(http://www.modernwarfare2.comFor Mature Audience 17 and over.  Infinity Ward is back at it again with this year’s highly anticipated first person shooter title release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  Right out of the box, be prepared to grab the popcorn and soda, for the experience is truly out of this world and visually stunning like it could be the next Jerry Bruckheimer film.   Those who are a fans of the previous Call of Duty titles are going to love this one that much more with the amount of detailed packed into this installment, but for those who are new the Call of Duty series and may not have much background in the story itself, the opening sequence in Single Player mode does a great job presenting a highlight reel from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, that will get any player up to speed on what’s going on.

(http://www.modernwarfare2.comFor Mature Audience 17 and over.  Infinity Ward is back at it again with this year’s highly anticipated first person shooter title release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  Right out of the box, be prepared to grab the popcorn and soda, for the experience is truly out of this world and visually stunning like it could be the next Jerry Bruckheimer film.   Those who are a fans of the previous Call of Duty titles are going to love this one that much more with the amount of detailed packed into this installment, but for those who are new the Call of Duty series and may not have much background in the story itself, the opening sequence in Single Player mode does a great job presenting a highlight reel from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, that will get any player up to speed on what’s going on.

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Presentation:

I never imaged that a gaming experience could ever feel so real.  Combine your favorite Blockbuster Hollywood movie, and imagine yourself fighting along side the characters of the movie, that is exactly how Modern Warfare 2 (MW2) plays.  Contained in its own world, every corner that you take in MW2 something is going own.  Whether its Nap’s engaging in their own conversations to AI fighting their own mini battles with another enemy that is shooting at them, you will never guess what is coming next with the anticipation the game builds for you.  Infinity Ward has definitely recreated the battlefield experience bringing it to your living room.  

 

Graphics:

The graphics to MW2 really sets the bar for any First Person Shooter out to date.  As you start the game you will truly be amazed by the amount of detail put into every part of the game.  Details down to dust particles blowing in your face as you walk through a dessert to pieces of rubble flying in your face from someone tossing a grenade only a few yards away, all the way to seeing frost on your sidearm from the cold climate as you hike through glaciers, these are just a few small touches that will truly blow you away.  Another great graphical feature that was added in is the damage indicator.  When you now get hit in the game, a blood splatter will appear on the screen to indicate that you’ve been damaged.  This is just another great example of an improved innovation over the previous game where it was only a red flashing circle.

 

Gameplay:

The game play is what truly contributes to the success of Modern Warfare’s second time back.  Not only does the game look gorgeous, the experience is truly immersive taking you straight to the battlefield.  This time around the AI has improved greatly.  When fired upon like anyone else they will try to dodge and jump for cover, firing back once they have established a secure and safe location to fight back.  Another new added feature is the quick aim.  Because of the scale of the levels and amount of enemies coming at you from multiple directions a quick aim feature was implemented to make targeting a large group of enemies an ease.  The name Modern Warfare is truly an appropriate name for this game as you will have a chance to try out some of the newest gear in the field, such as movable automated sentry guns, a portable airstrike computer, and much more!  For those of you who like to play in short sessions, this game is for you, with a newly added save at any point feature, you can leave off where you last played, not worrying about having to play from your last checkpoint, for some of the missions can be long and painstaking.

 

Sound:

The score to the game could not be better and no other person could be more responsible for this than Hans Zimmer.  He is responsible for the scores of Hollywood Blockbusters such as Mission Impossible 2, Lion King, Gladiator and the Batman Films.  Every turn and decision that you should decide to make in the game, the music will convince you that you are there setting the mood for what is to come next.  In the sound effects/dialogue department, some will argue that the story is hard to make out because of the overbearing explosions and in game dialogue which can be hard to hear at times and although I do not have first hand experience being in a warzone myself, I can only imagine that the environment is the same way which is part of the design that Infinity Ward had in mind when designing this portion of the game.

       

 

Longevity:

If the single player campaign mode is not enough for you, try out the all new Spec Ops mode.  Play with a friend as you will play in a cooperative arcade style challenge mode going on various missions with objectives where you will need one another to succeed.  If that still isn’t enough take the battle online in one of the best first person shooter online experiences ever.  This time around the rewards system has been completely revamped keeping you occupied for hours, as well as a new match system which will accommodate to and welcome online players of all levels and experience.     

 

Conclusion:

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is into First Person Shooter themed games, but also those who are looking for a great cinematic adventure as well.  Although the single player campaign mode is not as long as some would hope there are still hours of play to be acquired from playing the all new cooperative Spec Ops mode of the infamous online Multiplayer mode where you will be awarded and level up for you time played online.  Pick up a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for yourself or a friend who truly appreciates a great cinematic, action packed, gaming experience this holiday season while they are still available on shelves for is bound to be a popular item this Christmas!

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