GC 09: Gamescom's BIG games played

Modern Warfare II (360, PC, PS3)

It's still early doors at Gamescom and we're already dripping with sweat. That's not the German beer sweats though, we've just sat down with Infinity Ward to see Modern Warfare II. These are real excite-sweats.

IW played through an entire mission in the game's Special Ops mode, a new mode that throws you into small, bite-sized missions where all hell breaks loose for a few minutes - enough time to make you sweat out without the hassle of story getting in the way.

Our IW guide compared it to the Mile High Club mission at the end of Modern Warfare, which was a short mission unlocked at the end of the game that challenged you to storm through a terrorist-filled plane and rescue a hostage. It was go-mental-and-headbutt-the-TV tough, but short and simple in theory. That's what Special Ops mode is based on.

The final number of missions is yet to be confirmed, but IW says that the Special Ops mode is equal to the single-player and competitive multiplayer modes in size and depth. "It's had the same amount of blood, sweat and tears poured into it," they said. We promise not to mention sweat anymore.

As you'd hope and expect these mini-missions can be played in either single-player, two-player split screen or two-player online co-op. Every mission has been designed with co-op gameplay in mind.

The mission we were shown next was called 'Breach & Clear'. You start in a small corridor with a yellow glowing marker on the wall to your right, where you're to place a bomb. The timer doesn't start until the explosive is detonated, so you have time to gather some weapons for the bat-shit-crazy shoot out that's about to take place.

Plant the explosive and the blast rips through the brick wall, dust and debris flying everywhere. No doubt to show off the carnage a little more, IW immediately activates a temporary bullet-time mode, slowing down flying debris and, more importantly, the gunfire as the player bursts through the new entrance, all guns blazing. You're met with resistance from several enemy soldiers in the derelict, run-down building - some on the same level as you, others on balconies to the upper left and right.

At this point our eyes are wide open. We're smiling. The IW rep leans over to turn up the giant volume wheel on the seriously powerful sound system Activision has set up in the tiny box room. He's turning that bastard right UP and we're loving it. 10/10 for 'sound', we'll tell you that now.

The action is absolutely chaotic, bullets ripping into the scenery, shouting and gunfire everywhere, and the red laser sights of the enemy weapons flash around, which isn't just a pretty effect, it gives you clues to their position.

It's all kicking off but there's not even a hint of a dip in the game's absolutely silky-smooth frame rate. It's totally lush - like you'd expect from this year's biggest (and most expensive) game.

The objective marker is 60 metres and two enemy-filled rooms from the insurgence point. We watch as IW gets its ass handed back in 20 seconds. When you're shot in MW2 you really feel it - the violent shaking of your view is accompanied by thick red splatters of blood on the screen, making it harder to see. You squint just watching it.

Second time lucky, the rep blasted through the mission, using walls on either side of the rooms as cover from the onslaught. The mission ends when you drop through a hole in the floor at the far end of the stage. Short and sweet.

IW explained to us that finishing the missions on different difficulty levels earns you a different number of stars; one for easy, two for medium etc. These stars are accumulated in your profile, not just for showing off but also for unlocking other features in the game. We're seriously liking the no-messing premise of Spec-Ops mode. No need for a story - you just kill. And in two-player. And online. And it's awesome.

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  • Felixthecat - August 24, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    Im gonna sound like a noob here but, will Tekken 6 actually be released in Europe? I've checked everywhere for a release date, but it always come's up with American, Japanese and Australian dates.
  • FlamingChaos35 - August 24, 2009 6:01 a.m.

    MODERN WARFARE 2!!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!
  • ConkertheSquirrel - August 24, 2009 2:40 a.m.

    I was excited about MW2 but after seen AVP and the multiplayer i think im more pumped for that
  • kyleander - August 23, 2009 6:50 p.m.

    yeah great game what campaign do you think will be the hardest
  • gtakiller7 - August 22, 2009 9:21 a.m.

    wot is messed up? just buy mw2 and enjoy it
  • magicwalnuts0 - August 21, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    Oh wow, and they removed his comment, that's awesome. You people aren't gamers, you just have a boner for this one shooter, among many shooters. You couldn't give any less of a shit about how messed up this is.
  • magicwalnuts0 - August 21, 2009 10:08 p.m.

