Commander Phillip Graves is an important character in COD MW2. He is the CEO of Shadow Company and will be your ally in many missions. But things turn out to be different. Before we begin our story of what Graves Wants in MW2, “SPOILER ALERT”. Do proceed ahead if you had not completed the game or are not willing to learn the secrets of Graves before completing the campaign.
Why Graves Betrayed His Own Friends?
If you had completed the game or have progressed to the end missions, then you will see Graves is going a little out of control. He is killing civilians and hiding a lot of secrets. In 12th Mission Dark Water, Graves with Shadow company travels to an abandoned Oil Rig in the Gulf of Mexico. In this mission, you will be hijacking the missile control and re-assign its target towards the rig itself, the missile destroys the Rig. Then comes the next mission, Alone.
Mission: Alone – Graves Overtakes the HQ
In 13th Mission Alone, in a cutscene, Graves takes over Fuerzas Especiales HQ in Las Almas and imprisons a Mexican SF Soldier. This is where the betrayal story begins, Graves also attacks his allies. He starts with a line that the team is relieved from its duty. At the back of his mind, Graves had planned to kill everyone in the group. Here is why?
Sheperd’s Secret: Three Ballistic Missles
To understand this we will have to go through a small backstory investigated by Kate Laswell. She reveals a convoy planted by General Shepherd to deliver three American-made basaltic missiles to allies fighting Russians in middle-east. But things don’t go as planned, Russians learned about Sheperd’s plan and attacked the convoy. They killed every soldier in the squad, robbed the missiles, and gave them to Hassan.
General Shepherd buried this incident as it was off the books because the convoy was illegal. It was a planned activity by the General but he does not want anyone to know. The intention was to provide aid to allies in the Middle East against Russians. But as the convoy was robbed, General Sheperd’s position was compromised. At all costs, he wants to get the missile back and with it destroy every piece of evidence attached to the mission.
Reason for Commander Graves Betrayal
Two among three missiles were found, one was with Hassan. General Shepherd assigned Commander Graves to lead the mission with a squad of Shadow company. During the mission, Graves was acting on Sheperd’s order in destroying every clue that can bring out the secret. So he was just acting on General Sheperd’s order.
Based on the incident it is clear that General Sheperd had already briefed Commander Graves to get the missile back first and then to kill down every member of the squad linked with the mission. At the end of the campaign, while talking to John Price, General Shepherd reveals that Commander Graves is a dog with a bone. The sentences bring more clarity about the connection between General Sheperd and Commander Graves.