COD: Modern Warfare 2 Midnight Launch

By: Claudia Menting

Queues formed outside Princes Street Game stores in Edinburgh as Activision‘s first person shooter game Modern Warfare 2 hit UK stores at midnight November 10th. Even though a majority of gamers were just eager to get their hands on the game, many admitted to enjoying the anticipation, excitement and theatre-like atmosphere of going to a midnight launch to get the game. The allocated stock for the whole of the UK is 1.3 million copies, and Game stores alone in the UK have been given 1 million copies. Retailers overall expect Modern Warfare to be one of the best selling games of 2009.

On the 13th of May 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV made history by breaking the Guinness World Records for “Highest grossing video game in 24 hours” as well as the “Highest Revenue Generated by an Entertainment Product in 24 Hours”. Game developers and producers are anticipating Modern Warfare 2 to come close to and maybe even beat this record, or at any rate beat the overall sales. Another interesting world record to beat will possibly be the number of online players to be playing the same game at one time. Activision CEO Robert Kotick expects the game to be one of the biggest media launches of any kind of all time, considering the pre-orders for this game have been the highest in history for the firm.

This is the 6th game in the Call of Duty line up and the second Modern Warfare game developed by Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 2 is a direct follow up from the original Modern Warfare: Call of Duty 4 game, and is the most anticipated game in 2009.

Avid gamers claimed to be disappointed by the latest Call of Duty game: World at War and were extremely eager to start playing Modern Warfare 2. Many claimed this to be because World at War was developed by a different company, Treyarch, and the game lacked historical accuracy as well as not being as intense as COD4 and one gamer claimed ‘There wasn’t enough substance in the game to make playing constantly online worth while’.

Modern Warfare 2 is not for the feint of heart, and massive bloodshed is to be expected, and although players may be unsettled during the single player campaign by the wild change of maps and main characters, the game doesn’t disappoint. It delivers brilliant graphics using high resolution texture streaming functionality which enhances the detail in characters and environments which allows the player to feel completely immersed into the game.