Author: Gil Alcaraz
At midnight on Nov. 10, approximately 400 Eagle Rock citizens stood outside the Eagle Rock Mall, anxiously awaiting their chance to purchase their copy of one of the most highly anticipated video games of the year: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Many of these people were dressed in their military attire in preparation for this first person shooter that is the sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (CoD4). As those 400 Eagle Rock locals walked away with their copy in hand, they would soon be playing one of the greatest games to date.
The Call of Duty franchise, known for its in-depth story mode, or campaign mode, as well as its recent popularity with the online multiplayer mode, continues to improve on these benchmark attributes with this sixth installment to the series, which has proven itself the best yet.
With amazing graphics and a compelling storyline, the campaign is definitely as good, if not better, than CoD4. The game is set five years after the ending of CoD4, during which time a group of Ultranationalists have taken over Russia. The player starts off as U.S. Army Ranger Private Joseph Allen who is recruited into a special task force, Task Force 141. Allen is assigned to go undercover to get close to one of the heads of the Ultranationalists, Vladimir Makarov.
In addition to Allen, the player also assumes the role of “Soap” McTavish, the main character in CoD4 as well as another member of Task Force 141, Gary “Roach” Sanderson. The game’s story is centralized around an interaction between the Russians and the Americans. After the Russians set up the Americans as perpetrators of a terrorist attack, the Russians retaliate on American soil, waging terror in places such as
Washington D.C. and the White House.
While taking on many different roles, the player fights in a race against time to save America from a massive terrorist plan while bringing light to corruption within America’s elite fighting forces. With a plot full of twists, turns, surprises and unexpected deceptions, the game does a great job of keeping the player interested and wanting more.
The developer of the game, Infinity Ward, as well as its publisher, Activision, have both taken criticisms from previous Call of Duty titles and used them to make this title the best yet. For people who have played past titles online such as CoD4 or CoD: World at War, the Juggernaut perk, a way to boost your characters health, can be quite a pain. Infinity Ward was nice enough this time around to leave that perk out.
More notable features that many fans of the series will enjoy are less grenades being thrown and no more infinite re-spawns from the computer-controlled enemies during the single player campaign, no games being cut short due to the host quitting and a much larger array of weapons and attachments.
One of the most notable new additions to the game is the new mode, Special Ops. Much like the “Mile High Club” from CoD4, this new mode allows players to fight their way through different situations and tasks, such as sneaking past an entire enemy patrol in the snow or racing through a town crawling with enemies to defuse bombs, either alone or with a friend, giving the game a diverse, exciting new element. With over 20 different missions to choose from, all with three different difficulties, Special Ops is a great new addition that allows the player to get more out of the game than ever before.
With the new addition of Special Ops, an awesome campaign and the addictive multiplayer action that fans of the series know and love, this game is well worth purchasing. Call of Duty and its developers have done an outstanding job of listening to the gamers and taking into consideration their feedback, and as a result, have come out with one of the best video games to date.
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