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Duty Calls: The Calm Before The Storm is a playable parody of the Call of Duty franchise (specifically the Modern Warfare games) and those that follow in its footsteps such as Battlefield: Bad Company and Medal of Honor, poking fun at some of the most pervasive, cliched tropes in modern military shooters with an extremely short campaign (roughly five minutes in length). You, the player, must storm an enemy base, witnessing the brutal horrors of war and the unending monotony of shooting uniform-clad soldier after uniform-clad soldier with the same boring weapon, ranking up before taking down the enemy leader and securing the nuclear missile bomb, ensuring the United States' victory over enemy forces once again.

In actuality, the game is a covert advergame developed by People Can Fly, developers of Painkiller, to advertise Bulletstorm, a game that couldn't possibly be farther from yet another boring military shooter game, showcasing the monotonous predictability of modern military shooters in contrast to Bulletstorm's own take on brutal videogame violence. It's been speculated that Duty Calls was the developers' way of compensating for the lack of a PC version of the Bulletstorm demo, though how much better a job Duty Calls does in advertising Bulletstorm is debatable. It's still funny, though.

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For a much more serious Take That! at military shooters, see Spec Ops: The Line.


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