Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. The game’s biggest strength is in how well it establishes the tone and feeling of the console CoD4 games. The fast pace, mission structure, and gameplay are all distinctly Call of Duty, and everything performs beautifully.
  2. It's a very good game in its own right, though. And the single-cartridge multiplayer could be the bargain of the year!
  3. Call of Duty 4 manages to bring the frenetic, highly scripted gunfights of its big siblings to the Nintendo DS. It’s definitely one of the handheld’s best shooters, although it would have arguably been the best with the inclusion of online multiplayer.
  4. An extremely rewarding tour of duty for the DS. [Jan 2008, p.76]
  5. It's not epic, but this is largely successful at bringing CoD to the DS. [Jan 2008, p.76]
  6. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare feels old school; from the colour-coded bad guys in their special hats to the way you have to double-press up to sprint, everything seems to hearken back to far gone days.
  7. While Call of Duty: Modern Warfare isn't likely to bring a unanimous verdict when it comes to FPS on DS, it makes the most compelling case so far.
  8. 80
    Being able to hop on Wi-Fi for a quick frag here or there, even if it was only with three other people, could have spawned an active online community. While that omission may limit its long-term appeal for some, Call of Duty 4 on DS remains an impressive accomplishment and a game worthy of the name.
  9. 80
    Although we'll take one of the higher-up versions just for the sake of looking at the unimaginable frame rate and getting some online multiplayer in, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is still a solid recommendation on the handheld front.
  10. 78
    An impressive, immersive, entertaining pocket experience that truly feels like a miniaturized version of its console counterparts.
  11. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare really is a difficult title to attach a number to; some parts will blow you away, but you will always have a sinking feeling that something is off.
  12. An excellent, if slightly flawed FPS. Ignore the quirks and you'll find yourself totally absorbed in the action. [Issue#19, p.84]
  13. A surprisingly well-executed action game that actually comes close to being a nearly perfect first-person shooter on the DS handheld.
  14. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfareon the NDS is a title that will forever stand in the shadow of its current-gen siblings, but it manages to be an enjoyable experience in its own right. Shamefully, it bursts at the seams with unfulfilled potential, but maybe future sequels will rectify that.
  15. What it will deliver is a campaign long enough to keep players busy, and more importantly, interested throughout.
  16. On the DS, Call of Duty 4 is an intense first-person-shooter that's knocked down a few pegs by the lack of online play.
  17. Standard shooty war game that's unremarkable on DS despite the lack of handheld shooty war games. [Jan 2008, p.61]
  18. 65
    Call of Duty 4 for the DS provides some decent--if watered down--first person shooting action. It doesn't live up to the standard set by Metroid Prime: Hunters or do a terribly good job of replicating the efforts of its console and PC bigger brothers, but it's a decently entertaining game for any DS owner who needs a FPS fix.
  19. The horrific control scheme literally kills the game from the word go, and the pain is only amplified by the equally terrible teammate and enemy AI, the awful graphics, the schizophrenic aerial missions, and on and on and on.
  20. Worth a look, then, but probably only if you're in a very exclusive set: FPS-obsessed gamers who only own a Nintendo DS.
  21. Stick to the solo game and you'll get a decent, serviceable shooter that would have been memorable in 2000 - today, not so much. It does a respectable job of replicating the console experience, but it's still no replacement for the real thing.
  22. Some of the game’s flaws can be overlooked but the checkpoint weapon bug is inexcusable and the nearly complete lack of enemy AI is essentially the equivalent of taking Doom’s enemies and making them forget to move forward.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Sep 15, 2011
    7
    hard to follow at first, but after that....BOOM!!! the game's even better than that one of the XBOX and PS3!!!!
  2. Jun 21, 2014
    0
    It sucks, ET graphics are better. TF2 for GBA is better, this just sucks monkey duck. It sucks ET graphics my ass. ET sucks my ass ET graphics. Please remember to eat my pu$$y because I am gay. ET graphics made me gay, bye!!! Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2012
    10
    mdw3 defiance was a pain with the lack of team work and a decent team also there was no thrill and to top it off the game had bad graphics........however this game is awesome......you know most call of duty games arent great for the ds........all i can say is this game is almost as good as metroid prime hunters which makes this game almost flawless.......: ) Full Review »