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Korolev avatar 5:40 PM on 11.19.2009
Modern Warfare 2: Ridiculous plot extreme mode alpha action tango bravo mike!!!!

An obvious spoiler warning for Modern Warfare 2

If youíve read my review for MW2, youíd know that, even for the PC version, the game is fun and worth your money.
Youíll also know that I do not think much of the plot. Here is why the Plot for MW2 is stupid beyond redemption.

1) Private Allen turned CIA superstar. Become a deep under-cover operative in 5 easy steps! Anyone can do it! Learn Russian perfectly overnight! Even the accent! Yes itís entirely plausible and possible!
Okay, your plan is to pluck the most lethal field soldier you can find, a soldier with no previous undercover experience, knowledge of the Russian language, special operations experience or cultural experience, then give him a bad Russian name (something ending in Bog or Ov or Din predictably) and then viola! Instant deep cover operative? How the hell did Shepard even get clearance from the CIA to do that, and Private Allen must have been about as intelligent as a pinecone to agree to such a stupid plan, I mean what did he say - ďall I have to do is say my name is Alexei and then Iíve successfully infiltrated the most secretive terrorist unit in all of Russia!? Whoda thunk it? Dur hur hur hur!Ē I know that in the context of the story, Shepard purposefully sent Allen to be betrayed, and informed Makarov as well, but come on, the set up is so STUPID that no one would have let Shepard do it, and as if the Russian Intelligence services (who donít like the US in the story line) wouldnít have possibly picked up on the fact that thereís an American man who speaks bad Russian pretending to be a terrorist landing on their doorstep.

2) How could Russia have known Allen was an American?
Makarov and Shepardís plan was for Russia to find a dead American body at the sight of a Terrorist Attack and thus use it as justification for an invasion (OOOH I see what you did there infinity ward, thatís very clever political commentary on current US foreign policy, oh youíre such a clever boy IW, here have a sticker for effort). But how the hell did they know he was an American? Where did they get the idea that he was working for the US government? And as if they would jump straight away for the war option.

And further more.....

[My brother walks in]

Brother: Hey I heard you were complaining about MW2ís storyline

Me: Yep. Itís totally stupid isnít it?

Brother: Well yeah. Itís a video game. And besides you liked Metal Gear Solid 4ís plot, right?

Me: Yeah....

Brother: {Stares pointedly at me]

Me: [Hangs head in shame]. Iíll shut up now.....

And so he did. But not for long! Within minutes he was back on the forums railing on about video game plots, feeling smug using his mighty intellect for arguing against a video game story that....

Oh. Okay. There's no way I can really get angry over video game plots and still have a shred of dignity left is there?

Is..... there?

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