Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 DEALS
Infinity Ward is very good at throwing players into a tense, action-packed solo campaign. They have explosive situations with surprises situated around every corner. The original MW still sits on this throne, accompanied by its 2009 sequel which upped the ante in every possible way. Sure, it abandoned the semi-realistic narrative roots for something completely nonsensical, but it maintained the characters, tone and pace that made it beloved in the first place.
Now, it returns in an unexpected (sort of) remaster that shows the rather brief campaign hasn’t aged a day. The visual enhancements only serve to improve an already fantastic package, even if it is a massive shame the full multiplayer experience is missing. According to Infinity Ward, the reason for this is to keep all players in one place – hopefully some of the classic online maps of yesteryear will be available soon…. I’m looking at you Afghan and Terminal.
The campaign is played from multiple perspectives as you hop from Gary “Roach” Sanderson of the British Task Force 141 and James Ramirez of the US Army Rangers. Roach works behind the scenes thwarting major aspects of the enemy’s plan while Ramirez is on the frontlines, defending America from a seemingly unstoppable threat. It’s a dynamic that ensures each mission is awash with unexpected variety. From fighting your way to the White House hiding in makeshift trenches from bombardments, to the ever critical No Russian, where you go to an airport and open fire on everyone and everything in sight.
If you are a returning player, the campaign is exactly how you remember it. The enhancements are clear to see though, building on the foundations while building upon them with new animations, visual flourishes and other small touches.
Character models are gorgeous, supporting an element of photorealism not found in the original. Dialogue is synced to lips perfectly while animations feel far more distinct and lifelike in the heat of the action. Further animations have been implemented, such as placing explosions or mantling over surfaces, making you feel more involved in whatever actions they’re performing.
MW2 campaign Remastered is a welcome return for what many consider to be the franchises’ finest hour. It builds upon the bombastic campaign with luscious new graphics and a selection of small changes that help make it more appealing than ever.
The lack of multiplayer is a shame given how much I adored it back in the day, which, with the price tag, could put a few players off buying the remaster. But as mentioned hopefully Infinity Ward will somehow implement maps and other elements of MW2 into the 2019 iteration, which is an enticing prospect. If you’re after an action blockbuster in gaming form, this is essential.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
The original Modern Warfare 2 series was the series that got me hooked on the franchise. I would sit there in my mid-20’s playing for hours. The multiplayer aspect was one of, if not the best the franchise had had to offer in my opinion.
- Still a fast and explosive campaign
- Visual enhancements are very impressive
- Characters and set-pieces remain distinct and memorable
- It's still a little on the short side
- Lack of Multiplayer is a letdown
- No special ops
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