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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Review: Fun but too familiar

PlayStation 4 owners who pre-purchased Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, have already got their hands on the new “remastered” Modern Warfare.

Given some uncertainty over how good Infinite Warfare will be, bundling it with a classic seems a smart move.

But let’s not forget the original Modern Warfare was released in 2007.

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Times have changed and many will wonder if a game they’ve already played to death is worth a second purchase.

We go through the good and the bad to help you make up your mind.

The good

Visuals

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COD Remastered doesn’t look like a true next-gen game, but it definitely comes close.

It’s lightning quick, never drops below 60FPS and there’s much more detail on everything.

This is especially noticeable with the game’s main characters – who look much more lifelike.

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Everything’s helped along by much deeper and dynamic lighting. Squint your eyes and it almost looks real sometimes.

Some effects, such as water – still look dated, despite a slight touch up.

Gameplay

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It plays and feels exactly as it should – which is a blessing and a curse (see below).

Gunplay is fast and frantic, and enemy AI – whilst not fool-proof – will do their best to make your life difficult (Even on Recruit difficulty).

It’s incredible simple to pick up and play, so is ideal for a weekend blast.

The not-so-good

Gameplay

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There’s no doubt that Infinite Warfare will offer a genuinely new take on the series (it has spaceships).

But, for all Remastered’s new bells and whistles, it’s not enough to stave off an overwhelming sense of deja vu.

If anything, in sticking so close to the original’s mechanics and gameplay, the whole thing feels simplistic and scripted.

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Monster closets (where enemies keep spawning) and linear level design are now more apparent.

Plus, those epic set-pieces just aren’t as spectacular as you remember (especially as the series is now full of them).

Lasting appeal

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Admit it. You probably blasted through the original campaign in a matter of hours.

So, expect to do the same thing here.

Once you’re done, the multiplayer will likely keep you sated and bring back some memories.

But, compared to the multi-layered and complex multiplayer the series now boasts, it risks feeling too simple.

Our advice would be to crank the single-player up to the hardest setting because once it’s over, it’s over.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is out on Xbox One, PC and PS4 on November 7.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is available to download now for those who pre-purchase the game on PS4 only

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