Usually remasters of games are nothing special. Graphics may be improved and new stuff will be added, but nothing major or ground breaking. This was not the case for Modern Warfare 2 Remastered.
The graphics were updated, the overall style of the game was improved, and the audio was revised so much that most of the weapons and characters don’t really sound the same as the original. In the case of the audio and visual design, this turned out to be a problem to most fans of the series.
When a remaster for a game is released, fans are expecting nostalgia. This is one of the main reasons that many followers come back to a game — they expect it to feel the same and act the same.
When many people, including myself, played Modern Warfare 2 Remastered for the first time, we saw that it was sort of staying true to the original. The missions were mostly the same, albeit a couple of cutscenes were altered, the weapons felt and sounded a bit different (not really in a good way), and the graphics were massively overhauled, which was probably the best part about the remaster.
However, even after being given all of this, there is one striking issue everyone has with the game: there is no online multiplayer. Multiplayer was — and still is — a staple to the Call of Duty franchise, being some of the most played in video game history. Playing a Call of Duty game without its online aspects is like reading a really good book, but it only has one page of words. Sure, the story’s fun, but after a while it just gets boring and repetitive. Fans crave being able to go back online and relive some of their best memories with friends on an updated console such as the Xbox One or the PS4.
Overall, Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is an amazing game but lacks the multiplayer and true nostalgia that fans of the series wanted all along. I would recommend it to anyone who likes first-person shooters with a taste for good graphics and a great story. For people who don’t care so much about graphics and want more than just the story, just go and buy the older game and play some of the best multiplayer you will ever experience.