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Call of Duty
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Developer(s) Infinity Ward
Publisher(s) Activision
Director(s) Ken Turner
Producer(s) Vince Zampella
Designer(s) Zied Rieke
Programmer(s) Jason West
Artist(s) Justin Thomas

Michael Boon

Writer(s) Michael Schiffer
Composer(s) Michael Giacchino

Justin Skomarovsky

Series Call of Duty
Engine id Tech 3

(heavily modified)[1]

Version 1.5
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows

Mobile phone Mac OS X N-Gage Xbox Live Arcade PlayStation Network

Release date(s) October 29, 2003[show]
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s)
Media/distribution Optical disc, download
System requirements
  • 3D Hardware Accelerator Card required - 100% DirectX 9.0b compatible 32MB hardware T&L-capable video card and latest drivers
  • Pentium III 600MHz or Athlon 600MHz processor or higher for systems with Windows 98/ME
  • Pentium III 700MHz or Athlon 700MHz processor or higher for systems with Windows 2000/XP
  • English version of Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7
  • 128MB of RAM
  • 8x CD-ROM drive (1200 K/sec sustained transfer rate) and latest drivers
  • 1.5GB of uncompressed free hard disk space (plus 400MB for Windows 98/ME swap file, 600MB for Windows 2000/XP swap file)
  • 100% DirectX 9.0b compatible 16-bit sound card and latest drivers
  • 100% Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 compatible mouse, keyboard and latest drivers

SUPPORTED CHIPSETS:


  • All ATI Radeon cards
  • All nVidia GeForce chipsets
  • Matrox Parhelia


Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game developed byInfinity Ward and published byActivision in 2003.[2] It is the first game in aseries with the same name. The game simulates the infantryand combined armswarfare of World War II. The game is based on the Quake III: Team Arena engine. It was accompanied in September 2004 by an expansion pack,Call of Duty: United Offensive, which was produced by Activision, and developed by Gray Matter Interactive, with contributions from Pi Studios. Call of Dutyis similar in theme and gameplay toMedal of Honor, as it is made out of single-player campaigns and missions. However, unlike Medal of Honor, the war is seen not just from the viewpoint of an American soldier but also from the viewpoint of British and Soviet soldiers.

The game was somewhat unusual at the time in that throughout the single-player mode the player is joined by computer-controlled allies who range in quantity from two infantrymen (in some of the British missions) to an entire regiment of tanks (in the Soviet missions). The computer-controlled allies will support the actual player during the missions. They also further the game's goal of providing an immersive and realistic experience; that is, soldiers in World War II were usually part of a larger group, as opposed to the "lone wolf" seen in video games such asMedal of Honor. However, there are some missions where the player is alone.

The "Hardened" and "Prestige" editions ofCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, released on November 10, 2009, includes a redemption code to download the game onto Xbox 360 andPlayStation 3 hard drives, retitling it as Call of Duty Classic.






[1][2]In-game screenshot of Call of Duty on the PC.

As a first-person shooter,Call of Duty places the player in control of an infantry soldier who makes use of various authentic World War II firearms in combat. Each mission features a series of objectives which are marked on the heads-up display's compass; the player must complete all objectives to advance to the next mission. The player can save and load at any time, rather than the checkpoint system utilized in later Call of Dutygames.

The player has two primary weapon slots, a handgun slot and can carry up to ten grenades (all of the later Call of Duty games feature only two weapon slots; a sidearm will fill one of these slots). Weapons may be exchanged with those found on the battlefield dropped by dead soldiers. Unlike later Call of Duty games, the first allows the player to toggle between different firing modes (single shot or automatic fire). Call of Duty was one of the early first-person shooters to feature iron sights in game play; by pressing the corresponding key the player aims down the actual sights on the gun for increased accuracy. In addition to weapons carried by the player, mountedmachine guns and other fixed weapon emplacements are controllable by the player.

The game uses a standard health points system, with a limited amount of health reflected by a health bar. Medkits scattered throughout the levels or dropped by some foes are used to restore health when the player is injured. This contrasts with all subsequentCall of Duty games in which there is no health bar and the player's health recharges when not taking fire.

Call of Duty also featured "shellshock" (not to be confused with the psychological condition of the same name): when there is an explosion near the player, he momentarily experiences simulatedtinnitus, appropriate sound "muffling" effects, blurred vision, and also results in the player slowing down, unable to sprint.

As the focus of the game is on simulation of the actual battlefield, the gameplay differs from many single-player shooters of the time. The player moves in conjunction with allied soldiers rather than alone; allied soldiers will assist the player in defeating enemy soldiers and advancing but the player is given charge of completing certain objectives. The game places heavy emphasis on usage of cover,suppressive fire, and grenades. AI-controlled soldiers will take cover behind walls, barricades, and other obstacles when available.

[edit]CampaignEdit

[edit]American campaignEdit

The American campaign begins with Private Joey Martin, member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, training at Camp Toccoa in Georgia, United States on 9 August 1942. This is meant to familiarize the player with the game controls. The first mission occurs toward midnight on June 5, 1944, as part of the airborne operations which began the invasion of Normandy. Martin is inserted outside the town ofSainte-Mère-Église as a pathfinder to lay a drop zone beacon for other paratroopers. The paratrooper drops end up being scattered, leaving Martin in a mixed unit formed from various companies. This mixed unit clears nearby farmhouses of German soldiers. The following mission has the group capture Sainte-Mère-Église and disable severalFlakpanzers (anti-aircraft tanks) just at the beginning of June 6 (D-Day). A paratrooper is seen hanging from the town church (see Private John Steele). The third mission occurs later that morning, with the U.S. troops holding Sainte-Mère-Église from German counterattack. The fourth mission has Martin, along with Pvt. Elder and Sgt. Moody, driving from Sainte-Mère-Église to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont alonghighway N13, while fending off German assaults. The fifth mission is the Brécourt Manor Assault, still on June 6, in which the U.S. troops destroy German artillery at the manor, which has been hindering progress at Utah Beach. After this mission, it is revealed that Martin's unit will be detached from the 101st Airborne Division for special missions behind enemy lines, due to outstanding performance.

In the next mission, on 7 August, Martin and his unit assault achâteau in the Bavarian Alps of Austria to rescue two British officers (Captain Price and Major Ingram). However, Major Ingram has been moved to another location. The seventh mission, on 18 September, requires the unit to free Major Ingram from a prisoner camp, Dulag III-A, outside of Strasshof, Austria. This mission is timed, requiring the player to break the officer free and return to the escape truck within 10 minutes, before the Germans can arrive with reinforcements. In the final mission, Private Martin's unit is northeast of Bastogne, Belgium on 15 January 1945. The unit clears out two bunkers and takes documents from them.

[edit]British campaignEdit

The first mission of the British campaign has Sergeant Jack Evans and a unit from the 2nd Ox and Bucks of the 6th Airborne Divisiontake part in Operation Tonga. Just after midnight on 6 June 1944, the unit is dropped from Horsa gliders alongside the Caen Canal nearPegasus Bridge, Bénouville. They capture the bridge and defend it from the nearby German forces. Capt. Price participates in this operation and several other missions as the commanding officer, although most of these missions occur before his rescue.) In the next mission, just past noon of the same day, the unit protects the bridge from German counterattack, which includes several tanks. They hold the bridge until reinforcements from the 7th Parachute Battalion arrive.

The third mission, on 2 September, has Evans working alone, now with the Special Air Service or SAS. He is inserted next to the Eder Dam and destroys the anti-aircraft guns protecting it. During Operation Chastise the previous May, the No. 617 Squadron RAF destroyed the dam using bouncing bombs. However, the Germans had rebuilt it. The British Special Operations Executive wish to destroy it again to hinder German production in the Ruhr Valley. Evans also destroys the electrical generators in case the dam is not destroyed by the bombs. Evans escapes on a German lorry stolen by Captain Price and Sergeant Waters. During the fourth mission, the three men drive to an airfield while evading motorized patrols. Panzerfausts found on the lorry can be used to destroy the enemy vehicles. The next mission occurs at the airfield, with Evans shooting down several Stuka dive bombers. The men escape in a stolen FW-200 Condor. The sixth mission, on 27 October, occurs on the German battleship Tirpitz, nearTromsø, Norway. Evans and Captain Price board the ship in disguise, using forged papers. Evans plants explosives and retrieves the ship's patrol logs and documents indicating the fleet movements of theKriegsmarine (the German navy), with Captain Price being killed in this mission.

The final mission has Sergeant Evans' unit near Burgsteinfurt, Germany on 2 February 1945. The unit destroys some mobile V-2 rockets and anti-aircraft guns.

[edit]Soviet campaignEdit

The first Soviet mission occurs during the Battle of Stalingrad, on 18 September 1942. Corporal Alexei Ivanovich Voronin is on one of many barges transporting Soviet soldiers across the Volga River, many of which are destroyed on the way by German artillery or Luftwaffeaircraft. Once across, Voronin is unarmed and must avoid machine gun fire and find an experienced sniper to help him. Soviet artillery eventually clears out the German machine guns, allowing Voronin and the others to enter Red Square. The second mission begins in Red Square with many retreating Soviet soldiers being killed by fellow Soviets (see Joseph Stalin's Order No. 227—"Not one step back!"). Voronin helps capture the square, which is defended by two tanks and some machine guns. After killing the German officers who have been calling reinforcements, Soviet artillery destroys the tanks. The unit makes their way through the rubble-filled streets to a railway station. In the next mission, Voronin travels through the train station and part of the city to reach Major Zubov of the 13th Guards Rifle Division. Following this, Voronin is promoted to Junior Sergeant. The fourth mission, on 9 November, has Voronin moving through the sewers to avoid snipers, making his way to an apartment building recently captured by the Germans. The fifth mission has the unit, under the command of Sergeant Pavlov, capture and defend the apartment building (see Pavlov's House). First, Voronin acts as a counter-sniperwhile another soldier draws the fire of the snipers in the building; the unit then clears the building of Germans, and defends it from the German counterattack.

The sixth mission occurs much later, on 17 January 1945, with Voronin promoted to full Sergeant, and now part of the 150th Rifle Division of the 3rd Shock Army. The unit secures a German tank repair facility in Warsaw in the midst of the Vistula–Oder Offensive. The next mission takes place just after securing the facility, with the unit making their way to the outskirts of the factories to regroup with the 4th Guards Tank Army. Due to shortages in experienced soldiers, the eighth mission, on 26 January, requires Voronin to command a T-34-85 tank for the 2nd Guards Tank Army. Along with other tanks, he makes his way toward a town near the Oder River. The ninth mission is also fought in the tank, with Voronin destroying some anti-aircraft weapons and securing the town.

In the final mission, on 30 April 1945, Sergeant Voronin is returned to the 150th Rifle Division. His unit battles in Berlin to reach theReichstag building, and they raise the Victory Banner atop the building.

[edit]ReceptionEdit

[hide] Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PC) 91.71%[4](Mobile) 79.33%[5](PSN) 78.83%[6](XBLA) 72.80%[7](NGE) 67.88%[8]
Metacritic (PC) 91/100[9](PSN) 78/100[10](XBLA) 72/100[11]
Review scores
Publication Score
Allgame [12]
GamePro [13]
GameSpot 9.0 of 10[14]
IGN 9.3 of 10[15]
X-Play [16]

Call of Duty won "Game of the Year" for 2003 from several reviewers. It was the recipient of theAcademy of Interactive Arts & Sciences 2004 "Game of the Year" award, defeating games including Command & Conquer: Generals, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Postal², and Rise of Nations. The game also received "Computer Game of the Year" and "Computer First Person Action Game of the Year", and was nominated for "Outstanding Innovation in Computer Gaming", "Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition", and "Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design" in the Interactive Achievement Awards.[17]

It was also nominated for "Best Game" at the 2004 Game Developers Choice Awards. While it did not receive that award, it did win Infinity Ward the "Rookie Studio of the Year". Chuck Russom was also presented with the "Excellence in Audio" award for his work on the game.[18]

Review website IGN rated the game 9.3 out of 10, with reviewer Dan Adams saying "You have to love a game that glues you to your seat and keeps you interested... A thrilling piece of software that action fans should grab a hold of and love fiercely." His only negative critique was on the short length of the game, which many reviewers pointed out.[19]

[edit]SequelsEdit

Call of Duty spawned numerous spinoffs and sequels, all considered a part of the Call of Duty series. Its expansion pack - Call of Duty: United Offensive was developed by Gray Matter Interactive and released September 14, 2004. Call of Duty 2 was also developed by Infinity Ward and was released in October 2005. Some Call of Dutyspinoffs were developed exclusively for consoles, such as Call of Duty: Finest Hour by Spark Unlimited and Call of Duty 2: Big Red Oneby Gray Matter Interactive (now Treyarch). Call of Duty 3, the first sequel to appear on consoles only, was released in November 2006 and developed by Treyarch and Pi Studios. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, developed by Infinity Ward, was released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Macintosh and the PC. A Wii version was developed by Treyarch, called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex.[20] A handheld version was also produced for the Nintendo DS. Another handheld game, Call of Duty: Roads to Victory was released March 14, 2007 for the PlayStation Portable, the N-Gage, and the Pocket PC. On December 3, 2007 it was announced that Call of Duty: World at Warwould be developed by Treyarch. It was released November 11, 2008 in the U.S. for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and the PC, and on November 14, 2008 in Europe.[21] A sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released worldwide on November 10, 2009 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Much like Infinity Ward before them, Treyarch has left the World War II battlefield and now heads into the Cold War era, which includes the controversial war in Vietnam, titled Call of Duty: Black Ops, which was released on November 9, 2010. A sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was released November 8, 2011. It was released for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360,PC, Wii, and the Nintendo DS handheld.

[edit]PortsEdit

Call of Duty Classic is a downloadable version of Call of Duty for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, featuring HD resolutions.[22]Tokens to download the game ahead of its release were sold along with special "Hardened" and "Prestige" editions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,[22] and the game was publicly released on December 2, 2009.

IGN rated this version 7.5, citing it as a bit outdated and not well adapted to the consoles, as well as criticising the multiplayer for only supporting up to eight players.[23]

Call of Duty: Big Red OneEdit

For the Windows, Mac OS X, and Xbox 360 game, see Call of Duty 2.

Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
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Developer(s) Gray Matter Interactive

Treyarch Pi Studios

Publisher(s) Activision

Konami Digital Entertainment(Japan)

Designer(s) Christian Busic

Richard Farrelly Aaron Ginsburg

Wade McIntyre

Ethan Moore

Composer(s) Graeme Revell
Series Call of Duty
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube

PlayStation 2 Xbox

Release date(s)
  • NA November 1, 2005
  • EU November 18, 2005
  • JP June 29, 2006
Mode(s) Single-player

Multiplayer

Rating(s)

Call of Duty 2: Big Red One is a World War II video game for the Nintendo GameCube,PlayStation 2, andXbox and acts as a spin-off of Call of Duty 2. It was released on November 1, 2005, in North America. While developed byTreyarch, personnel from Gray Matter Interactive, who created the Call of Duty: United Offensive expansion pack for the PC, also worked with them on the game. Pi Studioscontributed as well.

Big Red One differs from other games in the Call of Dutyfranchise in that it focuses on a single Allied formation in the War: the U.S. Army's1st Infantry Division, which goes by the nickname Big Red One due to their unit patch which features a large red numeral one. The game covers the division's part in the invasion and liberation of North Africa, the invasion into Sicily, the landing on Omaha Beach in Europe and moving east, eventually crossing the Siegfried Line intoGermany. At the end of each chapter and the beginning of the first, period footage with voiceover (courtesy of Mark Hamill, who was also in the Sam Fuller film, The Big Red One) is seen from the Military Channel, imitating a WWII documentary.

The game features several actors from the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, including Michael Cudlitz, James Madio, Frank John Hughes, Richard Speight, Jr., Ross McCall, Rick Gomez and Rene Morono. The box cover features actor Stephen Saux. The story and characters were written by Aaron Ginsburg and Wade McIntyre.

In North America, it was later released as part of a compilation pack entitled Call of Duty: Legacy for the PlayStation 2 only. The pack included Call of Duty: Finest Hour and Big Red One.




Call of Duty 3
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Developer(s) Treyarch
Publisher(s) Activision
Designer(s) Keith Arem
Artist(s) Brian Anderson

Alex Bortoluzzi

Writer(s) Marc Guggenheim
Composer(s) Joel Goldsmith
Series Call of Duty
Engine Treyarch NGL
Platform(s) PlayStation 2

PlayStation 3 Wii Xbox Xbox 360

Release date(s) November 7, 2006[show]
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer(24 players on PS3 and Xbox 360, 16 players on PS2 and Xbox)
Rating(s)
Media/distribution DVD-DL

Blu-ray Disc Wii Optical Disc DVD-5 (PS2 and Xbox)











Call of Duty 3Edit

Call of Duty 3 is aWorld War II first-person shooter and the third installment in the Call of Dutyvideo game series first released on November 7, 2006. It has been released for all three seventh generation video game systems: thePlayStation 3, Wiiand Xbox 360. It has also been released on the PlayStation 2and Xbox.[1]

This game was a launch title for the PS3 and Wii in North America, Europe and Australia. It was also the only major Call of Duty installment not to be released forpersonal computerplatforms and the only numerical sequel to date to have been a console-exclusive game alongside Call of Duty 2: Big Red One and Call of Duty: Finest Hour. It was also the second major installment in the Call of Dutyseries to be developed by Treyarch after Big Red One.


GameplayEdit

[edit]CampaignEdit

The single player is modeled after the Normandy breakout, where theBritish, Canadian, Polish, American and French Resistance forces pushed into the village of Chambois, France, also known as theFalaise Gap. Unlike most other games in the Call of Duty series, the events in Call of Duty 3 are based on a single combined campaign, with the player being switched between the four nations and their respective characters for each leg of the story. There are 14 campaign missions.

[edit]MultiplayerEdit

In addition to the single-player campaign, Call of Duty 3 features a wide range of multiplayer modes for players to participate in - each team allowing up to 24 on the PS3 and the Xbox 360, and 16 for the PS2 and Xbox in a single match. This is only in the online mode. All team game modes feature the soldiers of the Allied nations versus those of the Axis. Multiplayer features are absent from the Wii edition. This was the first Call of Duty to allow the player to drive military vehicles like the German Motorcycle with Sidecar, and the Panzer IV Tank.

This was also the first Call of Duty to introduce two different game modes. The "Normalized" mode was added to allow console players a way to adjust to the smaller kill box of Call of Duty, UO, and Call of Duty 2.

On the Xbox 360, Call of Duty 3 divides its multiplayer aspect into Player and Ranked matches. Player matches allow players to invite other players into their games, but do not contribute points toward the leader board or unlock achievements. Ranked matches put the player with and against teams of random players, and contribute towards player points and allow players to unlock achievements.

[edit]Downloadable contentEdit

Three map packs were released for the Xbox 360 multiplayer game on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The first, "Champs", was released as a free download on January 11, 2007 and contained a single self titled map.[2] The "Valor" map pack contained five new maps: Crossing, Ironclad, La Bourgade, Stalag 23, and Wildwood. The pack was released on January 27, 2007 for 800 MP ($10).[3] The final map pack, "Bravo", contained five new maps of which two were remade from Call of Duty: United Offensive: Gare Centrale, Marseilles, Aller Haut, Seine River, and Rimling. The pack was released on May 31, 2007 for 800 MP.[4] The price of the map packs was later reduced to 400 MP ($5) each.[5]

[edit]SynopsisEdit

[edit]PlotEdit

[edit]American campaignEdit

In the American story, the place sets a month after D-Day invasion, the player takes control of Private Nichols, recently arrived in France and eventually attached to the 29th Infantry Division. Nichols and his squad participate in the capture of Saint-Lô. After that, the squad is folded into the 90th Infantry Division and sent to secure the wooded area of Saint Germain-Sur-Seves, where intense hedgerow fighting took place. Soon after, the 90th assaults the town of Mayenne, where Private Leroy Huxley (voiced by Benjamin Diskin) is tasked with defusing bombs planted on a bridge to stop the American advance, which is heavily guarded by German infantry and tanks. Huxley is wounded before he can carry out the order and Sergeant Frank McCullin successfully defuses the bombs, but is killed in the process.

Corporal Mike Dixon then assumes command of the squad and is promoted to sergeant. The squad is later tasked with clearing out Forêt d'Ecouves so 2nd Battalion can move through. In the end, Nichols clears the last roadblock with a mortar. The squad then participates in clearing out a nearby suburbs with a vital crossroads. Towards the end of the assault Dixon is wounded but survives. After taking a shortcut through the sewers, they find the crossroads and take it successfully, with the help of the Sherman tank divisions. Dixon tells his squad about the Falaise Gap plan to trap the Germans between the Allies.

The unit is then sent to defend the town of Chambois from Axis forces trying to run through the Falaise Gap. With their position being overrun, the squad and the surviving soldiers falls back to a church where Guzzo calls in bombing strafing runs. Private First ClassSalvatore Guzzo marks German positions with flares for air support. Earlier, the squad had supported Baker Company and held a heavy position while Huxley went to get a bazooka to hold off German tanks. The squad tried to hold position, but they were soon heavily out-gunned and fled to the rally point, and the Germans did not hesitate to chase them. The squad fell back to a heavy German emplacement. While laying smoke, Guzzo is wounded, and Dixon and Nichols come to his aid and extract him to relative safety. While treating Guzzo, Dixon is shot in the back, and dies a few moments later. Guzzo takes command of the squad. After fighting through the rest of the town, the squad makes their last stand to holds off the Germans. Nichols mans two Pak 43s, armed with a M1 Bazooka, and a M1903 Springfield as the Americans makes their last stand against the Germans until reinforcements arrived to sweep the last of the German resistances.

