Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review PDF Print E-mail

The Call of Duty franchise has been around for some time now, and although it has chiefly concentrated on the Second World War as a theatre of conflict, the most successful of the titles have been based in the modern era.


These are, of course, the Modern Warfare branch of the franchise, which now number a total of two games. Perhaps it is because the context of these games is a little easier to relate to, or because the weapons are more current. Whatever the case may be, the Modern Warfare games are the true super-soldiers of the franchise.

Modern WarfareModern Warfare 2 has broken all kinds of entertainment records already. It was predicted as being the most anticipated game of the year, and sales figures have gone a long way to realise that statement. This title is a gaming hot-cake… it is flying off of the shelves like crazy.

And with good reason. It is a great game, when all is said and done, and one that has enough action, entertainment and controversy attached to keep everyone happy.

Like every other Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare 2 is a first person shooter, and places the player in the role of a soldier in a conflict based in the very near future. Actually, the player takes the part of a number of soldiers throughout the game, as the story dictates. It doesn’t make too much of a difference to the game dynamic, though, and the story is strong enough so that the player won’t mind too much. The tale picks up a few years after the events of the first game, and sees the player struggling against a shadowy terrorist organisation bent on destabilising the world. It’s a story that is very entertaining and well worth experiencing, so I am going to avoid saying any more about it (we don’t want any spoilers, now do we?)

The action withion the game is intense. Set in various locations around the world, the combat takes place in beautiful and complex environments that will prove to be as demanding as the enemies are. The player will always need to be aware of things like cover and flanking angles in this game – much like a combatant in a real conflict. A wide variety of weapons is also available within the game. Vehicles have taken a back seat this time around, with very few available for use in the single player campaign. Some multiplayer maps will allow the player to get in a vehicle, though.

Multiplayer is where the game truly shines, though. With several game modes and a massive amount of people already playing online, the game will offer those who can access servers a massive amount of fun – as well as those that make use of their Xbox in LAN games.

With solid controls, a great story, tons of action and a challenge level that is high, Modern Warfare 2 demonstrates what intense first person shooter games should be like. Fans of the genre and franchise should be playing this (and they probably already are.) Be warned – this game has an 18 age restriction for a number of very good reasons, and may contain scenes disturbing to some.

  • Graphics: 9 / 10
  • Sound: 9 / 10
  • Control: 7 / 10
  • Game-Play / Game Dynamics: 8 / 10
  • Originality: 6 / 10
  • Longevity: 8 / 10
  • Appeal: 8 / 10

Platform: Xbox 360

Developer: Infinity Ward

Publisher: Activision

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