Does Ghost Die In MW2 Campaign (2022)?

Does Ghost Die In MW2 Campaign (2022)?

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Joshua Boyles


21st Oct 2022 13:24

Modern Warfare 2 brings back plenty of fan-favourite characters from the original games, the most notable of which is Ghost - but does he die during the campaign? If you cast your mind back to the original Modern Warfare 2 game in 2009, you'll remember that Infinity Ward famously killed off Ghost in one of the biggest plot twists in gaming. With that knowledge in hand, many fans might be worried whether Infinity Ward would be tempted to do the same again with this new reboot of Modern Warfare 2 . So, keep reading to find out if Ghost dies in the Modern Warfare 2 campaign.

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MW2 Campaign: Does Ghost Die?

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Players will be pleased to learn that Ghost does not die in the campaign of Modern Warfare 2 . Despite the character getting double-crossed in the original Modern Warfare 2 , Infinity Ward has decided to go in a very different direction with this new title. For a start, General Shepherd plays a much more passive role in the new Modern Warfare 2 campaign. We only ever see him sitting behind a desk, and never out in the field. There's less chance for the General to kill off Ghost from behind a desk, so we're not complaining.

In fact, there are very few main character deaths in Modern Warfare 2 . While Captain Price is taken out by a stray bullet in the final mission, we see that he's completely fine in the very last cutscene of the game. Sitting beside him is the whole Taskforce 141 crew, including Gaz, Soap, Ghost, and Laswell. It's safe to assume that these characters are all alive at the end of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign. 

The scene is set for a third entry in the Modern Warfare series, although we could still see the story continue in Spec Ops and Warzone. Whatever happens, we hope to see Ghost live through all of it. We're not prepared to live through that emotional trauma once again.

For more Modern Warfare 2 guides, keep reading GGRecon.

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Joshua is the Guides Editor at GGRecon. After graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Broadcast Journalism, he previously wrote for publications such as FragHero and GameByte. You can often find him diving deep into fantasy RPGs such as Skyrim and The Witcher, or tearing it up in Call of Duty and Battlefield. He's also often spotted hiking in the wilderness, usually blasting Arctic Monkeys.

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The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

Lieutenant Simon Riley , also known as Ghost , is a character featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare , Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III . In Modern Warfare , Ghost is mentioned at the end of the campaign. In Modern Warfare II , he is one of the three playable protagonists.

In Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone , Ghost was released as a playable SAS Operator of the Coalition faction as part of the Season Two Battle Pass. In Modern Warfare II , Modern Warfare III and Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 , he is also available as an Operator of the SpecGru faction.

  • 1.1 Early Life and Career
  • 1.2 Task Force 141
  • 1.3 War in Verdansk
  • 1.4 Assassination of Ghorbrani
  • 1.5.1 Raid in Al Mazrah
  • 1.5.2 Fighting the Cartel
  • 1.5.3 Betrayal of Shadow Company and Shepherd
  • 1.5.4 Ghost Team
  • 1.5.5 Death of Hassan and Missile Threat Eliminated
  • 1.6.1 Nuclear Power Plant Attack
  • 1.6.2 Securing the missile
  • 1.6.3 Raid on Makarov's financier private island
  • 1.6.4 Intercepting the HVT transport in Siberia
  • 1.6.5 Preventing disaster at the Gora Dam
  • 1.6.6 Operation Trojan Horse
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  • 2.1.3 Finishing Moves
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Early Life and Career

Born in Manchester, Simon Riley joined the Special Air Service and spent the majority of his career serving numerous short-term deployments and executing covert assignments in classified locations. He became an expert in clandestine tradecraft, focused on sabotage, ambushes, and infiltrations into denied areas and hazardous environments. Ghost concealed his identity under a hallmark skull figured mask to maintain anonymity in the field. [3]

At one point, Ghost worked in the same unit as Mace . [4]

Task Force 141

Following the death of General Roman Barkov , Ghost was recruited by Captain John Price in the newly formed Task Force 141 where he became a commanding officer.

War in Verdansk

Following the invasion of Verdansk by Al-Qatala on March 3rd, 2020, Riley was deployed in the city to assist the Armistice initiative against the terrorist organization supplied by Victor Zakhaev . During one of Armistice's operations, Ghost helped the Arm-4 team infiltrating the occupied Verdansk airport to retrieve a nuclear core.

When Al-Qatala released toxic gas within Verdansk , Ghost discovered a chaotic situation where the operators of Armistice have turned against themselves and began targeting each other. He soon requested Price to send him reinforcements he could trust. Riley managed to escape the city and was deployed to a classified location where Price informed him that Zakhaev's plan worked, with the Armistice now officially disbanded. Ghost was assisted during this operation by Alex Keller , who was sent by Price.

In December 2020, Ghost assisted Price in Verdansk to stop Zakhaev from launching the missile attack onto Verdansk. Ghost, along with Alex, Gaz, Price, Nikolai and Farah Karim communicate with Johnny "Soap" MacTavish and assist him "half a few clicks off of Verdansk 's coast".

Assassination of Ghorbrani

In July of 2022, Ghost was deployed on a strike mission in the mountain desert terrain of Al Mazrah under the orders of both Laswell and General Shepherd to make visual contact on General Ghorbrani , Commander of Quds Force , Iranian Special Forces, in order to eliminate him as a potential threat while the latter was present for an arms deal with Russian Forces. Ghost confirmed the General's presence and the green light was given to Philip Graves , Commander and CEO of Shadow Company , to launch a mobile ballistic cruise missile that completely obliterated the site of the arms deal, killing everyone including Ghorbrani which Ghost then later confirmed.

Missiles Crisis

Raid in al mazrah.

