Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review

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9.0
Good: Presentation, Skip Offending Content, Spec Ops, Intense, Multiplayer,
Bad: Short, Gliches
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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.

HOT

Presentation
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.

Very Intense
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.

NOT

Short Campaign
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.

Glitches
There are some minor graphical glitches in the game, however none take away from the overall experience or ruin the gameplay

VERDICT

Editor's Choice AwardModern 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, 7.2 out of 10 based on 59 ratings
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14 Comments

  1. Jesus
    November 9, 2009, 12:04 AM

    Good read – can’t wait for my copy to be shipped; I hope they decide to release some single-player DLC, as well as multi-player/spec-ops DLC in the future – I’d love to have some more campaign missions if the game is that short.

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  2. JimFear666
    November 9, 2009, 4:33 AM

    i played the game tonight at one of my friend house and i felt i was playing some new mode in COD4, nothing more…

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  3. Tom
    November 9, 2009, 8:11 PM

    COD:MW2 still spawns endless enemies until you reach a certain point in a level. I can’t believe that this is not fixed. It sucked in every COD single player campaign. Graphic is not a huge step forward compared to COD:MW1 but it looks good. Anyway, game is fun. A must buy title for every shooter fan.

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  4. k-mitch
    November 10, 2009, 12:13 AM

    All I want to know is if players just fall over when killed by a grenade like they did in the original MW. I found that extremely annoying in multiplayer.

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  5. Rifted
    November 11, 2009, 12:03 PM

    Editors choice and then there is another post on your site saying how the PS3 multiplayer is broken. Come on you guys need to hold IW responsible for this crap. This game should not have received universal acclaim if it is freakin broken,

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  6. DaMan777
    November 12, 2009, 10:44 PM

    EA should pay someone to walk through an airport and butcher civilians and when they are taken down they can blame Activision for releasing Modern Warfare 2. Brilliant!

    Wanted… mass murderer to commit corporate sabotage.

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  7. BatGirl
    January 2, 2010, 9:19 PM

    OMG! I have the game and I think it’s amasing! Afew of my friends own the game, and through a vote we all said ‘Soap’ MacTavish was the hottest of the charaters.
    We didn’t like some of the charaters though, and I would like to say this… “SHEPARD SUCKS!” :-| I heard he told the low life at the airport the Pt. Allen was an agent from the U.S. But hey he brought that war on himself.

    Give me a HeartBeat sencer and he’ll be down before you can say ‘Nap Time.’

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  8. HELLicopter
    January 3, 2010, 7:29 PM

    My friends played the game once and could make a list of the cutest charaters!
    1 ‘Soap’ MacTavish
    2 Ghost
    3 St. Foley
    4 Nicoli
    5 Price
    This list goes on for a bit but the bottem is Shepard because HE STABBED SOAP IN THE DAMN CHEST!

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  9. HELLicopter
    January 5, 2010, 8:15 PM

    We also made other lists to. The most nerotic or funny characters.
    1 Ghost
    2 Cpl. Dunn
    3 Nicoli
    4 Price
    5 ‘Soap’ MacTavish
    We said Ghost was the most nerotic because in the level where you play as Roach and Price goes in the submarine and the silo dorrs start to open, Ghost is in a panic and then came the nuke.
    ” Nuclear missile in the air! Code Black! Code Black!”
    We were probly going to laugh our butts off.

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  10. HELLicopter
    January 5, 2010, 8:31 PM

    Another list we made the the most talkative characters.
    1 ‘Soap’ MacTavish
    2 Ghost
    3 St. Foley
    4 Shepard
    5 Nicoli
    If I’m wrong that ‘Soap’ isn’t the character that talks the most in the entire game then I will say this “DAMN” He talks alot and gives very persice instuctions.
    ” Ah Ghost you openned the wrong door!”
    This was in the gulag where they were trying to find prisoner 627 and Ghost was the one to open locked doors over a computer. He messed open and opened the next door after the requested one.

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  11. HELLicopter
    January 11, 2010, 6:33 PM

    Sorry for not posting for a bit, but we made a new list. The funnist lines in the game.
    1 Ghost in the continey level Price lauches a nuke and he shouts, “What? Price no! Niclear missile in the air! Code black! Code black!”
    2 Nicoli in the final level after Shepard’s death he comes and Price notes the they need to get Ghost out of there so Nicoli says, “Da I know a place.”
    3 Worm in the gulag level after price realises tat ‘Soap’ is next to him ‘Soap hands him his gun and Worm asked, “Who Soap?”
    4 Shepard in the final level when ‘Soap’ is about to kill him if you wait then Shepard will say, “You know what they say about revenge? You better be ready to dig two graves.”
    5 ‘Soap’ in the Cliffhanger level if you get by the guards after you plant the C4 on the fueling station then you come in and ‘Soap’ says, “Took the seanic route eh?”
    I don’t know why one of Shepards lines are in the top 5 anyways I guess my friends thought it was funny.

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  12. HELLicopter
    January 21, 2010, 8:44 PM

    Guess what… we made a new new list today. Top 3 Charaters and their funnies moments.
    1 Ghost in the level coninuey Ghost nowistes the silo dorrs on the submerine open and starts shouting at price who is inside that there are.
    “Price their opening the silo doors on the sub.”
    “Price the silo doors are opening.”
    silo doors finish opening…
    “Price the silo doors are open do you copy.”
    “Good.”
    “What? Wait Price no!”
    “We have a nuclear missile in the air code black code black!”

