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Video games set in Afghanistan | Digital Trends Spanish

The video game industry may offer us many fictional worlds, but sometimes they show reality, or at least a part of it. An example is the games that include political and military conflicts, from different parts of the world and from different times. The most recognized ones show ancient confrontations, such as the First and Second World War, but there are others that expose more current confrontations.

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This is the case of Afghanistan, a country that has made headlines recently after the withdrawal of US troops from Kabul. Without that support, the Taliban defeated the Afghan army and seized control of the government, prompting President Ashraf Ghani to flee. The goal of this al Qaeda-related movement is to apply its interpretation of Islamic Law and exclude foreign influence on Afghan soil.

It is a 20-year conflict, which was activated by the US invasion of Afghanistan after the terrorist attacks of September 11, and which now culminates with the resurgence of power of the Taliban. These events have starred in different cultural manifestations, so that we have been able to see them in books, documentaries, series and films. However, as we mentioned before, the games are not left out. Here we collect video games set in Afghanistan.

Delta Force: Task Force Dagger

Task Force Dagger, developed by Zombie Studios in 2002 for the PC, is a standalone expansion of the 2000 title called Delta Force: Land Warrior. As a first-person shooter game, it is the first in the series set in a real-world conflict.

Here, the player takes the role of an American soldier in Afghanistan and, unlike the previous game, he can choose a character from 10 units of military special forces, such as the Sixth SEAL Team, the Green Berets and the Special Air Service. These are real military units, which, in fact, were deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Asian country.


CTU: Marine Sharpshooter

This is a first person shooter game developed by Jarhead Games and released for PC in 2003. In CTU: Marine Sharpshooter, You take control of a sniper of the United States Marine Corps, and you must face an army of terrorists and mercenaries.

The objective of the game is to hunt down some warlords in Afghanistan, as well as find remnants of nuclear materials in enemy possession and thus avoid a nuclear holocaust. Despite its weak reception, a year later it had a sequel called Marine Sharpshooter II: Jungle Warfare.

America’s 10 Most Wanted

Released in 2003 as Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror In the United States, this game from Black Ops Entertainment for PS2 and PC puts players in the shoes of Agent Jake Seaver. This one aims to hunt down the 10 most wanted terrorists in Afghanistan. That way you follow Seaver through cities like Paris and Miami, ending the trip in Afghanistan with the capture of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden.

The game is first-person shooter, but on some occasions, such as when you meet a target and have to subdue it, it curiously becomes a fighting game. Due to its critically rated “terrible” gameplay, outdated graphics, and callous depiction of enemies, the game was not well received.


Army of Two

Army of Two is a third-person shooter game developed by Electronic Arts, which was released in 2008 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The title focuses on Elliot Salem and Tyson Rios, two mercenaries who were part of the United States Army Rangers. . The first part of the game is set in Somalia in 1993, but the second part takes place in 2001 in Afghanistan, where Salem and Rios are sent to finish off a terrorist named Mohammed Al-Habiib.

The game is based on cooperative strategies, and it is essential to coordinate teamwork to complete the objectives. For this you can play cooperatively with someone real, or individually with a character with artificial intelligence.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

MW2, run by Infinity Ward, is a FPS released in 2009 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. This continues the events of CoD 4: Modern Warfare and centers the story on two military groups: the American Rangers defending Washington from a Russian invasion, and a multinational special forces unit called Task Force 141, which seeks to finish off Vladimir Makarov, leader of the Russian ultra-nationalist party. That way, players can control five different characters throughout the campaign with missions in various locations, including Afghanistan.

Modern warfare 2 It received a lot of praise for its campaign and multiplayer mode, although it received some criticism for its short duration and lack of innovation. Despite this, the game was the focus of controversy, as it contains a level in which the player must carry out a terrorist attack at an airport.

The game’s campaign was remastered in 2020, coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC under the name Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered.

Medal of Honor

Finally, we have Medal of Honor 2010, developed by Electronic Arts for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. This is a reboot of the series that presents a new scenario: Afghanistan. The entire game takes place there, with missions in which you have to raid enemy hideouts, rescue hostages, and carry out covert operations. The game is based on parts of the 2002 Operation Anaconda, specifically on the events related to the Battle of Takur Ghar, whose objective was to expel al-Qaeda members from the mountains of the north of the country.

On the one hand, players take on the role of a SEAL operator, codenamed Rabbit. And for the rest of the game, they alternate between a Delta Force sniper calling himself Deuce, the Ranger named Dante Adams, and an AH-64 Apache helicopter gunner, Brad “Hawk” Hawkins.

The game received good reviews for its realistic campaign and its attractive multiplayer mode, but before its launch it was in a controversy, since in this last mode it was allowed to choose the Taliban side. Despite the fact that EA argued that it is something that has always been done: “If there is a policeman, someone must be the thief,” military organizations worldwide claimed that it went against everything they were fighting for. As a result, the Taliban side was renamed Opossing Force (OpFor) and the game was able to launch as normal.

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