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  1. mathieuG.
    Jan 28, 2010
    4
    Well, I was always a fan of the Call of Duty games, the only reason why I voted so high was because the single player was actually really really good. The multiplayer on the other hand is complete garbage. The PC community was completely abandoned when dedicated servers were taken out, its not that the game is garbage really, its mostly that the loyal gamers were completely ignored. The Well, I was always a fan of the Call of Duty games, the only reason why I voted so high was because the single player was actually really really good. The multiplayer on the other hand is complete garbage. The PC community was completely abandoned when dedicated servers were taken out, its not that the game is garbage really, its mostly that the loyal gamers were completely ignored. The community is completely destroyed. Meeting familiar faces is no longer do-able. Just another console game with a mouse, its all MW2 is. Stick with MW1 if you are a skilled fps player. Did I mention that the hosts get 0 ping, while everyone gets 70+ in every game? Really big disadvantageous if you ask me, not to forget to mention that the nub tubes are still in the game. And theres NO WAY to take them out. Skilled FPS are a thing of the past, its all about "nice" graphics and consumer dollars. Don't support this game, it was my mistake for not listening to the podcast. Expand
  2. claudiog
    Jan 5, 2010
    4
    the game in single player mode is good, is hardly great, but with good hardware it is possible to appreciate the quality graphics of the game because the multiplayer mode as in previous versions but leaves much to be desired much the same, it would be better if there were such option that is too frustrating
  3. gblack
    Feb 3, 2010
    4
    Although sp game was enjoyable, mp was less than enjoyable, no map creation/console was one of the worst decision in the development imo, plus the lack of dedicated servers, as iwnet really is sub standard in comparison.also the decision to take out lean function was again a bad move on the developers part, makes the game (compared to previous versions) sub-standard. Im going to be Although sp game was enjoyable, mp was less than enjoyable, no map creation/console was one of the worst decision in the development imo, plus the lack of dedicated servers, as iwnet really is sub standard in comparison.also the decision to take out lean function was again a bad move on the developers part, makes the game (compared to previous versions) sub-standard. Im going to be playing battlefield bad company 2 exclusively when it arrives in march, which for a cod veteran (played series from day one) is a huge decision, but the decision to exclude dedicated servers, map creation and no lean function has forced my hand. Expand
  4. lolseriously?
    Feb 7, 2010
    4
    I can easily get to the top of Team Deathmatch leaderboard with a knife and pistol class, knifing is way overpowered with all the sprint perks. Somehow Infinity Ward thought giving the noob tube (grenade laucher) infinite ammo with the One Man Army perk was a good idea. Baically multiplayer is horrible compared to COD4. Admittedly I have higher standards for multiplayer since this is a I can easily get to the top of Team Deathmatch leaderboard with a knife and pistol class, knifing is way overpowered with all the sprint perks. Somehow Infinity Ward thought giving the noob tube (grenade laucher) infinite ammo with the One Man Army perk was a good idea. Baically multiplayer is horrible compared to COD4. Admittedly I have higher standards for multiplayer since this is a CoD game, but still this multiplayer is a serious step down from Call of Duty 4's. Only Search and Destroy is competitive. I go play TDM's with a knife or a tube just to relax, no skill or effort is really required there. Single player was alright, I'd say maybe too much story but fun overall. Expand
  5. VotesWithWallet
    Feb 3, 2010
    4
    Single player has cinematic moments that will bring a smile to your face. Multiplayer has the potential to be great fun but is sadly ruined by the lack of dedicated servers. Why is it ruined? Lag mainly. Among the other problems, one of the most glaring issues is that the developers allow players to move at speeds which are too fast for the latency of the network system to update all the Single player has cinematic moments that will bring a smile to your face. Multiplayer has the potential to be great fun but is sadly ruined by the lack of dedicated servers. Why is it ruined? Lag mainly. Among the other problems, one of the most glaring issues is that the developers allow players to move at speeds which are too fast for the latency of the network system to update all the players. Consequently, any player not using a speed perk or glitch is at an extreme disadvantage. I have now played for 240 hours which is not a lot by some standards but should give at least give you a clue that I am not talking rubbish. Expand
  6. PhilM
    Apr 26, 2010
    4
    The multiplayer is decent, if one doesn't mind the awful spawn system and the "intuitive" killstreak reward system and seeks no team cooperation. The gameplay is twitch-style stuff, but it doesn't work so well because player movement feels very blocky. The campaign was absolute, utter crap. There were some "cool" moments such as the airport massacre and the invasion of the The multiplayer is decent, if one doesn't mind the awful spawn system and the "intuitive" killstreak reward system and seeks no team cooperation. The gameplay is twitch-style stuff, but it doesn't work so well because player movement feels very blocky. The campaign was absolute, utter crap. There were some "cool" moments such as the airport massacre and the invasion of the United States by Russia, but the airport level was plainly just for shock value and what could have been a potentially excellent storyline from the terrorist's perspective was cut off. The plot itself is absurd, with characters uttering cheesy movie-lines and overusing military jargon, and the Afghanistan locales featured in the game prove that absolutely no time was taken by the developers to even google for images of the conflict. The character of General Shepherd is very unoriginal as he talks like Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now, and the score and some locations are very similar to those in the film "The Rock", mainly because both the game and the movie were scored by Hans Zimmer. Infinity Ward should never have hired writers for films and TV-shows to create the plot, because the result is a farce in which all the characters act too seriously, where one can see the name "Jerry Bruckheimer" written all over it. Expand
  7. RichardD
    Nov 10, 2009
    4
    The single player has the most stupid far fetched story I've ever played. Plus its only 4 hours long. The game plays and feels almost exactly like COD4 except its filled with pointless and annoying gimmicks to try to entice people. The multiplayer, well whats to say. Its a huge step down from other call of duty games. The lobby system is frustrating, then when the game starts, you The single player has the most stupid far fetched story I've ever played. Plus its only 4 hours long. The game plays and feels almost exactly like COD4 except its filled with pointless and annoying gimmicks to try to entice people. The multiplayer, well whats to say. Its a huge step down from other call of duty games. The lobby system is frustrating, then when the game starts, you seem to run around empty maps due to usual games having around 4v4 players. There's also occasional lag spikes, and I've not managed to get in a game with more than '2 latency bars'. Which is probably around 150-200 ping. So yeah, multiplayer is soo boring compared to other cod games. It cant match the 32v32 action from call of duty 4. Hardcore mode is not available right away, you have to unlock it. Big let down of a game and over hyped. If your one of those people who just buys games because other people do, then go for it. Otherwise, spend your money elsewhere and stick to call of duty 4. Expand
  8. AmyV
    Nov 11, 2009
    4
    Well, let's see. I got the PC version. All that talk about no dedicated servers, forced 9v9, etc. wasn't a huge deal to me. Locking the field of view and banning mods and developer console seemed like a dick move, but given the loss of dedicated servers, it made sense. Here's where it gets kind of hinky. I play more for the campaign than multiplayer, and I really Well, let's see. I got the PC version. All that talk about no dedicated servers, forced 9v9, etc. wasn't a huge deal to me. Locking the field of view and banning mods and developer console seemed like a dick move, but given the loss of dedicated servers, it made sense. Here's where it gets kind of hinky. I play more for the campaign than multiplayer, and I really wasn't that impressed with MW2. The story was just BORING. I guess people like that whole everyone-is-an-evil-villain-including-you angle? I don't know. If you ask me, making a game's story not fun, even under the pretenses of "War shouldn't BE fun it's grim and dark and bad", seems like a bad idea The airport scene was a snoozefest. Once you get past the "oh no I am killing the innocent peopels THIS IS SO CONTROVERSIAL AND MORALLY QUESITONABLE" part? It's just a boring level. Killing people that don't shoot back and rent-a-cops with riot shields wasn't challenging, and if it weren't for the slaughtering-innocents controversy play, I don't see why it'd even be in there. But the rest of the stages were no better, -maybe- about as good as MW1, but just barely. Ignoring the ridiculous story, gameplay's not even a little improved. The snowbike scene was fun, and that's about it. Multiplayer's a joke. Matchmaking guarantees you're met up with people that'll wreck you in about twenty seconds, so unless you're omghax good, it's impossible to level up. The ability to order an air strike once you have 20 kills is usually just the screw-you flavor ice cream on top of the Rape Pie noobs are guaranteed to get the first time they log on, and the second time, and the third time... Not recommended to anyone. At all. Just play MW1 again. Expand
  9. ArpnB
    Jan 12, 2010
    4
    Good but short single player. Multiplayer bad in too many sectors: - lag - lack of dedicated servers - increase of camping because of maps - stupid and low perks - team almost always unbalanced - crashes, crashes, crashes - useless weapons - so many others things I cant remember
  10. martinh
    Jan 13, 2010
    4
    simple run and gun singleplayer that lacks any originality. the mp is average at best, lag issues are just the start. we have unbalanced teams, weapons, maps! killstreaks are a joke. the biggest problem is that whenevery one gets bored of this and stops playing those left will barely be able to get a game running! its already taking longer through iwnet now then when it first came out due simple run and gun singleplayer that lacks any originality. the mp is average at best, lag issues are just the start. we have unbalanced teams, weapons, maps! killstreaks are a joke. the biggest problem is that whenevery one gets bored of this and stops playing those left will barely be able to get a game running! its already taking longer through iwnet now then when it first came out due to player drop and its only going to get worse. Expand
  11. RowanT
    Jan 15, 2010
    4
    We all waited so long for Modern Warfare 2 to come out and when it did it was a huge dissappointment. First, Steam, what a disaster and no more needs to be said.But most of all, no dedicated servers, Infinity Ward, you have killed Call of Duty multiplayer! Multiplayer! I played singleplayer at first and liked the effects and was impressed with the animations, but the storyline was no as We all waited so long for Modern Warfare 2 to come out and when it did it was a huge dissappointment. First, Steam, what a disaster and no more needs to be said.But most of all, no dedicated servers, Infinity Ward, you have killed Call of Duty multiplayer! Multiplayer! I played singleplayer at first and liked the effects and was impressed with the animations, but the storyline was no as good as I had hoped. I rate singleplayer 6 I then started multiplayer and was straight away annoid with IWNET and picking bad hosts, After a while I got to level 35 10th prestiege, but my game has now stopped working thanks to Steam and I have no Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer.... Thanks. I rate multiplayer 2 I started playing Spec Ops and that was cool, I was very impressed with that, keep that up! I rate Spec Ops 8 But again I must say that no dedicated servers was the biggest dissappointment i have had from any game! I am thus rating Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as a whole.... 4 out of 10.... Thanks for a big dissapointment Infinity Ward, I think I'll go back to Call of Duty 4 till Bad Company 2 comes out in March this year. -Disguise Expand
  12. MarcV
    Jan 16, 2010
    4
    I have played only COD and MW games, Only play MP.......... Waiting paitenty for Bad Company 2......... IWNET and non-dedicated servers SUCK. Too many hacks and non-objective players. I see the language and racism is like my kids XBOX, thats wht he doesn't have XBOX live anymore. I like the graphics and gameplay though, thats why I voted as i did. Beware this title
  13. Tafft
    Jan 28, 2010
    4
    ive played cod4 to death and still do reason being i can play on private servers and there are no cheaters! on our server . mw2 is great the graphics are cool and the gameplay to .. to be honest STEAM .......WTF!!!!! i paid good money for this game and we the payin customer should have the right to have private servers!!
