Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Barrels of fun
Review Look who’s back. Despite well-documented development team difficulties after the release of Modern Warfare 2, a feeling of increasing apathy for a franchise already over milked and fierce competition from EA in the shape of Battlefield 3, it seems you just can’t keep a good - and immensely profitable - series down.
Gun and bear it
To introduce the game seems all but redundant, such has been the hype and market saturation surrounding the series since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare first launched way back in 2007.
Suffice it to say then that Modern Warfare 3 reintroduces nefarious Russian terrorist Vladimir Makarov and takes place in a not-too-distant future in which World War III is well and truly underway. It brings back series stalwarts - Captain Price and a couple of surprises - and introduces a few new soldiers: Yuri, Burns and Frost. And, yes, it delivers an absurd plot in which major cities and historic landmarks are destroyed with laughable alacrity.
Soldier, soldier, won't you carry me?
The campaign is once more delivered in episodic manner. Missions are separated by a brief piece of narration, a shiny cutscene, and confirmation of the name and affiliation of the player character. From the off, it’s clear that the world has changed for the worse: he Statue of Liberty standing defiantly in a New York Harbour filled with invading Russian vessels.
Welcome to the future.
In many ways, I prefer this mental “What if?” approach to MW3, over say the (slightly) more rational Battlefield 3. It’s a mechanised Rancor away from Bulletstorm’s craziness, and all the more enjoyable for it.
Further comparisons to EA’s shooter are both natural and inevitable: BF3 and MW3 being, after all, at war for not only hearts and minds, but also our wallets. Perhaps one of the most noteworthy discrepancies between said titles comes with the visuals.
Next page: Quite a looker
still playing ....
... Half Life 1, with just the crowbar !
old gamer, waiting for...
Half-Life 3 ...
I'm so jaded with FPS gaming, this release just sailed by me (apart from this comment, which will get voted down)
I kinda stopped FPS gaming and most gaming in general, with two exceptions - anything Valve release and any GTA title which Rockstar release. (oh - and minecraft)
After being a gamer for ... shit, 32 years? ... I'm a redundant old school gamer resting on past glories and completely missing the point - I'll admit that.
But Portal2 ? Shit, blew my mind, such an awesome game. GTA San Andreas and to a lesser extent, GTA IV also just made me feel like a young gamer again - like the first time I played Doom and the time my mind was shattered by Quake I and Quakeworld!
I tried MW2 and it left me cold, I kept thinking "where's the humour? I've been here before, haven't I? - Oh yes, the original COD, I remember now"
I recently made a big mistake and bought Id Software's RAGE - played for 30 minutes and was completely uninspired by it.
So, vote me down, this old man who was schooled in the art of gaming in the arcades, shooting blips on a screen - I've lost touch with gaming ... except for Portal2 and GTA - hell YEAH!
I'll get my coat.
Just picked it up. Installed BF3 at the weekend on the 2011 27" imac - runs a treat. Pretty jaw dropping graphics. So figured I'd get the set.
Be nice if El Reg would review the PC versions sometimes... what with your readership - I'd have thought there are probably more PC gamers here than on most forums (admittedly we are outnumbered by the thumb twidlers still)
Lag killed it for you?
The racist abuse from the teenage players wore me down fastest.
BF3 gets marked down for its SP yet the MP is much better than WM3.
the vast majority of gamers on these 2 games play the SP to complete and never play it again (in fact i doubt many even play the SP)
BF has always been about MP. you say they are similar when in fact PC BF3 has so much more scope its untrue.
i guess the reviewer is a die hard COD guy and never actually played on 64 man servers with tanks, helicopters, jets and buildings being blown up. oh, and all controlled by the players, not scripted.
im starting to sound like a fanboy here but ive just found COD games to be brainless camper fests. i prefer teamwork and squad play on a big scale. sandbox is the way to go, not scripted.