Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critic Reviews

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  1. Nov 2, 2022
    It is bombastic, dude-bro all-in fighting from start to finish and there’s months of replayability with the online multiplayer. It’ll get gun game fans not only through Christmas but most of 2023 too because it’s so damn moreish. For that reason it’s not only a top-tier game but one with huge value-for-money.
  2. Nov 3, 2022
    Despite a few niggles, Modern Warfare 2 is a real return to form for Call of Duty. A masterfully crafted multiplayer experience and an excellent campaign mode that pays homage to its predecessors while simultaneously feeling like its own thing come together in one of the best big budget shooters for years.
  3. Nov 2, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is a continuation of one of the best Call of Duty games in years. Rather than acting as yet another overhaul, Infinity Ward has fine-tuned the standout first-person shooter to provide one of the deepest multiplayer customization options in the space. A campaign packed with highlights boasts a number of missions that spin the formula in exciting ways. Despite many woes at launch, players are treated to top-notch gameplay and movement that continues to satisfy, especially now that weapon stats can be adjust in granular ways. And with more content to come, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is sure to satisfy.
  4. 90
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 subtly improves on a winning formula. It’s no real surprise that the multiplayer gunplay is the best in the series to date, but considering this is coming from the team that started this craze to begin with it’s to be expected. While the campaign may play it mostly safe, it features an enjoyable challenge, with a couple of interesting survival-type sections that almost turn it into another game entirely. There’s little doubt most Call of Duty players will feel right at home playing Modern Warfare II as it’s a solid entry and seemingly the shooter to play this holiday season and beyond.
  5. Oct 31, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is a worthy sequel to the 2019 soft reboot, confirming the mastery of Infinity Ward in making the best chapters of the series. We are in the presence of an arcade shooter of quality and quantity, especially as regards the multiplayer modes, plagued by some technical and balancing problems but still incredibly fun to play.
  6. Nov 4, 2022
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, although not completely perfect, is one of the better installments in the franchies in recent years. A solid singleplayer delivers a thrilling rollercoaster with diverse gameplay and settings. The spec-ops is a nice co-op warm up, but the real deal here is the multiplayer. With tightly designed gameplay, maps that suit the different modes well, a lot of content to choose from, Infinity Ward really hit a sweet spot with this newest installment.
  7. Nov 2, 2022
    Modern Warfare II is almost a perfect game. But the almost part is more significant than you’d be tempted to believe, and unfortunately, it sometimes makes the game a work-in-progress. If you’re buying the game specifically to play the campaign, there is both good news and bad news here. The campaign is insanely awesome, and you’ll have a lot of fun playing it, but on the other hand, it feels way too short. Each mission feels like a different game, and it can be completed in a different way every time. On the other hand, the multiplayer side of Modern Warfare II is what seems to disappoint most of the fans. The bugs, the crashes, the lack of multiplayer options, and the behavior of some players ruin the experience. In case you’re wondering if the new anti-cheating system works, it looks like it does, though you may still occasionally come across players that kill you with a single shot in the very first second they spot you.
  8. Oct 28, 2022
    Modern Warfare 2 is a worthy Call of Duty game. Campaign is fun, and multiplayer is full of content, with the "bulletproof" gameplay we (and millions of players) love. But it is not a risky move, as Modern Warfare was. Better game than Vanguard, but still on the conservative side.
  9. Nov 3, 2022
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare II opted for a new graphics engine, and the result was outstanding. Visually it looks impressive, especially in the water effects. The combat mechanics are great, and the multiplayer is also entertaining. Despite being short, the campaign is enjoyable and worth finishing, not only to unlock extras but also to appreciate all the technical advances this title has to offer. Its price is high, and it makes perfect sense to buy it if you are a fan of the series. We also recommend being patient and finding the best offer first.
