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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
91
3.8
Xbox 360
92
3.8
Windows
86
3.9

User Reviews

Tango! Roger! Alpha Six! Take Point! Xbox 360 Pixelspeech (955)
The best FPS you are likely to ever find. Xbox 360 havoc of smeg (13029)

Our Users Say

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PlayStation 3 16 3.8
Windows 44 3.9
Xbox 360 27 3.8
Combined MobyScore 87 3.9


The Press Says

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100
Xbox 360GameSpy
The fact that I didn't even get into the stunning visuals and amazing sound design speaks volumes about the sheer amount of content in the game, and I could probably write another 800 words simply about the ridiculous attention to detail on display in each level. It's ultimately up to you whether you want to listen to the marketing hype or not, but believe this: With its combination of an engaging single-player campaign, addictive adversarial multiplayer modes, and enjoyable cooperative Spec Ops action, there's no denying that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is one of the year's finest games.
100
Xbox 360newbreview.com
Overall I give “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”, 5 n00btubes (if you don’t know what they are, google them) out of 5. Finally a game that lives up to the hype that’s been created for it.
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PlayStation 3That Gaming Site
An improvement in every way over the original Modern Warfare. A must have for your collection.
100
Xbox 360Xboxygen
Une fois n’est pas coutume, Infinity Ward réussit haut la main l’examen du jeu hollywoodien. L’ambiance de ce Modern Warfare 2 est excellente, la partie graphisme/esthétique/sonore est toujours aussi bien travaillée et les quelques heures que compte la campagne solo passent vraiment trop vite. Même si les missions spéciales sont une bonne idée, on regrettera quand même l’absence d’un vrai mode coop. Modern Warfare 2 ne révolutionne pas la série mais contribue assurément à sa renommée méritée. Nous avons bien là le blockbuster tant attendu et on n’a plus qu’à souhaiter un mode coop et une narration mieux maitrisés pour le prochain !
100
Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 often pushed me to the point of sensory overload, but I played until my wrist was sore. It's a pretty amazing ride, packing enough "holy cow!" moments for six games!
100
Xbox 360Console Obsession
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 could have been one of those over hyped games that didn’t deserve its inevitable sales success, although this one deserves every bit of record breaking success that it has already enjoyed and will likely continue to enjoy. The explosive high production values of the campaign and the stunning and rewarding multiplayer makes for a truly excellent package, and one that is deserving of all the attention in the world.
100
PlayStation 3Giant Bomb
Since it's building on such a strong framework, it might be hard to go completely nuts over the release of Modern Warfare 2. But if you've played a significant amount of Infinity Ward's last game, the improvements are numerous and they are supremely satisfying. If you've ever been interested in a first-person shooter, buy this game.
100
PlayStation 3videogamer.com
That seems like as good a place as any to end this review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 takes everything that was great about CoD4 and ramps it up to the next level. With the best multiplayer shooting that money can buy, an incredibly action-packed campaign and plenty of superb two-player co-op levels, this is without a doubt a real contender for game of the year.
100
PlayStation 31UP
Mixing real-world locations with bombastic set-pieces MW2 continues the guided, thrill-ride experiences of its predecessor, and adds even more depth to its multiplayer offerings. It might not have fixed all the problems from the first game, but there's just so much quality content packed into this game that it will almost certainly be one of the most-played games in your library for a long time to come.
100
PlayStation 3GameSpy
The fact that I didn't even get into the stunning visuals and amazing sound design speaks volumes about the sheer amount of content in the game, and I could probably write another 800 words simply about the ridiculous attention to detail on display in each level. It's ultimately up to you whether you want to listen to the marketing hype or not, but believe this: With its combination of an engaging single-player campaign, addictive adversarial multiplayer modes, and enjoyable cooperative Spec Ops action, there's no denying that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is one of the year's finest games.
97
PlayStation 3Gaming Target
Infinity Ward hits another one out of the park with Modern Warfare 2. Their games are so consistently good it’s questionable why publisher Activision would have anyone else develop under the iconic Call of Duty name. In any event, real gamers know where the real goods come from and with Infinity Ward, you are getting the best shooter on the planet. Modern Warfare 2 is an intense, addictive game that you’ll be playing for a long, long time – well, at least until Modern Warfare 3 comes out.
96
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Modern Warfare 2 shatters the old standard of excellence and has raised the bar for what it means to be an epic shooter. With a mind-shattering campaign, superb co-op play, and the deepest multiplayer experience on Live, Modern Warfare 2 is one of the greatest shooters in gaming history, and a must-own for fans of the genre.
