I haven't had a real big problem with lag in MW2 to be honest. I definitely notice the difference between me being host and not, and usually I can tell when the host kills me, but that's about it. If I'm not host, it's all about equal, except for going head to head against the host who generally seems to have a noticeable ping advantage (where my screen will show me firing several bullets into him that doesn't register because evidently I was already dead and not informed yet - it does this to a point whenever I'm not host, but it's worst against the host). Of course there are some times where you warp all over, but generally the game lags everyone out or finds another host in those extreme cases.
COD4 for me was overall much more laggy. Even going back to it now is annoying and part of the reason I hate going back. It takes much longer for bullets to register. I remember complaining on this board over and over, back when I was playing it everyday, about how much lag there was in the regular modes and how annoying it was. I wound up playing exclusively hardcore because I found it to be much much better and less noticeable. But in MW2, it's much improved IMO. This is in terms of how much time it takes for your bullets to register after firing and how much time you're alive as a zombie - ie you're dead but the host hasn't informed your side yet, so you're running and shooting still thinking everything is cool. (And it's not like it's seconds, we're talking in the millisecond range, but it's still very noticeable to me).
I haven't really noticed any extra lag on ground war games either? It definitely does depend on the host though. Some hosts give green pings all around, some give green only to a few people. Generally I've had good luck and I definitely haven't noticed any real lag problems. I've never had worse than 3 green bars (never had yellow or orange ping) unless everyone but host has orange in the extreme lag cases, so maybe I just have a good connection.
Overall, I'd actually say that the netcode for MW2 is pretty damn good.
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Originally Posted by Daekwan
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