Richard Morgan, the sci-fi author currently penning the script for Crysis 2, has taken a pop at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
"I thought Modern Warfare 2 was an immense disappointment," he told CVG.
"[The storyline] made no sense. It was totally implausible. It doesn't resolve. Basically, all the things that bad storytelling does. I just think they were way too impressed with themselves and that's always a danger. It's just unfortunate."
According to Morgan, MW2 represented "a massive stepdown" from Call of Duty 4 - and not just because the plot was a bit pony.
"What I thought when I played it was, 'Jesus guys, what have you been doing? You've not ramped anything up. The story is worse and the game doesn't really hang together, it's just a bunch of mission levels.'"
Morgan reckons Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves stands up as a good example of how sequels can improve on their predecessors. "Everything that didn't work very well, they fixed or ramped up or did something with," he said. "They really took it to a new place and you can honestly say to people if you played the first game, the second one is the same but better.
"Modern Warfare 2 is the same but... Way worse. And it cost more money."
So how is Crysis 2 shaping up? Read our recent preview to find out.