History YMMV / ModernWarfare

15th Feb '17 2:40:31 PM Josef5678
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*** Welcome to UrbanWarfare, where you can and here ''will'' be shot at from ''[[TruthInTelevision everyfuckingwhere at once]]''.
15th Feb '17 2:40:04 PM Josef5678
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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: ''Modern Warfare 2''. Complaints include the shorter campaign, the ContinuityLockout, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking most damning of all]], the plot's ''resemblance to a Creator/MichaelBay film''. Some even went so far as to complain about {{Sequelitis}}. See Your Mileage May Vary, below. Ironically, most of the changes that made the multiplayer unplayable were [[SelfInflictedHell suggested by the fans themselves.]]

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: ''Modern Warfare 2''. Complaints include the shorter campaign, the ContinuityLockout, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking most damning of all]], the plot's ''resemblance resemblance to a Creator/MichaelBay film''.film. Some even went so far as to complain about {{Sequelitis}}. See Your Mileage May Vary, below. Ironically, most of the changes that made the multiplayer unplayable were [[SelfInflictedHell suggested by the fans themselves.]]
15th Feb '17 2:37:50 PM Josef5678
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* ScrappyMechanic: Lag compensation in ''Modern Warfare 3''. Although, with time, Infinity Ward managed to remedy it somewhat by gradually patching the way it works to better recreate the feel of ''Call of Duty 4'' and ''Modern Warfare 2''. They sort of succeeded, but by then it was too little, too late, and everyone had already moved on.
** Also, the spawns in ''Modern Warfare 3'' are absolutely atrocious. A good example is if you kill someone, they can spawn right behind you, this is called revenge spawning.

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* ScrappyMechanic: ScrappyMechanic:
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Lag compensation in ''Modern Warfare 3''. Although, with time, Infinity Ward managed to remedy it somewhat by gradually patching the way it works to better recreate the feel of ''Call of Duty 4'' and ''Modern Warfare 2''. They sort of succeeded, but by then it was too little, too late, and everyone had already moved on.
** Also, the The spawns in ''Modern Warfare 3'' are absolutely atrocious. A good example is if you kill someone, they can spawn right behind you, this is called revenge spawning.



* SequelDisplacement: While the first ''Modern Warfare'' was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_of_Duty_4:_Modern_Warfare#Sales well received, getting over $600 million in 8 months]], the sequel [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_of_Duty:_Modern_Warfare_2#Sales sold even better, getting over $1 billion in two months]].

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* SequelDisplacement: SequelDisplacement:
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While the first ''Modern Warfare'' was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_of_Duty_4:_Modern_Warfare#Sales well received, getting over $600 million in 8 months]], the sequel [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_of_Duty:_Modern_Warfare_2#Sales sold even better, getting over $1 billion in two months]].
15th Feb '17 2:20:46 PM Josef5678
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: A lot of the death quotes in ''Modern Warfare 2'' warn about the dangers of excessive patriotism.
** [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-social-satire-of-call-of-duty.html Indeed, there's a full on essay that it's a extremely anti-war and jingoism video game.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Shepherd's name. [[spoiler: As in "A shepherd leading sleep to slaughter"? For the 141 and for America in general?]]
** The group of villains in the first game (Al-Asad, Imran Zakhaev, Viktor Zakhaev, [[spoiler: and Makarov, as revealed in ''3'']] is called the "[[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Four Horsemen]]".
15th Feb '17 2:14:50 PM Josef5678
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-->'''Shepherd:''' Do you have the DSM?"\\
'''Ghost:''' We got it sir!\\
'''Shepherd:''' [[spoiler:Good. That's one less loose end. ''(Gunshot. Gunshot.)'']]

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-->'''Shepherd:''' --->'''Shepherd:''' Do you have the DSM?"\\
'''Ghost:'''
DSM?"
--->'''Ghost:'''
We got it sir!\\
'''Shepherd:'''
sir!
--->'''Shepherd:'''
[[spoiler:Good. That's one less loose end. ''(Gunshot. Gunshot.)'']]



* ToughActToFollow: VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: Modern Warfare. It is very hotly debated as to whether either of the sequels compare to the first installment.

