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Reviewer Platform Publisher Developer Players
Matt Bailey Other Format BradyGames Phillip Marcus and the Sea Snipers N/A
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Signature Series Strategy Guide review

It didn't come as much surprise to see a game with a profile as high as that of Modern Warfare 2 getting an official guide, nor one constructed by the experts over at BradyGames, who have covered many other high profile games like Uncharted 2 and Gears of War 2. One of the key differences between this guide and guides we've looked at before is that Modern Warfare 2 is a relatively short game. RPGs like Dragon Quest often last for tens of hours, but experienced players will get through Modern Warfare 2 in about 5 or 6, possibly even less if they make extensive use of the guide. So, to stop the guide being far too short, BradyGames have decided to not only provide coverage of the main campaign, but also feature comprehensive coverage of the game's SpecOps and Multiplayer modes.

First, let's take a look at the campaign section. It does well at guiding you through each level, with maps, screenshots, and text that aims to avoid spoilers. After all, it should be the game telling the story, not the guide. It also lets you know where all of the bonus intel is located, and the Achievements or Trophies you will earn along the way. Those playing on the easier difficulty levels in Modern Warfare 2 might not see much use in the guide, as they whiz through the game, but those playing on Veteran will welcome the chance not to get killed so often! This vital help extends to the SpecOps mode of the game, which contains a collection of missions which can be played co-operatively. The guide again provides maps, screenshots and the detail needed to succeed.

With the multiplayer component likely to take up the vast portion of most Modern Warfare 2 players' time, it's unsurprising to find a good chunk of the guide is devoted to this. It takes a detailed look at each of the eight gametypes, as well as providing some tactical advice, and even provides information on clans and how to set up your own. Now things get really geeky as the guide provides "intel charts" on each of the game's weapons and the challenges. While these tables, containing such facts as fire rate or number of kills required, are actually giving you information already in the game, they are doing so in a much more useful manner, that avoids you having to hunt through many levels of sometimes confusing menus. It allows you to better compare weapons, or sneak a quick glance more easily at what you need to complete your next challenge. The multiplayer detail continues with full overhead maps of each level, including the different variations across the gametypes. There's a bit of detail about the level, and a recommended loadout to maximise your chances. Lastly, there's a list of all the multiplayer Achievements and Trophies you can earn in the 360 and PS3 versions of Modern Warfare 2.

The only thing missing from the guide is a bit of extra information about the game. In their Tomb Raider: Legend guide, Piggyback made the most of their collaboration with Crystal Dynamics to provide some insight into the series, while their Pro Evolution Soccer 6 guide had a DVD which (among other things) had a long interview with the series creator. Here, BradyGames have none of that. It may just be that Infinity Ward are a bit quiet and didn't want to reveal anything, but it would have been nice to get to know a bit more about the people behind one of the biggest games of all time, and the highly-popular series as a whole. Still, there's so much in this official Modern Warfare 2 guide that we feel it's worth the £12.99 asking price.

Ratings

Overall A well-made strategy guide that is a very useful companion for those wanting to get the most of Modern Warfare 2. 8/10

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