Quickfire Q&A: Modern Warfare 2

FPS Gamer gets schizophrenic with Infinity Ward’s epic shooter follow-up. Can you hear duty calling?

By Edwin Evans-Thirlwell, October 15, 2009



Sometimes you just can’t be arsed reading through a “proper” preview. If we’re honest, sometimes we can’t be arsed writing the bloody things. The solution in both cases? Cram any and all distracted notebook scribblings into an easy-to-produce, easy-to-read question-and-answer piece. Allow me to introduce FPS Gamer’s wilfully oddball Quickfire Q&A feature.


First up for the Quickfire treatment is Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2. Not long ago we spent an enjoyable hour with the single and multiplayer modes. Hit the jump for details of scopes, sex aids and Special Ops.


OMG, it’s Modern Warfare 2!


Get ahold of yourself, man.


But it’s MODERN WARFARE 2!


Calm down, you muppet. It’s only the sequel to one of the most popular and influential first-person shooters ever created. It’s only got new co-op functionality, new guns, upgradeable perks, customizable killstreak rewards and a sex doll in a bathtub. What’s the big fuss?


You’re just jaded because they boosted the price by a measly tenner – wait, did you say “sex doll in a bathtub”?


That’s right. Blonde and about 5”10, if memory serves. I didn’t get a look at the label.


Where and why is there a sex doll in Modern Warfare 2?


I’m guessing it’s one of them “joke” things. She was tucked away in the second floor bathroom of a forest lodge in one of the Special Ops maps, along with an awful lot of automatic weapons and explosives. Special Ops is the standalone co-op mode, you know. You can play it online or in offline split-screen with one other player.


Is the sex doll classed as “equipment”? Can you dump her out in the open to outrage/distract devout Muslim troops and heathen Russian mercenaries? What about bedding her to regain health?


What a wonderful imagination you have. Nope, I don’t think she’s good for much besides comedy value.


Well done for blowing 200-odd words on her, then.


Interesting choice of verb. But yes, let’s move on. I mention the doll because you’ll find lots of these jolly little touches in Modern Warfare 2. At the beginning of the Favela level, for instance, there’s this fiesta dancer figurine on the taxi dashboard. Gives the game real personality.


Fascinating. Any other hyper-relevant tit-bits, or can I go back to sleep now?


You want hyper-relevancy? Fine. Also in the Favela level, you’ll notice that NPC sniper scopes give off a winking reflection effect to make them easier to spot.


You mean they’ve actually gone and nurfed the sniper rifle?


No, don’t worry – this effect is exclusive to single player. Online sharpshooters will be just as murderously inconspicuous as ever.


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