The Call of Duty series is well known for taking players across the globe with incredible dedication to realism, with former levels set in London (Piccadilly Circus), Paris (Montmartre), Rio de Janeiro (Favelas), San Francisco (Alcatraz Island) and Pripyat (Chernobyl).
In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, the latest entry, we’re travelling to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, specifically the area around the historic Oude Kerk (Old Church) in the Red Light District in the city centre. This spot is well worth a visit, as are my top picks for things to do across the city.
On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I took a few snaps to see how the game matched up against the real thing. And it’s pretty damn impressive.
On top of the architecture, scale and detail, they also captured one thing the place wouldn’t be the same without – lots of tourists taking selfies! The main downside is there’s a lack of cyclists in the game – in reality, you’d see a hell of a lot more, coming from every direction, bells ringing.
I imagine they must have filmed/scanned the area during covid, as it was probably the only time the place isn’t rammed full of crowds.
Interestingly enough, Call of Duty’s attention to detail may have got it into a bit of trouble with a local hotel featured in one of its levels, which didn’t want to be associated with the game, as Volkrant explains.