I finished the campaign of Modern Warfare
on the "Realism" difficulty level and it wasn't as frustrating as I thought it would be. It was challenging, but I feel like it's one of the easier CoD campaigns in quite some time. It's also one of the best. Not every level is a winner. But, the high moments are the best this franchise has ever been (basically any mission with Price by your side). The situations throughout the campaign are all very derivative from films like Zero Dark Thirty
, 13 Hours
, etc.; however, they're all very well done and cinematic/gorgeous in their delivery. The claustrophobic missions that feature SWAT-like tactics are the highlight for me. Clearing every corner of a darkly lit London row house and/or an insurgent cave system is the most tense I've ever felt playing a first person shooter, especially contrasted against the nauseatingly bombastic/Michael Bay nature of previous Call of Duty campaigns.
I was pleasantly surprised with how varied and engaging this campaign was. The attempt at looking into the moral quandaries/ethical grey-areas of "modern warfare" wasn't a home run, but it did ask some interesting questions and did make me reflect on the 5 hours I spent murdering a bunch of people. Regardless, on a strictly technical rating--this is, by far, the best Call of Duty has been in quite some time. I've been so burnt out by this franchise and was close to never buying one again (looking at you Black Ops III, ya big jerk
), but I'm actually genuinely excited to see what Infinity Ward does next.
Oh, and the multiplayer is addicting/fun "AF" as the kids would say.