Modern Warfare 3 became an instant hit upon it's release, and also competing for the top against the other hit FPS game, Battlefield 3. And it has new features, new add-on contents, and also a downloadable content known as Call of Duty: Elite. It also features new co-operative gameplay for the Spec Ops, which was introduced in MW2. This game happens to have a stunning conclusion, and a real kick ass storyline. Now it's time to review with power and tame the epic beast that is Modern Warfare 3.
Plot. Several hours after the death of General Shepherd, Captain John Price and Nikolai evacuate a dying John "Soap" MacTavish from Site Hotel Bravo, Afghanistan. Nikolai takes them to a safehouse run by his Loyalist allies in India, while Makarov's forces storm the safehouse in an attempt to kill the three. Meanwhile, the war between the Russian Federation and the United States of America escalates to Lower Manhattan in New York City. Meanwhile, President Vorshevsky is captured by Makarov after a hijacking, and so begins the mission to save the President, and bring the war to a halt for good. Price though has one objective: Kill Makarov.
Special Ops once again returns and features a new survival mode, in which players can play cooperatively with other players online, which is extremely cool. Survival Mode features two players fighting against an endless wave of enemies, which in each wave, it becomes more difficult. Despite being much compared to the World at War Nazi Zombies mode, enemies do not spawn at fixed locations like the zombies do; instead, they appear at tactical positions based on the current location of the player. Unlike it's predecessor, Special Ops features 48 stars instead of 68. To take a break from Campaign, you can also play in Multiplayer in games such as: Free-for-all, Team Deathmatch, and so on.
Concept. The game takes place shortly after the events in Modern Warfare 2. However, unlike it's predecessors, the story spreads over different days. You play as new and returning characters in missions such as France, Germany, London, New York, and so on. Each mission requires certain objectives to complete it, and also shoot the enemy and avoid civilian casualties along the way. You can play as "Frost" a Delta Force operative, Yuri a member of Nikolai's loyalist and the disavowed Task Force 141, also you can play as Marcus Burns of the S.A.S., and Andrei Harkov of the Russian F.S.O.
1st Impressions. I was not only impressed by the graphics, but also the well detailed storyline of the game. Also, I enjoyed playing with the AC-130 once again, which I loved doing such thing in the first Modern Warfare game. I also liked the UGV, I mean it was funny how the troops were shot and killed by something so small, especially blowing up helicopters with the rocket launcher. I was impressed how the Special Ops had many enhancements similar to the zombies mode in both World at War and Black Ops.
Development. A 2010 Q3 earnings call from Activision confirmed that the eighth installment of the franchise – a FPS – was currently in development by Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software and due for release "during the back half of 2011". This was revealed to be Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, with the latter developers co-developing multiplayer.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was known to be in development after a legal dispute between Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella and Activision resulted in the pair being fired from the company. Several dozen Infinity Ward employees followed West and Zampella as a result of the ongoing dispute, causing Activision to enlist the services of Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software to assist development of the title. (Wikipedia.org). However, Infinity Ward was still behind the game's development with help from Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software, while Treyarch took care of the development for the game's Wii version.
Voice Acting. Some voice actors such as Billy Murray (John Price), Kevin McKidd (Soap), and Roman Varshavsky (Makarov) return to reprise their roles from the previous game. Other voice actors are Hollywood movie stars such as Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU, Oz), Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man Trilogy), William Fichtner (Armageddon, Prison Break), Christian Coulson (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), and many others lent their voices, which was really cool.
Rantings. Despite how awesome this game is, I still have some rantings about it. Though the dogs don't have a very big role in campaign, their still a big nuisance in Special Ops. Also, I did not like how the S.A.S had only a very small role in the game. Another thing I rant about the game how at times you are unexpectedly killed either by troops that come from out of nowhere or exploding vehicles. Although it was cool to play on the AC-130 again, I hated how developers thought: "Let's just add an ammo limit too". Genius! Are you kidding me?
Good Aspects. The game has very high replay value, and it is a must have. Also, I loved the game's epic conclusion to the trilogy, and it was great to play. The voice acting was great, and I really enjoyed seeing old characters of the previous games again. Appearances of characters mentioned in previous games was a great addition as well. Vladimir Makarov continues to be the character that everybody loves to hate. And last but not least, I loved some flashbacks of the past games, which was great to see.
Overall. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 turns out to be one of my most favorite FPS games of all time, and better than the second. Final score is a 10 out of 10. Thanks for reading.
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