From where we left off, a Russian Ultranationalist party led by Imran Zakhaev teamed up with a Middle Eastern rebel faction led by Khaled Al-Asad. Together they acquired a nuclear weapon, and orchestrated a coup d’état of an unnamed Middle Eastern country by executing the president on live TV. Said nuke detonates, levelling a city and killing 30,000 US marines in the process.
After rescuing an informant, he tells you Al-Asad’s whereabouts, and you kill him. You then tracked down Zakhaev’s son in an attempt to locate his father, but he commits suicide before you can interrogate him. Enraged by this turn of events, Zakhaev launches missiles at the US, which you deactivate in time. However, during the escape from the facility, most of your team and Zakhaev are killed, just before US and British forces could extract you. And that’s just Part 1.
In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, you play as several characters through the course of the campaign. Five Years after the events of Modern Warfare I, the main antagonist of the first game, Zakhaev is portrayed as a hero of Russia and his former lieutenant, Vladimir Makarov, is now on a bloody rampage through Europe in the name of his former leader. Your job is to stop Makarov’s acts of terrorism, at any cost.
As a shooters go, you can’t get any better than the Call of Duty series, and Modern Warfare II is no exception. The games first person point and shoot with semi snap on targeting assist is a joy to use. Despite the various kinds of weapons you have at your disposal throughout the game, they are all fun to use. From the assault and sniper rifles to submachine and shotguns, each weapon balances realism and accessibility perfectly. Besides the campaign, you also get Spec Ops mode, a series of challenges that can be done alone or cooperatively with a friend. These separate missions can be an enjoyable thing to do with a friend on a lazy Sunday afternoon, or the most white knuckled drag out fight you will ever experience. Choose your difficulty wisely.
The multiplayer mode is what gives this game staying power. Go gather 6, 8, 12, 18, or any number in between of your closest friends and enemies and spend hours and hours in various game types. You get the standard myriad of modes from capture the flag to king of the hill, and variations of these game types like planting or disarming bombs while the opposing team is trying to stop you. The hook is how the multiplayer is structured like a role playing game. You gain experience and unlock weapons and character bonuses called “perks” to outfit your soldier with more killing power. That constant act of being rewarded creates a “just one more game” mentality.
It’s very addictive, especially since you get experience for literally everything you do. Whether you die several times in a row or get a 20 body kill streak, every action you take, good or bad, is rewarded. There are very few competitive online games on the market with this much accessibility for newcomers and experienced players alike.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is a great package and easily one of the best first person shooters of our time. Even with a relatively short campaign, the online multiplayer modes will be alive and kicking for years to comes, or until Modern Warfare III comes out.