game news Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: Super Realistic Visuals Yes, But Why?
Even before its release this October 28, 2022, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is causing a stir! It’s simple, a tour of social media allows you to see a scene in Amsterdam, more real than life. Has Infinity Ward invented a new technical standard? We turn to the subject.
Modern Warfare 2, larger than life
Clearly giving access to Modern Warfare 2 single player a week early is a stroke of genius – kudos to the marketing! Yes, from October 21, players who have pre-ordered the digital version of the new Call of Duty can discover its main campaign before anyone else, for early access. A way to encourage the public to buy the game in advance, unlocking multiplayer bonuses (available at official launch on October 28). But the operation turns out to be, above all, great publicity for Activision and the Infinity Ward studio! On Twitter, several netizens shared a scene that takes place in Amsterdam, taken from the fourth mission of Modern Warfare 2. And the least we can say is that it is beautiful. the position of certain John in particular, it has been widely disseminated:
“Oh my gosh, Amsterdam is incredibly realistic in the latest Call of Duty. I can hardly believe this is a video game.” -John, on Twitter
A truly impeccable technique?
In this excerpt, heroes Price, Laswell, and Gaz have a Mexican cartel in their sights. They have to kidnap one of their members to get information, it doesn’t matter if he has to do it in broad daylight, in the middle of the crowd. Coincidentally, apart from the high-flying technique, it is the frame that plays here with our impression of reality. As noted Nat ClaytonInkle Studio designer (via Kotaku), we don’t often see “deeply mundane, normal, real” places in video games. “When it does, it’s often a big open world trying to capture the spirit of a place (Edinburgh Forza; Chicago, San Fransisco, Watch Dogs’ London).”
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 – Our Capture of Amsterdam (PS5, 4K)
Coincidentally, it’s a bit like Infinity Ward is giving us some kind of tech demo here. As usual: In Modern Warfare 2, each mission (there are 16 in total) is isolated from one another with plenty of scripted events, giving the team all the freedom in the world to put the pack on the visuals. Furthermore, when we stop at the latter, we realize that not everything is perfect. The NPCs have a somewhat mechanical behavior and on PS5 we see aliasing in the background. Despite everything, the scene is surprisingly realistic, in particular thanks to a blur that appears when the center of the screen is directed towards a character (not the case with a weapon in hand). Enough to reproduce the defects of the human eye and peripheral vision.
Not the images, the effects of a camera.
If you’re still looking to be convinced, several videos compare the vision of Infinity Ward with the city of Amsterdam in the flesh. What to notice that something else can deceive us and make us believe in reality. Yes, the camera. As noted by news outlet Kotaku, Juan’s clip looks like something shot by hand, thanks to his slow and orderly movements. You probably know this syndrome too, as a gamer: wanting everything to be perfect before recording a gameplay capture! That, plus Twitter’s video compression, makes everything look better.
Always thanks to Kotaku’s knowledge, this madness is not unlike the one reserved for the motorcycle game Ride 4, in 2021. This time, it was a simple race in the rain that caused a stir. Beyond a frankly impressive technique, the experts at digital foundry consider that it is above all camera angle who did most of the work! The fragment in question is reminiscent of other videos of the genre, on two wheels, a GoPro screwed into the head. But you should know one thing, here, the angle is the one chosen by the computer during a replay, not the player during his run. Like what, the games are full of tricks to reinforce their impact.
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