Sony has unveiled the selection of games it will be dolloping into the laps of PlayStation Plus subscribers in March - and it's a strong showing, despite being the first month that Vita and PlayStation 3 titles aren't included.
First out of the gate is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the 2016 spruce-up of Infinity Ward's revered 2007 shooter. As Digital Foundry explained at launch, the word 'remastered' does the experience something of a disservice, with developer Raven Software's work on the game much closer to a a fully-fledged remake.
"While its shooting might feel creaky," said Eurogamer contributor Nathan Ditum, "Modern Warfare's ability to inject meaningful moments into its action still feels remarkable. There's a sense of wonderful craft here, of minute and imaginative design, from the small bits of chatter that constantly flow during missions, to the grandstanding set pieces that define Modern Warfare. The standout moments are so numerous it's hard to really call them standout."
Valve has stepped up its anti-cheat measures and issued almost 95,000 bans in the last week alone.
The people behind Humvee are suing Activision over the appearance of the famous military vehicle in Call of Duty.
Now Sony's timed exclusivity for the standalone version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered has expired, the shooter has released on other platforms, including PC.
Modern Warfare Remastered has been playable on PC ever since Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare came out, but this is the first time it's been sold standalone, and therefore the first time it's had its own store page on Steam. And upset players have been quick to jump on the opportunity to pile on the game.
On Steam, the game has got off to a particularly rough start, with a mostly negative user review rating. Players are complaining about all sorts, including the £34.99 price, performance issues and hackers in multiplayer.
Activision released Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered standalone this week, but you still need the Infinite Warfare disc to play if you got yours through the expensive versions of the game.
UPDATE 23/06/2017 8.40pm: Activision has confirmed that yes, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be available as a standalone affair on 27th June for PS4, both digitally and physically.
A release on other platforms will follow.
It will contain the campaign and 16 multiplayer maps.
Candy Crush Saga developer King is making a mobile Call of Duty game.
Activision is once again under fire over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered - this time it's new premium DLC that's making fans livid.
Overnight, Activision announced the new Variety Map Pack is coming to Modern Warfare Remastered, first on PlayStation 4 on 21st March and later on PC and Xbox One.
This map pack includes four classic Call of Duty 4 maps, remastered to the same quality as the main game. They are Broadcast, Chinatown, Creek and Killhouse.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered now has supply drops.
The supply drops arrive as part of the game's December update. Right now, they contain only cosmetic items, and all items that can be earned in supply drops can also be obtained via challenges.
The supply drops are unlocked with Call of Duty Points, which you buy with real world money, and with Depot Credits, which are earned through playing.
When Activision announced plans to remaster the much-loved Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, fans of the series rejoiced. But when Activision announced that the only way to get the game was to buy the expensive Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition - or its digital equivalent - fans recoiled in horror. Suffice it to say, Activision's refusal to sell Modern Warfare Remastered separately didn't go down well.
So, there were plenty of Call of Duty fans, only interested in Modern Warfare Remastered, who decided against buying Infinite Warfare's £79.99 edition because, well, that's a lot of money to fork out just to play the remaster of a nine-year-old game.
Well, now the Legacy Edition of Infinite Warfare has been reduced as part of Black Friday madness. At Amazon it's down to £49.99, which is £30 cheaper than it was at launch.
PC Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare may be temporarily cheaper on the Windows 10 Store (£33) than on Steam (£40), but if you buy from the Windows Store, you will not be able to play with people who buy on Steam.
In case you hadn't heard, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered has a pretty cool Time Paradox achievement / trophy.
Except it's not cool. It's not cool at all - because you've been hoodwinked. This isn't a time paradox at all, in fact it's actually not even close. Allow me to elaborate.
In the original Modern Warfare mission, you take on the role of Captain John Price, who must kill a gentleman known as Zakhaev with a long-range sniper rifle. Succesfully hitting him when you take the shot however will actually just take off his arm (regardless of where you aim) and trigger a series of events where Zakhaev's whisked away in a nearby jeep, whilst Price is suddenly facing down an attack helicopter and a fair bit of trouble.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered campaign early access is out in the wild on PlayStation 4 - and players have found a really cool Easter egg that doubles as a brand new achievement / trophy.
The Time Paradox achievement is new to Modern Warfare's campaign, and involves killing Vladimir Makarov.
Vladimir Makarov was the antagonist in Modern Warfare 2 and 3, so killing him in Modern Warfare 1 creates the time paradox that means the sequels never happened. Doc Brown would love this.
If you install both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare plus Modern Warfare Remastered, you need at least 130GB of space free on your hard-drive.
That's according to the back of the PlayStation 4 version of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition, which itself was revealed by a French retailer (thanks, Charlie Intel).
Now, it comes as no surprise to learn that the two games' combined installation size is larger than a single Call of Duty, but 130GB total is something of an eyebrow-raiser. That's over a quarter of your 500GB console hard-drive.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is out today for those who have digitally pre-ordered the Legacy, Legacy Pro and Digital Deluxe editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
To see how this remaster stacks up to Infinity Ward's seminal 2007 shooter, our Ian Higton made the following comparison video looking at how this restoration improves the game for more contemporary sensibilities.
The comparison video is using the Xbox 360 version of the original Modern Warfare and the PS4 version of its remaster.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered requires the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare disc be inserted in order to play.
That's if you buy Infinite Warfare on disc. As you'd expect, if you download the game you don't need the disc.
Charlie Intel spotted that the recently-launched Modern Warfare Remastered page on the Call of Duty website includes the following note:
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will contain all 16 original multiplayer maps from Infinity Ward's 2007 adventure.
10 will be available at launch with another six to follow in December at no additional cost, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg revealed during a Call of Duty livestream.
Modern Warfare Remastered won't be available as a standalone product and can only be acquired by purchasing the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy, Legacy Pro, or Digital Deluxe Editions.
Activision's released fresh gameplay of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered, showing off one of its most iconic missions.
The video, below, shows a playthrough of Crew Expendable, the second mission of Infinity Ward's groundbreaking first-person shooter. In it, the player infiltrates a cargo ship and retrieves a package.
I'm impressed by the graphical upgrade here, which was done by Raven Software. In a previous life, Call of Duty map pack maker Raven developed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the 2009 Wolfenstein and the underrated Singularity.
Sony has secured exclusive early access to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered campaign on PlayStation 4 - but you have to pre-order one of the more expensive versions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to get it.
As already announced, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is included with the Legacy Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and Legacy Pro versions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Activision has insisted there's no other way to get the game, and in the process angered many Call of Duty fans only interested in revisiting what many consider to be the best game in the series.
Now, if you pre-order either of those versions on PlayStation 4, you get early access to the Modern Warfare Remastered campaign. This means you can play it on 5th october 2016 - 30 days before it's available on PC and Xbox One and when Infinite Warfare goes on general release.
Fancy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered but not interested in buying Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare? You're out of luck.
In a FAQ on Activision's support website, the company confirmed Modern Warfare Remastered will not come as a separate disc. It is a full game download included in the Legacy, Legacy Pro and Digital Deluxe editions of Infinite Warfare.
Just to be clear, Modern Warfare Remastered is only available through the Legacy, Legacy Pro and Digital Deluxe Editions.