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Modern Warfare 2 - we've played it again

We're shown two Special Ops games, one of which we loved, the other, well, we don't exactly hate but can't imagine ever playing. The first (that we like) is Elimination, where the challenge is to kill a set number of hostiles without dying.

The location for the demoed environment is great - a big country hunting lodge (complete with room full of weaponry) surrounded by forest, with the enemies attacking the house from the bushes. Depending on which difficulty setting you choose the number of enemies increases, with Veteran introducing other inconveniences like dogs to contend with.

The second mode he shows us, which we aren't so keen on, is a Time Trial which involves you racing your partner on a snowmobile. Now, this might appeal to some, but purists will probably recoil in disgust - a racing game? In COD? WTFF? According to our guide, it's made more enjoyable when you're playing against a friend as you can shoot them in the face during the run, but we aren't convinced. Someone will probably enjoy it though.


Above: Snowmobile racing? We no think so...

Special Ops is a neat way of making anyone who fears the hardcore nature of all-out multiplayer feel included in the 'social gaming' experience. Like the exemplary World at War Zombie mode (the best bit of WAW in our view) getting together with a partner and taking on the 60+ challenges will certainly be an enjoyable and challenging way to play the game. It's also worth noting that as well as online co-op there's spilt-screen.

Our chance to shine came with a bit of 'hands-on' with Elimination on the Favela map (again), a different version of the shanty town from that seen in the multiplayer. The main thing we learn from it is you need take it very literally and co-operate or risk losing your partner as he bleeds out on the floor. You can resuscitate them, which is essential as alone you're a more vulnerable target. Oh and beware of friendly fire - in one comical situation we managed to shoot our wingman dead as a thankyou for reviving us seconds before.

The best strategy is to work through the map side-by-side and if you die retrace your steps along the same path, making a mental note of choke points. A further challenge is added by giving a penalty for shooting civilians - kill six and it's game over, or if you're on veteran kill three and your done.

Incidentally, in Spec Ops mode you can set your own difficulty level independently, which will sort out the n00bs from the boys. Demonstrated perfectly by Bowling as he polishes off the job in Veteran with a fellow journo on Regular in tow, more than making up for dying in the single-player demo.


Above: The naughty militia ecountered in Favela.

This short re-exposure to MW2 ends with us feeling a familiar sensation to the end of the multiplayer event - we want to play and see more; to get on it for hours, to take on everyone in the room on a new map, on free-for-all. Being brutally honest - the core game, bar a few graphical sleights of hand - is little-changed, but now it's bigger, more expansive and with the potential for even greater longevity.

It's astonishing we're still playing Modern Warfare two years on - and if this demo is anything to go by, MW2 could keep us going for three. Now who was it that was moaning about the price tag?

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36 comments

  • venomman01 - October 21, 2009 7:50 p.m.

    Am i the only one that thinks it looks practically the same as modern warfare 1? How is it 1000 times better than waw? Exact same game play.
  • HappinessIsaWarmGun - October 21, 2009 1:51 p.m.

    I'm starting to get interested in this game. Played original COD(s) but skipped MW. But the hype for this one is getting to me. Plus, now I have a PS3, whereas I can't afford to update my PC to handle any of the new games this year.
  • miasma - October 19, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    could? MW was the best shooter of all time hands down. This game is gonna be balls.
  • boxmeizter - October 19, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    I'll rather go for Assassin's Creed 2... But for now I am gaming Uncharted 2! Hell yeaauh!
  • TheDude - October 19, 2009 10:06 p.m.

    I agree with heavy tank. I liked MW, but only for the Single Player. The Multiplayer was filled with noobs who knew every trick in the book, so that wasnt very fun. I'll probably rent it for Sp and special ops.
  • TC14 - October 18, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    Cant wait for this gamme!!!! try this for discounted xbl live codes! http://linktrack.info/-timsc119
  • SolidSpartan - October 18, 2009 4:12 a.m.

