- "One of the most critically-acclaimed games in history, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare® is back, remastered in true high-definition featuring improved textures, physically based rendering, high-dynamic range lighting and much more to bring a new generation experience to fans. Developed by Infinity Ward, the award-winning Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare set a new standard for intense, cinematic action, while receiving universal praise as one of the most influential video games of all-time. Relive the iconic campaign across fan favorite missions including "All Ghillied Up" and "Crew Expendable". And team up with your friends with the iconic multiplayer maps from the online mode that redefined Call of Duty."
- — Official Description
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is a remastered version of the iconic game, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The game was primarily developed by Raven Software while Infinity Ward assisted and executive produced. The game was previously only available to the players who purchased the Legacy, Digital Deluxe or Legacy Pro editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but was released as a standalone game.
The remastered game had the full campaign as well as multiplayer with sixteen maps. Ten (Ambush, Backlot, Bog, Crash, Crossfire, District, Downpour, Overgrown, Shipment and Vacant) are released at launch and six (Bloc, Countdown, Pipeline, Showdown, Strike and Wet Work) as well as Gun Game and Hardpoint was added as free DLC on December 13, 2016 along with other new content with more content being released in the coming months. The remaster also features several new achievements, several new weapons, and customization options such as calling cards, emblems, player customization, reticles and weapon camouflage.
On PC, the game is available on both of Steam and Microsoft Store, just like as Infinite Warfare. The games are identical, but in Microsoft Store version, all game data must be downloaded at the same time while the Steam version allows players to download the campagin and multiplayer seperately.
The game doesn't support Xbox Play Anywhere, this means Xbox One version and Microsoft Store version don't share data with each other. Also players have to buy the game twice if they want to play on both PC (Microsoft Store version) and Xbox One.
Being a remaster of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, it differs from the recent installments of the Call of Duty series and it takes place in the modern era rather than the future. In comparison with the original game, it features multiple enhancements in terms of visuals and sound effects. The scenery and character models are much more detailed and the weapons are rendered more realistically: For example, most weapon models showed the fire selector being set to the correct firing mode and bullets are visually seen depleting on the P90, the G36C and the belt-fed light machine guns. In the campaign, a good portion of the playable character's body might now be shown during some scripted sequences as well more animations being performed by them such as Paul Jackson protecting his eyes when the nuclear bomb goes off in "Shock and Awe" as well as catching Volker's hand in an attempt to save him. The animations from the recent Call of Duty titles are also used during gameplay, namely the sprinting animations that were changed as well as the addition of the animations for mantling objects and for crawling while prone. Weapon inspection is an added feature as well.
In 2011, Khaled Al-Asad begins a coup in the Middle East and Russia is in the midst of a civil war between the government and the Ultranationalists. Meanwhile, Gaz informs Captain John Price, the leader of Bravo Team that a new recruit to the S.A.S., Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish was joining their squad.
Soap arrives at the S.A.S. training facility in Credenhill, the U.K where he has a quick weapons training session with Gaz, meets Captain Price and the unit and takes the CQB test to complete his initiation.
Bravo Team proceeded to the Bering Strait to look for a suspected nuclear package on an Estonian freighter. After taking the security detail out, the team found the package, but the fire from enemy fast movers meant that they barely escaped with the shipping manifest which points to Al-Asad as the owner of the package.
To complete his revolution, Al-Asad executes the President of an unnamed Middle Eastern country, Yasir Al-Fulani.
Shortly after this, Soap, Gaz and Price rescued the Russian informant who supplied the intel on the cargo ship operation codenamed Nikolai with the help of one of Price and Gaz's old friends, Sergeant Kamarov and his Russian Loyalists.
Meanwhile, Al-Fulani's death prompted USMC with the 1st Force Recon to invade the Middle East to search for Al-Asad. A team consisting of Lieutenant Vasquez, Staff Sergeant Griggs, Sergeant Paul Jackson and others infiltrated a small town and cleared the target building and a TV station where they thought that Al-Asad is broadcasting propaganda only to find out that there was no sign of him and the broadcast is on a loop.
Meanwhile, while the SAS is on their way out, the team's helicopter, Hammer 2-6 is shot down and they have to make their way across the fields, trying to evade the enemies, searching for survivors, but eventually openly engaging them. After reaching a barn, Soap takes a FIM-92 Stinger and shot the helicopter down that was chasing them. An AC-130H Specter arrives to support the SAS to the extraction point, first while they're on foot and later in civilian vehicles. After they reached the junkyard, the friendly birds came in to get them.
The Marines headed to rescue a downed M1A2 Abrams, callsign War Pig from a bog, but the heavy enemy fire prompts Jackson to destroy a ZPU-4 so the air support can come in to mop up. The unit took their defensive positions on the tank as the engineers came in to fix it and escort it back to the highway. They cleared the forward area, allowing War Pig to move up and let the tank take some of the big targets. During this, Vasquez tells Griggs and his team to hold an area while he and Jackson complete the mission. At the end, they rendezvoused with a CH-46 Sea Knight for evac.
At the climax of the invasion, the squad headed to the capital city where they thought that Al-Asad withdrew to. After rescuing a pinned down advanced recon team, Vasquez is informed that Al-Asad has a nuclear warhead in the area. They hastened to evacuate, but the team's escort is shot down and they went back to save her. Having spent their time doing this, they did not escape in time and the nuclear bomb goes off, killing civilians, OpFor troops and 30,000 U.S. servicemen including Vasquez and Jackson and may have included the members of SEAL Team Six who just relayed the info on the warhead. Griggs manages to escape as he was not with the team during this.
