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It Can Be Very Difficult to Stop Playing

  • Nov 10, 2009

Reviewers Note:  Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 dropped down at midnight.  In spite of being able to pick up the game at midnight (and manage to stay up all night... and all day with friends playing it) there's still quite a bit that I've yet to really fully experience with the game.  So I'd like to caution those reading that this review may seem a bit incomplete as a result.  Normally you only have to play games for a few hours to really get the experience you need.  Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 isn't exactly that kind of game.  So as of this moment, this review isn't fully complete but I've experienced enough of the game to tell you a few things about it.  The review will be revised the more I experience and the more I unlock.  Just keep that in mind as you're reading... what I'm telling you here is only the tip of the iceberg.  The game is massive!

--Sean A. Rhodes


In 2007 a multitude of games came out, and in that year the most anticipated was Halo 3.  People were predicting it would be the biggest game of this generation (besides perhaps Grand Theft Auto IV), but in November of 2007, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare dropped down and it became huge with critics and gamers alike.  In 2007, Call of Duty 4 not only became bigger than Halo 3, it went on to become one of the most influential First Person Shooters of all time, and a big component of that came from it being bigger and better than any other Call of Duty game and also redefining certain aspects of Multiplayer.  If that's the case Modern Warfare 2 has a lot to live up to.  A lot.  As a result I'm sure there will be some who have their expectations too high.  I also suspect that there will be several people who will look at the game and say it's overrated and getting far too much credit.  With gaming in particular, you can't help but run into the screaming, whining people who will cry that anything beloved is "overrated."  Duly noted.  But overrated is not a synonym for bad.

Grow up.

Modern Warfare 2 is every bit as good as the first game.  Maybe even better.  It doesn't add too much... but then again, it didn't have to.  There just wasn't much to tweak to begin with.

For those wondering the main campaign takes off right from where the first one left off.  You'll play as a new character but you'll run into a lot of familiar faces.  The story is also presented well through missions briefings and even some very intense combat.  If there's anything about the campaign that's a little alarming, it would be that it's short as hell.  But it does have a great story and is brimming with intensity.  This was one of the best aspects of Call of Duty 4.  The fact that combat within it was especially epic.  Things haven't changed much with Modern Warfare 2.  Each mission is pretty straightforward and loaded with intensity and action.  And being that it's first person it can feel like you've been dropped right into a Summer Action movie at times.  Along with the intensity, the campaign can be quite a challenge as well.  It won't keep you busy for very long.  It seems quite customary for most FPS games to have a short campaign.  This is because multiplayer is where it really counts, and Modern Warfare 2 exceeds incredibly well here.

Before Modern Warfare 2 came around you could hop on Call of Duty 4 and still find tons of people playing.  In fact, I'm willing to bet that the majority of people who buy Modern Warfare 2 might jump straight into the multiplayer before they even jump into the campaign itself.  For the most part you get all the same stuff you get from the first game.  Not much has changed but it's not as though it really had to change much.  There are certain things added on such as being able to summon a Harrier when you get a certain kill streak, or even being able to use a nuclear bomb if you manage to get a 25 Kill Streak.  There's also still a lot of customization and ranking to be had from multiplayer and there are a lot of maps available right from the get go.  The online experience is still quite intense all on its own.  When playing online there were a couple of times when my friends and I experienced lag, but so far no game has suffered so badly it was unplayable.

There isn't just a multiplayer arena, there are also Special Ops you can go on with a friend if need be.  These missions usually have their own special objectives.  You can also choose different difficulty settings.  Each time you complete a mission you're awarded stars for your performance.  The better you do the more stars you get.  But along those lines, you also need to play on higher difficulty settings.  You're not going to get a lot of stars for playing on lower difficulty settings.  But it is unique to play through.  You can think of it as another kind of campaign.

Throughout all this you'll also no-doubt notice that the game is pretty.  Very very pretty.  It really doesn't look much different from the first game, but the first game is still beautiful.  Not to mention that with all the chaos that unfolds on screen at any one time, the game runs smoothly through it all.  There's a ton of attention put into detail and even the sound is fantastic.  The music and voice acting is pretty good, but the real thrill are the sound effects in battle.  Bullets ripping through the air, grenades bouncing and exploding, stun grenades and flash grenades going off and the explosions.  This is what truly makes Modern Warfare exhilirating and intense.  Much of it just feels real. 

