There is a long list of game modes currently playable in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, ranging from classic modes that have been around for decades to brand new modes introduced with this game.
No matter what you’re a fan of, there’s a game mode for you across the multiplayer experience. If you’re of the competitive flair, you can hop into CDL Moshpit, which contains Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, and Control. Alternatively, if you want to stick to the classic modes in Modern Warfare 2, there’s Domination, Free-For-All, and, of course, Team Deathmatch.
Team Deathmatch is the oldest game mode in Call of Duty, and FPS shooters as a whole. The game mode pits two teams of six against one another, with the sole objective to eliminate the other team until your team has reached the kill limit or the match has run out of time. It’s as simple as game modes get, but newer players might be slightly confused about what to do once they get into a Team Deathmatch.
Playing Team Deathmatch in Modern Warfare 2
Once you’ve launched MW2, head into the main lobby screen, where you can see the list of available playlists. This screen will have the modes laid out in boxes and players can scroll across all of them. For most players, “Quick Play” will do just fine. However, if you want to play MW2’s version of Hardcore mode, you can also select “Tier 1.”
Regardless, after you find the playlist you want, don’t click it. Instead, hover over it and you will see the ability to “Filter” the playlist. Click the button that appears next to “Filter” and you will be able to see all of the available game modes playable in Quick Play. If you just want to play Team Deathmatch, then unselect all of the modes but that one, which is the first mode on the left.
Then, exit out of the Filter menu and click on Quick Play. Then, click the box again on the next screen and you’ll start the matchmaking process to get into a Team Deathmatch.
After you’re in a match, you will see the current score on the left-hand side of the screen, unless you’re playing Tier 1. You can also bring up the scoreboard to see the score and how many kills you have. In MW2, the goal is to reach 100 kills in Team Deathmatch. The teams have 12 minutes to do so. If neither team reaches 100 kills by the time the 12 minutes is up, the leading team will win. Each kill counts as one score, so your kills absolutely matter for your team to have a chance to win.