95
Xbox 360GamingEvolution
All in all Modern Warfare 2 is a major upgrade to the original. The improve game engine helps create immersive environments that do a great job of mirroring what the actual locals would look and feel like. This coupled with the graphics make Modern Warfare 2 the best first person shooter out. The single-player campaign will take you around 7 hours at max and that is if you are a novice in the FPS genre. However, this is not that big a deal once you add in the highly addictive Spec Ops mode. In addition, once you have polished off those two modes there is the online multiplayer and all I can say about that is OMG. You will spend months playing this mode trust me. With all the perks, kill streaks and leveling up you will be prestiging over and over again. If you do not have this game, buy it! This game is definitely not a rent especially if you are big on playing with your friends. This is a must have in your game collection.
95
PlayStation 3GamingEvolution
All in all Modern Warfare 2 is a major upgrade to the original. The improve game engine helps create immersive environments that do a great job of mirroring what the actual locals would look and feel like. This coupled with the graphics make Modern Warfare 2 the best first person shooter out. The single-player campaign will take you around 7 hours at max and that is if you are a novice in the FPS genre. However, this is not that big a deal once you add in the highly addictive Spec Ops mode. In addition, once you have polished off those two modes there is the online multiplayer and all I can say about that is OMG. You will spend months playing this mode trust me. With all the perks, kill streaks and leveling up you will be prestiging over and over again. If you do not have this game, buy it! This game is definitely not a rent especially if you are big on playing with your friends. This is a must have in your game collection.
95
Xbox 360Play.tm
There's so much more I could have talked about, too, the sense of peril in the splashes of blood that cloud your vision as death gets dangerously close, the new fixed gun emplacements, the smile-inducing diversions like the drone bombings and the occasional but hugely entertaining use of vehicles. Indeed, perhaps this broad-ranging virtuosity is the whole point, Modern Warfare 2 can mean so many things to so many games players, and entertain on so many levels. The cinematic appeal of the singleplayer action makes it infectious and hugely memorable in a way few if any other games can manage. That this is bundled with the best multiplayer experience of any game really leaves us in little doubt that this is the complete package. Two years ago we awarded the original Modern Warfare 95 percent, I see no reason why this tour de force, despite its occasional lack of originality, deserves anything less.
95
Xbox 360Destructoid
If the campaign's story was shaped better and made more sensible, and if the online Perks were just a tiny bit more balanced, this would be a near-perfect game, no shadow of a doubt. As it stands, however, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is an utterly stellar achievement that knows exactly what its audience wants, and delivers in abundance. Truly, this is the biggest game of 2009.
95
WindowsIGN
When you look at the total package, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is hands-down one of the best first-person shooters out there, and a truly amazing offering across any system. With that being said, our score comes with a disclaimer. For those planning to check out everything Modern Warefare 2 has to offer – online competition, full co-op Spec Ops mode, as well as the campaign – you’re looking at a no-brainer purchase. For the strictly single player crowd, however, Modern Warfare 2 is surprisingly short, and doesn’t live up to the standard set by previous Call of Duty games. The campaign can be completed in as little as four and a half hours, and the missions make better scenarios and moment-to-moment adrenaline rushes than they do a cohesive, well-told story. If you’re going solo, you’ve officially been warned. Look at the complete Modern Warfare 2 experience though, and there’s no denying its rightful place at the top.
95
PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
As a sequel, Modern Warfare 2 is more than a worthy successor to its critically acclaimed predecessor. Viewed as a standalone effort, it’s probably one of the most accomplished video games we’ve dissected in years, and one of the most beautiful to boot. Whether it’s the gripping campaign, pulse-pounding multiplayer or immensely rewarding Special Ops, Modern Warfare 2 is an essential purchase regardless of your affiliation with the Call of Duty brand. In short, buy this game now – and that’s an order, soldier.
95
PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Modern Warfare 2 is an outstanding game that is sure to please all fans of the series. If you are looking at it as solely a single player affair the price tag and shortness of the campaign might not be enough to justify it. However, of you want the whole experience this game is one of the most complete packages you will pick up this year. While it may not reinvent the wheel, it makes it a much more enjoyable ride. I am sure that no review will deter anyone from already picking up the game, but if you are still on the fence and want to experience the entire package then Modern Warfare 2 is a must buy this holiday season.
