Published on December 15th, 2011 | by Lewis Lashley5
Xbox 360 Review: ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3′ – A Gripping Story with Addictive Multiplayer
World War III is upon us and the world is in complete and utter chaos. Every action and decision will affect the world and the outcome of this conflict. Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 3 marks the end of this outstanding trilogy and Infinity Ward promises to improve beyond the previous two Modern Warfare games.
The story picks up directly after the events of MW2 and gives you a quick recap of what has transpired in the world. You are then tossed right into fire fights all over the world during this global conflict. Price and Soap are still in the fight and are gunning to bring down Makarov. Makarov is the mastermind who orchestrates all the factors that leads to Russia invading the US and sparking World War III. The story takes you through New York, Sierra Leone, England and various other places on the globe. Keeping true to the series, there is virtually no down time during chapters. It’s shootout to shootout and complete chaos. The voice acting is outstanding. You don’t feel like you’re listening to a recording or a lame AI droning. I found myself pretty pissed off and even went as far as restarting checkpoints when I missed parts of dialogue. Even if it was just a smart remark by Soap or any other character, I didn’t want to miss anything. The story will keep you drawn to the game and emotionally invested in the characters and it’s a rollercoaster ride all the way to the end.
The game looks pretty good also. I think a lot of attention was put on the weaponry this time around but overall the game looks decent. The cutscenes in game are seamless and happen so smoothly that you may not realize you’re in one and will continue trying to shoot or move (most of them give you the ability to look around also). There are tons of small inclusions that add to the depth of the maps in multiplayer and campaign. Whether it be the street signs that say Wall St. or simply how debris from damaged walls are ordered on the ground, it all serves its purpose of area accessibility but it isn’t just thrown in sloppily.
MW3 still has the multiplayer game modes you remember from the other two games in the series but there are a few new ones added. Team Defender and Kill Confirmed are newly added game types via public matches. Team Defender is a kill based game mode that awards bonus points to the team holding the flag. Kill Confirmed is slightly different from a regular deathmatch game by making the player pick up dog tags of each kill the get. These dog tags are the only way to get points for your team. However, teammates can pick up friendly dog tags to block the other team from scoring. MW3 has also added 6 Private Match game types: Drop Zone, Team Juggernaut, Juggernaut, Gun Game, Infected and One in the Chamber. Each mode is unique in its own way and helps keep the games fresh and fun. They’ve tweaked the leveling up and rewards a bit also. The weapons have an XP bar independent from yours that allows you to increase the level. Increasing the level of your gun unlocks proficiency add-ons (Kick, Range, Focus etc.), Attachments, Reticule and Camouflage. You also have Spec Ops that allows you to play coop missions or survival mode (defeat waves of enemies). Survival allows you to earn money by your performance in each wave so you can purchase weapons and equipment and strike packages.
A few problems I’ve found though were the game freezes for a split second in various parts. When a level is loading, you get to watch a briefing movie and listen to dialogue. When the loading is finished, it will cause the movie to pause/freeze or skip a little. While you don’t miss anything, it is just a bit annoying. The mini freeze also happens when trying to join parties. When the game was first released, it would glitch resulting in players not receiving game invites and failing to enter rooms. There have been several patches released and this problem has been since resolved. Matchmaking can also take a while sometimes but it isn’t nearly as bad as the previous games. It actually is usually pretty fast.
This year Call of Duty has launched a separate service named Call of Duty Elite that sports comprehensive stat tracking, registration for groups and clans and several other features. It is relatively similar to Halo Waypoint but Elite has a free and a premium service. The premium gets you the majority of those perks and all the promised DLC over the next year.
MW3 has a gripping story that tapers off well but it does get there pretty quickly. There really aren’t many shooters that exceed a 5 hour story but I can’t completely tell if that’s a good thing or a bad. Nonetheless, the multiplayer is pretty addictive even if you constantly rage about people camping for full matches. Infinity Ward has pumped this last installment in the trilogy up to be the best in the series.