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Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Westchester, the best Chester
MW2: First Impressions
Well I picked up MW 2 yesterday morning and played for about 4 hours yesterday, made it to level 20-ish. I'm impressed with the quality of the levels, variety of weapons, fluid gameplay, but thats where it ends. Honestly I'm about to go back to COD4.
Why? Well lack of dedicated servers is a big one. You will find it difficult to play out of peak US time (7pm-1am CST) due to the fact that most of the players are far from us and the pings will skyrocket for you. If you have less than 3 bars, just leave the server. Then you will have to go through the server joining process again, but you cant find out what your ping is until the game actually begins. At which point if you leave due to latency issues, you will get a loss counted towards your record. Yay...
Another problem is callofdutyhacks.com. There are already numerous hacks out for MW2 and VAC does not catch it. But I guess you could wait for an admin to ban them. Oh wait, there are no admins because they are all pub servers. I guess we could votekick them, oh nevermind there is no votekick... guess that means we just leave the server and get ANOTHER loss on the record. Sounds like lose lose. Oh and add that to the fact that I beat the singleplayer in a few hours on Veteran. That is, when my nvidia drivers weren't taking a shit running ONE 8800GT, since this game does not support SLi.
It does have a good feature built in to keep up with friends on Steam called "Party". You can invite your friends to your party so others follow you to each server and stay on your team when able. Only downside? It doesn't work.
Final word: If you pre-ordered it through Steam, I'd hold off. That is, unless you wanna pay $60 for a game that has a few hours worth of singleplayer, and a multiplayer which averages pings that I haven't seen since I first got my shitty DSL almost a decade ago