95
PlayStation 3IGN
When you look at the total package, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is hands-down one of the best first-person shooters out there, and a truly amazing offering across any system. With that being said, our score comes with a disclaimer. For those planning to check out everything Modern Warefare 2 has to offer – online competition, full co-op Spec Ops mode, as well as the campaign – you’re looking at a no-brainer purchase. For the strictly single player crowd, however, Modern Warfare 2 is surprisingly short, and doesn’t live up to the standard set by previous Call of Duty games.
94
Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
If Modern Warfare has always been about the visceral thrill of modern military combat (if viewed through a somewhat skewed, hollywood-ized lens) then you’ll struggle to find fault with this one. And should Infinity Ward be able to piece together an amazing (and, one can hope, a more politically relevant) story mode for the inevitable Modern Warfare 3, then we’ll really be in business. For now, suit up—we’re oscar mike.
94
WindowsGameZone
From the first campaign mission to the 50th deathmatch round, Modern Warfare 2 is one heck of a ride. Its flaws are miniscule whispers against a thundrous symphony of greatness, where all elements combine for a must-play experience.
94
Xbox 360IGN UK
The question is, do you get enough bang for your buck? Bear in mind this is one of the most expensive games of all time to be released without a peripheral in the box, so Activision must be pretty confident of our readiness to screw Nan out of her pension for our expensive Christmas gift. The storyline certainly isn’t going to win any Oscars and what plot there is is all pretty poorly and confusingly delivered. And if you strip away the bombast, this truly is the most conventional of sequels, with the unshakeable feeling that you’ve cowered in a similar crater before two years ago, including an almost blow-by-blow retread of one of the first game’s most iconic sequences. But boy, what bombast it is.
94
PlayStation 3IGN UK
The question is, do you get enough bang for your buck? Bear in mind this is one of the most expensive games of all time to be released without a peripheral in the box, so Activision must be pretty confident of our readiness to screw Nan out of her pension for our expensive Christmas gift. The storyline certainly isn’t going to win any Oscars and what plot there is, is all pretty poorly and confusingly delivered. And if you strip away the bombast, this truly is the most conventional of sequels, with the unshakeable feeling that you’ve cowered in a similar crater before two years ago, including an almost blow-by-blow retread of one of the first game’s most iconic sequences. But boy, what bombast it is.
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PlayStation 3Digital Chumps
The scary thing about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is that Infinity Ward has top this with the next installment. Why is this scary? I'm not sure they can top this. Improved controls, more modes, better graphics and presentation equal out to be one big non-stop gaming experience that will spoil you rotten. You will replay this game and you will keep playing it on XBL and PSN non-stop.
93
WindowsPeliplaneetta.net
Pitkän linjan pc-pelaajanakin on myönnettävä matsinhakujärjestelmän toimivan nopeasti ja kivuttomasti, eikä viivettä tuntunut ilmenevän testisessioiden aikana. Komentokonsolin puuttuminen taas tarkoittaa lähinnä pelin ominaisuuksien säätämisen minimointia, mutta jälleen puute koskettanee aika marginaalista osaa pelaajista. Varjopuolien listalle voi käytännössä lisätä myös fanimuunnelmien tekemisen, yhden merkittävimmistä pc-pelaamisen ympärille rakentuneista ilmiöistä, estymisen. Käytännössä pc-versio on jaetun ruudun kaksinpelin puuttumista lukuun ottamatta identtinen konsolisisarustensa kanssa, ja peli onkin yksi parhaista räiskinnöistä pitkään aikaan. Siksi onkin sääli, että Infinity Ward päätti vieraannuttaa ainakin osan pc-pelaajista ominaisuuksien karsimisella. Kehittäjien on varmasti vaikea ohittaa kritiikkiä, mutta kyseessä taitaa olla yksi markkinoiden konsolikeskeistymisen mukanaan tuomista väistämättömistä lieveilmiöistä.
92
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Amerikanischer Patriotismus ist eine Sache, die einem schmeckt oder eben nicht. Manche – und dazu gehöre ich – können dieses aufschneiderische Getue fast vollständig ausblenden. Darum finde ich in Modern Warfare 2 auch die Erfüllung meiner Spielerträume. Mir läuft sogar ein kleiner Schauer über den Rücken, wenn ich meinen Pixel-Ami, von Hans Zimmers pompöser Musik getrieben, aufs Dach des Weißen Hauses lenke und auf das ziemlich malträtierte Washington DC herabblicke. Trotzdem hätte Infinity Ward an der einen oder anderen Stelle nicht so weit gehen müssen, nur um das Spiel noch eindrucksvoller und brutaler als den Vorgänger zu machen. Es könnte also durchaus sein, dass mir das bei einem Modern Warfare 3 dann irgendwann doch zu viel wird ... Aber so weit sind wir ja noch nicht – für den zweiten Teil rate ich Ihnen: Lesen Sie den Kasten „Eine Frage der Moral“, befragen Sie Ihr inneres Engelchen und Teufelchen und schlagen Sie dann zu!
