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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Hits Shop Shelves

Gordon Kelly


UPDATED: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Hits Shop Shelves

Video game launches don't come any bigger than this... officially!

Today sees the launch of Activision's 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2', the sequel to one of the best games of 2007 and personal favourite. Developed by Infinity Ward and available on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 it is the sixth instalment in the Call of Duty series and - as the title suggests - the second set in the modern day.

Action picks up from where the first game ended and will see a single player campaign set across Russia, Afganistan and Brazil. Notoriously this also includes a level where gamers have the option to assassinate hostages while posing as a terrorist, but we'll avoid going all Daily Mail until we've actually played it. Early reviews are also extremely positive and suggest that MW2 could potentially be the game of the year, or at least the best FPS to date (it'll have to go some way to beat Forza 3 in my opinion).

Consequently excitement about the title is so hot it seems all but assured of the coveted Christmas #1 slot. How come? Amazon has today reported that MW2 has chalked up the biggest video game pre-order sales of all time eclipsing previous holder Grand Theft Auto 4 by more than 50 per cent and despite an 18 rated certificate.

In fact, such has been the hype around the title that both LoveFilm and The Hut broke today's launch date and began sending out copies early. Much as with the Windows 7 release, the blame was laid at the foot of Royal Mail with both companies claiming they were determined gamers wouldn't receive their orders late. Of course PC gamers won't benefit from any of this with IWNet and Steamworks built in which locked down the title until today.

Predictably a price war has also broken out around the high street with the controversial £55 RRP (£39.99 on PC) whittled down to as little as £26 in Sainburys. HMV also has a option to buy the game for just £9.99, but only if you trade in Froza 3, Tekken 6 or Uncharted 2 - harsh!

We're putting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 through its paces as we speak. Expect the definitive review soon...

Screenshots on the next page

Update: Predictably MW2 has broken the first day UK video game sales record selling 1.23m units in 24 hours grossing £47m. To put this in some context previous holder Grand Theft Auto IV sold under 600,000 during the same time frame. Wildly impressive.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Homepage


November 10, 2009, 5:06 am

Shame they have messed up the P.C. version big time..


November 10, 2009, 5:58 am

The midnight Qs look insane T minus 7hrs for me.


November 10, 2009, 7:38 am

How long is this one?

p.s. Is anyone actually playing this or is everyone's MW2 box sitting on the shelf until they finish Dragon Age.?


November 10, 2009, 8:06 am

Biggest money, lowest quality.


November 10, 2009, 8:08 am

Got the game at 12 and wow amazing. This release was soo big even my local bp petrol station had copies! convenient cos it just across the road and there were no queues at all.


November 10, 2009, 10:20 am

Thats funny, I could have sworn I just enjoyed the hell out of the first 4 levels of the PC version.


November 10, 2009, 12:14 pm

did they really have to release it on remembrance day, just for the sake of having a date that says " 11, 10, 09"?

especially considering the uk format is "10, 11, 09", they should have released the game last month.


November 10, 2009, 1:11 pm

I cancelled my pre-order on Amazon once I found out that on the PC version, it's not just that user operated dedicated servers aren't supported, there aren't even any official ones! All multiplayer games are locally hosted by one of the players.


I'm sure the single player game will be fantastic, as all the Infinity Ward ones have been before, but I'm happy to wait until I can pick up a copy of the game going cheap. It's not like I'll be missing out on a frenzy of online action! CoD4:MW multiplayer is still going strong.

Lee Marshall

November 10, 2009, 1:35 pm

@ilovethemonkeyhead - I thought remembrance day was the 11th November?


November 10, 2009, 4:03 pm

@Lee: thought remembrance day was the 11th November?

Or it could have even been the 8th.. :)


November 10, 2009, 4:29 pm

I got mine delivered yesterday from Game and played it a good few hours last night - loving it so far. I think it's a case of if you liked COD4 you're pretty much guaranteed to like this too as it's more of the same.

Interested to read TR's opinion of the game though. You guys playing it yet?


November 10, 2009, 5:17 pm

I cancelled my pre-order the other day. I'm not willing to pay a premium for this since they ruined the PC version. Shame. I'll consider grabbing later.


November 10, 2009, 5:33 pm

Honestly got my 250GB xbox at around 00:30, and the multiplayer so far is awesome, Can see this being more addictive that CDO4. Great time for people to who have never played to start, Everyone is starting pretty much from scratch. Maps are really well done with lots of vertical play. I would give it a full 10/10.


November 10, 2009, 6:01 pm

@Xiphis: according to IGN, around 4.5 hours...

@BobaFett: I think the multiplayer's 9vs9 max too.

Anyway, due to some of the things mentioned above and other stuff which has led me to wish Activision and Infinity Ward to rot in hell, this is the only thing which comes to mind when someone says "Modern Warfare 2" these days (and there's a lot of the buggers):

" Never before in the history of the world had such a mass of human beings moved and suffered together. This was not a disciplined march &#8211 it was a stampede &#8211 without order and without a goal, six million people unarmed and unprovisioned, driving headlong. It was the beginning of the rout of civilization, of the massacre of mankind."


