History VideoGame / ModernWarfare

24th Aug '16 3:03:26 PM theenglishman
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* IncrediblyLamePun: Completion achievements in [=MW2=], such as ''[[RhymesOnADime Soap On A Rope]]?'' '''''Really?!!'''''



* InferredHolocaust: Played straight when Price detonates the nuke over the East Coast in ''Modern Warfare 2'' during the Russian invasion. When the EMP hits Washington every aircraft above comes crashing down onto the wartorn streets below, while the city was ''still'' in the midst of a desperate evacuation effort. Although the effects are downplayed in ''Modern Warfare 3'', the extent of the blast radius means similar horrors must've surely taken place all across the country, with perhaps thousands of aircraft, military and civilian alike being met with the same fate and plummeting into the cities below.


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* JustForPun: Achievement names in the series are usually either ShoutOuts or terrible puns - [[BreadEggsBreaddedEggs sometimes both]]. Crowning examples include ''[[Music/BruceSpringsteen Dancing in the Dark]]'' from ''Call of Duty 4'', ''[[RhymesOnADime Soap on a Rope]]'' from ''Modern Warfare 2'', and ''[[DeathFromAbove For Whom the Shell Tolls]]'' from ''Modern Warfare 3''.
22nd Aug '16 12:47:40 PM theenglishman
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** Each game has a dedicated obstacle course that seeks to outdo the previous entry.
*** The tutorial level of ''Call of Duty 4'' had a training course inside a warehouse that was an InUniverse mockup loosely based on the opening section of "Crew Expendable", where you could hone your skills and race against Infinity Ward's best time.
*** ''Modern Warfare 2'''s tutorial level gave us "The Pit", an open-air obstacle course where you could choose your loadout from dozens of weapons, plenty of vertical and horizontal movement options, and civilian cutouts that will [[HostageSpiritLink hurt your score if shot]].
*** Since ''Modern Warfare 3'' lacks a JustifiedTutorial, the obstacle course has its own dedicated map, the Spec Ops challenge "Stay Sharp". It's set in a forest area, has even more weapons than The Pit, and [[spoiler:you get to rescue Sandman from cardboard "terrorists" at the end]].
22nd Aug '16 6:28:56 AM theenglishman
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** If you fire on and kill an ally, you get the message 'Friendly fire is not tolerated!' Some named allies get a message of 'You killed Price!' or 'You killed Soap!' instead. But they've also coded in a message for 'You killed yourself!', despite that being possible in only one level in Modern Warfare 3.[[note]]In 'Persona non Grata', if you immediately turn left before even leaving the garage you can make the UGV drone's minigun bear on Yuri while he's piloting the drone at the console.[[/note]]
* DevelopmentGag: During [[JustifiedTUtorial "F.N.G."]] in ''Call of Duty 4'', at one point [[DrillSergeantNasty Captain Price]] will lament "perhaps it was a bad idea to skip the obstacle course." This a reference to a large part of "F.N.G." being DummiedOut, including an elaborate obstacle course.

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** If you fire on and kill an ally, you get the message 'Friendly fire is not tolerated!' Some named allies get a message of 'You killed Price!' or 'You killed Soap!' instead. But they've also coded in a message for 'You killed yourself!', despite that being possible in only one level in Modern ''Modern Warfare 3.3''.[[note]]In 'Persona non Grata', if you immediately turn left before even leaving the garage you can make the UGV drone's minigun bear on Yuri while he's piloting the drone at the console.[[/note]]
* DevelopmentGag: During [[JustifiedTUtorial "F.N.G."]] in ''Call of Duty 4'', at one point [[DrillSergeantNasty Captain Price]] will lament "perhaps it was a bad idea to skip the obstacle course." This a reference to a large part of "F.N.G." being DummiedOut, including an elaborate obstacle course.
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22nd Aug '16 6:27:49 AM theenglishman
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* DevelopmentGag: During [[JustifiedTUtorial "F.N.G."]] in ''Call of Duty 4'', at one point [[DrillSergeantNasty Captain Price]] will lament "perhaps it was a bad idea to skip the obstacle course." This a reference to a large part of "F.N.G." being DummiedOut, including an elaborate obstacle course.
21st Aug '16 10:53:21 AM Kadorhal
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Not to be confused with the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare of the same name]]. See also ''WebVideo/FindMakarov'', a WebOriginal FanFilm series based on the games.

