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The best just got better,
This review is from: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Hardened Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
The original Call of Duty4: Modern Warfare was arguably the best first person shooter on the Xbox360 and possibly the best shooter ever made. The pressure was certainly on developers Infinity Ward - how to top one of the most popular games on the current generation of consoles. What they did was serve up more of the same, only looking better than ever and introducing more depth, including a co-operative mode.
It's CoD4 as you know and love: the single player campaign is great, clocking in at about five or six hours and delivering great set-pieces that range from the caves of Afghanistan to suburban North America, from oil rigs and snow bases to the Whitehouse itself and referencing along the way some action films such as the snow mobile chase of Die Hard 2 and the shower shoot-out of The Rock. The 'story', such as it is, is told with the now-familiar device of the dual parallel narrative, British and American. The graphics are outstanding, the motion capture perfect, the levels varied, the sound and voice acting absolutely spot-on.
However, as is the case with CoD, you come for the single player campaign but you stay for the multiplayer. Safe to say, the multiplayer is even better on this than CoD4, which was almost perfection. There are more weapons, more customisation, more perks, more depth in levelling up, bigger maps, more detail - yes, more is more here and it's outstanding. The multiplayer detail is as good as the original CoD4 single player game.
The biggest new addition would have to be Special Operations mode. That's a co-operative game (online or system link/split screen) where yourself and another player have to complete a certain objective, such as holding out in a siege scenario or clearing out a location. This feature is perfectly well balanced and a great new aspect to the Call of Duty franchise.
At it's heart, Modern Warfare2 is still a Call of Duty game and it's unlikely to win any converts from the nay-sayers, who decry it as an on-rails, whack-a-mole, run and gun game. It is all these things but that's not a bad thing in itself and when compared to the mediocre, half-finished rubbish that was Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, Infinity Ward have established with Modern Warfare2 the bench mark for all future first person shooters. This game is almost perfection.
The Hardened Edition comes with a code to download the complete original version of Call of Duty in high definition (also by Infinity Ward), featuring almost two dozen levels, with online multiplayer functionality. This is a great game when you fancy some retro warfare. All told, an excellent package.