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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. Oct 29, 2013
    9
    When playing this I thought, it took a genius to make this. The amazing story line, short, but amazing blew my mind. Every aspect of this gameWhen playing this I thought, it took a genius to make this. The amazing story line, short, but amazing blew my mind. Every aspect of this game is wonderful. Graphics, gameplay, etc. The multiplayer is a little bumpy though, but everything else is wonderful! Expand
  3. JoelM
    Nov 20, 2009
    8
    An overall awesome game. Some of the graphics are awesome but some are definitely sub-par. The campaign is short but awesome. However, the An overall awesome game. Some of the graphics are awesome but some are definitely sub-par. The campaign is short but awesome. However, the lack of dedicated servers, lean and some game crash issues(It crashes now and then for me, my friends don't seem to have this problem) drag down the final that would been a 9 if these issues where announced to a 7. Expand
  4. LukeS
    May 4, 2010
    2
    Singleplayer is ok, with plenty of variety and incredible graphics. The campaign is WAY too short though to hold anyone's interest for Singleplayer is ok, with plenty of variety and incredible graphics. The campaign is WAY too short though to hold anyone's interest for more than a week, which is when multiplayer should kick in... I honestly have absolutely no idea whatsoever what Infinity Ward were thinking when they decided that no dedicated servers would be a good idea. Thousands of people voiced their concerns before the game was released but IW kept saying that it would, in fact, make the game more secure against hackers, etc. They mentioned that their working with Valve and the anti-cheat system would work miracles. The fact is, as so many predicted, this is UTTER rubbish. Valve's anti-cheat system is 100% designed to be run on dedi servers and is VERY effective when this happens. With the lack of dedi servers and more holes in IWNet than a fishing net, hackers are literally everywhere, lag is outrageous, with the "host" often having such a massive advantage in terms of latency that it's impossible for anyone else. Total waste of money and having to pay for the expansion map pack is the final kick in the teeth. With any luck, IW won't exist much longer! Expand
  5. SteveM
    Nov 17, 2009
    1
    Having been a long time COD fan, and a COD4 clanner, I was truely looking forward to this game. The single player was short but good, 6hours Having been a long time COD fan, and a COD4 clanner, I was truely looking forward to this game. The single player was short but good, 6hours of fun. No story, but what can you expect? The problem here is the multiplayer. It is woeful, and impossible to find a non-laggy host here in Melbourne Australia. I seem to be constantly connecting to US hosts, and they drop out mid-match. The menu and controll settings look like a console screen i.e. no settings. I am selling this game on ebay and buying L4D2. This game is a giant f-you to the PC gaming community. I have probably spent 200+ hours playing COD4 multiplayer, and 8hours finishing the singleplayer. I can have barely played 3 hours multiplayer in MW2 and I am sick on this. Wait till the price drops to something reasonable and buy it for singleplayer, not the multiplayer. The game is $120.00 in Australia, and $99 on steam. L4D2 is $49 on steam. Go figure. 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. jordanb
    Jan 17, 2010
    0
    game does not even come close to what they said the game would offer. wall hacks aim bot in almost every game. LAG? yeah there is lag only game does not even come close to what they said the game would offer. wall hacks aim bot in almost every game. LAG? yeah there is lag only person with a good ping is the host. and don't tell me that 100-150 ping is good. and cellphone bars to show ping? wtf and bars for ping i don't even join server with ping over 60. so in all Infinity ward are liars and should all be hung to die Expand

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