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

April 6, 2020 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered
Arguably 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 later 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: Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

December 5, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts
There’s a small amount of dialogue, most of it coming during the contract briefings. It’s fine for what it is, but we repeatedly encountered some weird static-like distortion toward the end of said briefings that made us cringe for our poor soundbar. Music is limited but decent enough, and the gunfire and explosions do the job.
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Video Game Review: Modern Warfare

November 5, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Modern Warfare
There are no major departures here, which is a good thing, as it focuses on ranged combat with some “best of” type moments like extended stealth sequences and controlling aerial weaponry. It feels great.
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Video Game Review: Battlefield V

November 21, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Battlefield V
It’s a good, not great, selection of modes spread across a modest total of eight maps, though they’re fairly diverse and grand in scale. What makes Battlefield V work so well is the crispness of its gameplay, which often creates a frenetic pace and awesome moments where you and a dozen others are charging through destroyed buildings to try and capture a location from the enemy.
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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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