3 weeks later, Guzzo was promoted to Sergeant while Huxley and Nichols were promoted to Corporal as the surviving German resistances surrendered to the U.S armed forces. With the new crews for their squad, they continued to marched into France as the Allied forces have gained access to Europe, ending the Battle of Normandyand the beginning of the European theatre of World War II.

[edit]British/French campaignEdit

During the British and French campaign, the player controls Sergeant James Doyle, a returning character from Call of Duty: United Offensive and member of the British Special Air Service. Doyle parachutes into France with a squad led by Major Ingram, also of Call of Duty: United Offensive fame, and meets up with members of theMaquis Resistance. Due to fire from an 88 mm gun, their Handley Page Halifax is shot down. The plane drops the squad and the two jeeps. Soon after making contact with the French resistance, SASand French Resistance fighters attack a German anti-aircraft position. The French Resistance and SAS then try to destroy a German-held fuel plant. While escaping, Ingram is captured and tensions rise as Corporal Keith accuses one of the Resistance members, Marcel, of collaborating with the Germans. Against the advice of the Resistance, Keith and Doyle attempt to locate Ingram. Soon after rescuing Ingram, French and British fighters attempt to stop the executions of captured Resistance fighters. They rush to save as many as they can, but in the process the Resistance loses one of their significant members, Isabelle DuFontaine, who is killed after planting an explosive charge on an armored car. The remaining French resistances and the British Commandos would be taken part of the European theater as reinforcements of the Allies takes into the homeland.

[edit]Canadian campaignEdit

The Canadian aspect of the campaign involves members of the 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division. It is centered on Private Cole, led byWorld War I veteran Lieutenant Jean-Guy Robichaud, who demonstrates a proud and often haphazard style of leadership, often making assaults and completing objectives beyond his assigned mission at the risk of his own men. Robichaud commands a platoon in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. The platoon captures an industrial area and successfully defends it from a larger German force. While the Polish 1st Armored Division guards their western flank, the unit clears a forest near the Laison River, during which Robichaud berates a young radio operator, Pvt. Leslie Baron, over his lack of combat participation. Tension builds between the two, and Baron insists that he is not a coward. Robichaud dismisses him and assigns him to act as radio operator for a Polish unit where he is later killed in action. Robichaud proceeds to clear a town to rescue a captured Canadian tank crew, but rather than withdraw with the rescued servicemen he decides to assist in capturing the whole town. After a King Tiger tank appears, the men plant demolition charges in a German ammunition dump to destroy the tank. But one of the fuses is defective, and Sgt. Callard manually detonates it, sacrificing himself in the process. Robichaud and Cole are wounded, and Sergeant Callard is killed. A saddened Robichaud decides to nominate Callard for theVictoria Cross and promote Cole, and presumably Private Peterson, to corporal. They then start moving more Canadian reinforcements through the town to aid the Polish struggling to defend Hill 262.

[edit]Polish campaignEdit

The Polish campaign revolves around Cpl. Wojciech Bohater, a tank driver in the Polish 1st Armored Division hunting more German tanks. Bohater participates in a sweep across the French countryside, engaging German armor. The Poles later move into defensive positions at the base of Hill 262, which is assaulted by the remnants of the German 7th army desperate to escape the Falaise Pocket. Bohater and his crew defend the hill against German tanks, but eventually their tank is damaged where many German infantries overrun their position, forcing the crew abandons it. They join in the battle alongside the Polish infantry units and other tank crews, holding off the German offensive. The Poles continue to take heavy casualties, including two of the main characters, Corporal Rudinski and Sergeant Kowalski, while waiting for Canadian reinforcements, and start to retreat up the Mace through pockets of German-infested trenches. The Canadian radio operator, Pte. Baron, arrives to call in artillery support. When a German advanced slowly which forces the Polish troops to fall back in the Mace, Baron argues with them, refusing to retreat since he is tired of being called a coward. He is shot in the head and killed by the Germans, and Ulan scavenges his radio, which is used again to call for artillery strikes. In the final stand against the German counterattack, Major Jachowicz commands Bohater and the surviving soldiers to defend the hill against the advancing German troops. He defends the other side of the hill and finally, as green flares illuminate the skies, the Royal Canadian Air Force come in and bombards the entire tanks and infantry as reinforcements arrives to aid the Poles on Hill 262. After the victory, Lieutenant Robichaud is seen talking with Major Jachowicz, saying that he and his men have done an excellent job at defending the hill, and also telling him that the Germans still have an escape route: Chambois. Presumably Bohater is promoted to Sergeant and Ulan is promoted to Corporal, and the soldiers move to prevent the Germans from escaping in Chambois.

[edit]DevelopmentEdit

Call of Duty 3 was officially unveiled by Activision shortly before E3 2006. It was also revealed that Treyarch would be developing the title which was set to release later that year.[6] The game would be running on Treyarch's own internal engine, NGL.[7]

In a interview with Video Gamer, Call of Duty: World at War senior producer, Noah Heller, revealed the team only had eight months to develop Call of Duty 3.[8]

[edit]ReceptionEdit

[edit]Reviews and awardsEdit

Call of Duty 3 had generally favorable reviews, with an 8.8 from both IGN and GameSpot, and an 8.5 from Game Informer. The game won various awards from publications for best shooter and sound design. Institutes such as the The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciencesawarded the game for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design in 2007. [9]

[edit]SalesEdit

Upon release Call of Duty 3 was one of the best selling titles of November, 2006 in the US. [10] The game debuted at #3 on UK charts and dropped off the top 10 list by February 2007. [11][12] By the end of 2006 the game had sold approximately 1.1 million units in the US according to NPD Group. [13] By February 3rd, 2007 total sales in the US were 2 million units. [14]


Call of Duty 4:Modern Warfare Edit

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
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Developer(s) Infinity Ward

Aspyr(Mac conversion) Treyarch(Wii conversion)[1]

Publisher(s) Activision

Square Enix (2009 Japanese release)

Distributor(s) Activision (retail)

Steam(online)

Designer(s) Mackey McCandlish
Writer(s) Jesse Stern
Composer(s) Harry Gregson-Williams

Stephen Barton

Series Call of Duty
Engine IW 3.0[2]
Version Mac

1.7.2.0 PS3 1.4.1.9 Windows 1.7.568 Xbox 360 1.4.7.9

Platform(s) Microsoft Windows

PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 Mac OS X Wii

Release date(s) Xbox 360, PS3, Windows
  • NA November 5, 2007
  • AUS November 7, 2007
  • EU November 9, 2007
  • JP December 27, 2007
  • JP September 10, 2009(Square Enix)

Mac

  • NA September 26, 2008
  • AUS January 28, 2011

Wii November 10, 2009[1]

Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer,online co-op
Rating(s)
Media/distribution Optical disc, digital download
System requirements

See Development section for requirements

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a 2007 first-person shooter video game, developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision forMicrosoft Windows,Mac OS X,PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Ahandheld game was made for the Nintendo DS. The game was released in North America, Australia, and Europe in November 2007 for video game consoles and Microsoft Windows. It was released for the Mac in September 2008, then released for the Wii in November 2009, given the subtitleReflex Edition. It is the fourth installment in the Call of Dutyvideo game series, excluding expansion packs, and is the first in the Modern Warfareline of the franchise, followed by a direct sequel, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as well as the first game in the series to have a Mature rating. The game breaks away from the World War IIsetting of previous games in the series and is instead set in modern times. Call of Duty 4 was in development for two years. It uses a proprietary game engine. On September 10, 2009, it was re-released in Japan bySquare Enix.

The story takes place in the year 2011, where a radical leader has executed the president of an unnamed country in the Middle East, and an "Ultranationalist" movement starts acivil war in Russia. The conflicts are seen from the perspectives of a U.S. Force Reconnaissance Marine and a British SAS commando, and are set in various locales, such as theUnited Kingdom, theMiddle East, Azerbaijan, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine. Themultiplayer portion of the game features various game modes, and contains a leveling system that allows the player to unlock additional weapons, weapon attachments, and camouflage schemes as they advance.

Critically acclaimed, the game received an aggregated score of 94% from both GameRankings and Metacritic. The gameplay and story received particular praise, while criticism targeted the failure of the game to substantially innovate the first-person shooter genre. The game won numerous awards from gaming websites, including IGN's Best Xbox 360 Game. It was the top-selling game worldwide for 2007, selling around seven million copies by January 19 and over thirteen million by May 2009.


GameplayEdit

As opposed to earlier games in the Call of Duty series, the game features modern equipment and new features, many exclusive to the multiplayer part of the game, such as "killstreaks"; killing a number of enemies without the player dying in between kills allows access to various assets including airstrikes and helicopter support. A character can be positioned in one of three stances: standing, crouching, or prone; each affecting the character's rate of movement, accuracy, and stealth. Using cover helps the player avoid enemy fire or recover health after taking significant damage. As such, there are no armor or health power ups. When the character has taken damage, the edges of the screen glow red and the character's heartbeat increases. If the character stays out of fire, the character can recover. When the character is within the blast radius of a live grenade, a marker indicates the direction of the grenade, helping the player to either flee or toss it back to the enemy.

CampaignEdit

The player takes on the role of various characters during a single-player campaign. The characters' involvement in the plot occurs simultaneously and overlaps the events in the game. As such, the player's perspective changes from one character to another between missions. Each mission features a series of objectives; the player is led to each objective with the heads up display, which marks its direction and distance. Some objectives require that the player arrives at a checkpoint, while other objectives require the player to eliminate enemies in a specified location, stand their ground to defend an objective, or plant explosive charges on an enemy installation. After the credits, a special epilogue mission is unlocked for play, featuring a four-man squad retrieving a VIP from terrorists who have hijacked an airliner. The SAS rescue the VIP and escape before the plane is destroyed.[3]

MultiplayerEdit

[4][5]A player completes the objective of a Domination multiplayer game by capturing and defending 3 flags.

Call of Duty 4 features team-based anddeathmatch-basedmultiplayer modes on various maps. Each modehas an objective that requires unique strategies to complete.[4] Players can call in UAVreconnaissance scans, air strikes, and attack helicopters, when they achieve three-, five-, and seven-enemy kill streaks respectively.[3] A game ends when either a team or player has reached a predefined number of points, or the allotted time expires in which case the team or player with the most points wins. If the points are even when the time expires, Sudden Death mode is activated in which there is no re-spawning and the team who either has the last man standing, or achieves the objective first are the winners. If the player is in either of the two matches, then there is an Overtime match, in which the next team to win is rewarded the victory.[4]

The player's performance in the multiplayer mode is tracked withexperience points, which can be earned by killing opposing players, completing challenges, completing objectives, or by completing a round or match. As the player gains experience, they advance in level, unlocking new weapons, perks, challenges, and gameplay modes. The highest obtainable level is 55, but on the console versions of the game, the player has the option to enter "Prestige" mode, which returns their level to one and removes all accumulated unlockables. This process can be repeated up to 10 times with a different insignia being given each time.[5]

Completing a challenge grants experience points and may unlock weapon attachments. As a player's level increases by gaining experience points within online games, it unlocks new weapons, perks, or challenges. As the player advances in levels, they earn the ability to customize their classes; this includes selecting their main weapon, side arm and special grenade type. Additionally, the player can select 3 perks, one from each of the three "Tiers", that can customize their character further. Perk effects include, but are not limited to, extra ammunition, increasing bullet damage by the player, or dropping a live grenade when the player is killed. The player is also given the choice to complete challenges in order to receive even more experience points; challenges include achieving a certain number of kills with a specific weapon, shooting down a helicopter or performing a number of head shots. Additionally, when the player attains a certain amount of headshots with a specific weapon, excluding sidearms, the player unlocks extra weapon "camos", or camouflage, to use for that specific weapon.[3]

SynopsisEdit

CharactersEdit

Main article: List of characters in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

During the single player campaign, the player controls six different characters from a first-person perspective. The player assumes the role of recent British Special Air Service recruit Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish for most of the game, starting with his enrollment in the 22nd SAS Regiment.[6] Sergeant Paul Jackson is part of USMC 1st Force Recon deployed to the Middle East, and the player controls Jackson's character during five levels of Act 1. Cpt./Lt. John Price (voiced by actor Billy Murray) is an SAS officer who is playable in two flashback missions from 1996. Yasir Al-Fulani is the president of the unnamed Middle Eastern country in the game, and is playable only in the game's opening credit sequence before he is executed. The player also assumes the role of an American thermal-imaging TV operator aboard an AC-130 gunship during one level, and a British SAS counter-terrorist operative infiltrating a hijacked airliner to save a VIP in the "Mile High Club" level.[4][6][7]

The game's non-playable characters (NPCs) feature prominently in the story: Captain John Price (in his NPC capacity) and his right-hand man, Gaz (voiced by Craig Fairbrass), serve as mentors to Soap. Jackson's USMC platoon is led by Lt. Vasquez (voiced by David Sobolov) and Staff Sergeant Griggs (voiced by and modeled after Infinity Ward lead animator Mark Grigsby); Griggs later accompanies MacTavish in Russia. Sergeant Kamarov leads the Russian Loyalists that ally with the SAS and USMC forces. "Nikolai" is a Russian informant who helps the SAS. Captain MacMillan is Price's mentor and commanding officer during the flashback to the assassination attempt on Zakhaev.

The antagonists in the story are: Imran Zakhaev, the leader of the Russian Ultranationalist party and the main antagonist of the game; Khaled Al-Asad, the commander of the revolutionary forces in theMiddle East and an ally of Imran Zakhaev; and Victor Zakhaev, the son of Imran Zakhaev and a priority figure in the Ultranationalist party.[4]

PlotEdit

[6][7]One section of the game takes place inPripyat, Ukraine. Several iconic aspects of the abandoned city, such as this square, were recreated in the game.

In 2011, Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish arrives for his first day with theBritish SAS at a training camp at Credenhill, inHerefordshire, U.K., and trains for a cargo ship raid at a CQB "Killing House". During the actual mission, in the Bering Sea, Soap, Captain Price, Gaz, and several SAS members attempt to find a nuclear device on board. As they clear the ship of the hostile crew, the ship is fired on by Russian MiGs and begins to sink. The team escapes with the cargo manifest, which provides evidence of ties between a Russian Ultranationalist Party and a rebel faction in the Middle East.

Russian Ultranationalist leader Imran Zakhaev, who plans to return his country to the times of the Soviet Union, draws international attention away from his plans by funding a coup d'état in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, organized by a local separatist leader named Khaled Al-Asad. Discovering the plot, the American government starts apolice action to stop the uprising, while the SAS continues to operate in Russia. After President Al-Fulani of the Middle Eastern country is executed on live TV and Al-Asad takes control, the SAS rescue their compromised informant, Nikolai, from Ultranationalist forces.

During the American invasion of the Middle Eastern country, a platoon from the USMC 1st Force Recon, led by Lieutenant Vasquez, searches for Al-Asad but are too late and only secure a television station broadcasting Al-Asad's plan. They then proceed to aid other American units who are fighting a battle against the separatists. During the final stages of the operation, United States Central Command learns of Al-Asad's position in the capital but is also notified by U.S. Navy SEALs of a Russian nuclear weapon nearby and sends a Nuclear Emergency Support Team to disarm it. Meanwhile Vazquez's squad stays behind to rescue the pilot of a downed AH-1W SuperCobra that was escorting them. Despite being able to save the pilot, the nuclear device suddenly detonates, destroying most of the city; killing most of the U.S. invasion force. Jackson's squad's helicopter is caught in the blast, killing everyone on board.

The British then learn that Al-Asad fled the country before the American invasion and is hiding in a safe house in Azerbaijan. With the help of Nikolai's intel and assistance from Loyalist Russian soldiers, the SAS clear the village of the Ultranationalist forces, then capture and interrogate Al-Asad at his safehouse. Shortly into the interrogation, Al-Asad's phone begins to ring. After hearing the voice of the person calling Al-Asad's phone, Captain Price executes Al-Asad, now knowing that Zakhaev is Al-Asad's backer. Price then tells the story of a mission to eliminate Zakhaev in Pripyat, Ukraine, fifteen years earlier.

In the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Zakhaev took advantage of the turmoil to profit fromnuclear proliferation, and used his new wealth to lure soldiers from theSoviet Army to form his Ultranationalist Party. In 1996, Price was paired with Captain MacMillan, a British SAS captain, to carry out atop secret assassination of Zakhaev. After sneaking into Pripyat and hiding in an abandoned hotel, Price shot Zakhaev with a Barrett M82sniper rifle, but Zakhaev survived, losing his left arm. MacMillan was injured by a crashing helicopter after he and Price shot it down. Price then carried MacMillian to the exfil point, defending it from attack by Ultranationalist soldiers until the rescue helicopter arrived.

Back in the present day, a joint operation is conducted by Price's SAS unit, a USMC Force Recon unit led by SSgt Griggs, and Loyalist Russian forces led by Sergeant Kamarov, to stop Zakhaev. They attempt to capture his son Victor in an unnamed Russian city, to learn of Zakhaev's whereabouts, but as they corner him on the roof of an apartment building, Victor commits suicide to avoid being captured. Zakhaev becomes enraged, blaming Western nations for the death of his son, and plans to retaliate by launching ICBMs armed with nuclear warheads at the East Coast of the United States, with predicted losses of over 41 million people. When the operatives arrive at the facility in Russia, Zakhaev manages to launch ICBMs towards the United States. However, the squad successfully seizes the silo command room and remote detonates the missiles over the Atlantic. They then escape the facility in military trucks with Zakhaev's forces in hot pursuit.

Before the squad can escape across a nearby bridge it is destroyed by an Mi-24 Hind, leaving them trapped. Zakhaev's forces arrive and engage the remaining members of the strike force. Gaz receives a call from Kamarov informing him that his forces are on their way to help. On the bridge, a gas tanker behind them explodes, incapacitating everyone, except Griggs, who is killed while trying to pull Soap to safety. Zakhaev, along with two of his soldiers, walks through the squad executing them, killing Gaz and several others. Before he reaches Soap and Price, however, he is distracted by the destruction of his gunship and the arrival of the Loyalist helicopters. As Zakhaev fires at the Loyalist helos, Price slides his M1911 pistol to Soap, who shoots and kills Zakhaev and his two guards. When Sergeant Kamarov and his team arrive, Soap is taken to safety, while Russian soldiers attempt to resuscitate Price.

DevelopmentEdit

Call of Duty 4 was developed by a team of a hundred people, over the course of two years. After Call of Duty 2, the Infinity Ward team decided to move away from the World War II environment of previous games in the series. This resulted in three game concepts: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. While developing the story for Call of Duty 4, Infinity Ward chose to avoid referencing current, real-life wars, and keep the series' common theme of two opposing forces of similar strength. To enhance the realistic feel of the game, the development team attended a live-fire exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, a training facility in the California desert. This helped the developers to simulate the effects of being near an Abrams tank when it fires. The team also talked with United States Marines who were recently in combat to get a feel for the background, emotions, and attitude of Marines in combat. Veterans were also recruited to supervise motion capture sessions and the artificial intelligencedesign of the game.[9]

The development team designed the online multiplayer component to be balanced and rewarding for new players while still offering something for experienced players. An early idea to implement air support (air strikes and attack helicopters) involved players fighting over special zones to access a trigger for air support against enemies. This idea was discarded because it discouraged the type of deathmatch gameplay they intended. The kill streak reward system was put in its place to encourage the improvement of player skills. Players were allowed to select weapons before matches to get accustomed to weapons more easily and minimize weapon hunting. Maps were designed primarily for deathmatch games—the developers felt such designs suited other types of gameplay as well. Map layouts were designed to minimize locations players could hide from enemy gunfire.[10]

AudioEdit

Most of the music for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was written by British composer Stephen Barton, who had also contributed to film scores by Harry Gregson-Williams. Gregson-Williams also composed music for the game, such as the main theme. Several music tracks from the game are available on Infinity Ward's "7 Days of Modern Warfare" website, and some are available at Barton's own web site.[11]The rap song played during the end credits is performed by Call of Duty 4's lead animator, Mark Grigsby.[12]

Game engineEdit

[8][9]A scene from Modern Warfare displaying the game's graphics quality.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare runs on the IW engine, specifically IW 3.0, featuring true world-dynamic lighting, HDR lighting effects, dynamic shadows and depth of field.[13] Bullet penetration is calculated by the engine, taking into account factors such as surface type and entity thickness. The game runs in a native resolution of 600p on the Xbox 360 and PS3.[14]

Certain objects, such as cars and some buildings, are destructible. This makes distinguishing cover from concealment important, as the protection provided by objects such as wooden fences and thin walls do not completely protect players from harm. Bullet stopping power is decreased after penetrating an object, and the decrease is dependent on the thickness and surface type of the object. The game makes use of a dynamic physics engine, not implemented in previous Call of Dutytitles. Death animations are a combination of pre-set animations andragdoll physics. Console versions of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfarerun at a consistent 60 frames per second, and the Wii version runs at 30 frames per second.[13] Code was included to determine spawning points based on the nearby weapons and the relationship between enemy positions and line of sight to the points. The various criteria are meant to minimize players dying immediately after rejoining a match, or being "spawn-killed" due to players simply waiting for others to "respawn".[10] However, enemies may still respawn infinitely, a notable feature in Call of Duty game engines. [15]

The game engine has also been used for the development of two otherActivision games. An enhanced version of the original engine was used in Call of Duty: World at War, the fifth installment in the Call of Duty series after Call of Duty 4,[16] while a slightly altered version has been used for the James Bond video game Quantum of Solace as well as GoldenEye 007 using a heavily modified version.[17]

