July 28 2009

Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Features Unveiled

modern warfare 2The most important part of call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been revealed: the multiplayer game.

While the single player campaign is fun, but the true value in video games any more seems to reside with the multiplayer experience.  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has barely left my Xbox 360 in 2 years thanks to the multiplayer aspects, so I have been waiting to get some sort of hint as to what we could expect from the follow-up.

While most people are “ooh” and “ahh” about the fact you can get an AC-130 gunship after an 11 killstreak (for non-players, that is 11 kills in a row without you dying), I’m a bit worried by other things the video shows.  Sticking grenades?  No… please no.  That’s what Halo 3 is for, not Modern Warfare.  I’m hoping that is some sort of special playlist as opposed to the standard Deathmatch, but if it isn’t… well, hopefully I’ll adapt to it.  Looks like a few new guns, definitely a new rocket launcher and at least one new scope (looks to be heat sensitive).

While the gunship is a nice touch, hitting that long of a killstreak is fairly rare, but it does solve a complaint I always had in the first game.  In Modern Warfare 1 you got radar at 3 kills, air strike at 5 and helicopter gunship at 7… then nothing.  If you did get an 11 killstrike, or 15, or 20, you got nothing.  It sometimes paid to allow yourself to die just so you could go through the kill bonuses again.  So, this really is something that needed addressing.

Any way, the video is below, and it just makes me want 11-10-09 to get here that much faster.

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