COD: Modern Warfare 2 Tier 1 playlist explained

The Tier 1 Playlist in Modern Warfare 2

In the official blog post, Activision states the following regarding the Modern Warfare 2 Tier 1 Playlist:

“offers a more challenging experience compared to traditional Multiplayer. Operators have less health and limited HUD elements, and friendly fire is on. These elements are consistent in all game modes that support the Tier 1 variant.”

Longtime Call of Duty fans will recognize this as the Hardcore playlist. It looks like the developers decided to rename Hardcore as Tier 1 in Modern Warfare 2. This playlist is perfect for gamers who want to experience the ultimate in realism.

Traditionally, there has been a dedicated player base that plays strictly on Hardcore modes. There are also a multitude of players who use these mods to complete weapon camouflage challenges due to how quickly the weapons kill.

The best assault rifles in Modern Warfare 2 are able to down players in one to two shots – this includes teammates, so ensure that you’re always communicating with your team to let them know where you are, or you might be on the receiving end of the least friendly of fire.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 wiki :

Developer(s)Infinity Ward
Beenox (Remastered)
Director(s)Jason West
Producer(s)Mark Rubin
  • Todd Alderman
  • Steve Fukuda
  • Mackey McCandlish
  • Zied Rieke
Artist(s)Richard Kriegler
Writer(s)Jesse Stern
Composer(s)Hans Zimmer
Lorne Balfe
SeriesCall of Duty
EngineIW 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows
  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox 360
  • macOS
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
ReleaseMicrosoft WindowsPlayStation 3Xbox 360

  • WW: November 10, 2009


  • WW: May 20, 2014

Campaign Remastered
PlayStation 4

  • WW: March 30, 2020

Xbox OneMicrosoft Windows

  • WW: April 30, 2020
Genre(s)First-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer