Modern Warfare 2 Preview

Games don’t come bigger than Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Released in November of 2007, the game sold over 15 million copies across the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 to easily become the most popular first person shooter ever made. To put that in perspective, 15 million copies is more than the original Halo and Half-Life games sold put together.

When Activision Blizzard announced the sequel, Modern Warfare 2, people were justifiably excited. Expectations could not be higher for the title: fans are expecting developer Infinity Ward to make a game with an even more intense and unpredictable singleplayer campaign, and with even better online multiplayer options. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is its sequel’s toughest competition: two years later, it remains one of the most popular online games on all three HD platforms, with hundreds of thousands of players online at any time. If Modern Warfare 2 doesn’t live up to the incredibly high expectations, people will probably just stick to the first Modern Warfare.

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At this point, Infinity Ward seems set to meet and even exceed those high expectations, if the intense gameplay shown at E3 2009 is any indication. The E3 gameplay demonstration consisted of the player infiltrating an icebound enemy airbase during a blizzard. The blowing ice and snow reduced visibility greatly, allowing the player to move around undetected. Soap MacTavish, the playable S.A.S operator who was a rookie in Call of Duty 4, is now an experienced veteran. Captain Mactavish guides the player through the mission in much the same way that Captain Price did in Call of Duty 4.

The player also has technology on his side, as he has a gun equipped with a heartbeat detector that tells him of the position of enemies, even though he is unable to see them physically because of the blizzard. This allows him to carefully avoid enemy patrols. If the player is careless and is spotted by the enemies, he may start a general alarm that will alert the airbase’s garrison and bring enemy reinforcements to the area. Russian Mig-29 fighter aircraft can be seen and heard flying around the area, indicating that this enemy airbase is controlled by a Russian or other ex-Soviet faction, possibly the same Ultranationalist Russians that were the antagonists in Call of Duty 4.

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We’ve already seen a wide variety of diverse environments in Modern Warfare 2 screenshots and trailers, everything from the frozen Arctic regions to underwater submarine insertions. There is also at least one mission in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as the city’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue was shown in several videos. Few details about the game’s plot are known, but we do know that the player is part of an international Task Force made up of various special forces branches. These special forces operators were deployed to deal with the escalating situation worldwide, with the Russian ultranationalist forces regrouping under the command of Makarov.


Several new features are planned for Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer versus component, including the riot shield, a piece of equipment that will be usable in both singleplayer and multiplayer. Also included is a new co-op mode called “Special Forces”, that will allow two players to play co-operatively through levels designed specifically for cooperative gameplay. The standard singleplayer campaign will not have any co-op features, as Infinity Ward said it would compromise the quality and pacing of the experience that is intended to be singleplayer only.

The Russian character Makarov. Yes, he is evil. How did you guess?
The Russian character Makarov. Yes, he is evil. How did you guess?

Modern Warfare 2 will also feature many new weapons with additional add ons for customization. The Steyr AUG and FAMAS assault rifles are new weapons that were not in Call of Duty 4. Some vehicles can also be commandeered by the player and his allies, such as snowmobiles that were used to escape from the Arctic airbase in the E3 gameplay demonstration. As in Call of Duty 4, players will also be inserted and extracted from missions via helicopters.


Modern Warfare 2 looks phenomenal in every way, even at this early development stage. It takes the most popular first person shooter ever made and improves all of its aspects. If nothing disastrous happens, the game should enjoy even more success than its dominating predecessor.

Modern Warfare 2 is scheduled to release on November 10th, 2009 on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC platforms.

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  1. OrganizationXIII · Edit

    This is going to be, pardon my French, fucking epic. MW is high on my favorite FPS list (Alien vs Predator 2 is #1, love that game), but this is bound to sparta-kick it off the platform. Let’s hope they give it thorough testing, I’ve seen a lot of games fail due to nasty bugs. *coughassassinscreedrandomlycrashingcough*

  2. Yeah, there isn’t much doubt that Modern Warfare 2 is going to be just incredible.

    Aliens vs Predator shooter eh, is that the one made by Gearbox? Haven’t heard much about it.

    And what platform did you play Assassin’s Creed on that it kept crashing? I’m guessing PC , right? (it’s a rare PC game that doesn’t crash, in my experience). I played AC on 360 and never had a problem.

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