Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review

About a month back, you might recall reading my review of the beta for Modern Warfare 2. Today, I’m going to share my initial impressions with you of the full game. Modern Warfare 2 released on October 28th, and I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the PS5 Vault Edition to try. Let’s check out the good and the bad for the single player campaign and the multiplayer part of the game.

Modern Warfare 2 Single Player Campaign

Modern Warfare 2 features the return of Captain Price, Ghost and Soap and takes around six hours to complete. Instead of battling in a Middle Eastern setting, you’ll find yourself in Mexico. I’m going to say right off the top that if you’re hoping for the single player campaign in Modern Warfare 2 to live up to what we enjoyed in the Modern Warfare reboot … don’t. It will let you down. It is a lot less focused on the human side of things, and it doesn’t break any new ground at all.

That said, if you don’t try to take it too seriously (including when it seems to be trying to get you to do so), you’ll still have a lot of Hollywood-style action-packed fun. I also couldn’t complain about a lack of variety; every mission gave me something new to do, and the shooting itself is amazing. Oh, and everything looks gorgeous with an astonishing level of detail. So, you’ll do plenty of gawking at the graphics between dodging bullets.

So, my advice when playing the campaign is simply to rein in your expectations and have fun. And let’s be honest—mostCall of Duty games do tend to blend one into the next, so there are no surprises here.

Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer

Now, let’s talk move onto the next part of my Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 review and talk about the multiplayer experience. This, of course, is the meat of the game, where you are going to be spending countless hours.

Modern Warfare 2 features a ton of game modes, including Team Deathmatch, Domination, Invasion, Ground War, Prisoner Rescue, Knock Out, Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, FFA, Headquarters, Control and Kill Confirmed. I spend most of my time playing TDM and Domination since I like tight, fast-paced action. But there is something for everyone here, including those in search of big maps (namely Ground War).

The maps themselves are great, and scaled better than those in Modern Warfare. My favorite is Mercado Las Almas, a marketplace you can traverse in any number of ways, with action always around every corner. I am also pleased to say that the maps this year are colorful, and each is distinctive both visually and in terms of how it plays.

One interesting addition to Modern Warfare 2 is the ability to switch to an over-the-shoulder third person POV. Personally, I don’t like third person, and find it particularly clunky for a shooter that was designed primarily as an FPS. But for gamers who cannot stand first person, the ability to switch to third person could be a game-changer. If you tested this out in the beta, you might have gotten annoyed by the game switching you in and out of first person for too many things. But now it only happens when you are using over 4x zoom on your scopes, so it’s much more comfortable.

Gun customization is a big deal in this year’s game. I’ve heard some people say they actually went overboard here, making it too complicated. It did take me a while to explore the system and figure it out, and I was overwhelmed at first. But now that I’m used to it, I really appreciate how much freedom and flexibility it offers over previous games. Oh, and did I mention they finally gave us a shooting range?

How smooth was the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2? Smoother than I expected, honestly. I saw some reviewers claim that multiplayer is super buggy, but that wasn’t my experience. Apart from a few minor issues, I have had a relatively bug-free time so far.

Final Verdict

Let’s wrap up this Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 review. Modern Warfare 2 is pretty much what you expect most years from a new Call of Duty game. It is more of the same. There are some significant improvements in the map design, weapon customization, and maneuverability. On the whole, however, both the multiplayer modes and the single player campaign feel very much like previous iterations of Call of Duty.

So, will the 2022 Modern Warfare 2 become a classic? Not really. But it will definitely keep you entertained for a long time to come. So, it’s well worth picking up if you’re a devoted Call of Duty fan. For more news, updates and guides, visit our Call of Duty news page.