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  1. TonyM.
    Jan 16, 2010
    9
    I dont know what you people have, this is a great game, i love the multiplayer part. If u dont like it, go play your BF:Bad company or Operation Flashpoint. Just dont be jealous cause these failgames dont have such a great and BIG multiplayer community, gameplay etc.
  2. DaveB
    Jan 23, 2010
    9
    it's an amazing game, the only thing that keeps it from getting a 10 is the glitches in MP, Special OPS is a kool addition, and SP is action packed.
  3. KylerN
    Jan 3, 2010
    8
    The plot was pretty transparent but IW is definitely bringing new content to the table. I wasn't happy about the short campaign and the uninspiring plot which lacked the impressive moments in the first one. I would applaud IW for the second level of the game, pushing the envelope on what games can show and represent. Halfway through, I think the story was lost in translation. The The plot was pretty transparent but IW is definitely bringing new content to the table. I wasn't happy about the short campaign and the uninspiring plot which lacked the impressive moments in the first one. I would applaud IW for the second level of the game, pushing the envelope on what games can show and represent. Halfway through, I think the story was lost in translation. The special ops missions are a delight, although most are recycled from the the first mw and this campaigns. Many events were over-the-top excitement but the periods of intense events and suddenly (and constantly) losing consciousness and changing to another plot element was unevenly paced. Overall it's an amazing game and on bar with the first one, if only the plot was as polished as the rest of the game. Expand
  4. christ
    Jan 5, 2010
    10
    Best game i have played nice that you can go up in level more games like this for the people!!!
  5. AM
    Jan 6, 2010
    8
    Online multi-player is alright, though it's a bit overwhelming for us old folk. Spec Ops is kinda cool with two people. The campaign was obviously not well planned out. It's just a series of situations - no real story. CoD 4 was a much much stronger campaign.
  6. Michaelc
    Jan 9, 2010
    8
    Very short but very enjoyable campaign in a quick summary. The plot is pretty bland and the playable characters poor. You feel you don't really give a damn about what happens to them during the story except Price and MacTabish and it's only really because of CoD4 that you like them anyway. The multiplayer is amazing although the maps are less impressive than CoD4's maps. Very short but very enjoyable campaign in a quick summary. The plot is pretty bland and the playable characters poor. You feel you don't really give a damn about what happens to them during the story except Price and MacTabish and it's only really because of CoD4 that you like them anyway. The multiplayer is amazing although the maps are less impressive than CoD4's maps. There are too many gimmicks in the classes now... I mean shotguns as a secondary makes the game really noobish at points and the increases melee distance is also infuriating. Other than that the multiplayer is flawless. Expand
  7. Slimdwiz
    Feb 17, 2010
    9
    The graphics are very well detailed with enviorments and soldiers looking very life-like.The music is very well put together for each level making you feel apart of the action.With the voice acting also begining very much acceptable.The gameplay has a much more tighter feel than the original Modern Warfare,but the short single-player campaign mode could have been a little The graphics are very well detailed with enviorments and soldiers looking very life-like.The music is very well put together for each level making you feel apart of the action.With the voice acting also begining very much acceptable.The gameplay has a much more tighter feel than the original Modern Warfare,but the short single-player campaign mode could have been a little longer.Multiplayer is where the game really shines.You get to level up,and perks,just like the original,but this time you have the ability to call in air strikes,from Stealth Bombers,AC-130's,and even Tactical Nuke,and much more.Even get care packages after a certain amount of kills.This game has a lot of replay value with one of the best multiplayer systems and a co-op spec ops mode that's separate from the main campaign. Expand
  8. BIGWILL
    Feb 19, 2010
    9
    Ok this game is still the bomb all you kids out there with all the complaints about no long story mode go play fucking mass affect cod is a multyplayer game its called xbox live if you dont have it quit being poor get a job and work two weeks and get a 12 month card quit being cheap the single player isnt the game its just a piece of the creame pie multyplater is where its at sure theres Ok this game is still the bomb all you kids out there with all the complaints about no long story mode go play fucking mass affect cod is a multyplayer game its called xbox live if you dont have it quit being poor get a job and work two weeks and get a 12 month card quit being cheap the single player isnt the game its just a piece of the creame pie multyplater is where its at sure theres glitches and mods but they will be fixed till then take advantage of it to rank up cause it sure aint easy on this game the reason i gave it a 9 is because i wont some team tatical cause i play for competively on gamebattles so being able to practice without the non mlg varient maps and big teams would be nice other than that they will make it even better with the DLC cant wait. Expand
  9. DylanE.
    Feb 19, 2010
    8
    The Call of Duty franchise has become notorious for in-depth campaign design and intense multiplayer action, giving other shooter such as Halo and Gears of War a run for their money. With a reputation like this, Modern Warefare 2 has obviously recieved very high expectations and, for the most part, meets then with ease. The already incredible competitive and customizible multiplayer The Call of Duty franchise has become notorious for in-depth campaign design and intense multiplayer action, giving other shooter such as Halo and Gears of War a run for their money. With a reputation like this, Modern Warefare 2 has obviously recieved very high expectations and, for the most part, meets then with ease. The already incredible competitive and customizible multiplayer component has been further improved with new innovative perks that can truely make a difference when combined with certain types of classes or weapons. The camopaign feels like a summer blockbuster film with no cut scenes giving you a unique feeling that you are in control of what happens like only a series like Call of Duty can do. From scaling icy cliffs, to driving trucks and snow mobiles, and a rewarding near death experiance at the end of the final mission with rewarding results. I wouldn't want to spoil it if you haven't played through the campaign yet. Yes, there are many scripted sequences that limit control to some extent, but this isn't a sandbox style game. It's a solid fps all the way through. The Spec Ops missions finally allow a cooperative experiance that was lacking in the first Modern Warefare. The missions are based on missions from both the Modern Warefare 2 campaign, and the Call of Duty 4 campaign. There is still no cooperative play in the campaign put Spec Ops more than makes up for that in my opinion. With all that I have said good about the game, you may be wondering why I have rated it with a 8. Sadly, this is because of the multiplayer. Yes, the overall expeirience is outstanding and perfect for fans of Counter-Stike and other tactical shooters, but in many areas, the over confidence and ignorance if Infinity Ward shows greatly. First off, there was no open beta prior to realease on any platform, not even PC (which needed it the most). The affects of this poor decision on Infinity Ward's behalf showed up almost intantly after launch. The PC version has no-dedicated servers and does not support custom content. Glitches are used constantly by annoying cheaters and a patch for these problems is yet to be released. Server connection interuptions occur frequently and lags plauge almost evey server (these are all Infinity Ward servers not dedicated servers by the way). Also, some of the perks and weapon upgrades feel very unbalanced at times. Quick scoping snipers, instant-kill shot FAMAS and M16 classes, noob-tubers dual-weilded shotguns (one shot equals one kill when both guns are fired at once), and possibly the most annoying, the "witch" class. This custom made class consists off the following perks: marathon, lightweight, and commando. Put this unstopable conbination together with a handgun equiped with the tactical knife attatchment and you've got yourself an obnoxious class that runs around getting knife streaks and annoying the living crap out everyone in the game, even his own teamates in some casses. These conbinations are not just annoying, they also take away from the realistic approach that the series has been aiming at for years now. It's a shame that a feature that was originally created for creativity and innovation has become overly abused the way it has been in this game. This being said, the multiplayer component lives up to what most fans have been waiting for, but Infinity Ward still has some issues that hopefully will be worked out the next time around. I recommend X-Box 360 and PS3 owners to buy this game if they are fans of the series or genre. However, for PC fans, your money is better spent on the upcoming Battlefield Bad Company 2. Expand
  10. JonW
    Nov 11, 2009
    8
    Apparently we have a lot of users who can't RTFM. These ratings and comments are for the XBox 360 version of the game. If you have issues with the PC version, you need to rate and comment on that version. XBox 360 users do not care about your rating and comment on the PC version. Your gripes may be legitimate, but they don't belong here. I think the SP is a step back from MW1. Apparently we have a lot of users who can't RTFM. These ratings and comments are for the XBox 360 version of the game. If you have issues with the PC version, you need to rate and comment on that version. XBox 360 users do not care about your rating and comment on the PC version. Your gripes may be legitimate, but they don't belong here. I think the SP is a step back from MW1. It's so over the top crazy that it borders on ludicrous. It's almost a tongue in cheek joke - they even referenced "Red Dawn" with a level name. I would prefer something a little less "this is the craziest thing that has ever happened" and more "here's a conflict that could realistically occur". The MP is more or less the same. Sure, there are tweaks, but if you loved MW1, you'll love this. The advancement elements are addictive. If you're buying this for SP only, you may be disappointed. It's short and the plot is Bruckheimer-esque. If you're buying for MP, and you have an XBox 360, you're going to love it. If you're buying for MP, and you have a PC, go read the PC review where you can find all of the carping regarding removal of dedicated servers, etc. Just remember - corporations exist to make money. The future of gaming is consoles because that's where the money is. You can complain all you want; simple economic reality can't be overcome. Expand
  11. ShaneB
    Nov 11, 2009
    10
    This game delivers in every category that matters to me. Incredibly sharp graphics, amazingly realistic, the sound is thunderous coming out of my BOSE theatre system. I hear bullets zipping from left to right and snapping behind me. The lever design on the multiplayer cannot be rivaled. There is nothing to complain about in this game. It is fun, it is hard at times and I like that, the This game delivers in every category that matters to me. Incredibly sharp graphics, amazingly realistic, the sound is thunderous coming out of my BOSE theatre system. I hear bullets zipping from left to right and snapping behind me. The lever design on the multiplayer cannot be rivaled. There is nothing to complain about in this game. It is fun, it is hard at times and I like that, the challenges are limitless, the customization is has a huge impact on how you fare in multiplayer challenges, you don't want to bring a knife to a gun fight in this game. Hands down the best first person shooter I have ever played. Good story, great multiplayer, additional Spec Ops Missions are a fantastic treat. If I could pick one game to keep and play for the rest of my life this is it. Expand
  12. joet
    Nov 11, 2009
    9
    MW2 has got an "arcadeish" overhall , from the HUD design to money sprouting from dead players (i guess in an attempt to be less bloody in multiplayer matches), it just all looks a liittle less serious...that being said the overall multiplayer experience is 100% I LOVE IT! The maps are welcomely verticle and huge, varied, yet simple. The customization is a bonus along with the MW2 has got an "arcadeish" overhall , from the HUD design to money sprouting from dead players (i guess in an attempt to be less bloody in multiplayer matches), it just all looks a liittle less serious...that being said the overall multiplayer experience is 100% I LOVE IT! The maps are welcomely verticle and huge, varied, yet simple. The customization is a bonus along with the interchangeable kill streaks. I think people are dropping low scores on this game as a "HA-HA, really? are you seriously believing this?" Granted a short campaign "5-6 hours generously" is a bit short, but from what i've seen my friend play, it looks awe-some! Graphics 10, Gameplay 9.5 (I haven't played it yet, but i got the gist), HUD...well i alredy said what I thought of that...So maybe knowing it's short, you may want to pace yourself between maybe a chapter of campaign and liberal online outings. I believe this to be one of the best interactive experiences on next gen consoles, with a few minor almost insignificant "complaints", a short campaign dropped the score a bit for me, although quality outshines quantity (imagine it was forty hours long and complete garbage) I give it a 9.6/9.7 overall (it's just a shame Assassin's Creed 2 drops in the same month, guess it'll ($) have to wait... Expand
  13. JustinE
    Nov 11, 2009
    10
    Wow! Is the only thing I can say about this game. It is absolutely polished in every way! Sure it runs the same engine, sure the core mechanics are still the same. But why fix something that is not broken. The engine has been extremely refined and the graphics themselves are outstanding. The textures are a little bland in multiplayer but that's the worst complaint you will get out of Wow! Is the only thing I can say about this game. It is absolutely polished in every way! Sure it runs the same engine, sure the core mechanics are still the same. But why fix something that is not broken. The engine has been extremely refined and the graphics themselves are outstanding. The textures are a little bland in multiplayer but that's the worst complaint you will get out of multi. The campaign is short, people are complaining about how short it is. Play it on Veteran! Then tell me its short! The pacing itself is absolutely brilliant. The fever pitch that hits during intense firefights are some of the most real I have seen. And the parts of which you are doing "recon" or has a great anticipation factor! The people that are downing this game more likely or not found it too difficult at the start of multiplayer, or expected a epically long campaign. The fact is that no game is for everyone, however to bring this game down simply because it did not fit your play style instead of giving it a honest rating is a tragedy. Expand
