phazon's Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) review

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Whole Lotta Fun.

One of the biggest game in video game history, Modern Warfare 2 has proven to be quite the titanic, and controversial games, we've seen in a while. 

Modern Warfare 2, oddly enough, starts off were Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare left off. Set in a near-future world, the Ultra-nationalists seize control of Russia and declare Imran Zakhaev, whom you killed at the end of CoD4, a martyr, having a statue of him in the middle of Red Square. Meanwhile, Vladimir Makarov, one of Zakhaev's former students, begins a campaign against Europe by committing numerous acts of terrorism throughout the continent. The game starts in Afghanistan, where U.S. Army Ranger Joseph Allen helps take an Afghan city from a local militia. Impressed by how he did, General Shepherd recruits Allen into "Task Force 141", an elite squad under his command. Shepherd then sends Allen on an undercover mission for the CIA in Russia in order to get close to Makarov. Allen, under the name "Alexei Borodin," joins Makarov in a brutal massacre of civilians waiting in a terminal at a local airport. Makarov, however, is aware of Allen's identity. Before leaving, he shoots Allen and exposes his identity as an American, so that the Russian police will believe he is responsible for the attack. This sets Russia ablaze, leading to an invasion of the United States, which sets the game's mood. You are also under the wing of Captain "Soap" Mactavish (from CoD4) as Sergeant Gary "Roach" Sanderson, recovering a downed ACS module, as the game gets going.

As similar to previous games in the Call of Duty series, the player assumes the role of various characters in a First-Person setting during the campaign, changing characters throughout the progression of the story. You'll play as familiar faces, you'll play as things you'd never expect. You have mission objectives displayed on your HUD, where you'll need to do a number of things, such as taking out enemy forces, planting C4s, among many other things.

Instead of a Cooperative campaign, Modern Warfare 2 has a cooperative mode, entitled Spec Ops (Special Operations). It has an assProxy-Connection: keep-alive
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ilation of certain missions from MW2, completely new missions, and even a few from the first Modern Warfare. You have various mission objectives, from wave defense, which is akin to Nazi Zombie mode from Call of Duty: World at War, to timed missions, obviously where you have to complete a mission in a set amount of time. You can play solo, split screen, or co-op online.

As seen here, there are various missions for Spec-Ops.

Debatably the biggest part of MW2 is the multiplayer, which is significantly improved from the first Modern Warfare. As the norm, MW2 is a classed based multiplayer game, where as you get the usual kills your weapon's progress will increase, raising your level, and making your skill in set weapon even more powerful. The weapons are great, and while there are no dedicated servers, multiplayer works extremely well, both offline and online. Which brings me to another point. For those gamers who may not have Xbox Live or Playstation Network, the leveling system works offline, as well, which is great.

In Modern Warfare 2, you have a various amount of weapons. Yes, from AK-47's to Barrat .50 Caliber Sniper Rifles to RPD's, this game has tons of weapons to get your mitts on. There are major scope improvements, such as the addition of a heat scope, which obviously reads the enemies as white sillhouettes. There is also a heartbeat sensor attachment, which reads enemy movements, active or not. More nifty things would include various attachments to your standard guns. Such as the FAL gun, a standard machine gun, which can have a shotgun attachment that fires shotgun shells. Also new, is the ability to dual-wield certain handguns, such as the Desert Eagle or the G18. This makes obviously for faster shooting or more powerful shooting.

Not too impressive, but hold up. Not much improved from Call of Duty 4, which isn't exactly a bad thing. To put it simply, it's not bad, but far from the best.

The controls are exactly the same as previous Call of Duties, but for those who are new to the series, here's a rundown.

A - Jump
B - Crouch
X - Reload (Hold to pick up new weapon)
Y - Switch Weapon
LT - aim down your sights
RT - shoot
LB - Secondary Grenade
RB - Primary Grenade
Right Analog Stick - Aim
Left Analog Stick - Move around
Start - Pause

The sounds of MW2 are done quite well, as was the previous game. Nothing spectacular in the soundtrack itself, unless you're a 50 Cent fan, as he does have a brief musical, and even actual, cameo in MW2. Unoriginal, but still good.

Final Verdict
Modern Warfare 2 is the game everyone wanted since its debut at E3 this year. It's got improved AI, improved multiplayer, improved storyline that with characters you may actually care about. But, some very, very apparent multiplayer issues hold this game back more than most people would like.

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