  14. ManuelP.L.
    Feb 11, 2010
    4
    Los que hemos jugado con CoD4 en linea, basado en Xfire, notamos la tremenda diferencia en esta version de CoD4.2 Steam. En esta version Steam impone equipo y partida sin poder elegir servidor como pasa con X Fire. Lo encuentro bastante dictatorial e impositivo. El CoD 4.2 en su version individual ha mejorado por sus fases de nieve y mar. Por lo demas, la realidad de escenenarios es mejor CoD4.
  15. PaulAppeldoorn
    Apr 17, 2010
    4
    Truly disappoiting. Infinity Ward showed what lazyness can do to a once good game. This is nothing more than a cheap port from the console ( I guess the Xbox360) and still they dare to ask such a high price for this. Singleplayer is short and so-so. Multiplay is a pain. More than once a message appears when you're in the lobby, waiting for more people. Then you can't connect to Truly disappoiting. Infinity Ward showed what lazyness can do to a once good game. This is nothing more than a cheap port from the console ( I guess the Xbox360) and still they dare to ask such a high price for this. Singleplayer is short and so-so. Multiplay is a pain. More than once a message appears when you're in the lobby, waiting for more people. Then you can't connect to the host, then the lobby is suddenly closed, then its not possible to merge lobbies.... Once you're in the game it can easily be ruined by a bad host causing much lag. Only one can hope there'll be a patch soon that makes dedicated servers possible again. Conclusion: Shame on you Infinity! Next time develop a real PC version again! Expand
  16. JohnB.
    Nov 11, 2009
    4
    The fact of the matter is, the PC version of this game is the weakest of the 3 by a significant margin. When a company goes out of it's way to not only snub the PC platform, but enact a long-term agenda against it, then anyone who games on PC should be stopping and scratching their heads, wondering if giving a company ilke that money is really a good idea. The game itself consists of The fact of the matter is, the PC version of this game is the weakest of the 3 by a significant margin. When a company goes out of it's way to not only snub the PC platform, but enact a long-term agenda against it, then anyone who games on PC should be stopping and scratching their heads, wondering if giving a company ilke that money is really a good idea. The game itself consists of a lackluster, on-rails 4-5 singleplayer experience and a multiplayer mode which mixes elements of Counterstrike with MMO-style level-grinding. Understandably, this is like crack to teenagers and frat boys everywhere, but purchasing this game is endorsing terrible attitudes towards PC gaming. I realise that some gamers are too weak to stand on any kind of principle when there's men to be shot, but it is heartening to see that so many obviously do care about the state of PC gaming and do not want to see it hijacked by Activision's greed. Expand
  17. PeteH
    Nov 10, 2009
    4
    I'm quite sure that this will be an awesome single player game, but I will never find out because i'm never going to buy it!! I will not be dictated to by companies telling me how i can use my PC games. If 12 of my friends and I want to play a clan match together on COD: MW2, we can't because 3 of us will have to wait in line. If i want to have a shotguns only server, just I'm quite sure that this will be an awesome single player game, but I will never find out because i'm never going to buy it!! I will not be dictated to by companies telling me how i can use my PC games. If 12 of my friends and I want to play a clan match together on COD: MW2, we can't because 3 of us will have to wait in line. If i want to have a shotguns only server, just for kicks, i can't. I could rant all day, but Activision sure don't give a shit, so I won't care about this title. Expand
  18. AkihiroK
    Nov 13, 2009
    4
    The tenth comes around the corner and gleefully I await the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I don't go online to see what people are saying about it. I don't read the petitions about not buying the game. I usually do, so why don't I this time. Well, it's simple, I trusted Infinity Ward. Notice I said trusted, not trust. That would be long in the past. The The tenth comes around the corner and gleefully I await the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I don't go online to see what people are saying about it. I don't read the petitions about not buying the game. I usually do, so why don't I this time. Well, it's simple, I trusted Infinity Ward. Notice I said trusted, not trust. That would be long in the past. The single player campaign was an interesting experience, drawing you into the story in the beginning. It seems to start off where its predecessor left off. Terrorist, check, secret military organization, check, lots of violence, double check. The story starts to make no sense about half way through, falling into chaos by the end. You beat one of two majorly bad men, but that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. You only get to kill one of the two, seemingly leaving it open for a sequel. How long does this campaign take? For me around three hours at the default difficulty. If one only bought the game for the single player experience, they would be very disappointed with the bang they got for the buck. But that isn't the case for the cod series. I know I bought them for the multiplayer. At least since COD4. All in all id rate the single player experience at a 5 out of ten. I was not overly impressed, but it's not as bad as it could have been. Now for the multiplayer review. I would have to say, I am not impressed. For now let us set aside all of the debates about dedicated servers, and all of the controversy over the decision to cut it. I began my first match of multiplayer fairly fast. The matchmaking removed the ability to search for the best server, instead it "automated" this. Fine, i'd prefer to search for one, but I am willing to give this a shot. I sit an the lobby for about a minute and I am in my first Free-For-All game of COD:MW2. The pace seemed slow, but I attributed that to my lack of playtime. Somehow, I ended up first in score, I win the match. Great, no. Not really. I wasn't excited, but again I blamed this on my lack of play time. Two days later, I write this review. I see all of the negative comments being made, and if you haven't, I recommend going to the Infinity Ward forums and seeing what the people are saying in the pc section. It's amazing how slighted alot of PC Gamers feel. Admittedly IW said there would be dedicated servers. They didn't deliver this, instead you're hosting off of one of the people you're playing with. This causes issues of course, especially lag. Hopefully when your playing, the host doesn't leave. If they do you have in my experience a fifty fifty chance of the game ending. Not so good. I also noticed some issues with host migration, in fact when you see this error. It will direct you towards an Infinity Ward web page, explaining that your router may be the cause. What they aren't saying on there is, that it may have selected a host other than yourself who hasn't left their computer completely open to the wilds of the internet. Now, for all of the anger and hatred being directed at Infinity Ward. I understand some feel mistreated, especially since IW got it's start and popularity from the PC Gaming community. But don't forget, they are a business first and foremost. This means that alot of people got together and made this decision before launch. That being said, removing the ability for the community to create content is, in my humble opinion, a mistake, and one that you will see with future releases. I won't take the time to argue why or why not dedicated servers are important. I will just say that they are a better idea than peer-to-peer, and client hosting. I wait and hope that like left for dead, they patch and allow us to have dedicated servers that we may pick from. I will also say, that since I purchased this game and have played it online, I am very disappointed with the community I have played with. While there are a few people that understand teamwork, they are few and far between. When I play any of the First Person Shooters that I own, which is alot, I have the ability to play one specific servers, and take part in many communities. I have the choice, I am not lumped in with people I don't know, I am allowed my choice of map, settings, ect. This is a blow to the PC Gaming community, in an epic way. I suppose I will finish this thought with laughter at the quote I recently read from an interview with IW staff. While I won't post the quote here, you must be crazy to think that gamers want to play a game exactly how YOU think they should, not how they want to. We don't live in a communist dictatorship. We can choose a different company's game. Overall I would give the multiplayer portion of COD:MW2 a very low 3.5 out of 10. This brings the average and overall score for the game to a 4.25. Expand
  19. NhoyB
    Nov 13, 2009
    4
    I bought the game; I had the previous COD4:MW title, and I'm really dissapointed. For $59.99 and a 5hour campaign in Normal, that would have been fair enough for me, considering the Multiplayer experience on the previous one; now all that FUN is now replaced by frustration and connection problems on IWnet. In my experience, always had this high ping which is represented by short red I bought the game; I had the previous COD4:MW title, and I'm really dissapointed. For $59.99 and a 5hour campaign in Normal, that would have been fair enough for me, considering the Multiplayer experience on the previous one; now all that FUN is now replaced by frustration and connection problems on IWnet. In my experience, always had this high ping which is represented by short red bar, and I'm always being redirected to a new Host; like for every 10mins which is very annoying. It really takes the FUN out. For 59.99 with a short campaign and no dedicated server support. It's too much. In my eyes the Graphics and Sound isn't that much of a change from the previous one. The campaign is kinda exciting though, and you will surely be wanting more. Expand
  20. JohnO
    Nov 10, 2009
    4
    Let's see here, what's new in MW2. Two things. Co-op mode and price gouging ($10 more, because Activision can and really likes money!). The single player experience is shorter than ever (took me 8 hours on hardened so expect 5-6 hours or even less on normal for experienced gamers). So does that $10 get you a longer game? No sir. The graphics aren't a huge improvement but Let's see here, what's new in MW2. Two things. Co-op mode and price gouging ($10 more, because Activision can and really likes money!). The single player experience is shorter than ever (took me 8 hours on hardened so expect 5-6 hours or even less on normal for experienced gamers). So does that $10 get you a longer game? No sir. The graphics aren't a huge improvement but it's noticeable. Sound effects seem to be unchanged. Lots of explosions and team chatter. Multiplayer is also more of the same and of the 3 or so hours I've spent so far, it does seem more balanced. At least now. Wait a couple days for the hacks to come out. But wait IWNET is here to save the day! (haha yeah right). So for $10 more you get an even shorter single player experience than MW1, NO DEDICATED SERVERS, no developer console, and only 9v9 during team deathmatch. Nice console port. I'm surprised the PC PORT even allows mouse and keyboard play, to be honest...Activision are the new EA. The game would deserve a 9 or 10 because it is insanely fun and offers a lot of variety, but because of the absolute kick to the nuts of the PC community and price gouging for no other reason than to line their pockets, it deserves no better than a lowly lowly 4. Expand
  21. NoogsG.
    Nov 10, 2009
    4
    Good single player experience, true to Infinity Wards style, they have delivered a truly cinematic experience BUT the score has been halved due to what has happened to the multiplayer. This used to be the core experience of the previous MW games but due to the changes (I'm sure we have heard them all, I don't feel I need to reiterate them) there have considerable constraints on Good single player experience, true to Infinity Wards style, they have delivered a truly cinematic experience BUT the score has been halved due to what has happened to the multiplayer. This used to be the core experience of the previous MW games but due to the changes (I'm sure we have heard them all, I don't feel I need to reiterate them) there have considerable constraints on its playability. Don't get me wrong, for a quick and dirty (some might say generic though) MP experience it still has all the bells and whistles that we have come to expect but without the COMMUNITY foundations that were unfortunately eviscerated with the MP changes. In the end, while the single player modes are great, much of the longevity of the game has been dampened and we end up with a soulless, more arcade experience. In closing, MW2 can be likened to a bucket of KFC - great for a short time but all that you are left with are greasy fingers and the nauseating feeling that in your stomach saying 'maybe I should have picked something else....". Expand
  22. mikel
    Nov 20, 2009
    4
    Single player is very good, and that is were it ends, I was playing or trying to play, the two player special ops and could never connect, getting time outs, connection lost, etc etc, even when we did manage to connect, some maps would freeze and then kick us both out. I am using the Steam to play it and am very disappointed with everything except the single player.
