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'Modern Warfare' Is Being Review-Bombed Over Russian Portrayal

'Modern Warfare' Is Being Review-Bombed Over Russian Portrayal

Infinity Ward and Activision warned us that the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot would be gritty, authentic, and controversial... and it seems that that was mostly true. The game's campaign is certainly gritty and controversial, although its authenticity has proved a sticking point for many players.

Modern Warfare is now subject to a review-bombing campaign on Metacritic, as gamers have expressed outrage over the way Russian soldiers have been depicted in the campaign.

Modern Warfare Farah
Modern Warfare Farah

The PlayStation 4 version of the game now has a user score of 3.0 based on 3,609 reviews, with many specifically calling out Infinity Ward for the way the game's campaign rewrites the controversial 1991 Highway of Death attack during the Gulf War that saw US, Canadian, British, and French forces assault the area and kill more than 350 soldiers.

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According to reports, many of these soldiers were disarmed and surrendering, while some have even claimed that women and children were among the victims. The Modern Warfare campaign specifically mentions the Highway of Death, but claims that the attacks were carried about Russia.

As you can imagine, this hasn't gone down so well.


"Disgusting Russophobic garbage, created only for one thing - stinking anti-Russian propaganda," one reviewer wrote on Metacritic, "which is now pouring out of all the 'independent' media on the orders of their Washington masters. 0/10."

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"Absolutely disgusting propaganda," wrote another. "Why make such games? Games should unite people and not set them against each other. What I saw in this game is an example of absolute evil, total terror!"

"How many clichés there are about Russians, but this game has surpassed them all together. Do not buy this game, do not become sponsors of terror."

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Captain Price's Squad

Last week, Sony Interactive Entertainment Russia revealed that it wouldn't be selling Modern Warfare on the Russian PlayStation Store. At the time it was assumed the this decision had something to do with the way the country was represented in-game, and based on the current review-bombing campaign it looks like that was very much the case.

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At the time, Activision released a statement in response arguing that "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a fictional game that has been thoughtfully created to entertain fans and tell a compelling narrative."

Arguing that the game is fiction is all well and good of course, but if you're going to reference a real-life attack, you probably shouldn't then make up who was responsible for it.

Featured Image Credit: Activision

Topics: Modern Warfare, infinity ward, Call of Duty, Activision

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.