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  • Summary: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for the Nintendo DS delivers an arsenal of modern weaponry, arming gamers with precision controls and touch screen capabilities for battle across the world's most dangerous hotspots. In an unfolding story that parallels the epic, high-octane PC and next generation console Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the Nintendo DS title enlists players as U.S. and coalition forces against a rogue enemy, where the action rages from land to the skies in all-out combat that threatens the world. Nintendo DS Touch Screen and Stylus – Intuitive stylus-based movement controls allows unique ways to construct explosive devices, disarm traps, and perform hand-to-hand combat. Diversity of Gameplay – Delivering a variety of combat, the title takes players from the soldier to the satellite with multiple scenarios. Gamers will experience mobilization as they fast-rope from tactical helicopters, engage hostile forces from an aerial gunship, and experience the ferocity of building to building fighting. Instant Action – Featuring the signature Call of Duty epic combat and intensity, the Nintendo DS title delivers an Instant Action mode allowing players to quickly access previously completed missions. Multiplayer Support – Leveraging wireless local area network (WLAN) for ad-hoc connectivity, up to four players quickly ease into the visceral action of modern warfare combat. [Activision] Collapse
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  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. 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.
  3. It's not epic, but this is largely successful at bringing CoD to the DS. [Jan 2008, p.76]
  4. An excellent, if slightly flawed FPS. Ignore the quirks and you'll find yourself totally absorbed in the action. [Issue#19, p.84]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. May 31, 2012
    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 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.......: ) Expand
  2. Plan9
    Nov 6, 2007
    Best FPS on the DS to date, hands down. This game is great, controls, gameplay - a refreshing change from WW2 also. Graphics? I think they are far better than Metroid Prime: Hunters. This game is well worth the money. Expand
  3. TARGET1058
    Jan 9, 2008
    Great game for the DS if you are a FPS fan. Story helps add to that of the game on the consoles. This game is the best shooter on the DS. The guns selection is almost as good as the console game. Only complaint it about the enemy AI. The enemies do not move when shot at. Multiplayer is good if you can get 4 people together who want to play. Expand
  4. SimonY.
    Nov 21, 2007
    Really good for a DS FPS, but really bad when you compare it to a home console FPS. Multiplayer is good, but I would rate this game 9 if it had bots.
  5. Nov 8, 2011
    As MusicJJJ said, "Modern Warfare" DS is pretty difficult at first, but you'll get use to it after a while.
  6. COD
    Jun 1, 2008
    Looked good from screenshots and gameplay videos but when I got it and played it, wasn't as fun as I thought it'd be. Enemy AI is pretty bad. They stay in the same spot and will never move. They won't chase you or do anything but shoot. The shooting is quite repetitive and there's no satisfaction when you take down enemies as their death animations are always the same. It takes a lot of bullets to kill them too if you don't shoot them in the head and they don't animate when they get shot at (unlike in say..Goldeneye)...they just twitch. There's a good focus on storyline and atmosphere. Sound is ok but the a lot of the guns sound muffled and not crisp. Music is the one thing that's very well done....sounds like a movie. Overall though it's an average game. Metroid Prime Hunters still beats the pants off it. If COD4 had online play it would have been better. Expand
  7. Jun 21, 2014
    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!!! Expand

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