Call of Duty 4: Updated Hands-On

We take a near-finished version of Call of Duty 4 for another spin to see more of the single-player campaign.

If you're one of the lucky ones, then you're probably busy playing the recently released multiplayer beta of the upcoming Call of Duty 4, which is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated games of the year. But while the rest of the world was playing multiplayer, Infinity Ward was kind enough to show us some more of the game's single-player campaign at Activision's recent Activate Asia Pacific Conference. If you're read our earlier previews of the game, you'll know that Infinity Ward looks to have so far captured the Call of Duty series' trademark high-intensity firefights in Call of Duty 4. Our play through a previously unseen level--named War Pig--was no different.

War Pig is a day time mission which expands on The Bog mission we've previously covered (which had you trying to secure a stranded M1-Abrams tank trapped in a war torn city). You and your squad of US Marines are basically tasked with pushing through the city to get closer to Call of Duty 4 baddie Al-Asad's base, and have to fight through dozens of militia hiding in the ruined buildings of the town. Luckily, the now repaired Abrams tank is with you, and although you can't take direct control of it, the tank does provide welcome cover as you stalk through the streets. The action in this level is just as intense as we've previously seen, with militia armed with rocket-propelled grenades seemingly on every rooftop, joined by countless others shooting from behind cover.

This level was a great example of Call of Duty 4's destructible cover--we had great fun shooting militia as they hid behind doors and even walls, with our bullets easily piercing through these weak barriers. We also experienced the importance of finding decent cover firsthand--we thought we were safe ducking behind a car, forgetting that with enough hits, cars will explode in Call of Duty 4--which is exactly what happened in this case, ending our mission prematurely.

What the daytime level showcased most was Call of Duty 4's impressive graphical clout, with plenty of detail to be ogled at in the environments. From the rubbish-strewn streets to the dilapidated buildings, the visuals were absolutely top notch, although it was hard to concentrate on them at times because of the high level of action. Sound was also a winner--this game begs to be played with a full surround-sound set-up, and is filled with nice audio touches (such as its excellent attempt at recreating an ear-ringing sound every time you're too close to the Abrams as it fires a round).

Call of Duty 4 is slated for release on November 7 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

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Discussion

305 comments
linkyshinks
linkyshinks

Shame the single player is so very short, still a good game thgough.

Roto101
Roto101

ya i agreen w/ Soupflakez lol... i played the CoD4 MP beta n its hard to blow up a car by shooting at it or the gas tank lol... but theres a simple way to blow up a car... use the M203 grenade launcher or throw 1 or 2 grenades at the car lol dammit CoD4 is released in the US while we UK residents have to wait like till friday to get a copy of CoD4 :( they get to play it first and by 3 days when CoD4 is released in the UK some1 from the US reach the max level first :(

Soupflakez
Soupflakez

Stevio, under controlled cirucumstances it's a possibility. But in the real world, the chances of you blowing up a car by shooting its gas tank are relatively small.

Aang007
Aang007

this game wont have any splitscreen online i dont think it dissipointed me too but its true

hat-boy
hat-boy

this game looks awsome but i wonder is there a splitscreen multiplayer

AbeFroman3
AbeFroman3

i'm one of the lucky ones my gamestop is getting a shipment tonight @ 6 woo hoo

gonutzfordonutz
gonutzfordonutz

It depends on the retailer. The release date is either today or tomorrow (November 6th), but I believe that the OFFICIAL date is the 6th meaning you should expect it to come to your local retailer tomorrow. Additionally, the game is not 70 dollars as is advertised by rodrigo101992. The price of the standalone game (without all the extra, arguably needless features) is $59.99.

rodrigo101992
rodrigo101992

today 5 of november, the game got into stores, but what i dont like is that you need to pay 70 dollars

Stevio
Stevio

You CANNOT, I repeat you CANNOT blow up a car by shooting the gas tank.

Partisan357
Partisan357

This game looks excellent, but more games like this need to have alternate campaigns. How about a russian campaign or anything with an alternate take? As unlikely it may be that an Americam president would go overboard and invade countries needlessly..... Oh wait....

dc5bo
dc5bo

cannot wait to get this. 1 more day. the Beta was soooo much more addicting than H3 beta imo

elagricola
elagricola

This story says realease 11/7, the lauunch site says 11/5 and everyone else says 11/6...... People get you stuff together!!!

Todd76
Todd76

Man I can't wait. I'm so sick of playing Halo3..I"m ready to play a real game.

d3r7y
d3r7y

My prediction is CoD4: Modern Warfare 2007 Game of the Year! Cant wait to get my boys together on XboX LiVe to play this.

AFWorm
AFWorm

This is coming for PC, so I don't know why you would say this is the reason for getting a PS3. -Especially if you're going to go ahead and use a keyboard!!!

Godofwargod
Godofwargod

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Taylor_Riel
Taylor_Riel

Forget PC gamming - this is my reason for getting a PS3! Bring on Christmas!!!!