  14. BrianA.
    Nov 11, 2009
    10
    How is this game still getting poor user reviews? Everything about this game deserves the acclaim it is receiving. It's that good. So I'd like to take a second to address some of the more popular objections to this game: 1) MW2 is an expansion to the original, and nothing more. FALSE. Have you played Halo 3: ODST? THAT is an expansion sold as a stand alone game. MW2 takes what How is this game still getting poor user reviews? Everything about this game deserves the acclaim it is receiving. It's that good. So I'd like to take a second to address some of the more popular objections to this game: 1) MW2 is an expansion to the original, and nothing more. FALSE. Have you played Halo 3: ODST? THAT is an expansion sold as a stand alone game. MW2 takes what was great about MW, and changed it to be more balanced, enriched, and captivating. Player controlled missile strikes/helicopters/care packages? Deathstreak bonuses to help balance handicaps? Silencers on sniper rifles? A perk allowing for two gun attachments (hello RDS/silencer)? Acheivements/attachments for sidearms? Yes please! In the past 24 hours I've been beaten to death with a riot shield and shot down a Hind helicopter with a Patriot missile. Does it get better than that? 2) MW2 multiplayer is unbalanced. FALSE. If you played the original then you would know that the Juggernaught, Martyrdom, and Last Stand perks were extremely powerful. In MW2 they have been downgraded for use with only death streaks. Thank you, IW! 3) The MW2 engine is old. TRUE! This game is built around consoles that are a few years old! If you were expecting another paradign shift like the original was, you would be better served once the next generation of consoles comes out. 4) "PC gamers can't set up dedicated servers anymore!!" Honestly, this one is a piss-off. But honestly ask yourself if this makes the game itself any worse in content. The answer is no. The game is still amazing, even though it does insult those who like a less micromanaged game. 5) Too much hype. REALLY? Please don't confuse marketing with gameplay. You're better than that (some of you). Expand
  15. HannesN
    Nov 12, 2009
    9
    Why does this game have such a bad mark on user score? i bet its all those ppl saying like how much hype this game is getting that give it low points, they should first play the game online, and then they'll understand!
  16. ProperHardcore
    Nov 13, 2009
    10
    Excellent game, although I'm not surprised. Infinity Ward has always made great titles in the Call of Duty franchise, and this is no exception. To be honest, the campaign and the Spec Ops mode did not interest me at all because it was recently that I really began getting into the intense multiplayer aspect of both CoD4 and (I know) CoD: WaW. So, for some hardcore fans who have been Excellent game, although I'm not surprised. Infinity Ward has always made great titles in the Call of Duty franchise, and this is no exception. To be honest, the campaign and the Spec Ops mode did not interest me at all because it was recently that I really began getting into the intense multiplayer aspect of both CoD4 and (I know) CoD: WaW. So, for some hardcore fans who have been playing for two years already I could see what you might dismiss about the game, but in my opinion it is great. I had a brief experience with the Single Player and Spec Ops mode and both are great as well, but my focus is on the MP, which is by far the best to ever be on the XBOX 360. One final thing I'd like to point out is that there are PC guys on here complaining that there are no dedicated servers. As a PC gamer I understand, but this is the review for the XBOX 360 version of the game, so please complain elsewhere, perhaps on the PC review. Expand
  17. TaimurS.
    Nov 14, 2009
    9
    I'd like to make it very clear that I am NOT fanboying here. As much as I like CoD, I resent it for pushing so many good games into 2010, and taking online activity away from all other good XBL titles. But, seriously guys, please stop all the hate. True, the gameplay is almost identical as far as controls and movement go, but please take a look at...hmmm... everything else? I'd like to make it very clear that I am NOT fanboying here. As much as I like CoD, I resent it for pushing so many good games into 2010, and taking online activity away from all other good XBL titles. But, seriously guys, please stop all the hate. True, the gameplay is almost identical as far as controls and movement go, but please take a look at...hmmm... everything else? Set-pieces are SOOO much better this time round that it's ridicuous. True, MW had you on that epic Ghillie-style stealth mission. MW2 has you crawling through snow, trying to stay unseen while surrounded by enemies before blowing up a hangar gate and escaping on snowmobiles. A few levels later, you use a Predator to blow up two huge APCs, bring down two gunships and watch a Burger King get levelled in the middle of a firefight. No comparison between the two at all. The graphics are a little bit outdated, but the engine has been souped up in every way, and you're only going to comment on how "crap" the gfx are if you're a complete graphics whore. People are complaning about the new guns and attachments, but they're all so great, I can't see the sense in complaining. They all feel unique, from a sawn-off shotgun (you can control which barrel to fire from using the triggers), to the barrels-of-fun automatic Glock 18 pistol. The Akimbo perk takes this one step further: imagine your favourite light machine-pistol or handgun (Mini-Uzi, Glock 18, etc.), and then imagine holding TWO OF THEM. Most games screw up dual-wielding, but it's a complete joy in MW2. True, it does have its flaws. It's not the perfect game, and it doesn't do many new things, but any complaints are drowned out by massive explosions and seas of polish. If you're a shooter fan (and by that I don't mean a profanity-spouting 8-year-old kid who happens to like Halo), ignore all of the haters. Ignore the jaded fans who want CoD to do something new and become some kind of portal-based puzzle shooter. You want this game. Now. Expand
  18. skyj
    Nov 18, 2009
    10
    This game was highly anticipated and for good reason. I've never played a level as cool as "all ghillied up" or a multiplayer mayhem as in 18 players on shipment. Call of duty 4 is the best FPS ever. However there were a few minor problems there, host migration issues and lag were pretty bothersome to me. However, Infinity ward have really shown that they really are a step par This game was highly anticipated and for good reason. I've never played a level as cool as "all ghillied up" or a multiplayer mayhem as in 18 players on shipment. Call of duty 4 is the best FPS ever. However there were a few minor problems there, host migration issues and lag were pretty bothersome to me. However, Infinity ward have really shown that they really are a step par excellence. Host migration is featured in game and real time, and lag has been pretty much taken care of, even on a red bar, you can enjoy the game to its full extent. This along with some new unlocks and callsigns, make this game the only game I need to own, and everyone else should too. Single player story could have been put together well, but here it is pretty hard to get a grip on the story, as there is flow in the storyline. But action packed moments that make you go WOW! are a plenty. Graphics and sound have to be experienced. Bullet ricochet, grenade explosions, AC-130 Bombings sound as real as they look. This is the benchmark for all shooters. What difference 60 fps makes in a game, you know after playing Modern Warfare. Controls are as smooth and responsive as they get. With no lag on them whatsoever. This is THE game to play until...well until the next modern warfare. Expand
  19. EliB
    Nov 23, 2009
    10
    I really don't understand some of these comments -- looks like people are giving lower scores than they would just to "punish" the rating? Get a life guys. This game is not without flaws, bu they are very, very minor flaws. Yes the single player campaign is short, but this is nothing new. I personally don't mind at all, given that it is so rich in detail. This time around, I I really don't understand some of these comments -- looks like people are giving lower scores than they would just to "punish" the rating? Get a life guys. This game is not without flaws, bu they are very, very minor flaws. Yes the single player campaign is short, but this is nothing new. I personally don't mind at all, given that it is so rich in detail. This time around, I felt like the story took a bit to get going, and one of the celebrity voice actors as way to polished to sound real, but again, minor. The multiplayer is FANTASTIC!! the changes are great and keep the game fast and furious -- and enjoyable even if you are getting spanked. The best new addition is that of co-op "special ops". I can now work on getting my wife to play -- she has tried it out, and we have a couple of three-stars already! What is still lacking is the ability to go online with a friend in the same room. I want to have my friends over and trounce people in other places together. This feature is sorely needed for those who sill see their friends in person. That is the only way Halo has this beat. In spite of that, this game is hands down the best FPS on the market. Killing your friends just got more fun. Expand
  20. JoeH
    Nov 23, 2009
    10
    First of all, all those whiners complaining about how Infinity Ward didn't "do a good job" or "didn't make their game better" or "made the same shitty game as before" need to go actually play the game. And not just get to the main screen and say "this looks the slightest bit stupid, imma rant about it on metacritic like a bitch." This game is amazing, keeping everything that First of all, all those whiners complaining about how Infinity Ward didn't "do a good job" or "didn't make their game better" or "made the same shitty game as before" need to go actually play the game. And not just get to the main screen and say "this looks the slightest bit stupid, imma rant about it on metacritic like a bitch." This game is amazing, keeping everything that made Call of Duty 4 such an amazing game, while adding many more great things. The singleplayer itself deserves a standing ovation, with nonstop action and an actual plot, unlike Halo (kill aliens, teabag, ride a Warthog, watch a cutscene, repeat). Yes, I know that the singleplayer gets a bit tedious after the first few missions like Halo too, but if you look beyond that, you can see that Infinity Ward painstakingly crafted the story, with amazing details and gives the player a very gritty realistic view of war. And that's just the top of the iceberg: then there's multiplayer. The juggernaut from Call of Duty 4 has been enhanced even further, if possible at all, to an almost perfect piece of art. The guns are evenly balanced (though some guns are pretty cheap), the atmosphere is (nearly) always cooperative and friendly, and Infinity Ward proves that they listen to the people by making grenades act more realistically (erratic bouncing, etc.). Add an ungodly amount of unlockable guns, upgraded perks, new kill/death streaks, and lots more, it's almost guaranteed that you'll never go back to another FPS ever again (yes, Halo counts). And then there's Spec Ops. In my opinion, this is probably the best addition of the game: the ability to play co-op online or offline with friends to complete daunting challenges. At first, missions like fending off a hill with only guns and each others' backs for 5 minutes seems pretty impossible, but you learn to adapt to the situation (and aim your Predator missiles later on) and ultimately prevail. And it's that feeling of accomplishment and dominance that fuels gamers. And that's just one mission: There are 5 tiers of Spec Ops, the next significantly harder than the previous. Add this with the epic singleplayer, and jaw-dropping multiplayer, and you've got basically 3 separate games in one package. Overall, I believe that Modern Warfare 2 is an unbelievably polished game. The amount of detail that is put into every particle and aspect of the game is clearly shown as you progress of singleplayer, frag in multiplayer, or team up in Spec Ops. The people have spoken, and Infinity Ward has listened: this game is a must buy, and unanimously deserves my 10/10. Expand
  21. KylerC
    Nov 20, 2009
    8
    Modern Warfare 2 brings a continuance of their first campaign to light, returning to Russia for some more commie battles. Infinity Ward has done an excellent job incorporating exciting scenarios into the single player game which are enthralling and very movie-like. The story becomes confusing at times which is sad because the first games' story was straightforward and engaging; this Modern Warfare 2 brings a continuance of their first campaign to light, returning to Russia for some more commie battles. Infinity Ward has done an excellent job incorporating exciting scenarios into the single player game which are enthralling and very movie-like. The story becomes confusing at times which is sad because the first games' story was straightforward and engaging; this leaves the player a little bit disgruntled because they would really like to know WHY they are attacking this sub base. Overall the campaign shows the player an excellent thrill ride, but the abstract storyline and short play time hinder the final quality of play. The multiplayer aspect of the game comes in two flavors, Spec Ops and of course, online. Spec Ops is a relatively different concept which gives up to two cooperative players a chance to take on some short missions. These missions are varied and can be quite enthralling, and are definitely best approached with the help of a friend. Whether or not these short missions are an acceptable branch away from a co op campaign is up to the player; I would have preferred to play the whole game with a friend. And of course, the online aspect of this game brings solid multiplayer action back to the console. Gameplay style is inevitably more of the same, with some added features that pump up the ante during matches. The maps are diverse in style and offer a plethora of hiding spots, windows to pop out of, roofs to perch on, and so on. Spots that are covered from all angles are difficult to come across, which makes for many different encounters. The multiplayer aspect is what has really driven the Call of Duty brand home with many fans of late, and again it delivers. Infinity Ward continues to innovate by incorporating new game types into their series (even adding a 3rd person element to some online matches reminiscent of SOCOM), and I am sure that fans will be spending many hours (days, really) in effort of hearing that level up guitar riff until they hit prestige level 10. Expand
  22. DanG
    Dec 19, 2009
    8
    This game is really fun with the perks on multi player put it is a quick game. Not worth the price, though. I give the makers some credit they made into a really realistic game.
