As we move forward towards the release of Infinity Ward’s highly anticipated Modern Warfare 3 shooter, one aspect of the game is still lingering over many gamers thoughts and it is the existance of a London-themed level, which some critics are saying has similarities to real-life events involving terrorist activity.
The controversial aspects of the London-based map in Modern Warfare 3 first started when Modern Warfare 3 released their teaser trailers for the game a few months ago. Since then, talk has now died down a little, but Infinity Ward are now starting to reveal details on this game, evident in private demonstrations of the London map to select journalists.
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For those of you who are yet to hear about the London map featured in the game, we can tell you that the level allows players to experience gameplay around the famous Canary Wharf landmark, both on the ground and underground on the railway tracks and station. As you can imagine, some ‘sensitive’ individuals may draw comparisons to this level in the game and the terrorist attacks that occured on the London underground in 2005.
While we understand that this remains a very sensitive issue for some, everyone should remember one thing – Modern Warfare 3 is just a game. Just like Modern Warfare 2 and the ‘No Russian’ level, the environment is provided for entertainment purposes, to make the game seem as realistic as possible. You may think that Infinity Ward are walking on a tightrope here, but when you can mix up gameplay with real-life similarities resulting in better gameplay for the consumer who is playing $60 for the right to play it – these arguments about having levels banned or whatever seems a bit ridiculous.
No doubt that Infinity Ward and Activision will come under further heat from the media as soon as we see proper gameplay footage from the London level, but at the end of the day – it’s the gaming community that Activision are catering for, so a few critics shouldn’t deter from their main objective to deliver the best possible Call of Duty title to date. The criticism over No Russian was totally unnecessary in our opinion, but we bet it will be even worse for Modern Warfare 3 in relation to the London map.
Where do you stand on this debate? Will gamers play through this level just like any other first-person shooter level or will gamers play through it having the terrorist event at the back of your mind as you are taking down individuals on the underground. An interesting discussion for sure, one which we’re eager to see how you feel about.