Quite a looker
Where Battlefield 3 developer Dice plumped for a souped-up engine – pushing current PC hardware to its limits and, if I'm honest, looking perhaps a tad underwhelming on console – MW3 coder Infinity Ward accepted its established IW engine’s limitations, content to merely tinker.
A bad day to quit smoking?
The result is that MW3 looks stunning on consoles. Yes, it's technically behind BF3’s Frostbite 2.0 technology, but it's nonetheless capable of throwing all kinds of special effects at us that the downscaled Frostbite is simply unable to when running on anything other than a PC.
A mission on board a crashing plane, for example, is reminiscent of an equally impressive scene from Uncharted 3, complete with rapidly disintegrating fuselage and all.
An American in Paris
And an eerie shootout taking place in the midst of a sandstorm not only blurs the target in your scope, but serves to cunningly disguise any graphical shortcomings. It’s tricks like this which keep the series looking fresh despite the two two years since the last MW outing.
That said there’s little here action-wise that didn’t appear in MW2. The aforementioned sandstorm and crashing plane scenes, an early sub-aqua assault on a Russian submarine - with pulse-pounding speedboat escape - and sojourns to Paris and London, all window dressing for what is essentially more of the same.
Flush a floater out
There’s the ubiquitous aerial bombardment mission, the 'quietly does it' mission sneaking into enemy territory, the constant dashing into and out of cover - something MW3's hostiles do at the double - and the predictable handing out of mortars and rocket launchers just when they're required – handy that.
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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.