    I think this is going to be as good as the first Mw, except new weapons, (probably new perks) new gameplay features, and new maps and a good'o war story. (Hope it has a good dramatic ending like Mw.) I'm so buying this game. reCAPTCHA: "jigsaws 58" -I think he's older than that.
  • CAPST3R - October 17, 2009 9:34 p.m.

    @ GMAN2: Everyone hates WAW because it's a copy of COD4 with a few new bits, unbalanced weapons and zombies. I like zombies, but the rest of the game's just a copy, and treyarch couldn't even do that right. and @ Heavytank: It's hyped so much because it's predecessor won GOTY twice in a row. please name 1 other game with that on it's record, because to my knowledge there isn't one. it's also set to break GTA4's sales record, which won't surprise me one bit. and if spec-ops only has 23 missions, what do they mean by '60+' challenges? acheivements/trophies or something? i've spent £93 on this game (game, combat controller and guide), so it'd better be worth it!
  • Megajamz - October 17, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    GOTY definitely well this or uncharted 2
  • patri0t - October 16, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    Oh goody goody goody. I really CANNOT wait for this game much longer
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - October 16, 2009 7:02 p.m.

    Thanks george1 ok so it at the 55 pounds i saw online it is roughly 90 dollars here, so essentially 30 more then your standard game. I wasn't planning on buying it, but if i was i'd think just a little longer about it, or atleast waiting for a drop.
  • gamesradar_george1 - October 16, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    On Amazon.co.uk you can pre-order it for £44.96. By comparison, Uncharted 2 is £37.96 - don't know how that converts to dollars. Hand on heart, I'd pay that for the amount of play-hours I know I'll get out of MW2. Feel free to call me a sucker.
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - October 16, 2009 4:59 p.m.

    What is the price on this game? In North American markets i mean, i seached and found 55 pounds i believe it was. If thats a straight conversion it 's very expensive!
  • gamesradar_george1 - October 16, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    To be clear - I don't hate WAW at all, I just think the BEST thing about it was the Zombie mode. I do prefer the weapons and storyline in MW though, mainly cos I'm fed up with FPS being set in WWII.
  • TessSteckle - October 16, 2009 11:07 a.m.

    I for one don't hate W@W but thought that it was a huge disappointment after MW. When they announced it I was like 'why the fuck would they go back to WWII'. That said, me and my friends played Nazi Zombies for hours on end, and the single player kept me entertained, i just hated the multiplayer. i played it for like an hour then went back to COD4
  • gamesradar_george1 - October 16, 2009 9:43 a.m.

    @Zekkek Technically 23, yes, but each one can be played at three difficulty levels with different challenges so that makes 69 (the number that appears on screen in Spec ops mode). @GMAN2, @Daemon Angell Yes, as I said in the piece, some people will love it - jut not me. Subjective opinion, but I'd just rather be shooting people in the face... @HeavyTank You're free to have that opinion dude, but I think it deserves the hype from what I've seen.
  • HeavyTank - October 16, 2009 8:27 a.m.

    Two words: epicly overhyped. EVerybody says that this game is going to be OMFGZ 100000 times better than any other FPS, but all we've seen are bits of generic gameplay...could very well be a MW with more missions....try to calm down people!
  • Tochy - October 16, 2009 4:06 a.m.

    if the online is the same shit as the original one,except with more stuff to unlock,then no,aint buying it. ReCAPTCHA:bravest CEO
  • Dameon Angell - October 16, 2009 2:24 a.m.

    I'm down for snowmobile races as long as we can openly use weapons and possibly the RPG. And maybe other snowmobiles to attack us on the path?
  • GMAN2 - October 16, 2009 2 a.m.

    Why would you not want to race your friend on a snowmobile?! Plus, why does everyone hate World at War? It's not as good as Modern Warfare but it's better than many other games, and it's not crap on a stick.

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