Another modern combat game from my to do bucket. It’s strange to find Call of Duty going from WWII, to modern warfare, to the Cold War, to modern warfare again, and oddly enough they know how to set the tone and atmosphere on them. So it’s the third game of the Modern Warfare era and could be the last one, not the end of the Call of Duty series mind you, just Modern Warfare 3.
The story, like most sequels, continue from the last one Modern Warfare game. Some jerk is trying to make World War 3 by having Russians invade invade every country to the West from them. Seriously Modern Combat shooters, what do you have against Russia? Again you take control of different characters from different fractions who just don’t have the ability to speak like the rest of the games. The awesomeness that is Captain Price is back with his awesome facial hair and is only interesting character in the whole game. The story is somewhat forgetful, there are quite a few “wow” moments but the “wow” moments don’t quite hold in your mind for long.
The graphics and feeling are back in it’s good ol’ Modern Warfare style. The sounds improve, especially from your gun, and the scenery is eye candy. You’re in different countries this time and it feels that you are somewhere different, from beautiful cities (that are in ruins) of Paris, to the industrial (also in ruins) areas of Germany, this game is never be a bore for your eyes. Guns blazing, yelling, screaming, and flash bangs will tell you how it feels to be in war. It does set the tone and feeling depending where you are, you get all quiet when your sneaking and freaking out trying to run away, but like I said before the feeling doesn’t hold on to you unlike in the first Modern Warfare game where the nuke exploded in front of you.
I am disappointed that in the game-play, it feels like that they didn’t change anything and therefore is ashamed to be called a sequel, it almost feels like that this game was made for no reason other then to finish the trilogy. The campaign didn’t seem that long (I completed it within five hours), you’re facing Russians and Militia again, shooting down helicopters and tanks, taking command of the guns in a flying ship while supporting infantrymen, you really do feel like you been on this road before and they it doesn’t seem that they added or change anything except the looks. Shooting your enemies still gives you a nice feeling, if you can tell which is your enemy or your ally that is.
One thing that they did seem to change however is your health, in a bad way though. You still have to wait for your health to recharge, but when you get that feeling where you think you have enough to pop your head out and take out a few enemies before you go back into cover, if you do so you’ll die instantly, it takes forever for it to recharge and it ruins the pace. There are bits of vehicle sections, controlling an unmanned gun and grenade launcher with wheels and driving on an escape boat. When I say driving I mean that you are driving, it may seem fun driving the speedboat while explosions are happening around you but it seem it would be more fun if you were trusting your senses and finding your own way out like in Half-Life 2 rather then someone guiding you the way out. It also feels like the game’s rushing you, just constantly they’re tying to make you do everything like, go here, then here, shoot that, kill this, break that, breach this, don’t kill him, pick up that grenade, throw it, I don’t know wherever, no not there! That’s where your team is can’t you tell? Their clothes are a little lighter. So in brief, the game play really isn’t any different, and they try to make it different so you’re not just constantly shooting other people.
The multi-player is the series’ bread and butter. Pure mindless fun, but again, like campaign, there doesn’t seem to be anything new. It almost seems like you bought a $60 map pack with a glitch that seems to restart your status from the last Modern Warfare. Spec Ops is a different story, it’s really fun. A good handful of missions to chose from for you and a friend. As for the rest of the multi-player content, they should of just waited out some more to rake in new ideas and have the game release for the next generation of consoles, and it could be the greatest Call of Duty game ever made.
In short, this game should of probably waited out some more. It’s a good game, but it would be even better if it was more thought out rather then copy and pasting. Give the players something new, nobody wants to be playing the same thing everyday, the only way to spoil your pleasure is that if you make routine.