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The Call of Duty 4 FAQ
Written by BASHandSlash.com Staff   
Friday, 07 September 2007

Welcome to BASHandSlash.com's CoD4: MW zone

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Over on the left menu, you will notice we have a selection of sub-menus:

News: Here you will find all the late breaking details on your favorite FPS game, CoD4.
Tweaks: Articles on how to modify your stock game will be available here.
Strats: All topics on strategy and tactics.
Maps: Our exclusive tactical maps are here.
Downloads: We have started up a section for CoD4 downloads. If you have mods/maps/scripts anything you would like to give the community, send it to us we are glad to provide you the bandwidth.

Patches

If you have just installed CoD4 and would like to patch it, you will need to first install patch v1.6, then you will need to install v1.7 which is the final CoD4 patch.

Get the two patches here:

Patch 1.6

Patch 1.7

 

 

CoD4 the Game 

Now, if you are a newcomer to IW style gaming and/or completely baffled by what CoD4 is all about here is a mini-FAQ: 

What is Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare?


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is the latest installment of the very popular, first-person shooter (FPS) gaming series, Call of Duty.

Who created CoD4? 

Call of Duty is produced by the American entertainment company Activision and developed by the Encino California-based Infinity Ward (IW). With CoD2 already under its belt, IW can no longer claim the title of newbie-dev-on-the-block as it did when many of its developers (twenty-two in all) broke away from EA's faltering MoH series in 2002 to create what would become a juggernaut gaming company in its own right.

Soon afterwards, in 2003, Activision bought the new company.  

"This acquisition is aligned with Activision's strategy to acquire companies with a history of creating high-quality products, which, over time, can enhance the company's financial operating model," was the statement Ron Doornink, president and CEO of Activision Publishing uttered at a press conference outlining the purchase. "Infinity Ward has a very talented team of programmers, designers, and artists, many of whom were members of the team that developed Medal of Honor Allied Assault, one of the most acclaimed PC games of last year. We are confident that this studio's development strengths will further establish Activision as a leader in the PC action genre."

After tremendous acclaim for their CoD2 game, the IW folks decided that they had had enough of the tired WWII scene and struck out to make something that could fall out of today's headlines.

Modern Warfare was born. MW as it is known to gamers, is set in the not-so-distant future, and also deviating from previous titles (CoD, CoD:UO, CoD2 and CoD3), the game's settings are, for the most part, fictional.

The game's primary locations are generically set in the Middle East and Russia. Though some, like that in Pripyat, Ukraine are specific and realistic (Pripyat is the town that sprung up near Chernobyl to house the workers involved in the cleanup effort after the nuclear disaster there a few years ago). In addition to land-based scenarios, CoD4 takes us out to sea with the US Marines.

The game pits the elite forces of the British SAS and American Marines against "evil" Russian Spetsnaz and nationalist Arab forces.

Nationalist Russians and their Arab dupes are the antagonists who are hell-bent on carving out their own version of the new world order.

What gaming platforms can COD4 be played on? 

Infinity Ward is releasing CoD4 on the following platforms:

    * PC
    * Playstation3 (finally a game you can play on this thing!) and
    * Xbox 360.

CoD4 will also be available on the Nintendo DS and this is being produced by the games developer n-Space.

 

TECHNICAL DETAILS
 
What gaming engine does CoD4 use?

Infinity Ward has created its own proprietary graphics engine-based on the Quake graphics engine. The new software is heavily modified though. This "new" engine introduces cinematic quality graphics and sound . You can now get realistic depth of field, rim-lighting, character self-shadowing, texture streaming and physics-enabled effects like death scenes which combine rag doll with death animations.

What is CoD4's destructible environment all about?

Environments in COD4 have some degree of destructibility built in. You are able to shoot through walls and floors now. You can shoot tires and blow up cars. Bullet penetration is a function of the weapon calibre and the strength of the material you are firing at.

 
What are the PC gaming system specs required?

“Recommended Specs”

CPU: 2.4 GHz dual core or better is recommended
RAM: 1GB for XP; 2GB for Vista is recommended
Harddrive: 8GB of free hard drive space
Video card: 3.0 Shader Support recommended. Nvidia Geforce 7800 or better or ATI Radeon X1800 or better

“Required (min) Specs”

CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 2.4 GHz or AMD(R) Athlon(TM) 64 2800+ processor or any 1.8Ghz Dual Core Processor or better supported
RAM: 512MB RAM (768MB for Windows Vista)
Harddrive: 8GB of free hard drive space
Video card (generic): NVIDIA(R) Geforce(TM) 6600 or better or ATI(R) Radeon(R) 9800Pro or better
Once you guys download the demo on the PC and play be sure to stop back by and let me know what you think. This is the first time anyone besides press is getting their hands on Single Player so I'm anxious to hear your guys thoughts and reactions!

