We’ve only selected a few of the modes available in Modern Warfare 2 to analyze. These are our favorites, and the ones we’ve spent the most time honing our skills on thus far.
Things are even more hectic in Modern Warfare 2 that they were last time – kill streaks pile up, helicopters and Harriers fill the air, and bullets fly more liberally than they did in CoD 4. You either need to find a cozy camping spot (if you’re sniping, remember to drop a tactical insertion to cover your ass), or keep moving. Watch out for prone campers on the tops of buildings and ledges – if you’re constantly being picked off, try sticking to interiors or other more claustrophobic spots and relying on your secondary weapon and knife. Beware of very experienced players who will simultaneously jump and go prone, and then put one through your head – keep them at bay by luring them to you instead of running after them. If someone takes a shot at you and you’re not in a good position to return fire, back up and take cover to see if they’ll foolishly run around the corner.
Above: A lovely sight
This mode really requires teamwork. If everyone rushes for the enemy’s flag, they’ll just set up camp in your base and grab yours every time it appears. Keep several people on defense, and send a concentrated, synchronized force into the enemy base – a team of lone wolves generally fails.
Above: We do love to snipe…but seriously, ranged weapons can actually be very useful in CTF matches for picking off guards and taking out the enemy flag carrier and his escorts without having to chase them down
If you plan to be a flag carrier, make sure you’re using the Marathon perk – there’s nothing worse than running out of steam and being shot in the back moments away from a capture. Ideally, one player will use a riot shield – he can assault the enemy base and create a disturbance while support picks off the defenses and a runner makes a grab for the flag. And if he’s still alive after that, the shield-holder can continue to protect and distract as the flag carrier runs for the base. Also note that riot shields are stored on your back when you switch to your secondary, and offers some protection as you run away.
The goal of Sabotage is to bomb the enemy’s base. There is one bomb, and your team must compete with the other for possession of it. The only advice to give regarding this mode is to go for it. If you see the bomb, grab it – the worst that can happen is that you’ll move it a little closer to the enemy base before being killed. And now and then you get lucky and actually manage to plant it.
Above: We don’t have a screen of this mode, but this video is relevant enough
In a recent game of Sabotage on Highrise, we were pinning each other down so hard that it took almost the entire match before someone actually managed to plant the bomb, and even then it was diffused. But there’s no draw in Sabotage, if time runs out sudden death overtime kicks in, which means no respawning. If that happens, just play like you would if it were Hardcore Mode – slow, quiet, and low. The bomb doesn’t even matter in overtime – if you eliminate the enemy team, you win.
The goal of Domination is to earn points by holding the majority of flags. There’s not a lot to the game, and the only good advice is to go after or defend whichever points seem to be getting the least attention. Many of the captures we’ve made were solo, simply because everyone was focused on the central position, B, and were ignoring either A or C.
Above: Attempting to capture locations with the help of a riot shield is sometimes effective, but without any support, will usually just get you killed
Use frag grenades to clear out defenders, and smoke grenades to obscure yourself as you make the capture. And, of course, go prone to make yourself as difficult a target to hit as possible while capturing. And be sure not to forget about defense – Domination matches would be won much more swiftly if flags didn’t change hands so often, but most players tend to run in for the capture instead of staying back to defend.
Bullets are much more hurty, there’s no HUD, and friendly fire is on – “Hardcore” matches can be a little intimidating if you’re not used to them, but they’re really a lot of fun (and you can complete a challenge by winning one, so at least do that).
Above: The lack of a hud takes a while to get used to. It helps if you have surround sound so you can pinpoint the location of gunfire
All you need to do to succeed is act more like a soldier. Move slowly, stay crouched – your goal is as much to not die as it is to score kills. Look and listen and you’ll be surprised how often you get the jump on the enemy. And that’s really the crux of Hardcore matches – you must see the enemy before they see you, or you’re toast. Oh, and watch where you aim those Predator Missiles – friendly fire is on!
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