Review: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Review
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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (MW3)

7.5/10
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii
ESRB Rating: Mature – Violence, Drug Reference, Blood & Gore, Strong Language

PEGI Rating: 18 – Violence, Bad Language

Written By: HappyFunRun
An Author at Mildly Confused Gamer


At long last, the Modern Warfare series comes to a close, or does it? This Blockbuster AAA title is what put Call of Duty on the map for the very first time back in 2007,  and made it the Goliath it is today. There now back 4 years later with a HUGE title, but does it live up to the hype?

In recent news, some Russians blew up the Eiffel Tower.

The story picks up nearly 5 hours after the events of Modern Warfare 2, (No spoilers) Price and Nikolai are stuck trying to save Soap from sudden death. World War 3 Has officially begun, and the Russian invasion has moved from DC to New York. You think this is a pretty cool setting to stay in, but it doesn’t keep you there long. In fact, just like Treyarch’s last Call of Duty Game “Black Ops”, the story takes you to many different diverse environments, which is great. The story can be slow, and a lot of times doesn’t make sense, which causes you to go back and study a couple of missions, along with the game not doing a very good job on explaining certain events: Like a certain Chemical Attack that seemed to be just randomly thrown into the game. The Campaign is very short, (Shorter than all the other call of duty games) and can be completed in 3-4 Hours. If you can get past these little things, the story is tragic, and really grips you on how bad this war really is. The game features a lot of Modern Warfare 1 & 2 References, so it would do you some good to go back and play those first. As always, this game features 4 difficulties: Recruit, Regular, Hardened, & Veteran. Recruit, just lets you slide through life, and treats you like a juggernaut, which if your a beginner (Which is what this difficulty is meant for) is a good thing. Regular isn’t too hard either. But the jump from Regular to Hardened is pretty big. I think a pretty experienced shooter player should be playing here. Veteran is just Absurd. Instead of making the game actually more challenging, it only makes it so you can get hit at almost any time. You can be behind a building and sometimes get hit, if you are in a firefight, it doesn’t matter if the enemy actually shot and hit you, you’ll get hit either way. Playing on this difficulty leaves you figuring out the computer, rather than actually outsmarting your enemy. The Campaign features a Great Soundtrack, and might even leave you in tears at the ending.

Dang rocket n00b!

Moving away from AI opponents, Call of Duty is back with its famous Multiplayer. But if you were looking for another revolutionary BIG jump like Call of Duty 3 – 4: Modern Warfare, you wont find it here. In fact, almost every thing is the same, just with all new maps, weapons, a few new mechanics, and new killstreaks. The Killstreaks are probably the most notable change, now called Pointstreaks, allowing team players to be rewarded as well. Using the Strike Package feature, players can choose there play style. You can even choose different point streaks for each class. The Three Strike Packages are Assault, Support, and Specialist. Assault is the classic set of Call of Duty Killstreaks, and are earned the exact same way: Kills. Support is exactly what the name implies, if you are a team player, you will get rewarded for capturing points, and flags, etc. The killstreaks here are also more support oriented as well.  Specialist allows lone wolf players to be rewarded. Killstreaks are rewarded just like Assault, but instead of like a chopper or something, you get bonus perks. So 2 kills gives a perk, 4 kills gives another, 6 kills gives yet another, and 8 kills will reward you with all the perks in the game. Weapons are now more fully featured, and now have their own perks slot. Maps are much better made, and are more diverse. But Multiplayer is mostly the same, and you wont find anything new here. You wont get the same enjoyment you may have before. Combat is bland, and hard to get into, and game modes are fairly the same.
Spec Ops is back and better, now featuring Matchmaking, not requiring you to find a friend to play. Singleplayer missions now are more featured then last time, and the stars system actually rewards you further than bragging rights. Now there is a new game mode called, Survival. This definitely arose from the high demand of Zombies, let alone a Horde mode at all. This features a money system where you purchase guns and equipment from a Black Market type store. Waves progressively get harder, and bring on more enemies like Choppers, and Juggernauts. Its pretty interesting. The down sides are, its not nearly as featured as far as weapons go as multiplayer, and AI kinda Sucks.
Overall, its a pretty dissapointing game. But it still holds on most things, and can hold your attention for a little while. Story is short, multiplayer is bland, and Spec ops is awesome, aside from a few bugs. If your a Major COD fan, I recommend to pick it up, but if your fairly new, I would go for a previous entry in the series.
PROS
-Great Graphics
-Decent Story
-Decent Game Playability
-Spec Ops
CONS

-Short Game
-Bland Multiplayer
-Unclear Story
-Weird Concepts
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