Call of Duty has a controversial moment that doesn’t need to be recalled

Modern Warfare is one of the biggest sub-series of the Call of Duty franchise and it started to be remade in 2019. The story told by Activision and Infinity Ward has changed. Some of the characters and relationships remain, but there’s one mission that doesn’t need to be recalled.

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Longtime fans probably already know what this is about. Quoting “controversy” and “Call of Duty” is nothing new, especially after the mission in question. “No Russian” is the title of the Modern Warfare 2 episode still known as the infamous “Airport Stage”.

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In context, Modern Warfare 2 puts the player in the shoes of CIA operative Joseph Allen, who goes undercover for the terrorist group he commands. Vladimir Makarov, the main villain of the game.

In order to start a war between Russia and the USA, Makarov organizes an attack on the airport. Zakhaev in Moscow. In this situation, players witness one of the most controversial scenes of the series – the massacre of Russian civilians.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Game Screenshot

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Makarov’s goal is to blame the US for what happened, which works for the game’s narrative and further reinforces the game’s war between nations. “No Russian” refers to the villain’s request before the bombing and reminds the team not to speak Russian during the event.

Thinking about it, it is more than worth considering that the mission adaptation mentioned in this text is not what was expected for the new Modern Warfare series. Especially when, obviously, the releases are seen as a tribute to the original trilogy.

It is not difficult to understand why the “non-Russian” quest was and still is the subject of discussion. Call of Duty, in fact, is a game about military activities and is aimed at a more mature audience. Predictably, though, Infinity Ward realized that promoting this level of brutality doesn’t necessarily help tell a good story.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare PS4 Gameplay with Captain Price

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The new games are not recreations of the old games, but they bring back familiar characters like Captain Price, Soap, and Ghost, in addition to remembering Taskforce 1-4-1 and introducing references to missions from past games, such as the iconic “Dark Water”.

Inevitably, some events in the new Modern Warfare 2 will indeed be similar to the original games. But one in particular should not be among them.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28, 2022 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC.


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