Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (The Death from Above mission)

Brief description

"Death from above" is an infamous mission in CoD4. The player is controlling an operator charged with providing plane cover fire and assistance to a squad on the ground (consisting of Captain Price, Soap, and the rest of the team). The operator has thermal vision on the scene which can be toggled between white hot and black hot, and friendlies on the ground have blinking IR strobes on them to aid the operator in avoiding friendly fire. This thermal vision is blurred or smudged and "lingers" when the camera moves, sometimes focusing only to lose the focus again. Operators that communicate between plane, base, and ground squad sound uncertain and confused, trying to explain which building or location or road they're talking about. When they're not confused, they're cocky and celebratory, saying things like "Yeah, good kill. I see lots of little pieces down there", "Woahhh!" and "This is gonna be one hell of a highlight reel". Combined with the massively overpowered weapons and no chance of retaliation for the enemy units, it presents an unfair perspective - emphasized by the sheer number of still white (or black) dots on the screen which symbolize people who have been killed (by you).

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Title Publication Type Year Creator
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Game Infinity Ward
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