And here are the Modern Warfare 2 reviews

Tuesday, 10th November 2009 08:00 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Modern Warfare 2

The reviews embargo for Modern Warfare 2 has just gone up, after a few gun-jumpers going live with their scores yesterday.

Unsurprisingly, the scores are high. If you have any links to add, add them below in the comments.



Go. Buy.



  1. Gekidami

    Those 2 German ones were clearly first. Shame on you for saying The Guardian one was. :p

    #1 5 years ago
  2. BeastModeYMOB

    BBC2 will be a better game all around & the hype wagon will not be around 4 it. MW2 will have massive sales 2nite.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Roybott

    Include OLL’s review:


    #3 5 years ago
  4. mescalineeyes

    oh, good, well next time Activision embargoes me, I WILL EAT THE CONTRACT.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. mescalineeyes

    fuck it, I’m going live right now.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    Hmm… I given the ludicrous deals I was considering grabbing this tomorrow but a lot of reviews are mentioning the short single player, and I’ll never play it online.


    #6 5 years ago
  7. scuz


    #7 5 years ago
  8. Dimacorgan

    CoD4 also had a short SP campaign, and it sure wasn’t pefect, but hell haven’t we all bought it and loved it? I mean, you KNOW it’s gonna be huge, and the only fact of “surviving” the gigantic hype tells everything about this sequel… Just go. Do yourself a favour and be part of the biggest event of modern videogaming.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    I wouldn’t buy this or BBC2 for its SP. Those games are 100% about MP online. Imo.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. mescalineeyes


    Have mercy, Bobby.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. mescalineeyes

    psychotext: it took me 5 1/2 hours, not rushed. rent it if you’re not gonna go online.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    @Dimacorgan: Actually… no, I didn’t really rate the SP campaign in COD4. I’m obviously not going to hold that against MW2 though.

    @mescalineeyes: Yeah, I guess rental is an option. Is there any co-op in this game?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. mescalineeyes

    yes, there’s a co-op mode, but not the entire campaign.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. mescalineeyes

    btw. thanks Johnny.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    There are coop missions like in Resistance 2, theres also a few hoard mode type things you can do in coop but the actual campaign is SP only.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. mescalineeyes

    except you don’t gain any XP like in Resistance 2. Idk, co-op seems like bit of an afterthought, is all. That’s probably the worst thing about MW2, and even the worst thing is still fun.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Gekidami

    Yeah, i dont think theres any upgrading or kit making for coop either.

    #17 5 years ago

    wow. on our site, we postet the news –

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Dralen

    I would totally buy this game for its single player. The Single player in COD4 was one of the best if not the best in the series.

    #19 5 years ago

    I intend to buy this game for the mp.

    The sp and co-op is a bonus.

    I’ve recently moved and have been without an internet connection at home (apart from my iPhone and a mobile broadband dongle that I borrowed) for over a week and have hardly turned my consoles on.

    It’s like going back to the PS2/xbox days when I was beginning to lose interest in gaming.

    I don’t know how you guys keep up your enthusiasm for sp games…

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Bulk Slash

    Since everyone else is reviewing the game, I’m giving it 4 out of 6. I haven’t played it yet, but that doesn’t really matter does it? I knocked one point off for the lack of dedicated servers (that I don’t care about) and another point for using an M&M song in the trailers.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Psychotext

    Yeah, well I give it a 9.2 out of 13.7.

    #22 5 years ago

    I’m going to give it ∞ out of ∞.

    (See what I did there?)

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    You broke two 8s?

    #24 5 years ago

    It’s infinity, see?

    Infiity… Out of infinity…

    Infinity ward…

    Infin… Oh never mind.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Psychotext

    Broken eights. For shame.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Bulk Slash

    Once Square have finished bribing Famitsu I’m sure they’ll give it 50/40.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. The Hindle

    Any of these count on Metacritic?

    #28 5 years ago

    The Guardian, Telegraph and the GamingBolt one should count.

    All the rest are rubbish.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. reask

    Gig said
    It’s like going back to the PS2/xbox days when I was beginning to lose interest in gaming.

    I don’t know how you guys keep up your enthusiasm for sp games…

    What I dont like about online is the constant mayhem of it.
    I mean you just seem to run around getting killed or killing.
    First one applies to me btw.
    Maybe I am just old but I like taking a game at my own pace.
    In saying that I will try the on line in most games.
    I just dont seem to be able to get into it.

