IGN: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review

IGN writes: "Over the years the Call of Duty series has set the bar for immersive, action-packed, cinematic FPS gaming, and no matter what camp you're from there's no denying the franchise's influence on the industry. When Infinity Ward moved from the classic World War II setting and blazed new ground with Modern Warfare we saw the first obvious split within the world of Call of Duty. The series dropped its historic focus, created a new cast of characters, and began treading on new ground by taking the first-person shooter genre to new locales, and pushing the boundaries of what military games are willing to show. With Modern Warfare 2, the sheer amount of hype has been practically inescapable, with preorders alone setting it up as one of the biggest selling games of all time, the addition of even more multiplayer modes and features, and the game's new Special Operations mode has set Infinity Ward's lastest up as the game to beat this year."

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Sanzee5137d ago (Edited 5137d ago )

Guess who just got his copy of MW2 after his number was drawn first at the local Gamestop launch party? That's right. Sanzee did!

Let's here it for yet another successful addition to the Call of Duty series, thanks to the hard work and determination from our friends @ Infinity Ward!

Danteh5137d ago

I think this is a great time to be gamers.... I'm sometimes a PS3 fanboy but accept that this game may compete with UC2 for GOTY, I mean it has trophies, (sometimes) better graphix, PSN is now on par with Live... what's not to love?

On another note, I also think that PS3 exclusives have to do MUCh more to get 10's, being original, innovating, etc... while MW2, which is just fun but not original, gets all the 10's.

Anyways, all MW2 haters out there, buy it a join the ranks of millions of happy PS3 gamers!

See ya on the battlefield

pangitkqb5137d ago (Edited 5137d ago )

and the same basic multiplayer formula as the previous two installments. Lets here it for incremental improvements! Who needs true artistic risk taking?

Yarite5137d ago


10 for graphics? The horrible plastic blotchy looking low-res textures do wonders for the game.

10 for sound? We all love the repeating dialogue and the guns which sound like toys.

What a joke. Seems like IGN are enjoying the Activision money-hats.

Bnet3435137d ago

First off, congrats Sanzee, you lucky bastard :P. Second, getting my copy tomorrow, can't wait. It will be fun. The reviews are look nice, and IGN starts it off nice for others and might be GOTY 2009, need to play it myself to be the judge. To other players, see you online, play safe and enjoy. This is a great games we all have in our hands.

DarkMantrid5137d ago (Edited 5137d ago )

IGN has been giving alot of 9.5s lately it seems. I can accept that, but to give it a 10(!) in graphics?! dude...

kraze075137d ago

You haters just won't give it a rest will you. If you don't like the game don't play it and don't talk sh!t about it.

Feral Gamer5137d ago (Edited 5137d ago )

"and the same basic multiplayer formula as the previous two installments. Lets here it for incremental improvements! Who needs true artistic risk taking?"

Doesn't stop people from buying 3.9 million copies of Madden 2010

Good call! I also avoid Madden. I think it's more exciting to catch a game on TV anyway. Go Vikes!

villiers5137d ago

Yeah it is a joke this gets a 10 for graphics whilst a game like Ratchet and Clank gets an 8.5 for graphics?

Other games like ACII, FFXIII and The Last Guardian deserve 9.5's-10's for there graphics yet they will probably get a 9 at max.

MW2 getting 10 for it's graphics is a joke and just cements IGN excepted money or there reviewers just have no clue.

pangitkqb5137d ago

Exactly! I avoid that series too.

Darkstorn5137d ago

A 10 for graphics? Really? Well, there's no doubting that it's a great game, just not the year's best. That honor belongs to Demon's Souls or Uncharted 2.
Uncharted 2 wasn't an 'artistic risk taker,' yet turned out to be an excellent game. I hear you on MW2, though. It looks relatively derivative.

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anh_duong5137d ago

i hate playing call of duty with French players, you usually get "host ended game" before any shots have been fired

beardpapa5137d ago

Who here thinks 9.5 for MW2 is the "safety score" for IGN so that it is enough reason for them to give MW2 the GOTY to be "safe" just like what they did with Fallout ?

mugoldeneagle035137d ago (Edited 5137d ago )

Is anyone shocked by their score? No. And I'm gonna try and post a intelligent comment before tomorrow morning when all the IW/Activision/MW haters wake up and litter this thread with ton's of hate. So bare with me.

In regards to the review, it's everything we thought it was, but I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing. People forget how good COD4 was. And what IW, for better or for worse, did was take the best aspects of that game and add new features, weapons, perks, maps, etc. I mean, that's all I really want. Look at SOCOM Confrontation. It's without a doubt my favorite shooter of all time and if Zipper released a new SOCOM with all of the old SOCOM II maps, I'd drop $60 in a heartbeat. So when did it become a crime to be a fan of a game? Or a series?