  10. Nov 10, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II 2022 is a fan’s nerdgasm, all your favourites with a couple of new talented cast members duking it out against the titular villains of the original franchise trio once again. The game delivers where it counts and I can only find minimal things to fault it on. One additional gripe I had was with the force feedback itself, I’ll have to look into if the sensitivity for it can be toggled or customised, because often it felt too strong. Like it required more of a pull of the trigger than it felt would be necessary, that might be trying to simulate the real thing but at times it felt imbalanced. Another minor gripe to be sure.
  11. Nov 1, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 isn't as massive a revolution as the previous installment, but it doesn't have to be. The game is varied, pops better than ever before and offers a delicious shot of nostalgia. It just needs some time to really belong to the top of the franchise.
  12. Nov 20, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is certainly not a perfect game, but for all its flaws, it’s my favorite CoD game that I’ve played so far. The story mode was a blast, and the multiplayer is just as addicting as ever. It’s one of the best looking games we may have so far, and I recommend playing it on a next gen console or souped-up PC if you can to see it at its full potential. Infinity Ward has proven yet again that Call of Duty is at the forefront of the FPS genre, and I’m really impressed with how they continue to drive the series forward.
  13. Nov 16, 2022
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare II delivers exactly what everyone knew it would. It has some issues, of course, like the lack of multiplayer maps and the bad UI, but it's a really fun and well-rounded shooter. If you love CoD, you gonna love MWII.
  14. Nov 16, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II brings the core of what makes CoD games great and stays true to Infinity Ward's best efforts in the series. It's big step away in a positive direction from last year's Vanguard disaster. I just wish there was a bit more meat to sink my teeth into. The single player campaign makes no attempt at a commentary but will have you running through a series of competent missions and set pieces. Multiplayer is what you would expect from the series, both with competent gunplay as well as a map playlist that will need to expand over time. The new co-op mode seems a better experience with a friend than queuing with a random from the lobby. All in all there is good game on offer that moves slicker and the shine on your assault rifle looks more gorgeous than the series ever has.
  15. Nov 11, 2022
    This year’s iteration of Call of Duty comes rich in content, with a variety of modes, well-made multiplayer, plenty of maps and solid gunplay. At the same time it delivers a bland and uninteresting story, with poor dialogue and shallow characters. A perfectly timed sniper shot from 300 yards where the bullet ricocheted just before hitting the center of the target. It achieved what was expected, but did not reach the full expectations.
  16. Nov 8, 2022
    The campaign might be forgettable, but it’s bailed out by the excellent multiplayer experience. Infinity Ward confirms that it’s simply the best caretaker studio of the Call of Duty franchise. But they must not rest on their laurels because the game needs long-term support.
  17. Nov 6, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 distances itself from the original titles and is below in quality even from the 2019 game. It is still a great option as an FPS and delivers plenty of content, but it is clear that an evolution did not happen as expected.
  18. Nov 4, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II isn't trying to do anything especially new or different and I think that's okay. With Call of Duty taking a break from yearly releases next year, Modern Warfare II feels like comfort food - reliable, predictable but still filling. Aside from a few bugs and technical issues, you have solid campaign experience, a great set of missions, and a tight entertaining multiplayer affair. Modern Warfare II is an impressive entry into the iconic shooter series.
  19. Nov 4, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a video game equivalent of Marvel Cinematic Universe. There's a lot of fun, gunplay feels great, and all of that sounds and looks excellent (it definitely is one of the prettiest games out there). But we still wouldn't nominate MW2 a game of the year.
  20. Nov 3, 2022
    If you're a fan of the Call of Duty franchise, you've already bought the game. But for those who are still undecided, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is a non-stop action-packed, first-person shooter that grabs you by the hand and drags you on a crazy adventure until the very end.
  21. Nov 3, 2022
    Call Of Duty Modern Warfare II delivers enough modification and new functions to give a second breath to its license. A solid campaign with a massive multiplayer content waiting for us.
  22. Nov 2, 2022
    Despite its noticeable weaknesses and gaps in content, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is an overall good shooter package that is convincing in both campaign and multiplayer.
