Hands down, better than 1 in every way. It took everything about 1, and made it way better. As for comparing it to contemporary games, it surpasses CoD, and just about everything else in all ways possible way. It's humorous, action-packed, intense, beautiful, amazing, and most importantly, badass. If you have any inclination towards RPG's or shooters, get this game.

Sincerely, A Nice Rakk .