Everyone remembers their first Call of Duty game, in the same way everyone remembers the first time they lost their… y’know.
But I digress, for me and many others who owned an Xbox 360, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was the first foray into the world of the CoD franchise, and now, the original game is now backwards compatible on the Xbox One.
So, if you still own an original copy of the game, pop the disc in and bask in the nostalgia of Activision’s most important CoD entry.
The revelation CoD: MW2 is now playable on Xbox One was revealed by Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson, who made the announcement via Twitter.
In his post he wrote how the much-loved and heavily requested MW2 will be up and running on Microsoft’s current-gen console.
He also adds the previous player stats and DLC will remain intact too, meaning if you were a tenth level prestige (do you remember what daylight even looks like?) you won’t have to go through all the monotonous grinding just to attain your level.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today (and it is on sale this week)
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) August 28, 2018
Although if you were that committed to the game in the first place, maybe starting from level one is what you secretly wanted. Are you a masochist by any chance?
Don’t rejoice too quickly though, if your account was previously banned for cheating (or being a horrible troll) it will remain banned, according to Hypebeast.
Not to be dramatic, but Modern Warfare 2 being made backwards compatible on the Xbox is probably the most significant moment of the 21st century..
— Frank Lampard's Ryan O'Meara (@_omeara_r) August 30, 2018
What made MW 2 such an important entry in the franchise was its ability to balance a strong online multiplayer community and single-player campaign at the same time.
So if getting worked online by someone who is half your (IQ) age with weapons they’ve totally nerfed out, you can kick back and enjoy the single-player experience.
The CoD series has always attracted controversy and MW 2 was no different. Early in the campaign (if you didn’t turn on the sensitive content filter) you were placed on a mission where you went undercover to infiltrate a Russian terrorist organisation. To act the part you had to take part in a mass slaughter of innocent citizens at a Russian Airport.
The phrase ‘Remember, no Russian’, uttered right before you carry out the mass-shooting, became immortalised in the annals of gaming history.
Since the original release back in November 2009, MW 2 has been hailed as one of the greatest first-person shooters of all time. Within 24 hours of release, the game sold approximately 4.7 million copies in North America and the United Kingdom. It currently sits with a 94% score on Metacritic
With MW2 as the final compatibility, this now means all CoD games are playable on the Xbox One. So please, go forth and relive the Modern Warfare 2 era. A game which spawned a generation of campers, noob-tubers, trolls, racist five-year-olds and gamers so skilled it would make you take your control pad, smash it against the wall and then scream into the eternal abyss.
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