  23. Nov 2, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 does what it sets out to do, continues the homage to the original games, with updated storylines, well-crafted characters, surprisingly impactful additions, and proposes openings for what may be the franchise's best moment in this regard for some time. The promised evolutions are here. In fact, CoD seems to aim to impact the player with visual improvements and differentiated experiences that enrich the final product, but fails in the search for novelties relevant enough to maintain the same freshness in multiplayer modes.
  24. Nov 2, 2022
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 lays the foundations for the future of the series and does so with solid gameplay and a wide and varied play offer, since in a single package you can find a good campaign, a not too rich cooperative mode of content but still fun and a multiplayer that will probably be able to entertain for months thanks to the post-launch support. The critical issues are not lacking but on the whole we can be satisfied with what Infinity Ward and the teams involved have managed to offer us.
  25. Nov 1, 2022
    Modern Warfare 2 is a Call of Duty game without any surprises, but that in itself is also no surprise. Some new features do not flourish, but Modern Warfare 2 is a traditionally complete game thanks to its great multiplayer and almost nostalgic single player.
  26. Oct 31, 2022
    In our era of coldly distanced technological combat, of armoured police vehicles on city streets, of protests bloodily subdued, we might ask why such violent delights as Modern Warfare still have a place on the entertainment calendar. It’s something I’ve pondered over the many hours I’ve spent thoroughly enjoying this ludicrous game. It is something I will perhaps go on to think through in the many, many hours to come.
  27. Oct 31, 2022
    There’s some rough edges to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II that keep it from hitting the heights of the 2019 Modern Warfare, though most of its flaws can and will be fixed or improved through patches. Still, there’s an action-packed story to play through, plenty of multiplayer and a light co-op mode, and the promise of more in future. With Warzone 2.0 just around the corner, the future is certainly bright for Modern Warfare 2.
  28. Oct 30, 2022
    This year's Call of Duty is a solid installment, with gameplay that captures the best of what's been done in recent years. There's a feeling of best of deja vu but it's quite effective. The multiplayer also offers a well-oiled but unsurprising formula. Neither the best episode of the saga nor the worst, Modern Warfare II remains overall very pleasant to play.
  29. Oct 31, 2022
    It is a game that remains decent, it is not at all the fifth wonder of the world, but neither can it be interpreted as a disaster that will leave users indifferent, especially the most fanatical. The next installment must commit to delivering a product worthy of the new generation of consoles, since it seems that PS4 and Xbox One are limiting in some way.
  30. Nov 15, 2022
    The core Call of Duty gameplay is there, but Modern Warfare II has some issues and fails to be anything more than an average game in the series.
  31. Nov 9, 2022
    Call of Duty is bouncing back after a terrible last entry to give us a very good FPS. The campaign lacks the punch that gave the original game it's legendary status, but the multiplayer modes are fun, engaging and miles better than Vanguard's.
  32. Nov 6, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the usual well crafted FPS, but it could just have been an update for the previous entry. It has a new campaign, but some of its moment are way more worrying than intriguing, at best.
  33. Nov 11, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is Call of Duty at its finest in terms of settings and overall gameplay. You won’t have an emotional attachment to the campaign, but you’ll find excitement in late-game missions. Multiplayer and coop missions are where the fun lies, but sadly, it all feels more of the same with prettier graphics and sound design. Nevertheless, it’s Call of Duty, and if that’s what you’re here for, then you have two great years ahead of you until the next release.
  34. Nov 7, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is not a revolutionary entry in the franchise, but its multiplayer and co-op do just enough to make it an enjoyable Call of Duty.
  35. Nov 6, 2022
    Modern Warfare 2 is an enjoyable first-person shooter, and if some of its issues get addressed, it could be the best Call of Duty title we’ve had for a number of years. However, with the highly-anticipated, free-to-play Warzone 2 launching so soon after, it’s hard to see a world where MW2 gets the attention it needs.
  36. Nov 1, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II doesn't quite live up to the heights set by the game it reboots, but it's still great for those just looking for some fun online shootouts.
