Call of Duty 4: Modern Borefare 2 (NSFW)

Alright, here’s the thing: after spending time with this game I’ve come to realize war shooters just aren’t for me. It’s not that this game is bad. It’s just not for me. I really couldn’t care less about who’s invading who or reenacting some famous battle. Because this was called “modern warfare” I thought I had a better chance of liking it. Nope, less likely actually.

The more I played, the more bored I became. The campaign never interested me, and I never had a moment that was breathtaking and worth talking about. I kept playing, thinking that maybe I just don’t get it or that there was something I was missing but I never got it. There was never an AHA! moment that pulled me in.  Instead, what I got was a waste of time and loss of 15 hours I’ll never get back. Other than the story being more modern and fictional, I just kept feeling like I’ve played this story before, and I didn’t like it the first time. Ssnnnooozzzeeee.

It seemed like the game created over-the-top moments just because.  For example, early on when you are climbing the ice using the ice picks and you have to jump across the gap and catch yourself, obviously you can’t really make that jump and you are going to miss every time.  So when you go for it the game creates false drama by having you slide and then be helped up, all of which you really have no control over.  Clearly, I was never in any real danger of falling and dying.

Read about my multiplayer experience after the break

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This episode Not Judas makes his podcast debut and talks with Cool-C and Neutrally Chaotic talk about what he’s playing and his favorite games. We also talk about games that deserve a sequel as well as series that need to die. There is talk about Mass Effect 2, Gitaroo Man, Dragon Age: Origins, Earthbound, Morrowind, Oblivion, Modern Warfare 2, Final Fantasy X and DJ Hero with a few others mixed in.

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Modern Warfare 2: How Many Times Can Duty Call?

I’ve played all the Call of Duty titles since the original on the PC.  I don’t count the spin off titles, and neither does Infinity Ward obviously, since they weren’t numbered titles, or else Modern Warfare 2 would be Call of Duty 534. If you’ve been living under a rock, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is huge. Bigger than the Beatles, bigger than Jesus (or at least Passion of the Christ), bigger than sliced bread, nothing can stop this juggernaut.

Nothing, it seems, except for Infinity Ward’s own smugness, which oozes out of every bullet hole in the single player game.

Sure, this game is fun. There are moments that are memorable, and there are moments that will keep you in that sweet spot of frustration. You’ll die, scream at the TV (especially if you’re playing on veteran or hardened mode), and repeat. Infinity Ward has provided plenty of quotes for you to memorize as you wait for the game to reload from the last checkpoint. If you want to just see what happens with the story, I recommend not playing at the harder difficulties unless the game suggests for you to do so.

And of course a lot of people will want to play Call of Duty for the story. After all, Infinity Ward has proven time and time again that they can tell a great story. That’s what separated the first and second Call of Duty titles from all the other World War II games back in the day. But let me tell you now, folks, this story is over the top ridiculous. It essentially takes the almost-plausible storylines from the last six Call of Duty titles, douses them in gasoline, lights them on fire, and pisses on their ashes. It then proceeds to do profane things to the pee-soaked ashes, which I do not care to discuss—that’s how ridiculous Modern Warfare 2’s storyline is.

Infinity Ward must have been on a James Bond binge when they wrote the script to Modern Warfare 2. In fact, some of the James Bond movies have more plausible scripts. Remember Moonraker? That movie was more realistic. I know that’s hard to believe, but here’s some of the story’s dumber elements (SPOILER ALERT after the break):

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