Several months after Ghorbrani’s death, Major Hassan Zyani , Ghorbrani’s second in command, vowed vengeance against the United States and was reported to conduct secretively activities in Al Mazrah. Ghost along with Soap and Marine Special Operations Unit were dispatched to capture or kill Hassan . After fighting through a resistance from Al-Qatala who were supposedly there to protect Hassan were in fact protecting a cargo which turned out to be an American made ballistic cruise missile. Shepherd ordered Ghost and the team to destroy the missile before evacuating from Al-Mazrah.

Fighting the Cartel

Ghost and Soap were later sent to Las Almas to meet up with Mexican Special Forces Colonel Alejandro Vargas and Sergeant Major Rodolfo Parra to hunt for Hassan whom they believed is being harbored and protected by the Las Almas Cartel with corrupt elements of the Mexican Army under the control of El Sin Nombre , leader of the Las Almas Cartel.

After successfully capturing Hassan from the Cartel and Mexican military with the help from Graves and the support of Shadow Company’s AC-130 gunship, they brought Hassan in the desert to interrogate him about the whereabouts of the missiles. Hassan proved difficult to handle and were ordered to release him as his detainment was illegal.

A few days later, Ghost along with Soap, Vargas and Graves were conducting over watch on a mansion belonging to one of El Sin Nombre’s lieutenant, Diego Salgado . After much discussion about getting to the cartel leader, Soap volunteered on a risky mission to infiltrate the compound with Vargas in disguised as one of the bodyguards with Ghost providing sniper overwatch and Graves on standby to snatch and grab. After they managed to capture the cartel leader who turned out to be Valeria Garza, a former member of Vargas unit, they interrogated her about the whereabouts of Hassan and the missiles, and she would offer up the information in exchange for a deal of securing her release and her cartel operation to be left undisturbed.

Through the interrogation of Garza, Ghost along with 141, Los Vaqueros and Shadow Company participated in a raid on an oil rig located in the Gulf of Mexico where they located and destroyed the second missile before it had the chance to launch.

Betrayal of Shadow Company and Shepherd

As the team got back, they come to find out that Graves with the support from Shepherd had taken over the Fuerzas Especiales facility and turned on them with Vargas being captured, forcing Ghost and Soap to escape to the city and fend off any Shadow operatives hunting them before regrouping at Vargas safe house where they met up with Rodolfo and formulate a plan to infiltrate an abandoned prison which was being used by Shadow Company as a Black Site Compound to free Vargas and Vaqueros operatives currently being held captive before escaping with help from Price and Gaz .

Later, Laswell finds out that Shepherd and Graves were trying to cover up their illegal activity that had occurred months earlier where Shadow Company lost possession of the missiles when they were transporting it to allies fighting Russia to a company of Russian mercenaries who later gave them to Hassan, so he could exact revenge on the United States.

Ghost was present when Task Force 141 and Los Vaqueros formed JTF-Ghost Team . He then briefly took his mask off before donning a ghost mask with everyone before venturing off to retake the Fuerzas Especiales facility, where they took out Graves and Shadow Company. They then questioned Garza again, which she revealed that Hassan and the last missile were located in Chicago .

Death of Hassan and Missile Threat Eliminated

As Task Force 141 with a squad of Marine Raiders moves in on Hassan with the latter having Al-Qatala protection, Ghost provided overwatch from another building. The team then rushed to take the controls after Hassan had launched the missile which was heading towards Washington, D.C. and Soap managed to disarm it with the help from Laswell. He then helps guide Soap to eliminate a few AQ soldiers and rushes on time to save Soap by sniping Hassan before the latter had the chance to throw him out the window.

Ghost along with Price, Gaz, Soap, and Laswell were all at a bar where they discussed about the events that followed after their mission in Chicago. Laswell then hands them a picture of an individual whom Price recognized as Vladimir Makarov .

Makarov's Revenge

On November 10th, 2023, as Task Force 141 reached their designated jumping point for an unknown mission. Laswell radioed Price, telling him that Makarov is out . Which prompted Price to tell the pilot to turn around and bring Task Force 141 back to base.

Nuclear Power Plant Attack

On the same day, Soap alongside with other members of Task Force 141 were deployed to a nuclear power plant in Urzikstan after Konni forces were spotted converging to the plant. Price and Ghost recce the plant, while Soap and Gaz were tasked with securing the perimeter. There, Task Force 141 engaged with Konni forces and found out that they were trying to transport containers of Sarin gas - a remnant of Barkov's program. Despite the Task Force's best effort, Konni was still able to get away with the gas, and Price nearly lost his life while trying to prevent them from doing so.

Securing the missile

Thanks to the trackers that were planted on the missile containers by Farah, Laswell was able to track it back to an abandoned bunker complex in Urzistan. Prompting the Task Force to assault it in hopes of preventing the missiles from launching. The Task Force then divided their work: Ghost alongside with Soap and Gaz sweep and clear the complex, with Price rallied up with Farah to clear another section of the complex. While Laswell went to Arklov Military Base, Verdansk to meet a contact who can help 141 in their search for Makarov. Price and Farah were able to stop one of the missiles from launching, but Ghost, alongside with Soap and Gaz failed to do so for the two remaining missiles, which launched and were heading for the Arklov Military Base. Which made Price radioed Laswell in the blind.

Raid on Makarov's financier private island

Following the meeting with General Shepherd, a temporary truce was forged between Task Force 141 and Shadow Company, as they worked together to find and kill Makarov. Shepherd then gave Laswell intel regarding Makarov's financier - Milena Romanova , who was located on a remote island with large security forces protecting her. Ghost and Soap then infiltrated the island to interrogate Milena and find out about Makarov's next move. Ghost provided overwatch while Soap worked his way around the security guards, eventually eliminating the HVT with the FOB Key, allowing Laswell to access the terminal which contained information about Romanova's bank accounts and the various dealings that happened on them.

Eventually, Ghost and Soap reached the door to Romanova's office, with the help from Laswell, they walked into Romanova's office and began to interrogate her, through the usage of financial interrogation, Romanova broke and told them the information that they wanted. Soap then thanked Romanova for the "good chat", as him and Ghost left the office, with Romanova cursing them as they left.

