Being that this isn't the most current title from this series of games I'd say it is still one of the best first person shooter games ever made. Whether you play online or in story mode, you always get a heavy dose of action. This is a game in which you kill or be killed. With that being said, it's best to know your way around your primary and secondary weapons.
Story mode takes you through multiple locations in the Middle East and Russia or what was once the Soviet Satellite countries. You also have a throw back mission as your SAS commanding officer. Game play and graphics are always crisp, letting you see every detail of each mission. They also go through a lot of trouble to make sure you see the victims blood spatter patterns after making certain kills. There are about 6 to 10 hours of mission game play depending on your level of skill.
I although am more partial to the online play as it allows you to compete with anyone around the world. Or just one of your trash talking friends that needs a head shot. There are a number of ways to stalk your prey without them ever knowing you're there. Levels vary in size and depth, some giving you better sniper positions, while others have less room for movement with much higher kill/death ratio's. Weapons can be obtained and customized as you advance through the online ranks. Not to mention the interesting perks you gain as you advance. Each game type and level offer numerous possibilities in which you can complete all the challenges which become unlocked as you rank up.
All in all this is one first person shooter that will spoil you for most others, which it already has for me. Out of Modern Warfare and World at War, I choose Modern Warfare. Although WAW is pretty good and a close second as far as I'm concerned. This game sets the bar high for all other first person shooter games, a must have.
Considering I have both consoles, XBOX 360 and PS3 I originaly got this game for PS3 (see review) and loved it hands down it was a 10. What isn't there to like about this game, ecspecially if you game online (which I hope you do)! The campaign is short but boy is it SWEET. Its gripping and the most non stop action packed "Shooter" I have ever played. You can make the argument, oh but its run and gun, and to that I would answer with the classic "so what". Its more then just that its what WAR is and for the couch potato whose never fought for oil, this is the closes to War I will ever get. The cutscenes are quick and to the point but give you a great story to hold on to. No more WWII retread nonsense that needs to be "OVER WITH", this is modern day terrorism you are up against and you will enjoy every bit of ousting the terrorist from power. You are thrown into the middle of a war and as the game starts you feel as if your just another member and in the first battle you will do more spectating as your partners take down folks as you try to get used to the whole thing. But as the game progresses you will become the focual point of your squad and you'll be the man leading the way. This is genius on developers part allowing you time to hone your skills and slowly making you "THE MAN". The only sad thing is that you will be done with the intense campaign in about 6 to 8 hours. Oh but then your gaming has just begun. Enter online play. This is where you really become immersed in this masterpiece. The most addicting Online play to date, COD offers the best set of upgrades and custom classes as you grab rank after rank on your way to being fine tuned machine in the art of "Mowing down Everyone"! There are numerous different online modes you can Play and I guarntee its for all ages. From 13 to 40 you'll enjoy going heads up with people all over the world showcasing you Military tactics.