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A fun ride, but only to the corner store...
on February 16, 2010
Let me preface this by saying that I'm over 30, not a multi-player fan, and I only game casually. I'm a huge fan of the FPS genre, having been addicted since Doom and Duke Nuke'm ruled the digital gaming landscape.
MW2 has a number of things going for it that really sold me on the experience of playing it. The characters are amazingly well defined for a shooter, the voice acting was spot on for the most part, and the music, well, it's Hans Zimmer, like you're going to go wrong with that.
The game play, oddly, seems to be behind the times though. The fast-tap method of aim/shoot that's been around since the first COD game is good, but it's getting a little dated. It's built for the "rush" combat that seems to be the core of the MW2 game play, but it's not well suited to the thinking sections, like the stealth run through the winter scenes. More importantly though is the fact that a 4th gen shooter doesn't have a cover system. This is a serious gap in the model, and will definitely need to be addressed before I pick up another one in this series. Cover has been around since GOW1 and R6:V1, and would have made this game alot more fun to play as a tactical shooter, rather than a simple run and gun.
The big mood killer for me though was the duration. This was a SHORT game. for $60, I'd like to think that I'm going to spend at least 12 hours playing the game. This one, end to end, was 6. 6 hours!
I'm sorry for all those that are huge online fans, but if I'm going to spend $60 on a game, I expect to be immersed in the solo games, not just in running around trying to knife my friends on line.
In the end, did I enjoy the 6 hours? Yes. It's a fun ride, but it's a short one.
Do I think they could have done much better with the plot, the characters and the missions? Yes. Absolutely. It's time to take the MW series to a higher level. Turn it into a choice for the player: run and gun in the Multiplayer, but THINK, PLAN and PLAY in the single player.
Try harder next time, Infinity Ward. Look at what Naughty Dog did with Uncharted, or Red Storm with Rainbow 6. Up your game (pardon the pun) and take back the crown that you owned when COD was still new.