SHOCK AND OH
Call Of Duty 4’ s missions bear names with a broad popcultural spread – War Pig references Black Sabbath, and Charlie Don’t Surf borrows from Apocalypse Now. The most descriptive of the lot, however, is Shock And Awe. Things start out innocently enough. You shoot explosives at rooftops from a helicopter, then rescue the pilot of a downed chopper. After that’s accomplished, you take off, waiting for the achievement popup. Then a nuclear bomb goes off. The sky turns orange, and the chopper starts to spin. Everything goes black. When you come to, the sky’s dark with dust and smoke. Your vision blurs, the controller pulsing in time with your heartbeat. You crawl out and fall to the ground with a bump, your screen ever blurrier, your heartbeat slowing, the sky draining of colour. Eventually, you stop, look up, and the rumble stops. Rarely has an achievement been so depressing.