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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review

publisher: Activision
developer: Infinity Ward
genre: Shooters

PIV 3.0Ghz, 512MB RAM, 16GB HDD, 256MB video card
ESRB rating: M

release date: Nov 10, 09
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Then again, Infinity Ward isn't your average developer. Their Call of Duty games never disappoint and yet they keep offering more than familiar FPS gameplay. It's hard to believe. Call of Duty is still one of Activision's most prominent video game licenses. Recently the publisher announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sold 1.23 million copies in one day across the UK and the United States. That's quite an achievement. So, let's take a look at what all the fuss is a about. For reasons, which are more than obvious, we've decided to review the PC version of the game.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 continues where Call of Duty 4 ended. Imran Zakhaev's death caused the revolt of Vladimir Makarov, Zakhaev's associate. Makarov is regarded as one of the most ruthless villains on the face of the Earth and now he is pissed off and seeks revenge. The storyline in Modern Warfare 2 unfolds from multiple perspectives, staying true to earlier installments in the series. Sgt. Gary "Roach" Sanderson is one of the characters you'll be controlling. Just so you know, "Soap" MacTavish, the protagonist from the previous game is now a fully modeled and fully voiced character, he'll be at your side throughout most of the fights. Another major portion of the game is seen through the eyes Private James Ramirez, a member of 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment stationed in the United States. There's also a part in the game where you play as Private First Class Joseph Allen, a U.S. Army Ranger stationed in Afghanistan. Later on he goes undercover in Russia for the CIA using the alias Alexei Borodin.

Anyone who played Call of Duty 4 -- and I assume a lot of you did -- should be more than familiar with how things work. The fast-paced gameplay and over-the-top action prevail throughout most of the single-player campaign. Basically, it's your standard FPS formula used in every other Call of Duty game. Not only does it work, but it's sure to prove entertaining and immersive to every gamer eager to taste top-notch action.

Unfortunately there are times when Modern Warfare 2 seems a bit too overwhelming and intense for its own good. Charging the battlefield next to the severely damaged Washington Monument or dashing through the narrow alleyways of Rio de Janeiro are classic CoD moments. The action never lets up and you have to stay on your toes or you could be gunned down before you even blink. That's all very well, but personally I'm getting a bit tired of this type of routine. It's close to becoming a rather annoying clich' actually. Don't misunderstand me, there's no doubt that the action is fun. Everybody can have fun with this game. It's just that, we've experienced this particular brand of FPS way too many times before. To make a long story short, don't expect particularly innovative gameplay.

What you can expect is engaging action, flawless direction, great voice acting, spectacular scenes of devastation and war, and of course a fair slice of modern warfare - meaning you'll have access to a rich arsenal of modern-day armaments, all of which were realistically depicted. As before, the action swings from extreme on-foot combat situations towards intense vehicle segments. The stealth-based missions where you play as Sgt. Gary "Roach" Sanderson were definitely more appealing to me. The overwhelming type of action you get in certain missions has become a bit stale. For instance, when marching to battle with the Ranger Regiment through a demolished Washington D.C. looks amazing, to be sure. But we just couldn't shake off the feeling that we've played this game before. Yes, we have played it before and so have most of you guys.

You need not worry about the AI in this game. If it doesn't overpower you and your squad with sheer numbers, it marches into action using tactics. Individual soldiers seem a lot more alert and skillful than in the previous game - this goes both for friendly and enemy troops. All in all, Modern Warfare 2 is a satisfying challenge. A word of caution though: don't increase the difficulty in this game too much, unless you're that keen on some serious aggravation.

Perhaps the greatest issue is that most gamers will be able to dash through the single-player campaign in 4-5 hours max. Such a drawback wouldn't stand out if it weren't for another glaring omission, which is continues to piss off most of the PC gaming community. We'll get to that in a minute.

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8.1   Very Good

Incredible atmosphere, breathtaking scenes of destruction and non-stop action are enjoyable as always, good AI, cool soundtrack, great voice acting, immersive as always;

Some of the classic CoD-style action is getting old, they would've done a lot better if they focused more on stealth-based missions, no dedicated server support and no custom content.


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