I have such a confused amount of emotions right now. See, on the one hand, Activision is an evil corporation who, over the last few years, has produced some of the biggest piles of shit. They are money-grubbing cocksuckers who don’t care about anything but milking players from their wallets. The stories about them are plentiful, and they have earned the hatred players have for them. So when I heard that they were rebooting the Modern Warfare games, I was all aboard to hate it. I love the original three games. Even the third one, which has its problems but is still fun. It’s an okay conclusion to the saga. So when I heard that Activision was rebooting this, I figured that I would have nothing but negative things to say about it. However, with the trailer for it finally having dropped…I’m sorry, but this looks awesome. I feel so bad saying that. How can a game in this franchise look this good?! Let’s watch it, then talk about it.
We start with some absolutely breath-taking visuals, which the trailer promises me are in-game footage. There’s a very British guy narrating, about the rules changing (a phrase that needs to die. It’s been used in fucking everything, and it needs to die), and how him and his are being sent into places that nobody knows about to do bad things. Okay. Then we zoom in on the British guy and see that it’s Captain Price. Only voiced by a new person this time. Kinda bummed about that. I loved the original voice-over of Price. But let’s see where this goes.
Following this, there is a breath-taking montage of visuals that are just incredible. Our special forces guys are breaching a home and killing people. Then there are some Army dudes jumping out of a plane. That’s cool too. A cut to what seems to be some kind of riot, and a dude shooting at someone in a car. Then it seems we are in the perspective of a cop, shooting back. Wonder what the story is there. Riding along with some tanks in a Middle Eastern nation, with a fighter blowing shit up, and troops on the ground getting caught in an explosion. It looks like the primary backdrop of this game is in the Middle East, where shit has gotten real. Okay. To be fair, that is modern warfare. Proxy wars in the Middle East. Liking what I see.
Then it cuts to…a child soldier? Damn. I had heard Infinity Ward was going to be going all dark and gritty, but I genuinely didn’t expect them to go to this level. Not complaining. I love some darkness, so long as it is handled well. Too many times, dark things in games are either brushed aside or handled poorly. But this is Infinity Ward, after all. They did make Modern Warfare 2, which had one of the darkest scenes in all of gaming. So let’s see where this goes.
It concludes by telling us that the game is coming out October 25th. Again, I’m sorry guys, but it looks cool. A promise of a rich campaign, with a compelling narrative, made by the guys who made the best games in the original franchise. I’m not gonna lie, I wanna play. It’s trendy to hate on Call of Duty these days. They’ve made some real shit in the last few years. Their parent company is a money-grubbing asshole. But maybe this is what it will take to pull them out of a rut. Going back to boots on the ground with a compelling narrative and good characters. A man can dream, right?
I feel dirty liking this