  23. SebastianK.
    Dec 1, 2009
    4
    The game started awesome to me. Always heard good things about CoD4, so I thought I'd give MW2 a try. Single player campaign was fun, though short, but than some friends had me start in the multiplayer part... What a laugh, people shout LAG at each other all the time (which is oh so true), Servers get you kicked out all the time, connection problems all over. Reading some of these The game started awesome to me. Always heard good things about CoD4, so I thought I'd give MW2 a try. Single player campaign was fun, though short, but than some friends had me start in the multiplayer part... What a laugh, people shout LAG at each other all the time (which is oh so true), Servers get you kicked out all the time, connection problems all over. Reading some of these comments I saw some of the console probs with P2P and looking into the MW2 folder there really is stuff about the dreaded P2P. WHY ON EARTH did Infinity Ward turn their backs on PC gamers? We're the ones who made CoD4 a BIG hit! Anyways, don't think about buying it. Enough people already made that mistake. Better wait untill some better features are implented (Free features; not the aweful DLC packs which cost you even more money) Expand
  24. DT
    Dec 18, 2009
    4
    I have to give this game a 4. 2 points for the single player (Good action, storyline and gameplay mechanics, but the campain was short and there were some graphical glitches that interfered), 2 for the Spec Ops (Good concept, but no option for a random parter incase you have no friends wanting to play), and 0 points for the MP (No Dedi servers, Hackers Galore, lagbombs, Poor host I have to give this game a 4. 2 points for the single player (Good action, storyline and gameplay mechanics, but the campain was short and there were some graphical glitches that interfered), 2 for the Spec Ops (Good concept, but no option for a random parter incase you have no friends wanting to play), and 0 points for the MP (No Dedi servers, Hackers Galore, lagbombs, Poor host migration, Lobbies with LONG 'Intermissions', rediculous killstreaks, unbalanced weapons, etc) Expand
  25. Vince
    Dec 31, 2009
    4
    COD6 is way too short. When I played this game on hardened, its so freakin frustrating, no leaning!!!. How could they remove leaning as it helps the player to avoid heavy fire from the enemies on the game. what is activision or IW thinkin bout this? and anyways the story for the SP is good. im shocked when I saw price was still alive. multiplayer content is sooooo horrible! no dedicated COD6 is way too short. When I played this game on hardened, its so freakin frustrating, no leaning!!!. How could they remove leaning as it helps the player to avoid heavy fire from the enemies on the game. what is activision or IW thinkin bout this? and anyways the story for the SP is good. im shocked when I saw price was still alive. multiplayer content is sooooo horrible! no dedicated servers, no good anti cheat systems. and btw why do they sell this in the 60 bucks range?! its darn expensive and we players expected alot from this game. oh my... IW let us down for the first time. its better playing MW1 for multiplayer or SP. Expand
  26. RenewN
    Dec 3, 2009
    4
    The Sp is short but good like a portal game the spec op is good and can give replay value but most people buy the game is for the multiplayer the vac system is alittle bad and hackers are problem but geting rid of dedi got rid of basicly the community sure it made every one go to a some what even playing field but some people want to play better people to get better and some people play The Sp is short but good like a portal game the spec op is good and can give replay value but most people buy the game is for the multiplayer the vac system is alittle bad and hackers are problem but geting rid of dedi got rid of basicly the community sure it made every one go to a some what even playing field but some people want to play better people to get better and some people play to talk to people somtimes i sometimes go to servers and go to spec just to talk and geting rid of lean was bad to me because i like lean and geting rid of the 60 max is bad because some people like the game to be chaotic and want large team battles but other then that they improved the MP they made the perks better customization of kill streak is cool no more martygrom spaming and the knife is not so glitched before so if your a player who like a even game dont like to talk and live in a populated place then go a head buy it if not then dont i gave it a 4 because it is a HUGE change and the negitives outweigh the postitives if you do not reach the requirement said 2 sentances ago then dont buy. Expand
  27. LukeG
    Jan 21, 2010
    4
    Its fun sometimes but full of hackers the maps arent to good the game is unbalanced. Only thing good is that its fun to get the nuke
  28. Luke
    Jan 24, 2010
    4
    Well, the singleplay ain't half bad, it's short but pretty hard hitting. That is where the game stops being any good.IWNet is the dumbest idea ever, you should have just called it "Couldn't be bothered to do dedicated servers so we gave you the Xbox's excuse for online game play" No dedicated servers make this game's online no better than Halo's. To be honest Well, the singleplay ain't half bad, it's short but pretty hard hitting. That is where the game stops being any good.IWNet is the dumbest idea ever, you should have just called it "Couldn't be bothered to do dedicated servers so we gave you the Xbox's excuse for online game play" No dedicated servers make this game's online no better than Halo's. To be honest Halo is more realistic... The guns do no damage, I've stopped using them altogether and just use knifes now, people shoot me but thanks to regerating health I don't die. The bullet physics are so wrong it's unbelieveable, and dual weliding shotguns... this game just seems to be a practical joke. Well, that is what it is, a cash cow, a milking machine on the CoD franchise. IW just want money and that's just what they got. Thankfully not all the money is in their pocket from Razor and Skulptura and Skidrow (they even named a map after Skidrow for cracking their game, how thoughtful) because this game certainly isn't worth more than £10. Expand
  29. GabeR
    Nov 11, 2009
    4
    I knew about the multiplayer change when i bought it, but i really wanted to try it still. There are alot of cool new features but nothing that couldnt have been patched into an older version. The multiplayer experience is OK about 60% of the time. There is a long lobby wait time, no way to ban cheaters, and flakey lag issues. When i shoot, see the other player run a bit then die, its I knew about the multiplayer change when i bought it, but i really wanted to try it still. There are alot of cool new features but nothing that couldnt have been patched into an older version. The multiplayer experience is OK about 60% of the time. There is a long lobby wait time, no way to ban cheaters, and flakey lag issues. When i shoot, see the other player run a bit then die, its clearly network lag. Also when i shoot at nothing and kill someone who runs by a second later its also bad. I honestly have never experiences that on random clan run servers. also clan run servers had admins that would toss cheaters in a heartbeat. Im really not happy with this. Expand
  30. JamesS
    Nov 11, 2009
    4
    I bought MW2 expecting the worst, but as you can see, I've rated it 4 rather than 0. There is some fun to be had with this game. I first jumped into a multiplayer match, if you can call it that, to find out the truth with regards to the alleged hosting and player cap issues. The game is riddled with latency problems, regardless of the quality of the host. In four hours of I bought MW2 expecting the worst, but as you can see, I've rated it 4 rather than 0. There is some fun to be had with this game. I first jumped into a multiplayer match, if you can call it that, to find out the truth with regards to the alleged hosting and player cap issues. The game is riddled with latency problems, regardless of the quality of the host. In four hours of multiplayer, just one match displayed a connection that was comparable to a local dedicated server. Pings were easily 100+ the entire time - atleast quadruple that of my average ping in CSS. It feels like I'm playing Gears of War (1 or 2, they're just as laggy as eachother) on my 360, with a host 10,000 miles away. Console gamers are unlikely to notice the difference - but I'm not playing on a console. The single player, however, is of a much higher standard than the multiplayer component; although to call it above average is perhaps too optimistic. Playing on Normal, the campaign was a forgettable 7 hours. It's not a bad story by any stretch of the imagination, but I kept thinking to myself "when this ends... I'm stuck with the multiplayer." As with CoD4, there's no point that you really want to replay just for the sake of "it's so cool", unlike the Russian campaign of the original CoD. Console gamers have the edge here; the game is worth replaying for them, to get their achievements/trophies for beating it on Veteran - if you care about that sort of thing. Considering the game is running on a (modified) 3 year old engine, it does very well visually. It's certainly not Crysis, but I wasn't expecting it to be. I experienced no glitches/bugs with the game whatsoever. Not much else to say. I hope InfinityWard learn from their mistakes with MW3. Expand
  31. AndreiA.
    Nov 10, 2009
    4
    While the Single-player campaign si well made and it has an epic storyline, the 60 euros are for multiplayer. Well, specops is only for 2 players, multiplayer is a BIG minus from the previous modern warfare. just 9v9 ? What's that ? Oh it's more balanced you say, well i don't want balanced, i want chaos, i want 32v32, don't decide for me what's best for my While the Single-player campaign si well made and it has an epic storyline, the 60 euros are for multiplayer. Well, specops is only for 2 players, multiplayer is a BIG minus from the previous modern warfare. just 9v9 ? What's that ? Oh it's more balanced you say, well i don't want balanced, i want chaos, i want 32v32, don't decide for me what's best for my playstyle. No dedicated server, no mods, no custom maps, big lags in multiplayer games (confirmed by yours truly) which were non-existent in MW1, overall a bad MP experience. Add to that the fact that from the main menu you can see that this is a straight port from consoles. And with all the ads to xbox in their trailers, i just wonder how much money did microsoft give them. Receives a 9 for SP campaign, a 5 for SpecOPS and a big 0 for multiplayer = 4.65. Expand
  32. KasperR
    Nov 10, 2009
    4
    A step back - You cant lean anymore.. Why is that? Single player campaign is great(is done in 6 hours), but the mulitiplayer sucks - not because of the maps, but because of the bad gamesetup. Also there is so many colorfull achievements, and that makes it pretty - BattleField Heroes like - And that's a bad thing in my book.
  33. EugeneL
    Nov 11, 2009
    4
    Graphics are way better but for the PC version of this game lacks a lot from the console versions and i really disappointed with the multi-player The another problem is the bugs in the game that had not been fix before the release.
  34. M.
    Nov 10, 2009
    4
    Need I say anything? The PC version sucks, I got it this morning, the single player, the graphics, and lets not forget the online. 9v9 is unexciting, I can't find any games because IWNet is f'd up, and no dedicated servers is just disappointing...this game has mad me sad man. CoD4 was so much better than this, especially in terms of the online experience, with mods and everything.