Marketing and releaseEdit

On April 27, 2007, the day before the release of the game's official trailer, Infinity Ward launched a website called "Charlie Oscar Delta" to provide information on the game. Charlie Oscar Delta features a ranking system that allows users to complete missions to increase their rank and compete for prizes. Charlie Oscar Delta is derived from the NATO phonetic alphabet and the initials of Call of Duty.[18] The first Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare trailer featuring game footage was released on April 28, 2007.[19] An Xbox 360 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare public beta test was announced on August 30, 2007. The beta test was designed to test the servers, find glitches, and help balance out the weapons. It was originally only for residents of the US, but was later available to other countries. The beta concluded on September 30, 2007.[20] The maximum rank for the beta was initially level 16,[21] but was increased to level 25 towards the end of the beta. Three multiplayer maps were available for play: Crash, Vacant, and Overgrown.[22] A single-player demo for the PC was released on October 11, 2007 as a Yahoo! exclusive download, and is now available for free download. The demo includes one level, "The Bog," which showcases the advanced night vision and associated graphics capabilities.[23]

Retail versionsEdit

The game was released as a standard version and a collector's edition. The Collector's Edition contains the standard retail game and a DVD containing a documentary film entitled "Great SAS Missions," which consists of archive footage of the SAS in action and accounts from former SAS members. The DVD contains a "making-of" featurette and a level walkthrough by the developers. Also included is a limited edition poster and an exclusive hardcover art book featuring never-before-seen concept, development, and final artwork. These elements were packaged in a larger cardboard version of the standard retail box. The collector's edition was originally only available in the U.S., but was later released in other countries.[24] A "Game of the Year" edition was later released on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 3 version included the Variety map pack on the disc, and while the Xbox 360 Game of the Year edition initially included an insert in the packaging which could be redeemed on Xbox Live Marketplace to download the Variety map pack, later releases did not contain the inserts, and so were no different from the original release of the game.[25]

Call of Duty 4 was released for consoles and Windows in North America on November 6, 2007, in Australia on November 7, 2007, and in Europe on November 9, 2007.[26] The Mac OS X version of the game was developed by Aspyr and released on September 26, 2008.[27] It was released on the Mac App Store on or Around January 16, 2011. It was rated 15 by the BBFC,[28] M for Mature by the ESRB, MA 15+ by the OFLC,[29] 16+ by the PEGI,[30] and 18 by the USK.[31]The Wii port of the game, titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex, was developed by Treyarch and released on November 10, 2009, alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized.[1]

Downloadable contentEdit

Infinity Ward released the Variety Map Pack for the Xbox 360 on April 4, 2008. It includes the multiplayer maps "Killhouse", "Creek", "Chinatown", and "Broadcast". The same map pack was released for the PlayStation 3 on April 24, 2008. The Variety Map Pack was downloaded by over one million people in its first nine days of release, a record for paid Xbox Live downloadable content, valued at US$10 million.[32] It was released as a free download for Windows on June 5, 2008, sponsored by NVIDIA, along with patch 1.6.[33] A further patch for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game was announced over a year later in August 2009; the patch primarily addressed online multiplayer exploits.[34] Patch 1.7 was released in June 2008. This patch can be applied to the Game of the Year edition directly with no prior patches. Earlier versions must have patch 1.6 applied first.[35]

ReceptionEdit

[hide] Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (X360) 94.08%[36](PS3) 93.54%[37](PC) 92.29%[38](Wii) 78.50%[39]
Metacritic (X360) 94/100[40](PS3) 94/100[41](PC) 92/100[42](Wii) 76/100[43]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 9/10[44]
Game Informer 10/10[45]
GamePro [46]
GameSpot 9/10[47]
GameSpy [48]
GameTrailers 9.4/10[49]
IGN 9.4/10[7]
Official Xbox Magazine 10/10[50]
X-Play [51]
Awards
GameCritics: Best Action Game[52]
GameSpot: Best Graphics,Best Shooter,Best Xbox 360 Game,Best PlayStation 3 Game[53][54][55]
GameTrailers: Best Graphics,Best PS3 Game[56]
GamePro:Best Overall Game of the Year[57]
IGN: Best Xbox 360 Game,Best Shooter of 2007[58][59][60]
GameSpy: Best PS3 Game,Best Xbox 360 Game,Best PC Game,Game of the Year[61][62][63][64]
X-Play: Best Shooter,Best Sound Design[65]
Spike Video Game Awards: Best Shooter,Best Military Game[66]
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences:Action Game of the Year,Console Game of the Year,Overall Game of the Year[67]
Golden Joystick Awards Game of the Year[68]

Modern Warfare on release received critical acclaim from many video game publications. The gameplay has been cited by reviewers to bring the genre to "a new level of immersion and intensity that we had never seen before."[69] Official Xbox Magazine said about the multiplayer, "it’s the multiplayer mode that solidifies the game’s instant-classic status" and that "the campaign never lets up."[70] GameSpotgave a favorable review forCall of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, saying that the "high quality of that campaign and its terrific multiplayer options makeCall of Duty 4 a fantastic package."[47] X-Playcommented that "while it may not have revolutionized the genre, it comes damn close to perfecting it."[51]GamePro claims that "the amazingly deep multiplayer rivals Halo 3's in terms of reach and scope."[46]

The game's story has received a considerable amount of acclaim from reviewers. GamePro notes that "the intense single-player campaign offers up an action packed experience that features a tremendously compelling narrative; there are moments in the game that will send chills down your spine."[46] GameSpot mentioned that the fact the "single-player campaign is over in a flash" as the only major flaw.[47] While IGNdescribed the campaign as "still very linear" like that of its predecessors, "eschewing the concept of sandbox gameplay," it noted that this resulted in "a much richer, more focused experience" with "beautifully scripted set pieces."[71] IGN's Voodoo Extreme similarly remarked that it "virtually plays on a rail, but that’s part of its charm."[72]

Call of Duty 4 has also received criticism. Xbox World 360 stated "It's smoke and mirrors and a host of cheap tricks," commenting on the fact that the game did not revolutionize the genre.[73] Pelit also remarked that "the structure of the single player game should ... have been updated" and that "barging from one invisible checkpoint to the next throughout the whole campaign just isn't good enough anymore."[74]

AwardsEdit

Modern Warfare received awards from various gaming sites and publications. Both GameSpot and GameTrailers gave the game the Best Graphics of E3 2007 award, and the Best PlayStation 3 Game of 2007 award,[53][55][56] and later ranked it as the third best first-person shooter on its "Top 10 FPS Games Ever!" list.[75] It gained high praise from both video game magazine GamePro and GameSpy, having been named the Best Overall Game of 2007 by the former,[57] and Game of the Year by the latter.[61][62][63][64] Game Critics also named the game "Best Action Game."[52] From other authorities such as IGNand X-play, and the Spike Video Game Awards, the game won awards for areas such as Best Sound Design, Best Shooter of 2007, and Best Military Game. From the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Call of Duty 4 won Console Game of the Year, Action game of the Year, and Overall Game of the Year.[67] From the British Academy Video Games Awards, Call of Duty 4 also won Best Gameplay of the Year, Best Story and Character of the Year, and People's Choice Game of the Year.[76] Modern Warfare was awarded with the Academy of Video Games Awards Game of the Year 2007 Award. The readers of PlayStation Official Magazine voted it the 7th greatest PlayStation title ever released.[77]

SalesEdit

Before Call of Duty 4 was released, it was predicted to sell even more copies than the highly successful Halo 3; it had received reviews as high as Halo 3's, it was launching on three systems as opposed to one for Halo 3, and demand for the game led to a wide range of retailers only having enough available to satisfy pre-orders.[78] It fulfilled the prediction and the Xbox 360 version became the best-selling video game in the United States from November 2007 to January 2008 according to the NPD Group. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions would go on to sell 1.57 million and 444,000 units, respectively, in the United States in November 2007.[79] 1.47 million units of the Xbox 360 version were sold in December 2007;[80]the game sold 331,000 copies for the Xbox 360 and 140,000 copies for the PlayStation 3 in January 2008.[81] The Xbox 360 version was the third best-selling video game of 2007 in the U.S. with 3.04 million units sold, behind Halo 3, which sold 4.82 million units, according to the NPD Group.[80] By January 2008, Call of Duty 4 had sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, and was the best-selling game of 2007.[82] On June 3, 2008, Infinity Ward reported that Call of Duty 4had sold over 10 million units.[83] During a May 2009 conference call,Activision announced that the game has sold 13 million copies, surpassing Super Mario Galaxy as the best selling game released that week of November 2007.[84]

Call of Duty 4 is a target of piracy, which has resulted in multiple copies of the game being illegally distributed online. Robert Bowling, Community Manager at Infinity Ward stated, "We pulled some disturbing numbers this past week about the amount of PC players currently playing Multiplayer... What wasn't fantastic was the percentage of those numbers who were playing on stolen copies of the game on stolen/cracked CD keys of pirated copies."[85]

Wii versionEdit

Modern Warfare – Reflex Edition was ported by Treyarch. The Wii version of Modern Warfare has fewer features than the other console versions. It does not support split-screen multiplayer, and the graphics are not as developed. However, it supports co-operative gameplay in the campaign on a single screen. At any moment, a second Wii remote can be activated giving the second player their own aiming crosshairs. The game received an aggregated score of 76% on Metacritic.[86] IGN gave the Wii version of the game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Reflex Edition, a score of 7.0, saying the visuals and pointer controls are not as polished as the Wii version of World at War, though they did mention the customization options and multiplayer are impressive.[87] Official Nintendo Magazine gave it 80%, praising it for packing everything from its next-gen counterpart, but again criticizing the visuals.[88] GameTrailers gave the game an 8.8, saying that despite some sacrifices, it retains everything good from its original version.[89] Game Informer scored the game at a 6.5, stating that while the game was rather poor graphically, even by Wii standards, the bigger problem was the Wii remote, stating that it did not have enough buttons to support Modern Warfare's control scheme, and also that it was quite imprecise, contrasting it with the dual analog system used by the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, and the mouse and keyboard system on the Windows version of the game. GameSpot gave the game an 8.5, stating that the online was as addictive as the other versions, they also said that the controls "are precise and customizable enough to let you be all you can be".[90]

Call of Duty: World at WarEdit

Call of Duty: World at War
250px-Call of Duty World at War cover
North American cover
Developer(s) Treyarch

Certain Affinity (some multiplayer maps and work)

Publisher(s) Activision
Director(s) Margaret Tang
Producer(s) Marwan A. Abderrazzaq

Daniel Bunting

Designer(s) Margaret Tang
Artist(s) Brian Anderson
Writer(s) Patrick Doody

Craig Houston Chris Valenziano

Composer(s) Sean Murray
Series Call of Duty
Engine IW 3.0(Modified Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare IW 3.0 engine)
Version 1.7
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows

PlayStation 3 Wii Windows Mobile Xbox 360[1][2][3]

Release date(s)
  • NA November 11, 2008[4]
  • EU November 14, 2008[5]
  • AUS November 12, 2008[6]
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
Media/distribution Optical disc, Download
System requirements

See Development

Call of Duty: World at War is a first-person shooter video game developed byTreyarch and published by Activision for PC,PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360. It is generally considered to be the fifth mainstream game of the Call of Duty seriesand returns the setting to World War II. The game was released inNorth America on November 11, 2008, and in Europe on November 14, 2008. AWindows Mobileversion was also made available by Glu Mobile and different storyline versions for the Nintendo DS andPlayStation 2 were also produced, but remain in the World War II setting. The game is based on anenhanced version of the Call of Duty 4game enginedeveloped by Infinity Ward with increased development on audio and visual effects.

The narrative for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 versions focuses on the Pacificand Eastern Fronttheatres of World War II, involving the United States, the Empire of Japan, the Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany. It is told from the perspectives of Marine RaiderPrivate C. Miller, US Navy Petty Officer Locke and Red Armysoldier Private Dimitri Petrenko and is based on several historical battles. Themultiplayercomponent of the game contains various game modes and a leveling system that allows the player to unlock additional weapons and rewards as they progress, similar to Call of Duty 4. The game also contains downloadable content called "map packs", which can be purchased online. A new feature to the series was the addition of a cooperativemode, which supports up to two players locally and four players online.


GameplayEdit

[edit]OverviewEdit

World at War is a game in the Call of Duty series,[10] and features a more mature theme than its previous installments.[11] The game is also open-ended, giving the player multiple ways to complete objectives.[12] The gameplay of World at War shares several features with previous iterations of the franchise. Players fight alongside AI-controlled teammates. They help during the game's missions by providing cover fire, shooting down enemies, and clearing rooms for entry.[13]

When playing the Wii version of the game, instead of using a normal controller,such as the ones used by the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, an optional gun-like expansion controller known as the Wii Zappercan be used. The Zapper, or Wii Remote and Nunchuk, can be used to aim at targets to fire at them and simulate marksmanship.[14]

The game's return to World War II-era warfare reintroduces weaponsand technology that have been seen in other games in the Call of Dutyfranchise, including the Thompson submachine gun, the M1 GarandRifle, the Mosin-Nagant rifle, and the Panzerschreck anti-tank rocket launcher. The player gains access to these over the course of the game, but may only carry up to two weapons in addition to hand grenades. Weapons and ammo from fallen foes or friendlies can be picked up to replace weapons in a player's arsenal. Players can also find weapons with additional attachments, including guns equipped with rifle grenades, telescopic sights, and bayonets.[13]

A character can be positioned in one of three stances: standing, crouching, or prone; each affecting the character's rate of movement, accuracy, and stealth. Using cover helps the player avoid enemy fire or recover health after taking significant damage, as there are no armor or health powerups. When the character has taken damage, the edges of the screen glow red and the character's heartbeat increases. If the character stays out of fire, the character can recover. When the character is within the blast radius of a live grenade, a marker indicates the direction of the grenade, helping the player in deciding whether to flee or throw it back at the enemy.[13]

The single player campaign includes thirteen hidden "death cards", denoted by playing cards attached to makeshift war graves. There is one in each level (barring those that take place in vehicles); collecting them unlocks cheats for Co-op mode, such as reduced enemy endurance and "paintball mode".[15]

[edit]MultiplayerEdit

World at War includes a similar multiplayer experience to that which was established in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. All versions of the game use a similar perk and ranking system[2] and feature six different multiplayer modes, including team deathmatch and capture-the-flag.[16]




[10][11]Gameplay in online multiplayer's War mode

The game also features acooperative gameplaymode with up to two players via split screen on consoles, or four players online, for the first time in the franchise. The Wii version of the game does not include online co-op, but two players can play through a "squadmate co-op" mode which allows both players to experience the game through the same screen and point of view.[2]

All versions feature the minigame Nazi Zombies consists of 1-4 players fighting an unlimited number of waves of Nazi zombies. Players can work together with other people to assassinate the zombies in a "co-op" (cooperative) mode either offline with two players or online with 2-4 players. The players gain points by injuring or killing the zombies or repairing boarded-up windows, which are used to remove blockages inside the bunker and to gain access to more useful weapons than the starting M1911 pistol and unlock more rooms. Zombies continually break the windows to gain entrance and to find and beat the players; when all players are damaged enough to fall, the game is over.[17] Three extra maps for the Nazi Zombie game mode were added with the World at War map packs.There are a variety of "killstreaks"that turn the tide of battle.There are not any featured in nazi zombies but in online,competetive multiplayer.The killstreaks include recon plane,bomb squad,and attack dogs which come in 3, 5, and 7 kills.

[edit]SynopsisEdit

[edit]CharactersEdit

During the single-player campaign, the player controls three different characters from a first-person perspective. The player first assumes the role of Private C. Miller of the United States Marine Corps' 1st Division in the Pacific campaign. He is captured by the Japanese, but is rescued by Corporal Roebuck (voiced by Kiefer Sutherland) and his men from the Marine Raiders squad, during the Makin Island raid. Other notable non-playable characters of the Marine Raiders unit include Sergeant Tom Sullivan (voiced by Chris Fries) and Private Polonsky (voiced by Aaron Stanford). Sullivan dies during the campaign and either Roebuck or Polonsky die depending on the player's actions.[18] Private Dimitri Petrenko, the second playable character, fights on the Eastern Front with Sergeant Viktor Reznov (voiced by Gary Oldman). Reznov appeared again in Call of Duty: Black Ops with Dimitri Petrenko, who later dies in a Nova 6 chamber. A war hero of sorts, Petrenko is responsible for the assassination of General Heinrich Amsel (a fictional character, responsible for massacres all over the Soviet Union according to Reznov), as well as eventually putting the Red Army banner over the Reichstag at theBattle of Berlin , despite being shot by a German, who Viktor Reznov brutally slaughters with a machete. Three years later, they are joined by a third character, Private Chernov, Reznov's subordinate, who serves as a voice of reason throughout the campaign and regularly voices shock and disapproval at the brutal slaughter he regularly witnesses. Chernov is severely burned by a German flamethrower in the campaign mission "Heart of The Reich." It is unknown whether or not he survives. They are all soldiers in the 3rd Shock Army under the command of Commissar Markhov.[18] The third playable character in the campaign is Petty Officer Locke, a weapons operator on a PBY Catalina flying boat, who is only playable in the mission "Black Cats"during a solo campaign.[18]

[edit]PlotEdit

[12][13]The opening scene of the campaign

The story begins in Makin Island at night on August 17, 1942. Marine Private C. Miller watches the torture and execution of a fellow Marine, along with another Marine being beaten to death by a Japanese soldier. Miller is rescued by a squad of Marines, led by Corporal Roebuck and Sergeant Sullivan as they assault the island, replicating the Makin Island raid. The following story sets two years later at the beginning of the Battle of Peleliu. After breaking through the Japanese lines on the bloody Peleliu beach, Miller destroys two Type 97 Chi-Ha tanks with rocket strikes, allowing the American tanks to advance. At the end of the mission, SergeantSullivan is killed by a Japanese officer with a katana. Roebuck, now promoted to Sergeant, and his squad make their way through the Peleliu swamps to launch an assault on a Japanese-held airfield to disable anti-aircraft guns. During the assault, Miller acquires aflamethrower to destroy a bunker and a bazooka to blow up Japanese tanks.[18]

The story then shifts to the Eastern Front on September 17, 1942 during the Battle of Stalingrad. Private Dimitri Petrenko regains consciousness in a blood and body-filled fountain, just as German troops execute his surviving comrades. When they leave, Dimitri meets the injured Sergeant Viktor Reznov, another survivor, who tells him of his intention: a secret mission to kill a German general named Heinrich Amsel who is responsible for the massacres. After killing some German soldiers in their way, Dimitri follows Reznov through buildings and streets and they meet up with the remainder of Dimitri's unit, who are about to assault the General's communication post. During the assault, Dimitri manages to kill Amsel. Dimitri and Reznov jump into a small canal and escape. The following mission takes place three years later, during the Battle of the Seelow Heights, nearBerlin. Dimitri has been captured by German soldiers in an abandoned house. He is saved when the Red Army attacks the house and he is re-united with Sgt. Reznov. Reznov's right-hand-man Pvt. Chernov is also introduced. The Soviet troops advance through German lines and Dimitri aids them with a Panzerschreck until they reach a German camp.[18] The story then returns to the Pacific Theater. On Peleliu, the Americans are pushing further inland. Miller and his unit take out enemy mortar crews, so their tanks can go inland. They then proceed through the Japanese underground tunnels to attack the artillery-filled Point, one of the major Japanese strongholds that had destroyed many landing boats when they first landed, allowing American ships to advance, and the island of Peleliu finally falls into American hands.[18]




[14][15]A firefight in the streets of Berlin

The following mission campaign returns to Eastern Europe, where Dimitri and Reznov pilot T-34 tanks, pushing through German lines. The Soviet troops then board a train to Berlin. Upon arrival, they engage German soldiers on the outskirts of Berlin, commencing the Battle of Berlin. They then advance through the streets, killing any soldiers who stand in their way, taking no prisoners and eventually, the Soviet soldiers reach the entrance to theBerlin U-Bahn, where three German soldiers are attempting to surrender. Reznov is unwilling to deny his men their revenge and gives Dimitri the choice of determining their method of death: he and Chernov can shoot them, or burn them alive with Molotov cocktails. They head into the U-Bahn and start fighting German soldiers around the platforms, until a surge of water fills the tunnel and Dimitri, unable to avoid the oncoming tidal wave, almost drowns.[18]

The story then shifts back to the Pacific during the Battle of Okinawa, where the player becomes Petty Officer Locke in a PBY Catalinaflying boat, which takes part in a raid on three merchant ships. On their way back to base, another Catalina, codenamed Hammerhead, is destroyed by Japanese Zeroes, leaving Locke and his crew alone. The US fleet is assaulted, replicating Operation Ten-Go. Locke's PBY, which is the only PBY near enough to come to immediate aid, arrives. They are able to rescue American sailors in the sea, but if the player takes too long to respond, the sailors are killed by enemy machine gun fire by attacking enemy PT boats.. Locke also has to shoot at Japanese PT boats and kamikaze planes. With the PBY almost completely destroyed, more US aircraft arrive. In the following mission, Miller's squad makes a ground assault on Okinawa. They clear out the Japanese from machine gun bunkers, allowing American tanks to progress. With the battle almost won, the Americans stormShuri Castle. Having cleared the entrance, they reach the center of the castle. Once there, they encounter Japanese soldiers surrendering. However, when Roebuck and Polonsky go to search them, they reveal concealed grenades under their clothes, at which point the player is presented with a grim choice of saving either Roebuck or Polonsky. The remaining American troops arrive to assist the squad and engage the remaining Japanese soldiers in a battle in the castle center. After Miller calls in air strikes on two buildings, the Americans take Shuri Castle, crushing the last bastion of Japanese resistance in the Pacific War.[18]

The final mission starts as Reznov drags Dimitri out of the U-Bahn to regroup with Soviet infantry. The Red Army then advances towards theReichstag. During the assault at the Reichstag's entrance, Chernov is badly burned by a German flamethrower. He survives, but is unable to continue fighting. Reznov, Dimitri, and the remaining Soviet soldiers enter the Reichstag and clear it of its German defenders, and reach the rooftop. Before he can replace the Nazi flag, Dimitri is shot by a dying German soldier, whom Reznov kills with a machete shortly after. Although wounded, Dimitri manages to plant the Soviet flag (in an allusion to Raising a flag over the Reichstag), signalling Soviet victory, ending the war.[18]

Later, in a flashback revealed by Reznov in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Reznov and Dimitri are transferred to the Arctic where they are given a special assignment shortly after their participation in the Battle of Berlin. Dimitri is eventually executed at the instruction of his commanding officer as the Red Army retrieves the German WMDs to attack their new enemy, the United States of America.

