There are three modes available to you when you start up the game: Campaign, Special Operations, and Multiplayer. The campaign mode, though somewhat short, is fantastic. You play as several different people throughout the game. The story is completely immersive. It really throws you into the action and from the start you feel like you are in the middle of an action movie. Each level is very different from the last and the pacing is so fast that it really is difficult to put down. One minute you’re climbing snowy peaks and sniping guards through blizzards, the next you’re racing unarmed through a militia ridden shanty town. The story itself is so gripping, I felt really attached to the characters so at every twist in the storyline I was at the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened. By the time I’d finished the campaign, I was addicted.
I moved straight into multiplayer and I don’t think I could have been more pleased with what it had to offer. Having played a few FPS multiplayers before, I wasn’t expecting anything amazing, but MW2’s multiplayer is a great experience. Levelling up is so rewarding, unlocking new weapons, attachments, perks, titles, and modes has never been so much fun! Utilising different perks and killstreak rewards allows each player to have a completely unique gaming strategy. I Certainly find this the most addictive FPS online available for Xbox, games like Halo are nowhere near as rewarding and varied.
Spec Ops is another great section of the game. It is a series of special missions which vary in difficulty and gameplay. These again are a lot of fun to play. Some of the most interesting ones are the co-op missions, in which each player has a different role to play. These missions are a great way to build up your skills to play online and they also give you a chance to sample the variety of gameplay that MW2 has to offer.
The game is fun, it’s addictive and you never want to put it down. The gameplay is completely immersive, the characters are great and the story is gripping. The multiplayer is never ending fun. The graphics are beautiful and really help immerse you into the game.
If I have anything negative to say, I suppose it’s that the campaign could have been longer (though I have already played it through several times on the highest difficulty and would happily do so again because of its addictive action). The third person/over the shoulder mode that they introduced in multiplayer is just not thought out well enough. Perhaps it would have been more effective if they’d introduced some solid third person mechanics like a cover system and a shoulder switching camera. I would have liked to see a few more varied multiplayer modes, for example a rescue the hostages mode would have been interesting (similar to Counter Strike Source perhaps?) or some other modes that echoed the varied gameplay of the single player campaign. A common complaint is that the campaign should have been co-op, but I really think this would have ruined the immersion of the whole story. It would have been much harder to empathise with the characters and get carried away in the action sequences if I had been accompanied by another player.
This game really won me back into the FPS action genre. I haven’t enjoyed a game this much since Half-Life 2. The campaign is fun and varied, and the multiplayer is so rewarding, I would rate this as one of the best games of this generation.