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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. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 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.
  2. Infinity Ward has managed to outdo themselves with this sequel, a tremendous feat in its own right. If the games of 2009 were stacked up against each other, there’s no question that Modern Warfare 2 would be incredibly close to the apex, fighting viciously for the top spot and, for many people, getting there and continuing upward. This is what gaming is supposed to feel like.
  3. 91
    The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 is identical to the console versions in almost every way, and that's actually the problem. PC gamers have a certain expectation for online shooters. Removing dedicated server and user mod support from a game that's already $10 more than its predecessor seriously hinders the long term appeal for me.
  4. The surprise factor of the first Modern Warfare is missing and the PC version is by far the worst in the PS3, X360 and PC trio. This new Call of Duty iteration exceeds every expectation with its off-line mode, but loses its place among the best shooters of this year because of its poorly designed and badly executed multiplayer.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    84
    A true video-game equivalent of a Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay action movie. The singleplayer is engaging while it lasts, but the game's true value lies in the multiplayer. The online matches are fast, fun and highly addictive. [Nov 2010]
  6. PC Gamer
    80
    Modern Warfare 2's convincing weapons, evil enemies, shock-and-awe set-pieces and beautiful-but-unrelated locales suit nothing so well as co-op. [Jan 2010, p.72]
  7. If you told me three months ago we would be suggesting PC gamers hold off on buying Modern Warfare 2 I would have thought you're crazy. But if you are buying this game mainly for multiplayer - especially if you're contemplating serious competitive play at a high level - that's exactly what we're saying. The single player story is great, and if your idea of multiplayer is a quick zap with mates maybe an hour or two a week then by all means - it's great for your purposes. However if you're a Counterstrike, Battlefield, ETQW or even a COD4 player looking for a serious competitive platform to move to - best wait. Wait and see if Infinity Ward can implement dedicated server support.

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  1. ConR.
    Nov 14, 2009
    10
    Awesome game, The single player is short but so exhilarating, some excellent actions scenes and the story line is believable enough. Awesome game, The single player is short but so exhilarating, some excellent actions scenes and the story line is believable enough. Multiplayer is very good too(never had lag). I'm not sure if you're aware or not but there was a atttempted boycott of this game by mostly the clans and modders. If you look at the user ratings for l4d there is still only 1.5k user reviews for it, within a day this page had 2k. All the people who have rated it 0 are the guys who are trying to stop other people from buying it. I think ign should put up a little note saying "Some of the reviews may be part of an attempted boycott by pc gamers" It's not fair on everyone else that just cause they can't have their clan wars or mod the gravity lvl. People might miss out on a brilliant game because of the selfish actions of these boo-boys! Buy it! Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2016
    9
    Recensione temporanea da sostituire non appena disponibile quella definitiva. Recensione temporanea da sostituire non appena disponibileRecensione temporanea da sostituire non appena disponibile quella definitiva. Recensione temporanea da sostituire non appena disponibile quella definitiva. Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2010
    8
    I felt Modern Warfare 2 had a total diregard for realism. It's as if Infinity Wars said, lets shove a load of action in and worry aboutI felt Modern Warfare 2 had a total diregard for realism. It's as if Infinity Wars said, lets shove a load of action in and worry about storyline later. Even online is un realistic, what with money popping out your dead body and what's up with quick scoping? (like they do that in the army). However, multiple killstreaks was a sweet idea and with more perks, challanges and attachments the Call of Duties progressive system is even better. All in all I would say Modern Warfare 2 has a short, unrealistic campaign. The new spec ops only includes a few good missions. The online no longer has any realism to it but the addictive action packed fun Call of Duty is still there. So I would only buy if you do not already own Call of Duty 4. Expand
  4. JA
    Jan 1, 2010
    2
    The gameplay in this game solid, but the way its delivered is horrendous. The laziness of the devlopers can easily be spotted in this game. The gameplay in this game solid, but the way its delivered is horrendous. The laziness of the devlopers can easily be spotted in this game. This came alone has completely changed Infinity Ward's status in the PC gamer community. Expand
  5. David
    Nov 26, 2009
    1
    Awful single player with more holes in it than the titanic. Modern Warfare 2 adds a whole new trick of "Nikolai Ex Machina" and Nikolai will Awful single player with more holes in it than the titanic. Modern Warfare 2 adds a whole new trick of "Nikolai Ex Machina" and Nikolai will come forth and hence save the day. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. The plot of the story is laughable on the second playthrough. Also, the Multiplayer is laggy and has an unsurprising amount of hackers and pirates who have managed to find their way on to abuse you. Of course there are a few, but there we go. Many players claim they have next to no lag, and have the full proverbial bars. Compared to a dedicated server, these things happen ny on never. Oh yes, I play in England. Why the hell have I been auto connected to people playing in Vietnam? To hear people say that "It's matchmaking system is FINE" with the big unpopulated maps and lag is laughable. The longevity of Call of Duty 4 will hopefully outlast this and the people daft enough to pick up a copy are to be pitied. It's a sad day when one of the biggest games of all time turns out to be a flop and people are in heavy denial that it's sub-par. Would be a four, but averaged for the amount of "OMG EXCELLENT BESTEST GAME EVUR!!!111" people. Expand
  6. TylerH.
    Nov 10, 2009
    0
    Lets break this down as to why this game must be advoided no matter what. Dont even torrent it, doing so you acknowledge Activision/Infinity Lets break this down as to why this game must be advoided no matter what. Dont even torrent it, doing so you acknowledge Activision/Infinity Ward created a product you want. I'll compare what features COD4 offered vs. MW2, separated by dashes... networking = client/server - peer 2 peer avg ping (us) = 25-40ms - 100+ console ability = yes - no lean funtionality = yes - no custom maps = yes - no # of players = 64 - up to 18 mods = yes - no record game = yes - no kick/ban hackers = yes - no profiles saved online = no - yes select server to join = yes - no control offensive language = yes - no 0 ping host advantage = no - yes lan pay = yes - yes free demo = yes - no price = $50 - $60 If you think a 3hr, rediculous B action movie style, single player; with a few new perks and the removal of all listed above is worth more than any other game for pc at $60... then you'll only be feeding corporate greed, and you'll be letting them know its ok to raise prices in a recession, completely port a game from the inferior 360, and remove pc components that have always been in exsistance with damn near every game. Let it be known, Call of Duty had died for PC on 11/10/09. Expand
  7. IWNicejob
    Feb 1, 2010
    0
    IW did the worst job ever in the MP the single was GREAT but the Multi isnt alot of little kids around using over powered things stabbing IW did the worst job ever in the MP the single was GREAT but the Multi isnt alot of little kids around using over powered things stabbing there is no more fun like COD4 when u needed to use ur head abit now who ever got the most over powered toys is a winner and not to mention the campers heavin with the "Camping Class" IW consider to do some changes around! Expand

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