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Why I'm Not Playing Modern Warfare 2

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Something that only really hit me this week, is the fact that I haven’t bothered to put my Modern Warfare 2 disc into my console at any point in this fine year of 2010.

You see, the last time I played Modern Warfare 2 was right before I left for my vacation in December, which also happened to be around the same time that the infamous javelin glitch was doing the rounds.

While I was gone, they got it sorted and although I haven’t purposefully avoided the game, I really couldn’t care to play it again any time soon.

Here’s why.

Firstly, balance.

Never in my life have I seen a game that has suffered from such unbalanced gameplay. Sure, Infinity Ward meant well when they decided to add a ton of new features, weapons, kill-streaks and so on but the truth is that in the end some very ugly combinations have popped up.

I can truthfully say that I have never in my life seen a games balance get this out of control before. Usually there is a hiccup here and there but it’s nothing major.

Games are supposed to be competitive but fun yet it seems like everyone is just jumping onto the latest “L33t haXXor” class setups so that they can get a kajillion kills and be proud of themselves when they go to sleep at night.

Second issue is most definitely the glitches.

Since I was exposed to the javelin glitch, things really took off. In the time that I haven’t been playing it feels like I hear about new glitches every week. Ammo glitches, flying glitches and now some new kid on the block that can screw with other peoples stats. Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer is in some serious hell at the moment and Infinity Ward seem to be scrambling to chase glitch after glitch.

The really scary thing is that in most cases, you could just tell me to stop sucking or “join ’em” or something but I’m not even playing the game. I have people constantly telling me about issues, glitches and people exploiting the game to the point where it sounds crazy to want to actually play the game again.

At the end of the day I know that Modern Warfare 2 is a really good showing from Infinity Ward and their multilplayer experiences are in a league of their own, but they really, seriously need to start sorting the game out.

They need to do whatever it takes. Bring in a massive patch, rebalance everything and if possible, prevent further exploits from happening. I feel sorry for Infinity Ward, I really do. The guys are working hard to create great games but it’s the gamers who are constantly on the lookout for the latest exploit or cheap tactic to score a neat kill/death ratio.

I want to play the game again, it’s fun, but with news like this circulating every day and people constantly complaining about what other players are doing that annoys them, I’d rather play something else, something that won’t involve me swearing out of frustration at my TV when yet another nuke goes off because some morons are boosting each others kills.

I thought that I would get this off my chest after seeing yet another article about issues, patches and glitches but I want to hear it from all the Modern Warfare 2 players out there. Is the game out of control? Are your experiences actually fun and quite normal or are you getting sick and tired of all the issues surrounding the game?

Leave your comments below and let us know your thoughts.

Last Updated: January 20, 2010


  1. ditto.

    i’m waiting for bad company 2, reckon that will be tons more fun.
    i’ll still play (and enjoy) mw2, but the honeymoon is over and i’m beginning to see the warts and blemishes come through.


    • elite and old

      January 20, 2010 at 15:56

      MW2 is not a good game. 640p? Low res textures? The game is garbage.


    • Adam

      January 20, 2010 at 17:17

      mw2 sucks especially with the camping and noob toob. any can climb anything and the thermal sniping has RIDICULOUS range!! been play world at war lately lol.


      • SoCalSniper

        March 2, 2010 at 11:20

        Ummm…. OK I agree with the whole camping and noob tubing thing. I hate people who do that, but the thermal sniping thing… really? It’s a sniper rifle!!! It’s made for long range. And the thermal scope makes heat visible from up to 1300 m. It’s not like the sniping levels are THAT big.


    • campersareweak

      January 20, 2010 at 19:45

      I feel the same way. Why do people have to exploit a game to get more kills etc. It just proves that they are garbage anyways. Glitchers, campers take the fun out of a decent game but I hope IW fixes all this crap b/c we all payed for this game and we deserve better or at least a free map pack download or something. IW has to give us the gamers something in return for this inconsistency. They didnt even have beta testing…what does that say about them??


    • meaticus

      January 20, 2010 at 20:00

      Bad Company 2 will have the one thing MW2 is lacking: TEAMWORK. The best you can hope for in MW2 is Team Camping. There is just to much focus on killstreaks to merit moving or covering your mates in assaults or defense.


  2. eXp

    January 20, 2010 at 11:44

    I went on holiday at level 29. I came back after a few weeks at the same level, but with everyone else at level 60 on Prestige 3+. Despite me playing well sometimes, I still feel like such a noob with that damn number next to my name.

    Plus, it is SUCH a freaking mission to find a game with available spots.


  3. Fox1

    January 20, 2010 at 11:58

    Didn’t even bother about this game after hearing how short the campaign is :pinch:

    And BC2’s gameplay looks way better anyway :w00t:


  4. Fred

    January 20, 2010 at 12:12

    I’m only on level 30 , will jump in again soon as my ylod is fixed. But there is no real motivation if the game’s fun is spoiled.


