Is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009), Worth Playing in 2023?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) is essentially dead as of January 2, 2023, and this review will not receive further updates unless that situation changes.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) remains one of the most iconic and controversial video games in history, and while it has been remastered and remade twice, playing the original is still enjoyable for those who wish to experience it as it was originally intended.  - BHReviews

Points of Interest.

the Lowdown
Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Price: $19.99+
Release Date: 12 November 2009
Supported Modes:


While many titles following the attacks of 9/11 have leaned into the terrorists vs the free world trope, few titles have ventured to the depth that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) reached in the mission “No Russian” players assume control of an undercover American agent posing as a Russian terrorist and massacre civilians at an airport.

While Infinity War allows players to bypass this mission entirely, forbidden fruit is often the most desirable, and almost everyone had to try the disturbing mission at least once.

While I have no issue with terrorists being portrayed as bad guys and have a pretty high tolerance for fictional violence, there is something profoundly wrong about allowing people to gun down civilians, especially when you take into consideration there had already been dozens of high-profile shootings in American schools by the time it was released 2009, a number which has continued to increase ever since with almost 300 shooters in the 2010s alone.

According to current and former staff, the “No Russian” incident caused a lot of drama within Infinity Ward, with many staff feeling it was tasteless and needlessly controversial, a sentiment shared by most in the wider gaming community and seemingly ignored by the leadership at Infinity ward who would go on to reference the mission in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and include it in the 2020 remaster, despite calls to tone it down, or remove it entirely from many in the gaming community, who felt it was an embarrassing “relic of another time” that did not reflect the value of most gamers  in 2020.


Remade and Remastered.

Controversy aside, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) is one of the few titles to receive both a remaster, and a remake, something which has proved confusing to players with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign remastered and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) both being sold at the time and utilising the same engine and separate narratives, with the 2020 remaster staying true to the plot of the original and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) continuing the new timeline first introduced in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019).


Ageing Gracefully.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) may not be much to look at compared to modern games, but considering its age and the limitations of 2009 hardware, it is a very nice-looking game.

If not for the lack of modern quality-of-life mechanics, such as the ability to slide, and controller support on PC, there is very little mechanical difference between it and a game released in 2023, at least as far as the campaign is concerned, where 120 fps and lightning fast reaction times are not necessary and cutting edge visuals are not required to fully enjoy the engrossing narrative, filled to the brim with engaging characters and well designed set pieces.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) FAQ

Is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) Dead?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) is not entirely dead on any of its three platforms; however, I would certainly not recommend purchasing it for multiplayer alone in 2023.

How Many People Play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) maintains small but dedicated communities on all platforms, with thousands of players logging in each day on console and around 1500 daily players on Steam, which results in peaks of around 500 players each day.

Assuming other platforms enjoy similar activity levels, we are looking at daily peaks of 3-5k players on the PS3 and Xbox 360, which is pretty impressive considering its age.


Is Cross-Platform Multiplayer Supported?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) does not support cross-platform multiplayer.

Is There Group Finding/ Matchmaking Support?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) supports:

  • Solo Matchmaking.
  • Group Matchmaking.
  • Server Browser.

Are There In-Game Microtransactions?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) does not have an in-game store.

What Peripherals Are Supported?

  • Console – Controller.
  • PC – Mouse and Keyboard.

Is There Any Mature Content?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) is rated PEGI 18 and contains the following:

  • Bad Language.
  • Discrimination
  • Drug Use.
  • Gore
  • Mature Themes
  • Violence

Final Verdict.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) is a fantastic game and well worth playing for the campaign alone, however with the visually and mechanically more impressive Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered selling for close to the same price, I strongly recommend buying that instead.

Bluntly Honest Reviews has given "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)" a rating of 7/10, indicating that it is a good game, that is well worth playing, and while it may have a few shortcomings, the average gamer will enjoy it.