Every once in a great while, I get to do some really cool things and taking part in the closed Beta for the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 release and this article is aimed at giving people a little bit of a look at what the new version of the game is bringing to the table and whether or not it’s worth your time. Just a reminder, this is the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 and not the previous game titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, as the new series drops the CoD for the upcoming reboot as a way to help fans delineate between the two.
The new version of the game brings with it a completely new experience to the Call of Duty franchise in a third-person mode. I cannot begin to tell you how much of a potential game-changer this is for them. Before I get into the third-person breakdown, I want to assure fans who are probably freaking out reading this that Activision has separated out people playing in first-person from those playing in third-person so one doesn’t have an advantage over the other as they play with the two of them being available in the same franchise. In other words, if you’re playing in third-person, all your opponents are also playing in third-person so nobody has a tactical advantage.
The new third-person mode is absolutely legit and I’ve never felt better playing this franchise. Not only did I post my highest kill-count to date in playing Team Deathmatch, I also had my best showing in terms of Kill:Death ratio or to put it in terms that are probably more fair and realistic, I wasn’t an absolute drag on my team and I didn’t finish last for the first in… well, ever. I never claimed I was good at these games and that’s what I think makes me so receptive to this mode. It gave me something new to try and it proved to be a game-changer for me when it came to play and seeing the battlefield.
I was pulling off kills that I couldn’t have imagined in first-person. No longer were players able to avoid my shots as they slid and jumped around the battlefield. It really serves as an equalizer to people who are used to jumping, sliding, and ducking to avoid getting shot in first-person mode. In fact, you can clearly tell who is great with third-person shooting and who was brought up with first-person games. I think it’s pretty cool that you can see the stark differences and it’s very enjoyable.
You don’t have to play in third-person mode if you don’t want to. Everything you want to do in first-person can also be done in third, but you’re not obligated to do so. It’s just another mode for people who might be intimidated by K&M players (keyboard & mouse). It allows them to enter into competitive online play without feeling like they have to use a mode that just doesn’t work with their play style. I think anything that opens a game up without closing anything off in return is inherently good for a game, but you’re welcome to disagree if that’s your thing. Access should be ubiquitous in video games.
As far as everything else goes, it’s pretty much what you’d expect. The online modes featured were Team Deathmatch, Prisoner Rescue, Knock Out, Search and Destroy, and then a third-person mode allowing you to play these modes, as well. You’re just paired with others who are in third-person mode. Activision may change this and have first-person vs. third-person events, but they seem content to let the player pick for themselves and that’s just following video game trends with regard to access and content. The more people who can play your game, the larger and more dominant you become in the e-sport world as well as with outlets like Twitch, YouTube, Discord, and more. It’s better to have people streaming your game in a third-person only mode than playing an entirely different game because they prefer that experience to the first-person traditionally offered by CoD. In this instance, they’re chasing after another shooter’s audience instead of the other way around. In this instance, Activision is copying Epic’s Fortnite and I gotta tell you, I really like it.
I’m excited to see what else Modern Warfare 2 has to offer as more of it becomes available for testing and review. So far, this has been my favorite Call of Duty game and a big part of that is the third-person addition. It’s actually gotten me excited to go online and play in competitive matches, something I really hated doing because I suck at first-person. But even just that little extra of finishing second-to-last has me champing at the bit to go and play more online Team Deathmatch. If you knew how much I hated online multiplayer in games, you’d know how major this is for me. They found the formula and I need to go so I can play more!