Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Reflex Edition

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The Infinity Ward spat is a symptom of a wider power struggle between top studios and publishers.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Reflex Edition

With large chunks of the gaming world busy getting in a right old lather over Modern Warfare 2, the belated appearance of a Wii port of the 2007 original the other day had all the impact of a Johnstone's Paint Trophy scoreline on a wet Wednesday night.

And just like the Swindon vs. Norwich match this week, it has nil-nil written all over it, with Activision hoping for the best by fielding its Treyarch reserve team. The bold intention was to release a fully-featured conversion, complete with all the levels and multiplayer features that have turned the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 game into a 13-million selling blockbuster over the past two years.

Sadly the result is only ever passable. While all of the basic gameplay elements that won the game such wide acclaim are retained, much of its visual appeal is reduced dramatically thanks to muddy visuals which don't even come close to reaching the standard reached by other Wii titles in the genre. This "Reflex Edition" is a wobbly Telesync compared to the cinematic presentation you'll get elsewhere.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty Wii: Not so Modern Warfare?

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So, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex on the Wii. The basic idea of bringing one of the most advanced HD console shooters to the Nintendo platform sounds ludicrous, but Activision in concert with its Treyarch development studio has only gone ahead and done it, and the result is pleasantly surprising. Wii owners get a surprisingly fully-featured rendition, which even includes the lion's share of the online gameplay as well as the customary Wiimote-powered "waggle" controls that you won't have experienced in the initial release.

IW: "We don't feel tied to making COD"

Plus: Wii not really suitable for MW2.

Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling has said that the studio may go off and do something else once Modern Warfare 2 is out of the way.

Modern Warfare Wii co-op detailed

Plus: 30fps, Conduit-style controls.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for Wii features a co-operative mode where a second player can pick up a remote and start brapping at any time.

Activision confirms COD4:MW for Wii

Activision confirms COD4:MW for Wii

Bit late. Arrives November.

Activision has confirmed rumours and announced Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for Wii, albeit without the "4".

The rather late conversion will arrive on 10th November, alongside the release of Modern Warfare 2 on other formats.

Treyarch and not original creator Infinity Ward will port the celebrated fourth instalment of the war series to Wii.

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