Modern Warfare 2 builds on the success of 2019’s Modern Warfare, bringing back fan-favorite maps and more.

However, it also introduces a new Gunsmith system, maps to learn, and Operators to unlock. Whether you’re looking for the best weapon to use or the best perks, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a look at everything you need to know to get started on Modern Warfare 2.


Learn how to play Modern Warfare 2 with these guides

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The basics

GUIDEDESCRIPTION
Gunsmith explained: Platforms, receivers, attachmentsFind out how the new Gunsmith system works and how you unlock new weapons and attachments.
All the maps in Modern Warfare 2 ranked from best to worstLearn more about what to expect from each map before you dive into the game.
How to save gun loadouts in Modern Warfare 2How to create and save attachments in-game.

Tips and tricks

GUIDEDESCRIPTION
The best weapons to destroy killstreaksHow to take down killstreaks more quickly.
The best spots to get kills on each mapLearn the power positions on each map.
The best perks to useCustomize your own perk package with these perks.
The best killstreaks to useThe strongest and most effective killstreaks in the game.
The best Field Upgrades to useThe best Field upgrades to equip in-game.
The best audio settings to hear footstepsThe best audio settings to hear your opponents coming.
The best PC settings for performanceThe best PC settings for higher frame rates.
The best FOV settingThe best field-of-view settings you should be using.
How to see active double XP tokensHow to check which double XP tokens you have active and the time left.

How to unlock weapons, Operators, and more

GUIDEDESCRIPTION
How to unlock M13B assault rifleUnlock the M13B assault rifle.
How to unlock BAS-P SMGUnlock the BAS-P submachine gun.
How to unlock Victus XMR sniper rifleUnlock the Victus XMR sniper rifle.
How to unlock Chimera assault rifleUnlock the Chimera assault rifle.
The best base camos and how to unlock themA look at the best base camos and how to unlock them.
How to unlock every OperatorUnlock all the Operators in Modern Warfare 2.
How to unlock Gold, Platinum, Polyatomic, and Orion camosHow to unlock all the mastery camos in Modern Warfare 2.
How to get Gaz and Klaus Operators in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2How to unlock Gaz and Klaus Operators.
How to get longshot kills in Modern Warfare 2How to get longshot kills for camo challenges.

Best weapons, builds, and more

GUIDEDESCRIPTION
Best guns, builds, and class setupsThe best guns and class setups to use.
How to tune your guns for maximum performanceHow to get more out of the weapon tuning system.
The best ammo type to useChoose between frangible, hollowpoint, armor piercing, overpressured, high velocity, incendiary, and explosive rounds.
The best laser attachments to useThe laser attachment that offers the best benefits.
The best underbarrel attachmentsFind out which underbarrel attachment works best in Modern Warfare 2.
The best Kastov-74U loadoutThe best Kastov-74U build and class setup.
How to reduce visual recoilReduce visual recoil in Modern Warfare 2 for fewer distractions and better accuracy.

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