The most anticipated game of 2009 is upon us, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is finally here gracing our consoles and PC engines.
Modern Warfare 2 has had a lot of criticism and controversies throughout its marketing campaign this year. Leaks and spoilers were constantly finding their way onto the internet, and there was little the developers could do about it. We finally have the game in our hand, and we can tell you whether or not the hype has been worth it.
Let’s take a look on the HOTs and the NOTs of Activision’s Modern Warfare 2.
When it comes to realism, the Call of Duty franchise has never failed to deliver. The graphics in Modern Warfare 2 are phenomenal, and the animations are top notch. The game takes place several years after the first one. Terrorist attacks are all over the United States and it’s up to “Soap” McTavish and the rest of the soldier to stop it. (NOTE: “Soap” is not a playable. He is only there to guide you.). You’ll play as American soldiers, from the Army (Pvt Allen, etc), and your mission is to maintain peace and keep the terrorist attacks from happening.
The effects and sounds of everything you hear from the game is very realistic and the voices behind the characters adds the realism in the game. The graphics are much sharper than in the original and each location is beautifully detailed. While the game won’t beat out exclusives like Uncharted 2, its graphics are still some of the best you’ll find in an FPS.
Ability to Skip Offending Gameplay
There are several missions in Modern Warfare 2 that can be skipped due to offending content. One of the most talked about mission in Modern Warfare 2 in which the player controls a terrorist. The ability to play as terrorist in an airport while shooting those innocent civilians can and most likely will offend some, but it can be skipped if you so desire.
When I played this mission, I felt awkward. I know that this is only a video game but we’ve seen in the past that parts like this in a game can affect younger generations. As with any M rated game, parents should take precaution before purchasing this for their younger children.
Spec Ops Mode
I am sure everyone wants some extra challenge and the Spec Ops mode offers plenty of it. With Spec Ops mode, you can challenge yourself with time trials or you can replay missions and kill the hostiles in a specific amount of time. Spec Ops mode is divided into five different categories, Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta and Echo, each of them will give you a specific task. Get those tasks done and you will earn Golden Stars that you can use to unlock other modes.
This is to be expected, but Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most intense games I’ve ever played. The enemy AI is very well done, the enemies are pretty smart. You can’t hide in one spot for very long because trust me, they WILL find you. Similar to past Call of Duty games, Modern Warfare 2 offers several different difficulty settings from normal to veteran, all of which can be very intense at times.
New Additions in the Multiplayer Mode
The most popular feature in the Modern Warfare series is the multiplayer. Fans of the multiplayer of Modern Warfare can expect a much better experience this time around. There are new perks, awards, and several new additions that will help enhance the gameplay of the original and bring a fresh feel to the franchise. There are 16 new maps, each map is from the campaign mode and I highly advised you play the campaign mode first before playing online to avoid potential spoilers.
The great customization options make a return along with some new features. The “accolades” are a new addition to the multipayer. It is similar to achievements because in order to unlock something from the accolades section, you will have to meet certain criteria such as; Kill/death ratio over 10, or the most airstrikes. As for the rankings, they are still there, along with prestige mode.
Under Veteran mode, I finished the game in less than 6 hours. The game offers three acts and each contain five different missions. When it comes to regular mode, expect the game to be easier; you can complete it in less than 5 hours. It is not a long game and it seems Infinity Ward focused more on the multiplayer and spec ops mode rather than giving us a lengthy campaign. Even though the campaign is short, expect every act to be very intense.
There are some minor graphical glitches in the game, however none take away from the overall experience or ruin the gameplay
Modern Warfare 2 delivers one of the best gaming expriences for this year. It is indeed a Game of the Year contender, and is clearly the best shooter of 2009. With that being said, Modern Warfare 2 is not a perfect game, but many improvements were made and it is better than its predecessor. If you love the Call of Duty series, there is no reason for you not to get this game.
[Editor’s Note: Modern Warfare 2 was reviewed on a PlayStation 3 platform. The game was supplied to us by the publisher.]Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review,