How to beat Modern Warfare 2 on Veteran difficulty

Act 3


After you slide down to the section where you meet your colleagues, head left immediately, lie down and spam the Predator missile into the largest groups possible to make life loads easier for yourself.

When the timer kicks in, make sure you hide behind cover at all times, use your Predator carefully here and make sure you dash from cover to cover. It’s a tricky business.

Second Sun

Pick up the M14 grenadier at the ammo box before the offices and spam your grenade launcher in the two offices, popping back into cover and reloading downstairs again when you run out of grenades.

Whiskey Hotel

The start of this level is a real pain as you can easily be killed through sheer bad luck. So go prone in each ditch and head left, sprinting from ditch to ditch to avoid being taken down.

Once again, take it slow (until the end part) and rebound any flashbangs or grenades around any dubious corners first, giving you vital seconds to take out any idiot waiting for you there.

Loose Ends

The ambush at the start can be tough, so stick to the left and use a few flashbangs to take out the snipers. Dash into the smoke when possible and hide down by the tree stumps for cover.

When you’re in the house, head into the room behind the router where you plant and stick claymores to the nearby stairs and doorways. It provides line of sight to three entrances at once, so make the most of it.

The Enemy of My Enemy

The trick here is to stick to the left-hand side of the level as this has the least number of enemies and the most cover. Your ghillie suit offers zero cover on this level so simply focus on getting from cover to cover.

Use flashbangs where possible and use your rifle to take out the gunners in the cars to stop them from ripping you to pieces. Again, stay on the far left in the last part of the airfield for maximum cover.

At the end when you have to steer the car it automatically veers to the left, so tap right constantly to counter this and allow you to drive a straighter line onto the plane.

Just Like Old Times

When the lights go out stick on your night-vision goggles and use an automatic gun at everyone who’s stupid enough to walk into your line of sight.

In the room with the two planks and the smoke-throwing enemies, be sure to have a riot shield and bash into whoever you can. The right-hand side has a weapons cache should you need it.

Make sure you keep the riot shield with you to the end. You can sneak past most of the enemies in the last area by staying to the left. As long as you reach the cave entrance, old Pricey will follow you.

Act 4


When you first exit the caves, stick left until Price mentions the chopper, then go right to the other side and weave across the water to make yourself a harder target to hit.

Be sure to take out as many enemy boats as you can that get in front of you and always keep your finger on the accelerator. Otherwise the enemy will escape and you’ll have to start all over again! Good luck.


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  • princeofme - December 23, 2009 8:01 p.m.

    i agree with many people here this one was easier, but i guess that is only due to the fact that nade spamming was really taken out. i mean in world at war it was just unbearable you couldn't move at all. but hey that's what happens when you let the right developer make the game (im talking to you treyarch).
  • TheHamburglerTouchedMe - December 20, 2009 6 p.m.

    On Takedown, if you jump into the favela bit and just sprint right through, going from the left corner to the right corner, you can get through it without encountering any enemies. That saved me a fair amount of time.
  • CAPST3R - December 19, 2009 9:29 p.m.

    this was completely unnecessary, as it goes without saying. I mean, I'm sorry for having to insult you, but I'm pretty sure any moron could have thought of this. The only difficulty on veteran is getting caught out by enemies, and the only advice that could be given for that is 'take cover', and not even that helps (evil glare to every part with smoke, ghillies or juggernaughts). Best advice; stick to the walls, run behind every rock you see and if you see an enemy, run up to him, knife him and run behind that rock. best time to find a new rock is either when you get shot, when the shooting stops or when a grenade gets lobbed at you. basically, be a wimp; it works. all friendlies are invincible or instantly replaced, so don't be a hero, be that useless jerk who still has full ammo at the end of the level. (don't do this online, that's when you need to grow a pair.)
  • noobeater - December 18, 2009 9:48 p.m. offense...(ok quite a bit) but if you need a guide to this veteran campaign you shouldnt be playing... WaW and even cod 4 were harder, i did the vet campaign in what, 7 or 8 hours and i got max achievements for cod 1 4 WaW and MW oh and moosetwice, go die you stole my picture idea, its my patch asi was ere first!
  • fatpenguin69 - December 18, 2009 9:31 a.m.

