Why Play Against Bots in MW2?

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Have you ever wanted to recreate the epic firefights and thrilling gameplay of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but struggle to find online matches or friends to play with these days? Setting up a private match against bot opponents is the perfect solution!

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll be walking you through everything you need to know to get custom private matches with bots up and running in MW2. As a hardcore Call of Duty fan and long-time player, I‘ve tested all of these methods extensively so you can get right into the action.

Bots can make excellent stand-ins for real opponents – let me show you how to make them a reality in Modern Warfare 2!

Before we dig into the how-to, here are some of the great reasons you might want to use bot opponents:

  • Practice and improve your skills before online multiplayer
  • Play solo or cooperatively with friends
  • Experience MW2 gameplay without needing others online
  • Recreate the feel of competitive multiplayer
  • Learn the maps and experiment with loadouts
  • Enjoy the game even if the online community shrinks

Being able to customize the bot quantity, difficulty, behaviors, and more lets you tailor the experience to your needs. Keep reading to learn how!

Here is the full process for accessing the private match options and setting up your game against bots:

Accessing the Private Match Menu

  1. From the Modern Warfare 2 main menu, select "Multiplayer"

  2. Scroll down the multiplayer mode list until you see "Private Match"

  3. Highlight and select "Private Match." This will open up the private match lobby

  4. Choose "Create Private Match"

After a brief loading time, you‘ll be taken to the main private match setup screen. Now the fun begins!

Customizing Your Game Settings

Under "Game Setup," you‘ll see a ton of options to customize your private matches against bots. Let‘s go through the key ones:

Game Type

  • Options like Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy, Free-for-All, and more
  • Vary the mode to keep things fresh!


  • Iconic options like Rust, Terminal, Highrise, Scrapyard, and more
  • Small maps promote close quarters combat

Time Limit

  • 5-20 minutes typically
  • Shorter times promote intense action

Score Limit

  • First to 5, 10, 20, or unlimited points
  • Dictates how long matches last

Player Health

  • 100% is standard
  • Raise or drop for longer or shorter firefights


  • On provides a mini-map and ally indicators
  • Off makes things more realistic

Friendly Fire

  • On makes teammates vulnerable to you
  • Off prevents griefing

Number of Private Slots

  • How many spots friends can join later
  • Lower if playing solo against bots

Once you‘ve customized the settings to your liking, it‘s time to add bots!

Setting Up Your Bot Opponents

Under "Bot Setup," you can fine-tune the quantity and difficulty of your AI enemies:

  • Number of Bots: Choose from 1-11 to face off against up to a whole team

  • Team Assignment: Put bots on your team or the enemy team

  • Bot Difficulty: Recruit, Regular, Hardened, and Veteran options

After finalizing the options, select "Start Match" and let the bot battles commence!

The wide range of customization options let you tailor the perfect experience for your needs. Here are some recommended settings for popular scenarios:

Practicing for Online Multiplayer

If you want to get ready for competitive online action, try:

  • Game Type: Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy
  • Map: Various
  • Time Limit: 5-10 minutes
  • Player Health: 30-50%
  • Radar: Off
  • Friendly Fire: Off
  • 5-6 Veteran bots on enemy team

This simulates ranked match conditions against lethal bots!

Casual Fun Solo or Co-Op

For more relaxed fun with friends, go for:

  • Game Type: Team Deathmatch, Domination
  • Map: Highrise, Terminal, etc.
  • Time Limit: 10 minutes
  • Player Health: 100%
  • Radar: On
  • Friendly Fire: Off
  • 5-8 Regular or Hardened bots

Lower intensity settings allow for laid-back enjoyment.

Competitive 1v1 Duels

To replicate intense 1 vs 1 matches, use:

  • Game Type: Free-for-All
  • Map: Rust
  • Time Limit: 5 minutes
  • Player Health: 30%
  • Radar: Off
  • Friendly Fire: Off
  • 1 Hardened or Veteran bot

Rust‘s close quarters with low health gets your dueling reflexes in top shape!

Fun Custom Mutators

Take advantage of wacky options like:

  • Infinite ammo, explosives, special grenades
  • Super speed or low gravity
  • Insane health regeneration
  • All perks enabled
  • Knives, launchers, or pistols only

Get creative with custom settings for wild and crazy fun!

When setting up your bot opponents, keep these tips in mind:

Difficulty Level

  • Recruit: Mindless and easy fodder
  • Regular: Fairly competent and human-like
  • Hardened: Smart flanking and lethal aim
  • Veteran: Often feels like a top human player


  • 1v1: Good for duels
  • 2v2: Lets you coordinate with a friend
  • 6v6: Feels like a standard team vs. team
  • 9v9: Frenetic and chaotic large-scale battles

With the right difficulty and number, bots can provide a fantastic challenge!

Here are some top tips to excel against bot opponents:

  • Use cover wisely – bots aim well out in the open

  • Toss grenades to flush out entrenched enemies

  • Hit them from multiple angles – they don‘t handle flanking well

  • Prefire predictably dangerous spots like corners and doorways

  • Target the body more than the head – bots crouch and prone often

  • Listen for audio cues like footsteps to track bot movements

  • Equip Cold-Blooded to stay hidden against AI targeting systems

Outsmarting your bot enemies gives you a big edge. Apply these strategies to dominate!

Looking for an even tougher challenge? Crank things up to 11 with these advanced settings:

  • Game Type: Hardcore mode for increased lethality

  • Time Limit: 3 minutes puts pressure on decision-making

  • Player Health: 30% or lower for quick firefights

  • Radar: Jammer makes positioning more confusing

  • Friendly Fire: On for risky team battles

  • Bot Difficulty: All Veteran bots with deadly aim

  • Bot Quantity: A full enemy team of 6 for endless pressure

This ratchets up the intensity to pro MLG levels. Are you ready?

In most cases, setting up a private bot match is simple. But if you run into problems, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Double check your settings: Team assignment, bot quantity, game mode, etc.

  • Give it time: Importing the map and spawning bots takes a while. Let it load.

  • Back out and restart: Sometimes exiting and re-creating fixes hiccups.

  • Hard reset: For persistent issues, restarting the console can help.

  • Check for updates: Install the latest MW2 patches if available.

  • Internet issues: Make sure PSN/XBL is online and working properly.

With a bit of patience and some trial-and-error, you should get matches running smoothly. Now get out there and start fragging bots!

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about setting up bots:

How do you add bots in MW2 private match?

After creating a private match, go to "Bot Setup" and adjust quantity/difficulty before starting.

Can you do offline bots MW2?

Yes, bot matches work offline once created, so no internet is needed.

How do you get custom classes in MW2 private match?

Go to "Game Setup" then "Class Setup" – this lets you pick custom classes.

Can you do splitscreen/LAN bots in MW2?

Yes! Have each local player press start on additional controllers after starting a match.

Why can‘t I select some MW2 maps for bots?

Smaller maps like Rust work best. Large maps may not support bots.

How do I invite friends to my private match?

In the lobby, highlight an open player slot and select "Invite Friends."

Recreating those memorable Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer battles against bots is incredibly fun and surprisingly customizable. With this guide, you have all the info needed to set up bot matches for practice, playing with friends, or just pure enjoyment of the excellent MW2 gameplay.

From fine-tuning difficulty settings to perfecting domineering bot match tactics, I hope I’ve provided you with a comprehensive guide to really maximizing your MW2 private matches. Now get out there, dial in your settings, and start fragging! Stay frosty in those bot battles.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.