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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

PUBLISHED: 13:53 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 August 2010

Fighting in the Favelas

Fighting in the Favelas

WITH the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 only the naive will fail to recognise computer games as the dominant art form of contemporary culture. Many will argue that opera, theatre and visual arts remain among the guiding lights of our aesthetic

WITH the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 only the naive will fail to recognise computer games as the dominant art form of contemporary culture.

Many will argue that opera, theatre and visual arts remain among the guiding lights of our aesthetic understanding but, as with Hollywood films, all of these disciplines are very often incorporated into a genre that is increasingly eclipsing others both in terms of revenue and impact.

And while theories about whether the "leaked" terrorists footage as a publicity coup will fill the minds of conspiracists for months to come, the fact is the game itself is a cast-iron winner.

And it is expected to be the biggest entertainment release of all time, not to mention the fastest selling and highest-grossing game in history.

Granted, the opening scene warns that you may wish to omit controversial and possibly offensive content, but this is an 18 rated game, as in let's say an 18 rated DVD.

What's the difference?

Beyond all the hysteria, this is the truly breathtaking game everyone has been waiting for.

The enhanced (if bloody) graphics, the smooth and faultless aiming system, a thrilling soundtrack, compelling acting in riveting cinematic cuts scenes, the depth of online play - it's all there in bundles.

It's an all-out, high-speed action and epic combat thriller that puts gamers on the front lines of a global battle that has advanced onto American soil.

The game picks up from the historic events of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, plunging players into an intense storyline filled with plot twists and death-defying battles in exotic locations around the world.

It also offers an entirely new gameplay mode, "Special Ops," which supports two-player co-operative play via online or split screen, thrusting players into a fistful of time-trial and objective-based missions.

As players rank-up, more challenging missions are unlocked, including highlights from the single player campaign, favourites from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and new, exclusive missions.

Online play also delivers new capabilities, customisation, killstreaks, accolades and new create-a-class features.

Andy McCorkell

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (18)

Rating: *****

www.callofduty.com

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