F1racerjb
F1racerjb

cant wait cant wait cant wait cant wait

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

I'm loving that last line "Sound was also a winner--this game begs to be played with a full surround-sound set-up, and is filled with nice audio touches (such as its excellent attempt at recreating an ear-ringing sound every time you're too close to the Abrams as it fires a round)." I'm a huge audophile, and I'm into everything so this is sure to be a winner. My excitement is near uncontainable, and this game sounds like a market shifter. That Pig level sounds alot to me like the plot of Black Hawk Down. Instead of a downed helicopter in the middle of a word-torn chaotic militant infested city, we have the same scenario except with a stranded M1 Abrams tank. For all those who wished they could help out the guys in that movie, and even more the real life soldiers who died in that incident, this is looking like your ticket to the action - front row. All of course assuming you have my computer or even better - the newest graphics card. All is let down by Vista's numerous bugs and Microsoft's pitfalls, including the failure of Dx 10, but give a year, and my graphics card won't be the best to have (I've got the best Dx 9 card). If you don't believe me, check out the Crysis Dx 9 & 10 comparison, as hosted by Gamespot. If you are blinded by your fanboyish nature toward a product you trust, then please, please talk to the nearest non-fanboy nerd at an electronics store. Please?

21121
21121

If the cars got a tank of petrol and a bullet hits it, theres a pretty good chance it'll explode... ^^ and yeah, dont think you can really compare this and halo, though i do think this will be just as fun.

mitchx10x
mitchx10x

Cars can definitely explode from gunshots...And im so pumped for this game:D

siefier25
siefier25

Ya, you can't really compare Halo to CoD. One is an arcade shooter, the other is a tactical Shooter.

jimbob01000
jimbob01000

exploding cars... NOT AGAIN - cars dont explode from gunshots!!!

pars24
pars24

Why are people comparing HALO3 and COD4 from each other, theyre not in the same shooter category for me..

21121
21121

should be good. not gettin this for a while though, assassins creed first =) big question now is...360 or PC?

baba_boom
baba_boom

I cant wait!!!!! 4 more days!

LPoPPin15
LPoPPin15

this game is gonna be pretty good im gonna play it for a week..........end it....and then go right back to halo 3 reasons why halo 3 is better than cod 4 -4 player online co-op -2 player splitscreen co-op -4 player splitscreen (online & off) (VERY FUN WHEN PLAYING TEAM GAMES) -vehicles -theater feature (I love showin off my skills to my homeboys)

Shishio817
Shishio817

Looks awesome, it'll probably be better than Halo 3...maybe.

jackass17
jackass17

yeh right vawb, you just struggle waiting those 6 days...try 9!! im in the UK so i gotta wait till next friday

Lemonsquare
Lemonsquare

I definitely think Call of Duty 4 look better than Halo 3 which i've beaten so I know...

vawb
vawb

GOD DAMNIT grrrrrr... 6 more days is way to long to wait lol, lookin forward to this game more than i was to halo 3

Bfos23
Bfos23

I can't wait for this game to come out! I'll be playing this for quite some time, anyone ever find out if there's vehicles or anything in multiplayer? Anywho it should be amazing from what I've seen, now I can put down Warhawk for a bit....

Furry_Fox
Furry_Fox

Looks pretty good. Actually, it looks awesome. I'm definitely going to get this mother. ^^

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

this will be a GOTY candidate. I'm buying it, trading in halo three for same reason as leems. This is the first month in my gamming history that I will be purchasing 4 games! COD4 (i was a demo addict), assassin's creed, mass effect, and rock band! I'm starting to wonder how much longer i should hang on to Gears??? anyway on top of those games i'll also want to rent Naturo, GH3(if i can), timeshift, skate, and TeamFortress2(again) --- am I going to get fired because of this? Or maybe lose my gf? who know's, but at leat I'll have heaps of entertainment.

Leems
Leems

I'll be trading in Halo 3 for this. H3 just wasn't my cup of tea. Played the demo for CoD4 and loved it. I still play CoD:UO regularly and I'm really looking forward to this one. I'll get it for the PC and the 360. Can't wait!

Z0MBIES
Z0MBIES

the beta was really awesome, dare i say much better and entertaining than the halo 3 beta, this is definately going to be an awesome game, and no i don't think there will be vehicles online, at least there werent in the demo

golfmanmatt
golfmanmatt

anyone heard if there's vehicle's in the multiplayer modes?

SmArTaLeC1321
SmArTaLeC1321

This is quite a bit better than Crysis, and i know i've played both demos.

Hairball
Hairball

Have the PC edition pre-ordered and fully paid for.

Chawy24
Chawy24

Man I can't wait for this game. I need to get away from Halo 3 for a while LOL.

jasonmasico
jasonmasico

If anyone is complaining about no coop in CoD 4 just play a TDM 2 vs 2. :P

david589
david589

the beta was awesome - i miss it over halo 3. I was suprised that they could keep so much that was in cod2. i thought it would be a little different but it still is da best

aarlev
aarlev

A shame that there's not going to be co-op but yeah you can't have everything I guess. I still think it's going to be a very solid game.

joshim982003
joshim982003

It is confirmed on the official website that it will not have co op

aDhAmMe13
aDhAmMe13

At first, the game seemed to be practically the best of the year. I still think that and I don't think there will be a single competitor. Yet, frankly speaking, I didn't take this preview quite tempting. Yet, it hasn't changed by positive thoughts about the game.

echou07
echou07

I can't wait to play this. The graphics and the game play look so realistic. It's jaw dropping cool! Does anyone know if you can customize your weapon or choose your load out in single player? Game of the Year! Yeah, Does anyone know if there's going to be split screen co-op?