Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer maps guide

Infinity Ward’s sequel to one of the most intensely played multiplayer games in videogame history has upped the ante on many, many levels. With loads of new – upgradable – Perks, a whole array of new weapons, new game modes, emblems, titles and a massive class of experienced CoD4 pupils waiting in the wings ready to plant a bullet between your eyes, it’s a whopper of an online military shooter. 

Whether you’re a newcomer to the Call of Duty series or a seasoned Vet, our massive map blowout covering Tactical Insertion placement, sneaky sniping spots and more can help you refine your game and plan your attack. So pick up that gun and strap on those stun grenades.

We’ve concentrated on four of the most popular maps with top tips for each game mode. Then there are the other 12 maps with general advice for how to play ’em.


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Afghan’s a large open area map that retains a lot of the action in the middle with the cave and the broken plane taking centre stage. Keep your eyes peeled for enemies looking to flank you from the cover of the poppy field.

Even though Afghan is quite a large map, if you’re a skilled ninja, you can clean up really well using a ‘Jack the Ripper’ (knifing) class. The abundance of campers here makes stabbing them even easier!

Team Deathmatch
Try and stick to a group of around 2 or 3 other players where possible, as going lone wolf will usually result in you taking a beating. The extra firepower and perks of your buddies on this map will come in really handy.

The cave and the broken plane area are real hot spots on these game modes, so if you want to stand a chance of winning, think about two of you trying to out-flank the enemy at either side.


As always in HQ, the key to winning is in the scoring and not the killing, so be the first to help get your team scoring and you’ll get an extra 250 EXP for every base you help capture!

Points A and C are reasonably close together so there’s a lot of firefights around this back area. If you want a quieter time, hide in the poppies and defend point B for your team.


If you and a few of your colleagues have Riot Shields, then you may want to run the gauntlet through the cave straight to the flag, with a few comrades as extra firepower from the rear.


  • FlyingDice - February 9, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    Basic map layouts labeled with objectives and rubbish camping spots do not a map guide make. It takes them pages of text and images to explain what any moron could figure out in five minutes on the map?
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - January 17, 2010 8:02 a.m.

    I'm sick of people bitching about how the akimbo shot gunners are somehow cheap or noobish. They have to get in close, and don't have the luxury of shooting from a distance. When they are close enough to one shot you, they could have took the extra second to get a knife kill which is never frowned upon, so seriously what's the big deal?
  • RoundeyeSamurai - January 15, 2010 1:01 p.m.

    Great article, though I get the most out of the maps. The strategies are questionable at best, and anyone promoting the "Jack the Ripper" (or as we call it, the "Stabby Dan") for everymap and gametype needs to realize that you can't run a game with a full team of that loadout. You will get decimated in the end. It is only truly useful in objective games, especially in a fireteam with one other of the same class, or a riot shield class. Everyone has their favourite loadout, and claims that their weapon of choice is obviously the best, but no one realizes that it is not the weapon, but the shooter that truly matters. To each his own, I say! I have tried all the weapons at hand, and have found what works well for me, though it has taken longer than I hoped and my KDR has suffered greatly for it, but she is steadily climbing.. and I am happy! See y'all on the battlefield.
  • PerezI03 - January 11, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    This game can get VERY annoying at times but it is also fun to destroy the enemy team. There are too many options and weapons to choose and they all kill in less than five bullets with stopping power on. It's obvious that CoD 4 was way better because sometimes simple is better which in this case is very true and don't try to tell I dont like this game as much as CoD 4 because Im sure my KD is better than yours is (1.98). The way i got my KD from 1.72 to 1.98 is by using the TAR 21 which is obviously the best gun in the game. Any attatchment will do but i use and abuse the silencer on ti because it does'nt need the mars sight.
  • crazyqazqaz - January 11, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    It's quite fun to watch the different perks and attatchments that people swear by. I suppose that you use the load out that suits your playing style. I'm annoyed that GR keeps pushing what they "think" works best as what is best. It won't work for everyone and some of the things you say happen often hardly happen at all. The best way to find out what works best is by playing the maps.
  • crazyqazqaz - January 11, 2010 9 p.m.

    The sniper roost on Highrise no longer works as too many people know about it and see you easily. I haven't been able to get up in ages and have given up trying. You have to be extremely lucky to get up nowadays. @ looneyman978 & frmonth no offense and everything but you couldn't be more wrong. In my opinion the only players who don't enjoy MW2 are the ones who are not very good at it. Oh, and by the way WaW's online was a huge let down and not very well thought through at all. The only good part of the whole game ion fact was Nazi Zombies which was an inspiration. Great article GR although I don't agree with a word you've said lol! the perks I use are stopping power pro, bling pro(holo sight and silencer on ACR ) and commando pro. Works for me!
  • Zackaro - January 11, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    Do it my way guys: Marathon pro Lightwieght thing pro Comando pro Rapid fire sniper Throwing Knife Desert eagle, lots of fun :)
  • frmonth - January 11, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    Don't worry loonyman978 my opinon is the same as yours although MW2 is still a great place for online FPS fans. (I actually think that World at War is the best of the three for verses multiplayer so I'm in the minority I think).
  • crossed23 - January 11, 2010 5:12 a.m.

    Wow, Im mostly always in the top tier of any game I play if not the top and I dont play any of the maps this way lol. ACR with Red Dot, Slight of Hand PRO, Stopping Power and Commando Pro with Throwing Knife and RPGs for the wanna be Snipers works for me everytime. lol.
  • sklorbit - January 10, 2010 8:41 a.m.

    btw loonyman978 you are wrong
  • sklorbit - January 10, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    im telling you people, rpd with grip is in my oppinion the best gun in the game. my kd used to be around 1.15 at about 10,000 kills. now im at 15,000 and my kd is 1.72, and going up.
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - January 10, 2010 12:29 a.m.

    no one i know runs in the middle on afghan. thats suicide
  • IceManYEA - January 9, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    Why isn't there any tips for sabotage mode. Thats my favorite game type :(
  • WayByWind - January 9, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    As much as I appreciate the maps(the blueprints provided, not the level), I wish the strategy for each game type was on every map instead of just 4.
  • mentalityljs - January 9, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    @Cwf2008 Doesn't sound like that 22% of luck has kicked in yet, hey? lol
  • loonyman978 - January 9, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    @TheWebSwinger: its just my opinion, but some would say you're wrong
  • Cwf2008 - January 9, 2010 4:54 a.m.

    And yet when i play almost nothing they said actually happens. Guide is basically useless for me
  • TheWebSwinger - January 9, 2010 4:14 a.m.

    @loonyman978: you're wrong.
  • GoldenMe - January 9, 2010 3:24 a.m.

    Oh come on now, you practically gave up half way through. I give you a great amount of points for the map layout, but that's about it.

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