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Explore limitless gaming with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Kojima’s Death Stranding

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

2019 presented some pretty impressive games which broke ground, tech-wise. While Call Of Duty rarely disappoints in the realm of first-person shooter, Death Stranding has been garnering more curiosity for its mysterious plotline and star-studded cast and crew.

Cobweb of curiosity with Death Stranding

Babies in pods, mysterious handprints and a whole cast of characters with strange names like Die-Hardman. Death Stranding has weaved an intricate cobweb of curiosity around it with legendary game designer Hideo Kojima directing that chaos. Now that it’s out, we finally know what it is about, sort of.

You assume the role of a sci-fi delivery guy named Sam Porter Bridges, played by Normal Reedus, who is tasked with delivering parcels across a post-apocalyptic America in the hope of reconnecting everything. It is very hard to categorise Death Stranding, as it skews several game genres and creates something completely different. One thing is clear though — the story is excellent, in acting, pacing and it has Kojima’s hallmark style throughout. Which means that it is long, drawn-out and takes it time in telling.

Death Stranding
  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Publisher: Sony
  • Price: ₹3999 for the PlayStation 4

Much like the Jenga tower of parcels Sam has to lug around, the game strives hard to balance all its ideas into something coherent while trying to be different. Most of the game is a brutal slog, as you have to manually sort of balance your load on harsh terrain. For any mistake will send you on an even worse slog of recovering your lost loot. Just as you are about to tear your hair out a few hours into the game, things get good, as you’re connected to the Chiral Network. Which allows you to traverse the realm with ease, using ladders and the like to help other players as well as let them help you.

Encounters with beached things (BT), the invisible monsters, are tense and the best parts of the game, which explains the Bridge Baby or BB. A bridge to the realm of the dead that notifies you of these entities. There is an Aliens-like motion detector quality of these sequences as you sneak past the BTs until you get the means to kill them later. There are human enemies too, whom you can get creative in dealing with, like with grenades made out of your body waste.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangment

Despite the slog, the game is engaging, making each delivery feel like it counts, even though they’re fetch quests. Except to get to the good parts you will need to trudge through the tedious inventory management and uneven traversal. Recommended if you are feeling brave and want to try something different or if you are a die-hard Kojima fan.

Immersive game design with Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare

Mid-campaign, a young sergeant asks a pointed question ‘where do we draw the line?’. We always look at lives of soldiers and covert operatives with James Bond-like views, when these are the people who have to make the hard choices, often knee-deep in the dirt.

That line gets thinner as Modern Warfare touches on the vicious circle of a fight against terrorism where the line blurs between good guy and bad guy. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Developer: Infinity Ward
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Price: ₹4699 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

You play Modern Warfare from two different perspectives. Alex, a covert CIA operative’s search for a stolen shipment of deadly gas canisters, leads him to working with Urzikstan’s rebel force led by Farah Karim, to free the country from a rogue Russian general who believes he is eradicating terrorists. Meanwhile, Sergeant Kyle with Captain Price are sent Alex and Farah’s way after a suicide bombing in London.

The campaign is edge-of-the-seat, with every second carrying a payload of the palpable tension of a summer blockbuster. Expertly weaving you from claustrophobic close quarters, where you have to choose your targets wisely, to massive war sequences around the globe. Letting you play as a seasoned solider in a clandestine war, as well as a kid in the midst of a chemical attack, the game takes some bold steps in its narrative, with a handful of memorable moments that will hit you hard.

Explore limitless gaming with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Kojima’s Death Stranding

Call of Duty has always been tight with the combat, distilled over years of perfecting its formula. The gun play is tight as expected and it keeps things fresh by letting you try out different weapons. You also get a chance to control drones, call in air strikes and even control explosive-laden RC Planes.

The game engine looks incredible, especially in rendering the battlefield devastation realism. From twitching bodies of dying people to animals struggling with their breath, the game portrays the horrors of war.

The game is plagued by bad cut-scene frame rates and crashes, even though the game-play is smooth. Which is a shame because the cut-scenes are beautifully rendered.

It is very rare when a reboot is a lot better than the original and Modern Warfare paints a compelling story with gun smoke and blood. Highly recommended, with a campaign that you will remember for years to come.


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