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Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019) is an action shooting game that recreates the adrenaline of being in a warzone. The games have walked the line between glamorising this kind of heroic violence and recreating the horror of the experience. Either way, these are games designed for entertainment more than a mature consideration of the ethics of warfare.

Played from a first-person perspective, these games take considerable skill to master. Although the setting, weaponry, narrative and game modes are developed and enhanced each year, the core experience remains the same.

Having added Battle Royale modes to the game for a few years since Fortnite's success, in 2020 the game launched a free-to-play battle royale version called Call of Duty: Warzone on PS4 and Xbox One, which attracted over six million users in just 24 hours since launch.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Rich Adams and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Fighting elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 16-player online game. How many players can play on one system varies between games although there is a trend away from split-screen in more recent offerings.

Cross-Platform: You can play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone with people on other systems: Xbox One, PS4, PC.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete. Each game in the series provides a relatively short narrative adventure but it is the online multiplayer aspect of the game that is most popular and absorbs the most time.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (2022) is rated PEGI 18 for violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters, motiveless killing of innocent characters, graphic violence and use of strong language. It features graphic violence, including sight of decapitation and dismemberment, with sight of blood. Innocent characters can be executed by drug cartel members, corrupt police and military.
There is frequent use of strong language ('*!@?*' and '*!@?*').
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need a good sense of direction, quick wits and fast reactions. Understanding how best to achieve the missions also helps, as does having the resilience to not mind when you lose and keep pushing ahead even if you are behind.

Account Rating

Account required for online play that has 13 years old as minimum age. The game is available to individuals aged 13 or older. If you are under 18 years of age, you and your parent or guardian must review this Agreement and the Privacy Policy together.
 

CostsCosts

Call of Duty Modern Warfare usually costs £19.99 to £99.99. 

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered

PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II - Vault Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £99.99
XBox Store Xbox One £99.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £99.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £99.99

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare: Digital Standard Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £59.99

Call of Duty Modern Warfare

PlayStation Store PS4 £59.99

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

Steam Store PC £19.99

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) - Multiplayer

Steam Store PC £19.99
Steam Store Mac £19.99

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Steam Store PC £29.99

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

Steam Store PC £34.99

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (2017)

Steam Store PC £34.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/10/2019, updated in 2022

Price: 50% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (16 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting and Fighting

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Developer: Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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