  23. [anonymous]
    Dec 20, 2009
    10
    I hate it when people buy a good game just to pretend they are reviewers and nit-pick it to death. If the occasional pop-up in the graphics ruins the entire game for you than boo-hoo go cry about it. If the campeign is short, then stop playing it on easy mode and find the intel items, and while you're at it try out special ops and the infenetly replayable multiplayer. If you judged I hate it when people buy a good game just to pretend they are reviewers and nit-pick it to death. If the occasional pop-up in the graphics ruins the entire game for you than boo-hoo go cry about it. If the campeign is short, then stop playing it on easy mode and find the intel items, and while you're at it try out special ops and the infenetly replayable multiplayer. If you judged the game without even playing most of it (yes really just view all comments and you will see people like that) than you have absolutely no right to speak out against it. The story is good (yeah f*ck you people who think you can write something better) and the gameplay is perfect, except for waiting forever to get respawned in some game matches, no checkpoints in spec-ops, and the jungle escape level that everybody died a million times on. My pont is that people should not hate on it to death just because it's been hyped a lot, and by the way it deserved the hype, and I dare anyone to find or make a better, more polished fps. I can't believe Metacritic actually reviewed and aproved some of these comments. When Infinity Ward is shut down because their latest game got a low user-score on this site that isn't at all justified by its comments and when in the future we'll all be playing some sort of Sonic the Hedgehog and World of Warcraft mixed shooter because everyone hates popular things just for the sake of hating them, I will be the first to say "tolja so" Expand
  24. Joe
    Dec 2, 2009
    9
    There are so many stupid people out there think this game is bad because either the single player campaign was too short or the game was too expensive. If they listened to any of the publicity for the game at all, they would have known that their money wasn't just for a 6 hour campaign, but for an intense co-op mode that as far as im concerned made up for no campaign co-op, and a There are so many stupid people out there think this game is bad because either the single player campaign was too short or the game was too expensive. If they listened to any of the publicity for the game at all, they would have known that their money wasn't just for a 6 hour campaign, but for an intense co-op mode that as far as im concerned made up for no campaign co-op, and a vastly improved multiplayer that addressed loads of complaints about the great multiplayer from Cod4. No one should have gotten this game without playing Cod4 anyway, and if they had played it, they would know what to expect from the single player and multiplayer. No one should have bought this game just for the single player. Multiplayer was the big thing in Cod4, and it's no different in MW2. No one ever claimed this game was going to be groundbreaking; it was supposed to be an IMPROVED sequel to the original, and improved it was. And i was looking at some of the undeserved negative reviews below, and one guy criticized the first person camera?!? and then said he liked halo? its the same freakin type of camera dude! Expand
  25. DomY
    Dec 29, 2009
    8
    First of all, I should say to calm some people that think this game needs a 9 or above, Modern Warfare 2 is a great game, with pretty solid visuals and an easy-to-learn-hard-to-master control scheme. It has a relatively short campaign and some okay multiplayer, but there is too many hackers and campers. Overall, I just don't think this game lives up to the hype. I know people will First of all, I should say to calm some people that think this game needs a 9 or above, Modern Warfare 2 is a great game, with pretty solid visuals and an easy-to-learn-hard-to-master control scheme. It has a relatively short campaign and some okay multiplayer, but there is too many hackers and campers. Overall, I just don't think this game lives up to the hype. I know people will bash me for this, but my opinion is that us loyal to origional first-person arcade gaming should stick with the first Modern Warfare. Expand
  26. EC
    Dec 3, 2009
    9
    Amazing multiplayer, deeper than any other on the consoles. This sets the bar nicely, ban Treyarch from making a sequel!
  27. JayB
    Dec 3, 2009
    9
    Excellent game by all standards! Only complaint would be that I wish you could play the campaign portion with a friend. Other than that the Spec Ops, Multiplayer and story are worth every pennie. If you have not done so already, purchase this game as it will not sit in a pile; guaranteed to play in your xbox for months to come.
  28. R.MacG
    Dec 8, 2009
    8
    I was quite surprised by Modern Warfare 2. I had done my best to avoid the hype, and it seems to have paid off. Before I start my review, however, I would like to make the point that this review board is for the Xbox 360 version of the game, not the PC. If you have a review for the PC version, and want to have a moan about the lack of dedicated servers, do it on the PC board. Now, back to I was quite surprised by Modern Warfare 2. I had done my best to avoid the hype, and it seems to have paid off. Before I start my review, however, I would like to make the point that this review board is for the Xbox 360 version of the game, not the PC. If you have a review for the PC version, and want to have a moan about the lack of dedicated servers, do it on the PC board. Now, back to the review. I picked this game up for a neat £32, avoiding the £44 price tag of GAME and other major game retailers. I can only wonder why IW thought they would be able to get the RRP to £55, but they must have been having an off day. Had the campaign been significantly longer, I would have agreed with the £55 tag, but for that much money I would expect at least another 4 hours of campaign. As I am talking about the campaign, I'll get on with that first. The story follows on directly from Modern Warfare, with an easy-to-follow plot. After the submarine base mission, I was very impressed with the way the game played. Before this, the game was still great, but those last few missions really grabbed me. Despite the short campaign, it was worthy of being attempted on Veteran. It was sadly far easier than previous CoD games I have played, and even CoD 4 was harder. The music was great, the gameplay was explosive, and the visuals were above average. Next up, Spec Ops. This game mode is a good addition to the game, but sadly it does not make up for the short campaign. This does not mean to say that it is bad. By no means is that true. With 23 Spec Ops missions, and a lot of baddies to shoot, the action never stops. Going for Veteran completion is a nice challenge, especially on the last few missions. I am yet to complete all of them, but I do have 57 stars, so I'm close enough. Juggernaughts are a nice tactical addition to the game, with a demand for you to rethink your assault strategies. I can only wonder what the last three missions are like. Overall, Spec Ops is great. I'm very pleased with it. Finally, we get onto multiplayer. Well, what can I say? Multiplayer has its ups and downs for all players. One day you will be decimating teams with huge K/D ratios, and the next you find yourself being dominated by better-skilled foes. The occasional bursts of lag from poor hosts are hard to notice, even with my terrible connection. I run on a 2 Mb/s connection, and always have a Strict NAT. Most games therefore will not allow me to join other players. This is sadly also the case with Modern Warfare 2. I can rarely connect to a match, and sometimes I am unlucky enough to be in the lobby, only to be "lagged out". That's my fault for having such a shoddy connection though. When in a match, the action never stops. Plenty of explosions, awesome kills, and game-ending kill streak rewards. "AC-130 spotted!" I am only level 24 without prestige, but I am finding it a great game. Some moan about the higher levelled guns being overpowered, but honestly, all guns are the same. Apart from those blasted AK-47s. I can't wait until I hit level 70, if I ever do. So, this game ticks most of the boxes. A great multiplayer, a fantastic, albeit short, campaign, and a fun extra game mode to complete on the side. Great stuff. Expand
  29. ChrisR
    Dec 8, 2009
    10
    This game is absolutely amazing. If you don't like first person shooters then you shouldn't even be rating this game because it's not your cup of tea. But if you like FPS games then this is incredible! The graphics are the best in the business, the play control is spot-on, the audio is amazing, and the re-play value is there for not only the single player campaign (without This game is absolutely amazing. If you don't like first person shooters then you shouldn't even be rating this game because it's not your cup of tea. But if you like FPS games then this is incredible! The graphics are the best in the business, the play control is spot-on, the audio is amazing, and the re-play value is there for not only the single player campaign (without being almost impossible to find the intel like the first game), but also for the new game mode Special Ops, and the multiplayer. Multiplayer has been expanded with customizable perks, additional equipment and weapon modifications. And the upgrades and goals to achieve in multiplayer come often enough that you always feel like you just succeeded in unlocking something cool, but are still urged on to your next objective without feeling like you're going to be grinding towards it forever. This game was created to make you feel like you're playing through an action movie on the campaign and they mastered it. While some might accuse the developers of a lack of depth in the characters the action takes place around you, the player, and it's your reactions to the graphics, sound, and exciting combat situations you are thrown in where this game shines. If you want a story, go read a book. If you want to be the main character in a playable action movie... This is your must-own game of the year! Expand
  30. TomF
    Jan 11, 2010
    10
    First of all I don't understand why the user score is so low, I guess its a love-it or hate-it game but I loved it. If your getting this only for the single player (get xbox live already!) and have nobody to play spec-ops with then wait for the price to go down. For everyone else I completely recommended this 100%, the game looks absolutely amazing in HD, there were a few moments in First of all I don't understand why the user score is so low, I guess its a love-it or hate-it game but I loved it. If your getting this only for the single player (get xbox live already!) and have nobody to play spec-ops with then wait for the price to go down. For everyone else I completely recommended this 100%, the game looks absolutely amazing in HD, there were a few moments in the single player where I felt like a part of the game it was amazing, the final scene is bad-ass too. I liked their take on war torn Washington DC, an eerily real concept that makes you wonder if war will ever be fought on our soil. Also the character models are some of the most realistic I've seen to date and the effects are fantastic. The story may be a little short, I didn't notice this because I spaced it out into a period of a few weeks because of the multiplayer, but it is very well told and interesting. The co-op missions are a very fun and addicting feature that allow you to play with another person. Now for the real gameplay experience, online play. I cannot praise this enough, it retains the core style of the first one and adds massive depth and new weapons. I remember my friend and I discussing things they should add to the new one and they pretty much read my mind. You now get extra points for payback, long shot kills, double kills and many other things; there is nothing like popping someone from 150 yards and having 5 different things pop up on the screen awarding you. The challenges are one of my favorite additions, you can now get up to 1000 kills with a weapon and still earn points and also unlock attachments based on which attachments you get kills with. There are also perc based challenges which encourage the use of different ones. I remember in COD4 I had stopping power for all my classes, but now with things like hardline and cold blooded I'm using different ones all the time. The addition of new weapons also adds another element to the game as there are now many, many ways to overcome your foes. You can be a dual wielding psychopath with two bullet hoses in each hand or a sharpshooter with extremely accurate assault and sniper rifles or anywhere in between. This makes the online element more challenging and harder because you now have threats of all different kinds. like when your sitting behind a sandbag fortification and a javelin missile comes in out of nowhere and ruins your day or when you turn the corner and get blasted by someone with akimbo shotguns. You can also unlock many different titles and emblems to differentiate yourself from other online players. There are many many ways to go about playing this game online and it is one of the best online experiences to date. I highly recommend this game to anyone who was a fan of the last one or fans of first person shooters in general. Expand
  31. TheBestAroundAye
    Jan 15, 2010
    10
    First off i'd like to say that if u didn't rate a 10 you need to tell me a better first person shooter that has good campaign and online multiplayer because nothing can beat this game. I'm sure some of you will say Halo but it just doesn't compare to Call of Duty. I will say the campaign is short but the multiplayer is AMAZING. Sure you may get mad at the campers and First off i'd like to say that if u didn't rate a 10 you need to tell me a better first person shooter that has good campaign and online multiplayer because nothing can beat this game. I'm sure some of you will say Halo but it just doesn't compare to Call of Duty. I will say the campaign is short but the multiplayer is AMAZING. Sure you may get mad at the campers and the kill streaks. But thats just the way it is. There will never be a perfect game. Expand
  32. JacobW
    Jan 19, 2010
    10
    Although the singleplayer is short it has an amazing story and is also fun. It's a good example of where the graphics and gameplay is today. Multiplayer is amazing just like CoD4 but has added in many new weapons, perks and also deathstreaks. I don't understand why people are giving this game a low score because this generation of gaming is about Multiplayer. Why should games Although the singleplayer is short it has an amazing story and is also fun. It's a good example of where the graphics and gameplay is today. Multiplayer is amazing just like CoD4 but has added in many new weapons, perks and also deathstreaks. I don't understand why people are giving this game a low score because this generation of gaming is about Multiplayer. Why should games that have amazing multiplayer and a decent story deserve a low score when good singleplayer and no multiplayer games deserve a high score. Ask yourself this before voting, which lasts longer multiplayer or singleplayer? Expand
  33. JustinKo
    Jan 23, 2010
    9
    Some of you guys are total r-tards. sure the campaign is real suckish and you die a lot online, but that doesn't mean you have to give it a 1. They just patched up most of the glitches anyway
  34. RobertM
    Jan 24, 2010
    8
    The Campaign is great, but short. Multiplayer is awesome, extremely addicting, but it has major flaws. Theres always people on cheating to get the nuke, the 1887 shot gun is rediculous, and people running around like idiots with the commando perk knifiing people. A lot of the maps seem to favor people who like to post up and camp out. You will also be cut out or glitched out of a game The Campaign is great, but short. Multiplayer is awesome, extremely addicting, but it has major flaws. Theres always people on cheating to get the nuke, the 1887 shot gun is rediculous, and people running around like idiots with the commando perk knifiing people. A lot of the maps seem to favor people who like to post up and camp out. You will also be cut out or glitched out of a game about every 1 in 5. Other than that, the game is amazing. Expand
