Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 offers up a delicious serving of tense action with a variety of different options for players. To make navigating these options easier we have put together 4 tips to help you dominate the battlefield in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Turn off motion blur
Multiplayer matches on Modern Warfare 2 are fast-paced and deadly. It only takes a couple of hits to down enemies, so being able to quickly assess the situation around you is crucial to success. To that end, one of the first things you should do in Modern Warfare 2 is heading to the Options menu and turning off World Motion Blur and Weapon Motion Blur.
Motion Blur adds a realistic blurring effect to things in motion. In single-player that can be a good thing that enhances realism and immersion. However, in multiplayer the blur can make spotting enemies much more difficult, so turn off motion blur to give yourself a competitive edge. This goes doubly for World Motion Blur, which blurs large parts of the screen when you move fast or take quick turns. Weapon Motion Blur, as expected, blurs your weapon during movement, making quick actions and snap decisions more complicated. So go ahead and turn off motion blur for multiplayer. It looks good but makes your life more difficult.
Not all attachment slots need to be filled
In Modern Warfare 2 setting up your weapon loadouts work slightly differently from previous games in the series. The reason mainly boils down to how weapon attachments work. Just like in earlier Call of Duty games, each weapon offers 5 slots for attachments that alter the stats of the weapon. However, in Modern Warfare 2 these attachments come with heavier negative impacts, meaning you have to think more carefully about what to use.
For example, if you want to reduce your weapon recoil through attachments, it will have a severe impact on the speed of aiming down the sights. Sometimes the negative impact of attachments can be severe enough to make you consider not using them at all. It might be tempting to always fill out all 5 attachment slots, but there’s no real need to do it. Pay close attention to both the negatives and positives of your attachments, and if the cons outweigh the pros, leave some slots empty. In building a weapon that suits your playstyle the most, attachments are not always a necessity.
Use scorestreaks instead of killstreaks
Killstreaks are immensely useful in Call of Duty multiplayer games. After getting a certain amount of skills players can unlock useful tools such as UAV-s, guided missiles, and other gadgets that can help turn the tide of battle. However, in Modern Warfare 2 there is another extremely useful way of unlocking these useful tools that aren’t reliant on eliminating enemies.
Modern Warfare 2 has added the system of scorestreaks to complement the system of killstreaks. This means that all of these useful tools can be unlocked by reaching certain score milestones. For example, the UAV unlocks after earning 500 points, which is equal to getting 4 kills. This means that players who are more inclined towards playing the objective and less interested in eliminating enemies can still unlock streaks with relative ease. If you like to capture flags and defend objectives, scorestreaks might be the right choice for you. You can swap between scorestreaks and killstreaks before a match begins in the multiplayer lobby.
Prefer headphones over speakers
If you are rocking a good home theater setup, enjoying the bombastic Call of Duty action with the volume cranked up might be a tempting option. For multiplayer, however, that might not be the best idea. Opt for headphones instead, as this will give you a noticeable competitive edge in tense battles.
Sound is an important feature in Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer battles. Headphones with good directional audio can help pinpoint with precision from which direction gunfire is coming. Even more importantly, headphones give a clear indication of enemy footsteps, giving you a heads-up from which direction the next attack might come. This might be a huge advantage that might give you the valuable seconds you need to either prepare for an incoming enemy or prepare an ambush for them. It is much more difficult to hear these nuanced sounds through speakers, so headphones come strongly recommended.
Don’t sleep on the campaign
You would think that going through the Modern Warfare 2 single-player campaign doesn’t have a lot to do with multiplayer, but think again. Playing the campaign isn’t a bad idea even for players that are mostly interested in multiplayer battles.
First off, single-player is a good practice range for multiplayer battles. You get a feel of the combat and the chance to try out a wide range of different weapons Modern Warfare II has to offer. Secondly, players also get a variety of items and other unlockables usable in multiplayer. These include operator skins, XP tokens, emblems, and calling cards. The single-player campaign is relatively short, so go through it and unlock the rewards to make your multiplayer experience more enjoyable.