|Posted on November 19, 2009 at 2:29 PM|
In today's Variety, there's a large two-page advert showcasing the new game, Modern Warfare 2.
"550 Million the first five days"
"The largest international launch of all time"
That's really the only text, other than the title, on the two pages. I couldn't help but wonder why the add in variety? I guess they're hoping some studio head will read it and buy the rights, of course you just made half a billion dollars, what the hell do you need a movie for?
What isn't really noted is the rather mixed reviews the game has been receiving. Now I say "mixed" in that most will say it's a great game, but not something that's utterly spectacular or significant. Simply put, if you've played the first, you've already played this game. I would go one step further and say if you've played the first, you'll get some enjoyment out of the game but wish you were playing the first while doing so.
The game doesn't have "problems" necessarily as much as it feels so underwhelming - if not feels like a slight regression from the original. The levels are not only smaller, and not as wonderfully designed, but they are far shorter than those in the first game and there's no level that even remotely touches the Sniper flashback level from the original Modern Warfare. In fact, there also no game sequence event that touches the major plot events in the original game either. In other words, the game is pretty much forgettable from beginning to end despite the awesomeness of Keith David.
That's not to say Modern Warfare 2 is a bad game and surely not to say you will not get enjoyment out of it. It's anything but "bad." The controls are tight, story paced well, level variety solid and presentation top-notch. There is just a lack of awe-inspiring sequences that made the original so fantastic and surely nothing that really pushes anything forward. Gears of War 2 also had this problem. Again, not a bad game by any stretch but also not something that's going to utterly wow you when its over.
I would recommend the game, there's no doubt there. It's online matches are the best out there and the game, although short, still has the fun-factor to it that the Call of Duty series has always been known for. However, with so many alternatives to this, which is basically more of the same, I would say pick it up only if you really are a fan of the first and really want some new maps to kill people online with.