Note: This article contains some minor spoilers for Modern Warfare 2.
Well I wanted a game that would produce more of a split, and Modern Warfare 2 certainly produced that. I think this is the first week where we’ve had a rating in every category, in fact we had several in each. There really was a full mix of opinions of the game, from those who loved it to those who simply couldn’t stand it. Finally, a real difference of opinion.
So, let’s get things off on a positive note. I always like to get things off to a positive start. It was nice to see the passion that some of you, such as gazzagb, have for Infinity Ward’s blockbuster. Here’s what he had to say on the game’s campaign.
MW2 is probably one of my favourite games ever. Firstly, I loved the campaign. Yes, it was short, but no shorter than most games these days. And it was the experience for me, that made it most enjoyable. I really connected with the characters. That’s something extremely rare to find in videogames. (Spoilers!) When Ghost & Roach died, I was speechless. Never before have I found myself so connected to fictional characters.
The only bad thing I’d say is that the game is full of corridors, as are most FPS’s. It’s just from objective A to B, down one path, with signposts every 20m, which can get annoying. The ending was also great, I loved the showdown, and the entire campaign just left me saying “wow”.
However, this was a game that split opinion so there were those who weren’t quite so enamoured with the campaign. Even those who liked the game cast some doubt on its plot. Take DrNate86, who rated the game as Buy It, but wasn’t all that enamoured with the game’s single player experience.
If an infinite number of monkeys sat down with an infinite number of typewriters, would you eventually end up with the complete works of Shakespeare? Doubtful, but might end up with the plot of Modern Warfare 2. As coherent as a drunk, it’s semi-sane ramblings are reminiscent of General Ripper in Dr Strangelove. “There’s nothing wrong with my bodily fluids. Not a thing, Jackie.” Modern Warfare 2, like him, is a bit of a head scratcher.
Of course, Call of Duty isn’t all the well known for its campaign. Yes, there are those who will work their way through it, but for the most part it’s the multiplayer that’s turned Call of Duty into the unstoppable juggernaut it is today. However even this remarkably widely loved aspect of the game managed to cause a split amongst those of you who shared your opinion. On the one hand Daywalker seems rather enamoured with the game’s multiplayer, having invested almost two weeks in it.
The game really does come into its own in multiplayer though. I had/have spent around 9 days on COD4 multiplayer and absolutely loved it. MW2 i’ve managed to rack up around 12 days. It’s just so fun. Yet again it has flaws such as lag, recent hacking, and the awful start of game ‘Noob tube’ spam, but other than that it really is fantastic. (I play Hardcore Search and Destroy. Its awesome).
Also the resurgence map pack is pretty sweet, with Fuel being a nice sniper game (But is horribly broken by an enterable rock glitch meaning they can shoot, but not get shot), the carnival one being a good objective game, and trailer park being great for free for alls.
On the other hand there was BF117HALO who took a pretty contrary view. Although they very much enjoyed the game’s predecessor, it seems that Modern Warfare 2 itself was a bit of a let down.
I hated the multiplayer. Hated it. Nothing new except customisable killstreaks and weapons, it was more or less the same as the previous two CODs. I thought of it more of an expansion pack to COD4. I found the gameplay repetetive and overall boring and didn’t like the maps as I did with COD4.
Finally there were two comments that stood out as nicely rounding up the whole debate. The first came from Youles, who had something to say about the hype that had built the game up.
Something that receives such hype will always struggle to live up to it, as we all set our expectations differently. Perhaps midnight releases are a bit arrogant however I think we have to judge this game in two ways – as a stand alone game for people who somehow missed the first Modern Warfare, and for people who played the original CoD4. After all, its roots are what caused such hype in the first instance.
On the flip side Roynaldo possibly managed the shortest review I’ve seen so far in WeView. He managed to cram it all into three sentences, nicely encapsulating his thoughts on the game.
A broken story and over time a broken multiplayer. Worth a quick playthrough or two. Probably the worst Call of Duty created.
That really is rather succinct isn’t it? Anyway, onto the verdict. Seventeen of you cast your verdict on this game and it came out as a much closer vote than we’ve had with previous games. In reverse order; Rent It came out with two votes, Bargain Bin It gained support from three of you, Buy It managed to gain five of your votes, but was finally defeated by two votes, meaning that Avoid It wins with seven of your votes.
A slightly surprising result, although a few of the votes for Avoid It were based on the premise that Modern Warfare 3 is coming out later this year.
Thank you to everyone who took part, and remember we’ll have a new game for you tomorrow.