92
PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
Before it was even released, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had a lot to live up to and I am pleased to say that it wasn’t all talk. This game truly delivered. It looks better, it plays better, the story is more intense and the multiplayer is more inviting. And with the inclusion of SpecOps, the longevity of this game is sure to have increased as well. However it still needs to work on such crucial things such as storytelling. Overall it is still a great game. If you are a fan of shooters….you probably are already playing this game.
91
WindowsGamingXP
Ich kann mir einfach nicht helfen, aber „Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2“ haut mich einfach aus den Latschen! Des Öfteren kam mir das Gespielte dermaßen real vor, das ich beinahe darauf vergaß zu atmen – einfach Wahnsinn! Einzig das Geschehen im Flughafen-Level erregte meinen Unmut – aber so ist das Leben.
90
WindowsGamereactor (Germany)
Natürlich bewegt sich die Kampagne im Grenzland dessen, was in Sachen Spiellänge für ein vollpreisiges Spiel akzeptabel ist, aber dies wird von dem unglaublich unterhaltsamen Spec-Ops-Modus und dem proppevollen Multiplayer aufgewogen. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare war eines der Spiele, die online am meisten gespielt wurden, seit es so ziemlich auf den Tag genau vor zwei Jahren herauskam. Wenn nun kein Unglück geschieht, wird das gleiche für Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 gelten, das in fast allen Punkten besser ist als der Vorgänger.
90
WindowsCheat Happens
The Call of Duty games, especially those developed by Infinity Ward have become a cultural phenomenon and Modern Warfare 2 is a great addition to the lineup. Sure it’s over the top at times and doesn’t stray far from the course but there’s no denying that it’s a fun action title with remarkably high production values. Lock and load soldiers. You have a new addiction.
90
PlayStation 3PlayFrance
Les développeurs d'Infinity Wars ont repris tout ce qui a fait le charme des précédents opus en l'améliorant et en l'approfondissant pour en faire de lui un " must-have ". Graphiquement superbe avec une mise en scène remarquable, toujours aussi plaisant à jouer en solo et en multijoueur, et un mode " spécial-ops " d'excellente facture, Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 est assurément le FPS de l'année.
90
Xbox 360411mania.com
I think Infinity Ward have achieved what they set out to do with this game. It improves the overall experience, with more content and tweaks the multi player in a way to keep it interesting to series veterans and give newbies at least a fighting chance. Spec Ops is a genuinely brilliant addition that adds hours to the game. The single player experience is brilliant and in many ways better than the first game, but in other ways it doesn't quite achieve the impact. A very impressive package. One of the best shooters ever made, one of the best games released this year and probably soon to become the highest selling game of all time.
90
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is one of those rare breeds to actually live up to the hype. The single player, albeit disappointing, is still an excellent thrill ride and precursor to the main pull: the multiplayer. CoD4 cemented its place as one of the best online shooters going and Modern Warfare 2 builds on it, adding a plethora of new features that constantly reward and amaze. Infinity Ward has managed to improve on the multiplayer without changing the fundamentals that made it so great in the first place. If you don’t have Xbox Live it’s not worth the inflated price tag since the short single player isn’t worth it, but Spec Ops and the multiplayer are so superb that it’s hard not to call Modern Warfare 2 one of the games of this generation.
90
Xbox 360GameSpot
Fortunately, the action generally remains on the good side of hectic, and the stream of rewards is as satisfying as ever. Two new elements, title and emblem, are little graphics and titles that you earn through your match performance, and these range run the gamut from serious to totally goofy. While not exactly in keeping with the serious tone of the campaign, they add an amusing way to further customize your online presence. With a robust variety of playlists in which to ply your deadly trade, Modern Warfare 2's competitive multiplayer is the best in the series and one of the best available on consoles. The inelegant campaign plot may make you feel like you're just along for the ride, but it is such an intense, roaringly great ride that you will be glad just to have played it. The cooperative missions provide a uniquely fun angle on the action that rounds out the package superbly, making Modern Warfare 2 thoroughly entertaining, thoroughly rewarding, and thoroughly worth the wait.