Intercepting the HVT transport in Siberia

The intel gathered from Romanova's interrogation led to Task Force 141 knowning of a recently established Konni outpost in St. Petersburg, prompting them to assault it . Following the assault, Task Force 141 captured Andrei Nolan - Makarov's right-hand man, from him, they learned that Makarov was transporting someone to an abandoned prison complex in Siberia, prompting them to intercept that convoy before it could reach its destination . Soap, Price, and Gaz positioned themselves underwater, while Ghost alongside with Farah provided overwatch. When the convoy reached the ambush position, Task Force 141 executed their plan and began to work their way to the HVT. Eventually, Soap, Price, and Gaz secured the HVT and brought him to the surface, where they found out that the person who Makarov was transporting was none other than General Shepherd, which made Price furious, Gaz then reminded him that they are in an exposed location and suggest that they moved to a more covered one.

Shepherd then told Task Force 141 that he has good intel regarding Makarov and that they'd get it once they get him out of here. Price reluctantly agreed to that, the Task Force then fought through reinforcing Konni forces. Eventually, they reached the extraction zone and boarded the helicopter. Then, Task Force 141 brought General Shepherd to a remote location in Sibera, where they told him to owe up and told Congress all the truth, which Shepherd reluctantly agreed to. The Task Force then took him aboard the helicopter and left Siberia.

Preventing disaster at the Gora Dam

Following his return, Shepherd revealed that Makarov wanted to blow up the Gora Dam, in order to flood Verdansk and kill its inhabitants, and to blame it on Farah and the West. Soap and Ghost were deployed there to disarm the bombs and prevent a catastrophe from happening. Through careful maneuvering, Soap and Ghost managed to disarm all the bomb sites in the vicinity and exfilled, preventing a disaster from happening.

Operation Trojan Horse

Laswell received information from the MI6 that Makarov and Konni were in London, she also found out that they are meeting up with a hacker. Soap and Gaz were deployed on the ground, where they blended in to track the hacker , while Ghost provided help from the CCTVs. Soap overheard the conversation and learned the location of the buyer. Task Force 141 and SFO then gathered at an abandoned tunnel in Amsley Street, then the team breached and began to clear the tunnel, they managed to kill the buyer and acquired the flash drive.

Despite their effort, the virus was uploaded to the train system, granting Konni the ability to control the train, and Task Force 141 also learned that Makarov planned to destroy Channel Tunnel. Task Force 141 alongside with SFO's approached the Channel Tunnel . They then split up, with Gaz, Ghost, SFO Leader and half of his men taking one side and Price, Soap alongside the rest of the SFOs taking the other. The tunnel is run through with trains as Konni take over the network. After intense shootouts with Konni. Price and Soap found a bomb being guarded by Konni contractors. Whilst Soap worked on disarming the bomb, more Konni contractors attacked them, Price alongside with the SFO provided cover for Soap. Then, Price requested that Gaz and Ghost reinforce them.

Following prolonged shootouts with Konni on the other side, Ghost and Gaz then arrived and returned fire, forcing Makarov to flee with his men. But it was too late, Soap was already killed by Makarov beforehand, which made Ghost walked over and kneel beside his body, shouting out: "Johnny!" in a disheartened voice. Gaz and Price then disarmed the bomb in time as they look over their fallen teammate.

Following Soap's death and cremation, his ashes were scattered in Scotland by Ghost, while Price and Gaz stood in silent to pay their respect for him.


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Ghost appears in Call of Duty: Mobile and was added as part of the Season 12 Going Dark Battle Pass. He is a uniform for the Original Ghost . [5]

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Ghost wearing his "Condemned" skin.

  • As of Title Update 1.13, on January 22nd, 2020, the giant screens on the multiplayer map Piccadilly would occasionally display an image resembling Ghost's skull face plate.
  • After Title Update 1.15, on February 25th, 2020, Ghost would follow the players in the lobbies for some time before turning back.
  • Unlike other SAS operators, Ghost's intro video opens with a black screen rather instead of a white screen.
  • The quip references Hereford, England. This is the location of the SAS training compound in the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare mission F.N.G. .
  • Ghost does not have a listed blood type in his biography.
  • In the promotional poster of the game, it is visible that Ghost lacks the tattoo sleeve on his left forearm. This is not the case for other materials featuring him, however.
  • Although Ghost's face isn't shown in the game, it is modeled after his voice actor Samuel Roukin .
  • During a conversation with Soap in the mission "Alone", Ghost reveals he enjoys drinking bourbon.
  • The Red Team skin is still named "Ghost" in Modern Warfare III , while the "Nemesis Ghost" skin is depicted as the default skin.
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Did Ghost Die in the MW2 Campaign (2022)?

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Witnessing Ghost die in the original MW2 Campaign was one of the most memorable moments in Call of Duty history, but does the character also die in the reboot?

Ghost was very much the face of Modern Warfare 2 (2022), and features heavily in the game’s marketing and promotional materials. The character first appeared in the original MW2 (2009), where he had a short but sweet time in the spotlight before his tragic death.

In the fifteenth mission of the first MW2’s Campaign, Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley and the player character, Roach, are suddenly betrayed and shot dead by General Shepherd.

But does Ghost meet a similar end in the new MW2 Campaign?

Does Ghost Die in MW2 Campaign (2022)?

No, despite another betrayal from General Shepherd in MW2 2022, Ghost does not die in the new Modern Warfare 2 Campaign .

This time, the soldier survives until the very end of the game, setting up his place in this year’s sequel: MW3.

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In fact, Ghost’s role is much more prominent this time around, and together with the other members of Task Force 141 and Los Vaqueros, he becomes part of Ghost Team shortly before the final showdown against Hassan.

How Is Ghost Alive in MW2?

