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Modern Warfare vs CoD 4 map comparison shows how much graphics improved

Published: 9/Jan/2020 11:58 Updated: 9/Jan/2020 13:22

by Calum Patterson


Digital Foundry has performed an in-depth comparison between 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and 2019’s Modern Warfare, contrasting the remakes of classic maps to show how much better console graphics have become.

Playing on the nostalgia for the old titles among Call of Duty fans, the ‘reboot’ of Modern Warfare takes a totally new approach to the series. But, it’s still tied to the original trilogy, with the return of characters like Captain Price.

Fans got their first real taste of the old games though when three classic maps from the original 2007 classic were added: Crash, Vacant and Shipment.

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Three of the most iconic maps not only in Call of Duty, but in FPS games generally, fans were excited to see old favorites return, but Infinity Ward did more than just reskin these locations.

With a new engine for Modern Warfare, the maps were recreated from the ground up, and although the match in terms of layout (mostly), the specific geography is changed more than you may have noticed.

Digital Foundry’s comparison is done on an Xbox 360 at 600p (for CoD 4) and an Xbox One X at 4K (for Modern Warfare). The difference is striking, particularly on Crash, which features the most complex geometry and foliage.

The video does acknowledge some of the shortcomings too, though, at least in their opinion. Each map had a very distinctive color or hue, with Vacant a greenish-tone, and Crash much warmer, for example.

In the 2019 game, such distinctions are gone, with each map generally featuring a very similar hue, all much more vibrant, with deeper reds and browns especially.

There was also one more comparison to be drawn, as the new Cargo map is clearly heavily inspired by the classic ‘Crew Expendable’ mission from the CoD 4 campaign. Again, it’s clear to see major improvements in lighting and materials.

Of course, the 2016 remaster of CoD 4 is much more true to the original. The maps are completely unchanged physically and it features all the old maps, rather than only three.

But, the step-up in engine and console power is definitely best exemplified with the new 2019 version. This pushes Call of Duty to the best visuals we’ve ever seen, by some distance.

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How to view your Black Ops Cold War stats on PC, PS5 & Xbox

Published: 28/Nov/2020 2:03

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty is enjoyed by some of the most competitive gamers around and, of course, competitors want to analyze their performances. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to view your Black Ops Cold War stats, no matter your system of choice.

If you played Modern Warfare or Warzone, then chances are that you’re already somewhat familiar with checking your CoD statistics. Aside from the in-game client, using the website COD Tracker was a very popular way to check, and compare, your numbers when away from your console or PC.

That remains an option for Black Ops Cold War in 2020 and beyond, but players can also check their stats in-game and on the official Call of Duty app. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, but they all help you paint a clearer picture of your performance.

Whether you simply want to track your progress as a player or compare yourself to the game’s best, we’ve broken the two ways, outside of the in-game client, that you can check your Black Ops Cold War statistics.

COD Tracker

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COD Tracker
COD Tracker gives you an overview of your stats with the options to dive deeper.

COD Tracker’s offering is likely the most thorough option around, as you are able to track a ton of statistics, filter by mode, map, and weapon while comparing yourself to global leaderboards. 

Like Warzone, you can even go back through many of your recent matches to analyze individual performances.

  1. Head to COD Tracker and enter either your Activision ID or your system’s gamer tag
  2. Navigate to the Black Ops Cold War tag
  3. Check out how you stack up against the competition

Call of Duty Companion

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The CoD Companion App is a nice alternative for people looking to check numbers on their phone.

The Call of Duty Companion app is a very easy way to access many of your statistics without turning on your PC or console. While it doesn’t have as much data as COD Tracker might give you (and rounds K/D a decimal sooner than Tracker), the UI is very intuitive, with pie charts and line graphs for your numbers and whatnot.

  1. Search “Call of Duty Companion” on your device’s app store or through their website
  2. Download and open
  3. Sign in with your Activision ID or your system’s gamer tag
  4. Navigate to “Player,” then scroll to “Black Ops Cold War” instead of “Modern Warfare” from the drop-down menu

While BOCW’s in-game client may feel somewhat limited in its options for analyzing your performance and place on the leaderboards, these two options each provide a ton of information.

Both provide similar degrees of data with the principal differences coming in their presentation, so it’s really up to you which you prefer to use.