When you boot up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered’s multiplayer, it greets you with a message welcoming you back to the “seminal” first-person shooter. It’s a fitting descriptor because the unforgettable campaign and multiplayer have had rippling effects throughout its genre in the near-decade since its release, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who would disagree. Why does its impact endure? We were reminded why with this remaster – no, this remake – due to the exemplary overhaul it has undergone. Its aging is more apparent as a result, but nevertheless, what a relief it is to breathe in an old-school shooter that stands the test of time.

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