Ghost is alive and well in MW2 (2022) because it takes place on the rebooted timeline that began in Modern Warfare (2019).

Therefore, Ghost being shot and killed by Shepherd hasn’t happened in the reboot – at least not yet.

It’s worth noting that Shepherd is still alive, and his location is unknown as we go into MW3. However, General Shepherd is a slightly different character in the reboot, and we only ever see him behind a desk in various cutscenes – making him far less likely to get a chance to shoot Ghost.

For those who fancy some heartbreak, you can relive Ghost’s original tragic death scene in this clip from the MW2 Remastered Campaign below:

Ghost’s fate could still play out in a similar way this time around, but given that the General’s betrayal is already known, the soldier won’t be caught off-guard so easily.

And now that Makarov is finally coming into play in MW3 , there will be plenty of opportunities for Ghost to die in the upcoming game. But at this moment in time, the fan-favorite character is alive and well.


Does Ghost die in the MW2 2022 campaign? Answered

Does Ghost die in the MW2 2022 campaign?

A tale of two campaigns

The most popular part of the Call of Duty series’ campaigns is the characters. If you were to put a poll out, one of the most beloved story characters would likely be Simon “Ghost” Riley, despite only appearing and playing a role in a single mainline game in the series (plus its remake). That said, his story in Modern Warfare 2 (2022) is somewhat different.

Does Ghost die in the Modern Warfare 2 campaign?

With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 , a loose remake of the original MW2 from 2009, Activision and developer Infinity Ward took the time to change up quite a few elements of the plot. As such, answering the question of Ghost’s fate, understandably, constitutes spoilers. Here is your formal spoiler warning before I dive deep into the game’s ending.

As for the answer to whether or not Ghost dies in the Modern Warfare 2 2022 single-player campaign, the answer is no , he doesn’t die in this game. This may come as a shock to long-time CoD fans, as it wasn’t necessarily the same story in the original sequel.

How MW2 2022 differs from the original Modern Warfare 2 2009 campaign

Oddly enough, the same twists regarding Ghost and General Shepherd don’t happen in the remake—at least not in that exact way. This new version of the story still features Ghost and Shepherd as characters, but none of the crazy events happening with them occur in this version of the story.

In fact, nearly every single main character makes it to the end of the story, from Captain Price to Soap and more. The ending scene shows all of Task Force 141 hanging out together and celebrating their successes from the single-player campaign.

This is a stark contrast to the darker ending that the original 2009 title had. With Ghost still alive at the conclusion of Modern Warfare 2 , this paved the way for him to return in the lore of subsequent Battle Pass seasons for the game.

This honestly makes a lot of sense, given the rumors surrounding the Call of Duty 2023 title. Rumored to either be a full-on single-player expansion for Modern Warfare 2 or a direct sequel in the form of a possible  Modern Warfare 3 , it seems that Infinity Ward wants to keep Ghost around.

This will seemingly allow him to play a significant role in the continuing storyline of Task Force 141. There is always the chance that Ghost could die in the upcoming CoD 2023 release, but that is a twist that fans will have to wait and see about for now.

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COD MW2: Does Ghost die in the MW2 2022 campaign?

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Call of Duty fans are very familiar with the character of Ghost who became one of the main staple campaign characters remembered for a great deal of time. He also even had operator bundles created based on him so it is clear to understand just how special he is in the franchise.

However, some players are wondering if Ghost dies at any point in the MW2 2022 campaign and this article will take you through that in detail.

Author note: Spoilers ahead for both installments (2009 and 2022) of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Is Ghost killed during the Modern Warfare 2 2022 campaign?

No, Ghost is not killed at any point during the campaign of Modern Warfare 2 in the 2022 release . For those like myself who have played the original MW2 in 2009, you will be thinking that this is a major paradox in every sense of the word, and who wouldn’t? As within the “Loose Ends” campaign mission, Ghost was killed in cold blood by General Shepard —who also features in the latest installments of Modern Warfare.

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The real reason why Ghost is not killed in a similar fashion during the 2022 release is because both Modern Warfare (2019) and Modern Warfare II (2022) are reboots of the original games . They are not remasters and instead are of course allowed full creative freedom in terms of the narrative direction they take.

All in all, this means that even though some characters from the original game are featured (i.e. Ghost and Captain Price), there are no ties to what those characters can do. This opens up what I believe to be exciting possibilities for the future installments of the series where it will be interesting to see how existing relationships between the Task Force 141 team evolve in the reboot era.

What is Ghost’s backstory in the CoD franchise? Explained

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Not too much is known about the backstory of Ghost throughout the games themselves but the comic books based on the character ( Modern Warfare 2: Ghost ) are where the juicy information resides . Unfortunately, Ghost, otherwise known as Simon Riley had a turbulent family upbringing in Manchester and witnessed many horrors and tragedies unfold by way of his own father or otherwise.

Eventually, Simon joined the military, eventually joining the S.A.S. leading him to take part in a range of operations throughout his career. Interestingly, when Ghost was assigned to track down an infamous fictional drug dealer (Manuel Roba) he was captured and then later tortured. Roba conducted the torturing and was cloaked in ghost face paint and Simon chose to take the ghost appearance for his own after he survived the ordeal. This was while he started hunting for revenge on Roba.

There were also various other times in the comics when references to the ghost persona were made. All in all, the story of Ghost is one which has a great deal of complexity and I highly recommend checking out the comic books if you enjoy the lore of the CoD franchise .

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Who Killed Ghost In Modern Warfare 2 – Does He Die In MW2 Campaign 2022?

One of the main mysteries in Call of Duty is the death of Simon Riley. Find out who killed Ghost in Modern Warfare 2, by following this guide.

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Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley is one of the most beloved character in the Call of Duty franchise. Even though he is not the main protagonist, he is a fan favorite. He is always seen wearing a skull mask, and most players believe he does this to hide his identity. His character first appears in the Modern Warfare 2 (2009). If you are a Call of Duty fan, you might be aware of the heartbreaking death scene that takes place towards the end of the game. However, if you have been wondering who was the person who Killed Ghost, continue reading this guide.

