I have only played the story mode of this game and I can tell you, without a doubt, this is the best PC game of 2009. I only say PC because that’s the version I played, but I’ve heard similar raves from console gamers about MW2. The graphics are incredible, even at lower resolutions. The gameplay is addictive, even after multiple frustrating deaths by hand grenade. You even get Will Arnett (yes, he’s one of the voices in the game)!
I didn’t play the first Modern Warfare, so I’m a little rusty on the story, but MW2 takes place five years after MW1. There’s a Russian ultranationalist terrorist named Makarov who, like any ultranationalist, wants to bring back the glory days for his country. When it comes to Russia, the glory days aren’t the days of the Czars. To do this and rally his country, Makarov stages a terrorist massacre in the Moscow airport. Unfortunately, you’re one of his team members as a U.S. special ops agent who’s gone undercover to eliminate Makarov. Even more unfortunate is the fact that Makarov knew you were U.S. the whole team and kills you at the end so America gets blamed for the massacre.
What ensures is pretty much World War III. The Russians invade, having bypassed our satellite defenses, and attack Washington D.C. One of my favorite images from the game is during this section. You’re part of an Army Ranger unit sent to defend the capital from the invasion. All over the sky, Russian paratroopers drop from transports as they fly over with a smoke-filled sky as a backdrop. Call me crazy, but I get into invasion storylines like this and the imagery really helps set the tone of the game.
As you probably guessed, you’ll play multiple characters throughout the game. fortunately, the cut scenes between levels tell you exactly who you are so there’s no confusion. What’s more, while the story mode is pretty quick to finish, there’s plenty of Special Ops levels to complete and unlock achievements in. Of course, any first person shooter game wouldn’t be complete without multiplayer. I haven’t tried either yet, but will be getting into the Special Ops missions as soon as possible.