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Call of Duty 4 PS3 Impressions

Let me get one thing out of the way first: getting into a game on the internet was very time consuming for me. I’d enter the lobby for a game and I’d need to wait for more than 5 minutes to get into a game. That stunk.

That said…


I played the game from 8pm to 12:30pm last night. I just couldn’t stop. At first, only the Free For All (aka Deathmatch) and Team Deathmatch modes are available. But after you level up a bit you can play other modes like Domination and Headquarters. Which is exactly what I did.

The Graphics

The game looks phenomenal. It’s by far the best looking shooter I’ve played. The game did chug at one point on one of the maps, but that was just one time in a whole evening’s worth of playing. Sometimes you look at a scene and think “this could be a photo”. It’s just amazing.

The Maps

I’m still getting used to the maps. Many of the maps have similar looks, and it’s often hard to tell what part of a map you’re on. But that’s probably just because these maps are new to me. I had similar problems with the African maps in CoD2. But overall, I really love the maps. They are large enough for many players, though I would have liked a couple smaller maps too.

The Sound

Not only does everything look great, everything sounds great too. Explosions, gunshots, the levelling up sound, everything just fits. Except for voice chat. After a while I just took off my headset because there was just too much noise. I hope that IW can fix this…


I mentioned the problem with getting into a game. Hopefully that’ll be fixed by the addition of more servers. But that’s not all. It was quite confusing, after coming from games like Resistance and Warhawk, to be in a game where I couldn’t start a match, and there was no list of servers. You just ask to play, and it puts you in an arbitrary game. I didn’t like that.

What I did like was the ability to have a group of friends and go from match to match together. What I didn’t like is that it was unreliable, and we often had to re-enter our group.

Levelling Up / Perks

Infinity Ward had a stroke of genius when the decided to add a levelling up system to the game. Like an RPG, it makes you want to keep playing more and more in order to get that next level and perk or bonus. It obvious, but it works.


Last night I was frustrated by the online problems, but those problems were about getting into a game. Once in a game, I was totally blown away. This game is awesome, and I will be playing it a lot. And I haven’t even tried the single player campaign yet!

I give this game a 9 out of 10. I’d give it a 10 if it didn’t have the online problems.