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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 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. Anyone who already has issues with the single-player ‘style’ of IW’s games will still find fault with the scripted, linear experience, but in terms of sheer drama and show-stopping set-pieces accompanied by laser sharp FPS controls, Modern Warfare 2 is your daddy. And that’s without Spec Ops and Multiplayer.
  2. 100
    Mixing real-world locations with bombastic set-pieces MW2 continues the guided, thrill-ride experiences of its predecessor, and adds even more depth to its multiplayer offerings. It might not have fixed all the problems from the first game, but there's just so much quality content packed into this game that it will almost certainly be one of the most-played games in your library for a long time to come.
  3. Modern Warfare 2 shatters the old standard of excellence and has raised the bar for what it means to be an epic shooter. With a mind-shattering campaign, superb co-op play, and the deepest multiplayer experience on Live, Modern Warfare 2 is one of the greatest shooters in gaming history, and a must-own for fans of the genre.
  4. While I generally don’t often gravitate towards ultra-realistic military shooters, Modern Warfare 2 is easily one of my top games of the year.
  5. Modern Warfare 2 carries the good tradition of its predecessor. The campaign is nonetheless too short, and it feels too inspired to the previous one; on the other side, the multiplayer carries a lot of improvements, and Spec Ops is a well crafted coop mode. If you consider buying for online fun, this is the game that will steal your life for the months to come. If you're up to an unforgettable single player experience you might consider other more lengthy and original titles.
  6. 90
    The moments when Modern Warfare 2 isn’t good are few and far between. That’s about all you can ask from a hero.
  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. Jul 17, 2012
    One of the best games on Xbox. A breathtaking campaign and a stunning multiplayer. Great graphics with good sound. A brilliant game for Xbox gamers and CoD fans. Expand
  2. Mar 1, 2012
    I absolutely love this game and i also love quick scoping. If you play PS3 or xbox add me on PS3 I am woodley423 and on xbox i am going to be also woodley423 some time in march 2012so see you when i get it. i will also post a comment saying that i have live. Expand
  3. Dec 27, 2013
    MW2 continues the great story telling experience of CoD4, but greatly expands the multiplayer landscape, making Modern Warfare 2 perhaps the best FPS experience of its time. Levels are a bit bigger, more playlists are available, tons of cool killstreaks are available and the level designs are some of the best & most interesting to launch with a game. It's hard to imagine how good this game would be if it were "perfect", but the good news is it doesn't have to be. I could warrant a "10" on this game if it carried dedicated servers and could push the graphics envelope a bit more, but in the end these would only push the experience a bit further. Sans dedicated servers, this game plays well online almost all of the time, and I can only think of Halo 2 when considering a game I've put this much online time in, ever. Like CoD4, MW2 is a must-play for fans of the series and fans of the FPS genre as a whole. Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2010
    Best game of the decade don't get ahead of yourself.
    i played this game for probably going on 2 days completing the campaign and spec ops
    missions on veteran (got 1000 gamerscore)played multiplayer for a day. check gamertag Akiba22 i had owned call of duty 3 and modern warfare 1 before buying this COD3 was a good game with probably the atmosphere and large fights being its best draw, but mw blew it away in terms of gameplay.

    The Single player in this game was o.k lets face it no one really cares about the single player on this game all that much look ithe millions of peoples gamercards who haven't even completed the first level that lasts 5 minutes. But it was one of the easiest to date due to no more infinite respawns for the enemies YAY. But don't get the impression its an easy game,you will get frustrated quickly and frequently but thats not really the games problem. its really short however (about 5 hours) and even though theres some very big battles, mainly when playing the american army campaign sections it never really feels that way. I also didn't notice much music going on. The AI is pretty good on this game it has the odd moments where it turns clairvoyent but its human enough and no more endless waves of frag grenades THANK CHRIST. Your allies AI however they have there moments well they'll save your ass but then theres moments when you swear they're taking a piss while your fighting for your life you never notice them.The voice acting is very good they actually sound like there under fire rather than in a recording booth. The graphics though aren't very good and theres no impressive scenery like in other games which makes you stop and say "jesus look at that"

