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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review bombed over portrayal of Russia

Published: 18:29, 28 October 2019
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is getting review bombed on Metacritic due to its portrayal of Russia as the main villain. At the time of writing, there are 960 negative reviews, mostly coming from Russian players.

During the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the developer Infinity Ward explained a couple of times that their title will not shy away from the brutality of war and that is even inspired by some of the most controversial missions in the popular shooter franchise.

Of course, just like in previous Modern Warfare titles, the focus is once again on the portrayal of the Russians and by the looks of it, the latest Modern Warfare has a lot of controversial moments in its singleplayer campaign. We can confirm this to some extent as we're yet to complete the campaign but in the first couple of missions, it's pretty clear who the bad guys are.

And while we're not going to give Call of Duty: Modern Warfare a hard time just because its fictional story favours one side over the other, some players are extremely unhappy with the portrayal of the Russian army in the game. Over on Metacritic, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is getting review bombed due to how it uses  Russia as the main antagonist.

At the time of writing, more than 960 players left a negative review on the PC version of the game and the majority of these reviews are apparently coming from the Russian players. They claim that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare shows Russians as "animals" and war criminals "without any morality and conscience".

“Disgusting Russophobic garbage, created only for one thing — stinking anti-Russian propaganda,” one Metacritic user wrote.

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As you may know, Sony pulled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from the Russian PlayStation Store but the company did not offer an explanation for their decision. Fast forward a couple of days and it looks like it was a pretty smart move.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is still available on Xbox One and PC in Russia but judging by these angry reviews, it's not going to do well in the world's largest country.

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