It is not very often that a game is bigger then an industry, but in the case of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 it just might have outgrown video games. This is something that gamers have known was bound to happen sooner or later, but I doubt anyone thought it would be Call of Duty a game with its roots on the PC just recently becoming the powerhouse it is on the next generation consoles. Now we are here with Modern Warfare 2 the follow-up to one of the best games of this generation which hopes to build upon the last games massive success while pushing the envelope even further. How does it pan out? Read our full review to find out!
What’s so nice about reviewing a game of this caliber is that it needs little to no introduction. Modern Warfare 2 is a first person shooter set in the modern era (unlike many of the past games which were set in WWII). The game is broken up into three parts, the single player campaign, special ops (single/cooperative missions), and online play. We will be covering each of these areas in that order.
Starting off with the single player campaign which for many including myself is the main area that I look for in a game. Not being a huge online multiplayer game I take a lot in the single player and local gaming experience. With Modern Warfare 2 you have a very short yet effect single player campaign. I am still waiting for this series to jump further into the story developmental area. You are bound to recognize names and possibly even voices from the last game but outside of that you gain little to no connection to any of the characters in the game. Where the game lacks in story it makes up for the rollercoaster ride the game puts you through from start to finish. You may not care which of your allies in the game make it to the end but you will be enthralled into the experience.
Modern Warfare 2 also includes a special ops mode which is really a set of missions that you can do either by yourself or cooperatively. These are actually quite addicting and calculate a score after the end of a mission. As much as I would have loved to have seen a cooperative element to the games single player campaign these missions are actually a lot of fun and can get quite intense.
Finally Modern Warfare 2 has its multiplayer offering which is even deeper and more evolved from the last outing. Infinity Ward (the developers) have done a fantastic job of creating an easy system to get into if your new to the game and an extremely complex system for those who want to master the game. Although already only a few weeks following the release of the game the servers are packed with high level players ready for blood. This may not be the most inviting game to new players but the game does a pretty decent job of trying to match like skill levels.
Modern Warfare 2 has a great amount of content both online and offline and it manages to offer up an unparalleled experience that is also one of the best we have seen all year.
There is no doubting that Modern Warfare 2 is one of the best looking games on any console out there. The developers have raised the bar yet again with amazing environments, fantastic physics and just an all around stylish experience. There is a scene in which takes place in an airport and it is one of the most brutal scenes in a video game I have ever experienced and yet at the same time the amount of detail is beyond what I have seen in a game before. All in all the visuals are downright gorgeous and deserve more praise then I can possibly put into writing.
What impresses me so much about this game is not only that it has a tremendous amount of hype surrounding it which it does, but that it delivers even through all of that. This is a game that people come to for different reasons whether its the single player or multiplayer and yet the developers have to deliver on both ends which they manage to do and with a sense of polish that is unparalleled in the industry.
I don’t give out perfect scores very often in fact I try to use the “10” score as sparingly as possible, but when I look at Modern Warfare 2 I see one of the best games of this generation. If your one of the few that hasn’t bought this game yet, my only question is what are you waiting for?
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