    2 Price in the level after loose ends ‘Soap’ and Price are attacked by Separds troops and so Nicoli comes to save their butts. He notifes Price that the situation isn’t under control and it is unsafe to land.
    “Captain Price, I see you do not have situation under control. Very unsafe to land, it reminds me when I was in Afganatan with the soviets…”
    “Nicoli just shut up and fly the bloody plane.”
    3 Macove He somewhere says “Revenge is like a Ghost.”
    I guess my friends liked that one.

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  13. HELLicopter
    March 7, 2010, 1:06 PM

    I am soooo sorry for not posting in over a month but I was replay all the missions again to find other things I could post about. It turned out that I missed a level and never played it before… :-P So I started playing and it surpised me that no one was attacking me so I started killing some people and unlike the first time I played the Macorvoe scene with him alive, one Russian comes walking out and pulls up his gun as if he were going to shoot someone then froze. The same happened when you kill Cpt. Dunn, Sgt. Foley walks out and the turns then freezes just outside his place. I am still trying to find anyone else this happens to though.
    I also experemented with gernade launchers and in the Brazil scene I found that ‘Soap’ never really reacts to it but falling over while ghost goes airborn. :-D Speaking of how they react I found the using the same gernade launcher but aim at Shepards dick and they all go flying but you will normally find shepard ontop of enother guy face down making it look like he’s trying to do stuff with the guy. He is so gay.

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  14. HELLicopterXD
    August 15, 2010, 7:09 PM

    Modern Warfare 2: Ghost #1 The first mission depicted in the series has a captured Special Ops soldier wearing a skull-patterned balaclava in a classroom filled with children of a Ukrainian school that has been taken over by terrorists (who threaten to kill one child each hour if their demands are not met). The soldier passes the time by telling a story of his friend, Simon “Ghost” Riley on a mission in Mexico. The SAS loaned “Ghost” to USSOCOM to bust a heroin cartel that has recently begun smuggling terrorists into the U.S. This mission takes place on the Mexican holiday, “Day of the Dead”, when Riley and the others wear skull facepaint and skeleton costumes to blend in with the celebrating crowd at the party in which the leader of the Heroin Cartel is throwing. This is presumed at this time to be where he dons his signature skull-patterned balaclava as Riley is shot and assumed dead at the end of Modern Warfare 2: Ghost #1.

    Modern Warfare 2: Ghost #2 During Modern Warfare 2: Ghost #2 it is revealed that Ghost and his team are captured by the Mexican cartel, and during their captivity they endure continuous torture and brainwashing techniques in order to be used as hired guns for various criminal and terrorist groups. Throughout this ordeal the reader sees flashbacks of Riley’s early life, from his childhood and how he had to endure an abusive fiend of a father. To his early years in the SAS and how he, after coming back from his first tour of duty in Afghanistan on January of 2003, takes care of his abused mother and helps clean up his drug-addicted younger brother named Tommy. In March of 2004, he finally puts an end to his father by killing him and in June of 2006, Riley is seen as best man at his brother Tommy’s wedding, who is now completely free of drugs. During these flashbacks, many of Riley’s adversaries are by seen wearing “ghostly” makeup (presumably a hallucination of Riley) of similar style to that worn by participants in the Day of the Dead celebration. Eventually, the USSOCOM members Sparks and Washington are able to escape, having learned that the Mexican cartel plan to kill them due to the fact they can not break them down, but are forced to leave Riley behind. Moments later, Riley is buried alive with the decaying corpse of Major Pezz.

    Modern Warfare 2: Ghost #3At the start of Modern Warfare 2: Ghost #3, Riley digs himself out of the grave by using Vernon’s lower jaw bone, which took him thirteen hours, and later found by a Texas sheriff. The story then jumps to December 18th 2010, Riley is being debriefed about his experience to his superiors. Physically Riley is fine, but his superiors fear that his mental state is still in question. Riley has nightmares every time he sleeps, with Roba haunting and taunting him. While spending Christmas with his family, Riley gets a surprise visit from Sparks. While having a beer together at a local pub, Sparks and Riley rehash old times and their experience during those hellish months in Mexico. Sparks tells Riley that he and Washington are getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan. As they are walking back home Sparks approaches a young woman he previously saw at the pub and tries to sweet talk her into bed, the young woman is not impressed. Angrily, Sparks knocks the woman out, and orders Riley to help him get her inside her house so that they can rape her. Riley secretly calls the police, and they arrive just before any harm could be done to the woman, forcing Riley and Sparks to retreat. Once they both arrive at Sparks’ hotel room, Riley suspects that Sparks is up to something, and when he finally pieces together the clues, Sparks points a gun at Riley’s head. Riley immediately disarms Sparks, and interrogates him. Sparks reveals that he and Washington have been working for Roba, showing that they had been successfully brainwashed, but before Riley could get any more information Washington arrives from a task and attempts to gun down Riley. Riley escapes by jumping through Sparks’ hotel window, slightly injuring his leg, and steals a cab to make his get away. Remembering what Roba said about his family, Riley speeds towards his family’s home and witnesses a shocking display. His mother, brother, Tom, Tom’s wife, Beth, and his nephew Joseph have all been executed, no doubt by Washington himself. In the end, Riley claims that he will kill them all; Sparks, Washington, Roba and his entire organization.
    P.S. I’m still the same person just got a new Email and it kinda screwed me up.

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