Modern Warfare 2 by Infinity Ward was one of the most anticipated games of the year and their was a lot of controversy as to whether or not they would be able to follow-up the first Modern Warfare with a title that was worthy of anywhere near the acclaim. The bad news was that this was a tall order for anyone, the good news was that Infinity Ward was more than capable of handling it and they did. Modern Warfare 2 is everything that fans wanted and more and as a gamer that’s really all you can ask.
Modern Warfare 2 picks up a few years after the original and takes players on a journey that by the game’s end will take you around the world and back again. It’s a story about honor, loyalty, and betrayal and all the things that can happen in between. The game’s single player campaign drops players into a viscerally realistic battle against a downright despicable foe who will do absolutely anything, including killing innocent civilians to get his way. And that leads me to my thoughts on “No Russian”. After all the controversy that was made when the scene and information about its contents got leaked ahead of the games release, I was very interested to see what all the fuss was about.
Infinity Ward in response to some of the backlash made it skippable if you didn’t want to see it and they took it completely out for the games Russian release amid accusations that the scene did not reflect favorably on the country. As a journalist I felt that it was important that I actually see what the fuss was about and I have to tell you that I think the whole situation was blown way out of proportion. The scene shows a psychopath and his crew walking through an airport gunning down innocent civilians and the player has the option to actively participate or not, they could just walk through the whole scene without firing a shot and still complete the level. I understood where people where coming from to a degree, but Call Of Duty is and always will be a game about war and the truth of the matter is that in times of war men have executed greater atrocities than what you will see in the game, there is actually very little blood or gore in the scene. But enough about that, I just felt I needed to address it.
So back to the single player game itself, as always Infinity Ward delivers a high quality product. The entire time you feel like you are right in the middle of a seemingly controlled chaos. There isn’t much I feel I can tell you about the storyline without spoiling it for you except that it is very well done as we all expected. As is always with the Call of Duty franchise, my biggest complaint is the length of the game, you could finish it in an afternoon. While I wish it was longer, I respect Infinity Ward’s position that they intend to tell a story that is authentic while staying true to their roots of not dragging a game on just to make it longer, as one of their folks said once when the story is over then they end the game. While gamers may not ever get a 20-30 hour COD experience in the single player campaign, COD more than makes up for it with a superior multiplayer experience, the one that all others are judged by.
Call Of Duty’s multiplayer experience is a formula that just works. While initially there were some problems getting connected and more importantly staying connected, none of those appeared to be Infinity Ward’s fault and they were pretty much resolved within the first few days of release. The multiplayer experience is just plain fun and while those durn “campers” are still quite annoying, everything else is right up to par. A large part of the perk system has been rethought and now they are more evenly balanced and more appropriate. They even got rid of those annoying dogs that drove us all crazy. There are still a few kinks to be worked and a few features that were in the last few installments that are missing, but nothing major that an update can’t fix.
Modern Warfare 2 is everything we all expected it to be and more. The game delivers on everything that it promises and you just don’t find that anymore. The story is compelling if short and the experience is one you won’t forget. That all combines in a fashion that there is really no choice but for us to give Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by Infinity Ward 10 out of 10. As always when it comes to COD, I’ll see you online.