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COD MW2 Campaign Difficulty Modes: Which To Choose (Explained)

Check out our guide that explains all the campaign difficulty modes in COD Modern Warfare 2 and which to choose.

With the recent launch of Modern Warfare 2, a plethora of new features has been introduced. But several features are making a return. This includes the different difficulty levels or modes that MW2 offers. You can choose whichever suitable difficulty level or mode for the different game modes. But plenty of players new to such features are confused about choosing the right level. Not to worry, check out our guide that explains the campaign difficulty modes in MW2 and which one to choose.


Campaign Difficulty Modes in MW2 (Explained)

Here are all the difficulty modes or levels that are featured in the COD Modern Warfare 2:

  • Recruit
  • Regular
  • Hardened
  • Veteran
  • Realism

While these above modes represent the difficulty, there are also several differences between them. Let’s look into each of these difficulty levels or modes in more detail:


It is the easiest difficulty mode out of all levels. If you are a beginner newbie to COD or FPS games, this might be a suitable pick for you. This mode would be like a practice range as players get less amount of damage. And the AI enemies shooting you would have an imprecise aim.



As the name already suggests, the Regular level is quite easy and has normal difficulty. It can be defined somewhat as the normal difficulty mode. The damage you will deal in this mode would be average and more than in the Recruit mode. The aim and range of the AI enemies pitted against you would also be better. But that being said, the aiming is lesser precise than the Hardened level.

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Unlike the previous difficulty levels, the Hardened level is much more challenging. During this difficulty level, you would have lesser health. And the aim, as well as the range for the Ai enemies, would be exceptionally precise. Several COD players choose this mode to achieve milestones and trophies in MW2. However, it is much easier and less challenging than the Veteran and Realism modes. Choosing this mode would allow players to strain their skills and improve their aiming.


This is regarded as the hardest difficulty mode. As its in-game description states, “You will not survive”. For this mode, you will have lesser items and a complete HUD. Veteran difficulty mode offers the players extremely less health while taking more damage from the enemies. On the contrary, your opponents can deal exceptionally more damage as compared to previous difficulties. They have more health as well as accuracy. In addition to that, their aiming would be precise.



This difficulty mode is the Veteran mode with limited HUD. While it shares several similarities with Veteran mode, it is comparably more challenging. And that is because of its limited HUD. These reduced HUD elements include the gun display, lesser grenade slots, ammo value, nametags of your squadmates, and more. Having said that, you also need to unlock this mode. So, check out our guide on how to unlock the Realism mode for more insight.

Which Campaign Difficulty mode to Choose in Modern Warfare 2?

In my opinion, this decision solely depends on your playstyle and experience. As mentioned earlier, choosing the Recruit mode would be suitable if you are new to COD. For the COD players returning, choosing the Regular or Hardened mode would help to get accustomed to MW2. Lastly, experienced skillful players should go for Realism or Veteran difficulty. It could be the suitable challenge that you are looking for.

Having said that, it’s up to you to choose whichever difficulty level or mode suits you the best. So, we leave the decision to you.

That’s everything covered about the campaign difficulty modes in MW2 and which one to choose. If you liked this guide, check out our more guides on the best field upgrades to use, how to unlock all lethal and tactical gear, and how to unlock the FTAC Tiger Grip in COD Modern Warfare II in Gamer Tweak.