COD 4 is such an embarrassment of riches that any praise seems too weak. Arguably the game of the year for PS3, it's even more importantly a rebuke to the numerous manufacturers who rushed titles to market this year without thought or care in order to cash in on the platform, producing third-rate results that they insisted utilized the full potential of the system.
This game is frightening in its realism, beautiful (as are all COD titles) in its chaos. I was particularly struck by the fantastic audio--the explosions, gunfire, screams, and battlefield dialogue are stunning. The glory of the graphics can't be overstated--it's truly like watching a movie at times in its crispness and startling cinematics. We finally have troops moving and reacting as they should, and every action, whether it's ducking for cover or a simple nod to a squadmate to breach a door, seems to carry the weight of the world behind it. Taking fire and getting hit in this game is like no other FPS experience--you can almost feel the bullets thudding into you.
If anything, the realism of the game makes you wish you could take a few seconds to truly admire the texturing and detail that go into each scene. But it's too fast-paced to linger.