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  • Summary: Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. An entirely new gameplay mode which supports 2-player co-operative play online that is unique from the single player storyModern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. An entirely new gameplay mode which supports 2-player co-operative play online that is unique from the single player story campaign. Special Ops pits players into a gauntlet of time-trial and objective-based missions. Rank-up as players unlock new Special Ops missions, each more difficult. Missions include highlights from the single player campaign, fan favorites from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and all new, exclusive missions. Setting a new bar for online multiplayer, Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer delivers new capabilities, customization, gamestates and modes, including: Create-a-Class Evolved. Secondary Weapons - Machine Pistols, Shotguns, Handguns, Launchers. Riot Shields. Equipment - Throwing Knives, Blast Shield, Tactical Insertion. Perk Upgrades. Bling (Dual Attachments). Customizable Killstreaks - AC130, Sentry Gun, Predator Missile, Counter-UAV, Care Package. Accolades (Post match reports). [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. It's hard to see the majority of people wanting to play any other multiplayer shooter until the next CoD is released, such is the quality of what's on offer here.
  2. Infinity Ward has managed to outdo themselves with this sequel, a tremendous feat in its own right. If the games of 2009 were stacked up against each other, there’s no question that Modern Warfare 2 would be incredibly close to the apex, fighting viciously for the top spot and, for many people, getting there and continuing upward. This is what gaming is supposed to feel like.
  3. 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.
  4. The surprise factor of the first Modern Warfare is missing and the PC version is by far the worst in the PS3, X360 and PC trio. This new Call of Duty iteration exceeds every expectation with its off-line mode, but loses its place among the best shooters of this year because of its poorly designed and badly executed multiplayer.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    84
    A true video-game equivalent of a Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay action movie. The singleplayer is engaging while it lasts, but the game's true value lies in the multiplayer. The online matches are fast, fun and highly addictive. [Nov 2010]
  6. PC Gamer
    80
    Modern Warfare 2's convincing weapons, evil enemies, shock-and-awe set-pieces and beautiful-but-unrelated locales suit nothing so well as co-op. [Jan 2010, p.72]
  7. If you told me three months ago we would be suggesting PC gamers hold off on buying Modern Warfare 2 I would have thought you're crazy. But if you are buying this game mainly for multiplayer - especially if you're contemplating serious competitive play at a high level - that's exactly what we're saying. The single player story is great, and if your idea of multiplayer is a quick zap with mates maybe an hour or two a week then by all means - it's great for your purposes. However if you're a Counterstrike, Battlefield, ETQW or even a COD4 player looking for a serious competitive platform to move to - best wait. Wait and see if Infinity Ward can implement dedicated server support.

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  1. ConR.
    Nov 14, 2009
    10
    Awesome game, The single player is short but so exhilarating, some excellent actions scenes and the story line is believable enough. Awesome game, The single player is short but so exhilarating, some excellent actions scenes and the story line is believable enough. Multiplayer is very good too(never had lag). I'm not sure if you're aware or not but there was a atttempted boycott of this game by mostly the clans and modders. If you look at the user ratings for l4d there is still only 1.5k user reviews for it, within a day this page had 2k. All the people who have rated it 0 are the guys who are trying to stop other people from buying it. I think ign should put up a little note saying "Some of the reviews may be part of an attempted boycott by pc gamers" It's not fair on everyone else that just cause they can't have their clan wars or mod the gravity lvl. People might miss out on a brilliant game because of the selfish actions of these boo-boys! Buy it! Expand
  2. May 29, 2016
    9
    Now considered one of the best Call of Duty's of all time, and very highly regarded in nearly every way, apparently the metacritic usersNow considered one of the best Call of Duty's of all time, and very highly regarded in nearly every way, apparently the metacritic users decided to give it 4.2, just goes to show you how incredibly stupid and immature this user review section is. Ask almost anyone what their favorite Cod was it will either be this or the first modern warfare, but apparently the metacritic user reviewers are to incompetent to score a game well. Expand
  3. ThomasD
    Nov 11, 2009
    8
    Great game while playing , singleplayer is short , but intense and i will be playing that multiple times , multiplayer however is where the Great game while playing , singleplayer is short , but intense and i will be playing that multiple times , multiplayer however is where the money is at , weapons are balanced , maps are well designed , gamemodes are fun. The disadvantage at the moment is no dedicated servers and no lean ( that i didnt use anyhow, if the game gets both of those , it's an instant 10 for me ) Lots of weapons to unlock , lots of perks , perk upgrades , weapon upgrades , deathstreak things , customisable killstreaks ( yay ) , and lots of other things that will keep me busy for many more hours. I am not a competitive gamer , i just play games because i think it's fun! Expand
