You may not be a gamer, or you may not like Call of Duty for what it has become in recent years. No one can deny, however, that 10 years ago, the Modern Warfare series cemented Call of Duty’s position among the giants of gaming. And now, after re-releasing the first in the series, they ARE BACK! Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is soon to hit the major platforms, with upgraded graphics and sounds, while the PS4 version is available as we speak. What’s all the fuss about it? Without further ado, let’s explain why, in my humble gamer opinion, everyone should play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
The story is still fresh after all those years.
It’s been 11 years since CoD: MW2 released, and its story about the Russian invasion of the USA wasn’t exactly a new idea even back then. But there is much more to it than that. It’s a tale about sacrifice, kinship, honor, duty, family. I’ll try not to go into spoiler territory too much, but I promise you that my spoilers won’t take away from your experience. The memes on the internet may have already given you those spoilers either way. What I would compare the story to is a clock or a timer. You feel as if the clock’s ticking, you feel as if the world is on the brink of collapse.
Much like we’re faced with the current pandemic today. Mass murder in a Russian airport by an international terrorist makes it appear that the USA was responsible for the murder of thousands of people. Furious, Russia invades the US mainland. Meanwhile, military operations continue all around the globe, from the Middle East to Siberia to Brazil. Both the US military and the fan-beloved multinational operations team “Task Force 141” hunt the globe in search of Makarov, the terrorist who orchestrated the massacre. The plot sounds simple, but it’s intricate and the characters feel alive and breathing.
Speaking of characters…’ What the hell kind of name is Soap, ey?’
I realize that whoever reads this might not be a gamer, but you need to understand that most, if not all gamers associate the names “Soap” “Gaz” “Price” and “Ghost” with Call of Duty. They have become more than just characters. The characters of the MW series have become gaming icons. Why? Well, I’ll give you one quote from Captain Price.
‘The healthy human mind doesn’t wake up in the morning thinking this is its last day on Earth. But I think that’s a luxury, not a curse. To know you’re close to the end is a kind of freedom. Good time to take… inventory. Outgunned. Outnumbered. Out of our minds. On a suicide mission. But the sands and rocks here stained with thousands of years of warfare… they will remember us. For this. Because out of all our vast array of nightmares, this is the one we choose for ourselves. We go forward like a breath exhaled from the Earth. With vigor in our hearts and one goal in sight: *We. Will. Kill him.*’
Captain John Price, in more than one way, was like a Spartan father to me. I remember him saying once: “You need to trust someone to be betrayed. I never trusted him.” Then again, you have John “Soap” MacTavish. In the first game, you play some missions as him, but you never see his face. And when you finally see his face in the second game, you look at him through the eyes of a soldier he’s commanding. When I saw him, I went: ‘The guy I played for an entire game looks so cool.’ Not only did he look cool, but he WAS cool. Just like a cooler older brother. The father-son relationship between him and Price is…priceless (pun intended).
These guys are so awesome, they even rebooted the game in 2019, but giving the characters a different story.
I could go on and on about the characters, about Gaz, about Sheperd, about Makarov, about Yuri and Nikolai. But I’ll let you discover them for yourself. The fact that the characters you play as are mostly silent means you can take time and listen to everyone around you. Frankly, that’s some advice for real life as well.
You explore the whole planet.
While other games from other series or other Call of Duty games guide your hand through history and geography, none left an impact on me (geographically speaking at least), more than the Modern Warfare series. It’s iconic. You could wake me up at 3 AM and I would picture it. At the start of every single mission, the Globe spins around while a satellite tries to pinpoint your location. And then, it zooms to a city level or even closer. Rio, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaidjan, Czechia, the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, I could see the globe spinning right now.
And then, smoothly, the camera quickly swoops down and lands right in your eyes, and you load your gun. Then, in the corner of your screen, the name of the mission, the day, the hour, and the location is type-written, and then, disappear shortly afterward. Your new mission starts.
The OST (Original Soundtrack) is fantastic.
I’m a huge sucker for good OSTs, and the artists Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe and others who worked on this NAILED Modern Warfare 2 Remastered. Don’t believe me? I’m listening to the OST right now when typing the text, to put my self in the boots of my fellow video game soldiers. Just give a listen to one of the following: ‘Opening Titles’; ‘Chasing Rojas’; ‘Boneyard’; ‘Snowmobile Chase’. You’ll thank me later.
It’s plain fun.
Look, shooting endless waves of enemies may not be for everyone, but it’s not mindless. You always have an objective on screen. You always know that civilian lives are at stake. The main focus of Call of Duty has been and will be the gunplay. You’ll get to toy around with sub-machine guns, miniguns, remote drones, AC-130’s, knives, grenades, all the explosive sort. There are also amazing stealth missions.
If you tell me you don’t remember “All Ghillied Up” then I pity you, friend. Also, I don’t see anyone not having fun blasting through doors with C4 in slow-motion, all while listening to the amazing soundtrack and advancing with your squad. It will always be fun when you throw back a grenade thrown at you. Unfortunately, MW2 Remastered won’t come with the multiplayer, as far as the first trailer shows, but Singleplayer was what got me in the first place. The multiplayer is a huge part of the original MW series and I highly suggest you give it a shot if available.
Call of Duty is no Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty is no Witcher 3. It’s a military game and simulator. It’s a war game, a shooting game. You’ll shoot a lot, but for me, the shooting was just the instrument to advance the amazing plot and the bond with the characters. The buzzing of the barrels was accompanying the OST, and I felt like I was a real soldier, fighting for freedom, fighting for my people, for my planet.
When I heard about the Remaster, I found my physical copies of the Call of Duty games and studied them, smiling. I have a lot more on Steam. This might sound like an overstatement, but I think this series also played a part in me going to a Faculty of Geography. When my teacher would talk about the Bering Strait, I would instantly remember being on a ship during a storm, trying to find a nuclear warhead manifest and quickly evac. Things like this define part of your character, teach you a lesson. I think I will talk a lot more about how video games shaped me in future articles. Stay tuned! Keep on gaming!
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