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Video Game Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered

April 6, 2020 | by Herija Green | Comments (0)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 RemasteredArguably the best CoD of all-time gets a fresh coat of paint.

As unbelievable as it seems, we’ve reviewed thousands of games over the last decade-plus. In that time, only a handful has ever achieved a perfect score. One of those games was 2009’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, so we were definitely excited to revisit it with the newly released Modern Warfare 2 Remastered (currently only on PlayStation 4 but coming to Xbox One and PC in late April), even if Special Ops and multiplayer were left out.

Obviously the big draw of a remaster is the presentation, and Beenox has done an excellent job of taking Infinity Ward’s classic and updating the graphics. It doesn’t feel cutting edge visually with explosion and fire elements looking a little dated and some of the outdoor sections being pretty sparsely populated. Still, you wouldn’t have much trouble convincing someone unaware of MW2‘s original launch that this was a 2020 title, which is a testament to Beenox’s efforts.

In terms of content, you’re looking at a roughly five-hour campaign. As a story, it’s pretty much a one-note affair. Yeah, you’ll get a couple of the shocking moments and deaths that Infinity Ward was becoming known for, but the character development is mostly nil, and if you don’t have any nostalgic feelings for the likes of Captain Price, Soap and Ghost, there’s no real reason to invest in or care about the characters.

Where Modern Warfare 2‘s campaign always excelled, however, was its action, and even all these years that part holds up well. Outside of the introductory mission and a few sniper-based sections you’ll be spending most of those five or so hours trading bullets with a seemingly endless supply of faceless baddies. It’s hard not to get drawn back in as you chase a terrorist through a favela teeming with tangos or drive invading forces from suburban America.

Given how long it’d been since we played the campaign we were surprised by how much of it we remembered, which speaks to the level design and set pieces. That being said, with Modern Warfare getting a full-blown reboot last fall, MW2 Remastered does feel like its operating in its shadow, so if the 2019 version was your introduction to this timeline the “sequel” may come across as a step backward. Also, the loss of Special Ops is a blow to the replayability — the multiplayer maps are being integrated into the current Modern Warfare.

OVERALL (3.75/5)

Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is a strong effort for what it is, allowing players to experience the action-heavy campaign with much-improved graphics. Minus the stellar multiplayer, though, it’s unlikely to offer long-term engagement.

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Video Game Review: Modern Warfare

November 5, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Modern Warfare
Smoke ’em if you got ’em. For us, Activision’s long-running Call of Duty series reached its apex with 2009’s Modern Warfare 2, which was the final release from developer Infinity Ward before much of its staff departed to form Respawn Entertainment. Since then, the series has had its share of ups and downs, producing fun […]
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Video Game Review: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

April 8, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
At the heart of combat is a system built on breaking an opponent’s posture as you attempt to open them to a killing blow rather than slash away for damage. This is done via a mix of attacking and defending with properly timed deflections serving as the most effective way to expose a foe for the kill. Finding the sweet spot with an enemy’s attack takes practice, and if you’re too late you’ll absorb a hit — blocking wards off blows, but your own posture erodes with each strike.
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Blu-ray Review: Overlord

February 7, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Blu-ray Review: Overlord
Beyond the performances, Overlord does an effective job of building suspense in the early going and then transitioning to some good action set pieces later on. The film is judicious with its green screen usage, keeping everything feeling gritty and real. Plus, when the time does come for CGI it’s really well done.
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Video Game Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

October 19, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Following the success of Fortnite and PUBG, Call of Duty makes its inaugural foray into the battle royale genre with Blackout. For the uninitiated, the basic concept is that up to 100 players are dropped into a large map, forced to scavenge for weapons and equipment and then fight until only one person is left standing.
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