    Wow Xboxrules all I want to do right now is peel your skin off and use it for jerky. But besides that Infinity Ward doesn't have a reason to feel like shit that people are saying not to buy their game. They should feel like shit that Activision is trying to manipulate the market by using their game to raise PC game prices. I still can't believe nobody is outraged by this.
  • twosy - August 21, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    avp and mw2 look awsome cant wait 4 ever 2 come out
  • Eo1spy - August 21, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    What Aion was trying to say was that the price of MW2 has been raised by £10 (and the equivalent) everywhere in Europe and possibly everywhere else in the world on every platform(except the US of course, who get everything for a better deal) - Which is ridiculous, the RRP is now £55 ($90). Although a lot of retailers knock off £10 usually; £45 ($74 - and Americans complain about $60 games) for a video game is absolutely ludicrous. All this price-raise by Activision is going to do is get other major publishers to follow suit and release their games for £45 as well. Thus making gamers spend even more money on games when there is still a RECESSION on in a lot of countries. I guess all the people who have said "Quit your whining" etc. are American, therefore are seemingly not affected by this price raise... In short: I am not going to by MW2 on release, hopefully buying used later on in the year, so that Activision gets no money from me.
  • GMAN2 - August 21, 2009 4:53 p.m.

    Activision is stupid, but Infinity Ward isn't. They put hours and hours of hard work into Modern Warfare 2, making new changes and listening to our feedback, and now people are saying not to buy it. How do you think that would make them feel? Like shit.
  • OddWoN ER - August 21, 2009 3:32 p.m.

    uh dude, wtf are you talking about? they charge 60 bucks for the game same as most other games..... if you dont feel like shellin out the cash, thats your choice... but many of us CoD fans like seeing the improvement between each CoD game... if you havent noticed CoD4 has incredible improvements over its successors. CoD5 while not entirely improving anything...brought good ideas to the table. such as its nazi zombie mode. with modern warfare 2 we have and are already seeing improvements...built around the game play we all love and know from CoD so if you cant realize that gameplay is what makes CoD, then your mistaken in your judgement. we buy the next iteration of CoD to add a little spice and keep play something new but familiar.. but there is no law saying you have to buy it. if some one doesnt want too buy it. they wont. for those of us who do. will.
  • kyleander - August 21, 2009 1:20 p.m.

  • magicwalnuts0 - August 21, 2009 7 a.m.

    Yeah I don't know what the fuck you guys are talking about with all this collectors edition bullshit but the PC version of MW2 is 60 fucking bucks. Now nobody seems to agree with Aion here but I sure as hell do. 60 bucks for a PC game? That's fucking ridiculous, I'm not even going to look at this trailer because I know I'm not going to buy it, as good as it is. I'm not going to risk having to pay 60 bucks for every PC game I buy because greedy ass Activision doesn't think they're making enough money off of the PC. Most importantly however is the fact that Aliens Vs. Predator was and will be one of the best multiplayer games ever made and that I'm crazy excited for a modern iteration of such an awesome series of games.
  • Zeipher - August 21, 2009 2:54 a.m.

    That's crazy, because has MW2 listed for $59.99. Any idea what other games cost that amount? Here's a short list: Assassin's Creed 2, Madden 10, Batman: AA, Guitar Hero 5, Capcom Ultimate Alliance, etc. Its seems as if when a game first comes out...its always the same base price. It's obvious you have access to the internet, so I must assume you are within driving/horseback riding/covered wagon distance of a Gamestop. So maybe break out the ol' Conestoga and put your conspiracies to rest.
  • DignifiedTick - August 21, 2009 2:14 a.m.

    I love Celine Dion, she has an amazing voice. But, her lyrics are really stupid. Look, if you listen to her songs for the first time and can finish the sentence before she does, it's not really smart. So, I decided to not buy her CD's. OUCH! Honestly, aion7, shush. As if Activision will go down in sales because people won't buy from them. You do that, but millions of people still lean on Activision. (: Good luck with that, dear.
  • - August 21, 2009 12:45 a.m.

    ASSASINS CREED 2!!!!! ... Woah, sorry about the my mind turned to jelly =P
  • aion7 - August 21, 2009 12:28 a.m.

    Were some people really so stupid that they thought I was talking about the special edition? I, and others were talking about the normal version of the game, which costs more than every other normal game in many regions.
  • Zeipher - August 20, 2009 11:24 p.m.

    Lolz @ Samael Sucks not being able to play online on easy mode, huh? n00b And @ aion Your idealistic "fight the powers that be" speech is pretty damn weak. As every other logical user has pointed out, you don't have to buy the $160 version...but you have the option, and options = good business practice. Yeah, maybe I'd play Counter-Strike...if it was 2003. Next you're gonna tell me that I'm gonna get "Explosive single player" from Doom.
  • Cwf2008 - August 20, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    Well modern warfare 2 looks pretty awesome. I dont give a crap what you dumbasses (im looking at you aion7) say about not getting it, im getting it. If you dont want to get it, your loss
  • doomdoomdoom - August 20, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    Alien Vs Predator best mother fucking game very bitches This one is a Buy Mother fuckers I am buy this sht even if it is good or bad Shit yes! AVP MOTHER FUCKERS YEAH!!!