90
Xbox 360Lens of Truth
Once again, Infinity Ward sets the bar for first person war games. The feeling you get when playing through the campaign and battling online isn’t matched by any other FPS. This is an easy must buy and, just like Uncharted 2, what a true sequel should be. I wish Infinity Ward had realized what they had and didn’t try to shock people into buying their game. It would have sold fine without the “No Russian” stage.
90
PlayStation 3Gamestyle
Successful titles often spawn restrained and by-the-numbers sequels. Modern Warfare 2 offers you more of the same, but with enough new content and options to demonstrate just what a firm foundation Infinity Ward has built. In terms of size, lifespan and revenue this is the Godfather of all sequels. Yet we’re fairly pleased with the risks the developer has taken when it could have been so easy to churn out another carbon copy. The end result is a mighty experience full of shock and awe.
90
WindowsThunderbolt Games
In essence, Modern Warfare 2 extends upon the philosophy that Call of Duty 4 seemed to exude. Instead of branching out and trying radical new things, it simply polishes well-established things a little harder, pushing out another massively entertaining title that gets online shooter mechanics right, and then some. The story will either wow you or completely underwhelm you, but there’s no denying that it’s at least presented with an impressive amount of flair. It’s a shame that PC gamers won’t get any of the typical perks for buying it on their beloved platform, but as annoying as those omissions are, they don’t detract from the actual meat of the game. Modern Warfare 2 will leave you breathless, regardless of which system you play it on.
90
PlayStation 3Fragland.net
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in my opinion doesn't manage to live up to the impressive hype, but just barely, as it doesn't amaze like part 1. Of course the game is good, but the flaws in the singleplayer bothered me. The multiplay on the other hand contains more depth, more possibilities for customizing, a lot more killstreaks/deathstreaks, varied maps, and so on. Joe Schmuck, quickly go to the store and get this game!
90
WindowsGamereactor (Sweden)
Visst är kampanjen verkligen i gränslandet för vad som är acceptabel spellängd för ett fullprisspel, men det vägs upp flera gånger om av det otroligt underhållande Spec Ops och det nästan osannolikt välfyllda muliplayer-läget. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare har varit ett av de mest spelade spelen online ända sedan det släpptes för ganska prick två år sedan, och om inget mirakulöst händer kommer samma sak gälla för Modern Warfare 2 som är bättre på precis alla sätt och vis. Grymt bra Infinity Ward, så när kommer trean...?
90
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Vous avez aimé le premier Modern Warfare ? Vous allez adorer cette suite. Cet opus donne dans la surenchère, poussant le genre du FPS-spectacle dans ses derniers retranchements. Avec une mise en scène parfaitement maîtrisée soutenue par une réalisation technique sans faille, Modern Warfare 2 place la barre très haut. En dépit de faiblesses narratives et de quelques mécanismes éculés, le titre constitue bien le blockbuster incontournable de cette fin d'année.
90
PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Vous avez aimé le premier Modern Warfare ? Vous allez adorer cette suite. Cet opus donne dans la surenchère, poussant le genre du FPS-spectacle dans ses derniers retranchements. Avec une mise en scène parfaitement maîtrisée soutenue par une réalisation technique sans faille, Modern Warfare 2 place la barre très haut. En dépit de faiblesses narratives, de quelques mécanismes éculés et d'un multi bridé (raison pour laquelle cette version PC a 2 points de moins que les versions consoles), le titre constitue bien le blockbuster incontournable de cette fin d'année.
90
PlayStation 3Eurogamer.net (UK)
Modern Warfare 2 balances the spectacle and silliness of its single-player campaign with a deep, enduring multiplayer core, carefully covering its bases for players of all persuasions. But there is no denying it seeks merely to build upon the successes of its forebear while doing very little to expand its scope or redefine them. Don't be fooled by the airport scene, which reveals a developer trying its hand at something else, without coming close to fully committing to it. There's nothing wrong with that. After all, underneath the sheen and controversy, Modern Warfare 2 is a videogame. And yes, you can be sure it's one you want to see.
90
PlayStation 3GameSpot
With a robust variety of playlists in which to ply your deadly trade, Modern Warfare 2's competitive multiplayer is the best in the series and one of the best available on consoles. The inelegant campaign plot may make you feel like you're just along for the ride, but it is such an intense, roaringly great ride that you will be glad just to have played it. The cooperative missions provide a uniquely fun angle on the action that rounds out the package superbly, making Modern Warfare 2 thoroughly entertaining, thoroughly rewarding, and thoroughly worth the wait.