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Not to be confused with the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare of the same name]]. See also ''WebVideo/FindMakarov'', a WebOriginal FanFilm series based on the games.
games that, if not actually [[AscendedFanon canon]], at least has a few nods towards it.



* ContinueYourMissionDammit: Several segments of missions are not actually timed, but the music and your squadmates/mission control yelling at you at you create the necessary tension. Case in point: you can take your sweet time meeting up with Soap and Ghost during the first favela mission even though it ''sounds'' like Rojas will get away if you don't haul arse.

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* ContinueYourMissionDammit: Several segments of missions are not actually timed, but the music and music, your squadmates/mission control yelling at you, and, depending on the game, enemies that [[RespawningEnemies continuously respawn]] until you at you pass a certain trigger, create the necessary tension. Case in point: you can take your sweet time meeting up with Soap and Ghost during the first favela mission even though it ''sounds'' like Rojas will get away if you don't haul arse.



* ContinuitySnarl: ''Operation Kingfish'' has become a pretty serious one. A fan-made video, it supposedly takes place between [=CoD4=] and [=MW2=], when Price and Soap have joined Task Force 141, and are hunting Makarov (codenamed Kingfish by Baseplate). A joint operation between the 141 (Price, Soap, Ghost, and Roach) and Delta Force (Sandman and Frost), Op. Kingfish goes awry when Makarov is revealed to have known about it beforehand and fled. [[spoiler: Everyone escapes except for Price, who is captured (supposedly, this is how he ends up in the gulag from [=MW2=]). The problem is that in [=MW2=] Soap gives back the pistol that Price gave him in [=Cod4=], when Price actually used it near the end of ''Kingfish'', and everyone else was already being evacuated when Price was captured, so no one could have recovered it]]. Another question raised is why Frost and Roach are not in the picture of the participants that was taken before the operation. None of this would have been a problem if O.K. had just remained a [[{{Fanon}} fan film]]. However, [[AscendedFanon Infinity Ward ended up declaring it as canon]]. There is also the snarl concerning the video showing a picture listing Price and Soap as the only surviving members of Bravo Six---despite the fact that in [=MW3=], you play as an S.A.S. member fighting alongside the other two survivors, Wallcroft and Griffen.
* ControllableHelplessness: The level "The Coup" in ''Modern Warfare''.

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* ContinuitySnarl: ''Operation Kingfish'' has become a pretty serious one. A fan-made video, it supposedly takes place between [=CoD4=] and [=MW2=], when Price and Soap have joined Task Force 141, and are hunting Makarov (codenamed Kingfish by Baseplate). A joint operation between the 141 (Price, Soap, Ghost, and Roach) and Delta Force (Sandman and Frost), Op. Kingfish goes awry when Makarov is revealed to have known about it beforehand and fled. [[spoiler: Everyone [[spoiler:Everyone escapes except for Price, who is captured (supposedly, this is how he ends up in the gulag from [=MW2=]). The problem is that in [=MW2=] Soap gives back the pistol that Price gave him in [=Cod4=], [=CoD4=], when Price actually used it near the end of ''Kingfish'', and everyone else was already being evacuated when Price was captured, so no one could have recovered it]]. Another question raised is why Frost and Roach are not in the picture of the participants that was taken before the operation.operation[[note]]and no, HeWhoMustNotBeSeen isn't the reason - Frost actually has a character model, even if it's never used in campaign[[/note]]. None of this would have been a problem if O.K. had just remained a [[{{Fanon}} fan film]]. However, [[AscendedFanon Infinity Ward ended up declaring it as canon]]. There is also the snarl concerning the video showing a picture listing Price and Soap as the only surviving members of Bravo Six---despite the fact that in [=MW3=], you play as an S.A.S. member fighting alongside the other two survivors, Wallcroft and Griffen.
* ControllableHelplessness: Every game has at least two instances.
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The level "The Coup" in ''Modern Warfare''.



** [[spoiler: And being an astronaut witnessing a nuclear [[ExplosionsInSpace explosion]] and getting literally blown away by it. Even if you survive the force of the blast, you're dead from the big panel that you can see hurtling towards you before the screen goes black.]]

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** [[spoiler: And being an astronaut witnessing a nuclear [[ExplosionsInSpace explosion]] and getting literally blown away by it. Even if you survive the force of the blast, you're dead from the big panel that you can see hurtling towards you before the screen goes black.fades to white and back to Ramirez.]]



** Again in ''3'': [[spoiler:the player controls a dad using a camcorder, recording his vacation in London with his family and unexpectedly getting caught in a nerve gas attack."]]