[edit]DevelopmentEdit

[hide]System requirements
Requirements
Microsoft Windows[19]
Operating system Windows XP or Windows Vista
CPU Intel

Pentium 4 3 GHz or AMD 64 3200+ processor

Memory 512 MB (1 GB for Vista)
Hard drive space 8 GB of free space
Graphics hardware 256MB NvidiaGeForce 6600 GT or ATIRadeonX1600
Sound hardware DirectX 9.0c compliant card

World at War was announced on June 23, 2007 by Activision, who confirmed that the game was to be released in fall 2008, and that the series would revert back to its customary World War II setting.[20] The game had an approximately two-year long development cycle, double that of Treyarch's previous entry to the series, Call of Duty 3.[11] The game is powered by an enhanced version of the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare engine, with several improvements made to the physics model. Environments are more destructible and can be set on fire with the flamethrower, which features propagating fire. Dismemberment, as well as realistic skin and clothes burning of the characters were added.[21]

Not long after, Treyarch released the modding tools for Call of Duty: World at War. These tools were the same ones used to create all the other Call of Duty series games, but with slight changes version to version, which can be downloaded online.[11] Kiefer Sutherland andGary Oldman were cast as voice actors for the game. Sutherland voices the narrator and squad leader of the American campaign, Sergeant Roebuck, while Oldman voices that of the Soviet campaign, Sergeant Reznov.[22][23] A full-sized replica PBY Catalina was constructed for motion capture use.[11]

[16][17]Full-sized replica PBY Catalina in a motion capture studio.===[edit]Audio===

The music for Call of Duty: World at Warwas composed bySean Murray. He was hired after Brian Tuey, Treyarch's audio director, approached Murray. Murray stated that they had worked together earlier onTrue Crime: New York City, the sequel to the first True Crime: Streets of LA, and that "he [Tuey] knew I would bring a fresh approach to Call of Duty: World at War". This also led to Adam Levenson, the audio director of Activision, being called in to help them. Murray also said that he wanted to make the music more fun and intense, but also "a specific musical path that follows the psyche of the gameplay".[24]

The new technology of occlusion, which changes the sound made by nearby object depending on objects blocking its path e.g. walls, has been added to World at War. The game has various levels of "muffled" sound depending on the objects it travels though e.g. a more muffled sound through a thick wall compared to a slightly muffled sound through a thin short wall. For the first time in a Call of Duty game, the player is able to tell the difference between someone walking next to the player and someone walking above or below the player, as well as telling the difference between a shot fired in the distance and a shot fired close by, but behind a solid object.[25]

The other technology of Flux was also developed using field recordingsystems. The World at War crew traveled to a desert with mountainson both side of the range to test the frequencies of sounds made byWorld War II weapons. Microphones were placed 60 yards (55 m) behind and 60 yards in front of the gun to test the echoes. This was later replicated and developed in the studio for the game software. It means that players will be able to pinpoint a sniper rifle shot, as it reflects off them, as well as hearing the initial 'pop' of a hand grenadeblowing up and then the grenade's loud "whoosh" sound that begins where the grenade blew up, and ends behind the player. The flux system also combines with the occlusion system.[25]

[edit]MarketingEdit

The first trailer for the game premiered on Xbox Live on June 21, 2008,[26] and arrived on PlayStation Network five days later.[27] A beta of the game's online multiplayer mode was released for the Xbox 360 on October 10, 2008.[28] A PC version of the beta was later released on October 28, 2008.[29] Those who pre-ordered the game atGameStop, GAME and EB Games in Australia or North America or who are members of the Call of Duty official website were given codes which allowed them to download both beta versions of the game.[30]Coinciding with the release of the game, McFarlane Toys produced four action figures. Three are different varieties of US Marine Corps infantry, and the fourth is a British Special Ops soldier.[31]

A collector's edition of World at War was released on November 11, 2008 in North America and November 14, 2008 in Europe.[32] It includes several bonus items, among them a stainless steel canteen imprinted with the Call of Duty series logo and a metal storage tin. The collector's edition also gives the player access to an unlockable weapon and the opportunity to earn double experience points in the online multiplayer mode, as well as a specially colored clan tag to denote the player's VIP status. This edition of the game is only available for the Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 platforms.[33]

[edit]Downloadable contentEdit

On February 26, 2009, an update was made available to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, as well as the addition of a new multiplayer map, Makin Day. The update included several bug fixes which removed glitches in several multiplayer maps and player movements, and provided more information in the stats display.[34]The Makin Day map was released for Microsoft Windows on February 6, 2009 in the downloadable patch 1.2. Makin Day has a similar layout as the existing Makin map,[35] but includes subtle changes such as daylight, reflected in the tide being out along the shoreline as well as some reworked areas of the map.[35]




[18][19]Screenshot of the gameplay in Verrückt

On March 18, 2009,Activision and Treyarchannounced thatdownloadable content(DLC) was under development for World at War, titled Map Pack 1. This first installment of DLC Treyarch released, Map Pack 1, on March 19, 2009 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, while the Windows version received the DLC at a later date. The map pack includes three new multiplayer maps and one new Nazi Zombies map. The Nazi Zombies map, entitled "Verrückt" (German: 'crazy'), includes new weapons and power-ups intended to expand the experience. Players can turn on a power generator that reunites both sides and enables perk machines.[36] The new multiplayer map called "Nightfire" takes places at night in the streets of a bombed-out area of Berlin. The "Knee Deep" map is in the jungle of Peleliu and contains fortified huts and streams! "Station" is located in a ruined underground train station in Berlin featuring subway cars and hidden passages.[37] Reports stated that Map Pack 1 sold over 1 million copies in the first week of availability, setting an Xbox Live record for the number of downloads in a week.[38]

On April 30, 2009, Activision and Treyarch announced Map Pack 2,[39] which was released on June 11.[40] Map Pack 2 contains an additional four multiplayer maps. The "Shi No Numa" (Japanese: "死の沼" 'swamp of death') is a new map on the Nazi Zombies co-op mode set in a misty swamp-land surrounded by jungle. New features include flaming hellhounds, the Wunderwaffe DG-2 weapon and ten newachievements/trophies. Also, it featured four new characters: Tank Dempsey U.S.M.C, Nikolai Belinski of the Red Army, Nazi Doctor Edward Richtofen and Takeo Masaki of the Japanese Imperial Army. The multiplayer map "Banzai" is set in a jungle featuring a river bridge, villages, a waterfall and hidden caves. The "Corrosion" map is set in a run-down train yard in Russia, featuring broken pipelines and train cars. The "Sub Pens" map is located in a bombed-out Japanesesubmarine base with heavy rain.[41]

On July 20, 2009, Activision and Treyarch announced Map Pack 3, which was released August 6, 2009. This DLC also consists of three new multiplayer maps and a new Nazi Zombies map. The three multiplayer maps are "Battery", which takes place on an abandoned coastal artillery battery Pacific; "Breach", which is set in the overcrowded streets of Berlin, Germany near the Brandenburg Gate; and "Revolution", which is based on an industrialized city in Russia. The new Nazi Zombies map, "Der Riese" which means "The Giant" in English, is based in a factory where Element 115 is being processed and used to build teleporters and other mysterious devices, such as the "Pack-a-Punch Machine", which upgrades guns, such as the Wunderwaffe DG-2. New weapons, such as Monkey Bombs were also added. There is a small backstory of this Zombies map, and is believed to follow into the map "Kino der Toten","Ascension","Call of the Dead", "Shangri La", and "Moon" in Call of Duty: Black Ops.[42]

All map packs were released for free to PC players. Xbox 360 and PS3 players were charged at $10 per map pack.[43]

[edit]Other versionsEdit

[edit]Nintendo DSEdit

Main article: Call of Duty: World at War (Nintendo DS)

Call of Duty: World at War was released for the Nintendo DS on November 11, 2008 in North America,[44] and on November 14 in Europe.[45] It was published by Activision and developed by n-Space, who used the same game engine as their previous title, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.[46] The game's scenarios are also based on World War II's Pacific theater and Eastern front with American, British and Soviet campaigns.[44] Up to four players can be supported online with four different types of game, as well as perks and rank-ups.[46]Compared to Modern Warfare, it has improved in-level geometry, has more responsive sprints and crouches and 3D-modeled guns instead of 2D sprites.[46] However the flamethrower, which is new to the game series, is rendered with 2D sprites.[46] The framerate is just under 30 and has lots of voice-over during the missions.[47] Players are able to defuse mines and send Morse code with the touch screen, as well as using mortar rounds, an anti-air gun from a battleship, parachuting and using mounted guns.[46] There is also a tank mode which allows the player to turn the main gun and fire machine gun rounds at the same time.[46]

[edit]PlayStation 2Edit

Main article: Call of Duty: World at War – Final Fronts

The PlayStation 2 version, titled Call of Duty: World at War: Final Fronts, differs significantly from the main versions. Developed byRebellion Developments,[1] Final Fronts features 13 missions set near the end of World War II across three different campaigns. Aside from the two campaigns in the Pacific and Eastern Europe, Final Frontsalso includes a third campaign involving the British advance on theRhine River. The missions range from infantry, infiltration, sniper, large-scale assaults, night fighting and tank assaults.[48]

The U.S. campaign follows Pvt. Miller and the squad from World at War, but here Miller is of the 2nd Marines Division, instead of the 1st. It goes in and around his missions from World at War. The Western Europe campaign is from the perspective of Lucas Gibson, of the American 80th Infantry Division. His missions are in Luxembourg andAustria. Most of the Europe campaign, the player controls Pvt. Tom Sharpe of the British 6th Airborne. Final Fronts does not feature online multiplayer or a Nazi Zombies mode. Like other versions, the game includes 2 flamethrower missions and a tank mission, but the latter is on-rails rather than free roaming. The flamethrower in Final Fronts only fires on a small scale, whereas the PlayStation 3 version allows the flamethrower to be used on a large scale in more missions and it is highly visible where it is fired. The tank mission is from the perspective of a tank gunner named Alex.[49]

Also, the melee attack is not a knife slash or stab like in the PS3/Xbox 360 versions, but simply a hit from the butt of the gun.[50]

[edit]Windows Mobile versionEdit

Call of Duty: World at War was released for the Windows Mobile. However, the game features a run and gun genre similar toCommando from Capcom rather than a first-person shooter, a differentstoryline, and a different set of characters. The game was developed by Glu Mobile and published by Activision.[51]

[edit]ReceptionEdit

[hide] Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (X360) 85.73%[52](PS3) 85.07%[53](PC) 84.65%[54](Wii) 83.59%[55]
Metacritic (PS3) 85/100[56](X360) 84/100[57](PC) 83/100[58](Wii) 83/100[59]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 8.75/10[60]
GameSpot 8.5/10[61]
GameTrailers 8.7/10[62](Wii) 8.2/10[63]
IGN 9.2/10[64](Wii) 8.0/10[65]
Official Nintendo Magazine 92%[66]
Official Xbox Magazine 7.5/10[67]
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) 9/10[68]
PC Gamer UK 77%[69]
X-Play 4/5[70]

Call of Duty: World at Warhas received generally positive reviews. Describing the game as a whole,GameSpot stated that by returning to the World War II setting, "World at Warachieves greatness but falls short of excellence."[61]IGN concluded that World at War was a "solid, confident shooter with plenty to offer the casual and hardcore alike."[64]Overall, the Official Xbox Magazine described the game as being more like anexpansion pack in the Call of Duty series rather than a full game.[67]

IGN applauded the developer Treyarch for its decision to stage World at War in the Pacific theater of World War II. The addition of a co-op mode was also complimented as helping to increase the game's replayability, and the multiplayer mode was described as "definitely an area where World at War shines."[64]Some positive points noted by GameSpot include the "well-acted dialogue" of the characters Sgt. Roebuck and Sgt. Reznov, as well as the solid and fast-paced single player/co-op campaign."[61]

IGN criticized that the scope of the campaign hurt the continuity of the plot, with some missions taking place several years after others and disrupting the flow of the narrative.[64] Official Xbox Magazine's main criticism was that Treyarch had not expanded upon the success ofCall of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, but had instead created a "play-it-safe sequel" that used elements of Call of Duty 4 but added "nothing noteworthy of its own."[67] Other flaws pointed out by the reviewer included the lack of excitement in the campaign storyline and the few differences between the Pacific theater missions and European theater missions, stating "you could just be marching through another European town with a lot more trees."[67] GameSpot criticized the game's use of "well-worn source material" and "déjà vu" game mechanics, also implying its similarity to the Call of Duty series' other games.[61] 1UP.com stated that the horror of the game is "almost too much at times".[71]

GameSpot praised the darker, grittier portrayal of the World War II settings.[61] 1UP.com noted the significantly increased graphic violence and gore (even over the M-rated Call of Duty 4) as a positive improvement in realism saying, "While enemies died en masse in previous installments, dismemberment and gore were essentially nonexistent."[71] That's no longer the case — here, legs are severed, men cry out in agony as they reach for lost body parts, and gouts of blood fly as bullets pierce flesh." and that "World at War portrays the horror of WWII more accurately than ever before..."[71]

[edit]SalesEdit

Call of Duty: World at War was the second best-selling game for November 2008 in the United States, selling over 1.41 million units.[72]The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions were the second and ninth best-selling game of December 2008 in the United States, selling in excess of 1.33 million and 533,000 copies respectively.[73] The Xbox 360 version was the sixth best-selling game of 2008, selling in excess of 2.75 million copies.[73] The Wii version ranked as the 19th best-selling game and the seventh best-selling Wii game of December 2008 in the United States.[74] It received particular interest in the United Kingdom, where it doubled the amount of first-week sales compared to Modern Warfare on the PS3 and Xbox 360.[75] It also became the third fastest-selling video game in the UK behind Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.[76] As of June 2009, Call of Duty: World at War has sold over 11 million copies.[77]

Call of duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
256px-Modern Warfare 2 cover
Cover of Modern Warfare 2 released in North America
Developer(s) Infinity Ward
Publisher(s) Activision

Square Enix (Japan)

Distributor(s) Activision (retail)

Steam(online)

Designer(s) Mackey McCandlish[1]
Writer(s) Jesse Stern
Composer(s) Hans Zimmer

Lorne Balfe

Series Call of Duty
Engine IW 4.0
Version 1.11.26.0

1.2.208 (PC)

Platform(s) Microsoft Windows

PlayStation 3 Xbox 360

Release date(s) November 2009[show]
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, cooperative,multiplayer
Rating(s)
Media/distribution Blu-ray Disc, DVD-DL,download
System requirements

See Development section

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a first-person shootervideo game developed by Infinity Ward and published byActivision for theXbox 360 andPlayStation 3 video game consoles and the Microsoft Windows operating system. Officially announced on February 11, 2009,[8]the game was released worldwide on November 10, 2009.[9] It is the sixth installment of the Call of Duty series [10]and the direct sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, continuing the same storyline, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 set to end the storyline.[8][11] It was released in conjunction with two other Call of Dutygames: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized for theNintendo DS,[12] andCall of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex, aport of Call of Duty 4adapted by Treyarchfor the Wiiconsole.[13] In addition, a comic book series based on one of the game's characters was also produced, entitledModern Warfare 2: Ghost.[14]

Modern Warfare 2has received positive reviews from various gaming websites, attaining a 94% aggregate score onMetacritic, with praise stemming primarily from its in-depth multiplayer component. Within 24 hours of release, the game sold approximately 4.7 million copies in North America and the United Kingdom.[15] On August 3, 2011, Activisionconfirmed that the game had sold over 22 million copies worldwide[16][17][18] and it is the second best-selling game of all time in both the UK and the U.S.[19][20][21][22]


GameplayEdit

[edit]CampaignEdit

The player assumes the role of various characters during the single-player campaign, changing perspectives throughout the progression of the story.

Each level is a mission that features a series of objectives that are displayed on the heads up display, which marks the direction and distance towards and from such objectives. Damage to the player is shown by blood appearing on the screen. The player's health regenerates as time passes. Tasks vary in their requirements, from having the player arrive at a particular checkpoint, to eliminating all enemies in a specified location, to defending an objective from enemy attack, or planting explosive charges on an enemy installation. The player is accompanied by friendly troops who cannot be issued orders. Laptop computers that contain enemy intelligence appear throughout the campaign and may be collected.

[edit]CooperativeEdit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 features a cooperative mode titled Special Ops, which consists of independent missions similar in design to the "Mile High Club" epilogue mission from Call of Duty 4.[23] These missions take place in a variety of locations from the campaign mode, but are not related to the campaign. Most of the Special Ops missions may be played alone, but all of them support two player cooperative play[11] in which two players can play together locally or online.[24] Scenarios included are a snowmobile race between the two players, one player providing air support from an AC-130 with the other player conducts operations on the ground, capturing an enemy compound, and searching areas for and eliminating 40 or more enemies at a time.[25]

Special Ops is divided into five separate groups of missions: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Echo. Each mission may be played at three difficulty levels: regular, hardened, or veteran. Successfully completing a mission earns the players stars; there are up to three stars available for each mission: one star for completing the mission on regular difficulty, two for hardened, and three for veteran. Once enough stars are earned, more missions are unlocked.[24] There are a total of 23 missions with their respective 69 stars available for unlock. At the end of each mission, a statistics screen displays how long the player or players took to complete the level and how many kills were scored by each player, amongst other data.

[edit]MultiplayerEdit

[20][21]Gameplay in the online multiplayer mode. The weapon pictured has the heartbeat sensor attachment, a new feature included in Modern Warfare 2.

The online multiplayer mode of Modern Warfare 2retains the sameexperience points and unlockable reward system as that of Call of Duty 4, with game modes that include Free-For-All, Search & Destroy, Demolition, Sabotage, Domination, Team Deathmatch, and Capture The Flag.[26] Modern Warfare 2 introduces several new features. Aside from new weapons, equipment, and perks that upgrade to "pro versions" after meeting utilization requirements,[27] the player can choose three of fifteen killstreaks, which are earned after getting a certain amount of consecutive kills. Among these is the ability to receive a supply drop after achieving four kills in a row, guide aPredator missile strike after five kills, and control an AC-130 gunship, or Chopper Gunner, after eleven kills. Some killstreak rewards earn kills that go towards your killstreak. For example, Harrier Strike (7 killstreak) will stay and shoot down enemies after it has bombed a general area.[28] Players can also gain a tactical nuke if they obtain a 25 kill streak. The nuke will achieve victory in a match for the player or team that called in the nuke regardless of whether the team was winning or losing at the time the nuke was called in. Another new feature is the in-game host migration; if a match host leaves the game, or if the host struggles to support the game, a 'host migration delay' allows a new host to be selected and the game to continue.[29][30] There is also the addition of an optional third personmode which can be used in certain game types.[31]

In the Xbox 360 version of the game, the party chat system is disabled while the player is playing online in certain playlist types. This decision, designed to promote cooperation amongst team members, has caused some controversy within the Xbox Live community. The offline (splitscreen and LAN) multiplayer mode retains the experience and rewards system found online, a first for the series since the system was introduced. However, the rewards are separate from those that are earned while playing online.

For the PC version, Infinity Ward decided to implement a new matchmaking service called IWNET, which works through Steam. This system is nearly identical to the console version of IWNET. Dedicated server support is removed, eliminating the ability for mods or user-created maps to be incorporated. This removal has created anger among many PC gamers. Since the multiplayer aspect runs within Steamworks, the PunkBuster anti-cheat system utilized in previous titles has been replaced by Valve Anti-Cheat.[32] In addition, the PC version shares the same 18-player cap as the console versions (matches are a maximum of 9 versus 9).[33]

[edit]SynopsisEdit

[edit]CharactersEdit

Main article: List of characters in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

During the single-player campaign, the player controls five different characters over the course of seven days. For the majority of the game, the player assumes the role of Sergeant Gary "Roach" Sanderson, a member of an elite, multi-national counter-terrorist unit known as Task Force 141.[34] However, the player begins the game controlling Private First Class Joseph Allen (voiced by Troy Baker), aRanger stationed in Afghanistan, who later goes undercover in Russiafor the Central Intelligence Agency under the alias of "Alexei Borodin". Private James Ramirez, a member of 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment stationed in the United States, serves as the player character during the defense of the United States' eastern coast against a Russian invasion. John "Soap" MacTavish[35] becomes the player character in the final three missions. In the five years since Call of Duty 4 took place, he has been promoted to the rank of captain in the Special Air Service. He now commands most of Task Force 141 and its field operations, acting as Sanderson's superior officer.[11] The player also briefly assumes the role of an unnamed International Space Station astronaut during an EVA operation moments prior to the station's destruction.[36]

Several non-playable characters (NPCs) play prominent roles in the story. As mentioned, Captain John "Soap" MacTavish (voiced byKevin McKidd) returns as a NPC for a majority of the game and serves as Roach's superior officer and mentor. Captain John Price (voiced byBilly Murray) also returns from Call of Duty 4 to assist Task Force 141 after MacTavish, Roach, and other members rescue him from a Russian gulag. The other primary member of the unit is the mysterious Lieutenant Simon "Ghost" Riley, (voiced by Craig Fairbrass, who also voiced Gaz in Call of Duty 4)[37] who conceals his face with a skull print balaclava.[38] Sergeant Foley (voiced by Keith David), along with his subordinate, Corporal Dunn (voiced by Barry Pepper), is initially Joseph Allen's squad leader while stationed in Afghanistan, and becomes James Ramirez's squad leader during United States liberation ops later in the story. Nikolai, the Russian informant from Call of Duty 4, returns to aid Task Force 141 at various points in the story. Lieutenant General Shepherd (voiced by Lance Henriksen) is the commander of both Task Force 141 and the Army Rangers, and becomes the main antagonist after he betrays the Task Force members near the end of the game. Vladimir Makarov, a former protégé of Imran Zakhaev (the chief antagonist from Call of Duty 4), is the secondary antagonist and serves as the primary antagonist throughout most of the story.[36]

[edit]PlotEdit

Despite the efforts of the USMC and British Special Air Service, the Ultranationalists seize control of Russia and declare Imran Zakhaev a hero and martyr, erecting a statue of him in the heart of Red Square. Meanwhile, Vladimir Makarov, one of Zakhaev's former lieutenants, begins a campaign against the West by committing acts of terrorism over the course of five years.




