With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 I associate a lot of great memories: memories of easier times when the chemistry class work the next Monday was the biggest concern. Or when a box of colabier, a pack of frozen pizza and a round of split-screen couch co-op with three buddies were still enough to have a great weekend.
To date the first-person shooter released in 2009 from Infinity Ward my most played title on Steam. Yes, "measly" 261 hours may just win a tired smile from many hardcore gamers out there. But I still enjoyed every second of the almost eleven in-game days – despite all the cheaters and noob tubers. So what could be more obvious than taking a trip back to the familiar world of Modern Warfare 2 right now, in times of crisis? And that with the remaster version that was just released on March 31?
However, the title is not such a complete new edition. After all, the developers have completely omitted the iconic multiplayer part, and the cooperatively playable special unit mode is unfortunately also in vain. According to publisher Activision, the aim was to prevent to split the player base into several titles. Instead, the series reboot released last year is said to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Bring all gamers together under one roof. For this purpose, they want to publish more classic multiplayer maps in the future, so that we may soon be able to look forward to the return of popular maps such as Terminal.
First of all, a little disillusionment remains. After all, you are currently paying 25 euros for the new edition of the MW2 campaign. Depending on the chosen level of difficulty, the four to six hours of play seem a bit thin. At least until you set your first foot back in the dusty wasteland of virtual Afghanistan and start the shooter adventure again with the "The old lyre" mission. It only takes a few minutes for Modern Warfare 2 to pull you under its spell again and make you forget all the annoyances surrounding the release.
The story is the same as it was in 2009: five years after the events of the first Modern Warfare There is still a heated conflict between Russia and the United States, which always escalates and threatens to plunge the world into chaos. Or to put it quite casually: the shit is steaming properly and we are always right in the middle. As in the predecessor, Modern Warfare 2 is told from the perspective of several different characters. Sometimes we slip into the skin of task force member Gary "Roach" Sanderson, sometimes that of undercover agent Joseph Allen, and sometimes that of US Army freshman James Ramirez.
The remaster also remains cut
The story not only gets a certain dynamic, through which we can always experience how the conflict affects different people and countries. It also ensures a lot of variety. The change between the different protagonists makes it possible for us to jump from one location to the next at lightning speed. Right now we're shooting through the gang-favelas in Brazil. The next moment we find ourselves on a snowy mountain peak in Russia.
An important note at this point: In spite of the remaster version, the campaign is still not fully available in this country. The "No Russian" scandal mission As in the original, the first act is only available in cut form. If you only fire once at an innocent passerby, the order is immediately canceled and the player with the message "You have killed a civilian. Be careful when firing!" reprimanded.
But it's not just the settings in Modern Warfare 2 that are changing, as are the approaches and gameplay mechanics. Sure, in most cases you still rely on simple, time-tested shooter gameplay. That still works really well in the campaign remaster. Here and there you may miss the comfort functions of current serial offshoots – reloading in target mode, sliding over the ground or propping up your weapon would have made the gaming experience even rounder, for example. Even so, the gameplay is great. The sound, look and feel of the weapons work well all round, so that differences between the individual ratchets and the effects of recoil, wind and bullet drop are also noticeable.
In addition to blunt firing, there are also other things to do: You race through the icy tundra with a snowmobile or secretly infiltrate an oil drilling platform by submarine to free innocent workers from hostage. This provides fresh wind and good entertainment, but also a good balance between quieter and more charged moments.
The latter in particular are bombastically staged in Modern Warfare 2. The first person shooter is a six-hour action roller coaster with ups and downs that does not have to hide from current genre representatives. For my taste, I crashed a little too often with a helicopter or was buried by debris, only to then wake up dramatically from unconsciousness. But that's complaining at a high level, especially since the title otherwise has really impressive scenes ready.
The sequence in which you defend Washington against Russian invaders and give you a heated battle for the burning White House and the crumbling Washington Monument will definitely leave lasting memories. Not to mention the moment when you have to experience from space how a nuclear missile hits.
New graphics, new features
That looked really good in 2009, but of course it makes a lot more impression in the newly released remaster version. The Beenox studio in charge, which did a great job with the PC port of the modern warfare reboot, really put a lot of passion into the title. And you can see that: thanks to higher-resolution textures, the game world is much more detailed. Improved exposure and animation give characters and environments a more authentic look. In places, Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is even more extensive than the original. The army base in "The Old Lyre" is about more extensive than it was in 2009 and now even has some Easter Eggs in stock.
Of course, you still have to accept a few drawbacks here and there. Especially particle effects from explosions, but also fire and smoke do not look quite as realistic as in the Call of Duty published in 2019. And even with elaborately produced motion capture cutscenes, the new edition does not come up. Nevertheless, due to the atmospheric soundtrack by Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer and the successful German setting, it is a great overall package, which unfortunately is over much too quickly.
After playing through there is not much to do. You can take on the ultimate challenge and start the campaign again on veteran difficulty mode. You can look around in the attached museum and bring it to life or you can stick to the overall 45 laptops hidden in the game with educational data Look out. With them, fun gimmicks such as a CoD Noir graphics mode can now also be unlocked.
Alternatively, you can also use the digital content that you get when you buy Modern Warfare 2 Remastered, which allows you to view the world of Call of Duty: Warzone may make unsure. Assuming, of course, that you are a PS4 player. For the PC and Xbox One, the title will only appear on April 30. A questionable decision, but probably related to the deal between Sony and Activision, which has already given Playstation owners the time-exclusive survival game mode. But if you have been waiting for a new edition of the classic shooter game for almost eleven years anyway, the 30 days will no longer make a blatant difference.
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