STACK turned to Cleveland Browns return specialist and Pro Bowler Joshua Cribbs to find out which game has him hooked on the tube.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision)
Athlete Choice: Josh Cribbs, Cleveland Browns WR
Available for: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
NFL players are not the only ones who spend time playing this highly-acclaimed first-person online shooting game. Thousands of gamers also spend countless hours fighting, earning experience points and simply having fun running around shooting one another (in the game, that is).
According to Cribbs, when he and his NFL teammates engage in online play, it promotes bonding and improves team chemistry. “A lot of camaraderie comes out of it,” he says. “We talk to each other on the headset, we always go over [to] each other’s houses, and it builds trust within a team.”
Modern Warfare 2 was considered one of the best games of 2009. As in most first-person shooter games, there’s a lot of action—and a lot of killing. The game is similar to its predecessors in that gamers are dropped into battle and move throughout the game, controlling members of a squad in order to complete a mission. What differentiates this edition are its realism and attention to detail. Also, the game’s sound and aesthetics make you feel like you’re in the action.
STACK’s Take: Even if you’re opposed to first-person shooter war games, you might want to give this one a chance. Although it is violent, the game’s multi-player capability really does force players to work together as a team. Will this automatically improve a team’s chemistry on the field? Cribbs says the team bond forged while playing video games together contributed to the Browns’ late season four-game win streak.