Modern Warfare 2 Hardcore mode: Where to find and how to play Tier 1

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December 2, 2022: As Season One Reloaded nears, find all you need to know about Modern Warfare 2 Tier 1 playlists.

For Call of Duty players looking for a more realistic experience, Modern Warfare 2 Hardcore is the place to go. The mode features a limited HUD, reduced health, and an incredibly fast time to kill (TTK). In Infinity Ward's latest release, many players are wondering if the mode features in multiplayer.

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Known for its unforgiving style of combat, Hardcore provides a different experience from the usual batch of core modes that come with a minimap and a slower TTK.

With an all-new user interface to work through, many are looking to jump into some Hardcore game modes. Before we reveal more, check out our guides showcasing the best Modern Warfare 2 guns and the Modern Warfare 2 maps available to play.

Does Modern Warfare 2 have Hardcore?

Modern Warfare 2 does have a Hardcore mode. Instead of using the familiar name, Infinity Ward has renamed the Hardcore playlist to Tier 1.

Tier 1 matches contain all the familiar elements of Hardcore matches including lower health, friendly fire, and the limited HUD to add a further level of immersion and realism to multiplayer. The only thing that's changed is the name.

How to play Modern Warfare 2 Tier 1

Tier 1 playlists arrived as part of the first seasonal content update for Modern Warfare 2. Players can experience Hardcore modes once again.

Tier 1 joins an extensive range of Modern Warfare 2 game modes available to play.

Where is Modern Warfare 2 Tier 1?

The process of selecting Tier 1 playlists in Modern Warfare 2 is incredibly straightforward. Head down to the multiplayer tab and select the Tier 1 option to load into the action. Here's a full list of Modern Warfare 2 Tier 1 game modes:

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Domination
  • Search and Destroy
  • Hardpoint
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  • Headquarters
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Free for All
  • Control

As more modes arrive in future seasonal updates, we'll continue updating the list.

From the outset, there's a wide variety of modes for everyone to enjoy. Whether you love playing the objective or prefer dropping into the action as a lone wolf, there are modes for everyone.

How many game modes are in Modern Warfare 2?

With Modern Warfare 2 now live across all platforms, we know there are a total of ten multiplayer game modes to play. Ranging from Team Deathmatch to the all-new Prisoner Rescue mode, multiplayer has something for everyone.

That's everything we know about the Modern Warfare 2 Hardcore mode now known as Tier 1. For more on multiplayer, check out our guides highlighting the best Modern Warfare 2 assault rifle and the latest information on Modern Warfare 2 double XP events.