What To Play While Boycotting Modern Warfare 2

Yes, we understand that you'll be boycotting Modern Warfare 2 because you want dedicated servers and feel Infinity Ward isn't listening to you anymore. What will you be playing instead? Here are several suggestions.

With a goodly portion of the gaming community tied up playing Modern Warfare 2 over the next few months, those of you sticking to your boycotting guns will need another first-person shooter to scratch the itch that will surely rise. Your friends will be talking about it. We'll be talking about it. It'll be on the news, in the magazines, and on billboards. What you need is a game to fill in the blank in this sentence: "Oh yeah? Well I'm busy playing _____!"

MODERN WARFARE With most first-person shooters scurrying into 2010 to avoid the Modern Warfare 2 hype machine, finding a present-day game to substitute for it can be tough, but they definitely exist.

Wolfenstein: It's not exactly Modern Combat, but it's got a strong franchise history behind it and magical Nazis to boot. You can kick it old-school while still technically kicking it new-school. A win-win.

Jurassic: The Hunted: What could be more insulting to Infinity Ward than forgoing its ultimate combat experience for a budget shooter that no one knows about? Besides, how bad could it be? You shoot dinosaurs. That never gets old.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising: It's a buggy mess, but Codemasters can patch it, right? The latest operation Flashpoint game (more or less) features modern combat of a sort, an interesting real-world setting and co-op multiplayer on top of the standard online kill fests we've come to expect. As an added bonus, Codemasters has experienced fan backlash for missing features, so they can play a sort of lesser-of-two-evils role in your boycotting campaign.

Killzone 2: It's pushing the new category a bit, but Killzone 2 is the go-to PlayStation 3 exclusive shooter, so no PS3 owner could be blamed for spending their time shooting at the Helghast instead of taking out terrorists.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST Substituting an older game for Modern Warfare 2 gives you the extra-added benefit of making you seem like you are just a really loyal customer who doesn't want to abandon your beloved title, rather than just one dissenting voice amidst many. Here are some older titles that fit the bill nicely.

Counter-Strike Source: Counter-Strike is the sort of game where you will never lack for players to shoot at or be shot by. Of course most of them have been playing far longer than you, and you will die horribly many, many times as a late comer, but at least you can be killed by a wide variety of people. Of all the reasons to not play Modern Warfare 2, "I'm into Counter-Strike" actually seems the most valid.

Halo 3: It's Halo 3. Of course this is an Xbox 360-exclusive, so PlayStation 3 and PC players can't use this as an option, but it's an excellent alternative for Microsoft fans. You prefer your shooters a little more futuristic. We get that completely. Carry on.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare: This is almost cheating. Playing the original title instead of the new one will indeed send a clear message to the folks at Infinity Ward. Remember back when they gave you a game you didn't feel like complaining about constantly? Those were the days.

Turok: Remember how I said shooting dinosaurs never gets old? Case in point. Turok has futuristic weapons, dinosaurs, and it was created by Propaganda games, the development studio that counts the current head of the Halo franchise as one of its founding members.

FUTURE TOOLS OF DESTRUCTION You don't have to pick your replacement right away. Take the cash you saved by not buying Modern Warfare 2 and apply towards one of these upcoming shooters instead, perhaps justifying publishers' decisions to avoid the MW2 release window in the process.

Left 4 Dead 2: Another game that sparked outrage from the player community when first announced, Left 4 Dead 2's release is right around the corner, and seeing as you have cash floating around, you could do far worse than to invest in the game that made banding together to shoot at zombies cool. No, not Call of Duty: World at War.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2: For those of you who prefer your battles be fought on a much larger field, there's Bad Company 2, the sequel to EA DICE's runaway hit. Perhaps the closest you can get to the Modern Warfare 2 combo of single-player story and multiplayer goodness. You'll have to wait until March, but if you haven't caved and bought MW2 by then, you'll need it.