  35. JamesD.
    Jan 26, 2010
    9
    It's difficult for me to score this game. On one hand it's the most media centric game I've ever played at is therefore extremely overated especially when up against GTA IV and he new sensation of Mass Effect and Bioshock. However there isn't any denying that this is gaming crack cocaine and an absolutely genre defining FPS. I came to my score based on the true facts It's difficult for me to score this game. On one hand it's the most media centric game I've ever played at is therefore extremely overated especially when up against GTA IV and he new sensation of Mass Effect and Bioshock. However there isn't any denying that this is gaming crack cocaine and an absolutely genre defining FPS. I came to my score based on the true facts of how addictive it really is, this isn't World At War overated, it earns most of its praise but those who are getting tired of this franchise like me should steer clear. It's intended for the fans so don't expect anything radically new that effects the gameplay, just know its better than the original. Expand
  36. AnonymousAnonymous
    Jan 28, 2010
    10
    I don't see why there are so many people give games 0 score if its just a little bit bad or mediocre. People say MW2's campaign is less than 5 hours long, if you play on easy and do something like a speedrun. The campaign is really good, and not too short. Spec ops is fun with friends. Multiplayer is just awesome.
  37. DeadlyD
    Feb 18, 2010
    9
    this game is one of the best war games i played. graphics are awesome and the gameplay is really fun, even though i dont really care too much about campain mode, the reason i picked up this game was for the muiltiplayer. and for the muiltiplayer i must say it is fantastic. also, for a challenge they gave us special ops mode which is also very fun to play. special ops is basicly like a this game is one of the best war games i played. graphics are awesome and the gameplay is really fun, even though i dont really care too much about campain mode, the reason i picked up this game was for the muiltiplayer. and for the muiltiplayer i must say it is fantastic. also, for a challenge they gave us special ops mode which is also very fun to play. special ops is basicly like a survival mode ex: getting to a safe zone alive, defusing bombs etc. so if your looking for a fun modern war game, then i would get this one. Expand
  38. JonathanS.
    Nov 11, 2009
    10
    I have no idea what game the people voting against this game were playing, except for half of them never having played it and just hating on it because they're immature gamers who have to have THEIR favorite game be the best. Terrible graphics? Poor controls? Someone even said something about a "stupid first person view"? I'm sorry, I thought this was an FPS I was playing. I I have no idea what game the people voting against this game were playing, except for half of them never having played it and just hating on it because they're immature gamers who have to have THEIR favorite game be the best. Terrible graphics? Poor controls? Someone even said something about a "stupid first person view"? I'm sorry, I thought this was an FPS I was playing. I understand some people who don't have Xbox Live not enjoying the game, but I would think you can read the reviews ahead of time and realize that the campaign is short, thus not always worth $65. Playing on veteran stretched it out for me to about 8 hours of playtime, and definitely upped the intensity. I personally thought the cinematic presentation and set pieces were astounding, and the conclusion was possibly the best in recent gaming history, presentation-wise. Graphics were brilliant, the best I've seen on the 360 yet, with only the likes of Uncharted 2 possibly beating it, and controls couldn't have been any more perfect. Multiplayer is still more addictive than any other next-gen game currently in retail, and Spec Ops is a nice addition, and a lot more fun on Veteran with a friend. Overall, I thought the game was just as good as MW, and though not substantially different, the fact that it came out so quickly and is a DIRECT sequel--I wasn't expecting some major revamp, just a perfecting of something I already loved. And that's what I got. As for Halo fanboys and other childish gamers, don't judge a game without playing it yourself and without an unbiased opinion. (Plus, really? It's not like Halo or GTA changed that fundamentally sequel to sequel, so I don't understand those arguments to begin with.) Expand
  39. MehrajA
    Nov 11, 2009
    9
    I'll be honest, at first I was doubting if infinity ward had done a good job with the SP campaign, the first mission was just more of the same, with the cliff hangar mission being an exception, then having a few sniper missions clearly stolen from cod4, nothing new there, it's when the plot twists came that I started to realise how deep the game gets. As soon as your given a I'll be honest, at first I was doubting if infinity ward had done a good job with the SP campaign, the first mission was just more of the same, with the cliff hangar mission being an exception, then having a few sniper missions clearly stolen from cod4, nothing new there, it's when the plot twists came that I started to realise how deep the game gets. As soon as your given a proper plot, you start to pay attention to detail, from the call outs from the AI to the detailed guns. The graphics are pretty much the same to cod4 iw's hyped streaming isn't all that. When compared to games such as Killzone 2 and Uncharted 2, (BTW i have an xbox360...only never had a ps3) it's not going to hold it's own. However as you get into the swing of things, you quickly realise that any noob can spray but it does actually take a bit of skill to pull of headshots and the such, the multiplayer is definately better than cod4, with new fixes and such but I reckon there are a few bugs in this one, Overall mw2 is more of the same but with a bigger bang. Worth 54 pounds? maybe not, however it is definately worth your time! Expand
  40. SamF
    Nov 12, 2009
    8
    After finishing the SP Campaign I can honestly say in terms of set pieces, action and Graphics this game gets a 10. With that said the storline really is a major let down with it jumping from one scenerio to another with no cohesive logic and a very confusing story. Infinity ward seems to have not put alot of effort in the story and more on the shock factor which many will agree is way After finishing the SP Campaign I can honestly say in terms of set pieces, action and Graphics this game gets a 10. With that said the storline really is a major let down with it jumping from one scenerio to another with no cohesive logic and a very confusing story. Infinity ward seems to have not put alot of effort in the story and more on the shock factor which many will agree is way overdone. Aside from that the SP Is also very short and can be completed in 6 hours. One saving grace is Spec ops mode that adds a bit of fun with mini missions thrown in much like the last epilogue airplane mission of the last game. Overall I would recommend this as a rental for anyone that only plays Single player...for those who play MP For hours its pretty much the same game with more weapons , different maps and perks where you can rain down havoc if you get kill streaks regularly. Expand
  41. FPSMaster
    Nov 13, 2009
    8
    Good, fun game, but like every COD title it's over too quickly forcing you to go into multiplayer within 2 days of purchase to extend the longetivity of the game. There is the Spec Ops mode which can be fun, but could have been so much better if it were designed like the extra mission after the credits in COD4 where you have A.I. squadmates with you. But Spec Ops seems more tacked on Good, fun game, but like every COD title it's over too quickly forcing you to go into multiplayer within 2 days of purchase to extend the longetivity of the game. There is the Spec Ops mode which can be fun, but could have been so much better if it were designed like the extra mission after the credits in COD4 where you have A.I. squadmates with you. But Spec Ops seems more tacked on than anything else and that time could have been put to much better use elsewhere in the game. The graphics are good, but this engine is really showing it's age (again) since it's just reusing technology from COD1 from 2003. The multiplayer is exactly like COD4 but with more upgrades and the single player is good, although feels disconnected, disjointed and makes no sense and the missions don't really feel military-ish enough compared to other COD games. They feel too alone and rogue-ish if that makes sense. Good game, but overhyped. It's just your standard yearly COD treatment with more production values to make it feel even more like a movie which also makes it feel even more scripted, linear and on-rails than ever before. Flashpoint could have destroyed and dethroned this series easily if Codemasters had foused more on making a great game than stealing peoples money. Expand
  42. JoeF
    Nov 13, 2009
    9
    It really pisses me off that people give MW2 low ratings because either "It's not as good as Halo" or "It got too much hype." First of all, if you like Halo so much, play Halo and stop bringing down the CoD fans. They're two completely different games. Second, the game got a ton of hype because it deserved it. It made $130 million in the first 24 hours, which is the biggest It really pisses me off that people give MW2 low ratings because either "It's not as good as Halo" or "It got too much hype." First of all, if you like Halo so much, play Halo and stop bringing down the CoD fans. They're two completely different games. Second, the game got a ton of hype because it deserved it. It made $130 million in the first 24 hours, which is the biggest success in the history of media entertainment, better than Halo 3 and GTA IV and everything else. I like Halo and GTA too, but I don't compare completely different games to one another. The game is freakin awesome, and the only reason I don't give it a 10 is because CoD 4 had a better campaign in terms of raw emotion that really made me connect with the characters, and I was genuinely upset about their fate in the end. But other than that the multiplayer is fantastic and Spec Ops is a great co-op mode. And honestly, does it really matter if the graphics are pretty much the same from CoD 4? They're still good graphics. If you aren't a fan of the CoD franchise and don't have something meaningful to say other than this game isn't halo, then don't rate it. Expand
  43. SamR
    Nov 13, 2009
    10
    Wow, the negative ratings given by certain people on this website are slightly suspect, with some spent on criticizing aspects of the game that aren't a part of the Xbox 360 version... But on to the game itself. The single player was fantastic! Short of course, but there was enough quality in it that it kept me entertained the whole time, unlike what some other single player Wow, the negative ratings given by certain people on this website are slightly suspect, with some spent on criticizing aspects of the game that aren't a part of the Xbox 360 version... But on to the game itself. The single player was fantastic! Short of course, but there was enough quality in it that it kept me entertained the whole time, unlike what some other single player campaigns provide. The Multiplayer is top notch, with tons of new gadgets, awards, and other things to unlock. It's very balanced and is much more accessible than the last. The new co-op mode provides an interesting array of challenges for you to complete with a friend, although I would have liked to see more than two people for that mode. Remember that these anger spewing children don't properly represent the amount of quality and polish that went into Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. I highly recommend this game to everyone. Well, as long as you aren't set to hate it before you try it at least. Expand
  44. Trevor
    Nov 14, 2009
    10
    You're kidding me right? Are we even playing the same game? Yes, the short campaign mode definately warrants a score check on metacritic, but everything else about this game is above par. Intense story moments, great spec-ops mode, and (the only reason to pay the $60.00) a definitive multiplayer experience. Looking through previous posts, somebody gave it a 0 for poor sound... they You're kidding me right? Are we even playing the same game? Yes, the short campaign mode definately warrants a score check on metacritic, but everything else about this game is above par. Intense story moments, great spec-ops mode, and (the only reason to pay the $60.00) a definitive multiplayer experience. Looking through previous posts, somebody gave it a 0 for poor sound... they recorded all of the actual elements straight from the source, from the AC-130 to the weapons involved. Some people complained that the game didn't "add anything new to the gaming world," which is entirely true, but come on, every time you buy a box of pop tarts, do you want them to be a different flavor? And my personal favorite comment, "horrible, offensive, I never played the first one, heard the hype and gave it a go. For people whom aren't mindless idiots It may be good, the rest of us should avoid." So, let me get this straight... if I'm NOT a mindless idiot, it may be a good game?... works for me! You "mindless idiots" enjoy hating on a simply great game! Expand
