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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Activision
Developed By: Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Players:
Rated: M for Mature (Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language)
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Screenshots: Link
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Written By: Marcus Prunty









September 22, 2012 - First and foremost, the reasons I bought this game was because Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ended with a bit of a cliffhanger for me. Secondly, half of the mission got finished and Makarov still survived, which made me want to play this installment to make sure I killed that murderous asshole. Now that I got that out of the way, lets get to the heart of the matter. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been hyped more than its predecessor Modern Warfare 2. Every 2 years the amount of hype surpasses the previous version somehow and this one is no exception to that. The preorders were in the millions and have proven Modern Warfare’s continual major impact on the first person shooter genre and entertainment industry as a whole. If you liked or loved Modern Warfare 2, then you will definitely like or love this one because they did not change much of the formula they have been using.

Once again, they attempt to go for the cinematic experience of an Uncharted game and I will admit this game does a better job of doing that. You will find yourself traversing the globe as you take control of a few different soldiers attempting to stop Makarov and the global conflicts that are enveloping the world. Soap and Price are two soldiers who return from Modern Warfare 2 as 2 of the protagonist that manage to survive the last game. They attempt to hunt down Makarov to enact vengeance for all their friends and comrades who were killed because of him and his lunacy. In addition, some of the other soldiers you will control in huge cities like New York City, London, and even Paris as the war engulfs all the main areas of the world. The use of remote air support is major in this game. I loved being able to drops bombs on the enemies to get them to stop in their tracks.



Just like with Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward hits us up with three gameplay modes - Single Player, Spec Ops, and Online Multiplayer – all of which could be its very own game. Also thrown in is another mode known as Survival. Once again, the single player campaign is a bit on the short side. I guess the days of the Call of Duty games investing heavily in single player campaign are over. While the campaign maybe short around eight or so hours depending on your skill level at FPS games, it is action packed and full of thrills. One of the missions that I found the most engrossing was the one with the Russian President on his plane where Makarov is attempting to kidnap him and his family and you have to stop them. That is chaos at its best your actually having a firefight thousands of feet in the air while you try to protect the President.

The game is not chalked full of chaotic moments only as there are some somber moments that will make you feel. As you move through areas, you see the dead bodies of civilians who were trying to escape the battle but just did not make it out in time. If you read my review of Modern Warfare 2 then you’ll remember how I said that Infinity Wad didn’t really pull you in on an emotional level. They attempted to correct that aspect of the game through moments like the one described above and by using Soap and Price, the two main characters that return. Considering the fast and action-packed gameplay that’s part of the nature within COD titles, Infinity Ward does do a heck of a better job pulling at your heartstrings.



Once you are done with the single-player campaign, you can jump right over to Spec Ops as it makes its return in Modern Warfare 3. If you are a fan of the franchise, you remember Specs Ops making its debut in Modern Warfare 2 where you and another player go through wave after wave of enemies, similar to that of Horde Mode in Gears of War. Once again, you have the split-screen option for local play and you have online so you can hook up with your friends or anyone else looking for a game. They are 16 missions within Spec Ops that help add to the value of the single-player campaign. Some of the missions entail using remote control turrets to cover your partner and even hopping in a Juggernaut suit. Most missions in Spec Ops won’t take longer than 10 minutes but the ability to change the difficulty level increases the challenging aspect of the combat and if you don’t want to play with anyone else you, can run most of the missions by yourself.

If Spec Ops is not enough added variety for you, there is also a Survival Mode, which is just you alone or with another player taking on wave after wave of enemies with things getting more difficult with each new wave. You have the ability to unlock guns and attachments and other equipment through playing this or Spec Ops. Survival mode gives you money as you advance to the next wave to help purchase all these upgrades. Buy smart and you will be able to survive the next wave purchase wrong and you may just get overwhelmed it is a very fun mode the sentry gun was a major buy for me.



Finally, Infinity Ward gives us the online multiplayer, which is the true test of your FPS skill. If you have played any Call of Duty in the last few years then you will be right at home as not much has changed when it comes to the multiplayer. They have modified the interface to make customization and progression easier. With the addition of Call of Duty Elite app for your system that can be accessed from any web browser, you can take it to the next level and keep track of all their stats will be pleasantly surprised as the app provides useful advice on how and what weapons you should be using and which perk combinations work best for you. The 16 maps provide great variety whether you playing grab the flag or defending an area or one of the other mission types there is always something to do. They added Kill Confirmed mode to the multiplayer, which in my opinion is for the real veterans. In order to register your kill you have to collect the dog tags of the enemies you kill. Likewise, your allies/people on your team can pick up your dog tag and thus rob the other side from a kill. This is pretty kickass mode and makes the game more tactical then just a simple deathmatch experience that you normally get.

The multiplayer is not just about modes as the real meat and potatoes of the multiplayer are weapon upgrades and killstreaks without which you do not have much of a multiplayer in the first place. You can now unlock attachments, camouflage, and stat boosting by leveling up your weapon by using it. Killstreak rewards have been repackaged into strike packages that can include recon drones or booby traps. Killing successive enemies in a single life earn assault packages. Support strike packages can be earned no matter the respawns. In addition, a Specialist strike package rewards you with extra perks instead of the killstreak rewards.



Modern Warfare 3 lives up to the hype. It is proving itself the one of the best the FPS genre has to offer. Although they do not usually stray much from their normal formula they always use you can easily understand why. Do not change something that is not broken. The single player campaign wraps up the story nicely and even pulls at the heartstrings a little especially if you played Modern Warfare 2 and somewhat invested in the soldiers that survived. The return of Spec Ops is nice I really like this new mode and adding to its Survival mode helped ratchet up the intensity and gave me even more hours of gameplay. Online multiplayer is still where the game lives and I bet most of you spend most of your time playing this till the next Call of Duty is released as its as addicting as ever. If you are a fan of Call of Duty then you definitely need this one in your collection and if you are not play the multiplayer or Spec Ops once and I guarantee you to get hooked.

9/10


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