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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review

In 2019, Infinity Ward and Activision released the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot and brought the beloved sub-franchise back in a big way. The 2019 Call of Duty game came out swinging with a brand-new engine, the return of fan-favorite characters, and a commitment to classic boots-on-the-ground gameplay. There’s been a great deal of hype for the 2022 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 thanks to the positive buzz generated by the 2019 game, but unfortunately, Modern Warfare 2 fails to live up to its predecessor, with the most disappointing part of the package being the single-player campaign.

The campaign is full of problematic story beats, with Modern Warfare 2’s supposed heroes committing all kinds of crimes and general atrocities. In one mission, Mexican special forces cross the border, break into Americans’ homes, and kill them when they try to defend themselves. In real life, this would be an Earth-shaking political scandal, but in Modern Warfare 2, foreign forces murdering American citizens on American soil is brushed off and never mentioned again.

Modern Warfare 2 suffers from serious jumps in logic throughout the entire campaign. In one mission, players completely obliterate countless Mexican army and cartel members in an attempt to capture someone. After catching this person, Modern Warfare 2’s protagonists are told their captive must be let go because holding him would be illegal. Yet, in a previous mission the orders were to capture him or kill him. Apparently, the military leadership in Call of Duty has no problem committing war crimes or assassinating people, but they draw the line at kidnappings.

The story in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a complete bust, crossing the line into Fast and Furious-levels of absurdity with zero care for establishing a believable world with believable characters. Everyone is one note, spouting emotionless military babble at each other, with Gaz’s constant use of the word…


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