Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the game has already earned, the Modern Warfare franchise has come under fire as being more or less the same thing as previous installments. Modern Warfare 3 offers some elements that other games have a hard time accomplishing.
Note: This compilation is not console/system specific.
Sure, the basic underlying formula for the Modern Warfare franchise remains the same; Kill people with the aid of your perks to unlock Killstreaks in which you can use toys to kill people. The same multiplayer modes are back with the addition of one new one. Kill Confirmed is a game mode in which it combines the elements of Team Deathmatch and, well, confirming the kill you just got. You confirm kills by picking up your enemies dog tags. If your teammate dies in front of you, and you pick up their dog tags, the kill will be denied for your opponent. In order to win the game, you must rack up enough kill confirms, as opposed to just racking up kills. Theater mode returns, but is limited to multiplayer use only.
There are new perks and killstreaks to be earned and who doesn’t like new toys? One of the things that plagued Modern Warfare 2 is what everyone called the “Noob-Tube,” in which players would simply fire off their grenade launchers from across the map. They would then be able to switch their class, using the One Man Army perk, to reload on their grenades. This has since been taken out. I’m not saying you’re not going to get frustrated in this game. Frustration seems to be a right of passage that you must endure over and over again in the Call of Duty Franchise. Nevertheless, multiplayer in this game, especially with friends, can be a blast.
Spec-Ops was introduced in Modern Warfare 2 as co-op missions with its own storyline. That was about it. New to the franchise is Survival Mode. Survival mode is both fulfilling and disappointing. Survival Mode is a great take on Halo’s Firefight and Gears of War’s Horde modes. You are able to purchase weapons, air support, an assortment of grenades, and body armor.
You are also able to purchase bots who come to your aid. Now, the only thing I wish Survival Mode had was the ability to have up to three or four of your friends with you on the map. Maps used for survival mode are the multiplayer maps we know and play on. Certainly the fun factor of this mode would have greatly increased if you had a couple of more friends fighting by your side.
Nevertheless, Spec-Ops mode has improved and is worth the playtime.
Call of Duty’s Modern Warfare storyline has been hard to follow for me. In fact, the only character I bonded with in this series has been Captain Price, simply because his player model, well I guess his grandaddy, was in the original WWII Call of Duty games. Because of that, I never really considered the Modern Warfare story to be top grade. Still, I enjoyed more than a couple of campaign missions from previous installments.
Modern Warfare 3’s campaign really was action-packed. Yes, it is short, but playing it through on Veteran extended the playtime to around eight hours. Many games strive to have the feel of a movie experience while engaging the player to have them feel they’re in it. If you, or anyone game you know would enjoy being in a constant action movie, this campaign is for them. The campaign missions aren’t heavy emotionally, but will rather leaving you thinking how awesome that mission was.
Modern Warfare 3 packs a punch. Fans of the franchise already have it. Skeptics, if you see it on sale this holiday season, pick it up.
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Jacob Lopez (jake108)