So is there a lesson in videogame design in this? Why yes, with the right bit of nipple twisting, I do believe there just might be.
Carefully scripted events and a mountain of watercooler moments piled into extravagant set pieces, no matter how epic, do not a good game make. Enjoyable? Yes. Memorable? Very yes. But worth taking to IHOP for breakfast the next morning? No. Worth taking anywhere else after that? Unfortunately, no, again.
DI verdict on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare:
Stick with the almost-prom queens. They make better soccer moms.