The Five Most Memorable Moments from the ‘Modern Warfare’ Franchise

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 18th, 2011 at 6:51 pm,

The Five Most Memorable Moments from the 'Modern Warfare' Franchise
When Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare first came on the scene, it was a breath of fresh air for first person shooters. Shedding the (at the time) cliche World War 2 era for a fictional modern setting, Modern Warfare ended up becoming one the most highly regarded shooters of all time.

But it wasn’t just the robust multiplayer that wooed people over, the well crafted single player campaign was also a huge factor. While the sequel Modern Warfare 2 did have a convoluted, and at times nonsensical, story attached to it, the narrative was still filled with high octane moments that have been ingrained in the minds’ of gamers since its release in 2009.

Here, in anticipation of the forthcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, we count down the top five most memorable moments throughout the Modern Warfare franchise. It goes without saying that some of these story beats will constitute as SPOILERS for anyone who has yet to fight their way through the two Modern Warfare stories. As a result, it you want to remain unspoiled – advert your eyes! You have been warned, there are SPOILERS ahead.

5. Betrayed By An Ally

The Call of Duty games have never been big on character development, but after witnessing the deaths of playable character Roach and Ghost, it was hard not to feel overcome with anger with the events that followed. After the adrenaline pumping event of defending a DMS module from what seemed like endless waves of antagonist Makarov’s soldiers, TF141 (the player’s multinational task force) was betrayed by the American General Shepherd.

The scene created an overwhelming sense of tension, as players watched in first person as a recently shot Roach and Ghost were lifted up by American forces and thrown into a ditch, before being covered in gasoline and lit ablaze by Shepherd. Players could do nothing but tilt Roach’s head from left to right as they heard Captain Price’s futile pleas – warning them not to trust Shepherd.


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TAGS: Activision, Call of Duty, Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, PC, PS3

  • Canada Goose Parkas

    But it wasn’t just the robust multiplayer that wooed people over, the well crafted single player campaign was also a huge factor.There are multiple blockbuster moments in the Modern Warfare titles — and we’re sure more will come up in Modern Warfare 3.

    • martian712

      I agree, I don’t care for the multiplayer at all, but the campaigns have always been well done.

  • James Ackerman

    What about the opening of Modern Warfare 3 when you are the president of the unnamed Arab country and can only watch as your country, and your self as well, are put into the hands of a mad men with no regard for life.

    And of course, who could forget about the end of Whiskey Hotel? The music, the environment, all of it was superbly done and really put you into the story.

  • raihan

    what about the moment Soap rescued cpt price?

  • Ghostsage

    I liked the moment my neck was chewed off by a puppy. Other then that Ghillie in the mist ftw.



  • moyshirow

    both of this game modes are awesome

  • Jacob

    It’s always the Americans…….

  • JDemaria

    His name was Makarov…not Malikov. And TF141 is a multinational task force, not a British one, hence the reason you can see the flag patches of different countries on your allies backs

    • Anthony Mole

      Whoops, too much Resistance 3 on my part.

  • Sock Monkey

    Agree with everything but the first one. The general was obviously going to be the bad guy from the first time you meet him.

  • Indigo

    Um, where’s the knife throw from the end of Modern Warfare 2? That was the BEST moment in that franchise!

  • COD

    I hope they don’t kill Soap off in MW3

    • AmazonKendall

      Something tells me that Cpt. Price might die. I hope Rameraiz doesn’t die though. I want to see him fight through Russia and come out alive on the other end.

      • Ranuu

        Yeah, but consider every other playable American character in the MW series.

        • iceytoa1

          Umm Jackson survived Call of Duty 2, he got promoted to sergeant.

          • JACK

            Doyle survived United Offensive and Call of Duty 3.

  • JACK

    Soap has always been my favorite character. But you know how they make references to previous games, something makes me think they’ll try to reference what happened to Dimitri in Black Ops.

  • JACK

    I mean I was disappointed that Dimitri wasn’t one of the main characters. I was hoping he’d be a vision or something like Reznov. But Reznov and Dimitri to me, were like Price and Soap in WWII.