  35. ChristopherP
    Nov 12, 2009
    4
    Always been a massive fan of the COD series. Singleplayer in this game is fantastic, much better than COD4. It's a little short but makes it up with huge amounts of action and jaw dropping moments. Unfortunatly MultiPlayer is crippled for me personally. Too much latency and unreliable connections. As of 13/11/09 multiplayer is what i'd consider 'almost unplayable' Always been a massive fan of the COD series. Singleplayer in this game is fantastic, much better than COD4. It's a little short but makes it up with huge amounts of action and jaw dropping moments. Unfortunatly MultiPlayer is crippled for me personally. Too much latency and unreliable connections. As of 13/11/09 multiplayer is what i'd consider 'almost unplayable' 15-20 minutes at a time is fun but then the network problems get on my nerves too much. I didn't panic when IW told us that they'd be using peer-to-peer connections. I trusted that whatever they changed to would work. Very disappointing. I'll probably sell this game shortly. Expand
  36. BR
    Nov 10, 2009
    4
    A great singleplayer experience, heavily let down by the PC support, and the shunning of Community feedback by the developer. In comparison to some developers, the mouthpiece for IW at the time, originally said that the PC Multiplayer was going to be "Same as it ever was," then three weeks before release answers that there will be no dedicated server support and no customisation like PC A great singleplayer experience, heavily let down by the PC support, and the shunning of Community feedback by the developer. In comparison to some developers, the mouthpiece for IW at the time, originally said that the PC Multiplayer was going to be "Same as it ever was," then three weeks before release answers that there will be no dedicated server support and no customisation like PC gamers have been used to. They claimed that it was the hackers and the pirates that made them take a regressive step: And while the P2P technology used in the MP can hold up for 12 or 18 people matches with some latency (varies per host) gone are the days where 24 to 64 players could be in the middle of a heavy firefight. Modern Warfare 2's only improvement on it's predecessor is the story telling and action in the single player, while the MP aspect and Infinity Ward not listening to their angry customers means that it does not warrant as of release state anything over half marks. Expand
  37. MacL
    Nov 14, 2009
    4
    IW for the love of god....do not think you can pull off non-leaning in your shooters because BF can. The latter is much bigger in scope and will be forgiven. You on the other hand will not. I will not go into a frenzy about the lack of dedicated servers...i hope you got that message by now. We the Pc community feel betrayed. We made the franchise what it is today....or rather....what it IW for the love of god....do not think you can pull off non-leaning in your shooters because BF can. The latter is much bigger in scope and will be forgiven. You on the other hand will not. I will not go into a frenzy about the lack of dedicated servers...i hope you got that message by now. We the Pc community feel betrayed. We made the franchise what it is today....or rather....what it was since this installment. Fix it..fix it now! Expand
  38. pow3rgamingwhatever
    Nov 21, 2009
    4
    I'm sick with the trend to focus on consoles for profit when the PC market obviously has fans that are at LEAST as loyal and demographically speaking have more money to burn on hardware and software than does a ghetto trash sport playing loser or a kiddie who gets his games for Christmas... These two companies are dead to me... I won't even speak their name for spite so that I'm sick with the trend to focus on consoles for profit when the PC market obviously has fans that are at LEAST as loyal and demographically speaking have more money to burn on hardware and software than does a ghetto trash sport playing loser or a kiddie who gets his games for Christmas... These two companies are dead to me... I won't even speak their name for spite so that they don't get name advertising. Stop jacking over your PC market and release stellar product that we all know PCs can handle instead of this pure port or semi port bullcrap. Jeezus... The only people giving this game good reviews are console players. PERIOD. Expand
  39. JamieW
    Nov 24, 2009
    4
    If your looking for a game better or the same as the first MW game for the pc dont go for this game. The campaigns descent but the multiplayer is deeply overshadowed by the first MW. The online matchmaking is a joke where you just get throwen into a random server full of people you dont know. Unlike the old game where you could go onto a server of your choosing where u would recognise and If your looking for a game better or the same as the first MW game for the pc dont go for this game. The campaigns descent but the multiplayer is deeply overshadowed by the first MW. The online matchmaking is a joke where you just get throwen into a random server full of people you dont know. Unlike the old game where you could go onto a server of your choosing where u would recognise and play with regular users on that server. Expand
  40. PatrickC
    Dec 24, 2009
    4
    I hesitated to give this game the rating i did because of how much i enjoyed the fantastic spec ops and the good singleplayer , but there is one problem. balance issues. With the removal of dedicated servers IW destroyed the only user-regulated balance there was, leading to an amazing amount of people who are all to willing to use the grenade launcher and the model 1887 and the javelin I hesitated to give this game the rating i did because of how much i enjoyed the fantastic spec ops and the good singleplayer , but there is one problem. balance issues. With the removal of dedicated servers IW destroyed the only user-regulated balance there was, leading to an amazing amount of people who are all to willing to use the grenade launcher and the model 1887 and the javelin glitch, also, there is one of the biggest camping groups i have ever dealt with on a game leading to many frustrating moments. the lack of dedicated servers means that the community is totally reliant on IW to patch things (as they are doing with the 1887s) but i doubt they will patch things like the grenade launcher do to their embrace of how unfair it really is. if you buys this game, make sure you are willing to stoop to that level or have a good friend to play spec ops with Expand
  41. NormRyan
    Dec 4, 2009
    4
    I am only giving this game a 4 based on the spec ops and single player missions. The multiplayer is sad at best. It lags, the iwnet isnt secure and there are many hackers open port hacking players. I found this game to be the most anticipated and over rated game of the year.People bought this game thinking it would rival Modern Warefare 1, over all I believe it is the most disappointing I am only giving this game a 4 based on the spec ops and single player missions. The multiplayer is sad at best. It lags, the iwnet isnt secure and there are many hackers open port hacking players. I found this game to be the most anticipated and over rated game of the year.People bought this game thinking it would rival Modern Warefare 1, over all I believe it is the most disappointing game of the year. Expand
  42. BoJangles
    Dec 7, 2009
    4
    Single player is good but the story was a little weak. Like many PC fans I bought this game for multiplayer and like many I found it terrible! Take away the cheater and Akimbo and they might have had a fun multiplayer experience. Really have none of the game designers shot a real gun? Try to reload two gund in two seconds without setting one down. Clearly this game is meant for kids they Single player is good but the story was a little weak. Like many PC fans I bought this game for multiplayer and like many I found it terrible! Take away the cheater and Akimbo and they might have had a fun multiplayer experience. Really have none of the game designers shot a real gun? Try to reload two gund in two seconds without setting one down. Clearly this game is meant for kids they designed a video game not a reality war game. Call of duty WAW was great and realistic. Having dedicated servers allowed gamers to make it even more realistic. Bowling and his team have no idea how to make a reality war game in my opinion they dont care about PC gamers b/c we now only make up around 5-10% of their market. They claimed that the VAC system would rid us of cheaters but I have found it difficult to find a match without a aimbot user or hacker. Truly if they try to charge more money for map expansions before they take care of the serious cheater and hacker problem this game is going in the trash where it belongs if I cant find a sucker to buy it from me! Expand
  43. JonathanR
    Nov 11, 2009
    4
    The reason the score next to my name is so high is because of the quality behind the single player campaign. That deserves a solid, as it captures the franchise's reputation as a top-rate fps TO DATE. The multiplayer is another story. I was astonished when I found out that a formerly critically acclaimed developer like Infinity Ward would introduce changes to the PC format that would The reason the score next to my name is so high is because of the quality behind the single player campaign. That deserves a solid, as it captures the franchise's reputation as a top-rate fps TO DATE. The multiplayer is another story. I was astonished when I found out that a formerly critically acclaimed developer like Infinity Ward would introduce changes to the PC format that would alienate their fan base and community, and ultimately destroy the experience for anyone, who is not an idiot, and who has played on the PC up to this point. There isn't enough space here to go into specific features that I miss terribly, but you must have the gist from all these other reviews. Here is my opinion: save yourself $60, and avoid a game that is simply a port of a CONSOLE GAME. I feel sorry for the sods who invested in a PC only to have a game expected to be so great, come as something I could trash time with on my xbox. Somewhere, a herd of angels lost their wings. Expand
  44. DarrenC
    Nov 16, 2009
    4
    The Single Player, despite what many people are saying, is really damn good, and it's not bewildering or barely understandable. However, Call of Duty games will NEVER be judged solely on the single player. The Matchmaking system does work, Albeit not very well. You can easily spend up to 10 minutes trying to successfully get into a game, opposed to the 10 seconds it takes to join a The Single Player, despite what many people are saying, is really damn good, and it's not bewildering or barely understandable. However, Call of Duty games will NEVER be judged solely on the single player. The Matchmaking system does work, Albeit not very well. You can easily spend up to 10 minutes trying to successfully get into a game, opposed to the 10 seconds it takes to join a dedicated server. The Lag isn't as frequent as other users put it, but when it DOES lag, it lags badly, VERY badly. A Patch released for the game apparently "Improved" the IWnet Matchmaking, whereas infact it did the complete opposite, making it take even longer to join games and consistently choosing hosts that cant really take the strain of other players. Its not a BAD game, unfortunately for the PC, its a Huge step in the wrong direction, whoever thought up removing dedicated servers and the use of VAC needs to find a tall building and go to the roof, and think to themselves "Will you forgive me god?" Expand
  45. JasonR
    Dec 11, 2009
    4
    Single player: Great visuals, interesting if not far fetched story - occasionally difficult to follow, arcade style gameplay, very short. Multiplayer: Fun for a casual blast, but beyond that the game seriously lacks. Matchmaking from a technical sense is not as bad as I thought. VAC's slow response allows cheaters everywhere. No dedicated servers means no community, no server admins Single player: Great visuals, interesting if not far fetched story - occasionally difficult to follow, arcade style gameplay, very short. Multiplayer: Fun for a casual blast, but beyond that the game seriously lacks. Matchmaking from a technical sense is not as bad as I thought. VAC's slow response allows cheaters everywhere. No dedicated servers means no community, no server admins to ban cheats, no custom game settings. Finally, paid DLC is obviously coming for what used to be free (eg, map packs). These aspects combined will be the reason this game will be all but dead in a few months time. Not a terrible game but better value elsewhere. Buy it when it comes down in price. Expand
  46. Oct 11, 2010
    4
    Did not want to give zero, because the single player was good, except graphics which is polished for slow computers, to sell more and more copies with unrealistic warfare, and closing dedicated servers to save more money. Now they are selling maps for some dollars, when there are lots of companies which just updates their game for free. Absolutely rubbish.
  47. Oct 23, 2010
    4
    Single Player - This game would have been better if the story line was able to be followed. The voices come at you so fast you cant understand what is being said. I had to replay missions in a few cases so that I could get an idea of what the objective was. If you like to shoot and throw grenades without much point, this game might be for you. If this game had a better story line and someSingle Player - This game would have been better if the story line was able to be followed. The voices come at you so fast you cant understand what is being said. I had to replay missions in a few cases so that I could get an idea of what the objective was. If you like to shoot and throw grenades without much point, this game might be for you. If this game had a better story line and some sensible dialog, it might not have been so bad. In one scene I was wounded and then an officer soaks you with gasoline and burns you by dropping his cigar on you.... I thought it was kind of retarded to have to fight your way through much of the game to die in such a sick manner. Blame the writers I guess. Expand
  48. Nov 7, 2010
    4
    Call of Duty is a game for pigeon, nag, no gameplay, bowling with a very repetitive very short life! Apart from the graphics is a waste, non-existent community, full of cheater, in short, I do not recommend at all!
