After an outstanding performance of Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare in 2007. Activision and Infinity Ward strike again with its sequel Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 or…just Modern Warfare 2 in 2009 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. This time with better guns, lots of emotional scenes and not to forget a huge bang.
“Since when Shepard cares about danger close.”
Well the story begins few years after the event of previous game. Ultranationalists seize control over Russia with Boris Vorshevsky becomes a new leader after the dead of original leader Imran Zakhaev. Vorshevsky wants to make a diplomatic friendship with west, more specific U.S. But one of member in Ultranationalists, Vladimir Makarov (also a right hand man of Imran Zakhaev) does not agreed with that new leader decision. So, Makarov formed Inner Circle to show the protest against west by conducting terrorism act on international soil.
Back in Afghanistan, General Shepard recruited PFC. Joseph Allen to join him in undercover CIA mission by impersonated Allen under the name of Alexei Borodin so that Allen can enter Makarov organization. Makarov was not stupid, of course he knew Allen’s real identity. What Makarov do? He ‘invites’ Alexei aka Allen to joined him in operation called ‘No Russian’ on Zakhaev International Airport. What’s the objective? Hah, simple. Kill all civilians. Yup, No Russian was a really controversial mission in Modern Warfare 2. Dammit! It even have a skip button if the player don’t want to play that level.
“Makarov’s no prize. He’s a whore. A mad-dog killer for the highest-bidder.“
Back to No Russian, after Makarov, Alexei and his team killed lots of civilians and some unlucky security guards. They having a gun fight with some FSB special forces. But all slaughtered by Makarov and his team, well technically I was the one who doing all the job and they are just pew! pew! spread the bullets all around but not even hit a single target. Suck my team! Even worse, I got killed by my own boss! Yes, Makarov killed Allen.
“The American thought he could deceive us. When they find that body… all of Russia will cry for war.“
You see where this goes? Makarov just created a World War 3 event. By killing Allen, the American. When Russian authorities found Allen’s body. They will say like this, “Eto massovoye ubiystvo bylo sdelano amerikanskimi , voyna ! voyna! voyna!” Which translate to “This massacre was done by American. War! War! War!”
While Sergeant Foley and Corporal Dunn ordered Private Ramirez to clean their weapons, toilets and clothes. Russian forces are on their way to launch an invasion against America. This is where the American campaign begin and also where the “Ramirez do everything” memes started. Again, suck my unit! Oh, I forgot to mention, you played as Private Ramirez, a U.S. Army Ranger. Be prepared to take orders from Sergeant Foley, Corporal Dunn and all other teammates will mention Ramirez’s name. Is like Ramirez is their only hope to save Uncle Sam.
“Ramirez! Take your team and secure the Burger Town.”
Oddly, this war against American can give an advantages to General Shepard. As the whole U.S. military are all under his command, he also command a Task Force 141. An elite multinational task force which include team members like Ghost (the spirit voice of Gaz), Sergeant Gary “Roach” Sanderson and the return of John “Soap” MacTavish who have been ranked up from Sergeant to Captain. Task Force 141 missions mostly take places in international countries and involve more in behind enemy lines. After in Call of Duty 4, he only got a both hands and a gun, now Soap got a full complete body with a cool mohawk hairstyle. Yey!!! Congratulation Soap! You are now officially a human.
Back to General Shepard, why this war can be a good thing to Shepard? Well you see, he wants to gain back his pride, glory and dignity after his failure military campaign in middle east (COD 4) that caused 30,000 U.S. Marines dead under his command by nuclear explosion. Shepard already knew Allen will get killed by Makarov. Bloody hell Shepard with his heroic dialogue. I thought he was a good guy went I first time play this game.
But no, he just same as Makarov. A man who sacrifice many innocent lives only to achieve his own personal goals. After he got all what he needs, he erased all non-important peoples. So that he can take out Makarov with his own hands. So his history will be written in a book. He wanted to be a war hero.
“Do NOT trust Shepherd! I say again: DO NOT TRUST SHEPHERD!“
Also, Captain Price later returned in a game after Soap save him in Gulag Prison in Russia. As Soap and Price know Shepard real plan. They go hunting him down. Killing all Shadow Company forces in Site Hotel Bravo where Shepard hiding. And lastly kill Shepard.
As for the gameplay, the element are just the same like previous game. Shoot all bad guys. There are some new additional weapons like FN2000, Vector, FAL, UMP-45 and many more. But what kept me coming back to play this game is a Spec Ops mode. Oh yeah, test yourself with various of challenges that the mode provided in different missions like racing, sniping, bomb defusing, body count and many more. Furthermore, a higher difficulty will earn more stars and this stars can unlocked five groups (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta and Echo) that contain different missions.
For the graphics, is an upgraded from its predecessor by using IW 4.0 engine. For the soundtrack, it’s amazing, composed by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe. If soundtrack in COD 4 was more like rock theme, awesomeness and more engaging. MW2 soundtrack was more to dramatic, emotional and epicness.
Voice actors are also great which includes Lance Henriksen from Aliens as General Shepard, Kevin Mckidd as Soap MacTavish with his Scottish accent, Barry Pepper from Saving Private Ryan as Corporal Dunn, Keith David as Sergeant Foley, Craig Fairbrass as Ghost and not to forget Billy Murray as Captain Price.
Did I enjoy it? Yes. The storyline is what keeps Modern Warfare 2 great. A lot of memorable moments and nice script writing. Spec Ops was a great addition to the game. Totally the best first-person shooter for Modern Warfare series.
And not to forget. “RAMIREZ! Take this knife and destroy that enemy helicopter.”
Storyline : 5 / 5
Gameplay : 4 / 5
Graphics : 4 / 5
Sound and voice actors : 5 / 5
Overall : 9 / 10