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- Call of Duty Modern Warfare solo test: the best campaign of the franchise
In 2019, Activision has decided to operate a reboot of its Call of Duty franchise, entrusting Infinity Ward with the complete relaunch of the Modern Warfare chapter (one of the best in the saga). While the brand is known for bringing together millions of players in a variety of online modes, the single-player component, materialized by a campaign, should not be forgotten. Last year, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was private, and the studio had to go all out for this Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – available October 25 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare // Source: Activision
In the past, Call of Duty has often relied on an effective story, lasting less than six hours, to do it quickly and well. In the case of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it is fair to say that Infinity Ward has outdone itself. Classic in its approach, the game of first-person shooter with the efficiency worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. All with a cold realism and real questions about the approach to modern warfare.
As its title indicates, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare deals with modern conflicts – the fight against terrorism. In the plot of relative complexity (it is a pretext more than a fable), it has two faces: an Arab group nicknamed Al-Qatala and an army of Russian dissidents led by a tyrannical general with extremist methods. Faced with this dual threat, a special forces group, led by the charismatic Captain John Price and assisted by Arab resistance fighters, is tasked with preventing a global conflict by recovering chemical weapons.
What limits are to be crossed when the enemy has none left?
Fictional, the story of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is more reminiscent of Zero Dark Thirty or The Kingdom– minusWe Must Save Private Ryan. Without really going to the end of its orientation (because of its official “apolitical position”, which in fact means nothing…), it questions the relationship between those who make war and the ways of making it. “When you take the gloves off, you get blood on your hands,” explains Captain Price, who doesn’t hesitate to get dirty so that the world can stay as clean as possible. Even if it means using questionable methods in some punch sequences that may shock.
Behind the watermark, behind theamerican hero, the question arises: what limits are to be crossed when the enemy has none left? On this subject, collateral casualties seem inevitable and the game has a very particular approach with civilian shootings (from one scene to another, they are either tolerated or prohibited because we do not always know where terrorists hide). Writers clearly want to insist on this thin line between what is Good and what may seem Evil, whereas yesterday’s rules no longer have reason to exist today.
To go further in realism and visceral, Activision had promised important graphic evolutions. There is no deception on the goods as this Call of Duty: Modern Warfare offers a visual rendering as shimmering (the quality of the textures, the myriad of effects, the acting) as it is icy. For the eyes, it’s a great show, allowed by closed environments that rhyme with total control. In addition to this, there are breathtaking lighting effects that dress up different atmospheres, day and night. After having relied too long on its technical skills (on console, the framerate at 60 fps is still there), Call of Duty finally gets a facelift and this Modern Warfare can look the last Battlefield in the eyes.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare // Source: Activision
We had no doubt about the gameplay of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Infinity Ward has been developing SPFs for several years now and its latest production is a model of how to get started. Above all, it is a model in the feeling of the weapons. You really feel the impact of each bullet, the time it takes to reload (with a small delay if you are aiming) or the differentiation between the pieces of the arsenal (stability, to name but one). In terms of shooting sensations, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare boxing in the top of the basket, despite the resolute arcade argument of the experiment (the physics engine has its limits).
A revival for a franchise that needed it badly.
Infinity Ward has also worked hard on the rhythm of his FPS, which feels like a real roller coaster. There is the variety of situations, which alternate between calm and frenetic action, and the way in which the different missions are interwoven. There is no downtime or respite, just this feeling of being as close as possible to the different conflicts in which one is involved (in many parts of the world). For immersion, it’s a very, very big plus. And what Call of Duty: Modern Warfare loses life – 5/6 hours maximum -, it gains it in intensity. The highlights follow one after the other, without ever falling into too much (even if there are some passages that can hurt the most sensitive players, a warning message before starting to play is given).
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has the best campaign ever seen in a COD? No doubt. It shows a certain know-how when it comes to giving birth to an entertainment calibrated to keep a handful of hours on the edge of your seat. The success is such that you don’t even want it to last any longer. It’s proof that everything is in its place, from A to Z, and the true sign of a renewal for a franchise that was in great need of it.