Who Killed Ghost in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 Who Killed Ghost

One of the biggest plot twists in the history of Call of Duty was when General Shepherd betrayed Ghost and Roach. Shepherd is also the man who kills Ghost in Modern Warfare 2 (2009).

During the fifteenth mission, ‘Loose Ends’ once Roach and Ghost reach the extraction point, General Shepherd asks them if they have the DSM in their possession. Once they confirm they have it, he points a .44 Magnum at Roach and shoots him without any hesitation. He then swiftly moves the gun in the direction of Ghost and shoots his as well. Once they both are on the ground, he grabs the DSM from Roach while the other soldiers pick them up and throw them in a ditch. Gasoline is poured over them and General Shepherd throws his half-smoked cigar into the ditch, lighting them both on fire.

Is Ghost Killed in Modern Warfare 2 Campaign 2022?

COD fans were relieved to find out that they did not have to sit through another tragic loss. This means Ghost is not killed in Modern Warfare 2 (2022) . To add to this, General Shepherd’s character is not that prominent during this reboot. Surprisingly, along with Ghost, most of the other main characters are also alive until the end of the game.

We have covered everything you need to know about who killed Ghost in Modern Warfare 2. If you are interested in Call of Duty, make sure you browse through our guides on Modern Warfare 3 and COD Mobile , right here on Gamer Tweak.

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How Is Ghost Alive in Modern Warfare 2? Explained

There's a simple explanation for Ghost being alive in Modern Warfare 2.

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Ghost can definitely count himself among the fan-favorite characters in the entire Call of Duty franchise; it certainly helps that he has one of the coolest designs in the game. When he reappeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, players welcomed him back with open arms. For those who kept up with Call of Duty’s campaigns have some questions, however, the biggest being: how is Ghost alive in Modern Warfare 2?

How Ghost Survives in Modern Warfare 2

Ghost still being alive in Modern Warfare 2 has a simple explanation: Modern Warfare 2 is a continuation of a reboot, a sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019). If you’ve played through the original Modern Warfare 2 or its remastered version, and witnessed Ghost’s death, that no longer applies and isn’t canon anymore.

While the most recent Modern Warfare entries are reboots, they still share several similarities. Ghost being alive at the end of Modern Warfare (2019) and Modern Warfare (2009) is an example of that.

This is an opportunity for Infinity Ward to further expand Ghost’s story and maybe even do a face reveal. All that’s known is his hair color, skin color, and eye color—everything else is a mystery.

That is everything you need to know about how Ghost is alive in Modern Warfare 2. Unless Infinity Ward decides to have him kick the bucket in a later entry, he’s a welcomed addition to Task Force 141. For more guides on Modern Warfare 2, every player should know how to check the game’s server status . If you plan on playing online multiplayer, you’ll also want to catch up on the finer details of the Prestige system .

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Ending Explained

"Call of Duty" campaigns are well known for being filled with explosive action, remarkable set pieces, and missions built around a variety of mechanics and tones. As the "Call of Duty" series has evolved over the years, its campaigns have covered multiple genres, time periods, and gameplay styles, taking players from World War 2 to the future and back. However, some of them have managed to stand out from their peers.

Two of these classic campaigns are 2009's "Modern Warfare 2" and 2019's "Modern Warfare," the latter of which rebooted Infinity Ward's iconic trilogy. This strong legacy put 2022's "Modern Warfare 2" reimagining in the challenging position of living up to both games simultaneously. So, if you want to see whether or not it managed to accomplish that, need a refresher, or are curious what antics Captain Price and his team got up to, here is how to sort through the ending of "Modern Warfare 2."

Task Force 141

The story campaign in "Modern Warfare 2" focuses on the multi-national military unit known as Task Force 141 . This group was founded by Captain John Price after his success during the first "Modern Warfare." Its multi-national nature allows it to access the resources of various military organizations across the globe, as well as operate independently from a government to do what is necessary. Price has been placed in charge of 

Task Force 141's main operatives are Johnny "Soap" MacTavish, Simon "Ghost" Riley, and Kyle "Gaz" Garrick. Each member of the team is extremely capable and has their own specialties they bring to the table. At the start of "Modern Warfare 2," Task Force 141 is working for General Shepherd of the United States Army, who has the team fighting against military forces in Iran, which are in turn backed by Russia in an effort to destabilize the region. These connections will prove very important to the future of "Modern Warfare."

The rise of Hassan Zyani

During Task Force 141's mission to Iran, they use a remote-controlled missile strike to assassinate an Iranian general named Ghorbrani . Subsequently, Ghorbrani's death allows a man named Hassan Zyani to seize control of the Iranian military. Once he is in control, Hassan begins using the country's resources to support an Iranian terrorist organization called Al-Qatala.

With Hassan working alongside the Al-Qatala, he becomes a prime concern for Task Force 141. The game's second mission, " Kill or Capture ," sees Ghost and Soap trying to capture Hassan, who remains one step ahead of them. The two are unable to grab Hassan at this point, as he fled long before they began their infiltration. However, they discover during this mission that Hassan has somehow gained  control of a ballistic missile  belonging to the United States government. Task Force 141 doesn't know what Hassan plans to do with the missiles, but the team recognizes that his association with a known terrorist cell makes him extremely dangerous. After this, the dominoes begin to fall in quick succession.

The conspiracy unravels

Task Force 141 track Hasan's movements to Amsterdam. The team quickly learns that he is in the region to have a meeting, which they infiltrate and eavesdrop on. The meeting ends up being with a Mexican drug cartel named Las Almas , which leads Captain Price to quickly assume that Hasan's operation is working with the Las Almas for transportation, meaning that they could be moving the ballistic missiles into the United States. In that case, it would be relatively easy for Hasan to launch the missile and hit any important area or dense population zone in the country. 

