4 Better and Worse than the firstZanatoes | 21/01/2010 | See all Zanatoes's reviews (3)It should be noted that i loved the first game because i took it at the face value it needed. It was a game about two people going into battlezones and having fun shooting people. Hence my brother and I played the game to death because it was the perfect game for us having been online gamers for over a decade and just knowing how each other reacts to situations. The only achievements we didn't get together were the online ones. It did have its flaws though.This game has improved on several flaws and also brought about a couple more. The first game suffered I felt because people didn't buy for a game to "Run n' Gun" but as a serious third person shooter. This game is barely any different if at all, though i would warn that a lot of the violence hinted at in the first has been included in this game(you can have a screwdriver/12" drill bit/kitchen knife as a bayonet just to give you and idea as they are used to great effect in melee kills) But in a world of ODST and Gears of War and Mass Effect and CoD:MW2, you just need a game where strategy is there but isn't necessary and you just want to run around having fun with silly weapons and a game that is literally about having fun with your best friend.The graphics have been greatly improved upon from the first one though sometimes rendering takes a few seconds depending on what your console is doing. There are more co-op elements like mock surrender and hostage rescue which add great moral choices however like the first game they are scripted events so under used in a lot of cases.The weapons customisation has been overhauled extensively though i was mildly disappointed with it. Though there are literally thousands of combinations to make your perfect weapon(and you can access this on the fly so long as your not fighting), if your like me and build it for performance i found that all the assault rifles end up looking exactly the same,same barrel,same silencer(which is now removable on the fly)same scope(also removable on the fly)same drum mag etc etc. There are no weapon specific parts like the last game which has a selection of parts for each weapon. The paint jobs are a little thin on the ground and unimaginative aswell with pimp option still available but again no weapon specific designs which made the last one good,only gold and silver.The story aswell is a little thin as the basic premise is the two heroes just trying to escape Shanghai....that's it for the whole game pretty much. Though an interesting touch is the addition of a moral decision on each level which affects the rest of the game in small subtle ways. For instance you can get a small boy to help you in a firefight or stay down in cover,the results being either a Barrett M107 or 30k depending on your choice.The other interesting option is mask customisation, visiting the EA website gives you access to a mask creator to create custom masks that you can use in both single and multiplayer. There is already a plethora or user made designs in the gallery there that show a lot of creativity,kudos to all of them by the way.I've played MW2 nearly every day since its release and this is a nice change for me. All in all I love this game because its not complex. I love this game because it is just a bit of fun entertainment that shouldn't be taken seriously. A must for all those who want a break from this complex storylines and HD graphics and serious multi/singleplayer action that saturates the market these days.