Call of Duty: 'Modern Warfare 2' set to strike
"Modern Warfare 2" begins its worldwide blitz on Tuesday, eagerly anticipated by lovers of the blockbuster role-playing battle videogame franchise.
Videogame publisher Activision Blizzard believes that the sixth installment in the "Call of Duty" franchise could be the most powerful entertainment industry launch of the year, outshining even Hollywood blockbusters.
Analysts expect "Modern Warfare" to blast new life into a videogame industry that has seen sales figures this year cobbled by dismal economic conditions and a dearth of hot releases.
US videogame sales showed a modest increase in September, breaking a six-month losing streak.
Sales would have to skyrocket in the remaining months of the year just to meet last year's numbers.
"Modern Warfare" is expected to delight mainstream videogame players along with the franchise's fan base of "hardcore" gamers thrilled by first-person shooter titles.
Multiplayer options allow people share consoles or link on the Internet to play together as characters in the videogame as an alternative to going solo.
Reviewers have heaped early praise on "MW2" for its game play and vivid graphics.
The game is rated for people ages 17 or older and "MW2" has stirred a bit of controversy for depicting realistically brutal terrorist encounters.
Infinity Ward created the videogame, with versions tailored to Microsoft Xbox 360; Sony PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii videogame consoles.
"No detail is too small and every finishing touch imaginable is underway to make 'Modern Warfare 2' our best ever," said Infinity Ward chief executive Vince Zampella.
"MW2" picks up in the wake of its predecessor, which reportedly sold 12 million copies. Source