Book Review: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Bradygames Guide
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most successful FPS (First Person Shooters) to date. Combining the processing power of the XBox 360 with their game engine and a continuation of the hit storyline from the previous games, along with a built in multiplayer mode, COD MW2 has shown with sales, it is a winner.
This reviewer has been playing for several months now the XBox 360 version almost exclusively in Multiplayer mode. There is a world of depth to the game in the Story and Special Ops modes as well, which this reviewer is slowly starting to indulge in. However, Hardcore Team Deathmatch is the preferred game mode and the entire reason I picked up the Brady Book Guide, for the maps and other data that is in table format in the later portion of the $19.99 US I spent at the Barnes and Nobles in Wesley Chapel, FL. (which was the first store I found it in, and so the one which received my money).
The book is organized into 3 large scale areas
Within each section is a walk through of the various maps and game play modes (especially for Special Ops and Multiplayer including Search and Destroy and Headquarters for instance) with the requisite Brady Games maps and illustrations.
When I begin the campaign mode, I will have this book open next to me, as it gives tips on when and where the opposition will arrive at as well as tips to accomplish each task as efficiently as possible.
What prompted the purchase however were the maps and charts in the back of the book. Even after several months of game play the book comes in handy on the stock battles such as Estate and Scrapyard.
Those along with the Intel Charts (listing the various weapons, perks, killstreaks, accomplishments, etc.) are the real meat to the book for this player.
Along in the maps section for multiplayer are suggested classes (weapon, specials, perks, kill and deathstreaks) that the authors recommend for each map, various play styles and game modes to make it easier for the new player to get started enjoying themselves (perhaps more than I did as I played nothing but free for all for about the first 30 levels and did quite a bit of damage to the KDR which stands for Kill Death Ratio (one statistic the game via XBox Live tracks comparing total kills to total deaths as a ratio. As of the time of writing this article mine was up to .62, not a good showing. 15k some kills to 25k some deaths so far. But it is improving with game play skills, accuracy, and knowing limitations.
With that said, as with all Brady Games Guides, it is full of useful information. Unlike most of them, there are no lists of creatures, mostly due to the lack in the game. With good reference charts, solid advice and maps for the new comer, it is a recommended purchase for those that want a leg up playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 on the XBox 360.
The book precedes the release of the two ( as of writing) map pack expansions, so it is not much direct use for maps such as Salvage, Overgrown, or Vacant.
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