But the gushing about it I was reading made me think that it might be worth picking up. I've played through I'm guessing about 80% of the single player now and I have to say that I'm very impressed. It's not as cinematic as Gears of War, but there's definitely an epic feel to the whole thing. The environments are beautiful and some of the missions are very very well put together. Spoilers would abound if I mentioned some of my favorite moments so far, but I'd almost call it jaw-dropping on multiple occasions.
The subtitle for COD4 is "Modern Warfare", which... as I understand it... is in contrast to the previous games in the series which have all been based on World War II. This game follows SAS and USMC special ops teams as they try to end a war started by a generic middle-eastern coup. Each mission is prefaced by an introductory video, zooming in on a map of the world right to your squad's position. I've got no idea what the previous games are like, but squads are kind of important in this. Not that they're a large tactical part of the gameplay like in Rainbow Six or other Tom Clancy games, but the squads and radio chatter are a sort of the vehicle for delivering the majority of the game's plot.
I've heard very nice things about the multiplayer as well, but I haven't been able to try it out yet. One thing some people see as a downside is that it is a bit short. I'm told 5-6 hours of gameplay. For the price, that's pretty steep if you don't plan to play the multiplayer, but shorter games are becoming more and more convenient for me, so I find it almost ideal.
Disclaimer: I'll be working for Activision in a few weeks... but I did not work on COD4, so my comments are hopefully without bias.
Edited by theoddone33, 01 January 2008 - 01:36 AM.