Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has caused a bit of controversy in Russia. This is because of the mission titled "Highway of Death" which is being criticized for developing "American propaganda". The mission isn't anything groundbreaking, just another sniper operation where players provide overwatch of a road. The theme is created from Russian forces who bombed the setting in question during an invasion and ultimately killed everyone that attempted to escape the area. Activision insists that the story is fictional as the highway is set in Urkistan which is a made-up Middle Eastern country.
However, critics argue that it has more than a coincidental resemblance to the real-world highway (Highway 80). Its a six-lane travel-way in the middle of Iraq and Kuwait which was a past setting for a U.S. led attack during the Gulf War. The actual event was reported as a war crime since the coalition attacked retreating forces after a clear cease-fire.
Activision and Infinity Ward have been in the spotlight of criticism before for attempting to rewrite history. This is nearly ten years after the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 'No Russian' mission that showed to be so offensive that it was recalled from Russian shelves. User reviews have sunk due to a wave of people who sentimentalize with the complaints and accusations. It's assumed that most of the backlash is received from Russians and this being the main reason Sony has chose to not sell Modern Warefare on its Russian Playstation Store.
In an interview, it has been reported that Infinity Ward has worked hard to distance the game from real-world events as much as possible. Jacob Minkoff (campaign director) stated: "Are we telling a story that has anything to do with the specific governments of any country that we're portraying? No". Despite all of the negative criticism, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare continues to sell well and retain high ratings.