Indicative note : 5/5
Activision had not skimped on promises when it officialized the reboot of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. We are delighted to write, a few months later, that they were not in vain. In more ways than one, the COD 2019 solo campaign is a lesson in entertainment.
Graphics, gameplay, rhythm, variety of situations… Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ticks absolutely all the boxes of the blockbuster cut to win a maximum of votes. All he would need is a finer handwriting to add a clever argument to his plot, which we would prefer to call a pretext. Beyond the polemics, the FPS is fun.
- Very, very beautiful
- The unparalleled rhythm
- Feeling the weapons
- Lazy Writing
- Too short to settle for the solo
- Okay, Americans often get the right role
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- JUUL defends himself from selling damaged refills for electronic cigarette
The crisis continues for JUUL. The brand of electronic cigarettes, which already has to deal with the concerns of the U.S. government, is now the subject of a complaint. It was filed by a former employee, who assures that the brand has sold more than a million refills unfit for consumption, Business Insider reported on October 30.
The complaint was lodged on Tuesday 29 October by Siddharth Breja, a former executive of the company. It explains that JUUL allegedly sold refills for damaged electronic cigarettes to resellers and customers.
One e-cigarette JUUL. // Source: JUL
According to him, the firm knew exactly what it was doing. He says he alerted her several times about the questionable quality of the refills. His superiors would have chosen to ignore his warnings. According to him, former CEO Kevin Burns – who was replaced at the end of September – even claimed that, since ” half of all customers vaporize when they have drunk too much“, no one would notice the difference.
The complaint was filed in a California court. The type of refills concerned is specified: they are “mint nicotine refills“, according to Business Insider, who was able to consult the document. Siddharth Breja is reported to have found this out from an internal document in February, in which JUUL employees indicated that they wanted to reissue one-year-old refills. He would then have invited the team to waive it and then proposed to add at least an expiry date on these products, which was not done.
Video maker Gabriella Marie tests a JUUL // Source: YouTube/Gabriella Marie
In March, he then allegedly discovered that some of the components (in this case, the liquid that gives the product its minty taste) used had been contaminated. This would involve 250,000 refill kits, or one million refills. They would have been sold despite the risks. Paradoxically, Siddharth Breja should have, at the request of his superiors, taken legal action against the supplier, who allegedly sold JUUL damaged refills.
He was dismissed shortly afterwards, for reasons that he considered dubious (managerial mismanagement, poor results, etc.). His lawyer refers to “false pretences“.
Contacted by Numerama, JUUL Labs reported that ” Mr. Breja’s allegations were completely unfounded“. The company assures that it terminated his contract in March 2019, ” because he did not demonstrate any of the qualities required for the functions for which he was recruited“. Its claims would be “unsubstantiated“, with JUUL claiming that the products concerned met all ” applicable specifications“. The spokeswoman told us that the firm ” will defend itself vigorously against thelegal action”.
On its website, JUUL highlights the quality of its products. An entire tab is dedicated to the topic. ” When it comes to the quality of our products, the level of our customers’ expectations is at its highest, assures the brand. We therefore check all our devices and e-liquids to ensure that they meet all their requirements.»
On the site of JUUL. // Source: JUL
JUUL is going through a period of crisis. Its products are the subject of U.S. government concerns because the health risks associated with spraying are still unknown. More than 1,000 cases of lung disease have been identified, although it is not yet known to which molecule or set of molecules they might be linked.
- To be read : “Electronic cigarettes are carcinogenic in mice”: what does this new study on vaporization say?
As a result, institutions and political figures like Donald Trump are seeking to curb the consumption of e-cigarettes. JUUL recently announced that it would no longer sell its flavoured products in the United States and that it would stop all advertising in the country, in order to alleviate the situation. According to the Wall Street Journal, the firm plans to lay off 500 people by the end of the year. She confirmed that a major reorganization was planned with Business Insider.
The reaction from JUUL Labs was added on 4 November 2019.