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Call of Duty Modern Warfare (Series) Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan and Jo Robertson.


Call of Duty (COD) and Modern Warfare are games that recreate the adrenaline of being in a warzone. The games have walked the line between glamorising this kind of heroic violence and recreating the horror of the experience. Either way, these are games designed for entertainment more than.

Played from a first-person perspective, these games take considerable skill to master. Although the setting, weaponry, narrative and game modes are developed and enhanced each year, the core experience remains the same:
  • Call of Duty (2003) on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3
  • Call of Duty 2 (2005) on PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via backwards compatibility.
  • Call of Duty 3 (2006) on PS2, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Xbox One via backwards compatibility
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and remastered for Xbox One, PS4
  • Call of Duty: World at War (2008) on PC, PS2, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Xbox One via backwards compatibility
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) on PC, Mac, XBox 360, PS3 and Xbox One compatible
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Xbox One via backwards compatibility
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Xbox One compatible
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012) PC, XBox 360, PS3, Wii U and Xbox One via backwards compatibility
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013) PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014) PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015) on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016) on PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • Call of Duty: WWII (2017) on PC,Xbox One, PS4
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018) on PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) on PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warzone (2019) is a free combat arena on PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Call of Duty: Mobile (2019) on iOS and Android
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (2020) on PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X

Having added Battle Royale modes to the game for a few years since Fortnite's success, in 2020 the game launched a free-to-play battle royale version called Call of Duty: Warzone on PS4 and Xbox One, that attracted over six million users in just 24 hours since launch.

DetailsGame Details


Release Date: 25/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @InfinityWard


Duration: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete. Each game in the series provides a relatively short narrative adventure but it is the online multiplayer aspect of the game that is most popular and absorbs the most time.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online. How many players can play on one system varies between games although there is a trend away from split-screen in more recent offerings.

Cross-Play: You can play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone with people on other systems: Xbox One, PS4, PC.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019) received a PEGI 18 which restricts availability to ADULTS ONLY and is not suitable for anyone below this age. This rating has been given due to violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters., motiveless killing of innocent characters, graphic violence and use of strong language. Not suitable for persons below 18 years of age.

The ESRB rated this MATURE 17+ with blood and gore, intense violence, strong language, suggestive themes, use of drugs. It expands on this rating: Combat is highlighted by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and large blood-splatter effects. A sniper rifle causes increased damage (e.g., decapitation, dismemberment). Some sequences prompt players to make choices that influence enemy behavior: using a pistol to threaten a suspect's family during an interrogation; timing actions to prevent terrorists from shooting hostages (failure scenarios may occur). One sequence depicts players' character interrogated/tortured via waterboarding; if players select certain dialogue options, then a bound prisoner is seen executed. Cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: a hostage killed by an explosive vest; civilians (including children) killed by a gas attack. Some scenes depict terrorists threatening and, in rare instances, attacking or shooting young characters (e.g., a boy held hostage; young siblings attacked in their home—players can control their ability to fight back). The game includes multiplayer badges that depict illustrations of marijuana leaves and smoking; other illustrations depict close-up angles of partially exposed cleavage and buttocks. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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