  5. Lupus

    January 20, 2010 at 12:18

    I was hoping BC was going to kill CoD4 as it was a pretty good game, but it just never seemed to take off. IW has got the market and they hold on to it for awhile.
    I also haven’t really played a lot of CoD MW2 MP besides some Spec Ops


  6. enx

    January 20, 2010 at 12:22

    Don’t you guys find that the lag with the Battlefield console games is horrible, and there’s no getting away from it due to the dedicated servers all being overseas?

    I dunno – I’ve played BF in the states and I’ve played it here, and there’s a massive dealbreaking lag over here and there is no way you will convince me that load balancing on the servers makes it ok because then you might as well just be playing against bots.

    I will definitely stick to the locally hostable MW2 due to the BF lag. Unless bc2 allows p2p type hosting…


    • Nick de Bruyne

      January 20, 2010 at 12:28

      If you play with an unshaped account then the lag isn’t that bad at all and prices have dropped significantly for unshaped lately.

      I play MW2 through matchmaking anyways, so it’s all the same for me tbh.


  7. Uncle

    January 20, 2010 at 12:56

    I am really happy I boycotted this game… Battlefield please don’t forsake us!


  8. Jimmytheediblewyrm

    January 20, 2010 at 13:14

    Hrmmm… I have been religiously playing the game, and thoroughly enjoy it… Granted, I have not ever come across blatent glitchers.

    I hear alot of complaints about balance etc, but as far as i see it, baring if my lag sucks, it always comes down to “can i pull the trigger faster than the other bloke”, and since im not arthritic (yet) i do ok.


  9. WitWolfyZA

    January 20, 2010 at 13:17

    here here… i have enough war games anyways


  10. uberutang

    January 20, 2010 at 14:09

    We play this 2 -4 times a week, on PSN.

    No issues. Had lekker local only lobbies last night, ni glitchers no haxors and no lag. Just pure fps fun.

    Nick, you are playing with the wrong crowd.

    As with all games, it is way better with some good mates on your side!


    • easy

      January 20, 2010 at 14:39

      no lag? i get a lot of lag, while it’s not thaaat bad, it’s still noticeable. the anti-lag thing works but only to a point. btw i play on a 4mb line, shaped unfortunately.

      and its not just me, most of my mates have the same problem… or it could be we all making excuses πŸ˜‰


      • uberutang

        January 20, 2010 at 15:09

        Unshaped is the key there mate, and if you happen to be the host.. even better.

        I could see some iburst and 386 fools lagging around but my game was lekker smooth.


  11. Gavin

    January 20, 2010 at 14:22

    The new patch has completely messed things up even more. It takes even longer to find a game than before. When you finally find a game and it goes to the lobby for intermission the host bombs out. It happens every-time.


  12. XboxPirate

    January 20, 2010 at 14:29

    Forgot to say for PC.


  13. blurb

    January 20, 2010 at 14:53

    why the writer why feel sorry for these greedy money grabbing b@stards?
    does’nt make sense
    should be angry with spending money on a broken game


  14. sulphury

    January 20, 2010 at 15:26

    Sold it! it sux ! its unbalanced and for noobs.CAMPERS PARADISE. NO SKILL INVOLVED ! and the lag and glitchers are only on th 360 haha ! PLAY UNCHARTED 2 !OR HALO3 !


  15. Dover

    January 20, 2010 at 15:34

    Dont forget the very well disguised lag…on my screen It always seems like only one round takes me down and then on the kill cam it shows the guy unloading a 10 rounds in me. Barely was aware of the guy. Its also very evident on the final kill cam where where it shows the guy aiming in another area and it somehow kills him..terrible, but very well hidden.


    • easy

      January 20, 2010 at 15:48

      yup. i notice it when i’m unloading an entire clip on some one, and thinking wtf why is he not dead, only to find out after he’s disappeared around some corner he’s dead and i get +50.

      i think its designed to work that way.


  16. GreyFox666

    January 20, 2010 at 15:50

    lol… been got rid of MW2… as stated in previous posts it takes no skill… its too easy to kill or be killed… i ended up getting BC, shooter wise since then i havent looked back… cant wait for BC2… im not too sure but somebody posted something about how they prefer p2p… thats all good, but p2p just ends up having a host with the most thing going on.,, definitly not fun…


  17. Sravan

    January 20, 2010 at 15:51

    I didn’t even bother to read reviews about this rotten game… ‘cos I knew it wasn’t worth picking up… and fortunately I saved some *more* money to shell out on the blockbuster–> Battlefield: Bad Company 2!

    GO DICE!


