Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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Modern Warfare 2 looks stunning
Modern Warfare 2 looks stunning

Modern Warfare 2 looks stunning

Towards the end of last month, someone leaked eight minutes of Modern Warfare 2 campaign footage onto YouTube. As I'm sure was the case with many of you, I was immediately torn between the desire to satisfy my curiosity, and the knowledge that what I'd be watching would be both low in quality and packed full of spoilers. In the end I mustered enough willpower to steer clear of the video, and I'm now glad that I did: last week Activision and Infinity Ward allowed me to see the same level, "Takedown", demoed live in HD, and it was certainly worth the wait.

This episode takes place in Rio de Janeiro, on Day 4 of MW2's storyline. There's still plenty of mystery surrounding the exploits of "Soap" MacTavish and Gary "Roach" Sanderson (no word yet on whether Peter "Tucker" Jenkins will make an appearance), but by this point in the plot it seems that the gang are hot on the trail of a drug dealer named Rojas. At the start of the mission Roach and the other members of Task Force 141 are watching over a couple of Rio cops as they attempt to arrest a man named Faust - a subordinate to Rojas. Roach is keeping an eye on proceedings from the passenger seat of a nearby car, but it soon turns out that he won't be doing much sitting around today.

The two cops approach Faust as he leaves a building. Almost immediately he whips out a handgun and blows their faces through the back of their heads; seconds later another hail of bullets takes out the driver sitting next to Roach, leaving him slumped over the steering wheel. All hell breaks loose, but Roach is already out of the car with his weapon drawn. Captain Soap may sound like a brand of bubble bath, and Task Force 141 may sound like a failed boy band, but we know that these guys eat trouble for breakfast. It's a lesson that Rio's underworld is about to learn the hard way.

The first section of the level takes the form of a brief chase through the streets of Rio. Somewhat unusually for a CoD game, there's no direct combat here - although there's plenty of evidence of recent violence. As the player sprints after Faust we pass dozens of terrified civilians; most of them are screaming and cowering in fear; at least one of them lies dead in the road, having run into our quarry. Faust himself seems long gone, but as Roach rounds a corner we suddenly spot him climbing a flight of stairs. There are mere seconds before he'll escape, but that's long enough for a professional action hero to do his thing: Roach fires a few rounds into the fugitive's leg, and the screen fades to black.

When we fade back in, the action has jumped forward in time. Faust is tied to a chair and is about to be interrogated by Soap in true Jack Bauer style, with the aid of a car battery and some makeshift nipple clamps (well, a pair of jump leads). Soap sends Roach out into the favelas (slums) to look for Rojas with the help of two buddies - Meat and Royce. As the trio enter the shanty town, they fire into the air to scare away the local civilians; unfortunately this gunfire also attracts a the attention of Rojas' men, and a massive gunfight ensues. While the intensity of the action is pure Call of Duty, the gameplay here is given a slight twist due to the maze-like design of the map. Enemies seem to attack from all sides, and as Roach dashes from alley to alley it's easy to become disorientated - or at least it was for me, as a spectator.

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Machetazo's Avatar


Nope, Ubi have got themselves an uphill struggle, if they want to sell me on Assassin's Creed 2, after the buggy, underdeveloped effort that was the first game. I'm open enough to what it has to offer, but I can't shake the niggling feeling that I've already been fooled once...
Really looking forward to MW2, though. :)
Posted 12:33 on 22 October 2009
Wido's Avatar


Nice read! I liked the singleplayer of COD4. Some memorable sequences and levels. Ghillies In The Mist for one and the ending of COD4 which was great.

Got it on pre-order and the online is looking hot from the multiplayer videos.

ACII 100% getting. Loved the first AC and the second looks mighty fine!
Posted 17:59 on 21 October 2009
Ghost_Dog's Avatar


I also don't care for AC2.

The first game was so dull, I gave up a few hours into it and it has killed any excitement I might have had for the second one.
Posted 16:36 on 21 October 2009
El-Dev's Avatar


I just can't get excited by this or AC2. I thought the originals of both were really over-rated. That being said I didn't play any of the co-op for MW and I doubt I'll play any for MW2 whenever I pick it up.
Posted 16:30 on 21 October 2009
mydeaddog's Avatar


Yeah, I'm definitely pretty stoked for MW2.

When you spend all day writing and playing games, you develop a bit of resistance to the "wow factor" of big releases. However, with MW2 I think i'm as excited as anyone. It's going to be huge.

AC2 is also looking pretty superb too. We should have a preview going up tomorrow morn... provided that I pull my thumb out of my arse and actually write it ;)
Posted 16:21 on 21 October 2009
Ghost_Dog's Avatar


If I can remain in the mindset that the campaign is generic, then I will be more amazed with it when I play the game.
Posted 16:12 on 21 October 2009
altaranga's Avatar

altaranga@ mydeaddog

Originally Posted by mydeaddog
I've been playing Assassin's Creed 2 all morning!


Question for you, though, Neon. Are you excited yet?
Posted 15:43 on 21 October 2009
mydeaddog's Avatar


Tell me about it... I've been playing Assassin's Creed 2 all morning!

Also: From what i've seen, the campaign in MW2 will be anything but generic. Remember that Infinity Ward managed to keep a lot of the best secrets in CoD 4 hidden from the press and public; i'm sure there'll be a whole bunch of surprises awaiting us on November 10.
Posted 14:51 on 21 October 2009
Ghost_Dog's Avatar


My initial excitement for this game has been watered down somewhat of late. I think its the fear of the single player being a bit generic by FPS standards.

Saying that, I've still got the game on pre-order as I know the Multilayer will keep me hooked for months (possibly years).

Also, you always seem to bag the best gigs Neon.
Posted 13:14 on 21 October 2009
thpcplayer's Avatar


wow it is tim to get excited actually.
Posted 13:10 on 21 October 2009

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Release Date: 10/11/2009
Developer: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 213 5
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