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  • Summary: Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. An entirely new gameplay mode which supports 2-player co-operative play online that is unique from the single player storyModern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. An entirely new gameplay mode which supports 2-player co-operative play online that is unique from the single player story campaign. Special Ops pits players into a gauntlet of time-trial and objective-based missions. Rank-up as players unlock new Special Ops missions, each more difficult. Missions include highlights from the single player campaign, fan favorites from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and all new, exclusive missions. Setting a new bar for online multiplayer, Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer delivers new capabilities, customization, gamestates and modes, including: Create-a-Class Evolved. Secondary Weapons - Machine Pistols, Shotguns, Handguns, Launchers. Riot Shields. Equipment - Throwing Knives, Blast Shield, Tactical Insertion. Perk Upgrades. Bling (Dual Attachments). Customizable Killstreaks - AC130, Sentry Gun, Predator Missile, Counter-UAV, Care Package. Accolades (Post match reports). [Activision] Expand
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  1. 100
    Modern Warfare 2 crosses into the must-have category of video games effortlessly. It offers an unmatched shooter experience, a compelling story mode, a slick package of mini missions and a multiplayer which is pretty much unparalleled in depth.
  2. What impresses me so much about this game is not only that it has a tremendous amount of hype surrounding it which it does, but that it delivers even through all of that.
  3. Multiplayer is fast, frantic and as exciting as ever.
  4. 94
    This game has so many standout moments of such immersive power, there really is no other experience out there to touch Modern Warfare 2’s controlled and entertaining pandemonium. Infinty Ward has skill, panache and big, hanging balls that clang as loud as Big Ben, so much so a the bar has been raised with Modern Warfare 2.
  5. It looks better, it plays better, the story is more intense and the multiplayer is more inviting. And with the inclusion of SpecOps, the longevity of this game is sure to have increased as well.
  6. Modern Warfare 2 ticks all of the right boxes: varied gameplay, immersive story, engaging gunplay, superb multiplayer, and the list goes on... If we're being really nitpicky, then we might suggest that there aren't many innovative features in the game. However, MW2's Spec Ops mode is fresh enough to ensure that the overall package isn't a stale one, while the long-term appeal of adversarial multiplayer will stretch out until the next Infinity Ward release with ease.
  7. The single player stages are much too linear, the co-op missions are reused from the single player campaign, and the main multiplayer deathmatch style modes are very unbalanced, especially for new players. But like Uncharted 2, MW2 is like an insane action packed movie that you can participate in… too bad the game’s heavy use of scripted events make the player feel like they have do not have any control regarding the out come of the final experience.

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  1. DaveL.
    Nov 10, 2009
    10
    The single player is short but intense. I would rather have a good short single player with a robust multi-player. The MP aspect of the game The single player is short but intense. I would rather have a good short single player with a robust multi-player. The MP aspect of the game is absolutely mind blowing. It takes everything that was good about the first one and adds to it. I'm sure there are balancing issues that people will complain about but I haven't found any at this point. Spec ops is a ton of fun with a friend. Not too fun single player. This is easily a 10 just based on the value that I will get out of this. Anyone giving lower than an 8 is just a fanboy of Halo, KZ2, UC2, etc. This is a great game that will keep me playing for months and months. Expand
  2. 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, andModern 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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  3. Aug 29, 2010
    9
    this game is good. the campaign was excellent with epic story and excellent plot twists and gameplay. as for the multiplayer, it is alot likethis game is good. the campaign was excellent with epic story and excellent plot twists and gameplay. as for the multiplayer, it is alot like the previous cod games, but with new killstreaks and perks, it keeps you hooked. There are still many bad things with this game like boosters, cheap perk combinations, stuff like that. but this is not game breaking as this is a truly excellent gmae. Expand
  4. 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 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
  5. BrandonJ
    Jan 6, 2010
    6
    yea its got good graphics, large multiplayer community, but half life 2 was released five years ago, and has just as good graphics and plenty yea its got good graphics, large multiplayer community, but half life 2 was released five years ago, and has just as good graphics and plenty more extras. My biggest concern about the COD games is the health system, get shot a few times, heal to full health, repeat 500 times and you are still alive. NOT very realistic when that is what they were trying to do. I do give it credit for gaining all of the hype, only to disappoint fans. Expand
  6. JohnS
    Jan 25, 2010
    4
    The campaign, at times, was really fun, when you were shooting and blowing stuff up. The story itself was very weak and I didn't feel The campaign, at times, was really fun, when you were shooting and blowing stuff up. The story itself was very weak and I didn't feel like there was enough development. It should have been twice as long to allow for more in-depth detail. It seems like it is a multiplayer game with a campaign and co-op tacked on. The multiplayer itself was a let down. There is so much unbalance in the overly-deadly guns and outrageous perks. Of course, such criticism is considered 'biased.' There is nothing they could patch to fix this atrocious mistake. No significant improvements besides quantity were made. It seems quality was not even considered when developing this game. Map design also makes for a less-than-enjoyable experience. I would suggest renting it first to see if you can handle the frustration. Some may enjoy it, but it's not what a game is supposed to be. I cannot believe that nobody stepped in at one moment during development and said, "Hey, that might cause some problems." The real sad part is Infinity Ward and Activision reaped the benefits because they knew people would eat it up. Expand
  7. AndrewT.
    Nov 19, 2009
    0
    It's a really good game. Single-player is really similar to Call of Duty 4's. That's not a bad thing but I wish they could It's a really good game. Single-player is really similar to Call of Duty 4's. That's not a bad thing but I wish they could have made it a little better. The online multiplayer is extremely enjoyable. There's so many unlockables and the maps are fun to play. Expand

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