89
PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
Modern Warfare 2 is a great game, there is no doubt about it, but its shortcomings make it feel as if the game has stagnated and doesn't feel evolved, at all. And in some ways, I actually think the first Modern Warfare was better. Shame, but that's just my opinion, as heartbreaking as it may be for some of you to read it.
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PlayStation 3Impulse Gamer
Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 is by no means a major ground breaker, but it is a worthy successor to the on going series. Placing the expectations of gamers higher with each manifestation of the newest title, and coming through with an enjoyable game experience.
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PlayStation 3XGN
Dacht je alles gehad te hebben met Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Maak je dan maar klaar voor deze oorlog! Zie de game niet als een revolutie maar als een evolutie van voorgaand deel.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Infinity Ward hat’s einfach raus! Wenn die Entwickler eines können, dann ist es, treibende Action, ruhige Passagen und perfekt inszenierte Skriptsequenzen zu einem intensiven Erlebnis zusammenzubauen. Modern Warfare 2 ist eine unglaublich intensive Erfahrung. Aber es könnte noch viel besser sein, wenn man jemanden mit Verstand an die Story gesetzt hätte. Handlungslücken von der Größe des Grand Canyons, verwirrende Sprünge, Logikfehler, all das kann einem ganz schön das Erlebnis verhageln. Das verhindert letztendlich knapp, dass Modern Warfare 2 das herausragende Niveau seines Vorgängers erreicht. Trotzdem ist es ein spielmechanisch brillanter Shooter, dessen Inszenierung weit und breit ihresgleichen sucht.
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WindowsGame Observer
With the best multiplayer shooting that money can buy, superb co-op and an incredibly action-packed campaign, this is without a doubt a real contender for game of the year.
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PlayStation 34Players.de
Wie der Vorgänger ist das Spiel hart, dreckig, laut, brachial, spannend und hochmotivierend. Okay, am Anfang könnte man über die plump die Patriotismuskeule schwingende Story noch kotzen, aber zum Ende hin ergibt auf einmal alles Sinn und man ist verblüfft darüber, wie die Entwickler diese clevere Wendung hinbekommen haben! Hat man die Karriere hinter sich, bleiben noch zwei Spielmodi: Der Multiplayermodus, brillant und motivierend wie eh und je, aber mittlerweile nicht mehr spektakulär. Sowie die coole neue »Spezialeinheit«-Variante, die gerade mit einem Partner für eine Weile verdammt viel Spaß macht. Und dennoch bleibt unterm Strich »nur« ein sehr gutes, aber kein Ausnahme-Spielerlebnis mehr. Dafür haben sich die Entwickler zu sehr auf den enorm bequemen Lorbeeren ausgeruht, haben sich zu oft selbst zitiert, sind zu wenige Wagnisse eingegangen. Das kann man ihnen nach dem brillanten Vorgänger aber auch nicht übel nehmen.
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PlayStation 39lives
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 lost de hoge verwachtingen niet helemaal in, maar stelt ook niet teleur. De singleplayer is intens, maar van korte duur en de multiplayer verloopt vlot, maar heeft eigenlijk weinig vernieuwing gekregen. Iets wat eigenlijk ook niet echt nodig was, want de vorige multiplayer van Modern Warfare was van een zeer uitstekend niveau. Toch mag Infinity Ward niet op hun lui gat gaan zitten, want of ze een derde keer wegkomen met weinig vernieuwing betwijfel ik.
88
Xbox 360Game Observer
With the best multiplayer shooting that money can buy, superb co-op and an incredibly action-packed campaign, this is without a doubt a real contender for game of the year.
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PlayStation 3Game Observer
With the best multiplayer shooting that money can buy, superb co-op and an incredibly action-packed campaign, this is without a doubt a real contender for game of the year.
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WindowsGame Captain
Keine Frage. Modern Warfare 2 ist ein tolles Spiel. Aber so gut wie MW1? Nein. Dabei ist es nicht mal die zu kurze Solokampagne von der ja wirklich jede Minute ein Genuss ist (ok, bis auf den Flughafenlevel) und immerhin gibts ja noch den Spec-Ops Modus obendrauf. Es ist auch nicht die verworrene Story, die erst am Ende einen Sinn ergibt und zudem so einige Logiklöcher hat. Der Grund warum MW2 ein Stück weit schlechter abschneidet ist die technische Implementierung des Multiplayermodus. Einerseits keinen dedicated Server anzubieten und dann noch so ein verhunztes Matchmaking-System einzubauen welches weder die Wahl des Servers noch der Map ermöglicht und dann nichtmal Costummaps zulässt? So kriegt man bei den Clanspielern jedenfalls keinen Fuß in die Tür.
