Posted on November 4, 2011, Phil Hornshaw Modern Warfare 3 Has Controversy-Ready Civilian-Massacring, Too (SPOILERS)
In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, there was a level called “No Russian” in which players took on the role of an undercover American operative and then proceeded to help terrorists massacre a bunch of civilians in an airport, the goal of which was to start World War III. You weren’t forced to blast civilians, but you could if you wanted to.
It took a while, but eventually the controversy showed up around the scene — basically around the time that some broadcast news clown (Fox News) figured out it was in the game.
[Warning: spoilers about things and people getting killed Modern Warfare 3 to follow.]
A spoilery video has hit YouTube containing a scene from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and while the video has already been taken down by Activision, reports say it one-ups shooting unarmed civilians in MW2. Apparently, this time around, the unarmed civilians are also children.
Now, important distinction: You don’t do any of the killing. The video shows a cutscene in which the player can’t intervene in which some terrorists blow up a family in London, more or less, as a means of building story — sounds like nothing you wouldn’t potentially see happening in an R-Rated summer tentpole, but that’s beside the point.
MW3 gives the ability to opt-out of potentially disturbing story content, CVG reports, but that doesn’t mean local broadcast news anchors aren’t going to ineffectually bumble through a report on this story real hard in the coming weeks.