    #30 5 years ago

    You just need to stick with it, reask.

    Most mp games will throw you in at the deep end, but once you learn the ropes, you should be ok.

    Most of doing well is just finding a way to play the game that you’re successful at and then getting better with that style.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. OlderGamer


    Plus depends on your kind of game too. I can play a mean game of Bad Company, but get owned in Halo or CoD. For me the maps in Halo and CoD are too small. Reminds me of fish in a barrel. Spawn shoot shoot die. In Battlefield Bad Company I can use a lot more tactical strategy. The maps are huge, the gold rush mode gives purpose(not just straight up deathmatch or captur the flag), and the different classes offer deeper gameplay. I love playing support I can be one of the top scorers at the end of a match and only have a couple of kills. Because I can points for healing team mates, repairing tanks/boats/chopers etc. If all I ever had to judge MP on was CoD, I don’t think I would ever play online.
    That being said, to each their own. Maybe Battlefield isn’t for you either.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. reask

    Yeah I tried bc online.
    Still got owned.
    I think I am just a lazy sod really. :D

    Mind you I will be trying out MW2.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Got legit store copy last week, beat campaign over the weekend. I would honestly say this is the best FPS I’ve played to date easily. The whitehouse level is POWERFUL. Story is kinda forgetable, but everything else is brilliant.

    Cool that campaign is just 1/3 the game too. The other 1/3 is multiplayer (16 new maps), and the other 1/3 is special ops (at least 20 unique levels). This game has a lot to offer. Bravo Infinity Ward.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. reask

    Where are the IGN Eurogamer etc reviews?

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Johnny Cullen

    These are the lot who has decided to rebel against Acti, and break the embargo.

    Big boys come tomorrow. 8am GMT.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. reask

    Oh right JC, Thanks.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Are these “embargos” different for each company release?

    I just don’t understand how a game like Killzone 2 can have 50 reviews posted on metacritic almost a month before it’s release, and a game like Modern Warfare 2 has zero to one posted a day before it’s release.

    I guess I’m wondering if it’s a consistent thing for all publishers, reviewers, etc, or if it’s on some kind of a contractual case by case basis.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    Yep, not every publisher sets the same amount of time before release. MW2 really is late though, cant remember any other game that was embargo’ed till the day it actually came out.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. slayernl



    #40 5 years ago
  41. sel

    Ok, here’s our review, if you speak hungarian: :) – 9/10

    Zipped english version: it’s great, but it’s basically Modern Warfare Turbo.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Eregol

    I feel I’m missing out on this because of my inability to play FPS games.
    Shame really. But I think I’ll be alright. Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted 2 and Eyepet will stand me in good stead.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. DanteDestroyer

    The review on HardGame2 (9’5):

    All the people say the same, Modern Warfare 2 is the GOTY.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Dannybuoy

    From what I’ve played so far I’d say that the higher marks are a little bit generous. It feels a bit stale now and still feels very linear. I’m not as wowed as I thought I would be, I think the hype was far to big for this and I feel like I was a bit suckered in. The excitement I’ve had from this game so far has paled into insignificance of that from playing Uncharted 2. Sure different games, I’m pretty convinced I’ve been a victim of marketing hype and I’m left with a bitter taste in my mouth.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Sethos

    You misspelled XboxLife

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Grimrita

    Since the PC version is shit, it will be interesting to see if PC Gamer lick the arse of Activision with their review score. With so many key features missing, thanks to a lazy dev team – the game should score no more than 4 or 5 out of 10

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Eregol

    Fair to say that Bad Company 2 might get more of a look in?

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Grimrita

    I havent played the first Bad Company as it wasnt on PC. Im still playing BF2142 and waiting for 1943. But for sure! Dice has an excellent track record of supporting community features, while clearly Infinity Ward havent a single clue.

    I wish their Community Manager would spend more time interacting with the developers instead of posting pointless shit about how devs dont need publishers….

    #48 5 years ago
  49. ianos



    #49 5 years ago
  50. Gekidami

    8.8? Oh dear.

    “Worse than:
    F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin 9.1/10″

    o.O wtf?

