The Greatest War of Our Generation: Modern Warfare 2 Review

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Master Chief, eat your heart out.

Master Chief, eat your heart out.

Okay, is anyone really wondering if the sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is any good? I almost feel worthless here trying to talk about Modern Warfare 2 as anything I say is basically irrelevant (a stark contrast to how things usually work with me). But the bottom line is that Modern Warfare 2 is a good game for both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 and makes a good holiday gift. So what more should I cover?

First off, should kids be playing this: No they should not. Kids, you have years and years ahead of you to enjoy life and not worry about wars and being told you’re a newb by someone that’s obviously better than you. The game contains adult themes and only people over 18 are immature enough to grasp such themes. Plus, no one wants to hear you on Xbox Live and your poor playing is making strangers dislike you. Unless you’re totally a cool guy and you know how to play well.

The Best Game FPS of The Season

Well, for starters I can give some pointers at how best to enjoy the game. For those of you playing MW2 for the story, you’re in luck, though I highly suggest you play through the first Modern Warfare before tackling the sequel. MW2 picks up five years after the events of the first game and it really shows. You’ll have a hard time following all the finer details if you aren’t already caught up to speed, plus you’ll miss out on the drama the story intends to create.

Still, Some Caution

I’d like to talk about the mild controversy surrounding the game for a second and then I promise I’ll get right back into the review. There is a point where you play as a group of terrorists and it can get extremely uncomfortable, to the point where you may not wish to play this part of the single player campaign again. However, this isn’t a bad thing.

This means Infinity Ward (the game’s developer), is doing a good job on a story level of creating aspects of the plot that hit on a gut-level and cause discomfort. That’s a good thing as any competent writer will tell you that the best thing you can do is force the audience to become uncomfortable with an aspect of the story because it feels too real or hits too hard (such as killing off a well-loved character and keeping them dead). Still, don’t let impressionable young gamers play this one. I’ll talk about that more later, but here’s the first warning.

Graphics Are At Their Best

Good, back to the review. You’ll notice that MW2 is graphically amazing. I get bored talking about graphics and I’m sure you get bored hearing about them but just take a look at some of the screenshots I have posted around here. Wait, let me get one for you.

Savor it for a moment.

Savor it for a moment.

See the amount of detail going into this game? Levels are extremely detailed to the point that you don’t just think, “Oh, this is the snow level,” but rather you get a sense that this is a snippet of the world this game takes place in. Every part of this game is working to establish environment and make the world feel more real and for the most part it works. You’ll have numerous times where the graphics will stun you.

Gameplay Also Superb

So let’s move past the graphics and into gameplay. Yeah, boring to talk about gameplay, too, as it either works or it doesn’t and the only time it’s fun to discuss a game’s controls is when they don’t work. Well they work great here. Hardcore fans of FPS’s may find the semi-auto aiming to simplify the game, but with the amount of enemies in any given level it’s hard to believe anything over 5% of players could ever hold their own. It works as a necessity and it works well.

Sadly, the single player campaign is short. I’m talking maybe 8 hours short, and that is only if you haven’t mastered the art of the FPS (I could probably get a lot more playtime out of the single player campaign than most of you, if that says anything about my abilities). The gold of the game doesn’t come from the campaign though; you’ll be sticking around for months because of the multiplayer.

Multiplayer For The Win

Protip: Getting in between a spray of bullets and a suckapunk is always a bad idea.

Protip: Getting in between a spray of bullets and a suckapunk is always a bad idea.

Dang, I probably should have simply told you MW fans that the multiplayer portion of MW2 is just as good, if not better, than the first game. That could have saved you a lot of time, right? Well you have nothing to fear other than a lack of interest for the first game since MW2 knows how to make multiplayer experiences work on an expert level. There isn’t a complete revolution of design here but I wouldn’t want a complete revolution of design any more than y’all probably want since it goes against the old adage of “If it ain’t broke, don’t mess with Modern Warfare’s multiplayer.” Ah the number of times my dad told me that as a kid.

Reading this review is just taking precious time away from playing Modern Warfare 2 and you know it.

Parents, just be aware of what your kids are playing and explain the difference between fantasy and real life so that they don’t do something they’ll regret later on, like calling someone at school a newb without realizing that person can see them and beat them up.

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Chris was the former Head Writer/Editor of Toy-TMA. He did a great job overseeing the site and getting new content published regularly. Always more than willing to respond to a comment or two, but pitiless with trolls! He has since moved on from TMA, and we wish him the best.

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