Activision returns to Infinity Ward and its take on the Call of Duty franchise with the Modern Warfare 2 release. In the first two weeks of sales, MW2 topped $1 billion, and Activision says more than 200 million hours of playtime were recorded.
Whether you fought terrorists in the 2003 original or were hooked up to a new take on fictional global conflicts in 2019, these timeless titles have an X factor and more modern settings than the usual World War scenarios. The game’s latest iteration launched on October 28, and you can become part of Task Force 141 on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. The price for this action-packed follow-up on the 2019 MW game is $70, and in addition to launching the new campaign and multiplayer game, Activision also released Warzone 2.0 and Season 1 for MW2 on November 16.
The Love and Hate Relationship COD Players
According to a recent study conducted by Bonus.ca, Call of Duty is amongst the most stressful games based on heart rate increase. The study found that playing the game for a 30-minute period can actually increase your heart rate by up to 30% – an equivalent to a gentle stroll!
Only two of the 16 games that were part of the study topped the excitement and stress of CoD. Mario Kart and FIFA, placed on the first and second spots on the list, respectively. Throwing gamepads and profanity is something you might have experienced in a competitive Liverpool-Manchester City FIFA matchup or Mario Kart race but based on a peak in heart rates, Dark Souls III is the king of stress. The research, which used heartbeat monitors to measure the reactions of the players, saw an enormous 98.44% increase from 64 BPM to 127 BPM when battling against the boss of Darkeater Midir.
Reactions to MW2
The game recaptures some of the finest moments in franchise history. Modern Warfare 2 originally came out in 2009 and was a huge success with players and critics. This new instalment brings an equal level of excitement and stress.
Sales results confirmed that Activision and Infinity Ward hit it out of the park with multiplayer modes. The game came out with 15 available maps, with five huge 32vs32 settings and maps to choose from, and smaller ones for 6-on-6 multiplayer modes. Gamers have been able to enjoy maps like Crown Raceway, which is set on an F1 track, or Merchado Las Almas, which offers excellent versatility.
Domination and Search and Destroy modes are back and are still incredibly fun and intense, with Infinity Ward creating Prisoner Rescue and Knockout modes that don’t have respawn options. There’s also a possibility to play Ground War on a large map, but it has some challenges in capture point placement and uneven balance between map size and time to kill, so the new Invasion mode seems to be a more satisfying choice. Teams of 20 earn points with kills, and you start from the opposing side of the map, killing off the players of the opposing team as well as bots.
MW 2 also has a cooperative Special Ops mode with three individual missions. Unfortunately, compared to single and multiplayer, co-op is a bit of a disappointment. However, the game created a viable third-person perspective that feels natural.