Call of Duty 4 for Mac is a first person shooter that puts you in the center of intense war situations, and has extensive online multiplayer modes to offer too.
Call of Duty has established itself as one of the greatest game series ever. With consistently improving graphics and AI, one of the only real criticisms it has faced of late was the repetitive nature of its setting. World War II is a fascinating, multi-theater world for games to approach in many ways: but how about something different? Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is the answer to that request. This game plunges you head-first into a present-day battlefield, even more fast-paced than its predecessors.
Call of Duty 4 features a range of combat situations, including the use of anti-tank weapons, the destruction of an anti-aircraft battery and at least one seriously fast-paced, confusing fire fight. The graphics in Call of Duty 4 are top notch, and we didn't notice any lag even at higher-end settings, although older Macs may struggle. There's also a multi-player mode if things get a bit to easy or dull.
Call of Duty 4 is built on a new proprietary engine which offers much better support for up-to-the-minute lighting effects, clearly visible in this test mission. Another aspect of the new engine makes for a really interesting change to gameplay. Some forms of cover (a light wooden fence, for example), won't offer you much protection like they did in years gone by. While buildings are not destructible, many elements of the Call of Duty 4 environment (like cars and, yes, light wooden fences) are easily destroyed with gunfire. Heavier weapons can cut through heavier cover too, "Shoot them through the wall!" you're ordered at one point.
All this added realism makes the general quality of Call of Duty 4 gameplay really high. We noticed great improvements in AI, even on easier levels of difficulty where previous games may have left you feeling somewhat silly.
One slight disadvantage of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on Mac is that you can't use a trackpad as it requires a mouse with a right-click button. It's also a pretty hefty file at around 7GB and it demands a lot from your CPU and RAM - ideally you need a MacBook Pro to prevent any lag.
Fast paced, intense and varied: awesome graphics and involving gameplay make Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare a must-have for any self-respecting gamer.
- Punkbuster and user-mods fixes.