  45. MarkA.
    Nov 14, 2009
    10
    This game is amazing, it took everything that made Call of duty 4 epic, and then it made it more epic. Though the single player is short, it made up for in quality, never have i played a game and felt so more into it. The ice level was so cool with the climbing up the mountain and when looking over the edge while edging along I felt scared that I was ging to fall. A new mode brought into This game is amazing, it took everything that made Call of duty 4 epic, and then it made it more epic. Though the single player is short, it made up for in quality, never have i played a game and felt so more into it. The ice level was so cool with the climbing up the mountain and when looking over the edge while edging along I felt scared that I was ging to fall. A new mode brought into the Call of Duty franchise is called Special Ops, and you can do this with on or two people cooperatively to do side missions based in the single player story, which I Thought was a great idea, and me and my friend had so much fun collecting all of the stars to achieve in the missons. And of course, the Multiplayer is what is there to say. The guys at Infinity Ward realised that they had something special with the previous game, so they kept everything the same, but added in very cool new features, such as customizable killstreaks, death streaks, 3rd person view if you want, and awesome guns. This game will be played for a very long time, iI can tell you that. Expand
  46. KarlW
    Nov 15, 2009
    10
    I was once addicted to WoW. Bought all the expansions, with excitement. I loved playing Halo multiplayer, I greatly enjoyed the next releases. But never before have I ever been so pumped by a game, for a game, than I am for Modern Warfare 2. I agree with some, the campaign is perhaps short, but the actual story, the plot, was much stronger. The action, more intense. Yes, you've I was once addicted to WoW. Bought all the expansions, with excitement. I loved playing Halo multiplayer, I greatly enjoyed the next releases. But never before have I ever been so pumped by a game, for a game, than I am for Modern Warfare 2. I agree with some, the campaign is perhaps short, but the actual story, the plot, was much stronger. The action, more intense. Yes, you've probably fired a minigun in a game before. For that matter, you've probably also fired a gun in a game before too. This is (keyword) MODERN warfare. Want new toys? Play a sci-fi future game. Want long heroic stories? Play an RPG, or read some Tolkein. This is all about adrenaline-pumping action set in a realistic world of today. And the multiplayer is incredible. Again, innovative it is not, but it stacks on the incredible success of the last game, with the great new killstreaks and wider secondary selection. Some will say as they will about over-powered players and campers, but teamwork still takes precedence, and in my experience the camping team is the losing team. Gripping single-player, addictive multiplayer, and I almost forgot those Spec Ops missions - Incredible fun for two players online or local. Nothing short of the best shooter I've played for the Xbox, maybe even more than that. Expand
  47. RowanF
    Nov 28, 2009
    9
    Buy this game. It's all I can say realy. Don't just buy it cos everyone else is, buy it cos it is actualy a good game. Seriously. The story and setting are magnificent and engaging, this is the first game who's story I've truly been inspired by since Halo: Combat Evolved. Finaly a present day shooter that finds something interesting, epic, and awsome to be based Buy this game. It's all I can say realy. Don't just buy it cos everyone else is, buy it cos it is actualy a good game. Seriously. The story and setting are magnificent and engaging, this is the first game who's story I've truly been inspired by since Halo: Combat Evolved. Finaly a present day shooter that finds something interesting, epic, and awsome to be based around. The gameplay is solid and again enjoyable, but it really doesn't add anything to the series, let alone the Gaming Industry as a whole. My only complaints about the campaign are that sometimes it can feel a bit too much like you're watching a film than playing a game, and sometimes the imaginative action packed stunts do border on being a little silly, and of course i'm going to have to raise the issue of the length of the campaign: It's not that short, but neither is it long, and given the development time, the funding they've got, and the hefty price tag, I'd say it definately should have been longer. Oh yeah, and one more thing, WTF happened to Veteran??? Why is it now so insultingly easy? I always look forward to the brutal challenge of Veteran on COD games, that awsome sense of victory when you do a level on Veteran, made even sweeter by 25G. But now it just feels like 'easy' G, i've managed to do numerous levels without dying, there were only two midly challenging ones in the game! Anyway, Multiplayer is more of the same as COD 4, but better, with more satisfying unlocks and great new features. Perhaps the best bit of the game for me, though, is spec ops, the main reason you should buy this game, not rent. Don't get me wrong, I love halo, but Firefight can go shove itself, cos Spec Ops is what I'm going to be playing with my freinds for the next few months : ) Expand
  48. RaphaelR
    Nov 29, 2009
    9
    Ok so first...this game is absolutely good and the whiners who gave it under a 6 need to play the game (exept if theyre pathetic wii owners who are just jealous that the game didn't make it to that console.),aight ? anywayz what can i say of this game...well i gotta say that i'm most satisfied with this game and that it beats the previous game on all fronts. Special Ops is a Ok so first...this game is absolutely good and the whiners who gave it under a 6 need to play the game (exept if theyre pathetic wii owners who are just jealous that the game didn't make it to that console.),aight ? anywayz what can i say of this game...well i gotta say that i'm most satisfied with this game and that it beats the previous game on all fronts. Special Ops is a welcome feature to the franchise wich i really enjoyed and hated on the same time, sometimes its to hard but that whats make the game great.so its just a good feature nothing more further we have the campaingn wich was just 1 of the epicest plots ever forged in the game industry, i enjoyed every second of it (yes even on veteran). and last the Multiplayer online mode:i don't think i need to explain how good it is but just in case for all the whiners here.... its as Epic as ever before and with the future features with playing maps of part 4 and 5 this game will just beat all the games of the franchise, and now my only negative comment on it i think the weapon arsenal were to easy to master and with some of the equiqement released playing trough online makes it a little hard for new gamers coming along with the veteran players in our gaming comunity,this game is worth a solid gold award. but well i'm more for WW2 but that dosent give me any reason to critisize this masterpiece any further. Expand
  49. AaronM
    Dec 12, 2009
    10
    If there was a 9.5 score, I would have chosen it instead. This game is BY NO MEANS PERFECT. However, it is the most varied, and interesting multiplayer and singleplayer experience on the market this year, featuring real weapons systems that are currently in use or in development. Truly there is a polarizing factor to the multiplayer, people who don't give Call of Duty a chance to If there was a 9.5 score, I would have chosen it instead. This game is BY NO MEANS PERFECT. However, it is the most varied, and interesting multiplayer and singleplayer experience on the market this year, featuring real weapons systems that are currently in use or in development. Truly there is a polarizing factor to the multiplayer, people who don't give Call of Duty a chance to shine, will in fact be highly disappointed, but I think we all remember how excited we were when we got that first AC130. Sour Sallys will always be there to bring down the score of such an epic title, due to a negative online multiplayer experience or gripes over a "short" six hour campaign. What Infinity Ward brings to the table is amazing visuals, realism, and a very competitive multiplayer experience, and they bring it harder than anyone else. Expand
  50. JimB
    Dec 27, 2009
    9
    GREAT GAME, but when you look at someone running in multiplayer it looks they are going 20mph with all their gear.
  51. zhengy
    Dec 30, 2009
    10
    This game improves on it grahpic and visuals.New Gameplay tactic and a rewarding multiplayer.
  52. BrendanH
    Dec 3, 2009
    10
    For all the people who complain that the campaign is too short, you're missing the point. CODMW2 was not made for people who are planning on playing single player all the time. Yes, I know that this game has it's faults, but don't all games do.
  53. nicholasn
    Dec 4, 2009
    9
    This was a great game with only one small problem, the continuing campaign was great except that the whole get back capn price and get all better didnt make sense...ummmm he kinda died in the the first game and if he didnt why would he be in the jail of a russian government...he did save the US from a nuke! also it was way to short
  54. JaredS
    Dec 9, 2009
    10
    Awesome game. Don't pay attention to the morons who score this below a 5. There is nothing about this game that deserves that harsh of a score. Just a bunch of whiney morons who suck at the game, like this guy below me. They don't understand how rating systems are supposed to work.