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WindowsGameSpot
The inelegant campaign plot may make you feel like you're just along for the ride, but it is such an intense, roaringly great ride that you will be glad just to have played it. The cooperative missions provide a uniquely fun angle on the action that rounds out the package superbly, making Modern Warfare 2 thoroughly entertaining, thoroughly rewarding, and thoroughly worth the wait.
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Xbox 360GamersHell.com
Looking great and sounding better than ever thanks in part to voices like Kevin McKidd and the music of Hans Zimmer, Modern Warfare 2 is by no means a substandard entry for the series—it's just not as good as the first game for the most part. With the sequel Infinity Ward continues to show their mastery of the multiplayer mode, but it's going to take more from the entire package than just the addition of cooperative play to satiate gamers the next time around.
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Windows2404.org PC Gaming
With the single-player lasting around five hours, most of your mileage is going to come from the multiplayer. The relentless campaign is a thrill, and just the single-player alone qualifies Modern Warfare 2 as one of the best games of the year, but whether that’s worth $60 is up to you. The multiplayer is fast, focused, and balanced despite all the new additions that could’ve wrecked it. Whether a 100-ping average and a restrictive matchmaking is something you can take is up to you. Modern Warfare 2 is a great game, and if it weren’t for all the PC-defining features that were stripped out of the game, it’d doubtlessly be superior to its predecessor. What we have here, though, is a game that’s lost a lot in its transition to the PC, and whether that’s something you can tolerate, well… you know.
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PlayStation 3Worth Playing
If multiplayer fun is all that you care about, add another point to my score because Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 certainly deserves it, although the reaction will vary wildly depending on who you ask (especially among the most vocal players and clans within the PC community). As a whole, at least on consoles such as the PS3, Modern Warfare 2 is a thrilling, if not entirely coherent, care package for itchy trigger fingers.
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Xbox 360The A.V. Club
In what will no doubt be 2009’s most controversial gaming moment, Modern Warfare 2 has gamers infiltrating a terror cell, then reluctantly participating in an attack on an airport. Hundreds of civilians are killed. As the living attempt to drag away the dying, you wind up in a stomach-turning ethical catch 22: “Do I shoot?” It’s in these moments, between the high-resolution bursts of gunfire, that Modern Warfare 2 comes alive.
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Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
Overall, I found Modern Warfare 2 to be fun but it's starting to lose the appeal it had for me after the fourth time around with Infinity Ward. The campaign is really short and the story's pretty weak. Also, there will be parts that offend people but at least you can skip the "one" mission. Multiplayer can be fun and addicting if you don't get frustrated easily.
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WindowsTotal PC Gaming
That said, it can’t be denied that Infinity Ward has crafted an otherwise exemplary FPS. It might be narratively underwhelming but it’s a fantastic and very cinematic shooter that looks and plays beautifully. Nor would we argue that its multiplayer isn’t still fun, it’s just for the first time we can’t claim to have the best version of a Call Of Duty game and that seems a shame. Are we being overly demanding? Perhaps, but we expect the best, and as online PC gamers we’re simply not getting that here.
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WindowsAusGamers
All told Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 does have a whole lot to offer any first person shooter fan. Singleplayer might be a tad brief, but it's still a wild ride. Multiplayer might be plagued by connection issues and lack real longevity but there's still enough depth out of the box to hold interest for a reasonable amount of time. I'd love to say that it's at least worth a rental, but given that it requires Steam activation to play, that's probably not going to be an option. My best recommendation is that if you think you can't live without the game I've just described, then at least try and source the cheapest option so you don't feel too burned every time you get shot around a corner.
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WindowsMana Pool
All in all, Modern Warfare 2 is worth the full sticker price. It will hold your attention for at least (800+ hrs… my steam hours) until the next COD release. The plot may be over the top, but it makes up for it in sheer presentation and experience. There are a few gripes that I have about MW2 but nothing that waters down the experience for sp (mp is a different story.) Modern Warfare 2 has the delivery and at the end of it all, it leaves you wanting more. I’d check out the multiplayer for endless amounts of online play as long as you don’t mind the wait in between sessions.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Verkoopsrecord gebroken of niet, voor pc-gamers is Modern Warfare 2 een gemiste kans.
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WindowsGameSpy
The fact that I didn't even get into the stunning visuals and amazing sound design speaks volumes about the sheer amount of content in the game, and I could probably write another 800 words simply about the ridiculous attention to detail on display in each level. It's ultimately up to you whether you want to listen to the marketing hype or not, but believe this: With its combination of an engaging single-player campaign, addictive adversarial multiplayer modes, and enjoyable cooperative Spec Ops action, there's no denying that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is one of the year's finest games.