[22][23]Player character Sgt. Gary "Roach" Sanderson riding a snowmobile in the "Cliffhanger" level.

In Afghanistan in 2016,U.S. Army Ranger Private First Class Joseph Allen assists in taking a city from insurgents. Impressed by Allen's combat abilities, Lieutenant General Shepherd recruits him into the Task Force 141, an elite, multi-national counter-terrorist unit under Shepherd's command. Meanwhile, two other 141 members, Cpt. John "Soap" MacTavish and Sgt. Gary "Roach" Sanderson, infiltrate a Russian airbase in the Tian Shan mountains to retrieve an Attack Characterization System (ACS) module from a downed American satellite.

Allen is later sent on an undercover mission in Russia for the CIAunder the alias "Alexei Borodin", joining Makarov in a massacre of civilians at the Zakhaev International Airport in Moscow. However, Makarov has been aware of Allen's identity and kills him during extraction, leaving his body behind to spark a war between Russia and the United States. Angered by what was believed to be an American-sponsored terrorist attack, Russia retaliates by lanching a massive surprise invasion on the East Coast of the United States after bypassing its early warning system, revealing that the ACS module had already been compromised before its retrieval. Sergeant Foley leads his squad of Army Rangers, including Pvt. James Ramirez, in defense of a suburb in northeastern Virginia against the invasion. They then proceed towards Washington, D.C., where more U.S. forces are fighting against the Russians for control of the capital.[36]

Meanwhile, the 141 searches for evidence that implicates Makarov as the mastermind behind the airport massacre, as proof of Makarov's involvement died with Allen. Intelligence leads them to a favela in Rio de Janeiro, where the team investigates Makarov's contact, weapons dealer Alejandro Rojas. They learn from Rojas that Makarov's worst enemy, known only as "Prisoner 627", is incarcerated in a Russiangulag east of Petropavlovsk. Task Force 141 assaults the prison and manages to free 627, who turns out to be Captain Price. (In Modern Warfare 3, it is revealed that Price was captured during "Operation Kingfish" in 2013, a mission to kill or capture Makarov.) Price agrees to aid the 141 and Shepherd in tracking down Makarov, but argues that the war in America needs to end before they can. To end it, he temporarily goes rogue, and leads the 141 to raid a Russian port to gain control of a nuclear submarine. Price uses the submarine to launch a submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Washington D.C. He sets the warhead to detonate in the upper atmosphere, which (unintentionally) destroys the ISS in an EMP that cripples vehicles and electronic equipment on both sides, giving the Americans an advantage. Back on the ground, Foley and his squad seek shelter from the disabled aircraft that are now literally falling from the sky, and proceed to the White House. There, they receive a transmission informing them that the Air Force is preparing to carpet bomb the entire city to deny the Russians a strong foothold. Foley's squad fight their way to the roof of the White House and set off green-colored flares, aborting the air strike with less than thirty seconds to spare. Flares are lit on the rooftops of other landmarks, signifying that the city is in American hands.[36]

Narrowing down Makarov's hiding place to two separate locations, Task Force 141 decides to split up. Price and Soap travel to anaircraft boneyard in Afghanistan, while Roach and Ghost raid Makarov's safehouse on the Georgian-Russian border. At the safehouse, Roach and his team obtain Makarov's "operations playbook" from his computer and escape with Makarov's men in pursuit. However, when they reach the extraction point, Shepherd betrays and kills them, taking the intelligence with him. Price and Soap, already aware of Shepherd's betrayal, escape a battle between Shepherd's Shadow Company and Makarov's men with Nikolai's help. During the escape, Price contacts Makarov on an open radio channel and makes a deal to kill Shepherd, with Makarov grudgingly revealing the location of Shepherd's mountain base in Afghanistan. Price and Soap raid the base in an attempt to take revenge on Shepherd in a suicide mission. During the infiltration, Shepherd destroys the base using the self-destruct system, then tries to escape and a boat pursuit ensues.[36]

At the climax of the pursuit, Shepherd boards a helicopter, only for Price to disable it by shooting the helicopter's rotor, causing it to crash. Price and Soap tumble over a waterfall in the process. After recovering from the fall, a dazed Soap follows Shepherd and attempts to kill him. Shepherd slams Soap into a rusted car, stabs him in the chest and prepares to execute him. Just before he can, Price tackles Shepherd and the two engage in a hand-to-hand fight, with Shepherd slowly gaining the upper hand. Soap manages to pull the knife from his chest and throws it at Shepherd, piercing his left eye and killing him. Price bandages Soap's wounds as Nikolai arrives in a helicopter to extract them, having gone against Price's earlier advice not to return for them. Nikolai warns them that "they'll [the United States Army, etc.] be looking for us", but Price insists that Soap receive medical attention. Nikolai mentions that he knows a safe place to go to.

[edit]DevelopmentEdit

[hide]System requirements
Requirements
Microsoft Windows[39]
Operating system Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
CPU Intel

Pentium D 3.0 GHz or AMDAthlon 64 4400+processor or better

Memory 2 GB RAM
Hard drive space 10 GB of free hard drive space
Graphics hardware 512 MB NvidiaGeForce 9500GT or ATIRadeon1900XT or better
Sound hardware 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Network Broadband connection required for multiplayer connectivity. Internet connection required for activation

Modern Warfare 2was originally referred to under the working title of Call of Duty 6.[10] The game was first announced under the title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by Activision on December 3, 2008.[40] Activision subsequently retracted its announcement, stating that any information about an upcoming Call of Duty game was "speculative."[41] Infinity Ward then asserted that it had not officially confirmed its latest project at that time.[42] On February 11, 2009, Activision officially announced Modern Warfare 2and set a tentative release date for "Holiday 2009."[8] The game was tested in an internal beta by the development team. While both Call of Duty 4 and Call of Duty: World at War had been preceded by public multiplayer betas, no such beta was released for Modern Warfare 2because it was determined that, according to Community Manager Robert Bowling, no public beta was needed unless the internal beta did not provide adequate feedback.[43]

Infinity Ward announced on October 2009 that the PC version ofModern Warfare 2 would not support the use of user-run dedicated servers or in-game console commands. Such announcement was received poorly by some members of the PC community,[29] a negative response that eventually drew Infinity Ward's own response on the matter in an effort to put the community at ease.[32][44] During brainstorming sessions, an idea came forth on what if the ending of Modern Warfare was a loss, leading to the sequel.[45] In an interview with Jesse Stern, he talked to producers of Infinity Ward with ideas such as "outbreaks, viruses, chemical warfare, and even outlandish things such as aliens and the living dead."[46] Stern mentioned having the game based on real-life conflicts before they halted further planning at first due to events in the 2008 South Ossetia war and in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.[46]

[edit]AudioEdit

On August 20, 2009, Robert Bowling revealed through Twitter thatKevin McKidd, Craig Fairbrass, Barry Pepper, Keith David, and Glenn Morshower were confirmed voice actors for the game.[47] It was later confirmed that McKidd would voice the protagonist, "Soap" MacTavish.[48] Fairbrass, who voiced Gaz in Call of Duty 4, provided voice work for "Ghost". Billy Murray confirmed that he would reprise his role as Captain Price from Call of Duty 4.[49] Rapper 50 Centprovided voice work for the Special Ops and multiplayer modes, portraying "one of the squad [member] voices."[50][51] The main theme of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was provided by Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer,[52] while the soundtrack was composed by Lorne Balfe who co-produced 2009 film Sherlock Holmes score with Zimmer.[53] The soundtrack was officially released on June 1.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Original Game Score)
Soundtrack album by Hans Zimmer
Released June 1, 2010 (Digital)
Genre Video game soundtrack
Length 52:29

[edit]Game engineEdit

[24][25]Comparison of in-game screenshots with the texture streaming technology enabled and disabled.

The game utilizes the in-house IW 4.0 game engine, which is claimed to be a generation beyond the capabilities of the engine used in Call of Duty 4.[54] Although proprietary, it is based on an unspecified id Techengine, and can accommodate larger worlds, enhanced graphic detail, and more efficient rendering.[55] Infinity Ward has addressed the issue of enemies that continually respawn at different points of a level.[23] The developer demonstrated that the game engine uses a "dynamic AI", which has replaced the infinite respawn system and allows enemies to act more independently. These "smarter" enemies are designed to actively seek out and drive the player forward through a level, and can break away from set behaviors such as following a designated route in order to attack. The player cannot depend on enemies to be found in the same locations as a previous play-through because enemies will behave differently each time a level is played.[25]

[edit]Marketing and releaseEdit

On March 25, 2009, a teaser trailer for the game was revealed at the Game Developer Choice Awards ceremony in San Francisco. The teaser was posted on Infinity Ward's website,[56] and released on theXbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Network a short time later.[57] A second teaser was released on May 10, 2009 and showed gameplay features such as snowmobile driving and underwater actions. The teaser announced that the game would be "revealed" onTNT during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on May 24, 2009.[58]The "reveal" was the first full-length trailer, which debuted extended sequences of actual in-game scenes and combat; the trailer was subsequently made available on the Modern Warfare 2 official website, which was kept updated for the occasion.[59] A fourth trailer was released on July 27, 2009, and showed the first footage of the game's multiplayer mode.[28] On October 4, 2009, a second full-length cinematic trailer was released and revealed that part of the game would take place in a war-torn Washington, D.C.[60]

On July 21, 2009, Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling revealed through Twitter that a Modern Warfare 2 controller was in the works.[61]Peripherals manufacturer Mad Catz was contracted by Activision to create a line of Modern Warfare 2 controllers and accessories for all platforms that the game would be available on.[62] Activision stated, in its quarterly earnings report, that pre-orders for the game had broken a company record; more copies of Modern Warfare 2 had been pre-ordered than any other game that the company had published before.[63] In September 2009, Monster Energy teamed up withActivision to bring special redeemable codes on the Monster Energy website,[64] where people may submit codes included in Monster Energy packs to redeem items such as Xbox 360 Premium Themes and a Modern Warfare 2 Map Pack code.[65]

[edit]TitleEdit

[26][27]Former promotional logo used now on limited editions' packaging as well as in-game menus.

The original teaser trailer confirmed that the game's title of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was officially (and initially) shortened to just Modern Warfare 2.[9]After photographs of the official retail boxes were posted by Robert Bowling,[66] Activision confirmed that the standard-edition Modern Warfare 2 packaging would feature the Call of Duty brand logo in order to reflect the game's association with the Call of Duty franchise.[25] It is speculated that the decision was influenced by findings that brand awareness for the game was significantly lower without the Call of Duty logo.[67] However, the developers still prefer to simply call the game Modern Warfare 2 as they consider it a newIP.[68] The menus in the game also refer to the title as simply Modern Warfare 2.

[edit]Retail versionsEdit

Modern Warfare 2 was released in four different retail versions across the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms: Standard, Hardened, Veteran, and Prestige. The standard version consists of the game and an instructional manual, and is the only version available for the Microsoft Windows platform.[69] The Hardened Edition consists of the game and manual (which are packaged in a steel book case), an art book, and a token that allows one to download Call of Duty Classic, a hi-definition version of the original Call of Duty game, from Xbox Live Arcade or the PlayStation Store (Classic was released individually on December 2, 2009). The Prestige Edition contains all of the elements of the Hardened Edition, but also includes a set of fully functioningnight vision goggles, imprinted with the Modern Warfare 2 logo, and a stand modeled after the head of the character "Soap" MacTavish.[70]The goggles are powered by five AA batteries[71] and can see up to 50 feet in absolute darkness.[72]

On September 15, 2009, Activision and Microsoft jointly announced a special, limited Modern Warfare 2 version of the Xbox 360 with a 250GB hard disk. The unit is highlighted by special game product branding and includes two wireless controllers and a headset. This is the first Xbox 360 to come with a 250GB hard drive.[73] On September 18, UK and rep of Ireland retailer GAME announced a Veteran Edition of Modern Warfare 2 would be exclusive to rep of Ireland and UK. It will come with a 12" (30.5 cm) tall statue of "Soap" MacTavish with interchangeable arms and weapons; has the same contents as the Hardened Edition.[74] In September 2009, a Veteran Statue Bundle ofModern Warfare 2 was posted on the EBGames website and is available for all platforms.[75]

[edit]Downloadable contentEdit

Activision has announced that two downloadable map packs will be released for Modern Warfare 2.[76] At E3 2009, Microsoft stated that these map packs would first be made available for the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live before they would be released for other platforms.[77] Robert Bowling has stated that the community response to the game and the first ten downloadable map packs would be used in designing other potential map packs. [78]

The first map pack, titled the "Stimulus Package," was released first for Xbox Live on March 30, 2010[79] and for PlayStation Network and PC on May 4, 2010 in North America.[80][81] The pack contains five maps: reincarnations of the Crash and Overgrown maps from Call of Duty 4, and three new maps: Bailout, a multi-level apartment complex;Storm, an industrial park littered with heavy machinery; and Salvage, an abandoned car junkyard in the middle of the snow.[82] Within 24 hours of its release, it was downloaded over one million times. Within the first week it had been downloaded 2.5 million times, breaking Xbox Live DLC records.[83] In addition to integrating the maps into all existing game types, the Stimulus Package adds two new game modes, randomizing the built-in game types in either normal or hardcore mode.

Activision released the second downloadable map pack, titled the "Resurgence Package", exclusively for Xbox Live on June 3, 2010 in North America. This release was followed by the PlayStation Network and PC versions on July 6 in North America and on July 7 worldwide.[84] The package includes five new multiplayer maps: reincarnations of the Strike and Vacant maps from Call of Duty 4, and three new maps: Carnival, a desolated amusement park; Trailer Park, a mobile home park; and Fuel, an oil refinery.[85]

[edit]Sales and revenueEdit

According to preliminary sales figures from Activision, Modern Warfare 2 sold approximately 4.7 million units in both the United States and the UK in the first 24 hours of its release. The total revenue from first day sales in the U.S. and the UK was $310 million, making Modern Warfare 2 the biggest entertainment launch in history, surpassing in revenue its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto IV,[86][87] as well as items from other media types.[88][89] After five days of sales, the game had earned revenue figures of $550 million worldwide.[90] As of January 18, 2010, it has taken over $1 billion in sales.[91] Activision also claims that Modern Warfare 2 had 8 million players online within the first five days, constituting the largest 'army' of players in the world.[92] On March 8, 2010, Robert Bowling announced that the game had amassed 25 million unique players.[93]

According to the NPD Group, Modern Warfare 2 sold approximately 4.2 million units for the Xbox 360 and 1.87 million units for the PlayStation 3 in the U.S. during the month of November 2009.[94] In Japan, Modern Warfare 2 sold 64,000 copies for the PlayStation 3 and 42,000 copies for the Xbox 360 in its first week of sales.[95] The game later sold 117,000 copies on the PlayStation 3 and 61,000 on the Xbox 360.[96] Anita Frazier of the NPD Group reported in March 2010 that the game had sold slightly under 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.[21][97]

[edit]ComicEdit

Main article: Modern Warfare 2: Ghost

A six-part comic book mini-series related to the game has also been produced. Announced by Robert Bowling on August 17, 2009, Modern Warfare 2: Ghost is focused on the backstory of the character Ghost, who appears in the video game as a member of Task Force 141. The series is published by WildStorm. The first issue of the series debuted on November 11, 2009.[14][98]

[edit]Short filmEdit

Main article: Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish

A fan made prequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, entitled Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish, premiered at Call of Duty XP. The video was produced by We Can Pretend, visual effects by The Junction, and was endorsed by Activision. The first film, Find Makarov, was a non-canon fan made film. Activision contacted We Can Pretend about the video and helped produce a second canon short film, Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish.[99] The prequel tells the story of how Task Force 141 first tried to capture Vladimir Makarov, who was known then as Kingfish. It also tells how Soap got his facial scars, and how Pricewas captured and incarcerated in a gulag.

[edit]ReceptionEdit

[hide] Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (X360) 93.39%[100](PS3) 93.35%[101](PC) 88.12%[102]
Metacritic (X360) 94/100[103](PS3) 94/100[104](PC) 86/100[105]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A[106]
Allgame [107]
Computer and Video Games 9.4/10[108]
Famitsu 39/40 [109]
G4 [110]
Game Informer 9.75/10[111]
GamePro [112]
GameSpot 9.0/10[113]
GameSpy [114]
GamesRadar 10/10[115]
GameTrailers 9.5/10[116]
IGN 9.5/10[117]
Official Xbox Magazine 9.5/10[118]
Official Xbox Magazine(UK) 10/10[119]
PC Gamer UK 80%[120]
PC Gamer US 80%[120]
TeamXbox 9.7/10[121]
X-Play [122]
Destructoid 9.5/10[123]
Joystiq [124]
The Escapist [125]
The Daily Telegraph 10/10[126]
The Guardian [127]
Awards
Entity Award
IGN Editor's Choice[128]
GamePro Editor's Choice[129]
BAFTA PC Game of the Year (2009)[130]
GameTrailers Game of the Year 2009[131]
PakGamers Best Xbox 360 Game of 2009[132]
Gamespot Best Shooter/Readers Choice[133]
GameTrailers Best First-Person Shooter[134]
Destructoid Editor's Choice[123]
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Action Game of the Year[135]

Even more so than it's predecessor, Modern Warfare 2 has received critical acclaim from professional reviewers, especially for its console versions. Positive reviews cite a "compelling story mode, a slick package of mini missions and a multiplayer which is pretty much unparalleled in depth."[136]

1UP.com stated "Mixing real-world locations with bombastic set-pieces MW2 continues the guided, thrill-ride experiences of its predecessor, and adds even more depth to its multiplayer offerings. It might not have fixed all the problems from the first game, but there's just so much quality content packed into this game that it will almost certainly be one of the most-played games in your library for a long time to come".[106]Game Informer noted "Modern Warfare 2 is a masterpiece of careful iteration, with an unmatched presentation and a well of content that will take months to run dry".[137] IGN commented "For those planning to check out everything Modern Warefare 2 has to offer – online competition, full co-op Spec Ops mode, as well as the campaign – you're looking at a no-brainer purchase".[117]GameTrailers stated "The air of unpredictability and the care that was paid to each separate element puts it in lofty company. The multiplayer hasn't received an overhaul, but considering most shooters are still playing catch-up with Call of Duty 4, the tweaks and twists make it the best multiplayer shooting experience in the industry. Few games manage to meet such high expectations".[116]Computer and Video Games called the game "Loud, epic and incredibly polished, [and] this year's biggest must-have shooter".[108]

Criticisms of the game are directed towards a variety of aspects, but focus on the short length of the single player campaign. IGN's Mark Bozon remarks that the single-player of "Modern Warfare 2 is surprisingly short, and doesn't live up to the standard set by previousCall of Duty games."[117] In addition, many reviewers have complained about the lack of innovation to the formula of the series.[138][139][140]

Famitsu named Modern Warfare 2 as the number one game on the top 10 video games sold in 2009, beating games such as Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Halo 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV.[141] It also gave the game a score of 39/40, being one of the few Western games released in Japan to have the same score as Grand Theft Auto IV.[142]

The accolades heaped on the title were not limited to gameplay, either—in June 2010, composers Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe were presented with the ASCAP Top Video Game Award for their work onModern Warfare 2.[143]

[edit]ControversiesEdit

Main article: Controversies surrounding Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Various portions of the campaign have caused some controversy, including the depiction of a massacre carried out in a Russian airport.

