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9. General Shepherd – “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”

The “Call of Duty” series became famous for its rollercoaster pacing blockbuster action, but one of the biggest twists in modern triple-A gaming came in “Modern Warfare 2” when General Shepherd revealed how far he’d go—and which fan-favorite characters he’d take down—to complete his mission. The sheer shock of his betrayal was enough to burn him into the memory of every player, but the game’s final encounter led to a payoff that guaranteed his place in the franchise’s history.

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