    The spec op missions are fun but they're pretty easy i complete all of them except 5 by myself and the categories they're listed in difficulty aren't right as one mission in charlie class??? not sure requires you to survive waves enemy easily the hardest mission.(what a short summary)

    Probably the most full featured game in history in terms of customising yourself and your loadouts and in general really impressive, extremely addictive and enjoyable but is it perfect? no way. A number of parts of this game should be changer mainly to do with certain weapons.YOU KNOW WHICH GUNS. Dual rangers that right, you can DUAL WIELD TWO GODDAMN SHOTGUNS who thought in the offices when making this game "this is a great idea not cheap, unrealistic and extremly annoying at all" Also the AA shotgun what a cheap piece of **** anybody who use these guns is a **** The order you obtain these guns is also pretty poorly thought out. Case in point the barrett 50 cal rifle. A one hit kill gun (If used on the upper body) thats supposed to be used on jeeps they seriously don't give every soldier in the American army a **** 50 cal rifle. Smgs can snipe from across the map and put a grip on an lmg and it turns into a 300 round sniper rifle.
    Another thing thats pretty cheap is the knife, goddamn the hit detection is off, the game thinks the knife has the length of a samurai sword.
    The maps in general are great except one of them, Rust (I'm speechless to how bad that map is)
    the kill streaks are really good and choosing the right ones is often the difference beetween getting 10 kills or 20 .

    This was a great game i personally thought they went to over the top with a few stupid additions (some listed above but i can only put in 5000 characters)which made me prefer the first one. Though a great game its not the best shooting game of the decade neithers halo 3. (for me gears of war 1 or perfect dark on the n64, maybe halo 2)its not an amazing game but its definelty pretty good.its another reason of how overhyping can make people disbelieve.
  5. Jan 20, 2014
    This was the last CoD worth playing in my opinion. The multiplayer was truly well done. Honestly, I can't even remember the campaign. Probably proving it sucked. Whatever. This was good back in it's time. No use going back to it now though. Expand
  6. Sep 20, 2013
    So much wrong went with this game. The campaign is good, the spec ops mode is useless, and the MP was good at launch but then after a few months turned into a train wreck with tons of boosting in FFA, people using unlimited noob tubes, spamming the whole god damn match with killstreaks. terrible. Expand
  7. Aug 22, 2010
    MW2 is an extremely overrated game with many problems. First of all, this game has more multiplayer flaws than any other video game released on Xbox 360. So if you're looking for a good multiplayer game, this is not it. And if you're looking for a good single player or co-op game this is not it. Let's start with single player. The plot is extremely bad and poorly told. Also, the twist is completely nonsensical and dumb. Did I mention the campaign takes 4 hours to complete? Special Ops has nothing special about it, it's just recycled levels from the campaign with boring mission objectives. Does not come close to matching the co-op of Gears of War or Halo.

    Multiplayer has many glitches and balance issues. Most guns have extremely low recoil, allowing you to snipe across the map without a sniper. On top of the overpowered kill streak rewards to encourage camping, this makes MW2 the easiest multiplayer game to play online. There is a lot of auto aim, so the kills practically come to you. If you're really bad at FPS games and don't mind being frustrated by all the game's problems, you might like this game. Lastly, Infinity Ward has horrible customer support. I could list over 20 problems with multiplayer easily, and the sad thing is not one of those will get fixed. CoD is a horrible franchise now. Activision is milking the most they can out of MW2, and have released 2 overpriced map packs so far. Each map pack is $15 for 3 new maps, which is beyond ridiculous, even for Activision.

    In conclusion, MW2 is a terrible game that should have never happened. Do not trust the review sites, they are terrible at video games and only published their first impressions. There are very few redeeming factors to MW2. One of the worst games I've ever played.

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