    #50 5 years ago
  51. ianos

    The ‘worse than’ stuff is automatic, to be fair. Not a fan of it, myself, as it’s only a very straight comparison of genre and score.

    Anyway, forgot my own mag:


    #51 5 years ago
  52. Gekidami

    18/20 from

    8/10 from

    5 stars out of 5 from

    #52 5 years ago
  53. The Hindle

    Equal to UC 2 on metacritic so far

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Harry

    Boomtown 8/10

    #54 5 years ago
  55. Patrick Garratt

    Few 8s creeping in there…

    #55 5 years ago
  56. reask

    It sounds more of an 8 overall to me.
    I mean IGN and Eurogamer gave it 9.5 and 9 but there review felt like less than the score they gave.

    I will pick it up any way as I have played all the COD games and enjoyed them.
    Might chance veteran on this one as it is so short.

    I am glad I did not get too hyped about it as it certainly would appear to have its shortcomings.

    #56 5 years ago
  57. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Dannybuoy, i felt the same way at first, but the game does pick up and steadily gets better all the way to the end. It’s like they put their average levels up front, and their kick ass shit towards the climatic middle to end.

    #57 5 years ago
  58. Johnny Cullen

    Just added a shitload more of reviews, including Game Informer.

    #58 5 years ago
  59. DrDamn

    I thought the EG review read like a 9. Sequel reviews can tend to concentrate of the bad points and skim over very good points which are essentially the same as they were before – but no less fantastic. Really important factor is that they have addressed the problem of infinitely re-spawning enemies. So if they have done that but maintained the cinematic style then it’s a major step forward over CoD4 in terms of SP game for me.

    EG review was very well written and informed too – which makes a change from some of their recent horrors.

    #59 5 years ago
  60. Eregol

    I wonder how Edge will rate it?

    #60 5 years ago
  61. DrDamn

    Like they usually rate games from the unique perspective of being up their own arse.

    #61 5 years ago
  62. sonny

    9 from Edge, uuuh yeah :)

    #62 5 years ago
  63. Detale

    Wasn’t expecting that.

    #63 5 years ago
  64. Ashelia Bnargin Dalmasca

    Like they usually rate games from the unique perspective of being up their own arse.”

    And as always, the people who assume this get proven wrong. Time and time again.

    When the reviews starting coming in for Uncharted 2, someone on here said that EDGE (simply because it was EDGE, apparently) would give it a bad review *because* it was such a great game… lo and behold… they gave it a 9!

    There’s nothing “up its own arse” about EDGE. It just happens to actually have some standards, unlike the vast majority of magazines and websites.

    It’s not a magazine’s job to stroke your ego and agree with you all the time, though most publications certainly seem more than willing to do so.

    #64 5 years ago
  65. Eregol

    Meh, I like Edge. The forum is full of intelligent people, and the magazine provides me with some of the best reads I could get in printed form.
    Just a shame that sometimes their scoring mechanic can be a bit shit (See Halo ODST and GTA4).
    There’s a debate that scores themselves should be done away with altogether. But that’s another argument for another time.

    #65 5 years ago
  66. Ashelia Bnargin Dalmasca

    “The forum is full of intelligent people.”

    You most not be going to the same EDGE forums I have gone to. The EDGE forums are largely full of incessantly cynical brits that bitch at people for even trying to talk seriously about video game or have an insightful debate.

    “Just a shame that sometimes their scoring mechanic can be a bit shit (See Halo ODST and GTA4).”

    So their scoring system is “a bit shit” if they don’t give a game a score *you* feel it deserved? Really?

    #66 5 years ago
  67. Eregol

    I see you didn’t pay attention to the fact that I put forward the idea of scores being done away with.

    #67 5 years ago
  68. Ashelia Bnargin Dalmasca

    Then how, pray tell, is there system “a bit shit”?

    #68 5 years ago
  69. theevilaires

    COD4 > MW2 nuff said

    #69 5 years ago
  70. Blerk

    The Edge review just went up – it’s a 9.

    #70 5 years ago
  71. JonFE

    Blerk, for once you’re a couple of days late.
    Check out comment #62 ;)

    #71 5 years ago
  72. Blerk

    Hah – I blame Edge for only just putting this on their RSS feed. :-D

    #72 5 years ago

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