Anders Behring Breivik claims in his manifesto that he used this video game to perpetrate the 2011 Norway attacks. Coop Norway, a chain of retail stores in Norway, removed this video game from its shelves as a result of this attack.[144]

[edit]Technical problemsEdit

After the successful hack on the PlayStation 3 in January 2011, someModern Warfare 2 players on the PlayStation 3 have had their stats hacked or completely deleted. Infinity Ward replied that their advice was to play in private games, waiting for Sony to fix the problems on the platform side, saying that they could not patch the security problem themselves.[145][146]

[edit]AwardsEdit

Modern Warfare 2 received awards from various gaming sites and publications, it gained high praise from some video game magazines. At the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards, Modern Warfare 2 received the Best Shooter and Best Multiplayer awards. Both GameSpy andGameTrailers gave the game the Best Overall Game of 2009award[147] and received from GameTrailers overall six awards.[148]GameSpot and Metacritic, both gave it the Best Xbox 360 Gameaward,[149][150] the Pakistani game reviewing site, PakGamers, has awarded Modern Warfare 2 with 'Best Xbox 360 Game of 2009'.[151]and from GameTrailers received the game the Best Multiplayeraward[152] including the Best First-Person Shooter award.[153]

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Images-5
Box art
Developer(s) Treyarch

n-Space(DS)[1]

Publisher(s) Activision

Square Enix (Japan)

Designer(s) Corky Lehmukuhl (creative director)

David Vonderhaar(multiplayer design director) Joe Chiang (lead designer)

Writer(s) Craig Houston

Dave Anthony David S. Goyer(consultant)[2]

Composer(s) Sean Murray
Series Call of Duty
Engine IW 3.0(Modified Call of Duty: World at War IW 3.0 engine)[3]
Version 1.13 (PS3)

1.13 (Xbox 360) 1.15 (PC)

Platform(s) Microsoft Windows

PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 Wii Nintendo DS[4]

Release date(s)
  • WW November 9, 2010[5]
  • JP November 18, 2010 (Sub)

December 16, 2010 (Dub)

Genre(s) First-person shooter[6]
Mode(s) Single-player

Multiplayer [7]

Rating(s)
Media/distribution Optical disc, download

Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first-person shooter video game[6]developed byTreyarch, published by Activision and released worldwide on November 9, 2010for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,[5] andWii consoles,[10] with a separate version forNintendo DSdeveloped by n-Space.[1] Announced on April 30, 2010, the game is the seventh installment of the Call of Duty series. It is also the first to be set in the Cold Warand the fifth to be set in World War II. It is the third in the series to be developed by Treyarch, and is a sequel to the developer's Call of Duty: World at War.[11]

Within 24 hours of going on sale, the game sold more than 5.6 million copies, 4.2 million in the U.S. and 1.4 million in the UK, breaking the record set by its predecessor Modern Warfare 2 by some 2.3 million copies.[12][13] A subtitled version was released in Japan on November 18, 2010. A Japanese-dubbed version was released on December 16, 2010. After six weeks on release, Activision reported Black Ops had earned $1 billion in sales.[14] On August 3, 2011, Activision confirmed that the game had sold over 25 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling game of all time in the US, UK and Europe.[15][16][17]On April 28, 2012, it was leaked that the sequel, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, will be released on November 13, 2012.[18]


GameplayEdit

[edit]OverviewEdit

Black Ops is a first-person shooter, retaining the same gameplay mechanics as previous Call of Duty titles. The player assumes the role of a foot soldier who can wield various firearms (only two of which can be carried at once), throw grenades and other explosives, and use other equipment as weapons. A player close enough to an enemy can kill with one knife blow. A character can take three stances: standing, crouching or prone. Each affects rate of movement, accuracy, and stealth. The player can drop to the prone stance from the standing stance while running, and can momentarily sprint before having to stop. The screen glows red to indicate damage to a player's health, which regenerates over time. When the character is within the blast radius of a live grenade, an on-screen marker indicates where it is in relation to the player, helping the player to move away or to throw it back. Among the weapons new to the series in Black Ops arecrossbows with bolts and explosive ammunition, Dragon's Breathrounds and ballistic knives.

[edit]CampaignEdit

The player assumes the role of various characters during the single-player campaign, changing perspectives throughout the story. The playable characters are special forces operatives conducting black operations behind enemy lines. In this way, the player's characters have their own traits such as voices and shadows.[11] Each mission features a series of objectives that are displayed on the heads-up display, which marks the direction and distance towards and from such objectives. The player is accompanied by friendly troops throughout the game. Although primarily a first-person shooter, certain levels feature sequences where the player pilots a Hind helicopter and guides friendly troops from a SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft.[19][20][21] The campaign features several scripted cinematic moments. One of them is a bullet time effect during the "Victor Charlie" level, activated when the player fires toward the last enemy of a Viet Cong squad.[22]

[edit]MultiplayerEdit

[28][29]Players can customize their weaponry in the game, as seen with this customizedFAMAS.

The online multiplayer mode of Black Ops usually revolves around two teams on a specific mission. For example in Team Deathmatch the team with the most kills wins, while in Capture the Flag, players take the other team's flags and return it to their own base. Additionally, there is Free For All in which players aren't separated into teams.[23] Not including Downloadable maps, there are 14 different maps.[24]

Black Ops retains the experience points and unlockable reward system that has been kept since Call of Duty 4. The game's multiplayer focuses on socialization and customization.[11] "Create-a-Class 2.0" allows enhanced personalization with appearance items as well as upgradable perks;[20] weapons are extensively customizable with writing, emblems, attachments and camouflage painting. Evenreticles can be modified. There are more than one style for an attachment, which allows for a lot more personalized weaponry; for example, the player can choose between a red dot sight or a reflex sight, both of which share many of the same traits, although the red dot fills up less of the screen (something desired by many players). Character models depend on the first tier perk instead of the weapon's type. Furthermore, face paints can be unlocked.[25] New custom killstreak rewards include explosive R/C cars, guided missiles and controllable attack helicopters.[26]

A currency system has been implemented allowing players to buy weapons, accessories and clothes. Players can gamble with their "COD Points" in a free-for-all based playlist called "Wager Match", which is composed of four game modes.[27] Time limited objectives known as "Contracts" can be purchased to gain more currency and experience points.[25] The progression system is not featured in localsplit-screen multiplayer. In local split-screen play, all character customization options are already unlocked. Players can no longer define game rules such as win conditions.

Players can play alone or with friends against AI opponents in "Combat Training" with a separate progression system.[28] Online split-screen is re-introduced on Xbox 360 and PS3. The guest account can rank up but is reset after each sign out. Only on Xbox 360, a second Gold Xbox Live account can be used to keep the second player's progression.[29] Aside from the Combat Training mode, Xbox users can also have up to four players in split-screen mode play against AI opponents even without having an Xbox Live account. This is done by configuring the Local Split Screen settings and setting the number of enemies to a value greater than zero.[30]

For the first time in the series, clips from online gameplay can be recorded. Some specific features that have been removed from the PC version of Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2 return, such as lean,[31]mod tools, the developer console[32] and dedicated servers.[33]Dedicated servers are exclusively provided by Game Servers.[34]Steam is the exclusive platform for Black Ops on PC, and the game is protected by Valve Anti-Cheat.[35]

The Wii version of the game includes in-game voice chat. This is the first Call of Duty title to include the voice chat feature for the Wii. Nintendo and PDP have partnered to release the first headset to be used with the Wii known as PDP's Headbanger Headset.[36]

[edit]ZombiesEdit

A zombie cooperation mode, titled "Zombies", is included in the game. Originally featured in World at War, it was revamped to be included in Black Ops.[37] It is a four-player online and two-player split screen co-op mode (which can also be unlocked online). In the map "Five", players take the roles of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon,Robert McNamara, and Fidel Castro as they fight zombies at The Pentagon.[38][39] There is one map based on the original game calledKino der Toten ("Theater/Cinema of the Dead" in German). This map features the characters from World at War – Edward Richtofen the German, Tank Dempsey the American, Takeo Masaki the Japanese, and Nikolai Belinski the Russian. Limited editions of the game offer graphically-enhanced versions of the four zombie maps from World at War, featuring the newer weapons from the rest of the game.[40] There is an unlockable top-down, two-stick arcade-shooter version of Zombies known as Dead Ops Arcade.[41]

Included in the First Strike Map Pack is the Zombie map Ascension. Ascension takes place in an abandoned Soviet Cosmodrome, and like Kino der Toten, features the characters from World at War. Additionally, it includes two new weapons (the Gersch Device and Matryoshka Dolls), as well as two new perks (PhD Flopper and Stamin-Up), and one new power-up (the Random Perk Bottle).[42] A new enemy, the Space Monkeys, appear in this map, replacing the Hellhounds and the Pentagon Thief.[43]

Included in the Escalation Map Pack is the Zombie map Call of The Dead. Call of the Dead takes place in an abandoned part of the Siberian coast and centers around a shipwreck and lighthouse. This map features new characters, modeled after real-life film actors Danny Trejo, Robert Englund, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Michael Rooker.[44]The actors provided voices for the game. It includes new weapons (the Vr-11 and the Scavenger), and a new perk called Deadshot Daiquiri. Another new enemy, George Romero, replaces the Hellhounds, Pentagon Thief, and Space Monkeys of previous maps.

Included in the Annihilation Map Pack is the Zombie map Shangri-La. Shangri-La takes place in a jungle and once again features the World at War characters. It includes a new weapon (the 31–79 JGb215), new enemies (Shrieker Zombies, Napalm Zombies, and Zombie Monkeys which steal power-ups), and new traps and utilities such as a mine cart, waterslide, and Punji Spikes.

The fourth and latest map pack, Rezurrection, is made up of only zombie maps. The Rezurrection Map Pack includes the first 4 maps from Call of Duty: World at War (Shi No Numa/"Swamp", Nacht Der Untoten/"Night", Verruckt/"Asylum", Der Riese/"Factory") and a new map called "Moon."[45] Moon takes place on a fictional American moon base and features the original World at War characters. Moon is the largest Zombie map in Black Ops and features new weapons (Wave Gun and Quantum Entanglement Device), new enemies (Astronaut Zombies and Phasing Zombies), new equipment (Hacker and P.E.S.) and an extensive Easter egg. The Rezurrection pack allowed players who had not purchased the limited editions of Black Ops to gain access to the original maps.

[edit]SynopsisEdit

[edit]Characters and settingEdit

Main article: List of characters in Call of Duty: Black Ops[30][31]From left to right: Mason, Hudson and McNamara.

Call of Duty: Black Opstakes place during the Cold War, in the 1960s. The story focuses on the CIA-backed clandestine black operations carried out behind enemy lines. These missions take place in various locations around the globe such as the Ural Mountains in centralRussia, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Laos, Vietnam and the Arctic circle. The single-player campaign revolves around an experimentalchemical weapon codenamed "Nova-6".

The player mainly controls SAD/SOG special forces operative Alex Mason and occasionally CIA agent Jason Hudson, as well as other characters. Alex often works with fellow operatives Frank Woods and Joseph Bowman, while John teams up with Grigori Weaver, a Russian-born field operative. Viktor Reznov, a key character from the Soviet campaign in World at War returns. Its Russian protagonist Dimitri Petrenko also makes an appearance. Black Ops features several historical figures: Mason meets John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, and Fidel Castro.

[edit]PlotEdit

On February 25, 1968, SAD/SOG operative Alex Mason is strapped to a chair in an interrogation room. Unaware of his whereabouts, he is bombarded with questions by his unseen captors about the location of a numbers station. Most of the missions in the game are presented as the flashbacks of Mason between 1961 and 1968.

In 1961, Mason, Woods, and Bowman attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba as a part of Operation 40. Mason apparently succeeds in the assassination, but theirexfiltration goes awry, with Mason staying behind to protect the extraction plane. He is captured by the real Castro, having shot a double. Because of an alliance with the Soviet Union, Castro hands Mason over to General Nikita Dragovich. Mason is then held captive atVorkuta Gulag for two years. During his imprisonment, Mason befriends Viktor Reznov, a former Red Army soldier. Reznov recounts to Mason the identities of those involved in Mason’s torture: Dragovich, Lev Kravchenko (his right-hand man) and Friedrich Steiner, an ex-Nazi scientist who defected to the Soviet Union. All three share a connection to Reznov: in October 1945, Reznov, Dragovich, Kravchenko, and Dimitri Petrenko were a part of a unit sent to locate Steiner, hiding with a unit of the SS in the Arctic Circle. During the operation, Reznov was betrayed by Dragovich, who used Steiner's creation, a nerve agent known as "Nova-6" on Petrenko. Reznov was spared the same fate when British commandos attacked the Russians. During the confusion, he destroys Nova-6. However, it was later recreated by Steiner and a British scientist named Daniel Clarke for the Soviets. Shortly afterward, Reznov is imprisoned in Vorkuta. Mason and Reznov spark a prisoner uprising to escape the gulag, but only Mason escapes.

One month later, President John F. Kennedy authorizes the assassination of Dragovich.

In November 1963, Mason, Woods, Bowman and Weaver are dispatched to Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Kazakh SSR to disrupt the Soviet space program and eliminate members of the Soviet Ascension program, Nazis who had been given sanctuary in Russia in exchange for their knowledge. At the start of the operation, Weaver is captured and Mason sees Kravchenko torture him, stabbing his left eye, but Mason and his team later rescue him, while still destroying the Soyuz spacecraft as well. Dragovich eludes assassination, prompting Mason to search for him over the next five years. By 1968, the MACV-SOG was established in Vietnam to investigate the Soviets' presence. After defending Khe Sanh, the SOG is deployed toHue during the Tet Offensive to recover a dossier with information on Dragovich from a Russian defector. The team recovers the dossier, while Mason encounters Reznov, who is revealed to be the defector. The SOG then penetrates Laos to recover a Nova-6 shipment from a downed Soviet plane. At the crash site, they are overwhelmed by waves of Viet Cong and Spetznaz soldiers, eventually getting captured. Mason and Reznov escape, but Bowman is executed and Woods dies while killing Kravchenko.

Meanwhile, Hudson and Weaver interrogate Dr. Daniel Clarke, the engineer who stabilized Nova-6, in Kowloon. Clarke identifies Steiner as part of the conspiracy, and reveals the location of a hidden facility in Mount Yamantau before being killed by Dragovich's men. Hudson and Weaver head to Mount Yamantau to destroy the facility and apprehend Steiner. During the mission, Hudson receives a transmission from Steiner requesting to meet him at Rebirth Island in the Aral Sea to learn how to halt a numbers broadcast that would send instructions to sleeper agents to release Nova-6 gas in American cities. Mason and Reznov head to Rebirth Island to assassinate Steiner. In the present, Mason is adamant that Reznov executed Steiner, but Hudson had witnessed Mason carrying out the deed. At this point, Hudson and Weaver are revealed as Mason's interrogators. Hudson realizes that Dragovich brainwashed Mason to understand the numbers broadcasts, effectively becoming a Soviet sleeper agent. Out of options, Hudson deliberately sets Mason free in order to follow him. It is revealed that the real Reznov died during the Vorkuta break out, and Mason’s visions of Reznov are a result of a dissociative disordercaused by the traumatic brainwashing program. Reznov had, in fact, reprogrammed Mason to assassinate Dragovich, Kravchenko and Steiner instead of President Kennedy prior to the Vorkuta breakout. Hudson plays the numbers recording for Mason a final time, prompting him to remember the location of the Russian cargo ship Rusalka off the coast of Cuba.

By dawn, the team launches an assault on the Rusalka, with Mason and Hudson infiltrating an underwater broadcast station protected by the ship, a Soviet submarine station intended to be used as a staging point for US invasion after the planned Nova-6 attack. Confirming that the Rusalka is the numbers station, Hudson calls in the US Navy to destroy the ship and its underwater base. Mason and Hudson finally find Dragovich in the lower levels of the facility and manage to kill him before the destruction of the base, swimming for the surface during the destruction of the targets. Weaver declares victory, but Mason is unsure, haunted by his last conversation with Dragovich.

Archive footage of President Kennedy prior to his assassination are shown, with the broadcaster and Mason narrating random numbers. After a second play-through of the archive footage, Mason's appearance in the crowd, as well as Dragovich's final words, suggest that Mason followed his original programming.

[edit]DevelopmentEdit

In May 2009, publisher Activision was rumored to be looking for licensing regardingVietnam War-era music which led to speculation that Call of Duty 7would be set in Vietnam.[47] In May 2009, Treyarch employee David Kim revealed on his LinkedIn profile that he would work as a senior animator on Call of Duty 7.[48] In November 2009, only a few days before Modern Warfare 2's release, Activision officially announced a new Call of Duty title for 2010 through their third quarter financial call.[49] In February 2010, a casting call for Call of Duty 7 led to speculation that the game would be taking place during the Cold War era with some battles taking place in South Vietnam.[50] On April 30, 2010, Black Ops was officially announced.[5]

The game runs on an enhanced World at War engine (which itself was improved from Call of Duty 4's) at 60 frames per second on consoles.[51] It features a streaming texture technology (also seen inModern Warfare 2), making bigger levels possible such as "Payback" where the player controls a helicopter. Lighting effects have been improved as well.[52] Call of Duty: Black Ops supports 3-D imagingrendered by the engine itself.[53] This feature is available on the PC,PS3, and Xbox 360 versions.[54]

For Black Ops, Treyarch focused only on this game unlike past practice. However, it had different teams, each working on separate game modes.[55] Treyarch used a motion capture technology similar to the one used in James Cameron's film Avatar, which allows accurate facial expressions, capturing the whole performance of the actor.[7] The studio also consulted special forces veterans from both belligerents of the Cold War: Major John Plaster (US Army-Ret.) who served in the MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War, and former Soviet special forces operative Sonny Puzikas.[56] The latter taught Treyarch how Spetsnaz soldiers would react in combat, such as rolling out of the line of fire. Spetsnaz AIs in the game have been modeled after him, from his tactics and his movements to his face.[57][58] Although having a historical background, the classified aspect of these Cold War black operations allowed the studio to create its own fictional story.[59] The game also allows players to turn down the blood and turn off the profanity.[60]

[edit]AudioEdit

Black Ops features the voices of Sam Worthington as Alex Mason,[61] Ed Harris as Jason Hudson,[62] Gary Oldman reprises his role as Viktor Reznov from World at War and also voices Dr. Clarke,[61] James C. Burns voices and provides performance capture for Frank Woods[63][64] and Ice Cube voices Joseph Bowman, who is also the multiplayer announcer for the SOG faction.[65][66] Gene Farber voices Grigori Weaver,[67] Emmanuelle Chriqui plays a live-action character called Numbers,[68][69] Eamon Hunt voices Nikita Dragovich,[67] Andrew Divoff voices Lev Kravchenko and[67] Robert Picardo voices Secretary Robert McNamara.[67]

Call of Duty: Black Ops features Vietnam War era music including "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones[70] (played during a gameplay sequence and the credits) and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son".[71] Eminem's "Won't Back Down" (featuringPink) is used for the credits as well, and additionally appears as an Easter Egg in the Zombie map "Five". In the Call of the Dead zombie map the song "Not Ready to Die" by American heavy metal bandAvenged Sevenfold is featured as an easter egg.[72] The original music was composed by Sean Murray, who also composed Call of Duty: World at War. The soundtrack was released on November 9. The use of The Rolling Stones' music in the game has seen a significant increase in the band's music sales since launch. "Gimme Shelter" sold 2,000 copies in the week before the launch trailer was revealed, 5,000 the week after, and 11,000 the week after the game's release. "Sympathy for the Devil" experienced a similar boost as gamers discovered the band's music.[73]

[edit]MarketingEdit

Black Ops was first officially unveiled when the website for the game went live on April 30, 2010[5] prior to the release of its debut teaser trailer on GameTrailers TV Episode 310.[74] In early April 2010, an unmarked envelope was sent to various gaming news publications as well as high profile Call of Duty fans via mail. It contained a USB flash drive with sound and text files. These files were codes to be decrypted, only to find a mysterious teaser site for an unknown game. Other codes were updated periodically. Much evidence proving that the site is related to Call of Duty: Black Ops and Treyarch were found as the codes were decrypted.[75]

Similarly to Modern Warfare 2's marketing, the first full-length trailer ofBlack Ops was aired after the 3rd quarter on ESPN during the NBAEastern Conference Finals on May 18, 2010.[76] During E3 2010, studio head Mark Lamia opened the Microsoft conference by playingBlack Ops on stage.[77] It was also announced that the timed Xbox 360 exclusivity for additional content of Call of Duty titles, which began with Modern Warfare 2, extends until 2012.[78] A remixed version of the ESPN trailer with Eminem's "Won't Back Down" was released on June 14,[79] prior to the E3 Activision conference for which he also performed.[80] A multiplayer teaser trailer was released on August 9, 2010 revealing killstreaks, weapons, and other in-game multiplayer features. A full multiplayer reveal took place on September 1, 2010, and revealed many multiplayer features from the game.[81]

Chrysler produced a limited-edition Call of Duty Jeep as the Wrangleris featured in Black Ops.[82] In late September, viral site GKNOVA6 was updated revealing fuzzy footages of zombies.[83] On October 11, a single player trailer aired on ESPN during the New York Jets versusMinnesota Vikings NFL Monday Night Football game.[84] The same trailer was aired the next day in the United Kingdom at half time of theEngland versus Montenegro 2012 European Football Championshipqualifying game. On October 29, the official launch trailer was released online. The same trailer aired on October 31 during the New Orleans Saints versus Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Sunday Night Footballgame. The trailer features the song "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones.[85]

[edit]Retail versionsEdit

Like Modern Warfare 2, "Hardened" and "Prestige" limited editions are available: the Hardened Edition includes a SteelBook case, a medal with its display case, four exclusive co-op levels and an Xbox Live orPlayStation Home avatar outfit. The Prestige Edition offers, in addition to the Hardened Edition's content, a real RC-XD remote-control vehicle modeled after the in-game killstreak reward, which gives video and audio feedback to its controller.[86] In Japan, the game is distributed by Square Enix. Two versions are available: subtitled or dubbed,[87]released respectively on November 18, 2010 and December 16, 2010. Both have dismemberment censored.[88] Gore is censored as well in Germany in addition to the removal of "Sympathy for the Devil" and symbols considered "anti-constitutional" in the country.[70]

[edit]Downloadable contentEdit

Treyarch released the "First Strike" Map Pack on February 1, 2011 for the Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3 received the map pack on March 3, 2011 and the PC version was released on March 25, 2011 throughSteam.[89] The Map Pack includes additional maps that can be played in the Multiplayer. These maps include "Berlin Wall", "Discovery", "Kowloon" and "Stadium" and a map for the Zombie mode titled "Ascension" which takes place in a Soviet launch site.[90]

On April 11, 2011, a second map pack called "Escalation" was announced by Activison and Microsoft. It features 4 new multiplayer maps named "Zoo", "Hotel", "Convoy", "Stockpile" and one new zombie map named 'Call of the Dead'. This map is based on the movies by George A. Romero, the revolutionary epic-zombie-horror director. The trailer for this map shows the four playable characters:Danny Trejo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund and Michael Rooker. The name is a reference to the immensely popular Dead Series created and directed by Romero. The trailer also offers a sneak-peek of a zombiefied version of George A. Romero himself, lurking out of water. The map is set on a ship, with instead of Nazi zombies, shipcrew zombies. It was released on May 3, 2011 for the Xbox 360, June 2 on the PC and June 10 for the PlayStation 3.[91]

