About a third of the way into “Call of Duty 4” a large explosion occurs. It rips through the game’s Middle Eastern country that isn’t called Iraq but is certainly designed to make players feel like it is. It’s where they’ve been fighting a violent insurgency at a heart-stopping Bruckheimer pace. After this explosion — you’ll know which one when you experience it — the player is left stumbling, not capable of shooting, of running, of anything other than just bearing witness to carnage. Looking for a rare moment of a game that won’t be accused of glamorizing war? This is it.
There are some other great ones in here.