A war was raging. EA armed its self with lofty words and tens of millions of dollars to do battle with a foe that didn’t ask for the fight, and because they never asked for it, as EA continued to bark loud and derogative words, Infinity Ward remained mum. Perhaps they had too much already going on; or perhaps they knew the product they had forged would speak for itself. Believe me when I tell you it’s the latter.
World War 3
Modern Warfare 3 starts off exactly where the second game closed. Soap is ill and Price is hurrying to save his life. There it begins and never ends. The action packed in Modern Warfare 3 is the most enthralling I’ve ever experienced in my life as a gamer. The world is on fire. Literally. From the U.S. to Britain, France and Berlin, the war which Makarov triggered has engulfed the globe leaving nothing but mayhem, and the men who started it are trying to end the madness. It takes you to the darker parts of Africa and thrusts you in the middle of a revolution happening in the U.K. Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games have mastered the art of pulsating, riveting action that’s never been accomplished in the gaming industry. If that’s what DICE was trying to accomplish with Battlefield 3′s single-player, I reckon they buy copies of Modern Warfare 3 and play it for days.
The story’s also properly told. I found myself becoming instantly connected with the likes of Soap, newcomer Yuri and, of course, Price. You switch roles as you’re flung into different parts of the world trying to accomplish your assignment, but never, ever was the action tamed. If this is World War III, then it shouldn’t feel this good. Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games are masters of great set pieces. Whether it’s a stealth mission where everything must be done quietly, or a bombardment happening in New York City, the way the game’s progression was put together is unmatched. My jaw dropped and remained open for minutes while I stared at the HDTV, overawed. I almost forgot to pick up my wife from work because I lost myself in the experience bursting shots after enemies – Modern Warfare 3 will do that to you. Over and over again.
You’re taken up high to assume control of deadly weapons reigning down terror on the enemy. You’ll leap from a collapsing surface, parachute to safety and from there go on an exhilarating thrill-a-minute trip after another. But the amazing thing is it all makes sense! You can follow the story and feel the sense of purpose you have to complete the mission at hand. Modern Warfare 3 is a total package in every sense of the word.
Your movement is also fluid as the game runs at a smooth 60FPS with no hiccups. Your gun blasts are so clearly heard you’ll think your little setup was modified with surround sounds. The game will be music to your ears, as Infinity Ward has definitely added flare to MW3′s overall sound. The visuals, while not the best on the market, certainly holds it own and in moments when seemingly a million things are happening on screen at the same time, Modern Warfare 3 still manages to look good, play good and must importantly, feel good. The engine is old, but it’s certainly tweaked to its final degree.
It took me about 6hrs to complete the single-player campaign and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. The replay value is extremely high and you’ll no doubt want to jump back into the action for a second round on a higher difficulty level. The game ends with closure, not a cliffhanger, and it’s also one of the best shooter endings ever produced. Modern Warfare 3 is an adrenaline rush, and the single-player is just the first dosage.
While Modern Warfare 3 sticks to the same formula as its predecessors, Infinity Ward delivers the most refined multiplayer experience. You’ll get the standard Team Deathmatch, Capture And Hold, Domination, and the numerous other game types we’ve come to know and love, plus with 16 maps available, the value for your money is unmatched. But the developers didn’t rest easy just implementing the tried and true formulas of COD’s multiplayer, instead they came up with all new game modes: Kill Confirmed and Team Defender.
Kill Confirmed is Team Deathmatch with a cool twist. When you kill the enemy, he’ll drop dog tags, collect them and the kill will be confirmed, however if an enemy soldier jumps in and collect the dog tag before you, the kill will be denied. Kill Confirmed is a clever new addition to multiplayer that we believe many other developers will take a hold of.
Team Defender is basically grabbing and holding flags. The team with the flag earns bonus points for every kill.
The biggest change in MW3′s multiplayer, however, is the killstreak system. It’s now called Pointstreak in an effort to emphasis the much-needed changes. There are now three “Strike Packages” to suit different types of players, and it’s balanced, meaning every “Package” comes with enough features and tools, making them all formidable. Now, whether you’re an objectives-oriented player, or the assaulting type, there’s a Strike Package that’s tailor-made for you. The three packages are Assault, Support and Specialist, each coming with unique abilities to help the player progress in his own play style, and not having to lag behind in points because he’d rather capture the flag than camp all day. It’s a really nice update to an already winning formula.
Modern Warfare 3′s multiplayer is vast and enjoyable. Fun that will last until the next Call of Duty game comes along, and even further into the future. Speaking of future… We’re hoping for some radical changes from the next title, but for now, Modern Warfare 3 delivers in all aspects.
Call of Duty Elite is the future of communication for the brand. Elite is a subscription-based social network where players can create their own private clans, check out their stats, share videos, access mobile apps and even compete for monetary prizes, amongst other things. Call of Duty Elite is also a huge aspect of the COD offering, and it deserves a standalone review in my opinion. The service is available to all for free, but for those who’d like map packs earlier than everyone else, there’s a paid version of the service offering the aforesaid and much more.
Early 2010, at Infinity Ward moral was low. The developer had just shed dozens of its high level employees after studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella were fired for insubordination, and it was a difficult rebuilding process the developer. In fact many counted them out of the game, and even speculated that another studio would develop Modern Warfare 3. But they didn’t bow out. No. Infinity Ward fought the good fight and held on to its part of the Call of Duty franchise, the leg that made the game great.
Two years later, they’re back on the scene and have delivered the best Call of Duty to date. And because it’s the best Call of Duty to date, and because they made it under such immense pressure, Infinity Ward stands tall as one, if not the best FPS developer in the industry, and Modern Warfare 3 as one, if not the best first-person shooter ever made. And we didn’t even mention Spec Ops.