Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Destroys Records

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Matt Barton
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You're right, Catatonic!

You're right, Catatonic! D'oh! However, this review also says the campaign is short. Here's the quote: "Modern Warfare 2's campaign, like that of its predecessor, is quite short, and you'll likely finish it in about five hours."

Five hours for $60? I also don't mind shorter games, but not at that price point. I guess it's not bad if you really do the math on it ($12 an hour, basically), but I'd rather invest in a game that I know I will be playing for a lot longer (such as Super Mario Bros Wii or possibly Mass Effect 2). If the price on this falls to $40, I'll step up to the plate.

My friend Max and I were recently discussing this very issue. Both of us agree that single-player campaigns (and even co-op campaigns) are getting shorter and shorter. Halo is a great example of this, but I could think of lots of other examples, such as Half-Life 2, Far Cry--and let's not even get into the huge length of games like Might and Magic 6 or any of the Ultima games. The new expectation seems to be to skimp on the campaign and lure you into multiplayer. I don't expect a 40-hour campaign, but I don't want to spend $60 on a game and end up with that "That was IT?" feeling when I'm done.

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shockingly short

P.S. Matt, the "shockingly short" quote is for the previous game in the series I think.

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Impressive numbers! I also

Impressive numbers! I also tend to prefer shorter games. How often do you play a 40-hour game that wasn't mostly filled with crap you wanted to skip? As a kid, I wanted games to waste my time. As an adult, no way. Having said that, this isn't really the kind of game for me anymore. I've had enough blood & guts to last a lifetime.

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Game length never bothers me

Game length never bothers me because of how I play. Most games get criticized if they don't last at least 30 hours. I'm of the camp that would be fine with games that last 10 hours as long as those 10 hours were all fantastic (and in my case too, since I'm not a particularly gifted player, the 5 hours stated in the review you quoted probably would last me almost 10). Plus, there's the multiplayer. I'm not a big multiplayer guy, but with this type of game, that's genuinely what you get it for, and in my experience, multiplayer in these types of games can be great fun.

They definitely took a console-centric approach to multiplayer, streamlining the experience greatly to both increase the speed of online play (latency) and to help minimize cheating. It's a very non PC way of doing it (lack of dedicated servers, etc.), but I can see the argument for it.

Probably what bugs PC gamers the most is the fact the game can't be modded or extended by the community. Again, while that's nice in theory, I rarely take advantage of even official expansion packs, let alone unofficial ones, so something like that wouldn't bother me.

So, while a vocal minority of PC gamers might be up in arms - right or wrong (some of it could be having certain biases or expectations based on past experiences) - it seems like the designers did something right given the sales figures. The name alone can't do that.

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Matt Barton
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Wow. I was just on Amazon

Wow. I was just on Amazon and the PC version of this game is getting TRASHED in the user ratings. Apparently, it's pretty much a direct port of the 360 version and doesn't offer any advantages (including a lower price). It looks like most of the complaints are coming from multiplayer fans, but I am alarmed about a "short single-player campaign" for a game that costs $60. I think I may actually pass on this one for now.

* edit: Yup, the single-player campaign is shockingly short. DEFINITELY going to pass on this one. Multiplayer is not in the least a draw for me.

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I would too, Matt, but I've

I would too, Matt, but I've got such a backlog that I'm going to make myself play catch up on the existing RPGs I have and with the other Call of Duty games I have. I do want to get Super Mario Bros. Wii though because it should be fun to play with Christina.

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I'm really, really tempted

I'm really, really tempted to go nuts and order this game now. I couldn't wait on Dragon Age (I got the Collector's Edition for PC in the mail today), and this is #2 of my "must haves" for Christmas. The third, of course, is Super Mario Bros Wii. It's definitely going to be a FANTASTIC Christmas season for gamers.

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