Can Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 raise the bar higher than its predecessor?
We take a look at Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and tell fans what to expect from this highly anticipated title.
In 2007 Infinity Ward outperformed themselves to produce a stellar of a game that won;t only excel at single player component but will also set a new benchmark in online multiplayer arena. Yes we are talking about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Modern Warfare set new standards not only in the first person shooter genre but also according to many critics in video games as well. Through this preview we will be writing a lot about what to expect from Modern Warfare 2. It seemed quite obvious that Activision had to make a sequel after all the first game sold over ten million copies. So where does the sequel fit in? Modern warfare 2 takes place several years later after the original and you will be playing the role of Sergeant Gary “Roach” Sanderson. In an interview with Robert Bowling the community manager of the game it was revealed that all the loose ends of the the original will be tied up in Modern Warfare 2. The story picks up just around when the original ended where Russian radicals have formed a terrorist organization called as Russian Ultranationalist formed by Vladimir Makarov, an associate of Imran Zakhaev, the antagonist of the first game. Also the hero of the first game “Soap” MacTavish returns but developers have confirmed that he will not be playable. However he will be along with Sanderson in almost all of the missions that the player will undergo.
Welcome back to the warzone!
There will be tons of new gameplay elements in the sequel. The developers are using an updated engine which powered the previous game. So as expected the visuals and the animations have raved up nicely. There will be tons of new locations to be explored in the game. Players will be traveling to Brazil, a military base in Russia, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. Also players might be fighting in Washington DC judging by the latest Infamy trailer. Modern Warfare 2 will play just like the original. But developers have pointed to this by saying that there a lot a things which will run in the background that the player will not be aware of, but it will enhance the overall gameplay. As can be seen from the various trailers and developer interviews, Modern Warfare will feature huge and massive environments. This is the real next gen Modern Warfare, that’s what the developers say and we will know that very soon.
Snowmobile chases will feature high speed action!
There are a tons of new features which will be present in the game. We will list out some of them and than we will start talking about the multiplayer component of the game.
- Epic single-player campaign picks up immediately following the thrilling events from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
- The definitive multiplayer experience returns, with a host of new perks and enhancements.
- New cooperative SpecOps mode, the perfect combination of Modern Warfare’s single-player intensity and the addictive replayability of its multiplayer
- Huge presence of US military base
- M60A1 Vehicle Launch bridge
- F15 Bomb Vehicles
- SnapShot soldiers
- Base Jumping
- PDV through riot shield
- Bounding Landmines
- Player controlled Rafts and snowmobiles
So as you can see there are a ton of new features which were not present in the original. One thing that needs to be mentioned is the use of physics in the game. For example in the snow mobile chase sequence the use of physics is quite prominent. Your snow mobile will jump and bump off realistically. Now lets talk about that portion of the game that made the first game so successful: Multiplayer.
In Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer will be divided in to Online and Special ops.
Special Ops: Special ops mission will be similar to what we have seen in Mile High Club episode in Modern Warfare. Special ops will support co-operative for up to two players or one can go alone. Some of the maps will be directly from the single player missions. Players will be divided in to a number of groups and the objective is to reach the end of the level. Once the goal is reached a menu will appear which will show the statistics for the mission. For this the player will be rewarded with stars which can be used to unlock further missions.
Online Mode: Featuring the experience point system that made the first game a hit, the online mode will return with even more new features. There will be new weapons and gadgets and also the player will have the ability to call in an air strike from AC-130 gunship. Another awesome feature is the game host migration which means if the current host leaves than the players will remain active unless a new host is found. More online modes are included in the game. Here is the list:
- Search & Destroy
- Demolition, Domination
- Team Deathmatch
- Capture The Flag
For hardcore fans, Infinity ward are making them happy by announcing various type of bundles and retail packages.
- Standard: Will be for Windows and will have the game.
- Hardened: Steel case packaging, art books and the code to download the original Call of Duty from XBLA and PSN.
- Prestige: Will include the Hardened contents as well as a cool Night Vision Goggles
- Veteran: Will include the Prestige contents as well as a 12 inch figure of Soap
This is one cool collectors edition to have!
Other than that, Microsoft and Activision have announced a 250 GB Xbox 360 bundle along with a game, two controllers and a new faceplate, plus two downloadable maps exclusively on XBL. Modern Warfare 2 is offering more than what the original offered. The original had some of the most intense and nail bitting action. And looking how it is going for Modern Warfare 2, there is no doubt it will achieve the same amount of success. But surpassing what the original achieved will be a tough challenge, be it the sales or the review scores. Any case we will know soon enough as the game hits November 10th, 2009. Stay tuned to GB for more news and updates.