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Yet Another Take on Modern Warfare 2

  • Jan 28, 2010
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I actually got the first Modern Warfare on a bet with my friend. He would buy it, only if I bought it. I knew the game was a good one, but I just didn’t know how good it was going to be. That first mission infiltrating a cargo ship in an outright downpour while the lightning struck in the background set an atmosphere that I still can’t shake. Captain Price nonchalantly smoking his cigar right next to you before the ropes dropped from the helicopter expressed to me that he’s been through this sort of thing before. I knew I was in for a wild ride. So come two years later and Modern Warfare 2 has become a record shattering game of epic proportions. So did this game give me the same feeling of being right in the thick of battle? Yes and no, but mostly, a resounding yes.

The Beginning

Modern Warfare 2 didn’t strike me with awe like the first one did in the very beginning. I think it’s because I got used to how the game worked in the first one with a combination of stealth missions, all out firefighting and missions that stood out like the sniper flashback. The gameplay mostly remains the same, but let me just say this; the sequel is all out explosive action, that absolutely doesn’t let up. You get snowmobile chases, clashes with the enemy in strikingly close to home suburban areas, shootouts on freezing oilrigs, chases in the streets of claustrophobic Brazilian shanty towns and more.  The action is full throttle and definitely keeps you on your toes. I don’t think I’ve ever pressed the “C” button so much to crouch to avoid incoming fire. It’s a blast and there so many moments that make you just hold your breath and raise your eyebrows.

Graphics Better Than the First?

Honestly, the graphics look just a little better to me when it comes to the character models and textures of the different structures. But where the game shines visually is how everything surrounding you in your environment is even more animated than before. Obviously the explosions are fantastic, but it’s the subtle touches that Infinity Ward created that make everything look frantic. In the first level a missile strikes a building that causes a shockwave that rattles the fence. Random boxes that are shot exhume scraps of paper that showers like confetti. Visors get frosted as you slowly move along snow covered cliffs. It makes everything around you feel like they react to your presence. The lighting has also received a significant improvement creating a slight glow on helmets in the afternoon sun and the guns you hold sport higher textures that glean and shine when under a light source.

Oh, the Spec-Ops Mode

I have not played the multiplayer, but I have been playing the Spec-Ops mode every weekend in about 5 hour spurts since I bought the game. I thought this mode would be shallow, but it’s surprisingly deep because of the stars you earn. If you want to progress through each tier, which have different challenges inside of them, you need earn more stars. And to get more stars you need to play on veteran for most of the challenges with you and a buddy. Each mission goes by pretty fast, save for some of the more intense ones, but since they do go by rather quickly, it’s easy to go back if you die, without getting too frustrating. It’s great thinking up strategies with your friend to get through a level. The missions I found most engaging are the ones that puts one player on the ground and the other as air support. The one in the air can notify the one on the ground where hostile forces are and react accordingly. It feels better protecting your bud compared to just regular AI soldiers. Your friend’s virtual life is at stake and it feels more personal. And on a side note, damn you,  juggernauts!


Modern Warfare 2 is like the original, only with more to keep you occupied. It comes packed with more explosions, more unbelievable sequences, and more intense firefights. And once you’re done with the single player, you’ll definitely be playing for hours on end trying to gain every star in the Spec-Ops mode or playing the multiplayer. That, you can bet on.

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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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Leading a squad off a landing strip in 'Modern Warfare 2'
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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