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  • Summary: Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. An entirely new gameplay mode which supports 2-player co-operative play online that is unique from the single player story campaign. Special Ops pits players into a gauntlet of time-trial and objective-based missions. Rank-up as players unlock new Special Ops missions, each more difficult. Missions include highlights from the single player campaign, fan favorites from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and all new, exclusive missions. Setting a new bar for online multiplayer, Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer delivers new capabilities, customization, gamestates and modes, including: Create-a-Class Evolved. Secondary Weapons - Machine Pistols, Shotguns, Handguns, Launchers. Riot Shields. Equipment - Throwing Knives, Blast Shield, Tactical Insertion. Perk Upgrades. Bling (Dual Attachments). Customizable Killstreaks - AC130, Sentry Gun, Predator Missile, Counter-UAV, Care Package. Accolades (Post match reports). [Activision] Expand
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  1. Anyone who already has issues with the single-player ‘style’ of IW’s games will still find fault with the scripted, linear experience, but in terms of sheer drama and show-stopping set-pieces accompanied by laser sharp FPS controls, Modern Warfare 2 is your daddy. And that’s without Spec Ops and Multiplayer.
  2. 100
    Mixing real-world locations with bombastic set-pieces MW2 continues the guided, thrill-ride experiences of its predecessor, and adds even more depth to its multiplayer offerings. It might not have fixed all the problems from the first game, but there's just so much quality content packed into this game that it will almost certainly be one of the most-played games in your library for a long time to come.
  3. Modern Warfare 2 shatters the old standard of excellence and has raised the bar for what it means to be an epic shooter. With a mind-shattering campaign, superb co-op play, and the deepest multiplayer experience on Live, Modern Warfare 2 is one of the greatest shooters in gaming history, and a must-own for fans of the genre.
  4. While I generally don’t often gravitate towards ultra-realistic military shooters, Modern Warfare 2 is easily one of my top games of the year.
  5. Modern Warfare 2 carries the good tradition of its predecessor. The campaign is nonetheless too short, and it feels too inspired to the previous one; on the other side, the multiplayer carries a lot of improvements, and Spec Ops is a well crafted coop mode. If you consider buying for online fun, this is the game that will steal your life for the months to come. If you're up to an unforgettable single player experience you might consider other more lengthy and original titles.
  6. 90
    The moments when Modern Warfare 2 isn’t good are few and far between. That’s about all you can ask from a hero.
  7. The single player stages are much too linear, the co-op missions are reused from the single player campaign, and the main multiplayer deathmatch style modes are very unbalanced, especially for new players. But like Uncharted 2, MW2 is like an insane action packed movie that you can participate in… too bad the game’s heavy use of scripted events make the player feel like they have do not have any control regarding the out come of the final experience.

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  1. DaveL.
    Nov 10, 2009
    The single player is short but intense. I would rather have a good short single player with a robust multi-player. The MP aspect of the game is absolutely mind blowing. It takes everything that was good about the first one and adds to it. I'm sure there are balancing issues that people will complain about but I haven't found any at this point. Spec ops is a ton of fun with a friend. Not too fun single player. This is easily a 10 just based on the value that I will get out of this. Anyone giving lower than an 8 is just a fanboy of Halo, KZ2, UC2, etc. This is a great game that will keep me playing for months and months. Expand
  2. Sep 12, 2010
    Un juegazo. Ya estoy esperando modern warfare 3. Yle pongo el 10 por los gilipollas que le ponen un 0. A ver si empezais a aprender a puntuar que si no esto no es serio. Es un juego que envuelve grandes emociones, con una historia bien ligada AUNQUE PREVISIBLE. El online es brutal, ofrece mas de lo mismo pero aumentado. Espero que los zanganos que se dedican a poner ceros y unos se coman una mierda. Expand
  3. Dec 27, 2013
    MW2 continues the great story telling experience of CoD4, but greatly expands the multiplayer landscape, making Modern Warfare 2 perhaps the best FPS experience of its time. Levels are a bit bigger, more playlists are available, tons of cool killstreaks are available and the level designs are some of the best & most interesting to launch with a game. It's hard to imagine how good this game would be if it were "perfect", but the good news is it doesn't have to be. I could warrant a "10" on this game if it carried dedicated servers and could push the graphics envelope a bit more, but in the end these would only push the experience a bit further. Sans dedicated servers, this game plays well online almost all of the time, and I can only think of Halo 2 when considering a game I've put this much online time in, ever. Like CoD4, MW2 is a must-play for fans of the series and fans of the FPS genre as a whole. Expand
  4. BradP
    Nov 10, 2009
    While the game is great I don't think the graphics are as polished as they should be. Multiplayer while actions packed, is similar in feel to COD4. I think IW did not do the most they could have with this title, you should not be able to go through the entire campaign in 7 hours. Audio is amazing though, you really feel like you are in the game, although not much more than you did when you played COD4. Expand
  5. Prince
    Nov 13, 2009
    This is a good game, please don't get me wrong, but there are many areas where shortcuts were made and it shows. The campaign is just more of the same, while this isnt necessarily a bad thing (as COD MW campaign was superb) it is too short. Also, the game engine is feeling tired now, and the storytelling is awful. The multiplayer is OK, but to be honest I am disappointed that all the weapons are not available when playing local multiplayer. I for one do not sit for hours at a time trying to rank up - frankly it doesn't interest me. What does interest me though is having a laugh with my mates, and as the local multiplayer is limited because of rank it is not enjoyable. We now play COD4 and Halo again. I agree that online multiplayer should have a ranking system /perks as it gives the people who do want to rank up reason to keep playing and bettering themselves. However for local multiplayer would it have been so hard just to make it all available for use? It used to be the case that games were too casual and didn't cater for the serious players but now I feel it has gone too far the other way. Thus having finished the campaign that was far too short, and getting bored of a multiplayer that is far too limited for casual players - I have to say that I will now trade in MW2 rather disappointed overall that it simply isn't as good as I thought it would be. Expand
  6. alect
    Dec 2, 2009
    I was anticipating this for so long. And now i am sad to say that this game is not very good. The story is very good, a great sequel for the storyline and some very cool gameplay moments. Plus no grenade circles of doom like in WaW. After the single player i went on to special ops. It is very fun at first but there are barely any missions! Also the missions are usually only 5 to 10 minutes long. Then at long last is the multiplayer. TERRIBLE! If you want to unload clips of ammo into one person to kill them (sometimes you don't kill them anyways) and get spotted on radar by gods all seeing drone then fine. You may thing " I will just play hardcore where it doesn't take as many shots to kill someone." Well then you would be on the right track. Hardcore is almost bearable. ALMOST! The camping is only matched by the spawn killing. You would need to camp the entire match to get a kill death ratio higher than 1.0. So if you liked the story of the first game then this is a define rent. But if you want to play multiplayer, get ready for camping, auto or dual wielding shotguns, god like supports, and unloading on people to kill them that so many people seem to love. P.S. even though its called Modern Warfare 2, the tech in this game is not anything like the real counterparts. Expand
  7. AndrewT.
    Nov 19, 2009
    It's a really good game. Single-player is really similar to Call of Duty 4's. That's not a bad thing but I wish they could have made it a little better. The online multiplayer is extremely enjoyable. There's so many unlockables and the maps are fun to play. Expand

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