Who knew that a Call of Duty campaign that released in 2009 would hold up so well today? Remastered, remade, revamped – developer Beenox delivers an excellent current-gen rendition of one of the all-time great Call of Duty campaigns. With this new rendition of Modern Warfare 2, we get vastly improved modelling and art along with remade cutscenes with new motion capture. On top of a revamped post-process pipeline and HDR support, it’s an experience that still holds up today.
It’s not quite the complete package, though. Unlike the original Modern Warfare Remastered, this is just the single-player campaign – multiplayer is completely excised from the product. It was a huge part of the game that will be sorely missed; faster, more chaotic than the original – with heartbeat sensors, more elaborate perks and killstreak rewards that escalated to tactical nukes. Even though we do have the 2019 reboot adding classic maps from older games to the rotation, it would have been nice to have.
On top of that, despite being a multi-platform development, it is a timed exclusive for PlayStation 4 owners – in the here and now, at least. Xbox One and PC versions will arrive further on down the line, and I’m certainly intrigued to see how Beenox tackles the Microsoft platform: the original Modern Warfare Remastered never received full-blooded support for Xbox One X.