Call of Duty 6, Modern Warfare 2, Liverpool 0

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (to give it the correct title) is out next week. I loved the first Modern Warfare game. You can google it to get a billion blog posts about why it is so good, and they’ll all have better writing than I can muster. Loved it, but wasn’t in a rush to buy the sequel. There’s been the usual hype machine running for a year now on this, but it’s recently kicked into overdrive and this usually turns me off a game. But then I read something this week that made me pre-purchase the Steam version immediately.


I don’t know if this is true, but I read some very vague details about the opening section of the game. Natrually, I’m gonna tell you what I read. If you don’t want to know anything about it until release, please stop reading now. Maybe visit orisinal or something instead. Bugs is my fave, it’s awesome. Buck Rogers theme too.

Right, now that’s out the way – the opening section. Ready? Here goes.

You play a terrorist, and you are tasked with executing innocent civilians.

Read it again if you like. Impressed yet? The most-hyped game of the year, the sequel to one of the best and most popular games of the last five years, begins with asking the player to shoot unarmed, scared, innocent people.

Isn’t that just fucking marvellous? Get past any knee-jerk “OMFG the kids will use this as a murder simulator” bollocks, and that there opening, if the rumour is true, is possibly the bravest thing I’ve heard a developer do. They’re making a sequel for an astonishingly profitable franchise, which belongs to Activision (the new EA, I think; I read it on a blog somewhere), and yet they’re starting it with a potentially controversial as fuck section of mass murder. Potentially, they could lose a chunk of their audience. They could come under the iron sights of Jack “Batshit Insane Crazy” Thompson. The game could kick off another round of scumbag politicians trying to BAN THIS SICK FILTH. I don’t even know what happens in the rest of the game, or even if this rumour is true.

The point is, if it is, then Infinity Ward have a fuckton of everything to lose by including it. If they get it right though, and the last Modern Warfare game is enough to suggest to anyone that they can, this could firmly wedge them into the band of developers who get a lifetime pass – Valve (yes, L4D2 whiners, you are wrong), Blizzard (well, for WoW anyways), and 2D Boy (cos Ron replied to an email I sent him and he was very nice).

Not only that, but this could be the game that finally pinches the most used trick by other media (showing and not telling both sides of the story, protagonist and antagonist), and gets it right.

Come on next week!

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