'Modern Warfare' Has A Message For Players Who Keep Shooting The Baby
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare released last Friday (October 25), and no doubt the more devoted fans out there used the weekend to storm through the game's new campaign, as well as dive into some of the new and returning multiplayer modes in the Infinity Ward developed reboot.
If you've played through the Modern Warfare campaign, you'll already be aware that the mode has its fair share of shocking and controversial moments that are sure to encourage plenty of discussion and debate in the coming months, including one in particular that I'm about to discuss in greater detail - so if you've yet to experience the campaign for yourself, I'd advise against reading on.
Consider that your one warning. Okay? Great. Spoilers below.
One of early levels in the Modern Warfare campaign sees you raiding a London townhouse in search of terrorist intel. It's quite easily one of the best levels in the game, often feeling like a horror title as you creep around in the dark, exploring rooms and taking out terrorists.
There are a few moments in this level where the game asks you to reconsider your itchy trigger finger - the first is when you open a door to one room and see a man who's taken a woman hostage.
The woman is pleading for her life, and you can spare her and take out her hostage - but it turns out she was playing you and will reach for a weapon if you let her live.
This brings us to a moment soon after when, as you explore yet another room in the dark, you'll see another woman. Instead of making grab for a weapon, she runs to cradle a screaming child (whether it's hers or not is unclear, but we can probably assume it is).
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Once again, you have a choice. You can leave the mother, or shoot her. Shoot her, and she'll drop the baby to the floor, your fellow soldiers will (quite rightly) ask you what the hell you think you're doing, and one of the squad will pick up the screaming baby and place it back in the cot.
Leave the mother, and nothing happens.
A solider stays with her as she tries to quiet her baby and you search the rest of the house.
There is a third option, but it's not something most people would even have thought to try (at least I hope not): You can shoot the baby.
It should go without saying that if you shoot the baby, you get an immediate game over. I assume this is because if the game did keep going after you shot the baby, Captain Price and the rest of the squad would have killed you themselves.
The game over screen is accompanied with the friendly reminder that "children are non-combatants" and, having learned a valuable lesson about not shooting infants at point-blank range, you restart from the last checkpoint.
Oh, but you can continue to shoot the baby, if for some reason you feel like that would be a fun thing to do. Carry on enough, and you'll eventually be taken to a game over screen that reads "are you serious?", before you're kicked out of the campaign and back to the map mission screen.
Obviously you never actually see the baby get shot, as I'm not entirely sure such a scene would have ever made it past the ESRB.
Instead, the screen fades to black as soon as you've pulled the trigger, so it's not all bad... but if you did pull the trigger, the intent was clearly there and you probably need to have a word with yourself.
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