Game Rant gets hands-on time with the multiplayer for Call of Duty: Modern Remastered to see if the experience is just as fans remember it from the 2007 release.
While answers may differ depending on age and first console, for many players their first real experience with addictive console multiplayer was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. At the time, Modern Warfare put a new spin on the basics of a multiplayer shooter and as a result it redefined the essential pieces of the genre. It’s no surprise then that fans have been clamoring for a Modern Warfare Remastered release since the move to current-gen consoles, and luckily those fans won’t have to wait too long when all is said and done. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will launch as a pack-in with certain editions of Infinite Warfare, delivering the full campaign with improved graphics and fidelity, as well as 10 multiplayer maps and a few modes in a nearly exact replica of the multiplayer.
It may seem strange to say that Modern Warfare Remastered replicates the multiplayer experience from 2007, but after going hands-on with the online component at Call of Duty XP it’s hard to deny those claims. This is, for all intents and purposes, the multiplayer that fans fell in love with all those years ago, brought to life with a very apparent sense of care and reverence.
Without getting bogged down in explanations of how a 9-year-old game plays, let’s just say that every question fans might have about the game is likely followed by an affirmative response. Are all the guns back? Yes. Do they handle as best as you can remember them? Yes. Do the maps look exactly the same? Yes. Are all of the perks and killstreaks the same? Yes. Admittedly, what we got to play was only a small slice of the experience – a Domination match on Overgrown and a TDM match on Crash – but that was plenty convincing.
This is a Remastered version of Modern Warfare only in the sense of its updated visuals and menus. All of the collision, the map layouts, the draw distance, and even the frame rate are as if the experience was pulled directly from the original. That means if you are a die-hard Modern Warfare fan this is going to be a must-play, even if Infinite Warfare holds no interest.
That also means Modern Warfare Remastered might take some getting used to before players start to settle into their old groove. You don’t truly realize how much has changed with Call of Duty multiplayer over the years until you go back to where it really started. Players might find themselves trying to boost jump over obstacles or slide around corners, but those are features that don’t exist in this universe. The transition to Modern Warfare Remastered is especially jarring coming off of playing Infinite Warfare, which feels like it's on overdrive compared to MW.
None of that should be taken as a knock against Modern Warfare Remastered, just confirmation for the fans that this is very much the experience they requested. Whether or not that will satisfy those players in the long run is unclear, but a slice of nostalgia alongside a new Call of Duty will be hard to pass up regardless. It also doesn’t hurt that the single player campaign looks just as great as the multiplayer, and boasts even more impressive improvements.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered comes packaged with the Legacy Edition of COD: Infinite Warfare, which releases on November 4th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.