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** Again in ''3'': [[spoiler:the player controls a dad using a camcorder, recording his vacation in London with his family and unexpectedly getting caught in a nerve gas attack."]]]]



* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Double Subverted: [[spoiler: At the end of "Game Over" Soap can see a soldier start CPR on Price. Soap apparently blacks out, and the soldier is now pounding on Price's chest in an attempt to revive him. The game ends giving you the impression that it fails however. ''Modern Warfare 2'' reveals that Price is alive, meaning it did revive him; but it should be noted that it is unclear how long it took, or what Price's condition upon being revived was.]]

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* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Double Subverted: [[spoiler: At the end of "Game Over" Soap can see a soldier start CPR on Price. Soap apparently blacks out, and the soldier is now pounding on Price's chest in an attempt to revive him. The game ends giving you the impression that it fails however. fails. ''Modern Warfare 2'' reveals that Price is alive, meaning it did revive him; but though it should be noted that it is unclear how long it took, or what Price's condition upon being revived was.was, what with this game being set five years later.]]



** The first part of the last level in [=MW3=]. Dozens of guards in suits with pistols against two men [[spoiler:In juggernaut suits with belt-fed machine guns]].

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** The first part of the last level in [=MW3=]. Dozens of guards in suits with pistols against two men [[spoiler:In juggernaut [[spoiler:in Juggernaut suits with belt-fed machine guns]].



* CycleOfRevenge: Zakhaev hated the Americans and Britons for ruining his country, so he started a terrorist campaign against them. They blew his arm off. [[spoiler: He assisted Al-Asad, who also thought the Americans weakened his country, in the violent coup of his country and gave him a nuke. The Americans Marines invaded the country and defeated Al-Asad's army. He detonated the nuke that killed thousands of them. The SAS tracked down, interrogated, and executed Al-Asad. Zakhaev sent an army to kill them, they killed the army. They tried to use his son against him, who committed suicide. He launched more nukes at them and when that failed , killed whoever he could. Soap killed him for that. Now Makarov and the whole Russia hated Americans for it, complete with Makarov revealing photos of three SAS troopers and a US Marine involved in his death. Also, Shepherd hates the Ultranationalists for killing 30,000 of his men. The subsequent Russian-American War results in thousands of civilian deaths on both sides (though more on the Americans'). Soap and Price kill Shepherd in retaliation. But someone else will surely pick up the command of the American forces, now targeting both the Russians and them too...]]

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* CycleOfRevenge: Zakhaev hated the Americans and Britons for ruining his country, so he started a terrorist campaign against them. They blew his arm off. [[spoiler: He assisted Al-Asad, who also thought the Americans weakened his country, in the violent coup of his country and gave him a nuke. The Americans American Marines invaded the country and defeated Al-Asad's army. He detonated the nuke that killed thousands of them. The SAS tracked down, interrogated, and executed Al-Asad. Zakhaev sent an army to kill them, they killed the army. They tried to use his son against him, who committed suicide. He launched more nukes at them and when that failed , failed, killed whoever he could. Soap killed him for that. Now Makarov and the whole of Russia hated Americans America for it, complete with Makarov revealing photos of three SAS troopers and a US Marine involved in his death. Also, Shepherd hates the Ultranationalists for killing 30,000 of his men. The subsequent Russian-American War results in thousands of civilian deaths on both sides (though more on the Americans'). Soap and Price kill Shepherd in retaliation. But someone else will surely pick up the command of the American forces, now targeting both the Russians and them too...]]



** A selectable 25 KillStreak in ''Modern Warfare 2'' multiplayer drops a tac nuke, winning the game for whoever achieved the streak, regardless of score. That is, if you have it.

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** A selectable 25 KillStreak 25-{{kill streak}} in ''Modern Warfare 2'' multiplayer drops a tac nuke, winning the game for whoever achieved the streak, regardless of score. That is, if you have it. ''3'' replaced it with a MOAB, which acts as a "hidden" fourth streak for the same number of kills, but just gives doubled experience for the player/team who called it in for the rest of the round.



* DeathIsDramatic: Averted. None of the playable characters that die in the series ever get a meaningful last moment with their friends or a heartfelt speech. [[spoiler: Sgt. Jackson]] gets blown up by a nuke and is left all alone in a ruined city to die in agony making all of his accomplishments meaningless. [[spoiler: Roach]] is shot in the gut by his commanding officer [[spoiler: Shepherd]] and burned to death. [[spoiler: Soap]] probably the closet thing to a main protagonist in the whole series bleeds out after an explosion and doesn't get to say any meaningful last words as his friends desperately try and fail to keep him alive.