Modern Warfare 2, as I said, doesn't do things that differently from the first game.  If you enjoyed the first game a ton then settling into Modern Warfare 2 is a lot like visiting an old friend.  The campaign may be short, but there's a TON to keep you playing even long after you've finished it all (not to mention you can always play on higher difficulty settings).  What the game lacks in a campaign length it more than makes up for it in terms of pure fun. 

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November 11, 2009
I know this game is good, and I know it is so much fun...but sadly, first person shooters and me don't mesh very well. Last time I played one was QUAKE. Great review.
November 11, 2009
Yeah, I have to admit, I'm not all that great at FPS games either... but I have a lot of fun with them (I'm an RPGer primarily).  Other than that I'm not really all that good either.  But I try haha.  I'm actually more addicted to Dragon Age than I am to this. 
November 11, 2009
Ya, I'm having a hard time putting the game down as well. I got it on midnight and I've already played it for probably eight hours or so. I think I'm going to be able to beat it today. Nice review, mine should be up next week for sure! Maybe even this week...
November 11, 2009
A few friends and I picked it up at midnight.  We must've spent nearly ten hours on this thing on day one alone.  Most of that was spent playing multiplayer.  I'll be finished with the campaign soon, though... and that's really amazing I must say.  Looking forward to your review, man.
November 11, 2009
Just out of curiosity, are you playing it on the Xbox? I was wondering if you've heard or seen any comparisons between the Xbox360 and PC versions. Great Review!
November 11, 2009
Yeah, I played it on the 360... but can't really do a comparison with the PC version. I haven't played that one, though I'm sure a friend will pick it up. But I'm going to guess it'll look slightly better on the PC.
November 10, 2009
I cannot wait to get this game! thanks for the review!
November 11, 2009
It's a pretty amazing game.  If you liked the first one you'll like this one.
November 10, 2009
Wow, Sean, you're one heck of a gamer.  Game sounds amazing.  MW2 has been out for less than a day and you've already managed to play it for hours and have a review up!  How long did you have to stand in line? :P
November 10, 2009
Haha, the funny thing is that we didn't wait in line too long. They were pretty fast and organized. We picked it up at midnight and I just "happen" to have no where to be. So rather than going to sleep we just popped it in and checked it out... and wound up playing a ton of multiplayer. So a few friends and I pretty much played around with the game all day.
November 11, 2009
Lucky you! I was online last night reading tweets and FB status updates from friends who had waited in line for several hours and didn't pick it up till about 2 AM!
November 11, 2009
Really?  We just walked into a store around 11:50 and waited for ten minutes.  We didn't even have a reserve down or anything.
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Modern Warfare 2 is a first-person tactical shooter and the sixth entry in the popular Call of Duty series. True to its name and following the lead of its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it places players in modern combat settings, as opposed to the WWII environments of the earlier Call of Duty games. This modern approach brings with it new weapons, action and options. Coupled with a variety of gameplay modes including single player, multiplayer and the co-op Special Ops Mode, it is destined to be one of the most popular games of 2009 and a worthy addition to the Call of Dutyseries.


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Classic tactical FPS action.
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Customizable multiplayer perk system.
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Diverse in-game environments.
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New weapons and gadgets.
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The storyline of Modern Warfare 2 picks up where the events of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare left off. The ultranationalist Russian leader Zakhaev has been eliminated, but it seems that his lieutenant, Vladimir Makarov, is an even bigger danger. Having made a successful play for power, Intel indicates that he is extending the reach of his influence well beyond the borders of Mother Russia, causing a stir in the international community and prompting the involvement of Task Force 141. Task Force 141 is an elite multinational unit made up of Navy Seals, Delta Force operatives, British SAS and CIA. In the single player campaign you are ...
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Number of Players: 1-16
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward
Console: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Release Date: November 10, 2009
Price: $59.99
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