Captain Price

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John Price
Call of Duty character
Price MW3 model.png
John Price in Modern Warfare 3
Created by Infinity Ward
Voiced by Billy Murray (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)
David Kinsman (Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Information
Nickname(s) Prisoner 627 (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2)
9051210 (serial number in "Endgame" mission)
$ (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)
Black Viking (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)
Gender Male
Occupation British Army,
Special Air Service,
Task Force 141
Nationality British (English)

Captain John Price is a main fictional character in the Call of Duty series, being one of three characters to be featured in all of the games in the Modern Warfare series, the others being Captain John "Soap" MacTavish and Nikolai. Price first served as a lieutenant under the orders of Captain MacMillan, participating in a mission to assassinate Ultranationalist Leader Imran Zakhaev in Pripyat, Ukraine in 1996. He was then promoted to a Captain and took charge of a Special Air Service squad, codenamed "Bravo Team", which included Captain John "Soap" MacTavish, before being held prisoner in a Russian gulag after Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish. After being rescued by Task Force 141 from the gulag, he was then assigned to Task Force 141 but was considered a war criminal after he and Captain MacTavish killed General Shepherd. He then participated in a joint operation with Delta Force's Team Metal, rescuing Alena Vorshevsky, and her father, who was the Russian President, after they had been kidnapped by Makarov and his forces. He then killed Vladimir Makarov in a hotel in January 2017.

Character design[edit]

The character is said to have been based upon British SAS soldier John McAleese,[1] who was involved in the Iranian Embassy siege and also co-hosted the television series SAS: Are You Tough Enough? in 2003. He is also a reference to a similarly looking character in the famous war film A Bridge Too Far.[2] Price's callsign, Bravo Six, is a direct reference to the 1986 war movie Platoon, in which Captain Harris' callsign is exactly the same as Price's. John Price was voiced by actor Billy Murray.

In an interview with Sami Onur, a character designer for Infinity Ward, the explanation was provided that John Price is the grandson of the Price who appeared in early Call of Duty games, though this has not yet been confirmed by Infinity Ward staff.[3] In the early developments of Modern Warfare 2 (MW2), Price was scheduled to be the player's commander, not "Soap" MacTavish, as he was supposed to be the playable character instead of Roach. This is further explained in the artbook for MW2.[4]

Personality[edit]

Price is known to be ruthless towards his enemies. This can be seen when he tells Captain MacMillan that he was going to "kill them all" after MacMillan asked him what he was going to do with all of the equipment that he had acquired. However, he is also a man who can be funny at some times, often cracking jokes during missions. Price is also a very caring man. Although he seemed to be very hostile to Soap when they first met, they eventually became the best of friends, and Price was devastated over his death.

Appearances[edit]

In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Captain Price serves as the commanding officer of primary protagonist John "Soap" MacTavish. He is also the player character for two flashback missions set in Pripyat in 1996, exploring an assassination attempt on main antagonist Imran Zakhaev. At the conclusion of the game, he is severely wounded in a tanker truck explosion, but passes an M1911 pistol to Soap so he can kill Zakhaev.

Price survives this incident, and is encountered again in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. He is discovered imprisoned by terrorist Vladimir Makarov after an attempt to capture him gone awry, and joins Task Force 141 in an attempt to stop a war between the United States and Russia. However, Task Force 141 is betrayed by their commanding officer, General Shepherd, who orchestrated the war in order to raise American patriotism and become a war hero. Price and Soap embark on a suicide mission to kill Shepherd and avenge their comrades; they succeed in doing so, although Task Force 141 is disavowed and they are labelled terrorists.

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Price and Soap ally with Yuri, an ex-Spetsnaz operative, and Team Metal, a Delta Force fireteam, to kill Makarov and clear their names. During an assassination attempt in Prague, Makarov reveals he has a history with Yuri and kills Soap. Price learns that Yuri was formerly an associate of Makarov, but betrayed him during a terrorist attack on a civilian airport. The two work with Team Metal to rescue the Russian president and his daughter from Makarov, ending the war and clearing their names; Team Metal is killed in the battle. Several months later, Price and Yuri launch an assault on a hotel owned by Makarov and finally kill him at the cost of Yuri's life.

Other Appearances[edit]

An Xbox 360 avatar based upon Captain Price is available for purchase.[5] Machinima posted a video in YouTube entitled "Captain Price Plays Halo 3", part of their Call of Duty and Halo crossover series, with other Call of Duty characters portrayed playing Halo.[6] Captain Price also appears in the mobile game Call of Duty: Heroes as the first hero to be unlocked and has a statue skin that can be unlocked for 250 Celerium. There is also a Captain Price outfit for the Stryker Rig in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Reception[edit]

The character was well received by video game publications and fans alike. This praise included Captain Price being ranked as eight on Game Informer's list of "30 Characters Who Defined a Decade"[7] and voted as 17th top video game character of all time in Guinness World Records 2011 Gamers' Edition.[8] He was also one of the 64 characters chosen for GameSpot's "All-Time Greatest Sidekick" poll,[9] while voted as the eighth-top character of the 2000s decade by Game Informer's readers,[10] and Complex in 2013 ranked Price as the 26th greatest soldier in video games.[11] In 2008, The Age ranked Price as the eighth-greatest Xbox character of all time, calling him "the most familiar of the Call of Duty supporting cast and a damn fine army man indeed" and saying "What a guy; what a [mous]'tache."[12] A GamesRadar's article demanded "a whole game" exclusively starring Price because "Call of Duty 4 's best dialogue comes from Captain Price" as well as its "best missions are the ones in which you play as Captain Price."[13] GamesRadar's staff further placed him at number 41 in a list of the 50 best game characters of the generation, commenting, "Arguably no other character in the history of games goes harder than Captain John Price. ... Truly, the man is a badass."[14] He was also ranked as the 48th "most memorable, influential, and badass" protagonist in video games history.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John McAleese". Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Price in A Bridge Too Far". Jpgdump.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  3. ^ Samin Onur interview (in Turkish)
  4. ^ Behind the Lines: The Art of MW2
  5. ^ "Captain Price Xbox 360 avatar". Marketplace.xbox.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Price plays Halo 3". Youtube.com. 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Price character". Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  8. ^ "Guinness World Records 2011 Gamers' Edition". Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  9. ^ "All-Time Sidekick". Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  10. ^ Bryan Vore (December 3, 2010). "Readers' Top 30 Characters Results Revealed". Game Informer. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ Chad Hunter, Michael Rougeau, The 50 Greatest Soldiers In Video Games, Complex.com, May 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "The Top 50 Xbox Characters of All Time". The Age. September 30, 2008. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Game Radar's Top 7 games needing a Prequel". Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  14. ^ "Best game characters of the generation". GamesRadar. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  15. ^ "100 best heroes in video games". GamesRadar. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 

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