Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Early Access Launch Causing Issues

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s early access single-player campaign hasn’t had a smooth launch with gamers reporting a wide range of troubles. Players who preordered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 could begin the game’s story mode on Thursday giving them a week to dive in before the full release.

While Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s campaign early access has been accessible for some time through preloading, it appears that not all pre-order customers have been granted access.

Although the September Multiplayer beta has rightfully received the majority of attention from Call of Duty fans and Activision, many players are eagerly anticipating the single-player story for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Capt. John Price, Sgt. Kyle “Gaz” Garrick, Lt. Simon “Ghost” Riley, Sgt.

John “Soap” MacTavish, Chief of Station at the CIA, Kate Laswell, Farah Karim and other fan-favorite characters from the franchise all make appearances. It also picks up where the well-received 2019 version of Modern Warfare left off.

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When the early access launch of the campaign in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was intended to begin but was delayed due to technical concerns, players were understandably dissatisfied. Players on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have all reported issues with the game.

Even while the causes of the various problems are unknown, it appears that many players will lose at least the first day of early access to the single-player campaign.

Specifically, PC players are receiving notifications from Steam saying the platform is down, PlayStation players can’t find the download for the early access campaign and Xbox Call of Duty gamers get an error saying they’re trying to enter the campaign too early.

Part of the issue is that consumers are attempting the download on the day the campaign was released, rather than loading it in advance. But it’s also obvious that the platforms’ or Activision’s servers are having trouble keeping up with the recent influx of users.

The good news is that the troubles experienced by those who pre-ordered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 do not appear to be permanent. Players on the PlayStation 4 have reported being able to access the Call of Duty: Ghosts campaign via their system’s library, while those on Xbox One have found that repeatedly launching the game helps iron out any remaining bugs. Meanwhile, Steam’s performance has been consistent throughout the day.

Difficulties are to be expected in a game with as much player interest as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Even during a pre-orderer-only early access period, the traffic spike can act like a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) on servers.

There are occasions when servers are unavailable or update slowly. We hope that Call of Duty players will be understanding and patient and that Activision will compensate individuals who have experienced difficulties getting their money’s worth.

On October 28, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S will all be able to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s Campaign is Slick and Sneaky

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2's Campaign is Slick and Sneaky
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2’s Campaign is Slick and Sneaky

There are no hit indicators in the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 campaign. In Infinity Ward‘s gritty and tactical shooter, you won’t need any: if only a single bullet from your pistol finds a target, a short burst of red mist will let you know it landed.

This is a lesson that’s taught from the get-go. In the campaign’s initial mission, your spec-ops squad is charged with capturing a high-priority target – but when it inevitably goes bad, you’ll be seeing plenty of red: one gunshot will kill anyone unlucky enough to land in your sights, but it works both ways. Even on an ordinary level, you can only take a few of bullets before meeting the same horrible fate as the foes you mow down.

That adds a lot more tension to Modern Warfare 2′s campaign — the franchise is no stranger to the entire “breach and clears a dark building” routine, but when there are enemy soldiers ready to spring out and drop you in the space of a second, it’s a whole different ball game.

There’s violence enough, but Modern Warfare 2 ekes it out in pretty controlled doses: a strong emphasis on stealth means you’ll often avoid killing entirely to keep things quiet, but there are also plenty of explosive clashes and valiant last stands to keep the bullets flying.

Beyond the additional lethality, what really brings Modern Warfare 2‘s action to life is the feel of the weaponry. An EBR-14 rifle will knock warriors off their feet with a quiet snap, but discharging a shotgun inside a small room is like igniting a firework in a shoebox.

A range of scenery means you’ll get a healthy dose of long-range shootouts and close-up firefights, which translates to tearing through the game’s arsenal: snipers and larger assault rifles fall short to pistols and SMGs in brutal corridor engagements but feel unmatched when you pick off enemies with a bit of range.

The constant change in the locale is a rollercoaster for chewing through as many spectacular setpieces as possible. One moment you’re in Amsterdam, silently turning its canals into a graveyard for unwary arms smugglers, the next you’re on a small island off the coast of Spain, tip-toeing through a spiritual sequel to the first Modern Warfare‘s classic All Ghillied Up level.

The plot – you’re on the hunt for some misplaced American ballistics missiles – sets this multinational adventure up to go wild and the globe-trotting spec operations team you play as even manages to lend a dash of raw charm to the campaign’s well-oiled engine.

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