playing this.

checampbell
checampbell

sorry guys i love my ds to bits, but even although this looks like a genuine effort the poor little thing just can't handle an fps

Inverni
Inverni

@ sirwill89 It helps to be comprehendable when you are attempting to be a jackass. @ Everyone else This game looks good, but I'm definitely going to wait a little longer before I say anything too great about it. Handheld FPS tends to be a tricky thing to pull off.

sirwill89
sirwill89

omg lmfao there is so many comments bout scrappy gamespot love consoles and games more than most they did no way mean the console is crap you just need to know how to read and best yet, picture them writing it, and flow with there words to get the real understanding of what they mean this just made me laugh oh and yea ill prob get this too for free maybe XD

aznpr1d34eva
aznpr1d34eva

GS is not insulting the ds with the word scrappy, y would they talk crap about the ds, after all it IS the number 1 handheld rite now and yea this game seems interesting

JesusFreak1990
JesusFreak1990

I hope it will be better than Brothers In Arms DS! If so, I am geting it!

magnetcz
magnetcz

If the controls are as fluid or will be as fluid as in metroid I'm getting this... I might sound weird but the dysfluent movement in some games can really put me off.

jesus_markii
jesus_markii

the reasons theres no online is because it will just lag and the FPS will be awful but its ds so not that fussed ill just get xbox live and get COD on there as well, the DS version will probably have wifi to connect to other near by consoles though or something along those lines

LoranHalvard
LoranHalvard

I don't see what's wrong with the use of the word "scrappy".

Dukeman330
Dukeman330

From dictionary.com: scrap·py (skrāp'

ZeraphLordS
ZeraphLordS

To all those who are griping about the use of the word "scrappy", you might want to check up on your alternate word definitions.

dieworm
dieworm

"Scrappy"? Screw you GameSpot. That handheld happens to be the best system since the SNES so why don't you just back off with the insults and go wish your system had HALF the awesome library the DS has. UGH, between this and that crappy Brawl "hands on" today...

AjayRaz
AjayRaz

Scrappy Little Handheld huh? :\

Yoda157
Yoda157

Looks better than Brothers in Arms, and it is not a "scappy little hand-held", tsk-tsk...

rav44
rav44

so why isn't this coming to the wii? aparently the ds can andle it, so why aren't they making it for the wii? i'd get it for 360 or ps3 anyways, but i'd still like to see it.

vatterott
vatterott

Looks like it has good graphics.

fighterguard
fighterguard

I'll adhere to the masses: "scrappy little handheld"?

Eloy
Eloy

I don't get it, why create a version for DS and not one for Wii?...always puts as an excuse the thing about graphics and stuff...but please?, you can't compare DS with Wii...anyhow we'll have to wait for Medal of Honor 2 Heroes

microgab
microgab

"Nintendo's scrappy little handheld" what do you mean by that? It's not like there is a better handheld at the moment than the DS. Sorry, just didn't catch that.

davo208
davo208

this game well be great but it would be awesome if it had online

GeekyDad
GeekyDad moderator

"Scrappy little handheld"?

TWOC2689
TWOC2689

I don't think it will be as good as it's console and PC Brothers but at least we get another FPS on the DS.

icarus212001
icarus212001

not worth it without the online. unless its phenomenal

Djmaster214
Djmaster214

NOOOOOOOO why would you do something like that? this is gonna be garbage

Yadish
Yadish

YES! i want i dont care about online anymore! I just want a shooter!

Spikyspaz
Spikyspaz

its about time there was a shooter on DS other then metroid. i hope this game turns out good

AEZAC
AEZAC

Brothers in Arms: DS was decent, way better graphics than this game, it was to short though. I am going to buy this game for the 360, only because it will be the best FPS to exist. Now as for the ds, they should have stuck with a 3rd person WWII view. I will not buy this game.