Is Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007), Worth Playing?
While the sun has long ago set on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, its legacy lives on, with the Modern Warfare series receiving two sequels, two remasters, two Battle Royales, and three remakes, a feat that no other Call of Duty series has come close to copying.

The Lowdown.

Product Details
Genre: Shooter
Developer: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Price: $19.99
Release Date: 12 November 2007
Supported Modes:

Remastered and Remade.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) is one of just a few titles that has received both a remastered released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (2016) and a full-on remake Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019); what makes this all the more curious is how close together the remaster and remake occurred, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (2016) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)  releasing just three years apart.

To add fuel to the curiosity fire, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)  was already in development before the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (2016), meaning that a remake trilogy was planned and approved before Activision had the opportunity to gauge player reception to the remaster of one of the most iconic titles in the history of the Call of Duty Franchise, a bold move, but one that ultimately paid off, with the remake trilogy being heralded as “the best Call of Duty games” since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) by many longtime players.

Multiplayer is Dead.

Despite being one of the most influential titles in the history of the franchise, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) is essentially dead on all platforms, with console matchmaking being all but impossible and the vast majority of PC lobbies being filled with cheaters, hackers, and various other unsavoury characters.

While it is possible to find a few clean lobbies at peak hours on Steam, much of the remaining player base uses various unofficial clients, which can, at times, open players up to various exploits, a risk that is not worth taking when there are so many more active, and equally as enjoyable Call of Duty games on the market.

It Has Held Up Well.

Despite launching almost 16 years ago, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) holds up incredibly well, and while visuals have come a long way since 2007, after a few moments of playing, I found that I could appreciate Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)’s visuals for how good they were for the time, and in no way found them distracting.

While much of this is likely due to it being displayed in native 1080p (PC) or upscaled 1080p (console), a strong cast of iconic characters, clever missions session, and buttery smooth gunplay make Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) one of the best Call of Duty titles for those who interest is the singleplayer campaign, which is just as well considering the multiplayer community is essentially dead on all platforms.

Captain Price.

While Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) was not the first time we saw John Price with the character first appearing in Call of Duty (2003), Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) is the game that made him a household name, which resulted in the character appearing (or being referenced) in no less than 12 Call of Duty titles, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, which may be the last time we see price in a mainline Call of Duty title for some time, with the franchise likely to be refocused on other series for the foreseeable future, such as Black Ops, and perhaps another return to the Jetpack era of Call of duty, made famous by titles such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) FAQ

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision, it was released on 12 November 2007 and retails for $19.99.

Platform Availability.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is available on the following platforms: PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

Are The Developers Active?

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) is no longer in active development, and the developers have moved on to other projects.

How Many People Play Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare?

As of February 2024, around 1,000 people play Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on a fairly regular basis.

How Active Is The Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Playerbase?

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is essentially dead, and finding full lobbies in a reasonable amount of time is difficult in well-populated regions, and next to impossible in less populated regions.

However, this number is spread between multiple platforms, with the majority of the player base being on PC via the Steam client and various unofficial clients.

These clients are not supported by the developers, and there is the possibility of players opening themselves up to the risk of being hacked when using obsolete or bespoke matchmaking Call of Duty clients.

Is Cross-Platform Multiplayer Supported?

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) supports:

  • Cross-Generational Multiplayer.
  • Cross-Generational Parties.

Is There Group Finding/Matchmaking Support?

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) offers the following matchmaking options:

  • Server Browser

What Peripherals Are Supported?

The following peripherals are officially supported:

  • Console - Controller.
  • PC - Mouse and Keyboard.

Is There Any Mature Content?

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) is rated PEGI 18+ and contains the following:

  • Bad Language
  • Gore
  • Mature Themes
  • Violence

Final Verdict.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) is well worth playing for the singleplayer campaign alone; however, I would not suggest buying it at full price when it, along with the rest of the Call of Duty back catalogue, is going to be added to Xbox/PC Game Pass in 2024.

For those missing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)’s critically acclaimed multiplayer offering, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (2016) is an authentic remake of the beloved game, and while it’s not overly active on PC, it fairs considerably better on console, with both Xbox and Playstation communities being fairly active for a title of its age and availability.

Is Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Worth Playing In 2024?

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Honest Video Game Reviews has given "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" a rating of 7/10, indicating that it is a good game, that is well worth playing, and while it may have a few shortcomings, the average gamer will enjoy it.

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