Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II‘s single-player campaign is one of the most immersive experiences so far this year and quite possibly the entire series. While I enjoyed the psychological twists in Black Ops Cold War and I thought that the return of WWII’s Vanguard was a great experience, Modern Warfare II is by far the best.
Let’s take a look and see what makes Call of Duty Modern Warfare II’s campaign one of, if not the best, in franchise history.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare II Details
Platform(s): PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC
Reviewed on: Xbox Series X
Developer(s): Infinity Ward
Genre: First-person shooter
Modes: Single player, multiplayer
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)
An engaging story that draws you in and provides plenty of variety to keep you entertained
Modern Warfare II’s campaign has you fighting as a member of the iconic and legendary squad Task Force 141. The game features familiar heroes including Captain Price, Ghost, Soap, Gaz and Laswell. As well, you will encounter a host of lethal new allies like Mexican Special Forces, Colonel Alejandro Vargas and adversaries from the murkiest corners of the global war on terror.
The campaign features 17 different missions that are spread across multiple settings, which it’s more varied than any other game in the franchise. It’s full of intense gun battles, thrilling plot twists. The story takes you on a whirlwind journey across iconic locations around the world.
What I liked most about the game’s campaign is that regardless if you’re in open areas or in dense urban settings, there’s plenty of action. The campaign takes many of the same action-related elements that are featured in other games in the series but presents them in a way that feels fresh.
A variety of mission types that will keep you on the edge of your seat
Modern Warfare II is filled with non-stop action and features a variety of different types of missions and activities. Not only is the game’s campaign engaging but the variety in gameplay from gun battles to sniper missions kept me on the edge of my seat.
Modern Warfare II’s campaign brings back some of the franchise’s most iconic missions. One of the most notable features of the game is its level design, which allows you to easily switch between stealth and close-quarters combat. If you’re a fan of intense gun battles, or if you prefer a well-designed campaign that takes you on a journey, you won’t be disappointed.
Additionally, Modern Warfare II includes improvements in AI that affect each game experience. This includes squad mate positioning, enemy patterns to NPCs and civilian movement, to name a few. Best of all, they all dynamically react to your choices.
The new generation of Call of Duty
Call of Duty Modern Warfare II is Infinity Ward’s first “next generation” game. For the first time in Call of Duty history, the team is using one unified Call of Duty engine across the franchise. This begins with Modern Warfare ll and Warzone 2.0.
This game engine builds on the engine that debuted with Modern Warfare. It features the best tech from across the studios to deliver the most advanced engine ever in Call of Duty. New technology including new toolchains, AI and locomotion models have been refined.
As a result, Modern Warfare II’s campaign is visually stunning, and it’s the best-looking version of the franchise so far. The game’s environments including the various textures and environmental lighting are incredibly detailed. The game’s audio and sound design is also something to marvel at. 3D spatial audio is handled amazingly well and allows you to pinpoint your enemy’s footsteps and gunshots.
Never once did I encounter any performance issues while playing on Xbox Series X. Even during the most intense battles, there were no issues at all.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare II campaign offers an experience you won’t soon forget
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’s campaign is one of the best first-person shooter experiences that you won’t soon forget. The game’s engaging story draws you into its world and provides plenty of variety to keep you entertained. With immersive environmental detail and amazing sound design, you are drawn in and captivated by the world around you.
Without a doubt, if you’re looking for a great single-player campaign you will not be disappointed with Call of Duty Modern Warfare II.
+ Incredible visuals and audio with great voice acting
+ Smooth gameplay with great gunplay
+ Compelling story with twists that feels familiar and fresh
+ Well-paced campaign
– Campaign ending is a bit flat
OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF CALL OF DUTY MODERN WARFARE II
Lasting Appeal/Replayability: 4/5