This remaster is a great opportunity to walk down the memory lane or even experience the original Modern Warfare storyline for the very first time. But is this remaster worth your money, or should you just stick to your 2009 PC copy?
Name: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remaster
Developer: Infinity Ward, Beenox
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 Pro
Release Date: 31.03.2020 (PS4), 30.04.2020 (Xbox One & PC)
Acquired: A copy of this game was provided by a publisher for review purpose
11 years ago I had managed to gain enough money from my part-time job, and after school, I took the bus to the city to get my hands on a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PlayStation 3 version for the very first time! Four hours later and a lot of homework postponed, my mind was blown away of the great story the campaign delivered. I had my Michael Bay moments, I’ve cried, and I screamed and for the rest of the year and years to come, I enjoyed the Special Ops missions and of course the multiplayer on several platforms.
Beenox and Infinity Ward have done an incredible job on the technical part on the remastered version to deliver a visually stunning campaign. With a stable 60fps and 4k resolution, it can be believable that newcomers to the series might think this is a game that launched for the very first time this year. And not least, hearing Hans Zimmer’s incredible great work on the music again on my home theater speakers on high volume absolutely brings back the memories. I’m not sure why other reviewers complain about the outdated level designs, story and some gameplay mechanics. As this is a remaster right? And not a remake such as the 2019 Modern Warfare. Yes, there are examples out there such as the remastered version of Resident Evil 2, but I personally thinks that is on the very edge of being a remake instead of a remaster.
I do understand the decision the developers and publishers have done in regards to the multiplayer and special ops, as they are more focused on bringing the old maps as a remake onto the 2019 Modern Warfare. But sadly, that impacts a lot of the experience you could have on Modern Warfare 2 remastered. The story is great with lots of emotions, but most of “homework” went into the special ops missions and multiplayer.
I mentioned above under “The good” that some reviewers talk about outdated mechanics etc, well, I do have to mention one, and that is the gunplay. The gunplay isn’t bad and I can’t exactly say is outdated either. But in the shadows of the 2019 Modern Warfare, it sure doesn’t compare very good. The lighting works isn’t bad, but I would categorize it in “mostly good”, but that is just me being picky. This remasters costs approx 20€, so it might be a lot of money for just the campaign experience. If you do own a PlayStation 3, a PC that can run the game or Xbox 360 (Xbox One Game Pass), you can still enjoy the full experience the 2009 version delivered, but if you want to experience the story in high definition and more enhanced technical work you have to pay up.
Remaster Score 8
If you value a high quality of graphics and never experienced the glory of what the Modern Warfare 2 campaign can deliver then this remaster is for you. But if you would like to experience all of what the Modern Warfare 2 delivered back in 2009, you should blow off some dust from your previous-gen console or PC and play the 2009 version of this game as the remastered version lacks spec ops and multiplayer.
User Review( votes)
- Stable 60fps and 4k resolution
- Stunning visuals
- A nostalgic trip through the memory lane
- Mostly good lighting work
- Missing Multiplayer and Spec Ops
- Costs contra content