A third map pack called "Annihilation" was released for the Xbox 360 on June 28, 2011, and on July 28, 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and PC. It contains four new multiplayer maps named "Hangar 18", "Hazard", "Drive-In", "Silo", and a new zombie map named "Shangri La", which takes place in a legendary shrine lost in a exotic jungle.[92][93]

The fourth map pack, "Rezurrection" was released on August 23, 2011 for the Xbox 360 and September 22, 2011 on PlayStation 3 and PC. The Rezurrection Map Pack is made up of 5 only zombie mode maps. It includes the first 4 maps from Call of Duty: World at War (Shi No Numa/"Swamp", Nacht Der Untoten/"Night", Verruckt/"Asylum", Der Riese/"Factory") and a new map called "Moon." "Moon" will allow players to fight zombies in zero gravity with both the player and the zombies under zero gravity influence.[45]

[edit]ReceptionEdit

[edit]SalesEdit

Within 24 hours of its release, Black Ops had sold a combined total of 5.6 million units in the US and UK market, surpassing that ofModern Warfare 2 and establishing a new record for largest entertainment launch.[94] Compared to the much anticipated opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, the game earned more than twice as much as the film, earning $360 million.[95] Only five days after its release, sales from the game worldwide reached US$650 million, surpassing the previous record achieved by Modern Warfare 2 which earned $550 million in five days.[96] By November 22, the game remained the bestselling title in the United Kingdom, despite sales dropping by 85%.[97] Some estimates had placed sales of the game as reaching 18 million units sold, earning a revenue of $818 million. This would fall about 2 million copies and $182 million short of Modern Warfare 2.[98] By December 22, worldwide revenue ofBlack Ops exceeded $1 billion.[99][100] Sales remained strong months after the game's release, remaining at the top-seller list in February 2011.[101] On March 3, 2011 the news magazine The Hollywood Reporter also reported on the best selling video games ever. It announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops was the best-selling game ever in the United States of America.[102] It is currently the best-selling game of all-time in the United States, surpassing Wii Play; 13.7 million copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops have been sold in the United States alone.[103]

[edit]Critical responseEdit

[hide] Call of Duty: Black Ops
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS3) 88.14%[104](X360) 87.60%[105](Wii) 81.47%[106](PC) 78.19%[107](NDS) 73.09%[108]
Metacritic (PS3) 88/100[109](X360) 87/100[110](PC) 81/100[111](Wii) 80/100[112](NDS) 74/100[113]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com (PS3) A-[114](X360) A-[115]
Edge 7/10[116]
Eurogamer 8/10[117]
Famitsu 39/40[118]
Game Informer 9/10[119]
GamePro [120]
GameSpot 9/10[121]
GameSpy [122]
GamesRadar 9/10[123]
GameTrailers 9.3/10[124]
IGN (PS3) 8.5/10[125](X360) 8.5/10[126](PC) 8.5/10[127](Wii) 7.5/10[128]
Official Xbox Magazine 9.5/10[129]
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) 9/10[130]
VideoGamer.com 6/10[131]
X-Play [132]
PC Gamer 64/100[133]
The Escapist [134]
The Daily Telegraph 10/10[135]
The Guardian [136]
Destructoid 6/10[137]
Game Rant [138]
GamesWeasel [139]

Call of Duty: Black Opshas received generally positive reviews from critics. GameSpot awarded it 9.0 out of ten and wrote "Call of Duty: Black Opsbears the series' standard superbly, delivering an engrossing campaign and exciting competitive multiplayer."[121] Edgemagazine was less positive, giving it a 7/10, writing that "As polished and pretty and fun as Black Ops often is, it feels more like a yearly update than a sequel [which] isn't distinct from its predecessors in any important way".[140]Several reviewers also complained that the game felt too much like a rail shooter, with PC Gamerbranding it "barely interactive".[138][141][142][143]

Reviewers also noted that the PC version of the game was buggy and had "a number of frustrating problems", including a lag in multiplayer modes which for some players rendered the game almost "unplayable".[144][145][146]Players have also reported serious bugs with the PS3version, including compatibility issues with3D televisions.[147] PC World magazine noted that user reviews of the game were much less positive than those of critics.[148] As of November 12, 2010, three days after the release, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of the game held average user ratings of 3.1, 3.1, and 1.8 stars on Amazon.com, respectively (on a 1 to 5 scale),[149] with many PC users complaining about lag, stuttering and bugs.

In January 2011, to a player complaining about the remaining connection problems for the game on PlayStation 3, an Activisioncustomer service representative threatened that they could shut down the servers for the game for the PlayStation Network at any time.[150][151][152] After some days and following some game media heat,[153] Dan Amrich, Activision Social Media Manager, declared that even if they could kill the servers, they did not plan currently to do it.[154] The Daily Telegraph praised Black Ops as a superb experience of gameplay, "the meaty kick of the guns, the blistering pace of the action and the sterling soundtrack of explosions, gunshots and whistling bullets all serve to quicken the player's pulse and tighten their grip on the controller",[135] and mentioned, it is beyond the overwhelming, chaotic action in the game's major gun battles, offers among other things, a stealthy infiltration of a substation in the snow-capped steppes, in which the slow down in action is compensated for by nail-shredding tension and creepy atmosphere.[135]

Official Nintendo Magazine awarded the Wii version 90% and said "Black Ops on Wii is a fantastic shooter packed with all the features of its HD brothers, with the only exception being split-screen multiplayer."[155] Martin Gaston at videogamer.com gave the Wii version 6 out of 10, complaining of Treyarch's reworking of in-game sequences as movies, poor AI, and gameplay problems from lower-resolution graphics.[131]

In February 2011, the Xbox 360 version was named the Xbox Live's top title of 2010 by GameSpot.[156]

[edit]ControversyEdit

Cuba has condemned the release of the game as it has special forces trying but failing to kill a young Fidel Castro, killing instead a body-double.[157][158] The website Cubadebate said the game "encourages sociopathic attitudes of American children and adolescents, the main consumers of these virtual games".[157][159][160] Adam Biessener questioned events depicted in the single-player campaign stating that they push "the lines of good taste."[161] Specifically noted was the scene depicting the torture of a restrained prisoner.[161] In Germany, the uncensored version was expected to be banned by the end of November due to graphic violence. The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons received an "urgent request" to ban all international versions of the game.[162]

[edit]Mobile phone versionEdit

Black Ops was also released for both mobile phones andsmartphones.[163] This version is a third-person side-scrolling shooter. It features a different storyline, a different set of characters, and is set only in the Vietnam War in 1967. The game was developed by Glu Mobile and published by Activision.[163][164]

Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3Edit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Images-4
Official box art
Developer(s) Infinity Ward

Sledgehammer Games Additional work by:[show]

Publisher(s) Activision

Square Enix (Japan)[1]

Distributor(s) Activision (retail)

Steam(online)

Designer(s) Glen Schofield

Michael Condrey

Writer(s) Paul Haggis

Will Staples[2]

Composer(s) Brian Tyler
Series Call of Duty
Engine IW engine[3][4]
Version 1.16 (PS3)

1.11 (Xbox 360) 1.7.413 (PC)

Platform(s) Microsoft Windows

PlayStation 3 Xbox 360[5] Wii[6]

Release date(s) November 8, 2011[show]
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s)
Media/distribution Optical disc, download
System requirements

See Development section

GameplayEdit

Like its predecessors, Modern Warfare 3 is a first-person shootervideo game. Activision confirmed at Gamescom 2011, that Modern Warfare 3 on the PC has dedicated servers support.[14]

CampaignEdit

The player assumes the role of various characters during the single-player campaign, changing perspectives throughout the progression of the story, which, like its predecessors, is divided into three sets of missions called "Acts". Each mission in an act features a series of objectives that are displayed on the heads up display, which marks the direction and distance towards and from such objectives. Damage to the player is shown by the percentage of blood splatter shown on the screen. The player's health regenerates over time. Mission objectives vary in their requirements, ranging from having the player arrive at a particular checkpoint, to eliminating enemies in a specified location, to standing their ground against enemy squadrons, manning mini-guns and other weapons, and planting explosive charges on an enemy installation. Some of these objectives can be failed, and may or may not hinder progression of the story. The player is also accompanied by fellow soldiers who cannot be issued orders.

CooperativeEdit

Modern Warfare 3 features a new mode, called Survival Mode. This game mode features one or two players fighting endless waves of enemies, with each wave becoming increasingly difficult. Despite being much compared to the World at War Nazi Zombies mode, enemies do not spawn at fixed locations like the zombies do; instead, they appear at tactical positions based on the current location of the player. The mode is available on all multiplayer maps in the game. Players earn cash for items such as weapons, upgrades, ammo, air/ground support and equipment.[15][16] Special Ops also returns from Modern Warfare 2. These challenge missions feature up to 48 stars, unlike its previous installment, which featured 69. Some weapons in Spec Ops are exclusive to that game mode, and are not available for play in Multiplayer mode.[17]

MultiplayerEdit

[32][33]The new "Recon Juggernaut" Pointstreak reward in Multiplayer Mode.

The entire Killstreak reward system has been revamped. Killstreaks are now known asPointstreaks, and kills are no longer the only way to increase the player's pointstreak. Completing objectives such as planting the bomb in Search and Destroy or capturing a flag in Capture The Flag awards points towards the player's Pointstreak. Pointstreak rewards are organized into three different "strike packages" called Assault, Support, and Specialist.

The Assault strike package works the same as the Killstreak reward system in Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops: the player must earn more and more points without dying. Once the player is killed, his or her points are reset to zero. Likewise, the Specialist strike package rewards players with perks after every second consecutive kill. Upon death, however, the player loses all the perks and the points are reset to zero. In contrast, the Support strike package are awarded based on the total points that the player has earned over the entire match, regardless of how often the player dies. It is important to note that if a player switches to a custom class with a different reward system (either assault or specialist) during game play, all points are automatically reset to 0.[18] Players are allowed to choose which Pointstreak rewards they want to use when they gain it during the match, rather than choosing them between rounds.

Along with revamping the entire Killstreak reward system, Modern Warfare 3 also has a completely modified Ranking and Unlocks system, which does not use a currency system for unlocks.[19] The player's primary weapon levels up alongside the player, and unlocks a number of "Proficiency" perks such as Attachments, (allows two attachments and is a successor to the "Bling" and "Warlord" perks),Kick (reduced recoil while aiming down the player's sight) and Focus(reduced flinching while under fire). Only one Proficiency can be put on a primary weapon.[20] Another new addition is the ability to equip "Hybrid Scopes" on a weapon, such as a Reflex Sight a magnifier similar to an ACOG on the same weapon, and the player can switch between the scopes.[20] Modern Warfare 3 introduces a new "Prestige Shop" which will unlock only after the player has selected the option to prestige for the first time. The "Prestige Shop" allows Prestige players to use tokens they gain from using the Prestige option to buy exclusive features such as double XP and an extra custom weapon class.[21]

Several controversial perks in Modern Warfare 2, accused of being overpowered, have been removed in Modern Warfare 3. Diving from standing to prone, known as "dolphin diving", has been removed due to balancing issues.[22] Modern Warfare 3 will utilize Treyarch's hot fix system to fix bugs and glitches.[23] Modern Warfare 3 features a local and online split-screen option.[24]

Several new game modes have also been added:


  • "Kill Confirmed" requires players to collect floating dog tags from the corpse of a downed enemy before the kill can be registered. However, the opposing team can pick up the dog tag as well to deny the other team of a kill.
  • "Team Defender" requires both teams to try to capture a flag dropped by the first person who gets killed when the match starts, and hold it to gain double points per kill while the team without the flag only gets the default amount per kill.

Private matches also now include pre-made game modes including: "Infected" (where the infected kills enemies to recruit them to their team), "Drop Zone" (where the player must hold a drop zone for points and care packages), "Team Juggernaut" (each team plays alongside an AI Juggernaut character), "Gun Game" (be the first to get one kill with every gun in the game), "One in the Chamber" (in which players are only allowed one pistol with one bullet and three lives where they can only get more bullets by killing other players), and "Juggernaut" (free for all against a juggernaut, kill the juggernaut to become it). Along with this, players are allowed to create their own game modes with customized settings such as number of players and time limit.[18]

Special OpsEdit

The Special Ops game mode from Modern Warfare 2 is present inModern Warfare 3, and includes new features which make it more repayable and similar to other game modes, such as Nazi Zombies from previous Call of Duty games, and Hordes from Gears of War. One of the changes makes it easier to unlock new Special Ops levels, which is good for casual players, but undesirable for those looking for a challenge. The two main Special Ops modes include one that is generally the same from the last Modern Warfare game, and a new wave based game where the player is inserted into a multiplayer map alone or with a single partner and defends an area against waves of enemies. Between waves, the players can buy support options with XP earned during each round.

Call of Duty: EliteEdit

Main article: Call of Duty: Elite

Call of Duty: Elite is a new free/subscription-based service developed by Beachhead Studios for the multiplayer portion of Modern Warfare 3(as well as the previous installment in the series, Black Ops). It was first showcased at E3 2011 and was released on November 8, 2011 to coincide with the release of Modern Warfare 3. The free version includes features such as lifetime statistics and social-networking integration. The subscription version is priced at $49.99 per year and includes monthly downloadable content, daily competitions with virtual and real life prizes, the ability to level up your clan, pro analysis and strategies, and more.[25]

Downloadable contentEdit

Main article: Downloadable Content in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Initially at the release of Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty's Eliteservice, premium members of the service were promised 20 pieces of downloadable content (DLC) over a 9 month period with content releases for each platform every month. This number was later increased to 22 in Call of Duty's official Elite Content Calendar.[26]

The DLC season began for Xbox 360 users on January 24, 2012 with the release of the first two Elite content releases, called Drops. The DLC season for the PlayStation 3 began a month later when the first two content drops were released on February 28, 2012. Drop 1 is a multiplayer map called "Piazza". Drop 2 is a multiplayer map called "Liberation".

Drop 3 is a multiplayer map which is similar to the "Highrise" map from Modern Warfare 2 called "Overwatch". Drop 3 was released on the Xbox 360 February 21 and on the PlayStation March 29.

Drops 4, 5 and 6 consisted of a multiplayer map and, two extra Spec Ops missions. Drop 4 is a multiplayer map called "Black Box" which takes place around a downed Air Force One. "Black Ice" is the first Spec Ops mission which adds the Snowmobiles back into the game.Drop 6 is another Spec Ops mission which consists of lots of "Breach and Clear" events throughout the mission which takes place in India. It was made available for Xbox 360 Elite users on March 13 and for PlayStation 3 on April 12.

The first full map pack, Content Collection 1, consisting of Drop 1through 6, became available for non-Elite on March 20 for Xbox 360. It will become available for PlayStation 3 and PC sometime in April.

Drops 7 and 8, both multiplayer maps, were released for Xbox 360Elite users on April 10. Drop 7 is called "Sanctuary", taking place in a Greek monastery, Drop 8 is called "Foundation", taking place in a concrete factory.

SynopsisEdit

CharactersEdit

Main article: List of characters in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

The game sees the return of former Task Force 141 Cpt. John "Soap" MacTavish (voiced by Kevin McKidd), former S.A.S. Cpt. John Price(Billy Murray) and Russian informant "Nikolai", who are on the run after killing the rogue U.S. Army Lt. General Shepherd, the main antagonist of the previous game. However, for most of the game, the player will control Yuri (Brian Bloom), an ex-Spetsnaz who joins Price on his hunt for Russian Ultranationalist leader Vladimir Makarov (Roman Varshavsky). Makarov returns as the game's primary antagonist,[27] and has a new contact named "Volk", a Russian bombmaker in Paris, France. Several new playable characters have been added, including: Delta Force operative Sgt. Derek "Frost" Westbrook; S.A.S. Sgt. Marcus Burns; and Andrei Harkov, a Russian federal security agent tasked with protecting the Russian President. Just like President Al-Fulani in the first game, Soap is only "playable" during the game's opening sequence; while Price becomes the player character in the game's final mission, Dust to Dust. The player also takes brief control of a civilian tourist in London, seconds before he and his family are killed by a chemical agent; as well as an AC-130 TV Operator during Team Metal's escape from Paris in the missionIron Lady.

New non-player characters (NPCs) include: Delta Force operatives "Sandman" (William Fichtner),[28] "Truck" (Idris Elba), and "Grinch" (Timothy Olyphant), who serve as Frost's squadmates. Captain MacMillan returns from Call of Duty 4 to provide the 141 with critical intelligence. Craig Fairbrass, who originally voiced the characters Gazand Ghost, returns to voice SAS operative Sergeant Wallcroft, who originally had a minor role in the first Modern Warfare.[29]

PlotEdit

On August 17, 2016, hours after killing General Shepherd, Captain Price and Nikolai evacuate a dying John "Soap" MacTavish from Site Hotel Bravo, Afghanistan. Soap receives medical attention in a safehouse run by Nikolai's Loyalist allies in Himachal Pradesh, India, but Vladamir Makarov's forces arrive in an attempt to kill the trio. After the doctor is shot down, Yuri, Nikolai's best soldier with a grudge against Makarov, gives Soap an adrenaline shot to keep his heart going, and helps to secures a safe route out of the country. Together, the four are all that remain of the now-disavowed Task Force 141. On the same day, World War III continues. The actions of Delta ForceTeam Metal—made up of Sgt. Derek "Frost" Westbrook, "Grinch", "Truck", and their C.O. "Sandman" (with whom Soap, Price, andGhost previously worked together with on Operation Kingfish three years ago to kill/capture Makarov)—facilitates the Russian army's withdrawal from the invasion of Lower Manhattan, New York. They destroy a jamming tower on top of the New York Stock Exchange, then hijack a Russian Oscar II submarine in the East River, in order to use its ordinance against its own fleet.

On October 4, 2016, Russian President Boris Vorshevsky announces plans to make peace with the United States at a summit in Hamburg, Germany. However, Makarov's men hijack Vorshevsky's plane and force it into a crash landing at the Hamburg tarmac. F.S.O. Agent Andrei Harkov attempts to secure Vorshevsky's safety, but is killed when Makarov appears inside what the F.S.O. mistake as the evac chopper. Makarov kidnaps the President, and plans to capture and torture his daughter Alena, to force the President to give Makarov access to the Russian nuclear arsenal.

Soap recovers from his wounds, and, with help from Yuri; and with intel from Price's former mentor and C.O., MacMillan; the 141 follow Makarov's trail to an arms transport in Sierra Leone, but are unable to intercept the cargo, which is distributed to Paris, Berlin, and London. A British S.A.S. unit, including Sgt. Marcus Burns and Sgt. Wallcroft, is sent in to deal with the cargo, but discover one of the transports to be a decoy. A piece of the real cargo, revealed to be a biochemical weapon from Fregata Industries, is detonated on a London street nearby, killing a young American family as it releases its toxic payload near Big Ben. The attacks pave the way for the Russian Armyto invade Europe, and Team Metal is deployed to Hamburg to rescue the U.S. Vice President from a hostage situation. Acting on intelligence supplied by Price, who had extracted it from a warlord in Somalia named Waraabe, they capture Volk, Russian bomb-maker and CEO of Fregata, in Paris. They then fight to an extraction point with the help of an AC-130 gunship, but the Eiffel Tower collapses into the river after a bombing run eliminates all Russian forces at the escape point.

Team Metal learns from Volk of Makarov's hiding at the Hotel Lustig inPrague, where he is about to call a meeting with his top advisors. Price's team infiltrates the locked-down city, meeting up with LoyalistKamarov, now an organizer of the Czech Resistance, to try to assassinate Makarov. Yuri and Soap take up sniping postitons from a church tower across from the hotel, but Kamarov himself is taken hostage and rigged with explosives. Price, who sneaks into the building, escapes the hotel just as Kamarov is blown up. Makarov reveals that he knows Yuri personally, by acknowledging him as his former "friend". Makarov then detonates rigged explosives in Yuri and Soap's overwatch spot. Soap and Yuri are not killed by the explosion, but the former is wounded from the height he'd fallen, causing his knife wound to reopen. Yuri helps him and escapes with Price to a resistance safehouse. As Yuri tries to help, Soap tells Price that Makarov and Yuri know each other before dying. After leaving his Colt M1911 pistol with Soap's body and taking Soap's journal and dog tag, an enraged Price punches Yuri down a staircase and holds him at gunpoint, demanding him to explain his connection with Makarov.

Yuri explains that he was a former Ultranationalist who befriended Makarov, both escorts of Zakhaev. They evacuated Zakhaev from the arms deal at Price's 1996 assassination mission; and witnessed Makarov's detonation of the nuclear bomb in the Middle East, killing 30,000 of Shepherd's Marines. Yuri, changed by the latter event, attempted to stop the massacre at the Zakhaev International Airport inMoscow 5 years later, but was found out, restrained and shot in the stomach by Makarov beforehand. Yuri's guilt convinces Price that they are fighting for the same thing, and the two keep their alliance.

After infiltrating Makarov's castle near Prague and learning of Vorshevsky's captivity, Price alerts Team Metal of an Ultranationalist plan to abduct Alena from a safehouse in Berlin. Team Metal is unable to prevent the kidnapping, but trace Makarov's Ultranationalists to aSiberian diamond mine. Together with Task Force 141 (minus Frost), they ensure the safety of President Vorshevsky and Alena, end the conflict between the United States and Russia, and clear the name of the Task Force 141. During extraction, Sandman, Grinch, and Truck stay behind to buy the evacuation chopper some time, but are killed when the mine collapses on them.

