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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] Collapse
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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. With the music of Hans Zimmer and the cinematic scenes, you're sucked into the game and spit out after you’re done. The single player is rather short. It will take you about six hours to beat the game, but you get an intense and memorable ride the entire time. The game seems to be a little scripted, but it isn’t annoying for everyone. The multiplayer isn’t annoying at all. You can play for hundreds of hours without being bored. The Spec Ops mode extends that with fun for two. If you ever played a shooter and liked it, buy this game!
  3. I don’t know what to say … simply brilliant!
  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. 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. An impressive shooter with a high degree of polish, but as a PC game it has taken a step back. [Issue#28, p.45]
  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. Jul 13, 2013
    9
    Great game. The SP and CO-OP was a 10/10 for me, however the MP could have been better with a few patches. The only things I can list thatGreat game. The SP and CO-OP was a 10/10 for me, however the MP could have been better with a few patches. The only things I can list that were wrong were -No Dedicated servers -Rocket launcher and noob toobs didn't occupy perk 1 Early launch hackers were plentiful (not too many now) I give the MP a 8/10 purely based on the fact that COD 4 and COD 6 are the only ones I play now. I'd say this is the last good game in the franchise it all went downhill on Black Ops 1. Expand
  3. FionnM
    Jan 3, 2010
    7
    Would Give it a nine if it had dedicated servers, the multiplayer is full unbalenced weapons and noobs that could be sorted with servers and Would Give it a nine if it had dedicated servers, the multiplayer is full unbalenced weapons and noobs that could be sorted with servers and admins. Other than that, it is a fantastic game, brilliant graphics and play, but COD 4 it aint if you are looking for some rewarding, competative multiplayer Expand
  4. vittoriom
    Jan 13, 2010
    2
    The game itself is wonderful, but need of DEDICATED SERVERS, IWNET is sucks, cheats implemented are sucks, so there are cheaters everywhere, The game itself is wonderful, but need of DEDICATED SERVERS, IWNET is sucks, cheats implemented are sucks, so there are cheaters everywhere, and clean players cant kick from game, need more maps. Expand
  5. ReneV
    Nov 13, 2009
    1
    Played multiplayer 2 hours straight and completed the campaign in 7 hours on the 'Veteran' difficulty (the hardest). Multiplayer is Played multiplayer 2 hours straight and completed the campaign in 7 hours on the 'Veteran' difficulty (the hardest). Multiplayer is utter shite. Automatically chooses to connect to random people around the world within decent ping range (100+/-ms). You get no choice, no dedicated servers, nothing. It's always random whom you end up playing with. Seriously, give us back the standard SERVER BROWSER for shite sake! It is such a common standard to include a server browser in ANY type of PC game with online multiplayer. If steam gave refunds, I'd take it for this game and buy Modern Warfare 1 instead. I am seriously dissappointed in Infinity Ward and Modern Warfare 2. The campaign was decent though with lots of good moments - but it's WAAAAAY too short! Should have been a cheap expansion for the original Modern Warfare instead of a 'full' 60 dollar game... Not impressed. 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. bigpimpn
    Jan 3, 2010
    0
    Lack of simple PC FPS features like dedicated servers and developer console ruin any capabilities of competitive play. "Picking the best Lack of simple PC FPS features like dedicated servers and developer console ruin any capabilities of competitive play. "Picking the best host" is total bull and it has even chose my friend with a 1mbps line and an old athlon x2 939 4000+ over my 10 mbps line and far better gpu/cpu/ram... it chooses bad hosts and makes any pub multiplayer agonizing... in conclusion bad pub play + no competitive play = bad game. Expand

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