Activision Blizzard Inc said it sold 4.7 million copies of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” for $310 million on its first day, setting a new record for the video game industry. This is a game that definably earned its MA rating. There is no way to avoid the graphic violence or the complex issues. The screen frequently fills with your own blood, as it takes only a few bullets to take you down, you do heal all wounds by avoiding fire for a few minutes though. The game auto saves frequently so that if you do die you don’t lose much progress. They also added in a graphical indication of where to go next and how far to the next section.
The game was released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC though the PC release leaves much to be desired for active gamers. The price tag is $59.99 for both consoles and PC. This is by no means a game for younger kids, or even teenagers. This game brings realism to the concept of war games. To illustrate that fact here is a report of the very controversial segment in the game that asks the play to be part of a terrorist act (this segment can be skipped) “It’s hard to watch. The actual mission that has gained all this controversy is, in all honesty, pretty shocking stuff. The game slows down; you can’t run. You have to walk slowly through the scene, watching innocents gunned down. They scream. They try to crawl away. They hold their wounds and moan. You can pull the trigger, or you can just watch. But you’re holding a gun-you’re a part of this.” (arstechnica.com)
In short the game offers a strong though short single player game. It looks amazing the graphics are movie like. There are a good selection of maps and game modes. Multiplayer allows for kill streaks and online play, with special ops missions that extend the game. The story is decidedly a bit paranoid and violent. All in all it’s a good game for adults who like to shoot things.
The problem that has gamers in an uproar is the PC version, is essentially a console game that you can play on the PC. It’s over priced, and there is no company or retailer support for the PC version.
Gamer complaints of the PC version are as follows: “We thought the lack of dedicated servers was bad, but now we can add the lack of console commands, the inability to have a say in who hosts the game, a lengthy pause while the game migrates to a new host if the currently selected host quits, no leaning, no option to record matches, and no way to kick or block trouble players, hackers, or cheaters.” (arstechnica.com)