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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. Oct 23, 2010
    Call of duty games should really be reviewed in two parts, online and singleplayer. The online mutiplayer is one of the smoothest and most addictive online experiences out there. On the other hand the single player is a big load of balls, it lacks any of the class from the previous outing and for me had absolutely no replay value at all. If it weren't for the excellent multiplayer this game would have been long forgotten about. Expand
  5. Mar 3, 2014
    This game had the potential of being the best cod ever, except for one crucial flaw; the balance in the game is HORRENDOUS. The ump45 can get a 3 shot kill from any range, stopping power makes some of the guns far too powerful, death streaks are unfair, shotguns should not be secondaries, quick scoping is rampant, and very annoying. Kill streaks should not stack one another. You can SNIPE WITH A SHOTGUN. The model 1887 akimbo has unlimited range. And who could forget one man army NOOBTUBES.
    Aside from this though, the game really is one of the best titles in the cod franchise.
  6. Sep 25, 2010
    This game is just like the others for xbox 360. the graphics don't improve nor does the gameplay. Its just another call of duty game. the sniper is so annoying to use its like your character is drunk while sniping. In my opinion, its just another call of duty game 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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