  49. Feb 9, 2013
    4
    As the first CoD I played I can't say MW2 looks like MW, however I didn't find impressive anyway. The campaign was the most boring I've ever played a 2 line story with no character development and boring missions and environment. Multiplayer was a pain in the ass, getting sniped by campers, being spawnkilled in the back and pawning noobs is not my idea of fun, not to mention the lag TheAs the first CoD I played I can't say MW2 looks like MW, however I didn't find impressive anyway. The campaign was the most boring I've ever played a 2 line story with no character development and boring missions and environment. Multiplayer was a pain in the ass, getting sniped by campers, being spawnkilled in the back and pawning noobs is not my idea of fun, not to mention the lag The only enjoyable part was Spec Ops with my friends and Zimmer's music. Expand
  50. Jan 1, 2011
    4
    This review is of the SP only.

    I played the SP campaign expecting a good long game. This is what I got: in 5hrs you're done. What a joke. The special ops extra míssion is just something that belongs in an expansion, not in the actual game. The voice acting is really good though and the graphics and overall gameplay is also very good. The way you move and shoot and the
    This review is of the SP only.

    I played the SP campaign expecting a good long game. This is what I got: in 5hrs you're done. What a joke. The special ops extra míssion is just something that belongs in an expansion, not in the actual game. The voice acting is really good though and the graphics and overall gameplay is also very good. The way you move and shoot and the shouting of orders is well made, but better performed in CoD4. The story however is a joke, something a 12 yo could have come up with and the maps are very linear and repetitive. We've seen it all before and as a standard schwarzenegger shooter it's good, but waay yoo short. Don't waste your cash.
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  51. Jan 31, 2011
    4
    Modern Warfare 2; the game that made sure CoD will never use any new content and didn't revolutionize anything. Let us begin with the campaign. The characters of the campaign are forgettable and you probably won't remember them for too long because they are uninteresting and boring. The only character anyone ever seems to remember is Ghost, whom in reality is also a boring character butModern Warfare 2; the game that made sure CoD will never use any new content and didn't revolutionize anything. Let us begin with the campaign. The characters of the campaign are forgettable and you probably won't remember them for too long because they are uninteresting and boring. The only character anyone ever seems to remember is Ghost, whom in reality is also a boring character but appeals to younger kids because of his "cool" skull mask. Nothing really interesting, though. The game also has a story to it, but it's so disorganized and poorly written that you probably won't care much for it either. At some parts, it sounds like the developers just asked their 4-year-old children to write a few lines, "Then they go down a big big hill, oh and there's also a bunch of trees that they're going by and then there's a guy in a snowmobile going "pew pew" at you with his guns then he hits a rock and it's like BOOM! then you're going down in the snowmobile too still and you go by a tree then you're on the big slope then you're launched in the air and fly thousands of feet!" ... The campaign is very ugly and mediocre. It has decent to nice graphics, though, but it can't save the game. Moving on to the multiplayer, the multiplayer of MW2 is probably the most unbalanced multiplayer you will ever play. The premise of each round is that you're going to get killstreaks, but the killstreaks are so hideously over-powered that you will literally become an invincible time bomb just ticking away to see how long you get until someone gets lucky and manages to pop one in you if you don't kill the entire team first. You earn one killstreak to kill a few people, which leads to another killstreak that continuously branches off to more and more killstreaks; you pretty much get a bonus to kill more people for already killing people. It's a hideous idea that should never be done in a game and if it does it should at least be done well and balanced, which Infinity Ward failed at doing with the multiplayer. Neither the campaign nor the multiplayer are any good. The single and only redeeming factor about Modern Warfare 2 is the Spec Ops missions, which after a while will become boring, and even then they aren't too great. They are, for the most part, the only little interesting parts from the campaign pasted into one montage that you can play with your friends.
    Don't buy this game, you're only wasting your money.
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  52. Mar 20, 2011
    4
    Great game... really great.. its realistic, a lot of action is going on .. graphics are fantastic.. you really feel like ur in the middle of the field.. awesome
  53. Sep 5, 2011
    4
    I really tried to like this, really I did! but once again turned out to be another tiny level console shooter with all it's focus on pushing teenagers egos up with dumb achievements and auto-aim gameplay... Like gingers...this has no soul.
  54. Jul 10, 2011
    4
    This game is ok, but the skill factor is almost 0. The guns are like toys, water guns, there is no recoil even if we are walking and shooting whole magazine out at the same time, maybe it's because it's a console game and it would be hard to play with a pad with recoil. The game isn't also about tactic, you are just sprinting, shooting, sprinting, shooting and it has so few new stuff, thatThis game is ok, but the skill factor is almost 0. The guns are like toys, water guns, there is no recoil even if we are walking and shooting whole magazine out at the same time, maybe it's because it's a console game and it would be hard to play with a pad with recoil. The game isn't also about tactic, you are just sprinting, shooting, sprinting, shooting and it has so few new stuff, that this game could be a DLC for modern warfare 1. Expand
  55. Jul 14, 2011
    4
    I bought this game on the strength of CoD4, a very strong very gripping well made story with good gameplay mechanics and multiplayer that was balanced with the added bonus of having few people running under maps or hacking my credit card details.

    Long story short, THAT was a very good game! Now I do have some good memories of the campaign.....but there are only a few missions I fully
    I bought this game on the strength of CoD4, a very strong very gripping well made story with good gameplay mechanics and multiplayer that was balanced with the added bonus of having few people running under maps or hacking my credit card details.

    Long story short, THAT was a very good game!

    Now I do have some good memories of the campaign.....but there are only a few missions I fully liked, all of which were the American Invasion ones - they were cool, the rest were crap. The whole story idea didn't make much sense although it did look pretty whilst it played out it's retarded story fantasy. Controversy was very weak sauce, they could've done a helluva lot worse with it, I'll be honest, and I completed the game in the space of time it took for the night-vision goggles which came with the expensive version to break (and they broke FAST!)

    I tried to play spec ops but having all my friends decide to live on the multiplayer i didn't get much fun from it till I played with one of my thin friends, which was kinda fun.

    The multiplayer was absolutely terrible, and it's not just because I'm sh*t at multiplayer pitched against my fellow man as oppose to the pants-on-head retarded AI the game houses, no from a very early stage I realised that I was probably the oldest person on that server and spent most of my time annoying 8-year olds, which to anyone who's done it is fun, but you can't help but feel bad about it. Kinda like when a Frisbee hits an old lady in the face.

    Where was I? Oh yeah. The guns are grossly out-balanced, the perks are stupid and I think I offended my friend who I will not name to protect his identity.

    So anyway my friend Padda was boasting to me about his endless stream of nukes which seem to only turn people into funny ragdolls and not level a map like they'd do in Bad Company 2, and the only people who cared were all the other CoD fanboys players sounded like they were being turned on by the thought of a throbbing nuke pounding them and I'm digressing here.

    Anyway, MW2 wasn't a great game but it's very very good when used as a door stopper...or a cup coaster.
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  56. Sep 24, 2011
    4
    the game is amazing i just hate the anti gamepad. On MW3 it should be gamepad friendly from what ive heard why not make MW2 gamepad friendly till then i mean its easier to play with and you dont have to contort your hands and fingers to hit certain buttons plus the game pad is healthier on the fingers and hands. Treyarch was smart on black ops for the gamepad availability only if infinitythe game is amazing i just hate the anti gamepad. On MW3 it should be gamepad friendly from what ive heard why not make MW2 gamepad friendly till then i mean its easier to play with and you dont have to contort your hands and fingers to hit certain buttons plus the game pad is healthier on the fingers and hands. Treyarch was smart on black ops for the gamepad availability only if infinity ward could get some tips their games then would be more amazing Expand
  57. Oct 26, 2011
    4
    Firstly I just want to note the P2P was the worst possible direction that could have possibly been taken with the Call of Duty franchise on PC. It is utter crap, as you may have gathered from other comments. The MP is a serious step down in quality from MW1, where infantry rained supreme in the previous installment, killstreak rewards from the new collection rain down OP and turning theFirstly I just want to note the P2P was the worst possible direction that could have possibly been taken with the Call of Duty franchise on PC. It is utter crap, as you may have gathered from other comments. The MP is a serious step down in quality from MW1, where infantry rained supreme in the previous installment, killstreak rewards from the new collection rain down OP and turning the game into a giant camp-fest as players try to rack up kills and use those OP rewards to rack up even more. The 25kill-Nuke is a terrible decision that actually encourages camping further. Weapons variety isn't lacking , that's for sure, but there are just too many that haven't been balanced properly and that coupled with the horrible Commando perk-WOW, expect to be frustrated time and time again. The removal of lean hasn't bothered me and the new gadgets are great fun especially on the new maps (on which I feel the lack of 6 players-HINT). The SP is amazingly well executed, sure it has a ridiculous premise and overboard set-pieces, but the level design and atmosphere make up for this, coupled with an amazing audio track and great voice acting, you get an incredibly immersive world with pretty-good graphics with memorable moments and situations. But unfortunately as an MP game fails by CoD standards. It is a serious step down from MW1 in quality and balance. Expand
  58. Nov 17, 2011
    4
    Coming off a successful MW1, Infinity Ward brings a lot that is familiar back with some new twists. Unfortunately, what could have been a good sequel is plagued by hackers that have free reign on the system making it completely unplayable on the PC. I would have rated this game much higher, if I would have been able to actually play it. And no dedicated servers??? Really. Do any of theseComing off a successful MW1, Infinity Ward brings a lot that is familiar back with some new twists. Unfortunately, what could have been a good sequel is plagued by hackers that have free reign on the system making it completely unplayable on the PC. I would have rated this game much higher, if I would have been able to actually play it. And no dedicated servers??? Really. Do any of these people even play games on a PC?? Expand
  59. Jan 3, 2012
    4
    As a PC gamer, it is my obligation to give this game a poor rating. Its primary redeeming quality, the non-stop, action-packed, high-octane multiplayer is hampered by the worst thing a dev--nay, a publisher can do to a video game: restrict it. No dedicated servers, no community content, no community content, no balanced games, no instant justice for hackers, no vote mechanic. MultiplayerAs a PC gamer, it is my obligation to give this game a poor rating. Its primary redeeming quality, the non-stop, action-packed, high-octane multiplayer is hampered by the worst thing a dev--nay, a publisher can do to a video game: restrict it. No dedicated servers, no community content, no community content, no balanced games, no instant justice for hackers, no vote mechanic. Multiplayer was fun, but quickly went down the tubes to EA-knows-where and somehow still came off to them as a good idea, probably because of the console ragetard slaves. Oh, and there's no console. Swallow that pill, PC gamer. Single player, though, is fun but yet another shining example of the modern culture we live in where killing is good as long as they're not Americans or children, nobody takes prisoners, and one-to-four men can take out waves of attacking soldiers Hollywood-style. Co-op is very fun if you've got a friend in mind, so if you're planning on torrenting it, just buy it on sale for that part. Expand
  60. Apr 14, 2012
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Steam shame on YOU ! ! !, this game sucks, just hackers and cheaters!.