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* ToughActToFollow: VideoGame/CallOfDuty ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: Modern Warfare.Warfare''. It is very hotly debated as to whether either of the sequels compare to the first installment.



* UnknownRival: In Modern Warfare 2, Makarov to Price. While Makarov blames Price for the [[spoiler: death of Imran Zakhaev during ''Game Over'' (despite the fact it's actually Soap's fault, which he does end up avenging anyway in ''Blood Brothers'')]], Price sort of knows who Vlad is by association with Zakhaev, and doesn't seem to really give him much consideration; admittedly he is sort of preoccupied at the time. It's not until 3, when he gets personal and starts doing things to piss off Price directly that Price develops his single minded obsession with killing him. It also plays into what Nikolai says about Yuri hating Vlad more than Price; [[spoiler: his vendetta has been present since Vlad set off the nuke in ''Shock And Awe'' during the events of the first game, 5 years before, and it's not just a personal dislike; to Yuri, Makarov is a disgrace to his, and by extension Yuri's, country.]]
14th Feb '17 5:56:28 PM Josef5678
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* ActorAllusion: ''Modern Warfare 3'' marks the second time Creator/WilliamFichtner has played a Delta Force Operator. His character's handle of "Sandman" is likely a reference to his role as Sgt. Sanderson in ''Film/BlackHawkDown''.
14th Feb '17 5:55:54 PM Josef5678
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* DeaderThanDisco: ''Call of Duty 4'' was the spearhead for modern war settings in first person games, which gave it a lot of praise when other developers were still stuck with World War 2. A [[SarcasmMode billion sequels later]] and an over saturated market of modern military shooters thanks to COD 4's influence however made the modern military genre very stale in a few years and ''Call of Duty'' has since become one of the most hated video game franchises on the internet.
14th Feb '17 4:27:43 PM Josef5678
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Was [[spoiler: Shepherd using Makarov to further his plans?]] Or [[spoiler: was it Makarov using Shepherd to further his own?]] The games leave it open to the point that [[spoiler: they were apparently trying to OutGambit the other]].

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
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AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Was [[spoiler: Shepherd using Makarov to further his plans?]] Or [[spoiler: was it Makarov using Shepherd to further his own?]] The games leave it open to the point that [[spoiler: they were apparently trying to OutGambit the other]].



* BrokenBase: The PC gaming community had a fit when Infinity Ward announced that there would be no dedicated servers for the second game, and that's nothing compared to the massive, massive split between players who think the campaign is good and players who think it's rubbish.

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* BrokenBase: BrokenBase:
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The PC gaming community had a fit when Infinity Ward announced that there would be no dedicated servers for the second game, and that's nothing compared to the massive, massive split between players who think the campaign is good and players who think it's rubbish.



* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Whenever you're downed in the single-player campaign, the game tosses up a quote from a historical figure lamenting the cost and violence of warfare on humanity. However, no one can deny it's pretty fun to be a OneManArmy caught in the middle of WorldWarIII so the weight of their quotes seems lost.

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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: DoNotDoThisCoolThing:
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Whenever you're downed in the single-player campaign, the game tosses up a quote from a historical figure lamenting the cost and violence of warfare on humanity. However, no one can deny it's pretty fun to be a OneManArmy caught in the middle of WorldWarIII so the weight of their quotes seems lost.



* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In the sixth mission of [=MW3=]'s single player campaign "Back On The Grid". [[spoiler:Price tells Soap to "try not to die this time", guess what winds up happening to Soap later on.]]

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: FunnyAneurysmMoment:
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In the sixth mission of [=MW3=]'s single player campaign "Back On The Grid". [[spoiler:Price tells Soap to "try not to die this time", guess what winds up happening to Soap later on.]]



* ItWasHisSled: ''No Russian'', oh ''No Russian''. Also, both nukes.
** In ''[=MW2=]'', the reveal that [[spoiler: General Shepherd is ''not'' to be trusted]]. Also doubles as a LateArrivalSpoiler, as anyone who starts with the third game (which gives the twist away in the opening cutscene) and works their way back will not be surprised in the least.

