5 – Black Cats (Call of Duty: World at War)
I have to get one thing off my chest: I was far from pleased with World at War’s campaign. While the campaign as a whole was disappointing, I don’t think anyone can deny that Black Cats was an outstanding mission. The general concept of the mission was just perfect: get in a gunship and blow the hell out of anything that moves. Several beefy guns were at your disposal, giving you so much firepower that it made you feel near invincible.
You start out with blowing some PT boats out of the water which is fun but won't cause you to work up a sweat just yet. As the mission progresses, the action gets more intense. The boats go away and you are caught in a swarm of Japanese Zero fighters. Your crew mates spot survivors in the water below and shout at you that they need to be rescued. You land your plane in the water and go around rescuing the survivors while taking on the PT boats and Zeroes at the same time. This is easily the most epic part of the mission. It sends you jumping from gun to gun taking down everything in sight while making sure to rescue the survivors (you don’t HAVE to rescue the survivors, but why would you skip it?). This was easily my favorite mission in this game.
4 – Death From Above (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)
The fourth most epic moment in Call of Duty yet again involves a gunship. This one goes way above and beyond what you would expect in a game. You are stationed inside an AC-130 gunship with multiple weapons including machine guns and grenade launchers. The entire scene is in black and white, adding much to the fantastic ambiance of this level. The objective of the mission is to protect one of your squads on the ground while they carry out their own mission. As you would expect, you can’t really die in the gunship, but you have to go back to the last checkpoint if you bomb one of your squadmates on the ground. Overall, Death From Above was an amazing mission set in what might have been the greatest campaign an FPS has ever seen.
3 – D-Day (Call of Duty 2)
D-Day, Call of Duty style. A sure-fire recipe for awesome. The mission starts off with you in a boat together with the rest of your squad. You get out of the boat and are immediately caught in an explosion. You are down on the ground for a good thirty seconds or so. The whole time you are down everything is moving in slow motion; the view is blurred, you witness soldiers shot down inches away from you. After being down for a little while, someone comes and helps you up. There seems to be at least a hundred soldiers on the beach with you and the only thing you see ahead of you is a giant rock wall, a rope, and a lot of guys at the top shooting at you. You start to climb up a rope. Right before you reach the top, the guy above you is shot. You look back to see his body fall right next to you and plummet to the ground. The rest of the mission is great, but there isn’t much that compares to what you see in the opening scenes.
2 – COD4 Ending (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)
Call of Duty 4 had perhaps the best ending of any FPS ever made. It was just one of those things that you did and said “Wow, that made me feel awesome”. It starts off with you and your squadmates down on the side of the road with everyone injured. One of them starts shooting when Zakhaev and his minions approach. However, he is quickly gunned down mercilessly just a few feet away from you. A helicopter explodes behind Zakhaev and while he turns around to look at it, Captain Price sees the opportunity. He slides his pistol across the pavement to you. You pick it up and carefully take out Zakhaev when he’s got his back turned. You then see a friendly helicopter that drops down and airlifts you out. The credits roll, and you think about how you just played one of the best campaigns ever developed.
1 – The Nuke (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)
Picture this: You are flying out of town in a helicopter and look back at where you just came from. Suddenly all you see is a giant explosion. The shockwaves from the blast quickly scatter, leaving a trail of smoke and destruction behind them. Your helicopter starts to spin out of control and you hit the ground. When your character wakes up, you are inside the wreckage of the helicopter. You breathe heavily and gasp for air as you slowly crawl to the edge of the downed chopper. You jump out and the foot-tall drop nearly kills you, you're that hurt. When you look around, all you can see is a radiated sky, total destruction, and a mushroom cloud from the bomb. As you continue to move, your breaths become heavier. You fall to the ground. This isn’t the typical shooter anymore; there is no one to save the day, the overwhelming reality is that you are dead. Everything is destroyed and you can’t do a thing about it, all you can do is lay down and die. This was probably one of the biggest shocks in any game ever. I still remember playing through it when I first got the game; my jaw was on the floor the entire time.
Tune in tomorrow for a double dose of awesome: day three of the Seven Days of Modern Warfare 2 and the first live broadcast of Slackercast!