    @Whiskey Hotel, wat is also a help is as asoon as you get out of the presidential bunker at the start get a FAL or M240 with an ACOG sight and pick off any1 on the white house and you then have a pretty much clear path until the downed jet. hope this helps :)
  • DoctorCrazy - December 18, 2009 12:54 a.m.

    I might just be wierd, but i found veteran this time around easier than on regular. No idea why, i just played veteran like a rainbow six game (cover, flanking, all that jazz) and found it really fun and tactical for call of duty, which was nice.
  • Ampatent - December 17, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    I imagine the reason this guide is coming out NOW as opposed to the day of MW2's release is because of the surge of people that will be getting the game for Christmas this year.
  • iCoLLatEraLL - December 17, 2009 5:26 p.m.

    u could of dun this wen i needed it but oh well. ive dun it on veteran already
  • LOUDcarBOMB - December 17, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    i thought veteran was easy until i got to loose ends. i got stuck at a stupid checkpoint where you probably had about 2 seconds to react to a baddie right in FRONT of you. it was evil!!!
  • egregious - December 17, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    This is the first Call of Duty where I have finished it on Veteran. IW's definition of "challenging" to this point has been quite ridiculous for reasons that don't need mentioning. I wish I could understand what compels me to do something like play Veteran mode when it is the opposite of fun.
  • gsr - December 17, 2009 3:23 p.m.

    I thought the game was alot easier than MW i completed in about 8/9 hrs and was left feeling that it needed at least 3 or 4 more levels beofre the big climax
  • Mirako - December 17, 2009 2:58 p.m.

    After beating the game in hardened I found veteran easy, managed to get through it in one sitting ^^
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - December 17, 2009 2:13 p.m.

    I actually finished it on veteran in one sitting 9 hours, i actually lost 2 kilograms because i went without lunch or dinner =)
  • CaseD - December 17, 2009 10:57 a.m.

    I found that MW2 was harder on regular difficulty than the original, but easier on Veteran. This is easily atrributed to the loss of infinite respawning enemies and due to this the veteran playstyle of 'slow and steady' is alot more effective. I think the only thing stopping anyone from achieving this game on veteran is lack of patience, you can be sat in the same spot for very long periods of time before being able to move off.
  • Furyspittles - December 17, 2009 8:18 a.m.

    Yeah, I too harshly worded my earlier comment. I'm not saying the guide isn't useful at all, don't get me wrong. Veteran is still a very time-consuming and harrowing experience; just not as hard as previous CoD's, and definitely within the realms of possible. I honestly would have liked this guide a week ago when I started playing Veteran, for example. Managed fine without it, but would have been a great deal of help.
  • EliteDog - December 17, 2009 7:19 a.m.

    Veteran on MW2 is EASY compared to WaW. Maybe I just got better, but I got this platinum trophy a lot faster.
  • Cwf2008 - December 17, 2009 6:56 a.m.

    Or you could just exploit one of the millions of glitch bound to be in single player...
  • spideralex90 - December 17, 2009 6:18 a.m.

    Don't let anyone fool you, you'll die a thousand times, but it's possible. The enemies are actually limited this time, so they don't just keep respawning like COD4. No fighting in the war room in COD4 was impossible for me on veteran and difficult on hardened, but MW2 overall is just as hard as COD4, it just lacks that one extremely hard level. Also the single player campaign has so many more epic moments, it's like playing a movie. Especially the night scene in DC where you have to get to the roof to flare off the planes, it's epic. I love this game.
  • nadrewod999 - December 17, 2009 3:05 a.m.

    Contrary to what all of these previous posts may make Veteran appear to be, I thought I should let my fellow GR readers know that I found the campaign just as difficult, if not more so, than the previous installment's, especially since there were no "easy levels", where all you can do is look around, and the level ends the same way no matter what difficulty you were on (the nuke level and the execution level), while the two new bad levels (No Russian and Second Sun) both have sections of heavy fighting after the controversial parts (SWAT teams with riot shields in NR and gigantic swarms of enemies in the dark with malfunctioning red-dot and holographic sights in SS). I know that I will never beat the whole campaign on Veteran even with this guide, but I just wanted the GR staff to know that there are actually people who could use this.
  • Vakamon - December 17, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    Pff, didn't need this guide to beat it on Veteran, but this could have been useful if I had seen it before, instead of a month after it's release, after I also beat spec ops. Nice article though

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