Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009, Action Shooter, PS3) – 9/10 game review

Cast / crew
Director: Jason West

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

Single player: Take on the role of a contemporary American soldier fighting against Russian invaders on American soil and a British commando fighting some other dudes somewhere else. Ah, yes, a plot. Modern Warfare 2 has one. That explains all that. Sort of.

Online multiplayer: classic multiplayer modes are bolstered by a robust and lengthy rewards system involving perks, equipment and levelling.

Spec Ops: earn stars for tackling coop-focused missions (split-screen or online) at different difficulty levels. Most of them can also be played alone.

9/10

A remarkably non-sensical and poorly-presented story does nothing to diminish the totally incredible, perfect, genre-defining shooting experience that Infinity Ward delivers yet again. Add to this the usual roster of multiplayer goodness and a new coop mode and you’ve got an incredibly polished, superbly-animated action game which pushes all the right buttons but you might feel a little more manipulated and hit-over-the-head than before. The controversial and optional civilian massacre level is really bad in design, story and concept and simply should not have been included as-is for quality reasons.

This game contains two sexual swear words and graphic war violence, optional potentially disturbing massacre violence.

Classified 18 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 18 years and over.

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