GC '07: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multilplayer Hands-On

Activision and Infinity Ward invade Germany with their stunning first-person action game.

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LEIPZIG, Germany--Activision and Infinity Ward have brought Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare to Germany in a big way. The companies showed off all three versions of the highly awaited first-person shooter at the Games Convention in Leipzig. While Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners are salivating at the thought of getting their hands on the game, PC gamers have plenty to look forward to, too. That's because the PC version looks spectacular, and the multiplayer is cutthroat and tense.

Activision had a LAN game going during its Call of Duty 4 party in the old airfield adjacent to the sprawling Leipziger Messe conventional center. While the gameplay and modes are pretty much identical to those of the console versions, the game obviously benefits from the superiority of the PC's high-end video cards and displays. It simply looks sharper and better.

The multiplayer in the PC game is essentially identical to the console games, so the details in our recent multiplayer preview remain the same. Still, it's worth noting that Call of Duty 4 has some of the most brutal infantry combat that we've seen in a shooter to date. The environments really do capture the sense that you're battling it out in a gutted city or in fallow farmland. There's so much intricate detail to each level, as well as plenty of secrets and choke points to learn.

What's also fun is that the game rewards kill streaks. Get three kills without dying and you can call in an aerial drone that gives your team the position of enemy soldiers for 30 seconds. Rack up a couple more kills without dying and you can call in an air strike that can wipe out pockets of enemy units. And the air strikes are just awesome. All of a sudden you hear the incredibly loud roar of fighter bombers screaming 50 feet overhead, followed by the explosion of their ordnance.

The animation in the PC version is both smooth and incredibly lifelike. It's something you notice particularly during the kill cam moments after you're killed, and you get to see a flashback that shows you the perspective of your killer. We got nailed while reloading once, and watching the motion in third-person shows you just how Infinity Ward has nailed all the tiny little details of human movement.

At this point we must admit that we're a bit torn between the PC and console. We love the precision of the mouse/keyboard controls of the PC game. On the other hand, the Xbox 360 version will have built-in voice chat thanks to Xbox Live, and you can rack up achievements. Still, we'll have until November 5 to make up our minds, since that's when Call of Duty 4 will ship.

Discussion

98 comments
markenader
markenader

i buyd the game in a normal store (euroshop(from belgium)) and i started the game and i after a hour i try to play the multiplayer and they say thet the key is already in use!! so i sad that to the store and they don't believe me !

paladin125
paladin125

I can't wait for CoD4! Hey does anyone know if this game will be apart of Vista's cross-platform gaming thing? I'm trying to decide weather to get this for X-box360 or PC....

Mario21488
Mario21488

This game is going to be one of the Best FPS game ever (my opinion).

Hiroytuza
Hiroytuza

i'm really enjoying MOHA...so i cant imaging how am i going to enjoy COD4!!

joms
joms

I'm hoping that they will include intelligent bots for single player skirmishes! Time for me to build a powerful PC.

Greenf0x
Greenf0x

Looking forward to it...

onewang
onewang

man, I hope this rocks. Looks good as far as I can tell...

ReaperXxxx
ReaperXxxx

I may go with the PC version for this one, depending on how much I can crank the settings with an 8600 GTS.

hahamanin
hahamanin

now i have forgotten the 360 n bs ps3 versions pc version here i come

Spo0k
Spo0k

Halo 3 looks great, but this looks sooo much better. I CAN'T WAIT to jump online with this!!! Only bad thing is all them T**s online, but like Agermemon says (if your on 360 that is) just click them as avoided players and after a few games, you'll get rid of the annoyance. Actually I've probably already avoided most of them already, from playing COD2 and COD3. Also, the way your able to customise your character sounds so cool, just hope it's balanced! :)

Wolfie600
Wolfie600

well we wont be saved lil kids would be playing any game tahnt comes out.. so lets just own them and stop whinin cuz they aint gonna go away just cuz u guys say so.... lets just own them at both halo 3 and cod 4 Hooah! whos with me

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

Don't have a problem with idiots on xlive all you do is list them as an avoided player job done , voice chat in team based games is a must really for information , as for the game from what i have seen it looks stunning and cant wait

I_pWnzz_YoU
I_pWnzz_YoU

finally activision and infinity ward have answered our calls..WWII games are getting stale..so they've finally moved to modern warfare (is future next?) and i think MOA should do the same if they wanna compete with COD.So far its looking awesome, but i dont care bout the headset cause 1.i dont have live 2.my PC wont run COD4 3.its just a headset, i think they should spend more time on the gameplay

freakykidd
freakykidd

I think my rig could run COD4... but I'll just get the 360 version anyway, just in case (and voice chat is VERY useful for clan matches and stuff)

termadoyle
termadoyle

I don't really give a **** about voice chat and whatnots. I want to "play" the game and not be worried that my PC can handle the game in all its glory or not (which it can't it's getting old) but when I have the consoles, I can just pop in the disk and start playing the game. Consoles > PC IMO. unless you're a really really rich SOB who can dish out 2000$ for PC upgrades every year. (that's the least it'll cost in my country)

gnrlcryingwolf
gnrlcryingwolf

Bought a 360. Connected the headset. Played with it for 10 minutes. Disconnected it. Put it on the shelve where it's been gathering dust ever since. I have not been gaming for all these years to let some sh*thead ruin my gaming experience because they feel like shouting after a stressy day at school or work or home or whatever.

