Call of Duty has always delivered breathless action and realistic graphics, so it's no surprise that this remaster, despite coming more than a decade after the original, doesn't feel all that old. Of course, it helps that no expense has been spared in tweaking Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered for modern consoles and televisions. Its characters, weapons, and environments can't quite go head-to-head with those of current big-budget blockbusters, but they're nonetheless impressively detailed and dynamic, with neat little flourishes such as the ability to tap down on the D-pad to inspect the weapon you're currently holding. And with support for 4K, HDR, and ultra-widescreen PC setups, players running the game on the latest hardware and televisions can rest assured that they will get to see the ultimate version of this campaign.
That said, prospective purchasers should keep in mind that this is a pretty short campaign. Unless you plan to work through the story multiple times, expect no more than six or seven hours of play. There are some extras, such as the Museum, where players can observe characters and vehicles from the game, but don't expect the bonus content to add much. Without the multiplayer modes -- which is where most Call of Duty players spend the bulk of their time -- there's little reason to stick around once the credits roll. In the end, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered neatly serves the needs of two types of players: older gamers nostalgic for what some consider to be the franchise's heyday, and modern fans who were too young to play it the first time around but are curious to learn what the fuss was all about. If you fit neither group, feel free to take a pass.