Modern Warfare Remastered gets a stand-alone Steam release

Counter-Strike came along at the right time to serve a a fresh audience of young players thirsty for a more realistic experience than FPS games to date had offered. Its perfect blend of realistic weapons and locales with arcade shooting gameplay was immensely popular. Infinity Ward learned well the lessons of Counter-Strike when it created Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. That game was an unbelievable success among a second generation of gamers eager to take the skills they'd honed in Halo into a more realistic setting. Activision bundled a remake of the game with the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition, and promised it would be released separately at a later date. That day is today.

Unfortunately, you may want to hold off on snatching up the $40 remake. The reviews on Steam for the remastered classic are "Mostly Negative," and positive reviews make up just 35% of the 346 judgements. The complaints seem to be pretty varied, yet there are a few recurring themes. Poor performance is a major complaint, as is the game's wonky input handling. Other popular protestations include laggy multiplayer servers often clogged with cheaters, along with poor frame pacing on both Nvidia and AMD graphics.

It's a shame that the release of a much-loved classic ended up this way, but it's all the more frustrating considering that all of these issues have persisted since the game's original release in tandem with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare some eight months ago. Activision doesn't seem to have addressed any of the issues with the game in the interim. What players are left with is a title of questionable value, particularly compared to the still-completely-functional original release. Some reviewers go so far as to recommend prospective purchasers to just buy the old version, which has 91% positive reviews on Steam.

If you've never played Call of Duty 4, go right ahead, as it remains an interesting game besides being a piece of history. Modern Warfare was such a runaway success that its influence is still evident on the market even today. Whichever version you choose, we recommend you to give it a shot. The original game is $20 on Steam, or you can pick up the Remastered edition for $40. Alternatively, you can pick up Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition (including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered) for $50 on sale—that's 38% off the regular price of $80.

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    • Wilko
    • 2 years ago

    Loved CoD 1, 2, and 4. The problems with the new version are unfortunate. CoD 4 ran great on Vista toaster laptops my college friends and I used back in the day.

    Does anyone know if the new version locks away all the fun stuff (dev console, Lan options, etc.) that they did starting with MW2? If so, I see no reason to give the new edition any attention.

    • the
    • 2 years ago

    Sounds like the typical release now, patch later cadence of Activision.

    • RickyTick
    • 2 years ago

    Purchased COD Infinite Warfare on sale for $59 just to get Modern Warfare Remastered. Didn’t have any issues after the last update/patch. Thoroughly enjoyed playing it.

    The only real issue I had was the servers were all mostly empty after just a couple of months.

    COD4 Modern Warfare was the last great COD game. Been downhill ever since. imo

    • DoomGuy64
    • 2 years ago

    Never liked COD. MOH:AA was more fun, and BF has better multiplayer.

    Biggest problem with COD today is that they don’t support their games after release, and they’re chock full of micro-transactions. People pay too much money for the game, and then hackers ruin it afterwards. Steam reviews are negative on all their titles, and console seems to be their main focus.

    If I did buy a COD game, i’d only buy it on sale for the single player.

      • bfar
      • 2 years ago

      Cod 1 and 2 were very good, and MW was the last decent cod game.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Man all the CoDs blur into one when I go back further than the Kevin Spacey one. Which one is MW, was that the first one with Soap McTavish?

    Hell, I remember back in 1999 that Medal of Honor was way more fun than CoD, but the sequels to that were pretty lame, IIRC.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

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      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      it was the first one that wasn’t World War II

    • ClickClick5
    • 2 years ago

    There will always be the person with a PC built in 2010, screaming the game lags on their “ultimate” system. On my friend’s machine, he showed me where this game has an option to fill the rest of the GPU ram with assets. And it sucks up about 6-7GB of system RAM too. Optimized or not, this game looks darn good for remake, and it inhales resources.

    EDIT: as for the laggy/cheater servers, that is all on Activision.
    EDIT2: Spelling mistakes

      • EzioAs
      • 2 years ago

      You mean activision?

      • homerdog
      • 2 years ago

      6-7GB RAM usage isn’t really all that much for a modern game is it? I think almost all graphically intensive games call for at least 8GB these days, and some recommend more than that.

      Monitoring VRAM usage is practically useless in many titles these days. They tend to fill up whatever is available with stuff that could easily be streamed in with no performance impact.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 2 years ago

        A game that calls for 8GB of system RAM is generally not going to be able to use 7GB of it. Typically if a game calls for 8GB of system RAM it will use 3-4GB. Using 6-7GB of RAM means you need 12+GB to run it smoothly.

          • jessterman21
          • 2 years ago

          *unless Arkham Knight

      • odizzido
      • 2 years ago

      A 2010 cpu can still be pretty decent. Mine is from 2009 and can run modern games. My GPU is much newer though.

    • CuttinHobo
    • 2 years ago

    Should have been called Moderner Warfare. Missed opportunity.

      • EzioAs
      • 2 years ago

      They’re probably saving that for the next remastered release

        • CuttinHobo
        • 2 years ago

        We can hope!

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