Dark Void: Yes, it's a third-person shooter, but Modern Warfare 2 has its third-person bits as well, so it all works out in the end. Capcom's shooter is certainly more fantastic story-wise, but when you get right down to it, both are about rescuing enslaved humans from a manipulative alien race, except for Modern Warfare 2.

Army of Two: The 40th Day: "We'd rather fist-bump than play a game that doesn't allow for dedicated servers and only features 9-on-9 PC multiplayer!"

So there you have it. 12 different games you can play instead of spending your hard-earned cash on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. We're not saying you should boycott it, but if you are, you might as well play something. Think you can come up with better suggestions? The comment section is yours.


    Team Fortress 2
    Loads of fun everyone. Friendly and well varied community. A steady stream of free upgrades and achievements (with the exception of that L4D2 hat)and nine different classes to master. This game never gets old.

      + 1 to Team Fortress 2

      Also just reinstalled L4D1 to rekindle some memories in preparation to see how the L4D2 censorship debarcle plays out and the fact that I haven't played the newest campaign.

        Amen :) TF2 for me :) untill L4d2 then ill move to that

    Don't know about u guys but with this crap weather in Melbourne i can barely play anything (not fun playing in a 30 degree + environment) any who i try to get the most out of Dragon age

    No Borderlands?

    Personally I really enjoyed the singleplayer in MW1, so I'll still be getting a copy of MW2 for that and hope that IW wake up to themselves in a couple months time.

    I am however boycotting L4D2... not really Valve's fault but I'd rather not pay for something that's been censored up the wazoo.

      You know its really, REALLY easy to un-censor. There's even uncensored Australian servers for the demo (3FL has some, for example) so I'm sure there will be plenty for retail.

    Dragon age, any good?

    *shaking feverishly* Its past 9AM, I'm still at home, dropped the kids off at school, then somehow drove straight home. No shopping for mw2 for me, well, not yet anyways.
    I need some accurate scales to asses awesome single player vs morals.

    You know, I bet this will happen. If we were in America, and I'd been hanging out with dire expectations since MW1, I'd be able to sue for mental anguish. I'm certain someone will try it.

    HA, its 9:30 by my clock, I've made it the first half hour!!!! FFFFFFFFFF... oh sorry, I was disarming the bomb in my head....

    HELP ME MR WILDGOOSE, the only solution I can think of is you sending me a free copy!

    "With a goodly portion of the gaming community tied up playing Modern Warfare 2 over the next few months"

    Months? Really?
    I believe you overestimate the lifespan of a competitive mp game with no dedservers.

    It just seems like such a greedy, backwards step when competitive gaming is gaining credibility as a "sport".
    How popular would football be if it could only be played in a player's backyard?

    You can save your boycotts though, these greedy marketing fucks will just spin any lost sales to actually justify their position.

    The bizoids are in control now, its all over.

    definately team fortress 2.

    hours of fun

    Not a fan of the multiplayer scene so all this outcry over servers hasn't really affected me. Looking forward to the single player campaign the most just like COD4. When thats done it's back to Dragon Age and then Assassins Creed II.

    Wow I almost caved in last night. Having store credit is a bitch when boycotting.

    I've already placed an order for 4 copies of Left 4 Dead 2 from the UK! And am going to put in an order for Bad Company 2 later today.

    Take THAT, Infinity Ward/Activision.

    It'll be Dragon Age and Borderlands for me. If I need to satisfy my pure FPS urge, it'll be TF2. Will definitely grab a copy of L4D2 sooner or later.

    Dragon Age is excellent. Definite must-buy.

    +1 TF2
    +1 Dragon Age: Origins
    +1 Borderlands!
    +1 Star Wars: Force Unleashed

    Red Faction: Guerrilla, League of Legends, Torchlight ...

    You know there are tonnes of games for me to play! I'm about 5+ behind playing the latest releases because I like to enjoy and finish all the good games of my time, on all the consoles and pc, ooh boy my pc and ps2 still have a ways to go!

    Bad Company 2 looks amazing! - i never played the first one as it never came to pc... looks like they have fixed up the terrible hit detection from BF2!

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