Modern Warfare 2 - Multiplayer hands-on


CoD4’s red dot sight, grenade launcher, and suppressor are still here, but there’s so much more. Attachments no longer refer to just physical objects and properties, they can refer to skills too. Akimbo (dual wielding) and Rapid Fire are a whole lot cooler than “Digital Camo.” Other new attachments include a heartbeat sensor, thermal scope, and tactical knife.

Above: The heartbeat sensor displays the rough location of nearby enemies

In other news, sniper rifles can now be fitted with suppressors. “Run and gun” players may not like the change, but sneaky bastards like myself are all over it. Shotguns are now suppressible too.


Your special grenade slot isn’t just for grenades any more. In order to add a little more variety to the gameplay, and give advanced players an option other than grenade spamming, Infinity Ward has introduced some pretty exciting new weapons. Among them are Symtex sticky grenades, throwing knives, a blast shield (a face mask which offers extra protection), and my personal favorite, “Tactical Insertion.” Tactical Insertion equips you with a special marker which you can throw anywhere. As long as it isn’t destroyed by an enemy, you’ll respawn wherever you left the marker. There’s nothing like appearing behind the guy who just knifed you in the back...REVENGE!


If you need a change from the usual strategy, try replacing your primary weapon with a riot shield. It’s bullet proof up to a point, and makes you a pretty damn menacing opponent. You can’t shoot and hold the shield at the same time, but you can bash people’s heads in, and when you’re using your secondary weapon, the shield is stowed on your back, giving your ass a little extra protection.  Combine this with a blast shield, and your enemies will have a hell of a time knocking you down.

Above: A teammate with a riot shield defends his flag carrier

It should also be noted here that, in team and objective based matches, you won’t be penalized for focusing on tasks other than scoring kills. Distracting enemies with your riot shield will be rewarded, as will shooting down a helicopter, killing an enemy flag carrier, and anything else you do to help your team.


We've covered that Modern Warfare 2 rewards players for every action they take, but who cares how many points you get if no one else sees all your hard work?


Aha! That's why we have callsigns, which are essentially big customizable plaques which pop up when you score a kill or perform a commendable action. Callsigns include a title, which is a string of letters (in this case "My name is"), an insignia (that ghostly fellow), a background, and, of course, your gamertag and rank. The titles, insignia, and backgrounds are all unlockable, and there are hundreds of them unlock. You can unlock them by leveling up, or by completing certain prerequisites. For example, we unlocked the “Accident Prone” insignia, presumably from falling off too many ledges.

On the next page…Three multiplayer maps explained!


  • TheJabberwock - October 18, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    Who thinks that as soon as this comes out, someone will make a riot sheild tank? (eight guys facing out horizontialy, with one or two guys looking up, to stop explosives from blowing up inside the "tank")
  • InsomniacJack - October 3, 2009 9:56 a.m.

    i cant wait for this it looks mint but i also want to get uncharted and the new fallout 3 dlc and i cant decide what to get coz im pretty skint
  • JClouse - September 26, 2009 11:41 p.m.

    If I had no other responsibilities, I would go to my grandma's house, take a bottle of Valium, and sleep every day, all day, until 11.10 (J/K, of course<---to any silly kids reading this) :)
  • MrTedO - September 26, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    Blackout1881 if you don't want the new stuff they are coming out with and it seems "over whelming" and just an "expansion" don't get MW2 and just stick playing COD4. I mean I'm glad they stuck with the same core game play because it worked, and it worked good. If it isn't broke don't fix it so I'm glad they didn't completely redo the core game play or MW2 might not be as amazing as it is going to be.
  • TH3Capta1n170 - September 24, 2009 7:23 p.m.

    DUDE ur are so lucky!! but this a a great article i read everything!!! thanks for filling us with some info about MW2 cant wait for it to com out!!!
  • bron1417 - September 23, 2009 11:50 p.m.

    multiplayer looks sexy right now
  • Tazz57 - September 23, 2009 5:56 a.m.

    looks good can't wait to get my hands on it this article just made the wait seem longer
  • Dalibor - September 23, 2009 2:31 a.m.

    Hopefully the silenced snipers are balanced out somehow. Otherwise it wouldn't be fun getting sniped & having no clue where the shot came from. That shield is going to be awesome to use. Haha I can already picture 3 guys going at it with shields.
  • crazyqazqaz - September 20, 2009 6:31 a.m.

    EXCLAMATION MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • FETALJUICE - September 19, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    Silenced snipers? I hope that those silencers deteriorate with each shot taken till it breaks. It would make the game more balanced. Other than that, all of the new stuff being crammed in this game is amazing!! I can't wait for this to come out!
  • DannyRabone - September 19, 2009 9:31 a.m.

    really really amazing :D can't wait !!!
  • GOWKING - September 18, 2009 8:20 p.m.

    this is my number two on my wanted list 1st is halo 3 odst
  • infern0 - September 18, 2009 3:37 p.m.

    I got really bored of the first one but mw2 looks good I noticed maps look a bit bigger thats pretty welcome for us pc players but mw2 looks alot better than the first I despised mw1 it seemed every player was a LMG spammer or a grenade spammer it looks like I will be picking this up but I will wait abit due to my feelings on the first also I cant shake the whole dual deagles and silenced shotguns thing WHAT THE HELL infinity ward that make me face palm
  • infected123 - September 17, 2009 4:44 p.m.

    i wish their was a a game with the perks and stuff of call of duty and the map customising of halo.
  • key0blade - September 17, 2009 2:38 p.m.

  • yaboysupadave - September 17, 2009 12:58 p.m.

    shotgun with a silencer awesome did they release anything about the party system, cod waw that was probably the best thing about it besides having more than one map pack, but we know now why we got only one in cod 4. They were busy the mwf2. Also anything about prestige levels sounds likes there is tons of unlockables probably take longer than 10 days to cap top prestige. last question is any body gonna do anything about party chat cheaters especially being a hardcore snd guy i hate it. Awesome Article keep it up
  • Samael - September 17, 2009 6:13 a.m.

    @GamesRadarPaulRyan Oh...Paul's back. That's cool I suppose.
  • ParagonFury - September 17, 2009 4:46 a.m. nice as this all sounds, I'm thinking this is a bit too much. No other developer has ever, EVER balanced a game with this much customization to the point where after the first couple months there isn't a set hierarchy of "Best, Good, Bad, Useless". Hell, in COD4 they couldn't even do it.
  • Valntyne - September 17, 2009 12:24 a.m.

    Well, for what I see my social life is going down the shitter..., but goddamn i'm gonna enjoy it!!! Nov can't come soon enough!!!
  • damunsta - September 17, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    oh my god this game looks amazing congrats to infinity ward for keeping the series fresh.

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