Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review

The first Modern Warfare was an evolution for Call Of Duty, Infinity Ward and a lot of gamers. It’s rare to see such a polished product with so much work put into it. This proved that Call Of Duty isn’t just another WW2 FPS. Now, nearly two years later comes the sequel to the game – Modern Warfare 2. With such a fanbase, is the game just another spoiled sequel or is it something epic?

Modern Warfare 2 offers three gameplay modes: the singleplayer campaign, the cooperative mode and last but not least, the multiplayer. The singleplayer campaign will put in the shoes of five different soldiers. The player starts out as Private Joseph Allen, a U.S. Army Ranger stationed in Afghanistan, who later goes undercover in Russia. He is sent there by the CIA under the alias “Alexei Borodin” and must go undercover in the world of the terrorist Makarov. This scenario takes place on a airport in Moscow. This is the game’s “controversial content”. In the scene, Makarov and his team(which includes you) kill thousands of innocent people including police officers, tourists and at the end – Allen himself(a little spoiler). Makarov is obviously aware of the fact that he is an undercover american(the accent, probably) and kills him “as a message” towards the administrative forces of America. The game focuses on two characters at main – Sergeant Gary “Roach” Sanderson, a member of an elite, multinational commando unit known as Task Force 141 and Private James Ramirez, a member of 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment stationed in the United States. The story of the game, although filled with holes and much more predictable than Modern Warfare, is as epic as it can get. The two characters are sent on different missions across the globe. But while “Roach” gets to go on all sorts of missions including sneaking in a snow storm, rescuing hostages from a super tanker and shooting down people in Rio, Ramirez is more of an average Joe and him and his squad get to do everything a normal soldier does, mainly surviving. The gameplay of the game hasn’t moved an inch since the first Modern Warfare. The game shifts you through different characters in a certain period of time, as they struggle against the Russian invasion. The game is completely scripted. Sorry if you want freedom, try elsewhere. The singleplayer campaign of Modern Warfare 2 is just a few hours of non-stop dynamic action. The campaign will take you from 8 to 10 hours in total to complete, but you won’t be bored for a second. It might be short, but it’s fun.

As i said the gameplay of the game hasn’t moved an inch since it’s predecessor. It’s still top quality action, a bit of story and lots of atmosphere from the battlefield. The AI of your team mates and enemies has improved a bit and is now more polished. The level design is still awesome. The weapons are even more than they were, work better and will still pour down on you. You can now hold one weapon in each hand but chances are, you won’t even notice it.

In their search for the perfect gameplay balance, Infinity Ward have added the Spec Ops mode which is a cooperative mode. This mode will offer more than 20 maps for you and your friends to conquer. They range from stealth missions, where you have to go through the entire map undetected, moving from point A to point B and pretty much everything you saw in the campaign. This gameplay module offers three difficulty levels in total for your viewing pleasure.

We have a solid singleplayer campaign and a great co-op mode. Now what? Multiplayer of course! The thing turned Modern Warfare from just another FPS into one of the most popular FPS. The multiplayer of Modern Warfare 2 is deep. Deeper than the first game. And better. You can now modify your killstreaks so you receive different bonuses after a certain amount of kills. The perks are also enrichened and some of the perks even have a pro version. The level design is at a very high level, allowing you to hide, sneak, snipe and take the most out of it. You now have a riot shield in multiplayer to protect your precious face. But don’t expect miracles from this shield. The multiplayer of Modern Warfare 2 is pure fun and, just like everything else, hasn’t moved and inch in terms of gameplay mechanics. It’s just more massive, better looking and, believe it or not, more fun.

But Modern Warfare 2 isn’t perfect. No matter what you say – the game is not the best FPS ever released. The campaign is short.. shorter than it was in the first game. The story is flawed and clichéd. The game’s singleplayer might look better, but in my opinion is at the exact same level of the first game. And one more thing — how could they eliminate Pripyat and Chernobyl, and not included at least one mission! Bastards! But as we said the game’s main pillar is the multiplayer. And the multi is not without it’s flaws. First, Activision got the “brilliant” idea of making the game peer-to-peer instead of owned servers. This eliminates the chances of custom maps and mods which is much. But that’s not all, the maximum amount of players has been decreased. Modern Warfare became of victim of it’s hype and promises. They promised us revolution. All we got is an incredibly polished FPS. I could excuse that if it wasn’t for all the fans that were sure the game was gonna revolutionize the way we play FPS and are up to this day still hyped out.

Techincally, Modern Warfare 2 is the game of the year. It looks amazing and is optimized to perfection. The musical background, sound effects and voice acting are at a very high level and help you sink deeper. The effects are frigging sweet. The only problem i had is that, strangely, Infinity Ward forgot to optimize the smoke. While you’re in a smoky situation you can expect a decrease in your FPS.

Modern Warfare 2 is truly a better game than it’s predecessor. Infinity Ward have learned their lessons and gave us the same high doses of adrenaline we love. But Activision obviously wanted to ruin the fun. Modern Warfare 2 is rock solid and a great FPS for everyone. But it’s not the greatest FPS ever released.

[xrr rating=4.3/5]

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  1. 🙂 great review.. all I know is that I played the game all night and will probably be on it all weekend (yes wife is pissed). The game play is definitely equivalent or better then the first.

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