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Which Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Edition to Buy?

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The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare release date is coming in October and Activision offers a ton of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare editions. There are five editions to choose from this year and a special PS4 Pro bundle. It can be difficult to figure out which version is the best value and if you should buy the game on disk or digitally.

Activision offers five 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare editions that are all available on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. GameStop also sells two exclusive editions, including the $199 Dark Edition with working night Vision goggles. The only real catch when choosing is that the PC version is only on Blizzard’s Battle.net.

There are some pre-order bonuses that are shared across all of the different editions. The more you spend, the more you get. Bonus items include cosmetic upgrades, Prestige tokens, Call of Duty Points and real-world bonuses.

Which Call of Duty: Modern Warfare edition should you buy in 2019?

Which Call of Duty: Modern Warfare edition should you buy in 2019?

None of the editions include a Season Pass. Activision announced that there will be no Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season Pass in 2019. Instead, the game will focus on free maps and cross-play.

Read: Should I Pre-Order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?

Here’s a closer look at each of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare editions and what they include, plus a look at whether you should buy the game on disk or digitally.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Editions Standard Edition Operator Edition Operator Enhanced Edition Precision Edition Dark Edition
Price 59.99 79.99 99.99 99.99
Digital or Physical Both Both Digital Only Physical Only Physical Only
In Game Knife Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prestige Token for Black Ops 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Playable Capt. Price Blackout Character in Black Ops 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
All Ghillied Up” Operator Pack No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Crew Expendable” Operator Pack No Yes Yes Yes Yes
War Pig” Operator Pack No Yes Yes Yes Yes
3,000 Call of Duty Points No No Yes No No
Collectible Steelbook No No No Yes No
KontrolFreek Modern Warfare Performance Thumbsticks No No No Yes No
KontrolFreek Modern Warfare Controller Skin No No No Yes No
Call of Duty Endowment C.O.D.E. Calling Card No No No Yes No
Wearable Night Vision Goggles No No No No Yes
Buy Now  Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Microsoft, Sony and Battle.net Microsoft, Sony and Battle.net

Microsoft, Sony and Battle.net  GameStop GameStop

 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Standard Edition

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare edition is the basic version of the game that includes the full game with single player campaign, co-op and multiplayer. This version does include a Prestige Token to use in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

You can buy the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare standard edition for $59.99 on disk or digitally. You can save $10 with My Best Buy Rewards when you pre-order. With Amazon Prime, you get a $10 credit when you buy at Amazon. Expect bigger deals in November.

This is the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare edition that most people should buy, especially with no Season Pass and no firm details on how the DLC will work without one.

Who should buy this edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?

  • Casual Call of Duty players
  • Gamers who will split time between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and other games this fall.

You can buy the standard edition at Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Microsoft, Sony and Battle.net

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Operator Edition

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Operator Edition is a nice middle-ground for users who want to start the game with some digital items, but also don’t want to spend $100 on a new Call of Duty game.

With this version you get the base game, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Prestige token, and the Operator Edition Premium Digital items. These include;

  • In-game XRK Weapons Pack
  • Custom In-Game Tactical Knife
  • “All Ghillied Up” Operator Pack
  • “Crew Expendable” Operator Pack
  • “War Pig” Operator Pack

Who should buy this edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?

  • Gamers that will make Call of Duty: Modern Warfare their big game for the fall.
  • Gamers who like in-game bonus items but don’t like COD Points.

You can buy the Operator edition at Microsoft, Sony, and Battle.net

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Operator Enhanced Edition

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Operator Enhanced Edition is $99.99 and it comes with everything from the Operator Edition, plus 3,000 Call of Duty Points.

You can buy 2,400 Call of Duty Points for $19.99, but with this bundle, you get an extra 600 COD Points. It’s not a massive boost, but if you plan to use these in the game, it is a nice option.

Who should buy this edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?

  • Gamers that will spend cash in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare post release.
  • Gamers who don’t want the GameStop exclusives.

