Don’t believe the hype? Well maybe you should.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have surely noticed that Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2 is available in the shops. Published by Activision, this first person shooter game can be played on teh Xbox360, PS3 and PC. It has been receiving rave reviews on all fronts and has enjoyed the biggest launch in video game history.
As a sequel to one of the best shooters ever created, MW2 had a lot to live up to. Infinity Ward have stepped up to the challenge, and indeed surpassed it on all fronts. Modern Warfare was a big jump from the other Call of Duty games, in that the WWII setting was left behind in exchange for a modern setting in a fictional far eastern country. But the game was a massive hit, in part due to its amazing online modes. So what has changed, whats new and whats wrong?
Modern Warfare 2 drops the fictional setting from the first game and instead takes the players on a whirlwind tour to real world locations. The campaign will take the player through interesting storylines with realistic characters. As you play the campaign, you will come across some real moments of exhilaration and tension. I won’t spoil things for you, but there are some moments in the game where the player will really sit back and be shocked. The story is fairly linear, and very compelling.
Gameplay is more or less the same as before, as are the graphics and sounds. This is not a bad thing however, as the first game was very well polished in these respects. The only thing I found a bit disappointing about the campaign was its length. It really is very short, especially considering the cost of the game.
Personally, I really enjoy being able to play through a games campaign in co-op mode. Being able to share that experience with someone is one of the highlights of video gaming in general. Sadly, there is no co-op mode for this games campaign. This is understandable to a degree, as the amazing story telling that can be found in this game would be tarnished by a co-op mode. But, in their infinite wisdom, Infinity Ward has thought about the co-op lover out there. What they have instead is the new Spec-ops mode. This mode allows players to play through a series of levels together, based on locations from within the campaign, following different objectives.
At the end of the day, multiplayer is the reason why most people will be buying this game. Again, Modern Warfare 2 has surpassed its predecessor in brilliance. The gameplay is still the same, but bigger. As with the first, players can level up their characters and improve them over time. But this time there is more equipment, more kill streaks and more perks to aim for and, indeed, probably more players as a result. The online multiplayer is the games main selling point, and is easily accessible by anyone. Playing is the same as before, but people who are new to the game need not dismay. Leveling up is easy and even the newest of players will come away from a session with a sense of achieving something, as their characters will receive experience and all of the benefits that come with leveling up.
I must admit to being a little nervous about this release, as it had some big boots to fill. But I am pleased to say that, with the exception of the short campaign, this game is one of the most perfect examples of video gaming available. I can’t say anymore about it, just buy the game and join the huge number of people already playing Modern Warfare 2 online.