Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare: Reflex Edition is one of the Wii games I did not think was ever going to be made. Let’s face it, the Wii is not known for its wide array of first person shooters, with its first real achievement in the genre being The Conduit, a game that was released nearly three years after the console hit the market – and then Medal of Honor? Since when was any Medal of Honor game considered a best of the best on any console? A while.
In comes Treyarch, the company known for the second and third Call of Duty titles, which unfortunately were nowhere near as good as any of the Infinity Ward titles in the franchise. Well, it looks like they have learned their lesson, after working on World at War, an iteration based on the Modern Warfare engine and getting experience working with Wii games for that title; Modern Warfare: Reflex Edition is worthy of the Call of Duty moniker.
Reflex Edition brings the drama and excitement of the original Modern Warfare, and though released two years after the original, it still has the flair that Wii owners missed when Modern Warfare hit the proper next-gen consoles. Though the campaign only lasts around five hours, and the graphics are toned down compared to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, the message and fun are still to be had.
What it brings to the table is the best multiplayer first person shoot experience on Nintendo’s console known for its local multiplayer in adventure or puzzle games. While Treyarch’s World at War for the Wii left out quite a few of the game types that the other consoles were offering, Reflex Edition brings the fun of Sabotage and Domination, as well as the tried and true Free for All and Team Deathmatch.
My only complaint with Reflex Edition is the sometimes-annoying controls. There is an inherent auto-aim feature that helps you snap to a target when you are aiming towards the enemy’s hitbox, as with the other Call of Duty titles, but with the Wii’s already sensitive control scheme, it makes for getting on and staying on target a little rough. You will find that any of the wii guns will help a bit with this though. That is a price I am willing to pay for a Wii game that makes the console worthwhile to first person shooter fans.