|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Treyarch||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 10, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-10||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The "Reflex" addition to the game's title is spot on, as you'll need some good ones to keep the shrapnel from tearing up your digital hide. With the Nunchuk and Wii Remote combo, the first-person point and shoot controls that are new to the Wii version work well most of the time. There are moments with the default control setup where it feels difficult to get the proper view angle when chaos erupts around you, though there are a lot of adjustment and customization options available for you to tweak things until they feel just right. You can adjust everything from the cursor and turn speed right down to button configurations and the dead zones at the edges of the screen. For serious shooter enthusiasts, the game also works well with the Wii Zapper peripheral. If you have a pal handy, a second Wii Remote can be used to blast away enemies on the same screen, which is a nice feature.
It only takes a handful of hours to blast your way through the enthralling solo campaign, but that's only half of what makes Modern Warfare - Reflex worth checking out. The online multiplayer modes are some of the best currently available on the Wii, and you'd be seriously missing out if you only focused on the main campaign. Starting out with a few limited but fun options like team deathmatch and free-for-all, you can easily jump into team missions across some nicely designed maps that are riddled with hiding spots, choke points, and strategic vantage points. As you play in more matches, you'll gain cumulative experience for your killing skills that eventually level-up your profile and unlock additional multiplayer modes, classes, and extras to check out. There are also a few different weapons load outs to pick from, including standard assault, special ops, heavy gunner, demolitions, and sniper. Log in some prolonged online sessions and you'll soon unlock a ton of other cool modes like sabotage, tactical, domination, cage matches, and more.
Treyarch had its work cut out for it in bringing a high-definition smash hit like Call of Duty 4 to the Wii, but the team really pulled it off. While there's no real reason to pick up Modern Warfare: Reflex if you already have access to the game on a more powerful console, this faithful Wii port doesn't pull any punches and delivers a killer experience that matches the intensity, spirit, and gameplay of the other versions. Graphical weakness and sporadic chugging issues aside, this is still a must-have shooter for the Wii.
CCC Staff Contributor