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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. 100
    Modern Warfare 2 crosses into the must-have category of video games effortlessly. It offers an unmatched shooter experience, a compelling story mode, a slick package of mini missions and a multiplayer which is pretty much unparalleled in depth.
  2. What impresses me so much about this game is not only that it has a tremendous amount of hype surrounding it which it does, but that it delivers even through all of that.
  3. Multiplayer is fast, frantic and as exciting as ever.
  4. 94
    This game has so many standout moments of such immersive power, there really is no other experience out there to touch Modern Warfare 2’s controlled and entertaining pandemonium. Infinty Ward has skill, panache and big, hanging balls that clang as loud as Big Ben, so much so a the bar has been raised with Modern Warfare 2.
  5. 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.
  6. Modern Warfare 2 ticks all of the right boxes: varied gameplay, immersive story, engaging gunplay, superb multiplayer, and the list goes on... If we're being really nitpicky, then we might suggest that there aren't many innovative features in the game. However, MW2's Spec Ops mode is fresh enough to ensure that the overall package isn't a stale one, while the long-term appeal of adversarial multiplayer will stretch out until the next Infinity Ward release with ease.
  7. The single player stages are much too linear, the co-op missions are reused from the single player campaign, and the main multiplayer deathmatch style modes are very unbalanced, especially for new players. But like Uncharted 2, MW2 is like an insane action packed movie that you can participate in… too bad the game’s heavy use of scripted events make the player feel like they have do not have any control regarding the out come of the final experience.

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  1. DaveL.
    Nov 10, 2009
    10
    The single player is short but intense. I would rather have a good short single player with a robust multi-player. The MP aspect of the game The single player is short but intense. I would rather have a good short single player with a robust multi-player. The MP aspect of the game is absolutely mind blowing. It takes everything that was good about the first one and adds to it. I'm sure there are balancing issues that people will complain about but I haven't found any at this point. Spec ops is a ton of fun with a friend. Not too fun single player. This is easily a 10 just based on the value that I will get out of this. Anyone giving lower than an 8 is just a fanboy of Halo, KZ2, UC2, etc. This is a great game that will keep me playing for months and months. Expand
  2. Mar 10, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I think its a great bad-ass game that, even though it doesn't really innovate the series or the genre, but it is driven by a great and polemic, worst-case scenario plot. It also has a very short campaign and at times you get bored just shooting at Russians and makes you wonder what the level designers were doing or if they were doing anything at all. But I almost didn't notice because the writers did such a good job I just wanted to know what was gonna happen next. The controls are easy-flowing, the action is great, and the characters are awesome which is why I think this game is at the same level of the first game. Expand
  3. Jan 12, 2015
    9
    While some people may say that this game was overrated and mostly used by children, this game is still my favorite.

    This improved off of
    While some people may say that this game was overrated and mostly used by children, this game is still my favorite.

    This improved off of CoD4, and made gamers across the world fall in love.

    9.8/10
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  4. DavidC
    Nov 10, 2009
    8
    Not too much new here. Same old FPS stuff. Definitely lots of action and over the top set pieces, but nothing that stands out as the mother Not too much new here. Same old FPS stuff. Definitely lots of action and over the top set pieces, but nothing that stands out as the mother of all games, as the hype was making it out to be. Can't wait for Assassins Creed 2 is all I have to say!! Expand
  5. TimB.
    Dec 3, 2009
    6
    The problem with the ratings of this game is that people think it deserves something great just because the Campaign was so great. Note to The problem with the ratings of this game is that people think it deserves something great just because the Campaign was so great. Note to players: Multiplayer was addicting in the first game, If they do the same thing for the next one its not going to make it Less addicting. It's kind of hard to mess up a winning formula.. ...... Except to make it the same, with a little more polish. This game sucks. Is not worth full price at all. Thank god I didn't buy it and only played it at friends house.. it's worth ~30. Thanks alot activision. Expand
  6. Mr.Anderson
    Dec 12, 2009
    4
    Huge amount of hype, and then all the critics love it, so I decide I must have this game. So I get it, and play the campaign and spec ops Huge amount of hype, and then all the critics love it, so I decide I must have this game. So I get it, and play the campaign and spec ops with my brother (campaign is short but fun and spec ops are a cool addition, I wish it had 4 players...). OK. So now I want to play live. Of course, like every other CoD game, you can only play 1 person per console. But whatever, as long as its fun. But the problem is that its not fun. At all. In any way. Everything about the live play is just wrong, wrong, wrong. It's not skill-oriented--if you're level 70 you have awesome guns and perks and can just completely pwn everyone else in the match, even if you can't aim well and play stupid and rush into the middle of everywhere. If you're level 1, you have crappy guns and perks and stand no chance whatsoever. It still confounds me that any game would pit a level 70 against a level 1. Even my brother, who rapes at CoD5, can't win in MW2 at his low level. And on top of that, the maps are waaay too big. Maybe if it was a 32 person/match standard, it would be OK, but its not. And once again, people have no say in choosing them...And then I play a match where I am actually doing really good (like 15 kill streak), and its kinda fun, but no, I'm not allowed to do well. Somebody ends the game with a tactical nuke. Worst idea ever. Seriously. Too easy to end the game--happens every 6 or 7 matches, and it drives me nuts. And normally, just because you don't win a lot doesn't make a game bad (take Gears of War 2. Holy crap is that hard to win sometimes but at least its fun and when you lose you're like "OK they're definitely better than me and deserve to beat me.") You don't get that feeling in MW2, usually when you are losing badly you can look at your kill cam and realize it's some fag camping in the corner of a room with his gun pointed at head-height at the entrance to the room. And then you get pissed and end up having to camp yourself so you don't keep dying and it just ends up being a boring, stupid battle of who has the patience to camp for longer. Screw this game, I'm gonna sell it once I beat all the spec-ops and go back to games that are actually good, like maybe the first Modern Warfare, Halo, Gears, and Super Smash Bros (Brawl FTW!!!). Expand
  7. AndrewT.
    Nov 19, 2009
    0
    It's a really good game. Single-player is really similar to Call of Duty 4's. That's not a bad thing but I wish they could It's a really good game. Single-player is really similar to Call of Duty 4's. That's not a bad thing but I wish they could have made it a little better. The online multiplayer is extremely enjoyable. There's so many unlockables and the maps are fun to play. Expand

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