    The Steam plays with the users with its anti-cheat system, this game died because he has no dedicated servers, this is why there are many hackers in the game. There is no respect and Steam does nothing! ... My money ever again!...
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  61. Jun 26, 2013
    4
    As a fan of earlier call of duty games this will be the last consider buying for sometime. The single player isnt the issue its action packed and has a few decent twists. The Mutlitplayer is another story, the lack of dedicated servers completely kills the game for me and the replacement often send you into rubbish servers. To add insult to injury the amount of DLC for this game means thatAs a fan of earlier call of duty games this will be the last consider buying for sometime. The single player isnt the issue its action packed and has a few decent twists. The Mutlitplayer is another story, the lack of dedicated servers completely kills the game for me and the replacement often send you into rubbish servers. To add insult to injury the amount of DLC for this game means that every other map im kicked out of the server due to a map i haven't bought being up next.....if only there were dedicated servers so i could stick to a server that didn't use the DLC maps.

    If i could rate the single player and co-op alone it would receive a 8/10 its a little short but the spec ops makes up for that and some of the challenges and timed events are good fun.
    However the shocking multiplayer which would get a 0/10 drags the whole experience down, if the call of duty games didnt rely so shamelessly on multiplayer to be worth the money they cost maybe i could justify buying them.
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  62. Nov 28, 2013
    4
    The game is initially quite entertaining the singleplayer provides a good 3 hours of linear, interactive movie fun, and the multiplayer gives you a good time waster then you realise the game is filled with annoying players and mechanics which render the game unplayable. The PC version is especially disappointing, with the lack of dedicated servers, lack of an FOV slider which makes theThe game is initially quite entertaining the singleplayer provides a good 3 hours of linear, interactive movie fun, and the multiplayer gives you a good time waster then you realise the game is filled with annoying players and mechanics which render the game unplayable. The PC version is especially disappointing, with the lack of dedicated servers, lack of an FOV slider which makes the game unplayable if you don't want to have a throbbing headache. Just a waste of money, really. Expand
  63. JD.
    Jan 10, 2010
    3
    I have no problem with the lack of dedicated servers because I'm in it for the single player campaign because that's what Call of Duty series was all about! Stop trying to rewrite history claiming Call of Duty is all about multiplayer. It wasn't until AFTER COD2 that I.W. realised the following the multiplayer had on PC. However after being mildly disappointed with COD4 MW1 I have no problem with the lack of dedicated servers because I'm in it for the single player campaign because that's what Call of Duty series was all about! Stop trying to rewrite history claiming Call of Duty is all about multiplayer. It wasn't until AFTER COD2 that I.W. realised the following the multiplayer had on PC. However after being mildly disappointed with COD4 MW1 because of the rather idiotic AI (both friendly and enemy) and quite disappointing set pieces (not a patch on those in COD and COD2) imagine my disgust to find that I.W. has done absolutely nothing to address either of these issues and indeed have now added a non-nonsensical story to go with even crappier set pieces and unbelievably it seems they have made the AI stupider! (I know it's not true but WOW does it feel like it) the sheer idiocy of the AI will leave you breathless. Turning up the difficulty just seems to result in more enemy AI targeting you, even if one of your friendly AI's is literally 1 meter from them and you're on the other side of the map. Simply Stunning in it's ineptitude and laziness. Even HALO's AI craps on this from a great height. I.W. had me with COD and COD2. They showed me the future with COD4 MW1, and it came to pass with MW2. Absolute crap. Save your money and wait for Battlefield Bad Company (I can't believe I just endorsed a Battlefield game! See what you've made me do Infinity Ward!) Expand
  64. MurrayW
    Jan 17, 2010
    3
    Personally I have no idea what goes through the heads of those who give this game a good score. I am not scoring low because of IW's bad service or lack of dedicated servers. I am judging on the game itself. Infinity ward have 8 years under their belt, yet seem to only have mastered the very fundamentals of a basic shooter. There is nothing in this game that deserves the ridiculous Personally I have no idea what goes through the heads of those who give this game a good score. I am not scoring low because of IW's bad service or lack of dedicated servers. I am judging on the game itself. Infinity ward have 8 years under their belt, yet seem to only have mastered the very fundamentals of a basic shooter. There is nothing in this game that deserves the ridiculous hype it has received from such respected reviewers. In terms of the game in itself, it is fine and offers a few hours of fun, however, in the face of hundreds of other FPS games on the market, there is NOTHING to put this game ahead and earn any well-deserved hype. The game is completely featureless, and only seems to be the bare bones of what a shooter should start off as.. Only with average graphics added. It sits uncomfortably in the middle of the realism scale, not being too unrealistic for a fun game, and not realistic enough to be considered.. Well.. Realistic. There are many other games on the market which can also offer far more enjoyable online play (tf2, l4d, cs:s, arma, any other game, etc..) All in all, the game is a mediocre shooter which has the same gameplay as shooters released over 5 years ago. There is nothing to put it ahead of any other game on the market, as whatever aspect of a shooter you're looking for, it'll be better utilized in another game. Don't get sucked in by the hype. This game is rubbish Expand
  65. RobertoB.
    Jan 20, 2010
    3
    just few words. Single player in my opinion is too short. I've finished it in just 4 hours and the end is so foreseeable. Multiplayer without dedicated server, without anticheat is shit; too much lag and too much hackers. Very good work iW. i think that it's the worst cod that i ever played.
  66. ViperC.S.
    Feb 11, 2010
    3
    Nunca segundas partes fueron buenas... En relacion al CoD4 y el XFire, esta nueva version del CoD4. 2 deja mucho que desear. Empezare por su sistema Steam. Es muy dictatorial. Nadie puede imponer en que servidor, partida y equipo ha de jugar. No es libre como XFire. Faltan Mods para mejorarlo. Muy mal desarrollado el Steam comparado con XFire. Historia absurda para mentes absurdas. Nunca segundas partes fueron buenas... En relacion al CoD4 y el XFire, esta nueva version del CoD4. 2 deja mucho que desear. Empezare por su sistema Steam. Es muy dictatorial. Nadie puede imponer en que servidor, partida y equipo ha de jugar. No es libre como XFire. Faltan Mods para mejorarlo. Muy mal desarrollado el Steam comparado con XFire. Historia absurda para mentes absurdas. Infinity podria haber mejorado este juego en su totalidad y hacerlo mas atractivo, pues es bastante oscuro y existe poca diferencia de uniformes con el enemigo. NO VOLVERE A COMPRAR NADA MAS QUE SEA BASADO EN STEAM y de INFINITY WARD MIRARE ANTES CON LUPA SUS NUEVOS PRODUCTOS. Gran decepcion en Multijugador por sus cortes de servidor, su modo dictatorial de enviar a server, escenario y equipo a quien se conecta. En pocas palabras. ME QUEDO CON CoD4 y XFire. Expand
  67. ChrisM.
    Feb 1, 2010
    3
    After playing the multiplayer I can't help but think what was all of the hype about. I've played a game like this already it's called Metal Gear Online AND IT STINKS! These mappers would be hard pressed making maps any smaller. Respawns are instant in some circumstances and randomly placed in the map. There is no feeling of progression ,in a match, as a team. The enemy After playing the multiplayer I can't help but think what was all of the hype about. I've played a game like this already it's called Metal Gear Online AND IT STINKS! These mappers would be hard pressed making maps any smaller. Respawns are instant in some circumstances and randomly placed in the map. There is no feeling of progression ,in a match, as a team. The enemy lines are not present. You spawn all over the map. There is no securing an area to push ahead. Forget about decent weapon design. You'll see people stabbing you FROM THE FRONT and akimbo pistols that'll outgun your assault rifles or smgs. Forget considering this as a war game, it's a nonsensicle arcade game. Even at that it's nothing special. To make matters worse it's a peer-to-peer online connection even on the PC. Save your money for something else. Go to the casinos if you feel like impulsively gambling your $60. Expand
  68. Ownage
    Feb 3, 2010
    3
    Single player too short and tried to be too hollywood jumping from one objective to the next. Multiplayed maps are too small, boring and repetative. Less players can join compared to the old battlefield. Constant drop offs from lobbies waiting for a game to start. No ability to kick, ban or report cheaters. LOTS OF CHEATERS IN THIS GAME to the point its not playable. IF someone tk's Single player too short and tried to be too hollywood jumping from one objective to the next. Multiplayed maps are too small, boring and repetative. Less players can join compared to the old battlefield. Constant drop offs from lobbies waiting for a game to start. No ability to kick, ban or report cheaters. LOTS OF CHEATERS IN THIS GAME to the point its not playable. IF someone tk's the whole match there is nothing you can do about it. Game should have cost less than 65$ because of the lack of effort or patches put into it. Hold out for battlefield which has consistently put out a good series. After COD World At War this one drops the ball and was overhyped. Expand
  69. RookieLeader
    Jan 13, 2010
    3
    3 for the single part that is riskie and full of cliche but keep you on stress every last seconds. But then... nothing. The multiplayer part is a bunch of "too bad" moments : too bad you don't have optical fiber connection you all, too bad you are disconnected every 5 minutes, too bad you can't have dedicated servers and make a "real" community around this game, too bad you gave 3 for the single part that is riskie and full of cliche but keep you on stress every last seconds. But then... nothing. The multiplayer part is a bunch of "too bad" moments : too bad you don't have optical fiber connection you all, too bad you are disconnected every 5 minutes, too bad you can't have dedicated servers and make a "real" community around this game, too bad you gave 60 euros/dollars for a game that won't live much. Who, on PC (not talking about XBOX or PS3), will pay for new content when you see how careless the devs are for their public? Expand
  70. rogerf
    Jan 19, 2010
    3
    this game gets a 3 from me as too much lag and no dedicated servers , and where is the g3 !!!!!
  71. kevinW.
    Jan 25, 2010
    3
    Graphics and Single player great as usual, but totally boned the pc user's by not making dedicated servers, I am tired of servers crashing hosts being lost lobbies closing for no reason or my game crashing. Once the new Battlefield is out I am forgetting I bought this game and will never buy another with this server system.