Shortly after this discovery, Task Force 141 also finds evidence that Hasan is actually in position of three ballistic missiles stolen from the US military. These missiles were stolen during a mission led by Shepherd. They also find evidence that he was able to steal the missiles from a mission led by General Shepherd. Naturally, if this news were to get out to the public, it would be disastrous for Shepherd's entire military career.

After discovering that there are in fact three missiles, Task Force 141 is able to destroy one of them almost immediately. Shortly afterward, their base of operations is attacked by none other than General Shepherd, who is desperate to cover his tracks and preserve his good name. With their base seized and their support crew taken into custody, the ragtag core group is forced to act on their own with limited resources. 

America is temporarily saved

Task Force 141 learns that Hassan is moving one of the ballistic missiles to Chicago, positioning it in range of Washington D.C. Their efforts to stop Hassan's attack almost fail, but Ghost is able to kill Hassan with a sniper rifle while the terrorist leader is focused on killing Soap. The group then tracks down the remaining missiles and disposes of them.

After the death of Hassan, General Shepherd disappears. As he does, however, he points them toward a terrorist cell in Russia that was behind Hassan's actions: a group known as the Russian Ultranationalist Party. The Ultranationalists are revealed to be led by a man named Vladimir Makarov, and Shepherd claims that with Hassan's plan foiled they will begin to move against the United States themselves. 

The start of this group's attack on the United States is shown in a post-credits scene, which shows a plane getting hijacked by some of Makarov's men after they receive a text telling them to not speak any Russian.  Hardcore fans of the original "Modern Warfare 2" will recognize this as a reference to the most controversial mission from the original game — a mission that kicked off World War III in that series' timeline.

Captain John Price's ending

John Price played a very central role in the previous "Modern Warfare" installment, as well as Infinity Ward's original trilogy. A member of British special forces, Price has proven himself repeatedly to be an extremely capable and dedicated soldier. He often acts as a mentor to the rest of Task Force 141 while leading them through the most dangerous missions. His leadership style has also shown that he cares very little for the bureaucracy and international law that often applies to military operations, feeling like they tend to slow things down. 

His distaste for being ordered around or restricted by people outside of his team makes Task Force 141 a perfect fit for him. As the story comes to a close, Price goes so far as to tell Shepherd that he will be the team's next target after they are done stopping Hassan. Over the course of the "Modern Warfare 2" campaign, Price's character does not change much, instead acting as more of a sturdy backbone that allows Soap and Ghost's stories to play out. 

Soap's ending

Johnny "Soap" MacTavish is another classic protagonist from the original "Modern Warfare 2." His introduction in the reimagining sees him having a very similar foundation to his character in the original game. Before all else, he is an extremely devoted soldier who is loyal to Captain Price. Soap rarely questions Price's leadership and looks up to him as a mentor and role model. He also is willing to do anything necessary to achieve the completion of Task Force 141's missions, even if they go against international laws or traditional guidelines. 

An interesting aspect of Soap's character in "Modern Warfare 2," however, is that players can influence his development. This is done by selecting dialogue options between Soap and Ghost. These sequences are primarily concerned with jokes between the two , during which players get to choose Soap's responses. These interactions do a lot to help flesh out Soap and build a sense of camaraderie between the team as they are faced with terrible situations and seemingly insurmountable odds. If there's one thing players can be confident in, it's that Soap never loses his sense of humor. However, he doesn't go through quite the reinvention the Ghost does in the rebooted timeline.

Ghost's ending

Ghost quickly became a fan favorite when he was introduced in 2009's "Modern Warfare 2." However, his character in that game was little beyond a stoic and quiet soldier with a cool face mask. The new version of "Modern Warfare 2" tries to expand Ghost's character by giving him more lines, but not all fans are happy with the changes . 

Ghost's character in the campaign is very reminiscent of Captain Price in a lot of ways. He is clearly an experienced soldier who is willing to impart his knowledge on those around him. He also trades jokes with Soap, showing a more human side of his character that aims to make light of some of the darker aspects of their job. Beneath all of that, however, Ghost is a very traumatized individual who is forever scarred by some of the consequences of his actions that led to him donning his iconic skull mask.

Beyond that, the biggest change to note is that Ghost is not killed in the new "Modern Warfare 2" campaign like he was in the original. He manages to escape Shepherd's betrayal and help save the day, allowing him to continue on in the series and receive more development in the future.

Shepherd's ending

Longtime fans of "Call of Duty" basically knew that Shepherd would betray Task Force 141 in the new "Modern Warfare 2," just like he did in the original. At the start of the game, he is portrayed as a typical military leader you see in mass media. He is loud, speaks with conviction, and is willing to make the tough calls that he knows need to be made. Once he betrays the team, however, it is revealed just how desperately he wishes to preserve his career. 

Keeping his secret is important enough to him that he releases Hassan after he is captured, and he is willing to play with military operations that impact the entire world. Fans seem to be split on how effective Shepherd's portrayal in "Modern Warfare 2" is, but his disappearance at the end of the game makes it seem like it won't be the last he appears in the series. However, now that his secret has already been exposed, it remains to be seen whether he will continue to act as an antagonist or if he will try to help Task Force 141 from the shadows.

Real world parallels in Modern Warfare 2

"Call of Duty" has always taken heavy inspiration from history for its campaigns, but "Modern Warfare 2" puts a particular emphasis on exploring real world military events through its fictionalized universe. Some of these aspects have received some negative attention from press outlets such as Vice , like how closely the murder of Ghorbrani at the start of the game reflects the real-world assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. 

"Modern Warfare 2" also seems to take a lot of inspiration from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia through the lens of Russia's manipulation of the game's fictional nation, the United Republic of Adal. The game also clearly drew upon  real-world Mexican drug cartels to flesh out its own cartel, Las Almas. Leading up to the game's release the developers announced that the game would take a more sensitive approach to real world conflicts than previous entries (per The Verge ), but whether or not it succeeded in doing so is up to players. However, knowing these elements are in play will certainly color how fans take in the game's story and ending.

