Was it awesome? Addictive? Intense? Yes, totally. Bloody, gory, fast intense combat, but I traded it in. Why? For whatever reason, I simply couldn't ENJOY this game. Despite the fact that I was better at this game than any of my other online games I play (my k/d ratio was WAYYY better than my Killzone 2 & Bad Company k/d, and a better win/loss ratio as well), I wasn't having any fun playing it. So what's the deal? So many different game-modes, weapons, perks, attachments, all kinds of stuff to play with, what is the root of me not enjoying this game?! 2 things - Randomness, and Speed.
RANDOMNESS: I don't camp. Nor do I run & Gun. By nature, I like to be in constant motion, observing the battle, making adjustments to however it develops, & work my way through it. I aim to understand where fronts are being established, and find ways to punch holes in those said 'fronts'. Unfortunately, Modern Warfare 2 doesn't take kindly to a player like me. In games like Bad Company or Killzone 2, there were always established fronts, both teams jockey for position & control of the map, and they come at you from the same direction every single time, no matter what. Each team has a so called 'starting-point'. In Modern Warfare 2, there are no starting points, no neutral areas waiting to be claimed, no bases, nothing of any consistency. As I wade through the battle, I realize the futility of my style of play. I could kill someone, and instead of sending them back to their base, or their squad, they could LITERALLY spawn 5 feet behind me and get revenge. Instead of teams fighting to secure control of the map, they'll just spawn anywhere, from nowhere, for no reason, from doing nothing, and that's just the way it is. Too random, de-established, no fronts, no consistency.
SPEED. The only way to survive in Modern Warfare 2 is to play at the right speed. Once you realize how easy it is to dispatch an enemy, you also realize how easy it is for you to be killed by just a few shots as well. As soon as I made this connection from Day 1, the only way I could play MW2 was being on absolute pins & needles. There was no relaxation, despite it being a video-game, I needed to be completely locked in, tuned into the action. I wasn't going to tone down my efforts to excel at this game so I could rest easier while playing it. As I gripped my controller tightly, eyes open wide, ready to blast anything that moves, I felt like some soldier or Charlie squatting in the bushes of 'Nam, senses fully heightened and aware. Every single time I died in this game was met with the same reaction of complete anguish & frustration; the bullets would come without warning, and seemingly without reason (as I said before, you can kill someone, and 5 seconds later, they might spawn right behind you, or on top of you, or in front of you, doesn't matter). And every single time I butchered one of my enemies, it was NOT met with relief or satisfaction, instead, I dismissed any positive thoughts immediately, ready for my next kill, no time to celebrate, no time to care. Any reaction whatsoever was the dull realization that all I am doing by shooting up this poor schmuck is that I am merely prolonging my inevitable, frustrating fate I would soon have, whether it be 3 seconds from now, or 2 minutes... a warningless, reasonless cascade of punishing bullets, sending me into fits.
So I'm back to Killzone 2 & Bad Company. Mmmmmm, established fronts! Back to the land where I have time enough to confront my killer, and perhaps with the right amount of skill & aiming, I could be his killer instead. Where 2 shots doesn't kill someone with any gun, but anywhere from 5-10 shots, giving every wounded soldier a chance to turn the fight in his favor. Where being killed is met with a "Hmmm... ok" or a "Neat, I have to get me one of those" as opposed to an empty feeling of defeat that you knew you would suffer.
Anyways, enjoy your Modern Warfare 2.
i can see where your coming from but isnt a game supposed to put you on edge? isnt that what makes games great (not saying that mw2 is great but...)...kinda like really good movies put you on the edge of your seat. But then again i can agree with you because you shouldnt have to freak out everytime you die (like me) not becasue you died but how you died ..... but all in all good post --kudos--
To me it sounds like you like spawn campish, base rapage, empty 2 clips in a guy, kinda gameplay. (BF series, KZ2)
I hate those games. I like COD 4, SOCOM, UC2 type of games. This game is like trying to juggle, where other shooters I like is like bowling. Don't get me wrong, I like MW2 but it's a noobfest and everyone is basically equalled out.