  55. EazayC
    Nov 11, 2009
    10
    I rate 10 for overall experience. The campaign alone, though action-packed and filled with many memorable moments, but you could honestly finish it in 4 and a half hours on the recruit or regular difficulty settings, and around 6 hours on hardened and veteran. The story isn't that well told, good but not great, and does not live up to the standard in CoD games. The main attraction I rate 10 for overall experience. The campaign alone, though action-packed and filled with many memorable moments, but you could honestly finish it in 4 and a half hours on the recruit or regular difficulty settings, and around 6 hours on hardened and veteran. The story isn't that well told, good but not great, and does not live up to the standard in CoD games. The main attraction here is the sublime MP, and MW 2 improves on its predecessors in every way possible: Better maps, perks(no more martydom,luckily!), guns, and a more even experience overall. There is also a Spec-Ops mode, which you can do alone or in Co-Op with a friend. This is a set of challenges given to you, and you have to try and get all 69 stars in these challenges. This is a very good idea, brilliantly executed, with many missions having specific tasks for each player. For example there is a mission in it when you have to man an AC-130 machine gun on a helicopter, and control the speed of it, while your co-op partner has to hold off waves of enemies on ground until you arrive. Overall, the game is a brilliant package, and well worth the money, even if it has a slightly higher price tag than other games. I would not reccommend it to someone who focuses on the campaign when buying games, it is just far too short (but very sweet!). A definite contender for GoTY 2009. And do NOT listen to PC players who are dissapointed about the lack of dedicated servers and start whining about the game Expand
  56. WesB
    Nov 11, 2009
    10
    This game was absolutely amazing. I must admit that the campain was short but it was amazing. I've played a lot of compains, and this one was by far my favourite. It had so many points that made me go "OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED!?" that I just couldn't get to sleep. The new Spec-Ops is extremely fun and I can't wait to finish it with a friend this weekend. Single player is This game was absolutely amazing. I must admit that the campain was short but it was amazing. I've played a lot of compains, and this one was by far my favourite. It had so many points that made me go "OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED!?" that I just couldn't get to sleep. The new Spec-Ops is extremely fun and I can't wait to finish it with a friend this weekend. Single player is overall short, but it's extremely fun and for me it is replayable. But the majority of people buying this will be for multiplayer, so that's ok. Multiplayer is extremely fun. There are a ton of new weapons, the maps are nicer looking and more balanced and fun. The new equipment, weapon attachments, perks and killstreaks definitely made this game twice as fun as the original CoD4. I can see myself getting to level 70 and enjoying it the entire way through. People are complaining about the lack of dedicated servers for the PC but I think that's stupid. The current form is better in my opinion. I have yet to lag in any of my games, and I can still play with my friends if I choose. What is there to hate so much about? Anyways i'm not rating 10 just to try and up the overall rating, this game is worth a 10 and i'm happy that I spent every cent on this game. I hate the people downrating to try to bring the overall down, and it seems the people who hate this game the most are the halo players... ha. Expand
  57. CoreyS
    Nov 12, 2009
    9
    This game's campaign was by far the best in the Call of Duty franchise. The single player alone makes this worthy of a purchase, but if multiplayer is more of your taste than an thrill ride of singleplayer this game doesn't let you down. The multiplayer has definitely been revamped since Modern Warfare 1 and has twice the fun to boot. Tons of new maps and weapons and attachments This game's campaign was by far the best in the Call of Duty franchise. The single player alone makes this worthy of a purchase, but if multiplayer is more of your taste than an thrill ride of singleplayer this game doesn't let you down. The multiplayer has definitely been revamped since Modern Warfare 1 and has twice the fun to boot. Tons of new maps and weapons and attachments the list can go on forever. With this game selling around 4.5 million copies on launch day you shouldn't have a problem finding someone to play with. The Spec Ops mode is a nice piece too. You and a friend (2-player only) can tackle some of the most difficult missions. This mode is completely separate from the singleplayer campaign and feels more like an Arcade game than anything else. Overall it does have some minor flaws, like the allied A.I. being a bit dull at times and not shooting enemies directly in front of them, while 10 feet away. The difficulty on Veteran I won't complain about, it's made to be tough and it lived up to that. All in all this game is amazing. Expand
  58. AustinF
    Nov 22, 2009
    10
    Ok look, I highly doubt anyone is going to decide on buying this game based on reviews, espessially of no one important, but Im so sick of these people voting it down, It is an amazing game, very very good, the people voting it down are just stupid and wrong, for example The guy named Jeff D., he gave it a 0 one of his reasons is short campaign, a very valid argument, except he said he Ok look, I highly doubt anyone is going to decide on buying this game based on reviews, espessially of no one important, but Im so sick of these people voting it down, It is an amazing game, very very good, the people voting it down are just stupid and wrong, for example The guy named Jeff D., he gave it a 0 one of his reasons is short campaign, a very valid argument, except he said he likes Halo, I'd like to point out that Halo ODST had an even shorter campaign, this person obviously doesnt know what he is talking about, For Shane F. his main argument for giving it an undeserved 3 is its the same, it really isnt. I played the first and was blown away from the distinct differences from the two, It is a major improvement with major differences that will keep the multiplayer fun to play for a long time. I mostly agree with Alex M. except when he says there was not so many OMG moments, I think there is PLENTY, the campaign blew me away too, where i agree with him most is where he pointed out the part about gamers without online, you should just rent the game if you do not have online, the campaign is great, but yes its short and you will feel alittle bummed if you buy a $60 game for only 5-8 hours of play. I hope this review convinces someone to purchase this outstanding game. Expand
  59. JakeS
    Nov 27, 2009
    10
    First of all, yes Modern Warfare 2 has its flaws. However, they are all mostly just cosmetic and don't detract from the game itself. One of the biggest complains seems to be that the campaign is too short, but I personally thought it wasn't quite so short and it's one of the most innovative campaigns I have ever experienced in my life. The wide spect of roles and positions First of all, yes Modern Warfare 2 has its flaws. However, they are all mostly just cosmetic and don't detract from the game itself. One of the biggest complains seems to be that the campaign is too short, but I personally thought it wasn't quite so short and it's one of the most innovative campaigns I have ever experienced in my life. The wide spect of roles and positions they put you in in that space of time is astounding and kept me interested, much unlike Call of Duty: World at War was just another bland WWII campaign experience. You could say that the game lost some of its previous luster, but I think the fact that it brought the battle closer to home was very unprecedented in this manner. Also, the multiplayer has added a load of new guns, attachments, and has completely reformulated the perks, changing it almost completely. The first few hours I played this game I was sick, tired, and ready to take it back, but if you give it another chance you will be hooked and realize that infinity ward still put their heart and soul into it, beneath all of the glamour that publisher Activision was lavishing on it. (And, to all of the PC spammers on here giving this game a 0 just because they didn't cater to your every need, keep it in your PC area, this is giving the 360 game a bad name just because you are whiners and want to throw your problems on us. We have dealt with 9v9, player hosting, and lack of mods since creation, and we have an incredible amount of fun nonetheless.) Expand
  60. RaymondS.
    Nov 29, 2009
    10
    the campaign is both fun and well-written, the spec ops is original and challenging, the online is new and creative by being able to upgrade everything, perks, weapons and killstreaks
  61. MartinS.
    Nov 29, 2009
    10
    This is the best call of duty game of ALL TIME! The campaign is EPIC, multiplayer is addicting, spec-ops is outstanding! This is game of the year right here!
  62. TheIconGuy
    Dec 12, 2009
    9
    The single-player campaign might not engage you enough to want to play through the entire game multiple times, but multiplayer and Spec Ops will both keep you busy until next year when Treyarch releases their next Call Of Duty game.
  63. HunterG
    Dec 15, 2009
    8
    Modern Warfare 2 is a fun game. The extensive single player campaign takes a while to finish, even when played on the normal difficulty. When you play it on the hardened or veteran difficulties, it lasts for even longer. The best thing about the campaign is the plot, however. Every second of playing the campaign I felt an intensity that I have never felt while playing a video game. Add in Modern Warfare 2 is a fun game. The extensive single player campaign takes a while to finish, even when played on the normal difficulty. When you play it on the hardened or veteran difficulties, it lasts for even longer. The best thing about the campaign is the plot, however. Every second of playing the campaign I felt an intensity that I have never felt while playing a video game. Add in a lot of surprising plot twists and a stunning ending, and you have a storyline that cannot be beat. However, most of the campaign is repetitive and boring. When played on normal, it is much too easy, but crank it up any higher and it becomes almost impossible to beat. In my opinion, there is simply nothing fun about dying over and over again, and the boring objectives. (save for the last act) The only reason I played the campaign was because of Infinity Ward's amazing storytelling. As much as everyone hypes over Spec Ops, I never really liked it. All Infinity Ward did was take the repetitiveness of the campaign but take out the amazing plot. I barely ever play special ops. The multiplayer, as with ever other Call of Duty game, is the real prize. Many people have said that horrible level 70's dominate over skilled level 1's simply because of the weapons and perks. However, this IS NOT TRUE. The only problem I have with the multiplayer is the campers. There are many, many more here than in any other Call of Duty games. But, if you play objective-based games, you won't face this problem. Expand
  64. Robert
    Dec 15, 2009
    9
    I played Call of Duty 4 and Call of Duty 5. I hate it when people think they should be great at this game because they are good at some other game. Then they bitch about not being able to do well. I don't glitch and I hate people that do but that shouldn't have anything to do with the game. They actually just released a patch fixing some glitches and the game has only been out I played Call of Duty 4 and Call of Duty 5. I hate it when people think they should be great at this game because they are good at some other game. Then they bitch about not being able to do well. I don't glitch and I hate people that do but that shouldn't have anything to do with the game. They actually just released a patch fixing some glitches and the game has only been out for about a month. As for the multiplayer not being that great i disagree. What should the multiplayer be like? You want something like gears of war play third person team tactical. If you want better guns earn them the level 70s did and once you prestige you lose them. I like how they added titles and emblems to the game. It allows you to show off your accomplishments and look the way you want. The tactical nuke is an interesting addition but there are people who "nuke boost" and it makes the game not so fun. The graphics are great but they could improve the match making so it does not kick you when your party joins a game or lobby. I lost track of how many games I had to go back to get someone or was left behind.The ability to select your killstreak is a nice addition. I wish the game had a nazi zombie type mode. Well maybe they can add it as an add on or something. Overall I like this game the best out of all my games including GoW2 and Halo 3. Expand
  65. JBell
    Dec 15, 2009
    9
    Modern Warfare 2 is a hate it or love it game; there is no middle ground. Some gamers complain about the presentation of the game, but the game overall has amazing visuals. Sure, I'll admit that the environments could have used a bit more colour, the foliage look average, and the underwater graphics in "The Only Easy Day... Was Yesterday" are below-average. However, I feel that the Modern Warfare 2 is a hate it or love it game; there is no middle ground. Some gamers complain about the presentation of the game, but the game overall has amazing visuals. Sure, I'll admit that the environments could have used a bit more colour, the foliage look average, and the underwater graphics in "The Only Easy Day... Was Yesterday" are below-average. However, I feel that the developers put in a lot of effort on the character models and the weapon details. Plus, the explosions look amazing. The single player component plays distinctively different on different levels; some levels are set in sun-drenched open landscapes, some during snowstorms in the sub-Artic, some during the middle of the night. Each different level requires a different strategy because of the weather patterns, and it all looks stunningly detailed. The single-player part of the game is definitely short-lived, but is full of memorable moments and is generally a hell of a lot of fun to play. As I stated above, each level is memorable in its own way and requires a different strategy, making the campaign interesting and diverse. There is no doubt that it is dreadfully short, but it's one wild ride which can be fun to replay on a harder difficulty setting. Spec Ops is also a lot of fun to play, especially in cooperative play. It can get pretty dull to play through unless you have a friend to play with, but there is a diverse selection of Spec Ops missions, most of which are just fun to play. The multiplayer component of Modern Warfare 2 is flawed perfection. It is usually fun to play, but it is also plagued with quite a few issues. If you're new to CoD and you play online, you're basically going to get raped for the first fifty matches that you play. The progression system is devastating for when low-ranking players are pitted against high-rankers, as you unlock better weaponry and equipment as you level up. This is obviously a problem, and some of the best guns in the game aren't available until you reach the higher levels. The Model 1887 is just plain ridiculous when dual-weld; you have a 10% chance of living through an encounter with a player who has this weapon equipped. There are plenty of other weapons, such as the AK-47, the M14 EBR, the Desert Eagle and the Javelin, which are only available to high ranking players and are ridiculously over-powered. Another issue in multiplayer is that most of the maps are much to big, considering most of the game modes support up to 6 vs 6 matches. Thus, camping, while requiring minimal skill, is the best way to rack up kills in matches, which defeats the purpose of the game being a first-person shooter. Also, the respawn system is completely out of whack, as you commonly spawn near enemies leaving you not much chance to brace yourself for combat. Although you may feel deterred from the multiplayer part of the game, it is a big chunk of the game overall and is generally fun to play. So long as you don't get into laggy servers. Modern Warfare 2 is pretty good, but the major flaw is that the multiplayer is ridiculously unfair for "noobs" who have had little experience in the CoD franchise. Killstreak rewards, excluding the Tactical Nuke, are awesome and the Accolades system is well thought out. The campaign is short but fun and Spec Ops has a lot of replay value. Overally, Modern Warfare 2 is amazing but not exactly perfect. Expand
  66. AndrewH
    Dec 18, 2009
    10
    Man, some people have to lay off the drugs... And some people have to realize a great game when they play one. MW2 is a fantastic sequel to COD 4. The single player is alright, and the spec ops is fun with a friend. But people stay for the amazing multiplayer that will have you playing for months and probably years. And on top of that, the graphics are amazing. What more can you ask for? Man, some people have to lay off the drugs... And some people have to realize a great game when they play one. MW2 is a fantastic sequel to COD 4. The single player is alright, and the spec ops is fun with a friend. But people stay for the amazing multiplayer that will have you playing for months and probably years. And on top of that, the graphics are amazing. What more can you ask for? This game is a perfect 10. Expand
  67. brady
    Dec 27, 2009
    10
    im a big fan of cod but cod 6 is class its beter than cod 2,3,4 and 5.i go on it on the xbox 360 on xbox live if u whant 2 add me just vote it and my xbox live name is frusedborobrad
  68. AlexanderS
    Dec 29, 2009
    9
    Granted, the game is short if you are a single player gamer. Despite how short it is, the story feels rather epic, some say they added a few too many "wow" moments, but I would have to disagree. The learning curve is intense, as the last couple missions are brutal. On the multiplayer aspect though, it shines even brighter. Some people complain about boosters, but those can be ignored for Granted, the game is short if you are a single player gamer. Despite how short it is, the story feels rather epic, some say they added a few too many "wow" moments, but I would have to disagree. The learning curve is intense, as the last couple missions are brutal. On the multiplayer aspect though, it shines even brighter. Some people complain about boosters, but those can be ignored for the most part, as they do not really affect anyone else. The maps are (generally) amazing and varied, and the guns are mostly balanced with the exception to the Knife and the Model 1887s. For a multiplayer gamer, this is a must buy. Expand
  69. DME
    Jun 9, 2011
    8
    It's shocking to see so many unfair, negative reviews. Most people seem to base their reviews only on the online multiplayer. While important, it isn't everything. Modern Warfare 2 delivered a pretty good campaign. It's a bit linear and the story is full of holes, but the action is non-stop and there is plenty of variety. The Special Ops mode is the sweetest part of the whole package.It's shocking to see so many unfair, negative reviews. Most people seem to base their reviews only on the online multiplayer. While important, it isn't everything. Modern Warfare 2 delivered a pretty good campaign. It's a bit linear and the story is full of holes, but the action is non-stop and there is plenty of variety. The Special Ops mode is the sweetest part of the whole package. While a bit dull by yourself, it's great fun with a friend or sibling. Then there's the online multiplayer. Everything you love about Call fo Duty is there: Prestiging, upgrades, attatchments, killstreaks, etc... But for some reason I hated MW2 multiplayer. The maps are designed decently well and graphics are very nice, but it's the balance and overall gameplay that seriously sunk my opinion towards it. So, the campaign gets 8/10. Special Ops gets a 9/10. Multiplayer gets a 6/10. Expand
  70. Nov 26, 2010
    8
    Modern Warfare 2 is a very well-made game, but it's only as fun as the people you play with. Also, even though Spec Ops is fun for a little while, the campaign has its fair share of weak moments, and the story frequently doesn't make sense. Black Ops is probably better.
