By Sam Coles:
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 was released in 2011 on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC and is considered to be the weakest game in the trilogy and I don’t understand why as it has a great campaign with a stunning conclusion with a refined multiplayer after the mess that was Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer.
Modern Warfare 3 picks up directly after the ending of Modern Warfare 2 where Soap is in a critical condition after being stabbed in the chest by General Shepard who has been killed by Soap by having a knife thrown in his eye. The story begins in New York City where the Russian military are in full invasion mode as they are still trying to take over large chunks of the US due to the airport massacre in Russia in the second Modern Warfare. It’s not long until the US military take back New York and push the Russians out of the country. The Russian President wants to meet the world leaders in Hamburg to plan a peaceful solution, but Vladimir Makarov gets to him first.
You play as Yuri a man with a dark past and affiliation with Makarov and he wants him dead more than Captain Price, you take on the role of Price’s right hand man for a bit in this game as Soap is not in a fighting state at the start of the game. Brian Bloom does a pretty good job voicing Yuri considering he is not Russian at all he pulls off a decent Russian accent, this is the same guy who plays B.J Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein The New Order and Nick Reyes in Infinite Warfare.
If you have played Modern Warfare 2 then you’ll be very familiar with this game but everything has been tweaked to perfection as this is the tightest and fastest controlling game in the entire trilogy with great shooting and crunchy sounding weapons. The campaign will take you between 4-5 hours but it is a fun and exciting ride.
The multiplayer is the reason why most people play the Call of Duty series and Modern Warfare 3’s is great as it took the issues from the mess that is MW2 and fixed them to make it more balanced. They still have the standard custom loadouts but they have added new things such as strike packages for each class. What this entails is that you can choose between Assault, Support and Specialist Assault is your standard killstreaks like attack choppers UAV’s etc. Support have streaks like advanced UAV’s, Counter UAV’s and tactical vests to help your team and Specialists is where you can gain extra perks when you get a good streak going you get the Specialist Bonus where you have every perk in the game. The only problem I have is that the Stealth Bomber is in the Support strike package and I don’t know why as that sounds like an assault category to me and it is very easy to obtain.
What I like about Modern Warfare 3 is that Sledgehammer who took over development due to the original Infinity Ward team being let go supported this game a lot, if the community had an issue with the game Sledgehammer would address it. They supported the game with free updates whether it was fixes for weapon power, game mode balance and even free maps like a throwback map like Terminal.
The visuals are still good considering that the game came out in 2011 and it is running on a heavily modified Quake III engine with great character models, animations and particle effects with the explosions. The game runs at a blistering 60 frames per second like most Call of Duty games and as much as some people hate the series you have to give credit where credit is due where they give you high graphical fidelity and a smooth frame rate even on console.
Overall I don’t understand why Modern Warfare 3 gets all the negative attention because it’s the most refined multiplayer in the Modern Warfare trilogy with a short but exciting campaign. This game is really cheap these days so pick it up if you get the chance.