Where Modern Warfare could go from here

Before the release of "Modern Warfare 2," the developers at Infinity Ward announced that the game's story would continue after release through seasonal raids . This is a bit of a new move for "Call of Duty," so exactly how this will work remains to be seen. However, it's likely that future story content will focus on Task Force 141 as they work to stop the plans of Vladimir Makarov and the Russian Ultranationalists. With rumors circulating that "Modern Warfare 2" will enjoy a two-year life cycle of additional content, the seasonal updates could yield plenty of new stories, making this ending feel even more like a tease of things to come.

It also seems likely that the future of the "Modern Warfare" storyline will involve Shepherd in some way, since his location is unknown at the end of the game's campaign. The expanded story could also follow some story beats similar to the original "Modern Warfare 3," as the two reboot games have done thus far.  Whatever the future may hold for Price and his team, the explosive ending of "Modern Warfare 2" proves that they're ready to take on every challenge that lies ahead.


Who is Ghost in Call of Duty, and why is his return a big deal?

New Modern Warfare Season 2 trailer teases the return of fan-favorite Lt. Simon “Ghost” Riley.

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  • February 6, 2020


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This article contains spoilers for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 2: Ghost.

A fan-favorite character has been hinted to return in  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare . A teaser that was posted features the return of Lt. Simon “Ghost” Riley, which is due to drop on Feb. 11 – when Season 2 is tipped to begin. 

The teaser, posted in a tweet, shows someone logging in to view encrypted files that they received from Captain Price. Ghost can be seen in the reflection of the laptop screen. “New team: Operators” and “updated weapons system/ordinance” also show on the screen, which could hint what will arrive in the game with the update. Some fans have also pointed out that the images that appear are of Rust, the iconic map from  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 . Could this be where Ghost makes his return?

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Who is Ghost?

It is no surprise that the Ghost has made a return. First seen in  Modern Warfare 2  in 2009 as a British Special Forces operator, he has been popular with fans ever since. The last time fans saw him was as a customization option in  Call of Duty: Ghosts,  so there’s quite a buzz surrounding his return.

Players first encountered Ghost in Rio de Janeiro in  Takedown , although he was only around in person for a short time. He then communicated via radio for the rest of the mission. He was also seen in the mission  The Hornet’s Nest  with Task Force 141, an “elite, multi-national counter-terrorist unit under Lieutenant General Shepherd’s command.” 

Ghost’s final appearance was in a mission that shocked every single  CoD  fan that played it and became infamous in the community –  Loose Ends . This is the last level in which players see Ghost alive. In it, both he and Gary “Roach” Sanderson, a fellow member of Task Force 141, are betrayed by Shephard. 

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Ghost and Roach are sent to the antagonist’s safehouse on the Georgian-Russian border to search for intel. When they find “a bloody goldmine” (according to Ghost) of information and return it to Shephard, he betrays and kills them to take the glory for himself, and cement his status as a war hero. He then dumps both characters’ bodies in a ditch and sets fire to them with his cigar.

Why is he a fan favorite? 

Many players were very affected by Ghost’s brutal death, hence why Loose Ends became such an infamous and painful level – and still is, even over 10 years after its release. At the time, his death was horrific, and players are still mourning him to this day. Fans had warmed to Riley throughout the game, charmed by his English slang (I can still hear him saying, “Bloody hell those trucks are bulletproofed!”) and his permanent skull-mask-and-sunglasses ensemble.

Lt. Simon Riley had such a positive reception that shortly after  MW2  released, Wildstorm Productions developed a six-issue comic series,  Modern Warfare 2: Ghost , as a companion to the game. In the series, fans got to explore Ghost’s life before the events of  MW2 , including his childhood and the origins of his iconic skull mask. 

It is revealed that Ghost’s childhood in Manchester, England, was traumatic, mainly due to his abusive father, who used to taunt him with deadly animals. Skulls and their symbolism are a recurring theme in Ghost’s backstory, which explains the mask he wears. When he was a child, his brother used to wear a skull mask at night to scare Riley.

While in the Military, Ghost was ordered to take down a Mexican drug dealer who was also smuggling terrorists into the US. He is instead captured and tortured by the kingpin following a betrayal from the mission’s leader (do you sense a pattern?). His torturers condition him to see skulls on other peoples’ faces to remind him of his abusive father and troubled childhood to get him to kill his betrayer.

Ghost refuses to kill his former comrade, and the cartel leaves him for dead in a coffin underground with the corpse of his betrayer. Later in the series, the cartel he was chasing murder his entire family, except for his father, and frame Riley for the killing. He goes to visit his father one final time in the hospital, and both of them, having slipped into madness after their troubled lives, laugh at the idea of death. His father is then killed.

Riley finds and finally exacts his revenge on his torturers, before being picked up by Task Force 141, beginning his story as fans previously knew it.

The harrowing events in  Modern Warfare 2: Ghost  made Simon Riley a sympathetic figure for fans and allowed them to connect and feel closer to his character. The things he has survived only cement his role as a complete badass and most  CoD  fans remember him fondly. Furthermore, the fact that his mask always hid his face led to lots of speculation about his appearance. Despite his short in-game appearance, he is an icon of the franchise, and the idea that we could see him again in  Modern Warfare  is fascinating. 

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What can we expect?

Although we don’t have any information about Ghost’s return other than the teaser, he will likely join the game as a multiplayer character or feature in a new Spec Ops mission. Perhaps he will be part of the new Operators team that is also briefly shown during the teaser.

Since there are at least  five years  between the events of the first  Modern Warfare  and  Modern Warfare 2 , there is a possibility that we’ll get to see Ghost in the early days of his role in Task Force 141. Although it’s unlikely that his cameo will delve any deeper into his character, it would still be interesting to see a section of Ghost’s story that we haven’t been party to yet. 