  4. MikeB.
    Jan 26, 2010
    2
    Looks great but it's just an arcade game with too many ways to cheat. Dying in the game should not be rewarded with just another spawn Looks great but it's just an arcade game with too many ways to cheat. Dying in the game should not be rewarded with just another spawn getting full ammo. Especcially in multiplayer this screws up fair play, you can just run into an ambush, guns blazing, grenades and tubes flying around. It all doesn't matter. Don't save your ammo or be carefull not to get killed, for a quick respawn restores your misserable life. Expand
  5. PeterR
    Nov 15, 2009
    1
    I'm only reviewing the single-player part: The previews looked nice. Then I realized it was basically the exact same game as most of the I'm only reviewing the single-player part: The previews looked nice. Then I realized it was basically the exact same game as most of the other COD games. I don't mind games being a little linear. They don't all have to be like Oblivion etc. But even the original Wolfenstein, original Doom and newer shooters like Far Cry etc. offer much more freedom. The surroundings are really cool (despite graphics being a bit mediocre at times), and the thought of fighting through the level with all that is happening around you, simply seems amazing. But once you get started, you quickly realize there is no freedom at all to explore the level. You are basically being GUIDED through every little 30-second segment of the level. I think it would best be compared to those old CDROM-games where a prerendered movie were running, and all you had to do was to control the crosshair. I understand that when they do it like this, it is very easy for them to create a sort of "movie experience". But at least they should have given us a little more then in all these heavily scripted sequences. Why can i still not shoot the enemies in several different ways? It would help a lot if they could be hurt and killed in ways that felt much more realistic/varied. Also I was disappointed to see all the background not having any function except using it for cover. Everything feels even more scripted when I can't even destroy a simple fence, or blow the interiors of a room to tiny bits. After so many years with FPS's I can't understand why people like this "walk-through" of a single player campagin so much. If it's just for the cinematic feel, I prefer a real movie. Expand
  6. TylerH.
    Nov 10, 2009
    0
    Lets break this down as to why this game must be advoided no matter what. Dont even torrent it, doing so you acknowledge Activision/Infinity Lets break this down as to why this game must be advoided no matter what. Dont even torrent it, doing so you acknowledge Activision/Infinity Ward created a product you want. I'll compare what features COD4 offered vs. MW2, separated by dashes... networking = client/server - peer 2 peer avg ping (us) = 25-40ms - 100+ console ability = yes - no lean funtionality = yes - no custom maps = yes - no # of players = 64 - up to 18 mods = yes - no record game = yes - no kick/ban hackers = yes - no profiles saved online = no - yes select server to join = yes - no control offensive language = yes - no 0 ping host advantage = no - yes lan pay = yes - yes free demo = yes - no price = $50 - $60 If you think a 3hr, rediculous B action movie style, single player; with a few new perks and the removal of all listed above is worth more than any other game for pc at $60... then you'll only be feeding corporate greed, and you'll be letting them know its ok to raise prices in a recession, completely port a game from the inferior 360, and remove pc components that have always been in exsistance with damn near every game. Let it be known, Call of Duty had died for PC on 11/10/09. Expand
  7. NathanM
    Jan 12, 2010
    0
    Absolute crap. Lacks some of the most basic FPS elements that are to be expected in PC gaming. The most notable is obviously, the lack of Absolute crap. Lacks some of the most basic FPS elements that are to be expected in PC gaming. The most notable is obviously, the lack of dedicated servers. Host migration and matchmaking have never worked in the past, and IW didn't make any effort to try to improve upon the software for this. SP campaign is shorter than the average pickup driver's penis. Spec ops was okay at best. and when you actually play, it's just a huge noob-toob fest. basically, whoever looks at the other first gets the kill. A teamwork element is basically thrown out the window. Speaking of teams, there is a smaller cap on number of players that can play in a mp game. I'm sure most of you already know that mw2 downgrades CoD4 in almost every way, for a further list see here. http://www.vgchartz.com/forum/thread.php?id=91331 But really what is the most infuriating aspect of this game? It's how Infinity Ward released it. How dare they release such a piece of crap and call it so good that they can not only make it 10 bucks more expensive than every other PC game, but make it steam powered so you can't sell it back to anyone. It's like IW was trying to see just how much they could get away with Unless you want to waste 60 bucks, don't get this game, save a few dollars and buy CoD4, or wait for Bad Company 2. But then again I bought L4D2 and thought that it shouldn't be DLC or an Expansion Pack, so apparently I'm a retard! Expand

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