  71. Sep 16, 2010
    9
    A whole lot of content to be seen here, from the guns and the perks this game has great gameplay plus great lasting appeal. I also like it cause my dad plays it sometimes and I love watching him get his butt kicked online.
  72. Dec 27, 2013
    9
    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 thisMW2 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
  73. Nov 26, 2010
    10
    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...Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 takes everything that was great about CoD4 and takes it up to the next level. this game has been hyped many people want to buy and play the game you can play many modes in this game there are manyIt'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...Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 takes everything that was great about CoD4 and takes it up to the next level. this game has been hyped many people want to buy and play the game you can play many modes in this game there are many in people in the world who like to play call of duty most people play online with other people from around the world there are so many weapons you can unlock as you complete the levels and do all the missions on the game. Then there are people who donâ Expand
  74. 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
  75. Oct 23, 2010
    8
    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 thisCall 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
  76. Oct 29, 2010
    8
    The game offers a compelling yet perplexing campaign and a multiplayer bound to draw in the millions with ease. With all this said, we don't think this game's online will have the same awesome power which Modern Warfare brought to the the FPS category nor does it have the war desperation, cruelty and horror which World at War's campaign brought to the category. All in all a very solidThe game offers a compelling yet perplexing campaign and a multiplayer bound to draw in the millions with ease. With all this said, we don't think this game's online will have the same awesome power which Modern Warfare brought to the the FPS category nor does it have the war desperation, cruelty and horror which World at War's campaign brought to the category. All in all a very solid performing game, however we don't feel it was quite up to the high quality Infinity Ward standards we had come to expect after the release of both Call of Duty 2 and Modern warfare. Expand
  77. cfh
    Jun 28, 2012
    9
    I don't know why people are so down on this game. I mean, when the Call of Duty series first got popular when MW2 came out. I think it's a great game. Really good Campaign that was very suspenseful. The Spec Op Mission are great to, they have modified missions from the Campaign and other missions, too. Xbox Live is fun, with a variety of guns, maps, killstreaks, and modes. At the end ofI don't know why people are so down on this game. I mean, when the Call of Duty series first got popular when MW2 came out. I think it's a great game. Really good Campaign that was very suspenseful. The Spec Op Mission are great to, they have modified missions from the Campaign and other missions, too. Xbox Live is fun, with a variety of guns, maps, killstreaks, and modes. At the end of the Campaign they have a level called 'Museum' where there are a bunch of guns in glass cases and key levels from the campaign on display. If you push the button on the desk that says 'do not press' the figures will come alive and kill you. You can play co-op on Spec Ops and split screen where you kill the other person you are playing with. The co-op is not as good as Black Ops or MW3 but it is still fun. If you are thinking of buying MW3 and don't have MW2; buy MW2 first so you kind of know the storyline. I just think MW2 is a great game. Expand
  78. Mar 14, 2011
    9
    MW2 is the most realistic and intense shooter I have ever played, more so even than the first game. The story takes place just a year or so after the first game's ending. The fury that consumed Russia has been restarted by a new insurgent, and as the game unfolds his terrible plan comes to fruition. If you haven't played the game yet then I won't spoil it for you, but I can tell you thatMW2 is the most realistic and intense shooter I have ever played, more so even than the first game. The story takes place just a year or so after the first game's ending. The fury that consumed Russia has been restarted by a new insurgent, and as the game unfolds his terrible plan comes to fruition. If you haven't played the game yet then I won't spoil it for you, but I can tell you that much of the setting is far more domestic then in the first game. Prepare for shock and awe as what you never thought could ever happen happens. The gameplay is virtually unchanged from that of the first game. There are some new abilities like tactical missiles, but that's about it. Multiplayer is much the same in this regard. There are some new variants and playlists, but not much that different to speak of. Overall, I really enjoyed this game, and definitely recommend it to all shooter gamers. Expand
  79. Jun 4, 2012
    8
    Wow, 131 Battlefield fan boys. The single player was pretty awesome. I great sequel to the first. Not as long as I wanted it, but it was very good and fun to play. They got rid of infinite spawning enemies. Spec Ops was pretty fun too. I had a blast playing with my friends, trying to beat the levels. Multiplayer, despite having many unbalancing things, was excellent. The gameplay and feelWow, 131 Battlefield fan boys. The single player was pretty awesome. I great sequel to the first. Not as long as I wanted it, but it was very good and fun to play. They got rid of infinite spawning enemies. Spec Ops was pretty fun too. I had a blast playing with my friends, trying to beat the levels. Multiplayer, despite having many unbalancing things, was excellent. The gameplay and feel of the controls were the best I've ever seen in a shooter. Pretty good graphics too. There are some pretty dumb perks that unbalance the game, as well as some killstreaks. A big problem is the stacking killstreaks. Thankfully they gave us a Barebones playlist, which strip killstreaks. Overall, this game was great, despite the annoying stuff. Expand
  80. Mar 19, 2011
    8
    Campaign is breathlessly paced but it really is all about the spectacle. The lack of story and coherency hurts the experience. The Spec Ops are great fun with a friend and the wide variety of missions gives it plenty of lasting appeal. Multiplayer is too easy, however. I dislike how frequent players are rewarded with better guns and abilities, making it even harder for new players to standCampaign is breathlessly paced but it really is all about the spectacle. The lack of story and coherency hurts the experience. The Spec Ops are great fun with a friend and the wide variety of missions gives it plenty of lasting appeal. Multiplayer is too easy, however. I dislike how frequent players are rewarded with better guns and abilities, making it even harder for new players to stand a chance. This is a feature in many online FPS's but it is most prominent in MW2. Overall it's a good game. Expand
  81. Jun 12, 2013
    9
    Admittedly very little has changed since the first Modern Warfare but at the time the Call of Duty formula still remained fresh. For me the heavily scripted campaign is not quite a match for the original but to this day I would argue that it contains the best selection of multiplayer maps of any game in the series. Add in an excellent selection of co-op missions and you have an excellentAdmittedly very little has changed since the first Modern Warfare but at the time the Call of Duty formula still remained fresh. For me the heavily scripted campaign is not quite a match for the original but to this day I would argue that it contains the best selection of multiplayer maps of any game in the series. Add in an excellent selection of co-op missions and you have an excellent overall package.

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  82. Jun 5, 2011
    10
    Modern Warfare 2 is an amazing game that should be bought by gamers of all types. Many reviewers on here are biased towards the negative, and anything below an 8 is absolutley ridiculous and extremely biased. This game would be a 9.5 in my opinion, but I rounded up for a perfect score of 10.
    Gameplay: The gameplay is unbielevable. I have never played a game that works better on an XBOX
    Modern Warfare 2 is an amazing game that should be bought by gamers of all types. Many reviewers on here are biased towards the negative, and anything below an 8 is absolutley ridiculous and extremely biased. This game would be a 9.5 in my opinion, but I rounded up for a perfect score of 10.
    Gameplay: The gameplay is unbielevable. I have never played a game that works better on an XBOX 360 controller than this game. Shooting a gun is so fun it's unreal. pick any gun up in this game and you will have fun shooting it no matter what. The multiplayer is great and balanced but does need some fixing in some areas. Throughout your multiplayer expierience, you will see many different guns because all guns have some pros and cons. There are about 6 different attachments for each primary weapon and about 8 or more camos for each primary weapon. You can earn a TON of challenges that will take you 20 hours of gameplay to achieve all of them. Even after that, you can still have fun and prestige. This game has almost endless replay value. The single player is short but sweet. I got through it in 4 hours on Recruit, 5 hours on Regular, 6 hours on Hardened, and 8 hours on Veteran. Even after that, there is co-op in which you can play solo or with another player online or split-screen. That takes maybe 6 or 7 hours to complete on Regular, and 10 hours to earn all stars. The gameplay is a 10.0
    Presentation: The in-game music never gets old and I say that after playing this game for 2 years. The menu navigation is swift and convenient, and the color scheme is great but simple. Not much else to say, 10.0
    Graphics: This game has smooth visuals and amazing lighting effects. The multiplayer maps have been worked on for hours and it's evident because the visuals are top-notch even out of the map. Single player is even better and there are no bugs or gaps in the graphics at all. The graphics are a 10.0
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  83. Jun 21, 2011
    10
    Incredible game from start to finish. People complain about how short the single player is but I think it's fine and the Black Ops thing is really fun, quite a challenge. Still wish they would have a co-op main story play through like Halo. Oh and those people who give this game anything below a 7 like some of the ones I can see from the screen like FlaMinG TaCo or JeffD wow a 2 and a 0Incredible game from start to finish. People complain about how short the single player is but I think it's fine and the Black Ops thing is really fun, quite a challenge. Still wish they would have a co-op main story play through like Halo. Oh and those people who give this game anything below a 7 like some of the ones I can see from the screen like FlaMinG TaCo or JeffD wow a 2 and a 0 you people and people like you are the reason why User Scores can't be taken with a grain of salt games should be reviewed by graphics, content, controls, and game play. Your review of this game and any other shouldn't even exist because of the sheer ignorance of the creator of them. All the Critics review are all positive so I'm wondering what's wrong you guys. Expand
  84. Jul 7, 2011
    10
    Best Call of Duty game in the franchise!!! At least this is better than the stupid Call of Duty Black Ops . The fun thing about this game is the multiplayer and Spec Ops which is very addicting. The Campaign is really fun too 10/10.
