I’m sure everyone is still recovering from the massive release of Robo Jockeys on Tuesday, but I figured I should probably mention the massive video game release that also happened to hop on what has been dubbed National SLXP Day.
So a little bit of history: Two years ago a game called Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare came out and was a huge success. The Call of Duty franchise had always been a special one, the first game was pretty huge in its time and CoD2 is probably the best WWII FPS ever. But Call of Duty 3 was developed by another company. The fourth game was a return for the original series developer, Infinity Ward, who obviously hated the third game, because they called the new one IF3. Anyway, CoD4 was a huge success and totally revolutionized the online experience for modern FPS games along with an incredible (albeit short) single player campaign.
Last year, a game called Call of Duty: World at War came out. Not an Infinity Ward game. It took the series back to WWII, and even added a zombie multiplayer mode and a character voiced by Kiefer Southerland. I guess Infinity Ward was not about this, because they announced their new game, scheduled for 2009, was dropping the Call of Duty branding. Good for ’em.
Now as hype continued to build for this big release, the very dynamic of the holiday gaming season changed. Countless big releases moved to early next year to get out of the way of this juggernaut. Indeed, it seems that only Left 4 Dead 2 and Assassin’s Creed 2 have the balls to stand up to this momentous release. And now that it’s out, it sounds like Modern Warfare 2 has not disappointed.
Sales are definitely in the millions. Midnight launches everywhere were packed (and this was a Monday night, mind you). The reviews have been very generous. In a year full of great games, this looks to be on the way to a huge sales lead. They released three different editions: the standard game, the Hardened Edition, which comes with like an art book and an XBLA version of CoD, and the Prestige Edition which is the Hardened Edition with a pair of fucking night-vision goggles. And they’re all selling. Certainly 11/10/09 is a date that will be remembered in gaming history.
As for me? I’ll remember it for SLXP. Mainly because my birthday is in a week and its bad form to buy yourself something so close to that. But also because in a hurry to be verbally abused by the jackasses on Xbox Live quite yet. That’s another thing I forgot to mention, a couple weeks ago Infinity Ward put out some trailer video starring some pitcher from the Phillies. It was topical and seemed fine, except at the ending they put up a card that said Fight Against Grenade Spamming. F.A.G.S. What a dumb thing to do. I sincerely hope someone got fired. Can you imagine if that card had a slur for any other group? This is all kinds of fucked up.
In conclusion: Modern Warfare 2 is probably really good and is going to make a lot of money.