Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare was a brilliant game and the developers claim that Modern Warfare 2 is better in every way possible

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Modern Warfare 2 builds on the best-selling pedigree of the first installment and the long-running franchise
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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  January 26, 2010

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Modern Warfare 2 (MW2) is the sixth installment of the long running Call of Duty series and is the direct sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The game continues with the original storyline so it’s worth playing its predecessor so you can easily get to grips with the game’s story. If you don’t have access to the original however, the game does give you a bit of a recap.

The game starts five years after the original and follows two distinct groups; the counter terrorist group ‘Task Force 141’ and the US Army Rangers. The former group is tasked with eliminating international terrorist Vladimir Makarov whilst the latter is
assigned to repel a Soviet invasion of the United States of America.

MW2 kicks off with news that despite the best efforts of the Marines and the SAS in
the original Modern Warfare, Russia has been seized by Ultranationalists who declare Imran Zakhaev a martyr and a hero. This paves the way for his former lieutenant - Vladimir Makarov - to take power and start a campaign of terror against Europe.

Gameplay kicks off in Afghanistan with players taking on the role of US Army Ranger Private First Class Joseph Allen. Allen and his fellow Rangers have to clear an Afghan city of militants after which Allen is recruited by Lieutenant General Shepherd to be a part of the counter-terrorist group Task Force 141. The game continues on from there
with a fairly interesting storyline with gameplay switching between a 1st person and 3rd person perspective.

The game’s default controls are the best to play MW2 with as they become second nature quite quickly. Missions take place across the globe in locations such as Afghanistan, Brazil, Russia and the United States and like its predecessor, the player’s character changes numerous times during the course of the game.

On the normal difficulty settings MW2 is fairly challenging thanks to clever artificial intelligence (AI). Enemies employ flanking maneuvers, will take cover when fired upon and react differently each time. On one occasion we saw an enemy soldier, stick his gun
out the door of a house an open fire, rather than bursting out and exposing himself outright.

In terms of weapons Modern Warfare 2 offers a full arsenal that will no doubt keep everyone happy. You get to use standard machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket launchers through most of the game but every now and then it treats you to heavier weapons such as deathdealing miniguns. Our only issue with the single-player
campaign is that it’s over all too quickly; on the normal difficultly setting we went
through the game in under five and a half hours from start to finish. Luckily the
game offers tons of replay value thanks to its strong multiplayer. There’s a
cooperative mode known as Special Ops where you can play a series of unlinked
missions (23 in total) and on the toughest difficulty, getting through all the missions will
take a fair few hours.

The missions itself are diverse and will have you manning the minigun on a helicopter,
racing snowmobiles, providing air-support from an AC-130 and much more. Besides these cooperative missions you can also play various, different game modes online
such as Free-For-All, Search & Destroy, Demolition, Domination, Team Deathmatch and Capture The Flag. Each provides hours and hours of play time and there are always loads of players available to play with.

MW2 scores very well on the presentation front; the graphics engine churns out nothing but eye-candy whether you’re playing the campaign or engaging in multiplayer missions. The levels themselves are beautifully designed and diverse and are a real treat to play through. The game’s sound effects and music are brilliant too; the
music fits the fast paced nature of the game and helps to build tension when necessary while effects such as gunfire, explosions and screams help immerse you; MW2 will definitely reward those with fully-fledged home surround sound systems.

For: Modern Warfare 2 throws nonstop action your way; you’ll have adrenaline squirting out of your ears by the time you’re
done with it.
Verdict: A worthy sequel to its predecessor, Modern Warfare 2 is a fast-paced first/third person shooter that has tons of replay value thanks to its excellent multiplayer component.

3386 days ago
Surajit Dutta
User rating: 4 stars

Pros: Amazing Story telling, great voice act and characters, game play and some amazing twists will keep you glues to the game, smart A.I, realistic graphics, loads of fun on multi-player with least lags but maintains same jaw dropping graphics.

Cons: Single Player Campaign too short

Infinity Ward has added a lot of great features, to begin with the characters and voice acts, graphics, very intense game play that will suck you into the game like never before with some shocking twists (specially if you have played the previous MW) and you get to ride snow mobiles. Unfortunately they didn't keep the campaign long enough and seem to move more towards multi player since it is becoming more and more popular day by day and has become a mandatory batch to about any genre of games specially FPS.

3412 days ago
User rating: 4 stars

Pros: very immersiver, realistic, infinite multiplayer replayability

Cons: bad multiplay match making, unstable multiplayer game play, lack of dedicated servers

Overall its a GREAT game... it really built on the previous versin... however it was disappointing to see Infinity Ward not providing better / stable multiplayer back end platform... the match making is moody... it works sometime and sometimes just does not... but still the game is soooooo addictive that you have no option but to shut up and enjoy :)

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