Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Part 1

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2011: Yasir Al-Fulani, president of an unspecified country in the Middle East, is kidnapped as part of an armed uprising that claims he has been "colluding with the West." He is then executed on live TV by a man named Khaled Al-Asad, leader of the coup. Seconds before the shooting, Al-Asad announces to the world: "This is how it begins." Meanwhile, Al-Fulani gains the dubious honour of being the first Modern Warfare player character to be killed off as part of the plot.

Al-Fulani's execution is actually part of a larger plan formulated by The Four Horsemen - a quartet made up of Imran Zahaev and his son Victor Zahkaev, Al-Asad, and an unspecified fourth member that Infinity Ward forgot to put in the game. The Horsemen collaborate to put Al-Asad in power, using his revolution as a distraction to Western military nations; this will help Zahkaev & Son's Ultranationalists to win the civil war that has broken out in Russia.

While the Americans invade Al-Asad's Unspecified Country, the British SAS have been investigating the Russian conflict. Following a lead from an informant, Captain Price and his men intercept an Estonian cargo freighter, discovering a nuclear device and documents that link the Ultranationalists to Al-Asad's insurgents. This raid also marks the SAS debut of John "Soap" MacTavish - the latest addition to Price's squad, and the main player character in Call of Duty 4.

Shortly after the mission, Price's squad carry out a successful rescue mission to save the life of "Nikolai" - the man who provided intel on the freighter in the first place.

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riley0818mw2

In order to understand :excited: Call of Duty you have to play all the Campaign Missions in all Call of Duty's
Posted 03:07 on 08 May 2012
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87Sarah

I haven't even thought about buying COD for the storyline...
Posted 15:45 on 04 November 2011
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mydeaddog

Cheers guys. I wrote this some time ago, but I have to say I rather enjoyed doing it.

For me, the interesting thing to note is that CoD 4 clearly had a much, much better plot than MW2. I know that this was never really in disputem, but when you have it all laid out on paper (well, screen), it really is quite striking.

MW2 had lots of great moments, but the plot was totally all over the place. And even CoD 4 seriously drops the ball with the Four Horsemen. Makarov may turn out to be Horseman 4, but that clearly wasn't the plan at the time, was it? They'd have mentioned it in MW2, somehow.

Of course, the really telling thing is that MW2's campaign still works, despite being fairly nonsensical. If you give people pure mayhew in the right quantity, you don't need narrative sense.

Although I'd still say that the campaign in CoD4 was the best we've had so far...
Posted 14:52 on 04 November 2011
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draytone

If you could to the write up including MW3 after its released then I won't have to play it! Yay!
Posted 11:20 on 04 November 2011
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dazzadavie

Yay! cheers for that Neon, like others have said we now know the story without having to replay the old.
Posted 08:09 on 04 November 2011
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altaranga@ squidman

Exactly. ;)
Posted 20:24 on 03 November 2011
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squidman

I also found it useful! And it means I don't have to replay CoD4 before Tuesday so hurrah.
Posted 20:15 on 03 November 2011
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FantasyMeister

I found it a gripping read. I also note that it's one page for each hour of gameplay in the singleplayer campaigns, unless you count mile high on Veteran which took me 9 hours. (It's a 60 second mission).

The fourth horseman is George Papandreou who has to destabalise Europe sufficiently enough so that Cost and Shower Gel (new undercover names to avoid Interpol) can crack a couscous in the Caucus joke to break the tension after an over the top set piece involving a minigun, a fuel depot, a nuclear tank batallion and a banana skin.
Posted 19:15 on 03 November 2011
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altaranga

I actually found this very useful. Cheers Neon.
Posted 18:53 on 03 November 2011
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mydeaddog@ squidman

It's a retcon job if that turns out to be the case; there's no mention of the Horsemen thing after the first half of CoD 4.

I reckon they just forgot to include a fourth character.
Posted 15:46 on 03 November 2011
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squidman

The only thing I would add is Operation Kingfish, the short official fan film that explains the start of TF141's campaign against Makarov and how Price ended up in the gulag in the first place: http://youtu.be/m0RwcRh731M

Also, I assume Makarov is the fourth horseman.
Posted 15:32 on 03 November 2011

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