Call of Duty - Modern Warfare

The game was released in in November 2007, but we didn't take up the game straight away. It was probably around the middle of 2008 that a few more of us started to play regularly. Transition from FarCry was slow and painful - moving from a game with massive maps, where killing people generally involved at least half a clip - maybe even using both your primary and secondary weapons, to one with tight maps and hardcore game play, was always going to be tough.

I really remember moments where I actually hated the game - frustrated by not knowing the maps and getting killed far too quickly, far too often by people I could rarely see! I don't remember moaning to my clan-mates but I'm pretty sure they were working through the same crap as me in the early days.

Something obviously clicked because we got a server and suddenly started to get new guys joining and playing so many scrims. The community was very active and we would regularly play 2/3/4 scrims each night - especially on the weekends when xfire would be constantly delivering invites for matches. We had many clans who we played regularly, including..

Our old friends from FarCry, AXE..

Team Legends (where online gaming started for me)

 

Our German Friends @ LOW

HSS

 

DZ

 

TAW (again from FarCry)

 

GC

 

As well as playing public, we also used our own server to have internal matches...

 

After a while, we signed up to the UKESA and ED - playing loads of competitive scrims under the squad leadership of Bulldog...

 

 

More recently, we joined the FLGL league and enojoyed a lot of success:

In fact, after the team chose to dedicate one night a week to practice, we soon found ourselves vying for top stop in the league and won two-back-to-back seasons. Winning isn't everytihng but, as Redant used to say, "Winners are grinners"! Those days were the most enjoyable of my COD4 careers, and we had a strong group of players who were committed to the cause and willing to put in the extra hours to get the results. I'm not sure we'll manage it again but loved every minute while it lasted.

 

Season 3

 

Season 4

These days (early 2018) the UK scene really has died. I (Lazzy) have moved to Singapore where I've found a thriving COD4 community in Sri Lanka (it's not that far), however, they are all playing softcore and the standard is terrible!