  72. RapidFire
    Jan 31, 2010
    3
    Infinity Ward / Activision have dropped the ball on this one with IWNET. The multi player is virtually unplayable with the lag, getting disconnected, losing friends mid way through, no dedicated servers, hackers free to do whatever. Horrible. The worst is Infinity Ward does not acknowledge that there is something wrong with the mulit player and in fact have been deleting threads from Infinity Ward / Activision have dropped the ball on this one with IWNET. The multi player is virtually unplayable with the lag, getting disconnected, losing friends mid way through, no dedicated servers, hackers free to do whatever. Horrible. The worst is Infinity Ward does not acknowledge that there is something wrong with the mulit player and in fact have been deleting threads from their forums for suggesting there are problems. Never again will I buy Infinity Ward or Activision. Expand
  73. ZachY
    Jan 5, 2010
    3
    Multiplayer is a like a slap in the face. Its like IW decided that xbox and ps3 are the future and pc games will have to just take whatever they make for consoles and live with it. I wish I had not bought this game. The specs ops is fun and the campaign is fun, but the MP is just abysmal. I could write a 5000 word essay on the shortcomings of this multiplayer mode it is so bad. I think it Multiplayer is a like a slap in the face. Its like IW decided that xbox and ps3 are the future and pc games will have to just take whatever they make for consoles and live with it. I wish I had not bought this game. The specs ops is fun and the campaign is fun, but the MP is just abysmal. I could write a 5000 word essay on the shortcomings of this multiplayer mode it is so bad. I think it would have been really really great with dedicated servers, but without them we dont get get connections or the even bigger issue, there is no way to build up gaming communities. Every time I fire up the game i think "oh this is gonna be fun this time" and i always end up shutting the game down and getting pissed because it doesn't work well enough to warrant spending $15 for the multiplayer, let alone the offensive $60 I paid for it. Bottom line, if I could take it back and get my money back I would. Expand
  74. JoshuaL
    Feb 10, 2010
    3
    I'm giving this game a 3 because on PC the matchmaking is terrible, there are hackers in every corner and VAC is a joke to them since they play on pirated versions which hasn't been blocked yet. A lot of bugs are still occurring and some of the equipment still needs balancing. I'm sorry Infinity Ward but you failed on making this game any fun on PC.
  75. _DemonDog_
    Feb 4, 2010
    3
    1 point for the graphics 1 point for the single player game (Too short) 1 point for the Spec ops Once you are past the eye candy and run into the hacks and no dedicated servers it boils down to the final verdict: Overpriced console port not designed for the long haul. The idea is to grab the 60 bucks and run. No support, No way to get rid of the hackers and glitchers. Unless something is 1 point for the graphics 1 point for the single player game (Too short) 1 point for the Spec ops Once you are past the eye candy and run into the hacks and no dedicated servers it boils down to the final verdict: Overpriced console port not designed for the long haul. The idea is to grab the 60 bucks and run. No support, No way to get rid of the hackers and glitchers. Unless something is done quick to turn this mess around. This will be the last COD game for me. Single player the main characters being killed off and the absolutely useless airport massacre was intolerable. Way Over hyped and the so called experts probably played the game less than 20 min. Eye candy grabs them not game play. Give this game a pass and ignore the 8, 9 and 10 votes. Just trying to push the rating higher as it is rather embarrassing to have all this hype and the pitiful rating. Where is that petition? Sign me up. Expand
  76. aaronw
    Apr 9, 2010
    3
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the game that was. That is, the game that was meant to be the best. The game that was the greatest of it's time. The game everyone was meant to be enjoying. Of couse, after the 3 month period of hype, players saw the extremely flawed gameplay. Multiplayer is now filled with bugs, glitches, and hacked servers offering players a distinct advantage over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the game that was. That is, the game that was meant to be the best. The game that was the greatest of it's time. The game everyone was meant to be enjoying. Of couse, after the 3 month period of hype, players saw the extremely flawed gameplay. Multiplayer is now filled with bugs, glitches, and hacked servers offering players a distinct advantage over honest players. And don't get me started on how bad the match making system is. The single player was short, and didn't even lead anywhere in the end, pointing to an obvious MW3, but not to reveal any spoilers, you pretty much end up back at square one, and all 6 hours of that gameplay was wasted. The time of Modern Warfare 2 came and went. A very dissapointing effort after COD4:Modern Warfare promised so much. Expand
  77. ReizoY
    Nov 11, 2009
    3
    As good as the game is on graphics and gameplay, the single player is far too short for an increased price. Lack of dedicated servers makes multiplayer tough especially for those who have their P2P ports blocked (Like me since I'm using university connection).
  78. TravisS
    Nov 10, 2009
    3
    PC Gamers got completely shafted with this sequel. With so much taken away that was already present in the previous title like leaning, dedicated servers, mods, etc. It is a shame to see how Infinity Ward gave the PC a port, when we (the PC gamer) made them what they are today. With a lackluster single-player that doesn't quite live up to the previous title, there is almost no reason PC Gamers got completely shafted with this sequel. With so much taken away that was already present in the previous title like leaning, dedicated servers, mods, etc. It is a shame to see how Infinity Ward gave the PC a port, when we (the PC gamer) made them what they are today. With a lackluster single-player that doesn't quite live up to the previous title, there is almost no reason to purchase this game on the PC platform. Expand
  79. RaduE
    Dec 21, 2009
    3
    What can I say when everything has been said before? Short campaign and no dedicated servers make both the single player and multiplayer for this game crap. Not a game for PC
  80. marr
    Jan 12, 2010
    3
    Terrible Multiplayer gaming experience but it's single player campaign mode was fantastic I thought. I give it a 3 .....its obvious they hyped the game on the campaign aspect however I did pay $60 for just the campaign mode. Multiplayer is plagued with smal tiny maps, out dated map modes, hackers and cheat up the wazzu (no exageratation). Also it's link with steam is horricfic. Terrible Multiplayer gaming experience but it's single player campaign mode was fantastic I thought. I give it a 3 .....its obvious they hyped the game on the campaign aspect however I did pay $60 for just the campaign mode. Multiplayer is plagued with smal tiny maps, out dated map modes, hackers and cheat up the wazzu (no exageratation). Also it's link with steam is horricfic. I will never buy a another game with the word "STEAM" on it......PERIOD!! I dont care how good the game is. Expand
  81. SomeoneSomeoneelse
    Jan 13, 2010
    3
    its one of the best COD realeses but it takes long time to play a match and cannot play lan with friends. thats why i give it 3 only
  82. TedS
    Jan 19, 2010
    3
    Good graphics, runs well (FPS), good animations and a great voice cast, but MW2 fails on some of the most basic levels. The singleplayer has it's intense moments, and the storyline holds up pretty well, but the singleplayer experience is mostly a running sprint from point A to B. Not to mention incredibly short, a decently hardcore gamer will beat it in one sitting. This game is Good graphics, runs well (FPS), good animations and a great voice cast, but MW2 fails on some of the most basic levels. The singleplayer has it's intense moments, and the storyline holds up pretty well, but the singleplayer experience is mostly a running sprint from point A to B. Not to mention incredibly short, a decently hardcore gamer will beat it in one sitting. This game is severely lacking "taking cover" mechanics that other modern combat games have implemented. This is the "pinnacle" game in modern combat, how about making it at least partially realistic. We also see no progression of the game dynamic since MW1, this is obviously a product meant to take advantage of a successful prequel. I am suddenly reminded of Star Wars Episodes 1-3, MW2 is the Phantom Menace... Speaking of realistic, the multiplayer is pretty much a joke. The maps are small, the combat is like playing unreal tournament or something, IW tried to force so much action in to compensate for the lack of normal server player sizes that it becomes a repetitive borefest. Forget that a riot shield blocks bullets, cause all you need is a knife. Quite the disappointment from IW, obviously a game geared towards the consoles and totally forgetting the PC fans in their early years. I hope that their next installment is worth at least 30 dollars instead of 60. Expand
  83. jimbo
    Jan 22, 2010
    3
    The game is great except for all the holes in the online play. Hacks hacks hacks, i want to resell my game because infinidy has failed to stop the hacks and cheats.
  84. DJW
    Jan 26, 2010
    3
    The score 0 is a little harsh, i thought single player was fun, even though it was short and easy. Multi player was the reason I bought this game though, and I was definately disappointed. The maps are pretty repetitive, you can't take cover behind anything that can't be shot through, and the hackers are everywhere. Aimbot galore. The aimbot hacks ruin the fun you may as well The score 0 is a little harsh, i thought single player was fun, even though it was short and easy. Multi player was the reason I bought this game though, and I was definately disappointed. The maps are pretty repetitive, you can't take cover behind anything that can't be shot through, and the hackers are everywhere. Aimbot galore. The aimbot hacks ruin the fun you may as well just leave. I like the gun attachments, but the excessive killstreak rewards are a little much. Nothing like getting shot through a roof by a helicopter over and over. COD 4 was way more fun, but I will still game out on this one. Expand
  85. PyromaticTabby
    Jan 4, 2010
    3
    Storyline is stupidly rushed with a sprinkle of major plot holes, I very much get the impression that the original script was a lot thicker and that the developers attempted to cherry pick the parts they felt needed to include into the game to avoid being branded lazy, and as such the single player story arch violently swings around like a cat 'o' nine tails making it difficult Storyline is stupidly rushed with a sprinkle of major plot holes, I very much get the impression that the original script was a lot thicker and that the developers attempted to cherry pick the parts they felt needed to include into the game to avoid being branded lazy, and as such the single player story arch violently swings around like a cat 'o' nine tails making it difficult to care for the characters whose shoes you fill and at times to know why you're even playing them, at best the story is some kind of Jekyll and Hyde creation following much the same template as MW1 while ballsing up the pacing something fierce. Ignoring the Storyline, fundamentally the game is very much a carbon copy of the original MW1 game with the bells and whistles of an expansion, But at least the original left a fair amount of control in the players hands, with IWnet it is very difficult to attain a ping of under 100, the choices as to how many other players you wish to fight with is either 6vs6 or 9vs9 and you invariably cycle through the exact same maps with very little say in the matter aside from a skip map vote which is only good for one map. MW2 is in my opinion a Massively over-rated game banking on the success of the original, and yet failing to improve upon it in any meaningful way. Expand
  86. MosesM
    Feb 10, 2010
    3
    Well this was a disappointment, this game had so much potential but is ruined by an utter disregard of realism and some of the core gameplay mechanics that have drawn me to the Call of Duty series since 2 came out. Lets start with realism. While the original MW wasn't the most realistic multi-player game, weapons of similar types did similar damage and the way the guns handled at Well this was a disappointment, this game had so much potential but is ruined by an utter disregard of realism and some of the core gameplay mechanics that have drawn me to the Call of Duty series since 2 came out. Lets start with realism. While the original MW wasn't the most realistic multi-player game, weapons of similar types did similar damage and the way the guns handled at least resembled their real life counter parts. In MW2, IW essentially spits in realism's face, weapon damage is hideously flawed and poorly balanced. PLASTIC riot shields can stop sniper bullets, and akimbo is just terrible. Running around like a retard with a Desert Eagle in each hand essentially allows you to dominate everything in your path, lazy Halo 2 style reload animations are also a bit annoyance. Another problem has got to be that terrible overlay that covers your screen when you get shot, it causes terrible tunnel vision and IMO looks plain ugly, the old CoD2/4 style overlay worked fine and didn't guarantee a death the moment you were hit. Also, blood spattering over your eyes is a illogical when getting hit in any body part other than the face. Also, plastic AKs and uber tacticool weapons felt gimmicky and unrealistic. Everything felt over the top and over done. Before in the CoD series you were always a grunt, fighting on the front lines or a member of an actual Special Ops group (SAS). MW2 turns you into the ultimate special ops soldier where instead of fighting in historical or realistic fights, you are I don't know, on top of a Burger Joint in DC fighting Russians, at least the setting in MW1 was realistic, happening in plausible areas for conflict. Multiplayer is just plain terrible. Over done perks and weapon attachments make dying/killing even easier, Camping is worse than ever, hackers roam free thanks to IWNet. Xbox style matchmaking feels lazy and frankly stupid. I liked being able to sort through a generous list of servers to find one with the map/game mode that I want with a decent ping. And then what happens when IW drops support for MW2, will multiplayer just stop working? Being a Counter-Strike Source player, I understand the importance of community created content and maps in the longevity of a title, but it seems as if IW wants us to play this game and throw it out so hopefully we will buy the next piece of shit they turn out next year. Also, Valve's Steam system isn't the reason for the loss of dedicated servers. Steam is a distribution/publishing tool. After all, Valve understands the importance of dedicated servers IE. Team Fortress 2 (Which is amazingly entertaining), Counter-Strike, even Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 use dedicated servers (and those 2 titles generally have 4-8 people playing at a time). Well that was long. Expand
  87. CasperD.
    Feb 1, 2010
    3
    The concept is good. The potential of the game is enormous. But, with the non dedicated servers and all the special attachments like heartbeat sensors and thermal scopes the game is not for the die-hard gamer. With the non-human anti-cheat system the game is crowded with cheaters, and no one to turn to. Worst of the Call of Duty series.
