Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Sales Explosion
The latest instalment of Infinity Ward’s massively successful first-person shooter (FPS) Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is finally here.
By the time you read this, the first copies will have been bought and played. In fact, if you are a Call of Duty fanatic, it’s probably 12 November, having locked yourself away for the last three days glorifying in the pew pew action bonanza.
God bless Activision Blizzard for bringing another legendary game to players worldwide, if you haven’t been hooked by the delights of World of Warcraft or Guitar Hero, you sure as hell will be hooked into Call of Duty. FPS games have never looked back since the first Call of Duty made its presence felt way back in 2003.
Two years ago on 21 July 2007, there was a mad rush for the seventh Harry Potter book at midnight to find out the epic conclusion of the magical wizarding story. Today 10,000 stores worldwide opened at midnight to allow fans the chance to see the sixth instalment of the Call of Duty series.
It’s a tribute to the Call of Duty legacy that a videogame is being talked about in the same manner as the opening weekend of a major Hollywood blockbuster. Modern Warfare 2 (confusingly the sixth in the Call of Duty saga) will break midnight box office records if it sells 370,000 copies, that’s only 37 copies per store opening up especially for the event.
If Modern Warfare 2 achieves that target, it will eclipse the midnight gross takings of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film released by Warner Bros. earlier this year. The game is even expected to topple 2008′s summer blockbuster The Dark Knight, which swooped a cool $155 million in its opening weekend. Analysts expect the game to gross $837 million (£500 million) in sales.
Modern Warfare 2 picks up where Modern Warfare left off. Russian Ultranationalists are running rife, and it’s your job to sort out the problem the only way that makes sense in this mad, crazy world, by blowing the shit out of anyone and everyone who gets in your way.
The game has already been heavily criticised for its ultra-violent themes, in particular for one part of the game which “forces” the player to shoot innocent bystanders at a Russian airport in order to infiltrate the Ultranationalist terrorist cell.
Head of Infinity Ward, Vince Zampella said, “We push the story,” as he spoke to Fox News, “We want the player to be emotionally attached. We want them to be emotionally shocked.” There is no danger of not been shocked, even by Grand Theft Auto standards, Modern Warfare 2 pushes the boundaries, mainly because the graphics are so realistic, players feel like they are being dragged into a movie not a videogame.
Critics don’t have much of a leg to stand on however. The game is rated M for mature in the US and 18+ in the UK which means the content should only be viewed by gamers old enough to watch violence and distinguish fiction from reality. Activision has even built in an option for players to skip the “disturbing” scene if they wish, without losing continuity to the story.
Regardless of the criticism, Modern Warfare 2 is an astonishing game and will no doubt be a record breaker. Now we can look forward to the hype of Call of Duty 7, which will be here before you can say “Boom. Headshot”.
Can you break yourself away from Modern Warfare 2 to post a comment about this year’s most anticipated game? Is it as good as the hype? Tell us now!
The Daily Telegraph announced today that Modern Warfare 2 has sold 1.23 million units in its first 24 hours, double that of GTA IV and accounting for £47 million pounds worth of sales.