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* ItWasHisSled: ItWasHisSled:
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''No Russian'', oh ''No Russian''. Also, both nukes.
** In ''[=MW2=]'', the reveal that [[spoiler: General Shepherd is ''not'' to be trusted]].trusted. Also doubles as a LateArrivalSpoiler, as anyone who starts with the third game (which gives the twist away in the opening cutscene) and works their way back will not be surprised in the least.
14th Feb '17 4:23:56 PM Josef5678
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** Despite appearing in only two levels, Capt. [=MacMillan=] is easily one of the most popular characters in the game, though this may be because he was an actually-useful NPC and, even when his legs were crippled, was still a Grade-A badass.
*** [[spoiler:Captain [=MacMillan=] appears in 3 as "Baseplate", the CO of the SAS at Hereford.]]

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** Despite appearing in only two levels, Capt. [=MacMillan=] is easily one of the most popular characters in the game, though this may be because he was an actually-useful NPC and, even when his legs were crippled, was still a Grade-A badass.
*** [[spoiler:Captain [=MacMillan=]
badass. [[spoiler:He then appears in 3 ''3'' as "Baseplate", the CO of the SAS at Hereford.]]



* HoYay: Well, it was bound to happen in a series where there less than five female characters seen [[spoiler: and all but one of them get killed off within five minutes of their first appearance]].

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* HoYay: Well, it was bound to happen in a series where there less than five female characters seen [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and all but one of them get killed off within five minutes of their first appearance]].



*** Viewer discretion is advised when looking directly at Captain [=MacTavish=]. Pregnant women, ''non''-pregnant women, all the geeks in high school, your average blue-collar worker, and Americans in general should all exercise caution when looking directly at Captain [=MacTavish=]. [[OverlyLongGag If Captain MacTavish looks directly]] ''[[OverlyLongGag back]]'' [[OverlyLongGag at you, contact your local poison control immediately]].
22nd Jan '17 1:53:24 AM Kadorhal
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** The M16A4 with Stopping Power in Call of Duty 4, full stop. It dominates basically everything else, and kills insanely quickly (one burst kill in Modern Warfare Remastered). Expect games to be ''filled'' with users of the rifle.

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** The M16A4 [=M16A4=] with Stopping Power in Call of Duty 4, full stop. It dominates basically everything else, and kills insanely quickly (one burst kill in Modern Warfare Remastered).else at any range. Expect games to be ''filled'' with users of the rifle. It's just as good in Modern Warfare 2, and in fact is even worse thanks to a glitch with the Holographic Sight significantly reducing its recoil, making it even easier to make sure all three bullets you need to kill someone hit. Add onto that the Bling perk to match that holo-sight with any other attachment of your choice - such as the heartbeat sensor, which is placed on the M16 in such a way that you can still see the entire sensor when aiming.



** A hacker later found DummiedOut code apparently for multiplayer modes not in the final game, and posted that the modes would be "released" as DLC later. PC gamers, already angry over the server thing, embraced this theory wholeheartedly. Then the once-smouldering backdraft from this flared up again with the Map Packs, which were all 1200 MS points or 15 bucks for five new maps... two of each actually being ports from ''[=CoD4=]''. Even one of the devs got angry about that one, actively lashing out at Activision when they suggested doing the same thing for ''[=MW3=]'' (incidentally, he was one of the last original IW members to leave the team right around when the sole ''2''-to-''3'' port, Terminal, came out - for free).
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: Face it...if this game was ''half'' as popular as it is, do you think it and ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' would be the ButtMonkey franchise that it is, that people automatically hate on ''basis'' of being ''Modern Warfare'' or ''Call of Duty'' and not whether or not it's a ''good Modern Warfare'' game? The games still become best sellers despite receiving near universal hatred from gamers. So obviously, the devs are doing ''something'' right (or, were, until ''Ghosts'' failed to beat the previous game's sales records - a first since ''World at War'' five years prior).

