November 9, 2009

Modern Warfare 2 Hits Ground Running

The widely anticipated role-playing videogame "Modern Warfare 2" finally becomes available on Tuesday.

Videogame maker Activision Blizzard anticipates that the sixth episode in the "Call of Duty" franchise might become the most successful entertainment industry release of 2009.

Pre-orders for the $60 game are the highest grossing in the company's record.

"We're already seeing it bully other name-brand competitors into pushing their release dates back rather than risk going head-to-head in the same launch window," said Scott Steinberg of videogame and gadget website Digital Trends to Yahoo News. "Put simply, if you only buy a single game this Hanukkah or Christmas, this is the title to beat."

Analysts anticipate that "Modern Warfare" will create interest in the videogame industry as yearly sales have been hurt by the economy.

"Modern Warfare" will appeal to both general videogame players and the franchise's established followers.

"It's designed to be as much of a breathlessly cinematic experience as simple run-n-gun outing," Steinberg said. "Beyond offering tremendous value courtesy of both its single and multiplayer options, it's also a surefire home theater showpiece."

Reviewers have given "MW2" rave reviews for its stunning graphics.

"Fire it up on a new LCD or plasma HDTV, and it's all but guaranteed to make the neighbors' jaws drop," Steinberg said.

Infinity Ward made the game, with different versions made for Microsoft Xbox 360; Sony PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii.

"Everyone on the team is laser focused on making the most gripping experience we've ever created," said Infinity Ward chief executive Vince Zampella. "No detail is too small and every finishing touch imaginable is underway to make 'Modern Warfare 2' our best ever."

"MW2" picks up in the wake of its predecessor, which reportedly sold 12 million copies.


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