Modern Warfare 2 game released today!
Modern Warfare 2, the new game in the highly popular Call of Duty series, is out today! It's likely to become the best-selling game to date. This state-of-the-art first-person shooter is arguably one of the most eagerly-anticipated games ever. Here in the UK considerable controversy in the media, and a big movie-style premiere event in London, have made this a very high-profile game launch. It's the first game launch in history to be allowed in Leicester Square (where I'm based, incidentally).
Video: Modern Warfare 2 trailer
Modern Warfare 2 can be purchased as cheaply as £26 (at Sainsburies), despite the exessive reccomended retail price of £54.99. So please do shop around for the best deal!
Game studios and top game developers continue to demonstrate their ability to significantly improve games on current-generation hardware with each new iteration, by optimising the game engine to squeeze the best possible performance from the console.
Download videos, screenshots and other content from the Modern Warfare 2 section of Xbox Live Marketplace.
Review of Modern Warfare 2 [Update: 25 Jan 2010]
The whole product feels polished and better than what has gone before. Small improvements can go a long way, for example the game environment boots-up on my Xbox 360 Elite much faster than any other game -- almost instantly.
The game is easy to pick up, and easy to get into. The controls and feel of this version of the engine are spot-on, and the combat feels natural so everything rapidly becomes second-nature. The HD graphics are stunning -- at times you'll want to stop to gaze at a mountain in the distance, or study the detail on the rocks beneath your feet.
MW2 delivers arguably the best multiplayer game currently on the market. It has everything we love from previous COD editions and other FPS games, plus a few extras. They've taken the multiplayer maps to the next level with realistic, rich terrain -- no more flat maps with two-story buildings and everything the same height. The "accolades" definitely add to the fun, and on your profile you can display badges for completed challenges -- ideas probably borrowed from Halo 3's "medals", My greatest criticism is that we're still waiting for integration with the web -- there are still no online stats! I do have some essential feature requests -- see below. The waiting time between games is very short on Xbox 360, and recovery from connection problems is noticeably better than COD 4. The new and customisable killstreak reward system is a stroke of genius, especially the turret gun, contollable guns on aircraft, tactical nuke, and the fact that these are delivered by air drop. Customisable death streak rewards are also a cunning twist.
The length of the single-player campaign is not epic, but it's engaging and memorable experience. (Applying my movies benchmark as a comparison on value for money -- you'll get many more hours out of this for your money, though the RRP arguably is excessive.) The campaign is highly scripted and linear, but it’s still a real adrenaline rush on the "Veteran" difficulty level. (Halo 3 still has by far the best AI of any game.) There's an interesting storyline, at times vividly sinister, and the accompanying music and sound-effects set the scene perfectly.
MW2 feature requests
- Detailed profiles in the multiplayer lobby (stats, history, accolades, etc)
- Online profiles, stats and game history
- Stats from previous game should be available while waiting in lobby for next game (e.g. via back button, currently unassigned in the lobby) - there's nothing else to do while you wait at Level 70!
- Video capture and screenshots (a la Halo).
10 November 2009