SINGLE PLAYER

The Cast of Characters

Player controlled
  • Sgt. John "Soap" MacTavish - 22nd SAS Regiment
  • Sgt. Paul Jackson - USMC, 1st Force Recon
  • Lt. Price - 22nd SAS Regiment
  • Unknown AC-130 Crewman - Thermal Imaging operator on the AC-130 Spectre Gunship
  • President Yasir Al-Fulani - former President of an unnamed Middle Eastern country
Non-Playable
  • Capt. Price - 22nd SAS Regiment, MacTavish's commanding officer
  • Gaz - 22nd SAS Regiment
  • Capt. MacMillan - 22 SAS Regiment
  • Lt. Vasquez - USMC 1st Force Recon, Jackson's platoon leader, Rifleman
  • Ssgt. Griggs - USMC 1st Force Recon, Jackson's squad's support gunner
  • Nikolai - Captain Price's Russian informant
  • Sgt. Kamarov - Russian loyalist leader
The Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen, is the biblical term used IW to refer to the antagonists in the plot. However, only three of them are named. Does this suggest that a sequel is coming?

  • Imran Zakhaev - Russian extreme nationalist party leader, main bad-guy
  • Khaled Al-Asad - Zakhaev's ally in the Middle East
  • Viktor Zakhaev - Zakhaev's son

The Plot

The Single Player story is quite involved for a CoD game, or for any FPS game, for that matter. It is short, brutal and action filled.

It is told from the first-person perspective of a 22nd British SAS operative in Russia and an American 1st Force Recon operative in the Middle East.

The complex plot points also contain a flashback to a mission that is set 15 years in the past that takes place in Pripyat, Ukraine, where a young Captain Price from the 22hd SAS Regiment is featured.

A Russian extreme nationalist named Imran Zakhaev tries to turn back the clock to better times; specifically, Soviet times.

Zakhaev, attempts to start a coup in the Middle East to provide some significant misdirection for his ulterior plans: seizing a nuclear weapon stockpile and openly revolting against his government.

He's thinking that war in the Middle East will provide distraction for his play in Russia, which otherwise would be stopped by the do-goody west.

Zakhaev has the backing of some elements in the Russian army and his buddy, Khaled Al-Asad - his Arab dupe in the middle east.

What he doesn't know is that the SAS Commandos are on his tail!

In a flashback mission, the game sets the clock back 15 years ago in Chernobyl. What looks like a descendent of the famous Captain Price from 22nd SAS Regiment, the only character to appear in both of the first two games of CoD, tries to remove Zakhaev with extreme prejudice, but fails.

Will the Americans get sucked into this trap?

"Everyone knows the Americans are a sucker for a conflict in the Middle East," says Grant Collier in a PC Zone Preview interview. So...you know they will!

The British and U.S. governments find out about the plot while monitoring Zakhaev's activities and they launch operations to stop the chaos.

Spoiler alert:

A nuclear weapon is detonated by Al-Asad's men in the capital city of the Middle Eastern region to thwart the USMC as it attempts to interdict Al-Asad. The nuke eliminates the invading U.S. Marine forces. However, Sgt. Paul Jackson, succumbs to the effects of the blast.

Al-Asad eludes the marines and escapes to a safe-house in Azerbaijan and  is later executed by Captain Price when the SAS discover that Al-Asad was behind the bombing and was supplied the bomb by Zakhaev..

Cue the pychedelic music, we're about to have a flashback!

Price tells us of the story of a "black-op" into Chernobyl. The goal of that op was to terminate a Russian extreme-nationalist.

Price, a Lieutenant with the SAS during that op, was accompanied by Captain MacMillan. The two get past their objectives guard and shoot Zakhaev. But the wily nationalist manages to survive.

Meanwhile back to "present day...."

British SAS elements in Russia try to kidnap Zakhaev's son to question him on his dad's whereabouts. However, the son as 72 virgins on his mind because he commits suicide in the kidnap attempt. This riles the father and he orders a nuclear ICBM launch against targets on the American Atlantic Coast.

Only a last minute force of SAS and U.S. Marines, attacking the missile launch center stops the missiles from flying away.

In this mission, Griggs is killed saving Soap and Gaz is executed by Zakhaev.

Soap himself almost gets it...but is saved when a loyalist helo lands distracting Zakhaev who was just about to pull the trigger.

Captain Price, seriously hurt from the fighting passes a loaded weapon to Soap and kills Zakhaev. The fate of Price is unknown.