pandemic_rno
pandemic_rno

96.34% are. get an adult to pat you on the back if you arent. (not your priest.)

najyshadi
najyshadi

yea but not all of them are like that.

puckhead778
puckhead778

i honestly think there isn't much of anything more annoying than a 10 yr old who is cocky and hasn't hit puberty yet yelling and screaming b/c u killed them and they thought it was bogus....

najyshadi
najyshadi

why does every1 hav a problem with kid gamers playing online

RicoSuave696
RicoSuave696

Nov 5 is the second best day next to sept 25.....no what i mean??

Pedrozps
Pedrozps

I hope this game rocks, due the new perspective of the game was improved...........Cheers

petervaht
petervaht

aesportsguy14 you dont know what you are talking about all the little 'halo kids' play games like COD as well

aesportsguy14
aesportsguy14

@ thesniperkilla4 That's what's so great about the release of Halo 3. All the little Halo kids will be playing that game and leave COD4 to the more mature audiences. At least within the first few months anyway.

kennypoo
kennypoo

The beta is awesome!!!!!!!!! words cannot describe how good multi player is only tears of joy as they hit my controller. i do not know how i got in but bam!, got the invite today. it is everything u hoped for and more!!! i hate team death match but this game makes it so fun its rediculas. solo death match is the bomb and the weapons are soo sweet i have diabetes. the re spawns are quick and the action is frantic, u have heard this before but its true. i am writting this with a big smile on my face. well ill be on my way duty calls.......(i know that sounds corny but i don't give a F%^* im playing the beta)

GundamBlue
GundamBlue

doubt it there mommys and daddys will just buy them both for them to play

thesniperkilla4
thesniperkilla4

I just hope all those little whiny kids that annoy everybody on voice chat are playing Halo 3 instead of this, oh we can hope.

ggsportsking
ggsportsking

I just hate the wait and wish they would at least release a Demo over the weekend LOL

jediclone66
jediclone66

hopefully the qx6700 and the 8800 ultra will max this out

fowad555
fowad555

Sweet, if only consoles were upgraded every year (especially the video cards) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to make the games look even better than ever...........

MxAa
MxAa

too bad cesarblue doesn't realize graphics arn't everything... In my opinion 360 is the most boring thing ever... PC >PS2>Wii>Gamecube>PS3>Xbox>360

bigdun56
bigdun56

Cant wait!!! Im glad both versions are similar.

English_Death
English_Death

just pre ordered 360 and pc version, can't wait

Mizza13
Mizza13

ive pre-ordered it already

cesarblue
cesarblue

ps3=neo-geo and we know what happen to that. overprice machine that had a couple good games but was economically unattainable for half the country and those that did have eventually converted to the ps2 cause it was cheaper with better games, now today you can say the 360 is the best gaming console ever why you say cause look at the game Mass Effect my fav, Oblivion, two worlds, gears of war, bio shock just within the last year microsoft has beaten every ps3 game alive xbox= far cry, ninja gaiden, scarface, hitman bloodmoney i mean some of these games are on ps2 but xbox has better graphics and gameplay only thing that ps2 has over xbox is rpg and 360 is changing that by the end of next year we should have the best rpg ever I still go on Record and say Mass Effect is the best game every made since the inception of video games, I bet This game makes History and all the non-believer come to my sight and let me know what you think www.myspace.com/prophetschasinpaper see ya shaolin

GaMeWiZaRd93
GaMeWiZaRd93

I hope multiplayer is as good as single player.

bennie12
bennie12

If they have co-op it better be offline and online, I'm sick and tired of this "Online Multiplayer only" crap. I was ticked about Crackdown and SCDA.

comeonthehoops
comeonthehoops

binarynova, metroid prime and goldeneye arent even in the same class. metroid prime was way overrated - it had bad controls, boring story and the action was rather boring eith only 4 guns

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

This article reads quite a bit different then most Gamespot articles, but I still like it. There seems to be a genuine sense that the author is stoked about this game.

toxic_br
toxic_br

until now the gameplay movies looks great, i hope that they release a playable demo soon, this game could kick the bf2 series to mars, mainly because of the single player issue, i love single player, ehehe

nephthyswandere
nephthyswandere

They probably didn't mention PS3 because perhaps Sony's online whatever it is, sim house thingy, won't support built in voice chat. No worries though, you can make your own Sim thingy and send pictures to some house dealybob! SWEET!