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Modern Warfare 2 Review. |

The big one has landed, its made $500 million and broken the sales records already but is it worth all the accolades? Modern Warfare 2 is part of the long running Call of Duty series that recently left the WWII era and went modern in 2007. This is the direct sequel to 10 million selling COD 4 Modern Warfare. Now there has been plenty of talk about the controversial scene and I must warn you there will be plenty of spoilers in this review.

The third mission ‘No Russian’ asks you to become a covert member of the CIA and infiltrate Markov’s terrorist group which results in the massacre of innocent civilians in an airport. You don’t have to shoot them but you can. This has lead to widespread debate about the morals of such a scene which whilst skip able you can do nothing to prevent it in game. It’s designed to shock, horrify and disgust you and achieves these results in abundance. But is it really necessary? Yes, as it justifies the horrors of war, there will always be unarmed casualties and validates the sustained campaign of violence you are about to undertake against Markov in order to stop him.

MW2’s story campaign follows an instantly recognisable template from the Call of Duty series with a series of set pieces getting grander and grander. This is not to say it is without new ideas though with the inclusion of civilians in other missions that you have to avoid killing to snowmobiles and my particular favourite; breaching rooms. This involves placing an explosive on a wall/door and making your own entrance into a room filled with hostages and terrorists, this all happens in slow motion giving you just enough time to pick your shot and save the hostages.

The campaign features plenty of travelling from oil rigs to Favelas in Brazil and even space! All the while accompanied by more than capable squad mates who give useful tips so when you hear ‘enemies by the Burger Town sign” there really will be enemy targets there. To be honest my major problems with the campaign were that it is too short (I beat it in 5 hours) and that the story does get a bit convoluted and confusing towards the end.


Thankfully Infinity Ward has included an entire new mode called Special Operations (Spec-Ops), think of it as a best of Modern Warfare but without a plot. It take key set pieces from 2 with some from 1 and some made up ones for good measure and asks you to fulfil certain requirements. These vary from elimination to protecting a certain area to my personal favourite – racing snowmobiles. These can also all be tackled in 2 player either online or split-screen, unfortunately the Spec-Ops is invite only and the party system doesn’t seem to be operational yet.

Of course the main meat and potatoes of MW2 are the online multiplayer which is as strong as ever. The maps are brilliantly designed and the weapon selection is massive. The perks and attachment system is overwhelming at first but definitely comes into its own after you wrap your head around the new load outs you can quickly work out what you want. Kill streaks have seen a big upgrade allowing you to customize which 3 you have. They do stay locked to a certain kill count though so no choppers after 3 kills but you don’t have to have a UAV if you don’t want, there are many kill streaks to choose from, which are all detailed in an earlier post.

There are simply too many rewards though, I don’t need to know if I killed someone just before they are on a kill streak or if it was for the 7th time in a match or if it was whilst they were picking their nose. There are too many numbers flashing up on screen it can end up obscuring your view which means you can’t see your enemies when you most need to. Otherwise it’s as fun as ever but now unpredictable thanks to death streaks which help give you an advantage to get back into the game to air drops that can be received by anyone.

Modern Warfare 2 more than justifies the hype, ridiculous sales figures and is without doubt worth all the accolades. Whilst the single player is shallow and short, its fun and the multiplayer will keep you playing for weeks. If you want a FPS then there is no need to look anywhere else but then all over major FPS games have all shifted their release date to early 2010 so you can’t. If you still haven’t made up your mind, one quick look at your friends list will show you everyone else is playing this and you should too.

This review is based on a retail copy of the PS3 version of Modern Warfare 2 provided by Activision Blizzard Inc.

  • I don’t mind all the little accolades throughout the multiplayer session. It’s rewarding, because I definitely need something to keep me going when I always place near the bottom of the list. 🙂

    I really like game migration. No more getting kicked out of a match because the host is upset he’s losing and quits. Yay!

  • JimmyMagnum

    about time they do that lol. I might not be able to get this until a few weeks down the road, and hopefully then, I’ll have a job. So, for now, buying any games is out of the question lol

  • Ken

    What a total loser the retarded little fanboy who crapped out this drivel for this turd of a game.

    Sub-720p resolution
    Crap graphics
    4 hour single player
    Laggy P2P networking
    Only 9 vs 9 online games
    Arcade gun controls

    What a joke.

  • Royalty32

    Yes, this game is amazing. Though i can only talk about single player because i havent personally played multiplayer but my friend has and it rocks. The graphics are beautiful, very detailed not better than U2 but which game is. the storyline is the only weakspot in this game. I found myself skipping the briefings bcuz they are boring. Its not that long of a game but who cares when the mulitplayer is awsome. Now again i havet played it myself but ive seen it bein played and it superb. So many weapons, killstreaks that let u customize, variety of maps. I could go on and on. Bottom line is that MW2 is a blast and i was one of those ppl who was givin this game hell cuz i thought i would look as good as its 360 counterpart but i was wrong. Im playing it in 1080p and it does not disappoint. If u havent already go buy this game NOW!

  • Royalty32

    i was one of those ppl who was givin this game hell cuz i thought i would look as good as its 360 counterpart. ( I MEANT TO SAY WOULDN’T)

  • hobbes

    i honestly played single player for about 30 minutes and got bored, went back to borderlands for now at least. Gun controls, not sure if i like them yet

  • Royalty32

    Wow really. I didnt like borderlands at all. Yeah there’s ALOT of guns but most of them suck. MW2 is more authentic and just a better all around game. Well to me anyway

  • I like Borderlands a lot.

  • Royalty32

    I quess its jus me because to me borderlands was terrible. Im so glad i got MW2. Cant wait to finally for the first time play online. Ill be online towards the end of the month, waiting on black friday. Look for me on psn, my name will either b KingJames32, KingJames2132, Royalty32 or The Chosen One32. So look out for ya boi.

  • Trieloth

    The story was way to short but the game is good. Played some MP last night and I really enjoyed it. Even though I didnt have anything unlocked I was still withn the top 3 most of the time. My only complaints are the ****ing CAMPERS. When I figure out all the stupid camping spots I will be your worst nightmare. And them airplains that get to continuesly shot at you need to go.
    Borderlands is cool.

  • yodaddy
    • @ Yodaddy

      Wow, 1 million XBL bans … are those permanent bans or temporary?

  • JimmyMagnum

    lmao, serves them right!

  • JimmyMagnum

    usually they’re permanent to the account and console, so they would have to buy a new system

  • yodaddy

    not sure Tosh… I heard both… but I don’t know fo sho

  • Gibb

    So.. this game has 2-player co-op?

  • best game ever dont you think? i literaly play call of duty for hours with friendes

  • mez

    Haha those hackers on live got owned, my friend was one of them :O i take it back lol naa he deserved why can’t he pay £40 for the game like a majority of people do..? But i like how Microsoft defeats them, a full ban for life that will teach em..

  • Mike

    any idea how to allow a neighbor to use my ps3 for his MW2 account. It seems like a simple thing but short of restarting an access account from the beginning just can’t get any info on how to do it… any info would be greatly welcomed…