  85. Jul 8, 2011
    9
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the game of the decade. The game's deep storyline, which captivates the very thought of the games capacity to generate fun which is in fact endless, is quite different to many other games. It is a mixture of emotions of anger, happiness, revenge and sadness. From the start where you put on a show for a few newcomers, to the end when you save Captain Price,Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the game of the decade. The game's deep storyline, which captivates the very thought of the games capacity to generate fun which is in fact endless, is quite different to many other games. It is a mixture of emotions of anger, happiness, revenge and sadness. From the start where you put on a show for a few newcomers, to the end when you save Captain Price, the game is captivating. I believe that this game has the potential to wake up other Video game companies and remind them of the competition Every single second of campaign had me demanding for the next. The Multiplayer is just revolutionary. It brings a whole new meaning to the word 'multiplayer'. Modes such as Free-For-All and Team Death match, will leave you sitting in front of the television for hours together. Special Ops however was the downfall for the whole game. It to mix up both the multi-pIayer and campaign game modes but, inevitably failed. It still was fun though.

    I believe that this game can overpower any other game that will challenge it. it will wake up other Video game companies and remind them of the competition that they are in. After that, the other video game companies will stop releasing good-for-nothing games and start thinking of games that we actually want, not games that will just make them money. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has the potential to do so.
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  86. Nov 21, 2011
    9
    Modern Warfare 2 is a step up from the original in every way, and given MW1 was a sexy fps beast, that really is saying something. The graphics have become much sleeker and maintain a certain sheen absent from previous Call of Duty games, gameplay has become a much smoother experience, and the new maps, weapons and slightly re-worked perks in multiplayer give the game a heightened sense ofModern Warfare 2 is a step up from the original in every way, and given MW1 was a sexy fps beast, that really is saying something. The graphics have become much sleeker and maintain a certain sheen absent from previous Call of Duty games, gameplay has become a much smoother experience, and the new maps, weapons and slightly re-worked perks in multiplayer give the game a heightened sense of balance. The campaign is hard to put up compared to MW1, but aside from that, the best in the series, with several F^CK YEAH! moments and more than enough heart-tugging, emotional surprises, a reunion with a lost friend and the death of two others, plot-wise, still brilliant, Infinity Ward's writing is really coming into its own. Special Ops is fiendishly difficult, but in a challenging way, rather than in a "Mega Man" way (you don't feel like blowing your brains out after a half-hour of play) and will keep you and a friend coming back for months and months until you've collected all 69 (lol) stars. The Multiplayer is also an improvement, more maps, more weapons, more perks (and pro perks) and a vast array of tactics to choose from, all of which award the player in accordance with their difficulty, a Call of Duty game topped only by its sequel Expand
  87. Jul 16, 2011
    9
    Once you start playing this game online, its hard to play any other, you feel at home when you pick up the controller and barge into the familiar maps, using your custom made classes and skins on your guns, this trilogy has created millions of fan-boys like myself that find this game one of the most entertaining on the market, (except for portal 2)
  88. Dec 28, 2011
    9
    This can be interpreted as good or bad, but I finished the short but sweet campaign in nearly one day (not a continous day, I just played for around five hours that day). The multiplayer tries to bring new things but ultimately it becomes unbalanced, but theres no doubt that its a lot of fun. Highly recommended, but treat it like a Bond film, think about it and you won't like it (why doesThis can be interpreted as good or bad, but I finished the short but sweet campaign in nearly one day (not a continous day, I just played for around five hours that day). The multiplayer tries to bring new things but ultimately it becomes unbalanced, but theres no doubt that its a lot of fun. Highly recommended, but treat it like a Bond film, think about it and you won't like it (why does every faction have an arsenal of nuclear missiles?...).
    Just a word of advice however, avoid the PC version. If you have an Xbox 360/PS3 and a high-end PC, and MW2 is $100 on the Xbox 360/PS3 but $2 on the PC, I would still recommend you get the console version over the PC version.
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  89. Jul 22, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After finishing this game, including a sad yet accomplished tenth prestige, I feel that I am in a position to properly review this game - much unlike most others who simply give a review of the multiplayer and ignore al other aspects of the game. One of the comments on the page that claims to discover large plot 'holes', however these are only holes in their intellect as they were unable to grasp the high octane storyline. The only hole - and a slight one at that is (Spoiler Alert) when the prisoner is broken out of the Gulag to use as bait for Makarov as he is the only one who will turn Makarov's head turns out to be Price. This is incorrect as Price did not kill Imran Zakhaev - Soap did in Modern Warfare one. Besides this small plot hole the single player is fun and enjoyable although is slightly short, but this is only if you play it on easy and run through the levels whilst not paying proper attention to the story. The special ops section of the game is a new feature to the series of games and is thoroughly enjoyable with a sense of achievement after completing them. However, I believe that the game comes into its own light during multiplayer. Despite clear faults the game was released early - Activision wanted it pushed through where Infinity Ward wanted more time to complete the game fully - and had plenty of bugs that players were able to exploit to get easy kills. The killsteaks are innovative and although there may well be other games that introduced this first but they are on a different level to other games. The tactical nuke - annoying for those who are simply not good at the game and fun for those who are tactical about their play or who work as a team - is a great feature that I enjoy trying to achieve. The perks online can also be frustrating - commando is a normally hated perk but if the player uses this I dont see a problem as they may find your perks as annoying as they are all beneficial to the individual. The spawning system may well be a pain but how is it you would like it to be changed? Being a programmer I understand the difficulty of creating such a system and no matter what way you create it, there will always be people complaining about it. Overall I would say that this is simply one of the best shooter games ever created and although many people find its flaws, look at the critic reviews, not all of them can be wrong can they? Expand
  90. Sep 21, 2011
    9
    It's probably the best Call of Duty game yet, tops the first Modern Warfare in every way. Even though multiplayer seems to be where it's at for everyone, I however very much enjoyed its single player campaign the most. It's a highly entertaining epic war-field. Loved it.
  91. Aug 26, 2011
    10
    After 2 years this came out I'm still playing the online as I did 2 years ago. Glitches/bugs are in every game, in this one they are just a minunum part. I love this game.
  92. Sep 2, 2011
    10
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  93. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    Amazing game. Campaign was intense and very epic even if it was a bit short. Multiplayer was a mind-blowing experience.Spec Ops was awesome, The variety of missions from stealth missions to time trials are absolutely amazing. The graphics are very realistic and very awesome Amazing Game
  94. Oct 26, 2011
    8
    A bit late of a review, but I haven't exactly had it for ages and have been playing it I guess for the past year. So a lot of the bugs/glitches should have been gone but not everything is "Great" even with the patches. So let us begin with the single-player! If I had to say it's definitely linear but I actually really enjoyed it. Within the first few missions there are cinematic partsA bit late of a review, but I haven't exactly had it for ages and have been playing it I guess for the past year. So a lot of the bugs/glitches should have been gone but not everything is "Great" even with the patches. So let us begin with the single-player! If I had to say it's definitely linear but I actually really enjoyed it. Within the first few missions there are cinematic parts which are "Awesome", and the AI is al-right. The only downside to it is the linearities on where you can go (you can't really flank any of the enemies). Moving onto Co-op, i found that fantastic. Just playing that with a mate and trying to get all 69 stars (managed to get them all) was extremely challenging but that was the whole point on veteran. A lot of teamwork actually needed to get past certain parts of the co-op missions. Now the multi-player is the main area in this game though. Initially I'd have to say it's pretty much a great on-line experience but not without it's faults. One of the main gripes is actually trying to pick the right host. Many times it picked the worst host and you actually lagged out of the game. Also kill streak continuation is a pretty bad idea, as it often led to kill streak after kill streak after kill streak. Quick-scoping is also an immensely annoying part of the experience too. Sure it's not meant to be realistic but using a sniper as a shotgun or even a assault rifle (M1EBER or the last sniper you get with ACOG) is ridiculous. It's supposed to be used for long range not every single range! Apart from them minor hindrances the multi-player is actually a great experience! (Minus the Nuke!). So overall it gets a solid 8 from me, but there are a few problems which are still in the game for me and will probably never get solved with the inevitable release of Modern Warfare 3 in 2-3 weeks. Expand
  95. Nov 8, 2011
    8
    In a few ways this game advances the series, but in other areas it feels like a step back. The story mode is disjointed at times and the multiplayer mode suffers from some immense balance issues. Overall a great game despite lacking the charm that the previous installment had.
  96. Nov 20, 2011
    9
    This is one of my favourite multiplayer games. It love it. I had huge amounts of fun playing with my friends and what not. Did you know that I hate Call of Duty? I love Halo. But MW2 was one of my favourite games. You should also know that I gave MW3 a 0. It is nothing like MW2.
  97. Nov 12, 2011
    8
    Call of Duty is one of the most successful franchises in all media. It isn't as good as its fanboys say it is, nor is it as bad as it's haters say it is. Modern Warfare 2 is the 3rd most hyped game of all time after Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops and for good reason. It is a fast paced, fun shooter... at least when it comes to the multiplayer. Ever since 2007's Modern Warfare multiplayerCall of Duty is one of the most successful franchises in all media. It isn't as good as its fanboys say it is, nor is it as bad as it's haters say it is. Modern Warfare 2 is the 3rd most hyped game of all time after Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops and for good reason. It is a fast paced, fun shooter... at least when it comes to the multiplayer. Ever since 2007's Modern Warfare multiplayer has been the focus of the COD franchise with story and the campaign in general taking a back seat to the addictive online multiplayer. MW2 is no different . The story is nonsensical and generally doesn't make much sense but the campaign is still fun and has plenty of good setpieces. The spec ops mode is also fairly good and offers some really good, but short, co-op missions. The multiplayer is where it's at in MW2 though. It's highly addictive and has some really good maps. The prestige feature adds some longevity to the multiplayer as you can reset your unlocks after reaching the level cap of 70. The multiplayer has some obvious balancing issues as some guns are clearly more powerful then others but all is forgiven as no one plays it anymore no that MW3 is out. Expand
  98. Nov 22, 2011
    9
    It doesn't matter how much controversy revolves around MW2, it's still an awesome game. The short, but awesome campaign, and the really good multiplayer. Even though it has a very short singleplayer and a spec ops that fails to impress, it's still great. Such a shame it was copied and pasted two years later in what became Modern Warfare 3
  99. Dec 7, 2011
    9
    The final true Call of Duty game. Major downsides to this software were the hacked leaderboards and countless cheaters/hackers that played. For some reason IW continues for the most part to ignore these glaring issues. Otherwise a fantastic and addictive game.
  100. Feb 17, 2012
    10
    This is the best game I have ever played with a explosive single player and addictive multiplayer. You may hear that this game is all hype but there is a reason why it is so popular. After investing more time than I would like to mention into it and buying other shooters such as Battlefield 3 and Gears of War 3. I would still highly recommend this game.
Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 100 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 100
  2. Negative: 0 out of 100
  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. 100
    Modern Warfare 2 offers epic gameplay, a stunning Spec-Ops mode and a huge amount of adrenaline.
  3. 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.