At this point, Nikolai tells Price that Al-Asad may be at his safehouse in Azerbaijan. The S.A.S. headed there, clearing several buildings in the village before finding Al-Asad. Price interrogates Al-Asad and discovers that the nuclear package didn't belong to him when Al-Asad gets a call from the Russian Ultranationalist leader, Imran Zakhaev. Price executes Al-Asad.
Price tells the team when in 1996, he was a Lieutenant assigned under the command of Captain MacMillan on a mission to assassinate Zakhaev, an Ultranationalist who was trading nuclear fuel rods for weapons. The duo made their way through the ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine in ghillie suits and using minimal engagement to stay undetected. Eventually, they reached a hotel where they stayed on the top floor for three days until Zakhaev arrives.
When the meeting is underway, Price uses a Barrett .50cal sniper rifle to assassinate Zakhaev, blowing his arm off. The two made their escape under pursuit from enemy helicopters, believing that Zakhaev will die from shock and blood loss. While on their way to the extraction point, they took a helicopter down, but it comes crashing towards them and injures MacMillan's leg. Price carries him the rest of the way and they held their ground, waiting for exfil.
Back in the present day, eight hours after the death of Al-Asad, the S.A.S. used charges, a crashed Blackhawk's minigun and a FGM-148 Javelin to push the enemy forces back until Griggs and the American Marines arrived in the Sea Knight, "Gryphon Two-Seven."
With their target now shifted to Zakhaev, the actual owner of the WMD that killed the Marines in the Middle East, the S.A.S., U.S.M.C. and Russian Loyalists performed a joint operation to try and capture his son, Viktor Zakhaev for information on his father's whereabouts. After a lengthy chase, the team cornered him on the roof of a five-story building and Soap moves in to restrain him. However, he shoots himself to evade capture.
Angered by his son's death, Zakhaev takes control of an ICBM launch facility in the Atlay Mountains and threatens to launch nukes at the U.S. in retaliation. Price leads a joint British-American operation to stop this, but Griggs goes off course during the HALO and is captured. Soap, Gaz and Price diverted their course to rescue him before killing the power to the launch facility to allow Force Recon to breach the perimeter. Shortly after getting inside and linking up with Sniper Team Two, they witnessed two nuclear missiles being launched toward the U.S. with an estimated 41,096,749 casualties. The team hastened inside and after taking the enemy armor out with C4, they cut the wire to the vents and got inside. After reaching the control room, Soap uses the abort codes sent by Baseplate, the team's command to destroy the missiles in flight before they reach the Eastern Seaboard. Soap, Griggs and Price rendezvoused with Gaz at the vehicle depot where they made their escape by using Russian trucks.
With the enemy vehicles and a Mi-24 Hind behind them, Soap, Gaz, Price, Griggs and the survivors headed down the Russian motorway, but a bridge critical to their escape is destroyed and they scrambled to make a desperate last stand against the Ultranationalists. However, an oil tanker soon explodes, incapacitating everyone, but Griggs who tries to drag Soap to safety, but is killed in the process by Zakhaev's guards. Zakhaev himself eventually executes Gaz. A wounded Price slides Soap his M1911 which he dramatically kills Zakhaev and his patrol. Kamarov and the Loyalists soon arrived where Soap is carried away on a stretcher and a medic begins to resuscitate Price, but the fate of the two is unknown. Meanwhile, a news reporter announces a series of nuclear missile tests in Russia and the search for a ship in the Bering Strait was called off, showing that the public did not know what actually happened in the six-day crisis.
In the Epilogue, a bonus mission titled Mile High Club can be played. This follows One-One Team whose assignment is to rescue a hostage from a plane. At the end, one of the members shoots the guard holding the HVI at gunpoint and they discovered that the bomb was armed, but they just managed to escape in time by freefalling from the plane.
A patch was released on November 22, 2016 that addresses several issues with stats and joining games, adding new statistics to the Combat Record and providing several improvements to resemble the legacy versions of Dead Silence and the Helicopter.
On December 13, the players who owned Modern Warfare Remastered received the remaining six remastered maps: Bloc, Countdown, Pipeline, Showdown, Strike and Wet Work along with the Hardpoint and Gun Game modes being made available in Modern Warfare Remastered for the first time. Also, all Modern Warfare Remastered players also got the remastered Winter Crash map in all of it's glory. There was a Winter Crash 24/7 playlist beginning on December 20 that lasted through the holidays.
While still remaining true to the original game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered introduces a variety of new things to the existing game by Raven Software. New camos, allowing every gun to be able to have Gold camo while also introducing new successors known as Regal camo and Exclusion Zone camo, calling cards and emblems.
Introduced on December 13, 2016, character customization, weapon Kits, reticles and melee weapons were added with the Depot.
Players can now exchange COD Points or Depot Credits for Supply Drops to acquire a variety of customization items in the Depot. Additionally, Supply Drops also contained bonus Parts, a crafting currency used to craft customization items as an alternative to getting the items from Supply Drops. All items in Supply Drops were cosmetic only and can be obtained by using Parts. The later updates added new and high performance weapons that are only obtainable by collecting all of the required parts of it from a collection.
Double XP was also supplied from December 20, 2016 to run through to December 27, 2016.
On March 14, 2017, the game received a St. Patrick's Day themed update, adding Daybreak, a St. Patrick Day's themed version of Downpour, several emblems and calling cards, camos and two melee weapons under the name "Operation Shamrock & Awe". Aside from the holiday additions, three new ranged weapons were added as well as three new melee weapons, more calling cards, emblems and characters as a new section in the Depot known as Operation Lion Strike for these specific items.
On June 27, 2017, Modern Warfare Remastered received a "5 Weeks of Summer" seasonal event including Beach Bog a beach remake of Bog and there was also a new depot operation added named Copperhead including new calling cards, emblems, characters, melee weapons and new ranged weapons including the return of the Intervention and the akimbo Rangers from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
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