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Modern Warfare is a series which is far smarter than it has to be and often gets far less credit than it deserves. The premise is, five years after the events of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the Ultranationalists have won the civil war against the Loyalists. They have lionized Imran Zakhaeve and raised him up as a martyr to the cause despite the fact he was a monstrous psychopath. The Ultranationalist-ruled government isn't pressing its advantages against the West, however, which has offended the hardliners.
|War in the suburbs has never been so fun or serious.|
It falls to Task Force-141, now including the SAS group from the first game, to see if they can bring a quick but decisive end to the war. Along the way, there will be betrayals, revelations, and heartbreaking deaths along with much-much shooting.
The campaign mission of the game is quite entertaining and is an excellent example of "show, don't tell" storytelling. There's almost no cutscenes in the entire game but what few exist are all extremely concise and manage to get the plot across very quickly. The Call of Duty franchise has always been very visual and, were this a movie series, would be an extremely good one for its cinematography.
|It's like 1812 all over again!|
Even if you're deeply suspicious of nationalism in general and jingoism in particular, it's hard not to be moved seeing Washington D.C, in flames. I was reminded, strongly, of the scenes of a burnt-out Capital Wasteland in Fallout 3. You sympathize with the soldiers who want to retaliate and burn down Moscow in revenge but nothing is going to be accomplished by that other than continuing the endless cycle of war. It's a surprisingly effective anti-war game despite being a very effective war game.
|A more misunderstood level there has never been.|
|Not the most memorable level but one of the most fun.|
As for Makarov, himself, we don't get to see enough of him outside of the Terminal Massacre to really get to know him this time. That level, though, goes a long way to establishing his villainous identity.
There's little point about talking about the game proper since everyone who is likely to buy it has but the graphics still stand up well, the Capital levels especially, and I very much enjoyed the sections making use of a Predator drone. The Special Operations missions are rather boring done solo and I would have appreciated a longer campaign (maybe an hour) rather than the extremely compressed one we got. The multiplayer is what made this game a record breaker in video game game history but that's not my bag so I have very little to add on it.
Either way, if you like shooting, this is a fun shoot-em-up with a good, albeit short (five-to-six-hours) story.