On November 10, 2009, Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2 hit stores worldwide. The most-anticipated game of the year and the sequel to the best-selling first-person action game of all time, Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. In the course of the ten hours or so the game will take to complete in solo mode, the player will assume a variety of roles in a global war against Russian ultranationalists led by Vladimir Makarov. Like many war-themed titles, the game – set five years in the future – features bloody conflict throughout, but Modern Warfare 2 is so harrowingly realistic at some points that an on-screen warning offers players the option to skip scenes they may find disturbing.
One of the most controversial of these is an episode where your character must choose whether to kill unarmed civilians in a Russian airport in order to infiltrate a terrorist sect successfully. The scene is so genuinely shocking in its brutality that the game’s distributor Activision has already attempted to forestall criticism by issuing the following statement.
“The scene establishes the depth of evil and the cold-bloodedness of a rogue Russian villain and his unit. By establishing that evil, it adds to the urgency of the player’s mission to stop them. (Activision)
The last game to generate similar controversy was Grand Theft Auto IV, released in April, 2008, in which players steal cars and murder their way to the top of the big-city underworld.
On Monday evening Nov-9-2009, Amazon confirmed that Modern Warfare 2 will be its biggest selling video game yet, with advance orders running 50 per cent higher than for GTA IV.
“Modern Warfare 2 is a fantasy action game designed for intense, realistic game play that mirrors real life conflicts, much like epic, action movies. It is appropriately rated 18 for violent scenes, which means it is intended for those who are 18 and older ONLY.”
Epic single-player campaign picks up immediately following the thrilling events from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
The definitive multiplayer experience returns, with a host of new perks and enhancements.
New cooperative SpecOps mode, the perfect combination of Modern Warfare’s single-player intensity and the addictive replayability of its multiplayer.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC