The story for the game takes place five years after the events of Call of Duty 4. In the years following the death of Imran Zachaev, the main antagonist of the first game, Russia has further destabilized into a state of civil war. Vladimir Makarov, the new leader of the ultra nationalist movement, is a man who does not accept compromises and does not take prisoners. Previously kept in check by Zachaev, Makarov has used the death of his former associate to take control of the movement, labelling him a martyr. Now in control, Makarov uses his various contacts with terror cells and arms dealers around the world to bring about the next generation of terrorism and open conflict.
In respond to the increasing Ultra nationalist threat and increasingly violent and ferocious acts of terrorism around the world the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and Russia form Task Force 141 after the success of the joint special operation that took down Zachaev years earlier. The group is composed of members from the British SAS, US 1st Special Operations Force Detachment Delta (Delta Force), SEAL Team Six, and Spetznaz among other North American and European groups. Think of what Tom Clancy did in Rainbow Six using NATO countries except it isn’t an international SWAT team. TF141 is generally considered to be the most elite group of bad asses in the world and is deployed to a variety of locations all over the world throughout the course of the game.
You play as Sgt. Gary “Roach” Sanderson, the newly assigned FNG (f-ing new guy) to Task Force 141. Your squad is a four man group led by Cpt. “Soap” MacTavish, the protagonist of Modern Warfare. Your other permanent squadmate is Sgt. Simon “Ghost” Riley, a former SAS member whose background story can be read about in the prequel comic book series Modern Warfare 2: Ghost. Other members of your squad throughout the game but it is confirmed that Task Force 141, by the end of the game, will be whittled down to just a handful of survivors, not unlike the ending of the first Modern Warfare.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Location: Washington D.C.
Any further information about the single player campaign will not be covered in this briefing; doing so would most likely ruin the experience for many.