Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 [Review]

  • Platform: Xbox 360 (reviewed), PS3, Wii, PC
  • Published by: Activision
  • Developed by: Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games
  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • ESRB Rating: M for Mature
  • Number of Players: 1-4, co-op 2, online multiplayer 2-18
  • Release Date: World Wide: November 8th, 2011

It’s November yet again and we all know what that means, another installment in the best selling Xbox 360 and PS3 franchise of all time, Call Of Duty. Every year the hype machine starts for this epic release, the game is so huge that other games are often delayed in an attempt not to release at the same time, for fear of getting swept under the rug. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was supposed to receive some tough competition this year, but then again we tend to hear that every year, we also hear how this is the year Call Of Duty fails, or how people wont buy it this time. Let’s face it though, we play video games to have fun, most of us play them to have fun with our friends online, and Call Of Duty allows us to do that with ease. So is this years Call Of Duty live up to lofty standards set forth by previous installments? Read on and find out.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was developed by quite a few studios, I think Sledgehammer Games did the majority of the work, especially when you consider that most of Infinity Ward left to join Respawn Entertainment. At the end of the campaign there is also thanks given to Treyarch, so I think a lot of people hand their hand in this particular pie. I’ll get this right out of the way, if you’re expecting a review saying that Modern Warfare 3 is the same game as Modern Warfare 2, then this isn’t going to be the review for you. Only someone ignorant of the gaming industry itself would actually make such a claim. Modern Warfare 3 plays like its own game, but of course has a familiar Call Of Duty feel, just as Gears Of War 3 had a Gears Of War feel and just as Uncharted 3 had an Uncharted feel. It doesn’t mean they are all the same game, they just all stick true to their roots and that is why fans in the millions buy these games. If they went and changed what worked, then you would literally have millions of people upset and probably not purchasing the game at all.

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The campaign in Modern Warfare 3 is as epic as any, it’s actually quickly become my favorite of all the Modern Warfare games. You are taken from one location to another in fast paced Hollywood style action as you fight your way through World War III. The events of Modern Warfare 3 pick up after those of Modern Warfare 2. So it’s a direct sequel and the game does a great job of tying up all the little loose ends from previous games. Price and Soap are back and you’ll find the campaign switching you between a couple of different units in different locals around the world. Makarov is again the villain, but I’m definitely not one of those reviewers who likes to give away anything in the way of spoilers.

Everything is set to a much grander scale in Modern Warfare 3, the set pieces, the stakes and the fighting itself just seems larger. You are fighting in a World War and Modern Warfare 3 makes you believe that by putting you in different situations in places all over the world, from New York to London to Africa. The campaign is one part where I think Sledgehammer games has actually improved upon previous Modern Warfare campaigns. They switch it up from different locations and settings, so one map might feature snow, another sand storms and yet another one is set at night, you also switch between smaller more tactical type of missions, to full on war missions where you feel like your only a small piece in the giant cog that is World War III. The campaign is also longer than previous Modern Warfare games, on normal it can take around 8 hours to complete, while on Veteran it can take between 10 and 12 hours to finish. I’ll go on record as saying Modern Warfare 3 has the most complete campaign of any “modern” based FPS game.

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I want to talk a little bit about graphics now, there is a lot of people claiming that the graphics in Modern Warfare 3 are the same as both Modern Warfare 1 & 2, this is an ignorant assessment, the graphics in Modern Warfare 3 are stunning, the set pieces are stunning and the character and gun models are all vastly improved over previous versions of Modern Warfare. When you think about it, this is the third Modern Warfare game since 2007, and the original Modern Warfare was put into production back in 2005, so that is a two year development cycle. Other game franchises Like Uncharted or Gears Of War are basically on this same schedule, only Call Of Duty get’s grief for this however. It’s one of those things that happens when your on top of world like Call Of Duty is.

We now move on to the aspect of Call Of Duty that the majority of people are interested in, the multiplayer modes. This is where Modern Warfare 3 shines brighter than any other FPS on the market today. The Spec Ops mode is much improved and offers days, weeks and months of entertainment in and of itself. Spec Ops is the perfect game mode for you and your friends if you are interested in playing cooperatively instead of against one another. One of the new game modes that is offered is the Kill Confirmed game mode, where after you kill someone you actually have to pick up the downed enemies dog tag to have that kill count. This is a great new game mode and it’s destined to be a new fan favorite. As if Kill Confirmed wasn’t enough, we also get a new Survival Mode, this is the Modern Warfare take on the Zombie modes in the Treyarch branded Call Of Duty games. It’s just one of the many new features that makes Modern Warfare 3 a totally unique and amazing addition to the Call Of Duty stable of games,

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The standard online multiplayer is as addictive as ever, millions of people have already played matches across the different platforms. There is a new and improved emphasis on team work, even going as far to award players that capture bases or points in a match. It’s no longer the lone wolf style tactics that win the day. As this is the Xbox 360 version that I reviewed, a lot of people will be happy to know Xbox Live Party Chat is fully available in Modern Warfare 3, except in Search & Destroy. Which is something fans wanted since they excluded Party Chat in Modern Warfare 2.

All in all Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 offers a lot of content for the price, which is something I’m always a fan of. If you buy a Call Of Duty game you will have a game that will be active, competitive and fun to play for the whole year and then some. Modern Warfare 3 is a Call Of Duty game, and while it plays like a Call Of Duty game, it looks like a brand new game and plays familiar while still adding new and exciting elements. As far as Call Of Duty launches go, this one has been pretty trouble free and that is a testament to the great job Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer games and everyone else involved has done with this game.

One last note is about Call Of Duty Elite, which is in my opinion a Season Pass, which a lot of games have these days. It’s definitely well worth it if you’re a hardcore Call Of Duty player. You will get all of the map packs for free, plus a ton of other interesting DLC. Not to mention all of the stat tracking and social media aspects included. If you’re the type of gamer who buys every new Call Of Duty game, then Elite is right up your ally.

FINAL SCORE: 9/10

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