With a remaster of a game, the goal is to give gamers something that they have played in a way that does not take away from the original. At the same time, you’d like to give players more of what they remember experiencing, but with a fleshed-out approach. Last generation on both the Xbox 36o and PS3, Call of Duty was a monster of a franchise. Add in the Modern Warfare leaning and themes gave gamers a whole generation of war games that became the de facto title to play every single year after.
Modern Warfare 2 was the sequel that solidified Call of Duty as a franchise that players would not get enough of going forward. The story campaign was deep, and controversial with certain parts of the game. It took the first game into a war theatre in a way establishing context that gameplay is meant to be the gateway into the universe. Allowing gamer participation on the multiplayer side which opened up the scene of competitive gaming more widely. This expansion made sure that the memories you and your friends would have playing would be maintained by nostalgia long past your original playthrough. This is where a later remaster today can be a gem or a nightmare. In the case of Modern Warfare 2 EA got out of the way.
EA made a solid remaster that hits all the notes that it needs to. Updated graphics? check. Incredible sound? check. Updated multiplayer? check. Hitting all the marks they could with the title EA was able to make a game that released in the spring of 2020; the era of Covid-19 without missing a beat of gamers loved. What is really cool has to be the pricing of the game which is around $20-$30 so the game is mastered in the right tone where gamers can pick up and play like they did a generation ago. Making Modern Warfare 2 a classic again.