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* DeathIsDramatic: Averted. None of the playable characters that die in the series ever get a meaningful last moment with their friends or a heartfelt speech. [[spoiler: Sgt. Jackson]] gets blown up by a nuke and is left all alone in a ruined city to die in agony making all of his accomplishments meaningless. [[spoiler: Roach]] is shot in the gut by his commanding officer [[spoiler: Shepherd]] and burned to death. [[spoiler: Soap]] Soap]], probably the closet thing to a main protagonist in the whole series series, bleeds out after an explosion and doesn't get to say any meaningful last words as his friends desperately try and fail to keep him alive.



** In some missions, one of your allies may take out someone silently. However, if you shoot and kill that person before your ally gets to him, they then stop and resume the mission. In one instance during [=MW2=], Price says "This one's mine." But if you shoot them first, he then says "Never mind."

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** In some missions, one of your allies may take out someone silently. However, if you shoot and kill that person before your ally gets to him, they then stop and resume the mission. In one instance during "Cliffhanger" in [=MW2=], Price says Soap will note when he's about to snipe an enemy in your path (e.g. "This one's mine." But mine"), and if you shoot them first, he then says "Never mind."manage to kill that enemy before Soap does, he'll respond accordingly (e.g. "Then again, maybe not").



** The game will acknowledge if you complete objectives in a different way than expected. For example, in one mission in [=MW3=] you are expected to use coloured smoke to signal an [=AC130=] to fire on a Tank blocking your path. Your commanding officer will complement your ability to improvise if you use an RPG instead of the smoke.

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** The game will acknowledge if you complete objectives in a different way than expected. For example, in one mission in [=MW3=] you are expected to use coloured smoke to signal an [=AC130=] AC-130 to fire on a Tank tank blocking your path. Your commanding officer will complement compliment your ability to improvise if you use an RPG instead of the smoke.



* DirtyCoward: For all of his showboating and grand speeches about a new era to lead his country, Al-Asad proves himself to be a coward among cowards. It probably doesn't help that he was little more than a pawn of the Ultranationalists, as [[spoiler: he wasn't even the one who ordered the nuclear detonation.]]

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* DirtyCoward: For all of his showboating and grand speeches about a new era to lead his country, Al-Asad proves himself to be a coward among cowards. cowards, as [[spoiler:while the Marines are slogging their way through his country and his army to find him, he turns out to be hiding all the way in Azerbaijan.]] It probably doesn't help that he was little more than a pawn of the Ultranationalists, as [[spoiler: he wasn't even the one who ordered the nuclear detonation.]]
15th Aug '16 11:18:44 PM Wuz
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** Also, the Scottish sniper in the first game's flashbacks is '''[=MacMillan=]'''. Not [=McMillan=], or [=MacMillan=], or whatever.

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** Also, the Scottish sniper in the first game's flashbacks is '''[=MacMillan=]'''. Not [=McMillan=], or [=MacMillan=], [=MacMillian=], or whatever.
9th Aug '16 8:40:15 PM Thunderchin
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** Speaking of helicopters, the whole trilogy is bookended by the player running to and jumping aboard a helicopter. The difference? In "Crew Expendable", you're running ''away'' from something; in "Dust to Dust", you're running ''towards'' something.


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** An ''[[AvertedTrope averted]]'' example of a bookend: had the mission to [[spoiler:snipe Makarov in "Blood Brothers"]] gone to plan, the Ultranationalist threat would have begun and ended [[spoiler:with a sniper shot at its leader]].
4th Aug '16 6:47:42 PM PastryPerson
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* VillainProtagonist: During the Spec Ops mission "Milehigh Jack", you play as a [[TheSyndicate Inner Circle]] member hijacking President Vorschevy's plane.
23rd Jul '16 10:17:06 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler: General Shepherd]] knows when an entire squad of men suddenly drop out of contact that [[spoiler: he's being hunted by Soap and Price]] and orders an immediate evacuation, knowing they can't stop them.
** Sergeant Foley of all people knows that if you have a PlayerCharacter in your squad, ''make good use of him''.
16th Jul '16 4:55:25 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Several characters, such as Price, Makarov, and Shepard seem to know almost exactly how their opponents will think and/or react to a situation happening.
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