  37. Nov 1, 2022
    While I think this is better than 2019’s entry, charging $70-$100 for a game that’ll be good in a few months is not a gesture that I appreciate at all. If you can, I’d recommend waiting until massive changes come to flesh out this experience and iron out all the bugs. Right now, 2022’s version of Modern Warfare is bigger and slightly better, but going big without proper execution doesn’t translate to a winning formula.
  38. Nov 1, 2022
    If nothing else, Modern Warfare 2 and its return to the revamped gunplay of its predecessor is an assurance that Call of Duty is firmly within a new era.
  39. 65
    Despite high production values, Modern Warfare II is a tad underwhelming. A pretty yet predictable campaign, decent multiplayer that is unsure about how it’s supposed to play, and the sweet taste of Spec Ops mean this is an uneven, but enjoyable enough package. What’s clear is Call of Duty really, really needs a proper break to reset.
  40. Nov 1, 2022
    Plenty of people can put up with a bit of ugliness if there’s still a pretty good time to be had overall. For Modern Warfare II, the good time offered by its multiplayer and in glimpses within its campaign may be enough.
  41. Nov 16, 2022
    Conversely, Modern Warfare II’s multiplayer offering is rock solid, comprising a highly polished suite of modes catering to a wide range of playstyles. Traditional small-sided shoot-outs still dominate, of course, but quirkier maps help keep things fresh. Santa Sena Border Crossing takes place on a stretch of highway filled with empty but highly explosive vehicles, while Crown Raceway inexplicably takes place in the pit lanes of an F1 track.
  42. Nov 2, 2022
    Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most baffling Call of Duty games in years. It caters to newcomers, punishes veterans, and alienates everyone with overcomplicated menus. The campaign and Ground War are worthwhile. But Modern Warfare 2 still needs a lot of work to live up to its predecessors, and may not be worth your money just yet.
  43. Nov 4, 2022
    Modern Warfare 2 can be exciting when it works. Whilst the campaign’s narrative flaws can’t be fixed, major patchwork is needed to get the multiplayer (the most important aspect) to a good place, and co-op is in desperate need of extra content. Big games just shouldn’t be in this state at launch.
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  1. Oct 31, 2022
    The Modern Warfare 2 campaign is middling. Some missions are more fun than others, and the pacing is a bit off in certain spots. Despite this, there’s still plenty of fun to be had, and seeing Task Force 141 again is always a treat. [Campaign Review Score = 65]
  2. Oct 27, 2022
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is an excellent opus, which offers breathtaking visuals but which also confirms that the campaigns are still as breathtaking and enjoyable as ever! The game imposes a crazy rhythm through varied and intense missions where the feeling of the weapons and the thrills are still and always at the RDV. [Campaign Review Score = 90]
  3. Nov 1, 2022
    Modern Warfare 2's gameplay really feels like a refreshing return to old times again for Call of Duty, but unfortunately, the package as a whole feels lacking and gun customization is overly complex. [Multiplayer Review Score = 70; Campaign Score = 80]
  4. Oct 28, 2022
    With plenty more to test in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, we’ll update this review to include a breakdown of its multiplayer, but as far as the campaign goes, Infinity Ward has put out a solid effort that surpasses most Call of Duty campaigns we’ve seen over the last five years. It’s a good sequel to 2019’s reboot, but still follows some all too familiar tropes, with some of the characters not getting the spotlight they deserve. [Review in progress]
  5. Oct 24, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s campaign is a lackluster follow-up to its refined predecessor, saved by its best-in-class shooting. [Single-Player review score = 60]
  6. Oct 27, 2022
    With very solid foundations that do honor to the 2019 opus, the series innovates, bringing new gameplay, new equipment clearly welcome. Above all, the progression is much smoother - with a nice job on the system to unlock weapons! Somewhere, everything is done to welcome new players and this is a very good point. Even the third-person mode is surprisingly successful. Overall, this opus will undoubtedly lose the purists accustomed to faster gameplay. For the rest, if you want to indulge yourself with frenetic action, this is ideal. [Multiplayer Review Score = 80]
  7. Oct 25, 2022