Regardless of how Ghost’s revived role plays out, it will still be a special experience for fans to take a nostalgia trip and see the franchise’s most-loved character alive again.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare  Season 2 begins on Feb. 11. 

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" Ghost Team " is the sixteenth mission in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II single-player campaign. You will go after Graves during this mission and help the Vaqueros regain their headquarters. 

This Ghost Team walkthrough explains all the tasks you need to complete this mission.

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Ghost Team Walkthrough

You will be in the tunnels that lead to the facility where Grave is. This place is filled with traps, so you need to use a smoke bomb to spot them and deactivate them before being able to keep moving forward. Stay away from the green lasers coming out of the traps and deactivate them by interacting with the big red squares on the walls.


You will need to repeat this process through the tunnels until you reach a couple of guards, take them down, and keep moving forward. Wait until your team opens the door and keep moving through the tunnels. Remember to use smoke bombs to see the traps. 

Keep moving forward and deactivating traps until you reach a ladder. Use it to go up. 

Hijacking the Apache Helicopter

Once outside, kill the Shadows guarding the helicopter so the team can hijack it.

Move forward and enter Hangar 01 through the door. 

Your PoV will change now to Ghost's team. Grab the Spotter Scope and the Armor Plates inside the vehicle and mark the gate using the Spotter Scope outside so the chopper can take it down. 


Get off the vehicle and clear the area. Remember, you can mark any spot with the Spotter Scope if you need assistance. 

Getting to the Tower

Move forward towards the Tower. Enemies will come out from a nearby building. Clear the area however you see fit. 

There are a couple of tanker trucks below the Tower. You can use the Spotter on them to create a big explosion that will kill many enemies.

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Move forward into the main Housing. If you use the Spotter on this building, the antenna will crash on top of it. You can use it to get inside the Housing building from above.


Clear the Headquarters

Once the housing building is clear, you must move to the main headquarters. A tank will block the entrance, but you can use the Spotter to blow it up.


Next, clear the outside area of the HQ and get close to the door to end this mission segment.

Rescuing Valeria

You will switch PoV again to get back to the team that was about to get inside Hangar 1.

Clear the hangar and get to the other there, wait until Alejandro opens it and head outside.

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Your objective here will be to cross the area to get to Hangar 03. You can use military tanks and trucks to hide from enemies and get to the other side without being detected.

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Get to Hangar 03 and input the code Alejandro gives you to get inside. Clear the area and then investigate the blue container to rescue Valeria. 

Get to Graves

Your PoV will change again, right where you left Ghost and his team, breaching the headquarters' main door.

Get inside and clear the first and second floor, you want to act quick, or Graves might get away.

Once the area is safe, head to the control room and use the exit on the right. 

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Head outside and follow Rodolfo to the training area. There Graves will be inside a tank, waiting for you.

You will need to explode four C4 charges on the tank to destroy the tank. First, look for orange crates lying in the area and open them to find the C4. Then stick the explosives to the tank and detonate it.

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While trying to destroy the tank, you must also watch for any Shadow roaming the training area. We recommend first getting rid of the mercenaries and then focusing on sticking the C4 to the tank. 

After four C4 blasts, the tank will be destroyed, Graves killed, and the mission over.

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Call of Duty’s Latest Ghost Skin May Be a Tribute to Death Stranding

One of the newest skins to arrive for Call of Duty bares an uncanny resemblance to a pivotal character from Kojima Production's Death Stranding.

The new skin for Simon "Ghost" Riley in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is close to being the spitting image of the mysterious antagonist Higgs from Death Stranding . Whether the resemblance was intentional or not, the likeness is clear as day, and it would not be the first time Call of Duty has taken inspiration from and paid homage to other hit franchises.

Modern Warfare 2 is currently in the tail end of its Season 2 following the release of Season 2 Reloaded, with Season 3 due sometime in the middle of April. While fans have reacted positively to the long-awaited introduction of Ranked Play and the Himmelmatt Expo map, the game remains no stranger to criticism and controversy. The new marksman rifle, the Tempus Torrent, is facing accusations of being overpowered, while bugs and other areas of imbalance remain prevalent.

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Included in the new Bone Chiller Tracer Pack, available in the in-game store for Modern Warfare 2 , is a skin for Ghost which looks an awful lot like Higgs from Death Stranding . The gilded skull half-mask with a black hood and attire all match the garb of the porter-turned-terrorist. While there are subtle distinctions between the two, most obvious of which are the sunglasses that Ghost is sporting with the skin, the likeness is too close to ignore. Call of Duty has faced accusations in the past of stealing art assets for its skins, but optimistic fans believe this to be more of an unlicensed tribute than creative theft. Whatever the truth may be, it is worth noting that the default skin for Ghost features a skull mask, making the tracer pack skin more of a recolor than anything else, and the gilded skull is also vaguely akin to the one designed for Army of Two , which precedes both titles by over a decade.

For those who believe Activision had the deliberate intention to steal the look of Higgs for its own game, there is a precedence for being skeptical of the company. There have been several stories in the past of Call of Duty devs taking a level of inspiration from existing assets that border on plagiarism. The most recent was the accusation from stream and studio head Dr. Disrespect, that Call of Duty had stolen the likeness of one of the Variant skins from his upcoming game, DEADROP . That news came off the heels of Activision axing a Samoyed skin for Call of Duty and apologizing for stealing the design from an unaffiliated artist.

While unlicensed homages are fairly common in gaming, from Hitman 's take on Kill Bill to Skyrim 's bleak alternate ending to Empire Strikes Back , this new skin for Modern Warfare 2 certainly raises some eyebrows. Since the skin is currently available for purchase and there are no signs that Kojima Productions will pursue legal action, it is left to the court of public opinion to decide if this is a tasteful tribute or a blatant ripoff.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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