Modern warfare at its finest
The Call of Duty
franchise has taken some stick in recent years for the direction it's been taking, deviating too much from the WWII roots that made the original games so striking. Ghosts
and Advanced Warfare
have both been solid adventures that offer much to the shooter fan but one can't help but feeling the series has lost its way a little. So, if you want to see the biggest franchise in the world at its best, this is probably the place to go. This one takes place after the original Modern Warfare and finds the world once more under threat by the Russians who seem to want global chaos, so if falls to you to step in and save the day. Taking control of a number of characters, you'll fight your way through a series of taut and exciting missions while making use of a vast array of modern weapons and with the missions themselves being a mix of occasional stealth, driving sections and of course, lots of shooting. You've also got the famous multiplayer mode, which people do still play today, rounding out the package. In some ways, it's difficult to say just why this is so good. On the surface at least, it offers little that the average military shooter doesn't but it's in the details that everything comes together. The story is a frighteningly plausible one which is well-told and full of spectacular moments and memorable characters, while the level design is superb, with imagination and inventiveness at every corner. Everything feels bang on and the multiplayer maps are excellent so really, as far as military shooters go, this is the boss.