It all started with Call of Duty 4, the first Modern Warfare. This game introduced us to a new breed of multiplayer. It singlehandedly breathed new life in the first person shooter. It was like the answer was right in front of us. Just add an rpg element with visable and useable player progression. Previous Call of duty’s had already nailed the controls (its just something about the connection with the controller and whats happening on screen- it feels so right). Adding addictive multiplayer and amazing controls, Infinity Ward had the winning formula. To a lot of people the single player was throw-away. It was like a summer action flick. It had a decent story, and provided a good distraction – especially if your getting your ass kicked online. At this point people were just realizing the potential of this game.
Modern Warfare 2 was announced and the hype surrounding it was incredible. People were craving any information they could get their hands on. The sales numbers spoke for themselves. Modern Warfare 2 had the biggest day one sales numbers of any game, selling a record breaking 7 million worldwide. Everyone was hooked, including myself. I remember a specific scenario, justifying my insanity (dedication). My wife was away at work one time and I was watching our 1 year old (at the time) daughter. She fell asleep in my arms and she would cry if I laid her down. So what did I do. I did what any normal and decent human being would do. I played Modern Warfare 2 while I held her for 2 hours. It was this kind of dedication that I had and I’m sure many others shared. Modern Warfare 2 upped the ante by adding crazy kill streaks (one that would let you drop a nuke, ending the party), better weapons, a spec ops mode for co-op play, and more. The fanbase was growing rapidly. It even brought in new players. Modern Warfare 2 was supported by infinity ward for a long time. Releasing map pack after map pack.
Call of Duty: Black Ops was released 1 year later. The sales figures were similar to the previous titles, it would go on be the highest grossing videogame ever. Black Ops was set in the 60′s, during the Cold War. To me it didn’t really offer anything new, it still had that really addicting multiplayer. Now we have the next entry in the series: Modern Warfare 3, this game will conclude the story. Everything has been turned up to 11, unfortunately the single player ends quickly. I guess thats more reason to jump into the multiplayer cause its better than it ever was. Not much has really changed, but thats a good thing. What has changed though are all really good ideas that make sense. Killstreaks are now known as pointstreaks. These points are distrubted into strike packages which are divided up into 3 groups: Assault, specialist, and support. The rewards for the support package don’t reset when the player dies, which is nice for those of us that don’t play 25 hours a day.
Modern Warfare is one of the reasons videogaming is more mainstream than it ever was. People will tell you that they don’t play video games, just Modern Warfare. Even celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube proclaim that they play it. I know I answered my own question here about why gamers are so obsessed with the call of duty franchise. In fact I may be one of them. The addictive multiplayer, the rollercoaster single player, the amazing and accurate controls, the list goes on. Let’s just hope they don’t lose steam releasing this game annually. Which is a whole other story.