We all KNEW it was going to get a 9.5, but after reading this review, and almost every other MW2 review posted within the last week, maybe its deserving? Yes, I'll agree that the graphics shouldn't be a 10, but they're far from bad. Not everything can compare with Killzone 2 & Uncharted, and to be completely honest I don't want everything at all to "look" like another game. I want COD to be COD, Uncharted to be Uncharted, Killzone to be Killzone. And this is coming from a PS3-only owner. Isn't that what makes gaming fun? The ability to choose any game with any style?

With that said, I find it really ridiculous and sad that the N4G community really stooped to levels I haven't seen before the last month. I get that IW screwed the PC community, that Activision cares about $ before the consumer, and that IW slipped up on the marketing a few times, but seriously, you guys need to stop whining.

I held this one back for awhile because I wanted to wait for almost all of the reviews to drop and now they have and here we are. Modern Warfare 2 is a great game for people who like Call of Duty, for people who like FPS, for people who WANT to buy the game. And if your not one of them, then why are you busy commenting on it. There are TONS of games that have released that you could be enjoying other than wasting our time on the boards.

And for the record, I'll be just as upset as all of you if this pulls a GTA IV and wins GOTY. I know as well as you that there are more deserving games Uncharted, Killzone, etc. This frustration stems simply from all of the comments I've read over the past month regarding MW2, and has all culminated now in the multiple high score reviews. Everyone talked about Activision and IW ruining the gaming industry when we as a commmunity aren't helping it either.

Thank you, and I'll be looking forward to picking this up tomorrow and playing with all of the other MW2 players out there.

PS: Sorry it was so long, and it's not directed towards any single post on this thread for those wondering.


sack_boi5137d ago

Unlike Killzone 2 or Uncharted, this game has "4 player Split-screen" mode and it's locked at 60fps.

So I'd say looking this good while achieving the above is just outstanding.

SL1M DADDY5137d ago

I laugh at all the haters of this game because I KNOW for a fact they will be at home on their PC, PS3 or 360 playing the game despite their claims of boycotts and anger towards Bobby and IW.

vhero5137d ago

Still this game shouldn't have been released with the war going on in Afghanistan you can't help but think IW are cashing in on that and thats BAD TASTE. Making money out of UK and US soldiers dying for our countries.

nix5137d ago

reminds me of 10/10 for GTA IV.

hype. hype. hype.

Xbox Avatars Shoe5137d ago

I just got done playing for 5 hours straight and I have to admit I was surprised by the IMPROVED graphics but a 10?! More like a 9-9.5. The graphics are actually much better than CoD4 but they're no where near as good as KZ2 and U2. IGN gave KZ2 a 9.5 in graphics LOLZ!

Tinted Eyes5137d ago

Hehe, this is going to be a good game but....

COD:MW2 - 10 in graphics.

Killzone 2 - 9.5 in graphics.

Ahhh, the benefits of not being a PS3 exclusive.

nix5137d ago (Edited 5137d ago )

well.. if it was PS3 exclusive game...

too short.
brings nothing new.
poor graphics (sudden endless comparision with U2).
crappy online.


but how can anyone give low score to holier-than-thou-MM2 game.

hypocrites, that's all they are.

callahan095137d ago (Edited 5137d ago )

They only gave Killzone 2 a 9.5 in graphics. I'm sorry, but Mordern Warfare 2 does not deserve to be rated higher in graphics than Killzone 2. Killzone 2 came out 3/4 of a year ago, and it still has arguably the best graphics, and even back then they couldn't deign to give it a 10 for graphics? Something odd about that.

Simon_Brezhnev5137d ago (Edited 5137d ago )

Now nobody cannot deny IGN is biased against PS3 exclusives. Killzone 2 9.5 for graphics but MW2 a 10. Like they say you cant spell IGNORANT without IGN.

10-Graphics: MW2
"What was already an impressive graphical engine has only improved over the last two years. More effects, grander environments, and a truly spectacular overall visual offering."

9.5-Graphics Killzone 2
"Phenomenal visuals prove that Guerrilla either met or surpassed that infamous E3 trailer. Some technical issues hold it back from being a completely flawless masterpiece.

tommygecko5137d ago

killzone 2 was 30fps and sluggish. this is 60fps.

DaTruth5137d ago

Why do you guys keep calling people MW2 haters? Most of the people complaining are buying the game!

It is just the poster boy for bad reviewing practices! It has al the things they usually hold against other games, rolled up into one, tossed in a box and then forgotten about!

LiquifiedArt5137d ago

Solid game, but the reviews are obviou