Music and Sport Fanatic with a great interest in hearing the opinion of all readers.
Published November 19th 2011
November is long underway and for gaming enthusiasts Christmas is always a month early. All the big titles are released in this month, and no title gets any bigger then Call of Duty (COD). Modern Warfare 3 comes out with great promise and huge hype, but what is new, and is it actually any better than its predecessor Black Ops?
Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) is based on what would happen if World War 3 broke out in today's climate. This is a very promising starting point, and the campaign delivers a gripping storyline as expected. COD fans everywhere know that it is not the campaign mode that draws them towards the record breaking franchise, it is the online modes and what they can promise.
The online mode has everything you expect, but this is just the problem, there is nothing really new about the experience. The graphics seem slightly robust, and movement feels slower than previous CODs. Many people I have talked to seem to be a little underwhelmed at the game play they have witnessed so far, and while the range of guns are great, and the online modes continue to provide a varied and unchallenged experience, it really does seem like MW3 is even a step back from Black Ops.
Survival Mode is a great new addition to the COD franchise, putting you and friend together against an unlimited and relentless assault of soldiers, helicopters and attack dogs. Upgrades, guns, care packages and all sorts of gadgets are available for purchase in between waves which provide you with a fighting chance against the improving and ever growing onslaught. This improves a game which is considered by many to be Modern Warfare 2.5 (a significant step down from Black Ops and only slightly better than MW2) but is still no match for the mode which has made the Call of Duty franchise the world success it is today, Zombie Survival mode. I will note that I have only played this game on Playstation 3, so there may be slight differences on other platforms.
Available on all platforms, MW3 promised a whole lot but seems to have failed to deliver on the expected level of greatness the followers have expected every year. Overall the game is okay, but has nothing that jumps out and makes it individual from the others. Modern Warfare 2.5 is the perfect explanation for me to give you, hardly better then Modern Warfare 2 and a step back from Black Ops. I will give this game a pass of 2.5/5, the only reason being the new survival mode. Get this game if you don't have Black Ops or Modern Warfare 2, but otherwise just wait till the prices drop.
In the war between COD and Battlefield, I feel this game to be superior. Relying on enjoyment is the exact formula that sells games, and major changes have been made both online and offline. The multiplayer experience is the key aspect, building on previous titles with new perks, weapons, maps and diversity. The best FPS of the year. The single player is very confronting also, a formula that works with such titles.