Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review
A lot of people have waited quite a while fo this game and i am no exception. I don't need to tell anyone who plays videogames what Modern Warfare is, it's pretty self explainatory. There was a massive hype about this game leading up to its release and lots of controversy surrounding the "No Russian" mission and the complete lack of dedicated servers for the PC. I am glad to report that i do not regret buying this game.
The story in Modern Warfare 2 occurs five years later and is a direct continuation from the first Modern Warfare. Ulatranationalists seize control of Russia and the antagonist from the last game is declared a hero. The new 'bad-guy' is Vlad Makarov and he seems to be continuing where Zakaev left off. Due to the nature of video games he must be stopped.
Similar to previous installments of Call of Duty, the player assumes the role of various characters (a total of five) during the single-player campaign, changing perspectives throughout the progression of the story. The main story revolves around three soldiers, Private James Ramirez, a member of 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment stationed in the United States, Sergeant Gary "Roach" Sanderson, a member of an elite, multinational commando unit known as Task Force 141 and "Soap" MacTavish returns as a non-playable character for most of the game, but once again becomes the played character in the final three missions of the game.
The campaign for MW2 is somewhat the same as the first game in terms of length but it offers a whole lot more. Tasks vary in their requirements, having the player arrive at a particular checkpoint, eliminate enemies in a specified location, defend an objective, or plant explosive charges on an enemy installation. All of this is done in what can only be decscribed as a frantic warzone. Every level is wrought with danger and the game is satisfyingly difficult on Veteran. This mode is short and sweet in the most entertaining of ways and has a lot of intruiging plot points that will excite fans of the first game.
The variety of modern weapons provided in this campaign is enormous and the game does a good job of letting you sample as many of them as possible. I found it personally thrilling to hit an enemy vehicle as with a predator missile as the occupants were getting out.
Special Ops is the unique cooperative multiplayer mode thathas missions which are similar to those from the campaign but are uniquely designed and are directly unrelated to the story in the campaign. It includes scenarios such as a snowmobile race between you and a buddy, one player providing air support from an AC-130 gunship with the other conducting operations on the ground, capturing enemy compounds, and eliminating 40 or more enemies at a time. Depending on the difficulty selected each mission unlocks stars which are used to unlock more missions, all of which can be played solo but then its always more fun with a friend.
This is where the real meat of the game is and the reason why a lot of peope buy this game. There are the usual modes like capture the flag, domination and team deathmatch etc but that's not where the real change is. Aside from new weapons, equipment, and perks, 15 different kill streak rewards can be unlocked and selected. Among these is the ability to receive a supply drop after achieving four kills in a row, order a Predator missile strike after five kills, and call in an AC-130 gunship to strike from the sky after 11 kills. The console online multiplayer is excellent and runs as smoothly as anyone could wish but there are problems with the PC. Firstly, there are no more dedicated servers, eliminating the ability for mods or user-created maps to be incorporated. This is also a supreme LAN party killer and the once massive battle fields have been capped at 18players per match, 9vs9. This was in a way quite disappointing as i had already planned to blow my friends to kingdom come locally. Despite this the current steam based system is still awesomely fun to play.
Modern Warfare 2 looks and runs like a dream. The beautiful lighting and textures on objects in the game is wonderful. Character models look great when they stop moving about and battles and explosions have realistic smoke and fire effects. I believe that the game looks its best during the night missions where its possible to see amazing texture on your weapon and excellent water effects all over the levels. It really is lovely to play and look at.
All in all this is a solid package of gaming pleasure that's sure to leep you occupied for some time if you're looking to pick up an addiction. The game is superb and is wonderfully supported by an excellent Hans Zimmer score, wonderful voice acting and end credits that remind you how awesome the game was. It has an extreme fun factor and always leaves you wanting more.
Souji's Score: 8.5\10
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