What weapons are there in the game?

COD4 has a huge arsenal of weapons and equipment and we can't mention all of them here. COD4 is featuring an available arsenal of more than 70 new and authentic weapons and gear from assault rifles with laser sites, claymore mines, .50 caliber sniper rifles, Javelin antitank missile and M-249 SAW machine guns. With accessories like night-vision goggles, thermal goggles, GPS jammers, IR sighting laser, weapon silencers and ghillie suits, for maximum concealment.

Can you still *BASH* the bejeezus out of someone?
 
Sadly, bashing is now done with a combat knife now. No wonder we had to rename BASH to BASH and SLASH!
 
Can you sprint in CoD4?

IW has introduced sprinting into the game - a feature glaringly missing in CoD2.
 

PC MULTIPLAYER

Multiplayer is what the CoD series has been all about.

The multiplayer mode in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare includes:

A "Class" system

There are five preset classes which have default weapon load outs and so-called "perks" associated with them. assigned to them. In addition, the player can create (using the Create-a-class system) five customized classes and apply three different "perks" to each class.

The five default classes include Assault, Special Ops, Light Machine Gunner, Demolitions, and Sniper.

Two are default classes which are availabe to a first time player and the rest are "unlocked" as the player gains more experience points (XP) online and gets a higher ranking.

Create-a-class is unlocked at level 4.

XP's can be obtained by fragging enemy combatants or completing challenges (various missions)

The number of XP's gained depends on the type of match the user is playing. The player's rank will increase until level 55 is reached. Unlike the Playstation 3 or XBox 360, there is no "Prestige mode", this is a mode wherein the player can restart the game and start over at level 1, in exchange for a mark next to their player tag signifying that they have been through one complete round. This prestige "round" can then be repeated ten times or 11x55 = 605 ranks to achieve.

Not so for the downtrodden PC players. The best we can do is to savor our total score which is cataloged.

Unlockables

Many of the newer weapons and perks that players can gain in the game are unlocked as they gain higher ranks. Additional benefits such as kit-add ons are only obtained by completing challenges.

MP Game Modes 

  • Free-for-All - Every player is on his/her own: shades of DM in COD2
  • Team Deathmatch, TDM - Frag the other team in a limited amount of time or play to a set score.
  • Search and Destroy - Two teams: one attacks, the other defends. The attackers try to plant a bomb at one of two bomb targets, and the defenders try to defend those targets. If the demolition charges are planted, defenders must defuse them. Players only get one "respawn" per round. A round is over when all players on one team are down, or when the bomb explodes or is defused.
  • Headquarters - A laptop spawns somewhere on the map. As a member of Team A, you must get that laptop and defend it from being destroyed by Team B. Team A gets only one respawn until the laptop is destroyed or the max time limit for the laptop is reached.
  • Domination - Teams do battle to hold the region near three flags on the map. The game is over when a time limit is reached, or the score limit is reached. Points are scored for capturing and keeping these zones.
  • Sabotage - This is very similar to Search and Destroy; however, the bomb is up for grabs by either team and there are targets located in both teams' bases. The goal for each team is to carry the bomb into the opponents zone and blow up the target. The bomb carrier's position is known throughout the game. Players have unlimited respawns - but they are not instantaneous, as in Team Deathmatch or Free-for-All.
  • Team Hardcore - Hardcore Team Deathmatch and Search and Destroy. The HUD is limited (you cannot readily find your own team), the bullet damage is enhanced and friendly fire on.
  • Old School - Old School Team Death Match and Free-For-All where there are no classes (just like in a democracy) and weapons are picked up throwaways. Health is boosted somewhat.

The maps were not conducive to CTF, so it currently has been left out. 


How many players can play at the same time in online multiplayer?

For the PC, 32 can duke it out in a server, while consolers top out at 16.

 
Will CoD4 have a Kill Cam?

Hell ya. How else are you gonna catch noob hax0rs.

 
Can you cook nades?

Yes!. This is a really big no-no in real life soldiering though. The most common name for a soldier that cooks in nades is: Lefty


Can you pick up a thrown grenade?


Yes, but in practice you will probably die trying because the nades are cooked and you won't have much time to throw the hot-potato back.


What is "Hardcore Mode"?


This is a realism mode that has been introduced to provide less "arcady" gameplay and pushes CoD4 into more of a "realistic" gameplay environment. Undoubtedly, this mode is attempting to assuage the tournament gamers to take CoD4 seriously. It has met resistance with the hardcore/tourney guys though. This is due to the fact that the hardcore guys are looking for *more* health, not less and there is now no means to find out where your mates are on the map (no HUD) - something cherished by the tourney guys. 

 

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