  88. SteveA.
    Apr 28, 2010
    3
    Pros - Great Singleplayer Gameplay, Although Short. - Great Graphics - Wide Variety of Weapons And Attatchments - Tons of Killstreak Options Cons - Lack Of Dedicated Servers Sucks - Maps Are Very Camper Friendly - Spawn System Is Awful - Cheating Everywhere - Terrible Community Support By IW - Worst Weapon Balancing I Have Ever Seen (Probably because they did not release beta) Guess its Pros - Great Singleplayer Gameplay, Although Short. - Great Graphics - Wide Variety of Weapons And Attatchments - Tons of Killstreak Options Cons - Lack Of Dedicated Servers Sucks - Maps Are Very Camper Friendly - Spawn System Is Awful - Cheating Everywhere - Terrible Community Support By IW - Worst Weapon Balancing I Have Ever Seen (Probably because they did not release beta) Guess its fun if you like teleknifing, hacking, pro piping (noob tubing), guns without recoil, camping for nukes, camping with a hertbeat sensor, sniping with a famas, or playing a game with an all around lack of requirement for skill. Expand
  89. FlorianK
    Apr 28, 2010
    3
    The Game itself is to be concidered really nice, but the absence of dedicated server support, absolutely random matchmaking, random senseless spawn systems, no ability to kick foul players, no ability to choose maps, blabla - in short: the fact that the players of this game are stripped of all of their freedoms and are being forced to play with hackers, cheaters, campers and lamers and on The Game itself is to be concidered really nice, but the absence of dedicated server support, absolutely random matchmaking, random senseless spawn systems, no ability to kick foul players, no ability to choose maps, blabla - in short: the fact that the players of this game are stripped of all of their freedoms and are being forced to play with hackers, cheaters, campers and lamers and on maps they dont like makes this game the worst i've ever played. Expand
  90. BontaK
    Nov 11, 2009
    3
    MW2 is a dowgrade of MW1. MW2 should be callde MW1, and MW1 should be called MW2. The game is nothing more than a lazy port of xbox360. The lack of dedi is such a killer, dedi's are what makes a online game a great online game. To be able to admin, mod and customize, this game lacks it all. Medicore options and lack of console command only hurts it more. It is even more medicore to MW2 is a dowgrade of MW1. MW2 should be callde MW1, and MW1 should be called MW2. The game is nothing more than a lazy port of xbox360. The lack of dedi is such a killer, dedi's are what makes a online game a great online game. To be able to admin, mod and customize, this game lacks it all. Medicore options and lack of console command only hurts it more. It is even more medicore to listen to the lame reasons IW is giving to justify spading the PC version into a console version with mouse support. For people who say that making the PC version more like console version to stem cheating, then they know nothing and are foolish. If I could return the game, I would do it in a heart beat. Expand
  91. Hauser
    Nov 11, 2009
    3
    Unlike PC COD4, PC MW2 is a shooter for casual gamers only. The game forces you to spend way too much time finding decent 4 bar games and then the host disconnects, and suddenly you're in an unplayable 2 bar mess. Buy this for XBox if you like playing shooters sitting on your couch drinking a beer with the game on in split screen while Skyping your girlfriend, but by no means for PC Unlike PC COD4, PC MW2 is a shooter for casual gamers only. The game forces you to spend way too much time finding decent 4 bar games and then the host disconnects, and suddenly you're in an unplayable 2 bar mess. Buy this for XBox if you like playing shooters sitting on your couch drinking a beer with the game on in split screen while Skyping your girlfriend, but by no means for PC if you're a hardcore online shooter fan. Expand
  92. SamM
    Nov 10, 2009
    3
    It's not that bad of a game. No really, it's not that bad if you put on goggles that make you think a piece of crap is a piece of candy. The Single Player makes no sense at all. Everything happens to fast with no explanation, it's just ridiculous. The multiplayer is flawed on the PC and the PS3, who didn't see that coming? even after that deleted post by an Infinity It's not that bad of a game. No really, it's not that bad if you put on goggles that make you think a piece of crap is a piece of candy. The Single Player makes no sense at all. Everything happens to fast with no explanation, it's just ridiculous. The multiplayer is flawed on the PC and the PS3, who didn't see that coming? even after that deleted post by an Infinity Ward developer saying the PS3 is a turd? This game was simply made to give IW and Activision big bucks so they can ruin the industry even more than it already is. Expand
  93. IWSucks
    Nov 12, 2009
    3
    I got this game for free, Dont ask. I had previously cancelled my pre order but free is free so I gave it a try. Single player is great alot of fun, visually one of the best games out there and it runs flawlessy on a one year old system. Now Multiplayer, while it is fun and you could see the potential of what this game could have been. I love team death match but come on capped at 6 vs 6 I got this game for free, Dont ask. I had previously cancelled my pre order but free is free so I gave it a try. Single player is great alot of fun, visually one of the best games out there and it runs flawlessy on a one year old system. Now Multiplayer, while it is fun and you could see the potential of what this game could have been. I love team death match but come on capped at 6 vs 6 the maps are clearly large enough to support double that. This will offer some fun but that will wain pretty quickly with no mods, no console, no servers no CONTROL over anything. I had to go to the bathroom during a match but couldnt, I am still waiting for a email from IW for permission to wipe. Another thing is that the game is already hacked, there are videos out there showing it, I have already experienced as because of the match making service I am playing with the same 20 people all the time and just have to tolerate the hacker its quite annoying. For free this is not that bad of a game, If is was my money I was spending it would have been placed on Bad Company 2. Dice still embraces the PC community. Expand
  94. Wm.K
    Nov 15, 2009
    3
    If your looking for the a Modern FPS this one maybe not for you. It appears to have been made for a very immature audience. It
  95. EH
    Nov 15, 2009
    3
    The multiplayer of this game is clearly a farce but that is not the reason I bought this game. Infinity Ward have always created powerful Single Player stories that they have told to great effect in their games but this one falls short. Sure, the voice acting is great and the plot is ballsy and well though out but the on-rails, Virtua Cop style pop-up bad guys are just laughable while the The multiplayer of this game is clearly a farce but that is not the reason I bought this game. Infinity Ward have always created powerful Single Player stories that they have told to great effect in their games but this one falls short. Sure, the voice acting is great and the plot is ballsy and well though out but the on-rails, Virtua Cop style pop-up bad guys are just laughable while the boring, ugly, repetitive and staggeringly unrealistic surroundings are pathetic. This game is well below the acceptable par for PC in every respect from length of gameplay to graphics to longevity and the fact that it is the single most highly priced game on the platform and comes with non-functioning multiplayer is just a kick in the teeth. Avoid at all costs. Expand
  96. LauraD
    Dec 17, 2009
    3
    Good games but not on multi with no dedicate server on pc!
  97. lolz@IW
    Dec 2, 2009
    3
    so many glitches in MP javelin glitch , care package infinite glitch , Care package sprint glitch. They even posted them all on youtube and linked it to IW forums and the moderators dont even delete the topics so like 1/4 games i get into someone is trying to glitch with those or get under the map... SP is alright i guess its short story is sorta wierd but its a amazing experiance first so many glitches in MP javelin glitch , care package infinite glitch , Care package sprint glitch. They even posted them all on youtube and linked it to IW forums and the moderators dont even delete the topics so like 1/4 games i get into someone is trying to glitch with those or get under the map... SP is alright i guess its short story is sorta wierd but its a amazing experiance first time threw. They need to fix MP and BALANCE it cause atm it feels like Modernwarfare beta 2.0 Expand
  98. JasonK
    Dec 20, 2009
    3
    IW supposedly 'balanced' MW2 multiplayer, but the end result was anything but balance. Tactical nukes in less than 1 minute of game play is not balanced. COD4 and COD5 are balanced for the most part and allow 48 player games. I have been playing on the PC and every time I play I see multiple 8th-10th prestige mode players in game. The only game type that has enough players is IW supposedly 'balanced' MW2 multiplayer, but the end result was anything but balance. Tactical nukes in less than 1 minute of game play is not balanced. COD4 and COD5 are balanced for the most part and allow 48 player games. I have been playing on the PC and every time I play I see multiple 8th-10th prestige mode players in game. The only game type that has enough players is Ground War. How can you release a shooter in 2009 that only allows 18 player games? Expand
  99. marine0352
    Dec 4, 2009
    3
    It's very meh. The single player was okay, nothing to write home about. Graphics looked nice I suppose. Total lack of flexibility in multiplayer, no dedicated servers, its all been said in other reviews, but still true.
  100. JamesW.
    Jan 26, 2010
    3
    I foolishly thought that I would be able to play this game online hosted on a fast dedicated server without hackers & people using (built in) speed hacks and have a decent latency whilst doing so. Nah. You've revolutionised the gaming industry by offering one product to all platforms and targeted it casual gamers and aliened your old audience. If you want to release console games do I foolishly thought that I would be able to play this game online hosted on a fast dedicated server without hackers & people using (built in) speed hacks and have a decent latency whilst doing so. Nah. You've revolutionised the gaming industry by offering one product to all platforms and targeted it casual gamers and aliened your old audience. If you want to release console games do it on a console or at least put a warning on it. Expand
Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 91
    The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 is identical to the console versions in almost every way, and that's actually the problem. PC gamers have a certain expectation for online shooters. Removing dedicated server and user mod support from a game that's already $10 more than its predecessor seriously hinders the long term appeal for me.
  2. Modern Warfare 2 will leave you breathless.
  3. It looks better, it plays better, the story is more intense and the multiplayer is more inviting. And with the inclusion of SpecOps, the longevity of this game is sure to have increased as well.