Get up to speed on all the events of the previous two games.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is almost upon us, but if it's been a while since you played the previous games the story might be a little bit hazy. We're here to clear that mind fog by offering you a rundown of the complete Modern Warfare story up to Modern Warfare 3.
Prior to the events of CoD 4 / Modern Warfare 1
1996: Lieutenant John Price of the SAS is sent to accompany Captain MacMillan on a covert mission in Pripyat, Ukraine - a ghost city that formerly housed workers at the Chernobyl Power Plant. The two men set out to eliminate Imran Zakhaev, a Russian weapons dealer who is collecting abandoned fuel rods so that he can then sell them on the black market. The pair ambush Zakhaev in the middle of an arms deal, and Price takes aim with a Barrett M82 sniper rifle. Unfortunately, Price's shot only succeeds in blowing off Zakhaev's left arm, and while MacMillan believes the dealer will die from shock and/or blood loss, this doesn't prove to be the case.
Over the next 15 years, Zakhaev gets rich by selling arms (not the kind that he lost, though), using these funds to fuel his rise to political power. By 2011, he has become the chairman of the Russian Ultranationalist party. Price, meanwhile, climbs the ranks of the SAS, becoming Captain of the 22nd regiment.