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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is being review-bombed because of a rewritten war crime

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COD Highway of Death (2)

Whether the story manages to keep you on the edge of the seat or functions as a paint by numbers Hollywood blockbuster may be a divisive topic for some in this year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but there’s no denying that Activision’s premiere shooter experience does a hell of a job in how it tells its tale of contemporary conflict.

Said telling also excels at embellishing certain truths, particularly in the case of the Highway of Death mission that allows players to chill in a sniper’s nest and orchestrate a massive counterattack against Russian and insurgent forces in the area. Here’s the thing though: That infamous highway is an actual stretch of land that was home to some truly brutal attacks.

Dial back the clock to 1991, and America’s attack on Iraq in the Gulf War happens to be more one-sided than a Mobius strip. The Iraqi forces were in retreat by February, and on one particular stretch of road the US decided to bomb them into oblivion over two days in what was described as overly-excessive show of force, even by American standards. Imagine if Mike Tyson in his prime stepped into a boxing ring to fight a quadruple amputee and you’d get a rough idea of what “excessive” means.

So what’s the problem here? In the actual mission, your ally Farah mentions that “the Russians bombed … killing the people trying to escape.” At this point, you may have noticed that the Russians were nowhere to be found when the US bombed the Iraqi highway back into the stone age, something which has angered Russian Call of Duty fans immensely – and could perhaps be why Sony decided to halt sales of the game there. Head on over to Metacritic, and you’ll spot the game having a low as heck user review score, with the number sitting at 3/10 at the time of writing.

That number happens to have dropped significantly over the last two days, with many of the recent reviews having Russian origins or mentions of the country in them. “The game has good graphics. But the plot is disgusting propaganda and lies. Perhaps the creators of the game, in the future, should be prosecuted for the vile lies that they promote in this game. It remains only to make a game that justifies the Nazis. Shame,” reads Dallas33’s 0/10 review which was totally written by a steak-eating flag-bleeding patriot who watches the Navy cop show that protects America da.

Here’s a smattering of other 0/10 reviews that have been less than kind:

COD Highway of Death (1)

Спасибо Сони, что не выпустили это гавно у себя в магазине! Руссофобы, идите нах. Больше не куплю игры от активижн

Ha ha. Welcome to the world of American propaganda with bad Russians and good Americans.

instead of the promised gray game, you filed a Russophobian piece of **** don’t buy

You are on the right track talking about tolerance in your country, but expressing Nazism towards other countries! Bravo!!

Showing one nation as demons and another nation as angels is the same thing as RACISM. Surprise, it’s called NAZISM and it doesn’t matter what nation is on either side their is no GOOD or BAD nations or races. 0 for NAZI propaganda.

Angry Russians expressing their distaste over a real war crime being turned into a fake one that points the finger of blame at a different country? I’m not exactly surprised. It’s a pity though, because such embellishments in a game where Infinity Ward punted a story that “reflect the world that we live in” makes for a distasteful end result. After all, between Russia and the US, there’s more than enough horrendous war crimes that both nations have committed over the years for a video game developer to take inspiration from.

Last Updated: October 29, 2019

24 Comments

  1. One it is COD game, when they say “we are trying to accurately display history/world” you know the exact opposite is going to happen. So review bomb away as it seems to many times COD developers get away with this crap.

    Two describing either the real incident or the fictional one as a “war crime” is ridiculous.

    You are not talking about surrendered forces or refugees, allowing retreating military forces that include heavy armor and artillery to regroup in a defensible position is retarded.

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  2. Dresden

    October 29, 2019 at 07:56

    Прекратите переводить бессмысленные комментарии и вернитесь к работе.

    Reply

    • Yozzie

      October 29, 2019 at 08:07

      Заставь меня

      Reply

    • Marek Nourse

      October 29, 2019 at 08:25

      帝國萬歲

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        October 29, 2019 at 10:35

        現在免費香港民主

        Reply

    • Raptor Rants

      October 29, 2019 at 09:39

      Ты не моя мама

      Reply

    • HvR

      October 29, 2019 at 10:07

      Comrade emisa ka leshano la capatalist la bokoloni

      Reply

    • Yondaime

      October 29, 2019 at 12:34

      Haha, You got me

      Reply

  3. Yozzie

    October 29, 2019 at 08:07

    I do kinda see why the Russians are angry at Dumbfuckystan. They are pro’s at tooting their own horn and always making them out to be the good guys.

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  4. Kromas

    October 29, 2019 at 08:07

    Did China give Activision the right to make America look good? I am very sure China did not sign off on this. Blizzcon is going to be fun to watch this weekend.

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    • Mark Treloar

      October 29, 2019 at 09:30

      People need to get over this already

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      • Kromas

        October 29, 2019 at 09:30

        Silencing free speech isn’t something you should ever have to get over. Once you do you may as well live in an Orwellian society.

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        • Mark Treloar

          October 29, 2019 at 09:39

          ts not about shutting up free speech. its just pointless. Harping on about Blizzard as though they are somehow exclusively responsible for all things bad is just getting old. Wish Blizzcon would fail just because it suits how you feel, is a little cheap at this point.

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          • Kromas

            October 29, 2019 at 09:58

            I harp on everything not just Blizzard. However Blizzard was the ONLY company to stifle free speech to the point where the US congress wrote them a letter. Once again. They stifled free speech and that does not sit well with me. This is way worse than lootboxes or pay2win because this essentially effect the free speech of millions of people across the world. Companies should not have that kind of power. For reference see Facebook.

  5. Hammersteyn

    October 29, 2019 at 08:25

    Pity, would’ve been hilarious if they depicted America doing a Tiananmen square massacre instead.

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  6. Marek Nourse

    October 29, 2019 at 08:34

    • Hammersteyn

      October 29, 2019 at 10:43

      So that’s were Tetris originated?

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  7. Llama In The Rift

    October 29, 2019 at 08:43

    So next COD game is gonna show Russia droping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

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    • Dresden

      October 29, 2019 at 11:02

      They’ll have to if they want to stay historically accurate.

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    • Dresden

      October 29, 2019 at 11:02

      They’ll have to if they want to stay historically accurate.

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      • Llama In The Rift

        October 29, 2019 at 14:13

        XD….Caught between denial and the truth.

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  8. HvR

    October 29, 2019 at 08:53

    One it is COD game, when they say “we are trying to accurately display history/world” you know the exact opposite is going to happen. So review bomb away as it seems too many times COD developers get away with this crap.

    Two describing either the real incident or the fictional one as a “war crime” is ridiculous.

    You are not talking about surrendered forces or refugees, allowing retreating military forces that include heavy armor and artillery to regroup in a defensible position is retarded.

    Reply

  9. Admiral Chief

    October 29, 2019 at 08:53

    “more one-sided than a Mobius strip”
    Classic

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