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5.0 out of 5 stars The champ is here, 20 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Modern Warfare 2 is quite simply the greatest first person shooter ever made.

There, I said it. And I said it without reservation or a trace of doubt. Normally I hate when people gush all over a game just because it's new and popular, but in this case, I can't help it. No matter which point of view you look at it from, whether it be sound, graphics, gameplay, storyline, characters or multiplayer options, Modern Warfare 2 is a triumph of gaming.

It's no secret that the first Modern Warfare was an excellent game, reinvigorating what had become a tired series of WW2 shooters and turning it into something that was both relevant and compelling. It didn't hurt that its multiplayer mode was one of the most balanced, imaginative and addictive experiences in years. The task of trying to follow this up with something that not only equalled it, but surpassed it in terms of quality was nothing short of Herculean.

But they did.

Modern Warfare 2 is set several years after the events of the first game. Despite your best efforts, ultranationalists have seized power in Russia and have elevated Imran Zakhaev (the baddy of Modern Warfare) to hero status. A brutal attack on a Russian airport frames America for the crime, resulting in both countries coming to blows. Before the world degenerates into WW3, it's up to you and the other members of an elite multinational counter-terrorist force to find the guy responsible and lay the smackdown on him. It's a fairly simple setup, but the plot is rife with twists and turns. Characters switch sides, old friends and enemies pop up unexpectedly, people get gunned down without warning and a whole lot of stuff blows up, including innocent civilians.

Yes, by now everyone knows about the infamous No Russian level. It stirred up real controversy with the `games promote violence' lunatics, but really I don't see the problem with it. It's meant to be shocking and unpleasant, and to be honest if you're disturbed by the idea of shooting people in a game, you shouldn't be playing an FPS in the first place.

The thing that made the original so enjoyable was the blistering pace and frantic gameplay. When you were plunged into a firefight, you really felt like you were up against it, and that feeling has been enhanced here. Enemies make effective use of cover, suppressing fire and grenades to flush you out. And they're relentless. If you get wounded, forget about just hiding around a corner to heal up - they WILL come after you to finish you off.

Naturally graphics and sound are superb, and the voice over cast is top notch. There's Lance Henriksen (whose gravel voice can make even the worst game seem better), Kevin McKidd, Will Arnett and Keith David. If these guys were in a film together, it'd be impressive enough. The fact they were able to get them for a video game speaks volumes.

The weapon load out has been bumped up for this outing. Now there are literally dozens of pistols, submachine guns, rifles and shotguns, and they all feel individual. They all have their own strengths and weaknesses, and it's up to you to decide which style suits you best. There's also the option to dual-wield pistols, which for me resulted in one of the coolest moments in gaming when I stormed into a room full of terrorists, twin machine pistols blazing fiery death.

But this being an FPS, it'll stand or fall based on its multiplayer. Part of the reason I waited so long before writing this review was to fully experience all aspects of this game, and it has to be said that the multiplayer options in this game are second to none. You can customise just about every aspect of your online character, maps are varied and interesting, there's a vast selection of weapons, and the whole feel and responsiveness of the game engine is just perfect. I guarantee you'll lose entire days of your life playing this, and you won't regret a single second.

Modern Warfare 2 has received a bit of stick from certain quarters with accusations that it doesn't deviate far enough from its predecessor, but I salute developers Infinity Ward for having the courage to stand by their creation. If long-running series have taught us anything, it's that constantly tinkering with a near perfect formula eventually runs the thing into the ground. There's a reason Great White sharks haven't evolved in the past 60 million years - they're already perfect for what they do, and so is Modern Warfare 2.

Buy this game. Now.
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2009 02:34:33 GMT
DAMN, I was hoping this game would be rubbish, because I spent all my game money before MW2 came out on Uncharted 2. Curses, now I have to wait until Christmas before I can play it,

Posted on 24 Dec 2009 12:29:44 GMT
Superb review sums the game up perfectly Well Done Dr Jones

Posted on 12 Apr 2010 13:11:18 BDT
WhyNot says:
Great review... To date i have lost 12d 14h and 48mins to MW2 and no, i don't regret a second...
Bring on the map pack...

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2011 17:50:13 GMT
A. Powell says:
Warning: I would advise NOT to buy this product if you want to play it online!

The online game side of it is full of hackers (check the forums) Sony & the makers seem not to care.
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