You can buy the Operator Enhanced edition at Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft, Sony and Battle.net

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Precision Edition

GameStop offers two special editions, and this is the option for users that want a lot of in-game content and a steelbook, but don’t want to shell out $200 for lots of real-world collectibles.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game
  • Steelbook
  • KontrolFreek Modern Warfare branded Performance Thumbsticks
  • KontrolFreek Modern Warfare branded Controller Skin
  • Custom In-game Tactical Knife
  • “All Ghillied Up” Operator Pack
  • “Crew Expendable” Operator Pack
  • “War Pig” Operator Pack
  • C.O.D.E. Animated Calling Card

Who should buy the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare precision edition?

  • Fans of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare that want to start off with loads of in-game digital content that will allow them to skin their characters and weapons.

You can buy the Operator Enhanced edition at GameStop for $99.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Dark Edition

The real world night vision headset that is part of the Dark Edition.

The real world night vision headset that is part of the Dark Edition.

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Dark Edition is a super exclusive version that is $199. This is a GameStop Exclusive and includes wearable “working” night vision goggles. You can see these in the image above ane in the tweet below. This includes a mix of physical and digital bonuses.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game
  • Night Vision Goggles
  • Display Stand for Night Vision Goggles
  • Steelbook
  • Custom In-game Tactical Knife
  • “All Ghillied Up” Operator Pack
  • “Crew Expendable” Operator Pack
  • “War Pig” Operator Pack
  • Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Animated Calling Card

This is surprisingly still available to pre-order at the base price. You don’t need to pay premiums on eBay, Facebook or Craigslist to get it.

  • This is for the ultimate Call of Duty: Modern Warfare fans that are excited about the return of Modern Warfare.

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Dark Edition is $200 at GameStop.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare PS4 Pro Bundle

PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Bundle
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare PS4 Pro Bundle includes a jet black 1TB PS4 Pro system, a matching DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Blu-ray Disc
  • Prepare to go dark, Modern Warfare is back! In the visceral and dramatic single-player story campaign, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare pushes boundaries and breaks rules the way only Modern Warfare can
  • Experience the ultimate online playground with classic multiplayer, or squad-up and play cooperatively in a collection of elite operations accessible to all skill levels

If you need to upgrade to a PS4 Pro, even with the PS5 release date coming next year, then you may want to get the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare PS4 Pro bundle that is $399. This includes the standard version of the game as well as a PS4 Pro.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Disk or Digital?

If you are buying the base game and you like convenience, buy digitally. If you are buying the base game and you want to save on day one, look for some deals on the disk version closer to the release date.

If you like collectibles, you will need to go with the GameStop options and get the game on a disk. The $99 GameStop exclusive Call of Duty: Modern Warfare edition is a better value than buying the Operator Enhanced edition digitally.

While you may want to trade-in or sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare later, the values drop quickly, so this is a game that most gamers should buy digitally.

If you buy digitally you can also play as early as 6 PM on October 24th, depending on where you live.

5 Reasons to Pre-Order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare & 3 Reasons Not To

Pre-Order if You Are Stoked about Modern Warfare

Pre-Order if You Are Stoked about Modern Warfare

Are you excited that the 2019 Call of Duty is finally taking us back to Modern Warfare? Is the chance to play a Call of Duty game set in the modern times that deals with conflicts and issues ripped straight from the headlines something you want to experience?

If you answered yes to either of these questions there is enough information about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to make it an easy purchase even this far ahead of the release date. 

The return of familiar characters is a big plus, as is a campaign that is a new story plus co-op , cross-play and multiplayer all offer a lot of reasons to get excited about this release. 

Forget the future and get ready for a dark look at the here and now with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. If this sounds like an experience you want, pre-order now. 

You can pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Microsoft, Sony and Battle.net

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Last update on 2019-07-24. This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to read our disclosure policy for more details. Images via Amazon API

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