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Caroline Davis | LIBR 265-10 | SJSU | Wrenn-Estes

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Name: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Developer: Infinity Ward
Platform: Playstation 3
Date: November 2009
ESRB Rating: Mature
UPC: 047875837478

Summary: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a first person shooter, war based video game.  You can play against up to three friends on one game system, picking a location (from deserts and cities to ruins), your weapons, and tracking each other down – sniping at other players from distances, and knifing them when close-by.  If you have an internet connection, you can even play against gamers from all over – up to eighteen at a time!  The ratio of the number of kills you make to the number of times you are killed is calculated so that you are facing other players that are equally ranked, making it an exciting match!  Don’t forget to check out the story mode, which continues the plot from Call of Duty 4, taking you to locations like Red Square in Moscow, Washington D.C. and Afghanistan.

Critical Evaluation: If you’re looking for a realistic war video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 fits the bill.  The graphics are phenomenal, although somewhat gruesome – if you’re the one being fired at, your visor will be splattered with blood. For a non-gamer like me, figuring out the Playstation 3 controls put me at a disadvantage – it was hard enough tracking the other player around the arena, let alone having to worry about two joysticks and various controls for commands and attacks.  In any case, it was obvious why the game is so popular: whether playing in single player mode or against friends and other gamers, playing a game based on tracking each other down is evocative of children’s games like Tag or Capture the Flag, albeit in a very adult, and bloody, war setting.  In other words, it was a lot of fun, even for a novice like me!  The first person shooting perspective really gets you into the character and makes the game come alive.

Annotation: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a war-based first person shooter game, where you can play with up to three friends and track each other down.

Company Information: Infinity Ward was founded in 2002 by former employees of video game development studio 2015, Inc.  Acquired by Activision in late 2003, the company now hires about 70 employees.

They developed the popular Call of Duty franchise, which is currently working on the fifth installment. Infinity Ward is based out of Encino, California.

Genre: Action, Warfare, First Person Shooter

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Discussion Ideas:
1) Do violent video games have an effect on the players?
2) How well do you think games like Call of Duty depict actual war?

Interest Age: 14 and older

Challenge Issues: intense violence, blood, language, drug reference

Challenge Defense Ideas:

• Become familiar with the game and its content.

• Refer to the collection development policy of the library, if none, see here to develop one right away.

• Refer to reviews available for viewing on

• Try to get reviews of the game from teens who have played it.

Selection: I was familiar with the Call of Duty franchise (it was popular enough for me to have heard of it!), and it was recommended by my teen gamer cousin.


Official Modern Warfare 2 website.


May 15, 2010 Posted by | Games | , , | Leave a comment