  18. koray

    January 20, 2010 at 16:01

    my wife bought it for for xmas. I couldn’t say “american jingoism, short campaign, exploits, activision, kotich, I CAN’T PLAY THIS GAME”. After about 3 weeks i asked if she can sebd it back and get me Heavy Rain or GOW3. I can’t play this shit. :angry:


  19. SlippyMadFrog

    January 20, 2010 at 16:52

    Strange… I have been playing this for quite some time and I haven’t encountered any glitching or hacking or whatever. The net code is outstanding, this is the first game where international lag is bearable. I guess it’s about the crowd you are playing with.

    No skill? C’mon man, tell that to the guys with a more than 2 kill/death ratio. And they aren’t camping/glitching/cheating/whatever


  20. enx

    January 20, 2010 at 17:42

    Nick buddy there’s your problem – you play intl matchmaking, I haven’t seen a local dude glitch – he’d get de-friended real quick I reckon.

    Also – about my lag comment earlier – after playing it in the US I have to stand by it – I play on unshaped here – and not the garbage IS “unshaped” that axxess tries to sell people – the slightly better saix unshaped. You can’t get away from the lag and if it doesn’t feel like it’s lagging it’s because the netcode is predicting the moves or holding the other player back in time in relation to you …


    • Nick de Bruyne

      January 20, 2010 at 17:48

      I have my reasons for playing intl matchmaking, but still, 99% of the people out who bought the game use it as well.


  21. Jste6666

    January 20, 2010 at 19:27

    I have not played the game online in over a month for all the same reasons you have talked about. The game is extremely unbalanced and the glitches are out of control. Just don’t kid yourself into feeling sorry for Infinity Ward. The game has become the fourth best selling game and they are printing money from the sales of the game.. Because of that it is the target to all the “haxors”.


  22. EATME

    January 20, 2010 at 19:36

    Sounds to me like you’re just a NOOB who never stuck with the game. Truth is, you suck at the game, so you quit and use these things as an excuse. Grow up.


  23. meaticus

    January 20, 2010 at 19:55

    I play it still to hang out with my friends but the glitches aren’t as bad as the camping or OneManArmy constant grenade launchers.

    To so many players MW2 is all about camping, period. No teamwork, no tactical play, just camp solo and start exploiting killstreak perks.

    And then there’s the lag switchers who mess with their connection so much the game locks up! They can’t shoot so they lag their connection until we all leave… way to win a match against an empty lobby.


  24. bob

    January 20, 2010 at 21:57

    Cool story, bro. I’ll keep playing with the other 2 million people who don’t care.


  25. dirtycambo

    January 20, 2010 at 22:46

    game is utter shit, the only reason i still pop it in the very little times that i actually play. is because i just want to reach my final prestige. without the stupid glitch that everyone did. and im at 9, so i want to finish, after that im done. and handing it over to my brother so he doesnt have to waste his money. i warned everyone about MW2 going to suck real bad. no one listened, looked like i was right. y did i buy it? i didnt, my brother bought it for me.
    If i didnt have OCD and all sorts of other things wrong with me,, i wouldnt still be playing this game, all i hear all game long is a bunch of people bitching and yelling. and im one of those gamers that dont complain about ne thing, and if i die, i will blame myself for not doing better. but in this game, spawns are at a level of its own,

    i remember playing UC2, talking about how the spawnns were stupid and needed fixing, MW2 came out, and boy it made UC2 spawns look way much better. MW2 spawns is the reason i always die. i always watch 2 kill-cams, i watch my kill-cam of them killing me, and their kill-cam of me killing them just 2 seconds ago, and them respawning.


  26. Ausknight

    January 20, 2010 at 23:23

    Mate, I’m with you all the way. This is the result of no open beta testing sadly, they cashed in on the success of COD4 and walked away from proper play testing which has left the fan based pretty pissed off and rightly so.

    I’m level 70 myself in the Multiplayer – I wanted to stick it out and give the game a fair go, but in the end I gave up in disgust and walked away.

    The glitches suck
    The noob tube/akimbo shotguns/knifing completely kills the ‘modern warfare’ concept
    The perks/achieves/kill streaks reward SOLO play tactics and camping is the norm.

    Whilst the game itself has excellent polish, sharp visuals and the weapons feel awesome, they are all over shadowed by the bigger issues which are killing the multiplayer environment completely.

    I’m already back to playing the original Bad Company which presents far better multiplayer gameplay and with BC2 due out in just a few short weeks, the days of MW2 are well and truly numbered I think. :unsure:


  27. MyWordIsGospel

    January 20, 2010 at 23:48

    At long last COD is getting slated and it deserves too, it is the most overhyped and overatted shooter of all time, and how anyone can rate over Battlefield is a clown. BAttlefield ticks all the boxes (vehicles, destrucbale enviro’s and NO CAMPING) and has done since its debut on pc to ps2 and now ps3.