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** A hacker later found DummiedOut code apparently for multiplayer modes not in the final game, and posted that the modes would be "released" as DLC later. PC gamers, already angry over the server thing, embraced this theory wholeheartedly. Then the once-smouldering backdraft from this flared up again with the Map Packs, which were all 1200 MS points or 15 bucks for five new maps... two of each actually being ports from ''[=CoD4=]''. Even one of the devs got angry about that one, actively lashing out at Activision when they suggested doing the same thing for ''[=MW3=]'' (incidentally, ''[=MW3=]''. Incidentally, he was one of the last original IW members to leave the team right around when the sole ''2''-to-''3'' port, Terminal, came out - for free).
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* ItsPopularNowItSucks: Face it... if this game series was ''half'' as popular as it is, do you think it and ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' in general would be the ButtMonkey franchise that it is, that people automatically hate on the ''basis'' of being ''Modern Warfare'' or ''Call of Duty'' and not whether or not it's a ''good Modern Warfare'' game? The games still become best sellers despite receiving near universal hatred from gamers. So obviously, the devs are doing ''something'' right (or, were, until ''Ghosts'' failed to beat the previous game's sales records - a first since ''World at War'' five years prior).right.



** Also, [[BigBad Vladimir Makarov]]. Prior to his debut, an attempt to capture him had already failed horribly. He is the world's most wanted terrorist, being the man behind several terrorist attacks against the West and constantly staying one step ahead. He makes his debut by conspiring with the Magnificent Bastard mentioned above [[spoiler:General Shepherd]] to orchestrate a False Flag Operation that would eventually lead to a Third World War, not long after which he betrayed him to the good guys. Throughout the course of the war, he keeps launching terrorist attacks across Europe to put the Western countries at a disadvantage, comes close to gaining access to Russia's nuclear arsenal and even kills [[spoiler:Soap]] when he anticipated an assassination attempt on him. All while still remaining ahead of his enemies over the course of two games. Sorry [[spoiler:Shepherd]], but Makarov is the true Magnificent Bastard of the Modern Warfare series.

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** Also, [[BigBad Vladimir Makarov]]. Prior to his debut, an attempt to capture him had already failed horribly. He is the world's most wanted terrorist, being the man behind several terrorist attacks against the West and constantly staying one step ahead. He makes his debut by conspiring with the Magnificent Bastard mentioned above [[spoiler:General Shepherd]] to orchestrate a False Flag Operation FalseFlagOperation that would eventually lead to a Third World War, WorldWarIII, not long after which he betrayed him to the good guys. Throughout the course of the war, he keeps launching terrorist attacks across Europe to put the Western countries at a disadvantage, comes close to gaining access to Russia's nuclear arsenal and even kills [[spoiler:Soap]] when he anticipated an assassination attempt on him. All while still remaining ahead of his enemies over the course of two games. Sorry [[spoiler:Shepherd]], but Makarov is the true Magnificent Bastard of the Modern Warfare series.



** [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Makarov]] crosses it by orchestrating and leading the "No Russian" bit above in [=MW2=].

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** [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Makarov]] Makarov crosses it by orchestrating and leading the "No Russian" bit above in [=MW2=].



*** [[spoiler:As it turned out, ''he'' was the one who gave the order for the aformentioned warhead's detonation in the original Modern Warfare.]]

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*** [[spoiler:As it turned out, ''he'' was the one who gave the order for the aformentioned aforementioned warhead's detonation in the original Modern Warfare.]]



* MorePopularSpinoff: ''Call Of Duty'' is a pretty well-known franchise, but ''Modern Warfare'' has a massive impact upon pop culture and is one of the most successful series in the history of video games. Indeed, a vast majority of ''Modern Warfare'' players have never played the first three ''Call of Duty'' games.
** Prior to ''Call of Duty 4'', the series was strictly World War II-focused. Since ''4'' the series has gone back exactly once (the following year's installment, ''World at War'') and otherwise never looked back (although now modern warfare itself is in the past as, starting with ''Black Ops II'', the series now exists in the future).

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* MorePopularSpinoff: ''Call Of of Duty'' is a pretty well-known franchise, but ''Modern Warfare'' has a massive impact upon pop culture and is one of the most successful series in the history of video games. Indeed, a vast majority of ''Modern Warfare'' players have never played the first three ''Call of Duty'' games.
** Prior to ''Call of Duty 4'', the series was strictly World War II-focused. Since ''4'' the series has gone back exactly once (the following year's installment, ''World at War'') and otherwise never looked back (although now modern warfare Modern Warfare itself is in the past as, starting with ''Black Ops II'', the series now exists in the future).
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