Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Features for Xbox 360

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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

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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.

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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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