    The thing that makes me laugh is that Kovic wanted COD to retail at £59.99 and he prodcues a lame Single player and a disgusting looking and feeling game online!


  28. Richard! Says

    January 21, 2010 at 00:34

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS… :sick: but I still play Uncharted 2 :tongue: ,but i’ll still pop in Mw2 :whistle:


  29. Richard! Says

    January 21, 2010 at 00:36

    :angry:(me) + :devil: (IW) = :cwy:


  30. Richard! Says

    January 21, 2010 at 00:37

    :alien: :angel: :angry: :blink: :blush: :cheerful: 😎 :cwy: :devil: :dizzy: :ermm: :face: :getlost: :biggrin: :happy: :heart: :kissing: πŸ˜† :ninja: :pinch: :pouty: πŸ™ :shocked: :sick: :sideways: :silly: :sleeping: πŸ™‚ :tongue: :unsure: :w00t: :wassat: :whistle: πŸ˜‰ :wub: :pirate:


  31. lee mitchell

    January 21, 2010 at 01:18

    likewise,im going back to modern warfare 1 or world at war,probably mw1 because i miss my dragonuv and p90 (and no its the same in mw2)
    feel free to add my psn,evilpizzacandy


  32. Fun loving homo

    January 21, 2010 at 01:47

    I duno what to make of the game at the moment. I mean camping all comes down to the game type i mean i worship search and destroy and to be honest i havnt found any more camping in that compared to the first on! Saying that it is much more noob accessible….between the heart beat monitor, thermal scope, and noob tubes as secondary weapons, AND way over powered kill streak rewards!!

    But hey its still good fun to own people with and AC 130 πŸ™‚
    :biggrin: :biggrin:


  33. COD 2 & 4 VET

    January 21, 2010 at 03:36



  34. WitWolfyZA

    January 21, 2010 at 07:25

    Ill rather stick to Killzone 2 , the best FPs out there at the moment in my opinion


  35. Fred

    January 21, 2010 at 08:34

    Yip , I should go back to Killzone 2 , i’m not even ranked up completely yet on that one. And it’s multiplayer is ace.


    • WitWolfyZA

      January 21, 2010 at 09:03

      dedicated servers for the win!!!!


  36. Ian

    January 21, 2010 at 08:59

    I don’t think IW or Activision care much about losing a few hundred dollars considering they’ve hit the billion dollar mark.

    Go whine about something else, no one cares.


  37. Bobby Kotick presents Monopoly 2010

    January 21, 2010 at 11:10

    I reckon, the fact that Modern Warfare 2 hit the billion dollar mark, means that Modern Warefare 3 will be even more of a melon. It’s the same trend of wash and repeat we saw with the Guitar Hero games, a few graphical tweaks here and there but fundamentally it’s the same game.

    @Fred Killzone’s multiplayer is ace, just hate those damn saboteurs lol.


  38. kLauSSS

    January 21, 2010 at 12:57

    ur all wrong!! saying mw2 is a bad game u should be ashamed. this game is the best ever and YES IT REALLY IS WELL BALANCED. if u think a chopper gunner is overpowered then SHOOT IT DOWN, its simple. if someone is camping then nade them or flash/stun them before entering the room they camp and teach them a lesson or two


  39. Bobby Kotick would camp you in real life

    January 21, 2010 at 13:17

    That pile of cow manure might be the best (i.e. the warmest or the biggest) manure ever, but it’s still a pile of shit.


  40. Gavin

    January 21, 2010 at 13:41

    klauSSS “then SHOOT IT DOWN, its simple”

    πŸ˜† ha πŸ˜† ha πŸ˜† ha

    I cannot agree more, I am still a bit of a noob at MW2, but I do exactly as you say. If something is pissing you off you have a gun, go and shoot something.


  41. BurnsZAnowUK

    January 21, 2010 at 14:35

    I don’t know but I must be playing a different version of MW2 than the rest of you. Being in the UK I’m playing exclusively international (doh!) games and have not once been in a game where glitching was evident. Hell I play almost every night and to be honest every glitch I have heard of I’ve seen first on video through this blog. Javelin glitch – no never in a game I’ve played, class noob tube glitch – saw on this blog for the first time.


    • Gavin

      January 21, 2010 at 14:47

      The cold weather must be affecting you :tongue:


    • meaticus

      January 21, 2010 at 20:58

      i play int’l too and run into some glitchers or lag switchers once a night. then the glitch is posted somewhere and then the next day every game has someone using the glitch until it’s patched.


  42. BurnsZAnowUK

    January 21, 2010 at 14:52

    It’s the snow I tell you!! Brain freeeze!


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