I’d like to say that Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare was the greatest game that I ever played. Unfortunately, I can’t do that. I can’t even play the game at all. After messing around for hours, trying to get the game to work, I’ve given up. At first, I thought it was my computer. After doing some research online, it seems that I’m not the only one with CoD4 technical difficulties.
I mean sure, my computer is starting to get old. It’s been about three years since I pulled the demo unit off the shelves of Best Buy. I threw in a nice nVidia 6800 Graphics Processor and that was all I needed. Two years later, I added some RAM and I still had an effective gaming machine. I never really looked at gaming boxes for specs. When CoD4 started crashing, I reviewed the minimum system requirements. Not surprisingly, my computer seemed to qualify. My machine has been pretty good at running the latest games.
Not this time!
After sitting through a boring installation process, the game failed almost immediately. When I load the game for the first time, it will crash. I’ll load the game again, but this time in safe mode. It will make it through the videos, and then it will crash. After three installs, reducing my monitor to 800×600 and quitting nonessential applications, the results are the same – CRASH!
Wooooo… isn’t this fun!
When I visited the Infinity Ward forum, only to see that other players were experiencing the same problems, I began to lose faith in PC gaming. Now I know why retail stores have pushed PC games to a forgotten corner of the store. Who wants to click through End User License Agreements, DirectX updates and software installations, only to be welcomed by a Microsoft Error Reporting window. After sending about three dozen crash reports, I decided that this wasn’t fun at all.
Before buying Call of Duty 4, I had to wonder why the XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of CoD4 were $10 more. Now, I find myself dreaming of the simplicity of consoles. Just drop in the disk and play. I mean sure, I still prefer a mouse to an an analogue thumb stick, but I can’t even play the PC version at all.
Maybe Activision / Infinity Ward will get around to releasing a Patch. Until then, CoD4 is a most challenging game indeed – GETTING IT TO WORK!