Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

I’m just going to come right out and say it. I love Call of Duty. I come to this realization because for the longest time I just didn’t want to admit that I loved it. It felt taboo in a way. Most people who play Call of Duty truthfully know little to nothing when it comes to video games, and I guess that irritated me the most, but at the end of the day I can’t deny it any longer. It’s one of the most successful and highest grossing video game series of all time. People have picked their sides as to whether or not Call of Duty is a masterpiece, or a piece of camel poo. I, however, am here to review the new Call of Duty. This time around it’s Infinity Ward’s swan song Modern Warfare 3. It seemed this juggernaut of a series was left for dead after the drama with almost all of Infinity Ward’s head executives walking out after the vice president was led out by security and fired. So, with the help of Sledgehammer and Raven Software, did Infinity Ward stay down off their feet? Or did they rise like a phoenix from the ashes? Lets not waste anymore time, shall we?

I want to be apart of it...

The story picks up right after Modern Warfare 2, hours after killing General Shepard, Captain John “Soap” McTavish, Nikolai the Russian Informant, Captain John Price and ex-Spetznaz soldier Yuri on the hunt to find the “Ultra-nationalist” Vladimir Makarov, who has his own agenda to fulfill with that whole World War 3 thing and all. There are some new characters like Sgt. Derek “Frost” Westbrook, Sandman, Grinch and Truck but truthfully they just get lost in the crowd. Not that they’re bad characters, but they were given almost no time to develop making them more of an afterthought. After playing the first two Modern Warfares I (rightfully) felt more attached to Price and Soap because of the struggles I’d seen them go through. I just felt I was more looking forward to Price. On a more positive note the moments where you’ll say “HOLY SHIT” are at an all time high. From racing underground through an abandoned subway to a Sandstorm rushing towards you in Somalia, there is never a real moment where you can catch your breath. I truly feel that in the credits reel there should have been a name whose title read “‘Holy Shit’: Moment Coordinator”. The story is a great send off to the Modern Warfare series. Oh, and the ending. My god, the ending.

Bells and Whistles my friends...Bells and Whistles...

The gameplay is the same as it’s always been with Call of Duty, first person run and gun action. The same ol’, same ol’ that people know and love. The multiplayer however, has changed a bit. The killstreak rewards are now known as Strike Packages. There are three different versions: Assault, Support and Specialist. For Assault you must get a certain number of kills in a row. For Support you just need to get a number of kills throughout the game (in other words, you can die and still keep the streak going as long as you still can raise hell for the rest of the game). While Specialists differ in that players can earn perks of their choosing based on different achievements. It’s a different but fun new way to play the multiplayer.

Which Package do you like?

Speaking of new ways to play multiplayer, a few new modes are added into the game this time around. “Kill Confirmed” is a Team Deathmatch type game except in order to get credit for the kill and points for your team you have to run up and collect the dog tags of your fallen foe. It makes playing quite a bit more hectic but at the same time very interesting. One of the other notable new game mode would be Team Defender, a variation of Capture the Flag where as opposed to capturing it, the player who has the flag tries to hold onto it for the rest of the game. The first person who is dead drops the flag and then the game truly begins as everyone is gunning for the flag and trying to hold onto it for dear life. I would personally say that it’s a mix between Capture the Flag and King of the Hill in some sort of weird way.There are also quite a few new guns, as well as returning guns from previous Call of Duty installments. One of the new guns I love would have to be the FMG9, which is a fold out sub machine gun that acts like a Machine Pistol. It’s great for close encounters. One thing that people will probably be pretty upset about the fact that Shotguns are once again Primary Weapons. I think it’s perfectly fine and adds a whole new level of skill…or frustration. Either way I’m cool with it (fucking campers).

A lot less interesting when a Zombie isn't walking gingerly towards your face

Spec Ops is also back and definitely a treat to play. Along with going through previous parts of the campaign objective style there is a new mode called Survival Mode. It’s basically Zombies if they weren’t Zombies and they were given guns. It’s still a blast, but I don’t know, there’s just something about running from the threat of Zombies as opposed to some loser with a shotgun.

London Bridge is...wait...wrong place...

Graphically this game does not live up to the “wow” standards of Battlefield 3, and you know what? That’s quite alright. While it is definitely dated, it is still able to make me appreciate all of the explosions and special effects that are going on throughout the game. Showing landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and others being torn apart doesn’t need to be done with a fancy engine, just hard work, and it looks like Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer did just that.
The sound in this game is pretty stellar. If I had a surround sound system to work with I’d have absolutely felt like I was watching a grand scale action movie. The explosions, gun fire and footsteps are all something that has become a landmark in Call of Duty. They capture every sound of war perfectly. The voice acting is great as always. Billy Murray owns the Captain Price role, and Roman Varshavsky does the same as Makarov. One thing that surprised me was that Hans Zimmer did not return to score Modern Warfare 3 but instead Brian Tyler signed on, and it was still just as good. The music gives you the feel of such an epic encounter throughout the entire world. It’s definitely something to behold.

Oink, Oink all the way to the bank

Now I know what you’re saying, 3 positive reviews within 2 weeks? Doesn’t this guy hate anything? Well. I definitely hate certain things (racism and the Dutch) but sadly I’m out of that “I hate Call of Duty” phase. The story, while being take it or leave it, is still very action packed and the ending makes up for some of the lackluster points of the game. The Multiplayer is just as good as previous titles, possibly even better with time, and Spec Ops gives you something a bit different, but at the end of the day, it’s Call of Duty. It’s starting to become an annual thing. So, with that being said. The game is very fun, but it’s more a Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.5 than it is a full fledged sequel.Final Verdict: Rent It
Last Words: “How quickly they forget, that all it takes to change the course of history – is the will of a single man.”
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