November 10, 2009, 7:24 pm

@drdark: yes as per the interview with Infinity Ward developers in the link I sent earlier, it is 9v9 max (not sure how viable that is on most people's home broadband) and the host is auto-selected (based on upload bandwidth I presume) and if they decide to quit, it takes 5 seconds to migrate the game to another host. I assume this also happens if there's a sudden drop in upload bandwidth, such as when a household member of the hoster initiates a Skype video call.

Unfortunately us PC gamers can protest all we like, the bottom line is that there's much more money to be made on the consoles. I just hope Valve never sells out like that.


November 10, 2009, 10:03 pm

I'm actually looking forward to L4D2 more; I'll give this a miss for now, particularly as they've hobbled the PC version.

I'm surprised that Valve's release date for L4D2 is so close, I'd have thought most publishers would make sure their release dates were months away from this...


November 11, 2009, 12:14 am


Absolute zombie nonsense, Valve would love the bucks that this franchise makes and would ditch the PC platform in an instance. The are only faithful because of steam the investment they put into it and its digital distrubution share of the market.

Many L4D said they sold out too with L4D2, that boycott lost its legs, it didn't have that many and so has this latest debacle. In piracy terms who can blame developers and publishers having the choice of what platform they deem best to release their product.

Internet petitions and whining only works when your argument is valid & worthwhile, most people will have bought the game on console, are enjoying the game leaving a small mob of trolls on the internet sobbing into keyboards. Let's face it if you posess 100% non pirated software on your computer you are now very much a minority and that is why IW does not love you.


November 11, 2009, 12:46 am

Have just finished it on PS3; the single-player was as entertaining (but as short) as I expected. Sadly the excellent voice work was ruined by terrible dialogue; some characters' monologues in this are truly awful. I mean really, really terrible; utter nonsensical drivel which was presumably meant to sound profound. I don't think I'm nitpicking here; play the game and you will see what I mean.

Spec-Ops two-player mode is fantastic fun, and obviously the multiplayer is excellent. But why, why oh why do we now have to send party invites via the main PS3 Friends menu? This is needlessly complicated and results in message spam; the previous system where invites were built into the game made much more sense.

It's still definitely worth buying, but I do get the feeling it was somewhat rushed. I look forward to TR's full review.


November 11, 2009, 12:49 am


That's an extremely naive point of view. Companies like Activision would have you believe that everyone who owns a PC is automatically a pirate, and they've obviously managed to pull to wool over your eyes if you believe that drivel. The console markets are indeed larger by comparison to the PC, but that doesn't mean it's small and the profit margins are pretty much the same thanks to the console tax. COD4 sold over a million copies on the PC, which is hardly a figure to be sniffed at. A developer would have to be insane to drop a whole platform worth of sales for such a popular title when it's guaranteed sales, regardless of piracy. Even with homogenised, consolified ports like this, if you have a PC capable of running the game, then the PC version is still a better choice than the console version.


November 11, 2009, 2:12 am


I got it at 12:00 from blockbusters. Yes its good. But Its nowhere near as good as uncharted 2. Am I a fanboy?...certainly not, I have a PS3 and an XBox. I bought MW2 on XBox as I think XBox live is better for this type of game....just an opinion....UC2 rules!



November 11, 2009, 5:06 am

Ruined? Oh please.

9v9 multiplayer is fine. Stop whining.


November 11, 2009, 4:30 pm

@ Sleeper

On the 360 Halo 3 is 8v8 and Gears 2 is 5v5 - and I think both are great, so I agree 9v9 is fine for Modern Warefare 2 if the maps are similar sizes to COD4 (it was 8v8 if I remember correctly..)

At the end of the day, if you can have fun with plenty of your mates in the same game it's all peachy..


November 11, 2009, 10:14 pm

Not too fussed about this one to be honest. After the massive disappointment of Resistance 2 and Killzone 2 I dont think I'll ever let myself get hyped up over a FPS again. Ive been playing them since the old Wolfenstein days and nothing seems new or exciting anymore. I've obviously been saturated by FPSs!

What I will say is that I was a COD1 die hard. Obsessed over that one a lot and after playing CODMW1 a little I just realised it was COD1 with prettier graphics, nothing more, and put it down and never touched it again.

I dont mean to kick up a stink, Im sure plenty will love the game as much as I loved the very first one (is that 6 years ago now?).


November 11, 2009, 10:28 pm

@Jones - I'm with you on COD1, one of my favourite games of all time and it's hard to ever beat the impact that had on first play. That said, I do believe the Modern Warfare series stands up to it.

The shock at how good MW1 was isn't there with MW2 as it is now expected, but it has had me laugh out loud with joy and excitement on numerous occasions so far so I'd try and put aside the cynicism - it's worth it!


November 12, 2009, 1:36 am

got it today on pc,cant even describe how disappointed i am.the single player is a chore to play(i had to check the cover art just incase they had sent me modern warfare 1 by mistake).just plain bored after 5 minutes dragged it out to about 2 hours but no i just got more boring.

cant even get online,cod 2 is still more fun than this.probably the most overrated game ever(if you can call it a game that is).

back to uncharted 2 for me.

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