    After finishing the campaign, I found myself itching for more of the game’s combat. But sadly, all I was left with was a boring-as-hell opening set of levels that are only loosely made up for with level structures lifted from other AAA games later on. And I have little desire to play through the sequences where I’m shooting people who don’t feel like a threat. I guess there’s the multiplayer to look forward to, but this campaign is a wildly missed opportunity for those who enjoy military-themed first-person shooters. [Campaign Impressions]
  8. As enjoyable as Modern Warfare II is — and it is certainly enjoyable on the whole — the moments when the story prompts uncomfortable real-world questions about the game’s intentions shatter its illusion of immersive entertainment. In those moments, I forget about whatever it is that Capt. Price and Co. are tasked with doing and just wonder what people were thinking when they made the decision to include whatever cringeworthy moment I just witnessed. As Infinity Ward plunges ahead with this story — teasing an upcoming Russian attack during a mid-credits cutscene that includes a nod to the airport massacre from the original Modern Warfare 2 — they’d do well to devote a little more scrutiny to such decisions. [Campaign Review]
  9. Oct 28, 2022
    A mild disappointment compared to the first Modern Warfare reboot, that relies too much on nostalgia and old ideas, but the core action and multiplayer modes are as irresistible as ever. [Review in Progress; Provisional score = 70]
  10. Oct 26, 2022
    If you're eager to get started with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, then the campaign will serve you well until the multiplayer and online co-op mode unlocks on Friday. With many missions that break away from the status quo, it's not always just about shooting the bad guys. From high-speed car chases and crafting systems to the turrets of an AC-130, Modern Warfare 2 thoroughly entertains when it's offline. [Campaign review]
  11. Oct 27, 2022
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2‘s campaign is an impressive reminder that when the franchise is firing on all cylinders, it’s still a force to be reckoned with... even if its politics remain a bit muddled. [Campaign review score = 80]
  12. Oct 23, 2022
    There is value to Modern Warfare 2’s campaign. It is art. It’s also just intense fun throughout, because it is ultimately a video game. To say anything else is to take away from the years of hard work that has gone into producing this spectacle. But we can’t forget about the context: millions of people, a lot of them very young and impressionable, will play this campaign. This is why it’s important to have these sorts of conversations. The campaign constantly dances a wobbling tightrope between being too fantastical and exposing the realities of modern war. Sometimes it slips too far into the realistic horrors, and it’s unable to commit, so it has to pull you back with just one more big budget explosion. [Campaign impressions]
  13. Nov 1, 2022
    For a $60 (or $70 on current gen) release, don’t expect the Call of Duty Modern Warfare II campaign to be solely enough for the asking price. With a roller-coaster story that bounces from locale to locale with a lack of attention span across its four-hour runtime, 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 is disappointing after coming off the highs of Vanguard and even the first reboot of Modern Warfare. It’s a serviceable shooting gallery that really doesn’t have much to offer that we hadn’t seen before across prior campaigns. [Campaign Review Score = 65]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 476 Ratings

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  1. Oct 29, 2022
    One of the best COD's since 2009, very good graphics, shooting feels fun, solid single player campaign. Miles better than Halo Infinite andOne of the best COD's since 2009, very good graphics, shooting feels fun, solid single player campaign. Miles better than Halo Infinite and Battlefail2021. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2022
    If you think vanguard was bad, this is next level bad. bad maps Design, bad connectivity, bad movement etc .....
  3. Nov 2, 2022
    1* for graphics, the game is a big fail as mw 2019 or vanguard ! No ninja perk = forced to camp, or get ownd by camper with good headphones,1* for graphics, the game is a big fail as mw 2019 or vanguard ! No ninja perk = forced to camp, or get ownd by camper with good headphones, the maps are the same layout as mw 2019... THE WORST MAPS IN THE FRANCHISE ! I will never buy another cod with sbmm, it ruined the game even more !!! Full Review »