The 5 Best Modern Warfare Maps

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Modern Warfare 2 is finally here. Following the critically-acclaimed 2019 reboot, Infinity Ward’s sequel is yet another triple threat – timelessly fun and frenetic multiplayer sandwiched between a blockbuster campaign and an experimental new co-op mode.

Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough Call of Duty, Warzone 2 is waiting to drop later this month.

Despite being one of our all-time favourite instalments in the franchise, it’s fair to say that Call of Duty Vanguard didn’t set the world on fire. It looks as though MW2 is already on track to outperform last years COD, the Modern Warfare name striking an immediate chord with fans of the first person shooter genre.

The 5 Best Modern Warfare Maps

There’s plenty of nostalgia wrapped up in that name. For many console gamers, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was their first foray into online multiplayer. We’re not alone in saying we’ve spent days, if not weeks, battling across its memorable arenas, many of which have been revamped and remade over the years. Here are the 5 best Modern Warfare maps, according to Activision:

Terminal | Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

This medium-sized multiplayer map is full of luggage and bars – your classic airport layout. BUT remember, the plane is the safest place to be as it is well protected from any airborne threat.

The security checkpoints and barricades give the map a maze-like feel, and alongside the indoor areas it makes for a well-balanced map for close combat and medium range with the different areas indoors and outdoors.

Terminal caters to pretty much every weapon, killstreak and playstyle – putting it up there as a classic fan favourite.

Crash | Call of Duty 4

Crash is a relatively small multiplayer map with some great sniping spots, due to the variety of elevation between the large open spaces and high rooftops.

There are plenty of dark areas, blind corners, and narrow corridors which encourages players to camp and provides the option for both a fast-faced Free-For-All in addition to team games.

If you’re looking to play a classic MW map – look no further and brush up your skills on Crash.

Shoothouse | Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

This already small map divides up into distinct sections and forces tight combat around scattered cover, whether you’re fighting around shipping crates or junkyard automobiles. The map has a three lane structure that ensures play is tactical and makes for frequent engagements.

Rust | Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Getting to the high ground is always a recipe for success on Rust – and while looking through the sandstorm to the outside of this very small battlefield you will see palm trees, large desert rocks and the plane from Crash! Make sure you head to the tower at the centre of the map as it gives you an ace view of the entire battleground.

This fan favourite was also where 1v1 trickshotting was born – enjoy!

Shipment | Call of Duty 4

Last but not least. Based near the main port of Verdans, Shipment is renowned for some of the fastest gun fights in the whole franchise.

Compared to other maps, Shipment is very compact and s such, spawn points of both teams can go anywhere even if there are enemy players present in the immediate vicinity.

It’s a beautiful chaos with LOTS going on – so make sure you’re quick and nimble.

In our Modern Warfare 2 review we scored the sequel an 8/10 saying: “There’s some rough edges to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II that keep it from hitting the heights of the 2019 Modern Warfare, though most of its flaws can and will be fixed or improved through patches. Still, there’s an action-packed story to play through, plenty of multiplayer and a light co-op mode, and the promise of more in future. With Warzone 2.0 just around the corner, the future is certainly bright for Modern Warfare 2.”

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