Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 3
by David Staniforth
A violent compelling game - will the industry be reinvesting some of the profits to provide adequate safety alerts on the games themselves ???????????? NOW read on ......
The game that includes a terrorist attack on the Tube today broke all records by selling more than nine million pre-sale copies.
Hundreds of gamers queued in Oxford Street until midnight to buy Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in London's biggest computer game launch, while singers Example and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were among stars at the Battersea Power Station party marking the event.
Industry experts predict the £45 game, in which players take on the role of special forces resisting a Russian invasion of the US and Europe, will be a Christmas top seller, with Lazard Capital Markets analyst Atul Bagga confirming pre-sales were the highest yet for a computer game.
The Game store in Oxford Street - one of 500 shops across the UK staging special openings for the launch - said more than 750 people braved the cold to queue. "We've not seen anything like it for a software launch," said spokesman Neil Ashurst.
Andy Payne, chairman of UKIE, a games industry trade body said: "MW3 promises to be not only one of the biggest game launches of all time, but also one of the biggest entertainment products ever made." The game, which has an 18 certificate, has been criticised for the Tube attack scenes, with Mediawatch campaign group saying they are in "incredibly bad taste".
The game's predecessor, Call Of Duty: Black Ops, generated more than £620million of global sales in its first six weeks.
Review: Modern Warfare 3
By Mark Prigg
Modern Warfare 3 has a lot of hype to live up to - but it is one of the most impressive games ever produced.
It does a superb job of engaging the player, with incredible graphics and surround sound really making you feel you are in the heart of the action as you battle Russian forces around the world.
The London episode is chillingly realistic, especially when the action moves to the Tube. Players are on the back of trucks chasing trains which have been boarded by terrorists, and everything from the detail of the trains to the scream of commuters as you hurtle through stations feels eerily accurate. The episode ends spectacularly when a train derails and explodes, leaving players in Westminster Tube station.
However, it's the final London scene, as a young family dies in a chemical attack launched in the shadow of Big Ben, that is most disturbing.
The game definitely warrants its 18 certificate but despite the violence and gore, MW3 is arguably the best example yet of how far computer games have come. The online play modes will keep players entertained for months.
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