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Xbox 360Game Critics
Whatever the case may be, the game is also a statement on Infinity Ward's strengths. Every trailer they released was not just promotional material, it was sabre-rattling to other publishers, daring them to release another game this week. And it worked. The holiday season is noticeably bare, and Modern Warfare 2 stands tall, with its brilliant, value-packed missions, maps, and promised endless nights of thousand-yard stares and slack-jawed home entertainment. It is a commanding presence in living room electronics. But most importantly, it's a powerful affirmation for those who define games less as art, and more as a sport of group dynamics that fuels the innate necessity of "must play" human contest. There is no greater argument.
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WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The only real problem with this title is the poor campaign length to price ratio. Somewhat offset by the infinite replayability of multiplayer, the game is still too short and too expensive. That is the only reason I am giving it four stars instead of five, although all other aspects are absolutely stellar. You should definitely buy it.
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WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
Ønsker du mere af samme skuffe efter Modern Warfare, er det lige akkurat, hvad der er i pakken. Men knapt så elegant og i en knapt så god konvertering til pc. Der er ingen tvivl om, at Modern Warfare 2 gør, hvad det skal, det er bare ikke så vellykket som forgængeren og føles lettere hul på den ubehagelige Hollywood-manér: Bigger, faster, better - og helt uden sjæl
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Xbox 360FOK!games
Modern Warfare 2 bevat een hoop fouten en slechte punten, maar zal desondanks weinig mensen echt teleurstellen. De singleplayer is verre van bijzonder en biedt voornamelijk een flinke lading aan vijanden die uit alle hoeken en gaten lijken te komen. Het is een rollercoaster-ride die je een keer door zult lopen en daarna nooit meer aanraakt. De Spec Ops-missies zijn een leuke toevoeging aan de game die co-op met een vriend zeer leuk zijn om door te raggen. Zeker de snipermissies waarbij je tezamen vijanden moet neerhalen om geen argwaan te wekken. De game komt wel echt tot zijn recht in de multiplayer die ten opzichte van Modern Warfare een flinke boost heeft gekregen in mogelijkheden en killstreak-rewards, maar desondanks goed gebalanceerd is met leuke maps die mogelijkheden bieden voor elk type speler. Ik kan me niets anders voostellen dan dat deze game minimaal net zo lang populair zal blijven onder de multiplayer-gamers als zijn voorganger.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Vous avez aimé le premier Modern Warfare ? Vous allez adorer cette suite. Cet opus donne dans la surenchère, poussant le genre du FPS-spectacle dans ses derniers retranchements. Avec une mise en scène parfaitement maîtrisée soutenue par une réalisation technique sans faille, Modern Warfare 2 place la barre très haut. En dépit de faiblesses narratives, de quelques mécanismes éculés et d'un multi bridé (raison pour laquelle cette version PC a 2 points de moins que les versions consoles), le titre constitue bien le blockbuster incontournable de cette fin d'année.
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PlayStation 3The Review Busters
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has everything FPS fans want, on paper at least. When you hear the buzz the game sounds like Jesus himself worked on it. Once you play it you will start to realize that the story isn’t so great and the new Spec-Ops mode can not compare to Co-op from last years Call of Duty. Online fans should however buy this one right away, that is if you are willing to put in the time. Modern Warfare 2 will be played by millions for now, but who knows if the thunder will soon die out right in front of our eyes.
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PlayStation 3True Game Headz
“Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2″ is too short of an experience, when you consider the single player campaign. However, where the game lacks in delivering a longer single player experience, it more than makes up for it in it’s two other modes; SPEC Ops and Online Multiplayer. The single player campaign may be lacking the visual panache of “Uncharted 2,” but it brings things like an assortment of environments that helps keeps things fresh, while at the same time, other things take the back burner. From a competitive standpoint, the Veteran difficulty setting is nowhere near as hard as Veteran in its predecessor, and SPEC Ops takes a unique approach to online assisted wave attacks, providing some serious challenge for any seasoned “Call of Duty” fan. Regardless of the lack of challenge in the single player campaign, and unless you have a strong aversion to first person shooters, I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t enjoy this.
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Истерзанный скриптами «сингл», созданный для отписки «кооп» и добротная сетевая часть — судя по сводкам с магазинных фронтов, мы еще не раз и не два увидим это нелепое сочетание. «Даже если вам нравится что-то одно, заплатить придется за весь комплект»