With the release of Modern Warfare 2 , a fair amount of COD4 stock actually went up in price thanks to gamers wanting to check out the original retrospectively. It has, however, started slipping back down in recent weeks, although nothing has come along which tastes quite as sweet as this weekend price courtesy of Steam. The cheapest price for a hard copy of the GOTY edition is still nearly £15 over at 365Games and Amazon, but you can download the FPS for just under a tenner this weekend thanks to Valve.
It's actually fairly difficult to tell the original apart from its slightly shinier, somewhat louder sequel. The singe-player - essentially revolving around Soap MacTavish and his efforts to hunt down Russian Ultranationalist leader Imran Zakhaev - is as much of a rollercoaster ride of thrills and spills as its follow-up and actually lasts a little bit longer than that of MW2. It's actually really good fun to play the two back to back, as they kind of blend seamlessly into one another.
This is the multiplayer that captured the hearts and minds of trigger happy online gamers everywhere before MW2 arrived with all of its bells and whistles, and its heartening to note that the servers for this game are still excellently supported, and there's a thriving mod community too. One playthrough of COD4 hammers home a tenet that Activison and Infinity Ward clearly followed when making MW2 which is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
A stunning game, and well worth a tenner.
Thanks to Cuddy at HUKD