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6 The Jibsheet November 24, 2009 ARTS New Marcus Apicella STUDENT REPORTER "Call of Duty" sho, Gear up, lock 'n' load, and hang on for Activision's latest and greatest installment to the popularized "Call of Duty" franchise. With the tremendous success of 2007's "Call of Duty 4: Modem Warfare," game developer Infinity Ward is back in the saddle again with publisher Activision to release "Call of Duty: Modem Warfare 2." Through bloodshot eyes and cramped fingers I persevered, and after 14 hours (and 43 headshots) of single and multiplayer modes, I can honestly say Activision has once again raised the bar to sheer astronomical heights of amazement from its predecessors "Call of Duty 4," and developer Treyarch's "Call of Duty: World at War." The single-player campaign mode is relatively short; it takes about six hours to complete, and plays relatively the same as "COD 4," with waves of armed enemies with emasculate precision forcing you to use cover constantly as you try to return fire while viewing though a heads-up display (HUD). of what appears to be human strawberry jam. The story continues fight where "COD 4" left off. You play simultaneously as various characters different branches Of military, as well accompanying and playing .as "COD 4" Capt. MacTavish, in a new hair-raising adventure of global counter- terrorism. What is sure to be the big. draw for fans of "COD 4," and "newbs" alike is the online multiplayer game mode. Fans will be happy to know that some of familiar weapons reappear, such as the P90, USP ,45, RPD, Barrett .50 (available fight off the bat), and M4 assault rifle, as well as an arsenal of new weapons md that brings a new dimension of custonfization to the battlefield. The environments and textures have been drenched in rich high-definition 1080p graphics and color with a plethora of environments from frigid mountain peaks to scorching deserts, complemented with revamped character and weapon models. This time around don't expect to just Claymore a door and snipe to your heart's content. The maps have been designed to incorporate multiple entry points into buildings and utilize elevation (so camping and panning left to right won't be enough to save you anymore); now death can come from above!- Another cool feature Infinity Ward has thrown into its bag of goodies is the ability to customize your kill streaks. Have you ever wanted to man an AC-130 gunship, helicopter, or predator drone? How about calling in a stealth bomber or tactical nuclear strike. (25 kills)? As you progress through the ranks, this Ben Harthun/The ]ibsheet thrill option becomes available. There are also a vast array of collectible emblems and titles, attained by performing certain game tasks that are sure to keep players occupied for months to come. A note of caution. Due to its graphic subject matter, depictions of war violence, a controversial level involving an airport terminal (which you have the option of skipping), and sometimes crude online chat," the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) has bestowed"Modem Warfare 2" a mature rating, citing blood, drug references, intense violence, and language; so no kiddies allowed. Though I thought the game was "Freakin' sweet!" I feel this game would be more appreciated, and appropriate for an older crowd. In conclusion,"Call of Duty: Modem Warfare 2" is worth every penny, so if you haven't already picked up a copy get "Oscar Mike" to the nearest retailer and buy a copy. ARTS@THEIIBSHEET.COM Artist profile: At00,eyu James Storbeck A break up that Atreyu is happy release in mid-November, is risk though, as from time to time with Other bands. "Today I was MANAGING EDITOR On Oct. 29, 2009, Atreyu released its fifth studio album, "Congregation of the Damned." A clear departure from its previous album, "Lead Sails, Paper Anchor," Atreyu returned to its heavy hardcore roots. about. "I was still very young and the band was still just wide-eyed, not really sure what was going on with whatever. It's like getting out of a prison sentence ... we're just psyched to be off, and they're Marc McKnight, bassist for the band, has no doubt which of its five albums is his favorite. "[The new one], easy. I've been on the last three, and this is my favoritewe've ever had, whether I've been a part of it or not. This record blows every other one out of the water," said McKnight. The new album also marks the second release on Hollywood Atreyu's Bassists Marc McKnight psyched to be done with fis, I'm sure," said McKnight. Atreyu's first single off the new record, "Storm to Pass," has slowly making its way up the charts. The music video also continued the band's tradition of having a live performance mixed with clips of other things, a tradition that McKnight says they aim for. "We're fans of performance-type videos, just because we're not your band that just stands around. We entertain. So we like to incorporate our live show in the mix to try and entice people to come see us live." On Nov. 24, Atreyu also came to the Showbox SoDo in Seattle with Hollywood Undead, Escape The Fate, and The Sleeping. Atreyu was on form as usual in the performance, performing its sOngs with both high quality and high energy, and the fans were very respondent, making for . quite an atmosphere. Records, who the band signed with reached 22 on Billboard's U.S. W i t h in early 2007 following an ugly Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks high energy I break up with Victory Records , .... . . i  . i. ..',w!ththemustCvldeosi,comes : high. 1, ,,., 'ii , things can go wrong on stage, as McKnight found out "in Biloxi, Mississippi, the first time my aunt ever saw me play. So I'm doing this move where I throw the guitar over my side, and then throw it back, but my strap lock just flew off, so I ended up throwing it offstage." With touring though, comes a lot of high stress. McKnight says he finds a way to relieve the stress through his passions for photography and comics. Eachnew city offers new opportunities to explore, even going "to do a shoot on the roof for Hollywood .Undead. But, shit happened and it didn't happen. Pretty much every day I walk around, and shoot stuff," said McKnight. The tour is going well, the album is selling strong; and things are pretty good for Atreyu in the present. As far as the future goes, McKnight isn't concerned. "It's our fifth record. I still get to do this, it still pays my bills, and I still have fun while I'm doing it. I'm fine with here. If We get bigger, we get bigger." ARTSq IBSHEET.COM EASXrm00 ] staff something big 425.564.5100