The Call of Duty franchise has released many games, to be exact there are 17 individual standalone titles. With so many games on offer, there is a lot of competition when it comes to ranking games. One of the strongest Call of Duty titles, if not the best, is MW2. With the massive success of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the pressure couldn’t have been greater for Activision to deliver a solid following. To the delight of all fans, they did a great job, and in honor of the spiritual sequel, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 2022, we want to pay tribute.
To highlight each part of the game in all its glory, we’ve divided our breakdown into three parts. One for Campaign, one for Spec Ops and one for Multiplayer.
Modern Warfare 2 Campaign
First of all, a game requires a strong story with even stronger characters, this immerses the players in the world that the writers have created. MW2 has both in abundance, and easily some of the best Call of Duty characters. Right from the start, you follow Captain Soap MacTavish. He is a character that you had played in CoD 4: Modern Warfare, but now he has more experience. He reflects the calm, confident, and efficient personality of Captain Price. Along with other Task Force 141 characters, we build on an existing bond with them through intense and engaging missions.
We find the level design to be very unique as there are a wide variety of locations that contain a high level of detail. Also, the game builds suspense with its excellent soundtrack. When the tempo changes in game, the background music will change instantly. The campaign also does a great job of connecting with the player emotionally. One example is that in “Loose Ends” our protagonists Ghost and Roach are betrayed by General Shepherd (which we’re assuming is a spoiler, but we think enough time has passed).
This leads into a revenge tour courtesy of the original power duo Captain Price and Captain MacTavish. The characters’ mission now is to take revenge, and that sentiment resonates with the players. On top of all this, the gunplay is smooth, there’s a variety of targets, and it leaves an opportunity for a strong MW3 climax. Overall, there’s a lot in the second installment of the Modern Warfare series to come back and enjoy.
A great addition for those players looking for a player against everything experience is Spec Ops. Altogether, there are 23 different missions in five categories, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Echo. After completing each category and reaching a certain number of stars, more missions will be unlocked. When possible, you can try some levels with another player or friend. This added a replayability factor not seen before in the series.
The clear objective of each Spec Ops mission made it accessible to many players. The star system ensured that those looking for an extra challenge could try to complete it with all stars. Plus, with rank-ups enabled, there was plenty of reason to keep playing for the win. In fact, Spec Ops had been so popular through online videos, threads, and comments, that Activision would re-introduce the mode in MW3 and Modern Warfare (2019).
Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer
Despite a powerful campaign and fun Spec Ops mode, it’s the multiplayer mode that drives this game even deeper into the hearts of fans of the franchise. For a multiplayer title to be successful, a lot of features are required to work well and MW2 certainly delivers. To begin with, the community and enthusiasm for the game was at an all time high. CoD 4: Modern Warfare had built a strong following that naturally carried over to MW2. The original MW had sold over 17 million copies, with the sequel selling over 25 million, it was clear fans were expecting brilliance.
The map pool certainly delivered, with a selection of 26 unique and vastly different maps available. This, in turn, maximized gameplay, as players didn’t tend to play the same map 3 or 4 times in a session. Additionally, all the maps offered many different playstyles, for example Rust allowed SMGs and shotguns to run amok underneath. AR and Snipers could dominate the top of the central structure. The maps would also be set in different areas of the game world, feature different weather, and have unique points of interest.
The game modes worked hand in hand with the map set. At one point there were 17 different options open to players. This included favorites like TDM, Domination, Free-for-all, Search and Destroy, and Capture the Flag. If a true remake is coming, even the current CDL modes of Hardpoint, SnD, and Control would fit right in with most of the classic maps. Having a wide selection of maps with strong game modes will only elevate the success of the 2022 remakes.
This was the first title to introduce 70 levels for a player to gain prestige. Despite requiring over 2 million exp to enter prestige for the first time, the game had plenty of challenges to help a player level up. In addition to this, players would receive unique rewards for their own player card and emblems to show off for each prestige earned. Now, we turn to weapons. There are 24 primary and 19 secondary weapons, giving everyone plenty of ways to get into the fight. Each weapon also has its own unique firing and reloading animation, as well as cool camos.
This level of customization available in terms of perks, weapons, gear, and playstyles is immense. Even with the original MW2 releasing over 13 years ago, it’s something that was fondly thought of and will now be remade in 2022. With hardly any games in the industry to match the popularity of Modern Warfare 2, it’s fueled a thousand-year franchise. million dollars to remake one of the first games in its history. MW2 is truly the best game in the Call of Duty franchise.