On January 21, 2017, three months after World War III, Price, Yuri, and Nikolai track Makarov to Hotel Oasis in the Arabian Peninsula. Price and Yuri assault the hotel with E.O.D. armor. As they enter the elevator to the hotel, a helicopter fires at them. When the two finally shoot the wings of the helicopter, it crashes into their elevator, igniting their armor on fire. Yuri rips off both of their now useless armor. Nikolai sends in another elevator to them and they both jump through it right before the other elevator collapses. As they arrive on the top floor, Makarov's escape helicopter approaches the hotel. With only 4 minutes left for Price and Yuri to kill Makarov, they press through the casino and the atrium to find him. The two attempt to shoot him but the atrium is hit with rockets from a helicopter. Price slides off the hotel but grabs a bar and pulls himself up. A falling pipe hits Yuri in the chest, severely wounding him. Yuri exclaims at Price to leave him and to go find Makarov. Makarov's helicopter leaves the helipad and Price jumps on to it. He throws both pilots out of the helicopter and crashes it back on the hotel. Makarov survives the impact and the two attempt to reach the gun between them. As Makarov is ready to kill Price, Yuri intervenes, leading to Makarov killing him instead. Enraged, Price tackles Makarov onto the floor. Price wraps a steel cable around Makarov's neck and hangs him by breaking him through the glass floor, ending the Ultranationalist movement. Price, landing on the atrium floor just below, pulls out a cigar and smokes it in front of Makarov's corpse as the police arrive, ending the story. A post-credits scene shows a picture from Operation Kingfish.

DevelopmentEdit

[hide]System Requirements
Requirements
Microsoft Windows[30]
Operating system Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 processor or better
Memory 2 GB RAM
Graphics hardware 256 MB Pixel Shader 3.0 or better (NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT/ATI Radeon X1950 or better)
Sound hardware DirectX 9.0c or later

A 2010 Q3 earnings call fromActivisionconfirmed that the eighth installment of the franchise was currently in development by Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software and due for release "during the back half of 2011". This was revealed to be Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, with the latter developers co-developing multiplayer.[31] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was known to be in development after a legal dispute between Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella and Activision resulted in the pair being fired from the company. Several dozen Infinity Ward employees followed West and Zampella as a result of the ongoing dispute, causing Activision to enlist the services of Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software to assist development of the title.[32] The game was said to have been in development since only two weeks after the release of their previous game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.[8] Also reported was that Sledgehammer was aiming for a "bug free" first outing in the Call of Duty franchise, and also set a goal for Metacritic review scores above 95 percent.[33] Modern Warfare 3 utilizes the MW3 Engine, unofficially the IW 5.0 Engine. Improvements include better streaming and audio.[34] Sledgehammer Games announced the game to be the first entry in the Modern Warfare series to have built-in support for color-blind gamers.[35]

The Official UK PlayStation Magazine lent credence to speculation that Modern Warfare 3 would be a prequel starring fan favourite character Ghost. The magazine's sources strengthened a rumor which first reared its head online early in January 2011. On the Rumor Machine page in its issue (055), OPM points to "insider whispers" which suggest: "Infinity Ward's next Modern Warfare title will be a prequel, with Ghost in the lead role."[36] According to PSM3, the first snippet of Modern Warfare 3 gameplay would be revealed in mid-April. According to the publication's May 2011 issue, insider rumors say "the next in Activision's megaton FPS series will be announced in mid-April".[37]

On May 13, 2011, video game website Kotaku revealed the existence of Modern Warfare 3 following a massive leak. According to Kotaku, this leak came from multiple sources who may or may not work at Activision and Infinity Ward. The leak contained thorough information about the game, confirming that it would be a direct sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, as well details regarding weapons, levels and modes found in the game.[38] In response to the leaks, Robert Bowling tweeted "A lot of hype & a lot of leaked info on MW3, some still accurate, some not. To avoid spoiling the experience, I'd wait for the real reveal." Just hours after the leaked assets appeared on Kotaku, four teaser trailers were released on the official Call of DutyYouTube page, separately titled "America", "England", "France" and "Germany", indicating the various locales of the game.[39]

MarketingEdit

On May 23, 2011, Activision released the first gameplay trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on YouTube ahead of its official premiere during the NBA Western Conference Finals.[40] On May 31, 2011, Activision announced Call of Duty: Elite, a new social service for theCall of Duty community to track and compare statistics, create videos and access premium content. The service is fully integrated into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and launched on November 8, 2011 to coincide with the game's release.[41] On June 6, 2011, at 11:00 AM (PDT), the first live gameplay demo of Modern Warfare 3 was presented by Robert Bowling and Glen Schofield at E3 2011. On June 14, 2011, 12:35 PM (EST), the first live gameplay demo of the new Survival Mode was played by Jimmy Fallon and Simon Pegg on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.[42] On August 9, 2011, the trailer for the new Survival Mode was released on YouTube.[43] On September 2, 2011, the multiplayer world premiere trailer was released on YouTube.[44] On September 3, 2011, another multiplayer trailer was released on YouTube showing off the heads-up display along with various weapons, perks, and killstreaks.[45] On October 6, 2011, a second full-length cinematic trailer was released.[46] On October 22, 2011, the launch trailer was released.[47]

On July 19, 2011, UK distributor Lygo's unveiled a range of Turtle Beach Ear Force Modern Warfare 3 gaming headsets that launched in November 2011. The headsets are distinguished by custom audio presets designed by the audio teams at developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games "in order to provide the ultimate immersion into the cinematic world of Modern Warfare 3".[48] On August 24, 2011, Activision revealed the official Modern Warfare 3 sunglasses. TheseCall of Duty-branded glasses come from technology eyewear manufacturer GUNNAR – in a licensed partnership with Activision – and join its "Advanced Gaming Eyewear" line. They come with a limited edition Modern Warfare 3 carrying case and cleaning cloth. The product is sold exclusively in North America at Best Buy retail locations and at select European retailers.[49] Microsoft released two limited-edition Modern Warfare 3-themed accessories on October 11, 2011, a wireless controller and a wireless headset.[50] On September 29, 2011, Munitio announced a partnership with Activision in order to make a special edition Modern Warfare 3 9 mm "billet" earphone featuring the Modern Warfare 3 logo, among other things. The earphones were available for pre-order and were released on October 23, 2011.[51] On October 18, 2011, Logitech announced a partnership with Activision in order to make a special edition Modern Warfare 3mouse and keyboard which feature many things, including the Modern Warfare 3 logo.[52]

On September 2, 2011, Jeep announced a partnership with Activision for the second year in a row, to make a special edition Modern Warfare 3 Jeep based on the Wrangler Rubicon model. The Jeep comes with various features including the interior and exterior being designed with a Modern Warfare 3 theme. Jeep dealers started selling this model in November 2011.[53]

On August 24, 2011, the PepsiCo-owned brand Mountain Dewofficially announced on their Facebook page that they would be promoting the game with their "Game Fuel" soda variants, which would be cherry-citrus-flavored (the original Game Fuel that promotedHalo 3 in 2007 and brought back in 2009 to promote World of Warcraft) and Tropical-flavored (a new flavor that was tested by 500 Dew Labs members). The drinks feature codes to give the player double experience points in-game for a limited time depending on the size of the drink.[54] Another PepsiCo-owned brand, Doritos, are promoting the game with their "Cool Ranch" and "Nacho Cheese" flavors and also follow the same rules as the Mountain Dew promotion. Both promotions started on October 10, 2011 and ended on December 31, 2011.[55] In Australia, 500 ml cans of V Energy Drink have been branded with the Modern Warfare 3 logo, along with a branded code which can be used for downloads and previews.[56]

To promote the game, Activision held a two-day event called Call of Duty: Experience 2011 (Call of Duty: XP for short) which took place inLos Angeles from September 2–3, 2011. It featured many things including the reveal of the new multiplayer which attendees were able to play for the first time. In addition, all attendees received the Hardened Edition for free as a gift for attending.[57] At a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 VIP party in Amsterdam, Dutch porn star and avid fan of the series Kim Holland was originally invited to attend the event until she was suddenly uninvited when Activision discovered her profession. In her blog, she shared her opinion and feelings towards Activision's sudden decision: "People murdering people is neat, [...] but love-makers are dirty?" she wrote. Activision did not respond to any comments about the subject.[58]

Activision had planned to set up an official website to promote the game, however the domain name "ModernWarfare3.com" had already been taken and was used for an anti-Call of Duty website and redirecting users to Electronic Arts's game Battlefield 3. Activision filed a lawsuit against the site with the National Arbitration Forum costing US$2,600.[59] On September 8, 2011, Activision won the lawsuit and acquired the rights to the domain name.[60] In November 2011, actors Jonah Hill and Sam Worthington (who voiced the main character Alex Mason in Black Ops), and NBA athlete Dwight Howardstarred in commercials advertising the game.[61]

ReleaseEdit

Two weeks before the release of the game, it was reported that half of the PC version had been uploaded online after being stolen from a warehouse in Fresno, California. Investigators working on behalf of Activision have been searching torrent websites for traces of the game as well as visiting people who had downloaded a copy across the United States and requesting that they remove it or they will face a fine of US$5000.[62]

As early as late October, reports were already surfacing about copies being sold early to people with gameplay videos uploaded online.[63]On November 3, 2011, it was reported that copies of the game were already being sold early in the United States. K-Mart had already started selling copies of the game before its scheduled release date with copies already appearing on eBay and Craigslist. This was due to an error made by one the shipping companies that told K-mart to sell copies of the game immediately after receiving the shipments. However, Activision contacted K-mart about this and had the issue resolved.[64]

French site TF1 News reported that a truck suffered a collision with a car on November 6, 2011 in Créteil, south Paris, before two masked individuals emerged from the car. The criminals reportedly used tear gas to neutralise the truck drivers before hopping in and making off with the video game shipment said to be worth 400,000 Euros. A separate report said the truck contained a delivery of 6000 copies ofModern Warfare 3.[65]

Shortly after the game's release, a man from Aurora, Colorado who did not receive a copy of the game at his local Best Buy, despite pre-ordering it, claimed to be so angry that he "could blow this place up". He was also reported as having threatened to shoot employees once they left the store. Lomon Sar, age 31, was issued a citation and court summons by police responding to the disturbance.[66]

Retail versionsEdit

[34][35]The contents of the Hardened Edition for Xbox 360.

Modern Warfare 3 was released in two different retail versions across thePlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms: Standard and Hardened. The standard version consists of the game and an instructional manual, and is the only version available for the Microsoft Windows platform. Contents within the Hardened Edition include the game disc with "unique art", one year membership to Call of Duty: Elite, "special founder status" on Call of Duty: Elite which includes an exclusive in-game emblem, playercard, weapon camouflage, clan XP boost, and more exclusive benefits, premium collectible Steelbook case, exclusive animated timeline theme for PS3 only, exclusive Spec Ops Juggernaut Xbox Live avatar outfit for Xbox 360 only, and a limited edition, collectible field journal, which chronicles "the entire saga with 100+ pages of authentic military sketches, diagrams, and written entries."[67]

Robert Bowling of Infinity Ward confirmed that there will be no Prestige Edition of Modern Warfare 3. In the past, the Prestige editions of previous Call of Duty games have included physical items such as a remote-controlled car for Black Ops, and a pair of night vision goggles and a life-sized plastic head to put them on for Modern Warfare 2.[68]

On August 19, 2011, UK retailer Game announced an Intel Pack ofModern Warfare 3. It comes with a British special forces avatar for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, as well as a Brady strategy guide.[69] On September 3, 2011, Activision and Microsoft jointly announced a special, limited Modern Warfare 3 version of the Xbox 360 with a 320GB hard disk. The unit is designed by the Call of Duty team and includes two custom wireless controllers, a copy ofModern Warfare 3 and features custom sounds when the console is turned on/off or when the disc tray is ejected. A one month subscription to Xbox Live Gold is also included, as well as exclusive avatar items.[70]

Sales and revenueEdit

Activision has said that it believes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3day-one shipments were the largest for any game ever. "The record number of pre-orders from Modern Warfare 3 drove the largest day-one shipments in our history, and in the industry's history," said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg during an earnings call on November 8, 2011. Hirshberg said more than 1.5 million people queued at 13,000 shops at midnight on Monday to buy Modern Warfare 3, "making it the largest retail release in Activision's history and in the industry's history".[71]

Activision reported sales figures for Modern Warfare 3 in the U.S. and UK being more than 6.5 million copies sold on launch day and grossed $400 million in the US and UK alone in its first 24 hours, making it the biggest entertainment launch of all time.[72] It is the third year in a row that the Call Of Duty series has broken the same record. 2010's Black Ops grossed $360 million on day one; in 2009, Modern Warfare 2 brought in $310 million.[73] Activision Blizzard president and CEO Robert Kotick stated that "the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time in any medium, and we [Activision] achieved this record with sales from only two territories."[11]

The title grossed more than $775 million globally in its first five days of availability, exceeding the $650 million record set by 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops and the $550 million one achieved by 2009's Modern Warfare 2.[74] To be exact, it has beaten theatrical box office, book, and video game sales records for five-day worldwide sell-through in dollars.[75]

Modern Warfare 3 went on to gross $1 billion throughout the world in 16 days of availability, beating Avatar's record of 17 days, according to Activision.[76]

According to NPD Group, Modern Warfare 3 was November's biggest selling game of the month in the U.S. Modern Warfare 3 sales surpassed first-month sales of 2010′s Black Ops by 7 percent, and sales for November sit at around the 9 million unit mark.[77][78]

Modern Warfare 3 topped the UK video game sales chart in its first week, becoming the biggest video game launch in history by revenue.[79] By November 21, 2011, the game remained the bestselling title in the United Kingdom, despite sales dropping by 87%.[80] Modern Warfare 3 held the top spot on the UK charts for a third week and fourth week running.[81][82] It was replaced by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in its fifth week on the market.[83]

The PS3 version of Modern Warfare 3 also topped the Japanese chart in its first week on sale, shifting 180,372 copies, while the Xbox 360 version sold around 30,000.[84]

ReceptionEdit

[hide] Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (X360) 88.34%[85](PS3) 88.10%[86](PC) 81.87%[87](Wii) 69.25%[88]
Metacritic (X360) 88/100[89](PS3) 88/100[90](PC) 79/100[91](Wii) 70/100[92]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A- [93]
Game Informer 9/10[94]
GameSpot 8.5/10[95]
GameTrailers 9.3/10[96]
IGN 9/10[97]
Official Xbox Magazine 9.5/10[98]
The Daily Telegraph [99]
Giant Bomb [100]
Joystiq [101]

Modern Warfare 3 has received generally positive reviews. The Daily Telegraph gave the game's Xbox 360 version 5 stars out of 5, stating that even as "the series has always been renowned for elements like the excellent sound design, the gloss, polish and compulsion of its gameplay," it is "a game that not only lives up to the brand hype but exceeds it. A game where the mass appeal is justified, and the expectations are met."[99]IGN gave the game's Xbox 360 version a 9.0 out of 10.0, pointing out that the game offers "great multiplayer, [a] fun campaign, tons of content, but [also] a forgettable story."[97] GameSpot qualifies its review, stating that "the series' signature thrills have lost some of their luster. Modern Warfare 3iterates rather than innovates, so the fun you have is familiar", but concludes its review by affirming that "fortunately, [the game is] also utterly engrossing and immensely satisfying, giving fans another reason to rejoice in this busy shooter season".[95] Eurogamer gave the game an 8/10 noting that its a "ferocious and satisfying game that knows exactly what players expect, and delivers on that promise with bullish confidence" but with "an outmoded single-player campaign".[102]

The Wii version of the game has not gotten as positive reviews. IGN rated it only a 4.5 out of 10, blaming the lacking graphics and poor friend code system for bringing it down.[103]

Despite favorable reviews, the reception from the audience has ranged from mixed to negative, with Metacritic having aggregated scores of 3.2/10 on the Xbox 360 version, 2.9/10 on the PS3 version, 2.2/10 on the PC version, and 1.6/10 on the Wii version. [104][105][106] Many users felt Modern Warfare 3 was too similar to the game's predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.


AwardsEdit

At the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards, Modern Warfare 3 received the Best Shooter award.[107] On the other hand, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw of Zero Punctuation listed it and Battlefield 3 as the worst games of 2011, "not for what they are, but for what they represent"[108]

Call of Duty:Black Ops 2Edit

Call of Duty: Black Ops II
275px-Black Ops 2 UK Pre-order boxart
Developer(s) Treyarch
Publisher(s) Activision

Square Enix (Japan)

Writer(s) David S. Goyer
Composer(s) Jack Wall
Series Call of Duty
Engine Black Ops II engine(Modified Call of Duty: Black Ops IW 3.0 engine)[1]
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows

PlayStation 3 Xbox 360

Release date(s) November 13, 2012[2][3][4]
Genre(s) First-person shooter

Real-time strategy

Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is an upcoming first-person shootervideo game, developed byTreyarch and published byActivision (Square Enix for Japan), to be released on November 13, 2012 for Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 3, andXbox 360.[2][3][4]Black Ops II is the ninth game in the Call of Dutyfranchise of video games and a sequel to the 2010 game Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Black Ops II is the first game in the Call of Dutyfranchise to have a completely futuristic setting and feature future warfare technology. It also presents branching storylines driven by player choice for the first time in the franchise's history.

SynopsisEdit

Characters and SettingEdit

The single-player campaign will feature two connected storylines, one set in the 1970s through 1980s and the other in 2025. The protagonist of Black Ops, Alex Mason returns as the protagonist in the Cold War section, where he will be fighting in proxy wars for the United States in the Cold War. Known locations for this section of the game include multiple sites in Central America and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. This section of the game will also see the rise to infamy of the game's primary antagonist, Raul Menendez.[5] Mason's friend and colleague Frank Woods will also return (in spite of the fact he was seemingly killed in Black Ops), and narrate the story into the 2025 section of the game.

The 2025 section of the game features as a protagonist David Mason, son of Alex Mason.[6] In it, a new cold war has broken out betweenChina and the United States after China bans the export of rare earth elements following a cyberattack that cripples the Chinese Stock Exchange.[7] In this era, war is defined by robotics, cyberwarfare,unmanned vehicles and other modern technology.[5] Taking advantage of this stand-off, Raul Menendez attempts to bring the two powers to a full-blown war by inciting conflicts between the two. Known locations for this section of the game include Los Angeles, Singapore andSocotra, Yemen.

In the 2025 section of the game, the player will have access to special 'Strike Force missions', that feature permanent death and the outcome of which can affect the course of the campaign's storyline.

It has been hinted at that the side-plot of Viktor Reznov and his relationship with Alex Mason, which began in Black Ops, will be continued in Black Ops II.[6]

Strike Force missionsEdit

Black Ops II will be the first Call of Duty video game to feature branching storylines, in which the player's choice affects both the current mission and in turn, the overall course of the story. The game will feature special 'Strike Force' missions that are offered as a choice to the player during the campaign. Choosing one of the missions locks out the others unless the player begins a fresh campaign.[6]

Strike Force missions allow the player to control a number of different war assets, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, jet fighters and robots. If the player dies in a Strike Force mission, the campaign continues recording that loss, as opposed to letting the player load a previously saved checkpoint. The player's progress in the Strike Force missions may go on to change even the plans of the story's antagonist, Raul Menendez.[6] By the end of the game, the player may have changed the results of the new Cold War, and the player will be shown what could have gone differently.

ZombiesEdit

Treyarch has confirmed that the Zombies mode will return for Black Ops II with its own campaign. Its predecessors were Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops. This is the third time for the Zombies mode to appear in a Call of Duty game, and the first time to have its own campaign along with the main story. Treyarch has also confirmed that Zombies will implement the multiplayer engine, allowing for a deeper community experience along with new game modes. It has also been confirmed that the Zombies mode will support 8 player co-op, unlike Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops, which only support 4 player co-op.

DevelopmentEdit

Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick stated on November 8, 2011 that a new Call of Duty game was in development for a 2012 release and will be the newest installment in the franchise.[8] The game was officially confirmed by Activision during its fourth-quarter earnings call on February 9, 2012, and promised that it will feature "meaningful innovation" for the series.[9][10]

Internal leaksEdit

Reports of Black Ops 2 surfaced following a product page for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 appeared Amazon France before quickly being taken down in February 2012. No information has yet been released by Activision, but Gameblog claimed that Activision demanded it remove its original report too.[11] When it refused to do so, the publisher cut off GameBlog from ad support, review game mailings and future Activision events for refusing to comply.[12] Later Activision denied Gameblog’s claims that it has been blacklisted.[13] Around the same time, computer game artist Hugo Beyer also listed "Black Ops 2" as his current project in his Linkedin CV, before his LinkedIn page was taken down.[14] Beyer is an artist working for Nerve Software, "a Dallas-based independent developer" which has "helped" with previous Activision games including, Black Ops in 2010.[15] A "Black Ops 2" trademark by Activision was spotted January 2012.[16] Further Black Ops 2 was listed by the France international entertainment retail chainFnac in March 2012, which touted a predictable November release date.[17]

On April 9, 2012, an image was leaked from a URL on the official Call of Duty website, which leaked the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 logo, as well as a reveal date of April 28, 2012. The URL was later removed.[18]On April 18, 2012, Kotaku received an image from "a retail source", which showed a teaser poster that lacked a game title but had clear nods to Black Ops and a May 2 date that seemingly points to a reveal.[19] On April 27, 2012, an image containing two Target pre-order cards sent by IGN reader Richard confirmed the game's title and release date. The cards clearly display the Call of Duty: Black Ops IIlogo, and the release date November 13, 2012.[20][21]

RevealEdit

On April 23, 2012, Activision redesigned CallofDuty.com to announce that the game will be revealed on May 1, 2012 during the NBA playoffs on TNT.[22] The art featured on the site matches up perfectly with the supposed retailer leak received by Kotaku.[23] However, parts of the official website went live hours prior to the announcement, which revealed the title, confirmed the release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and the "21st Century Cold War" setting.[24] Activision had hinted that the game may eventually become available for Nintendo's own consoles, although has no official announcements for the time being.[25] As promised by Activision, the preview for the game was revealed in the form of a YouTube trailer that detailed the futuristic setting, the characters carried over from the previous games, and the conflict.[26] After the game was revealed, the preorder rates on the game set records three times higher than for the preorders of the first Black Ops.[27] Several critics have noted the trailer's similarities to that of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.[28][29][30]