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Brilliant Co-op Gameplay!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Member Name: GodfatherOfSoul
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Date: 10/02/12, updated on 25/07/13 (56 review reads)
Advantages: Offline Co-op modes! Massive replay value! Very addictive!
Disadvantages: Very addictive!
I'd like to focus my review on the co-op multiplayer side of the game as I'm sure many other reviewers have stated the merits and drawbacks of the game itself.
The offline multiplayer side of the game is what I was most interested in when buying it - I don't go online and the campaign is always over too quickly for my liking. Unlike Call of Duty: Black Ops, MW3 brings back the Spec Ops feature seen in MW2 which in my view is the best and meatiest part of the game.
Spec Ops this time around has 16 missions split into 4 varying difficulty levels. You unlock the more difficult missions as you gain experience points or XPs simply by playing the spec ops modes - for killing enemies, getting kill streaks etc. These missions can be attempted at Regular (1 star), Hardened (2 star) or Veteran (3 star) difficulty and after successfully completing each mission you then gain the number of stars corresponding to the difficulty level you tried it one. So there are 48 stars to collect in total (16 missions x 3 stars for each). Some missions can be done solo whilst others require a partner who takes the role of helicopter support, aerial cover or control of a sentry gun. In my opinion, the lure of the spec ops missions is that they can be done with a buddy who you can shout at and blame when it all goes Pete Tong.
New to MW3 is Survival mode which is a slightly similar to the Zombie mode of Black Ops but in much greater depth. Here, both solo or with a buddy, you take on wave after wave of increasingly difficult and numerous enemies and try to...you guessed it, survive! You start off with basic weapons and by dispatching your enemies you gain cash which you can then use at one of 3 terminals to buy upgrades. You can buy new guns and ammo at one terminal - the guns are unlocked as you 'level up' by accumulating the previously mentioned XPs. So the best guns obviously are not available straight away. There are 50 levels in total to level up to so it can take a while to unlock them all. Another terminal provides you with grenades, explosives and defensive equipment as well as the highly useful sentry guns which you can station to protect yourself. At the final terminal you can call in reinforcements (3 soldiers) who fight with you but do die if they sustain enough damage. Here, you can also buy air strikes, predator drones and perks such as faster reloading and sprint for longer distances.
Survival mode is all about tactics and making sure you have enough resources to last the wave. Some waves are trickier than others. For instance, certain waves drop juggernauts and involve helicopters which you have to take out as well as the regular foot soldiers. For those of you new to call of duty, Juggernauts are heavily armoured killing machines who take some serious damage before dropping. Me and my buddy have managed to get up to wave 26 so far on some maps but others we have struggled severely on and only made it up to wave 15. There are 16 maps in total, of 4 difficulty levels similar to the spec ops missions.
Needless to say, if you enjoy this type of game and have a buddy to play along with, you will get many hours' worth of gaming out of the spec ops mode. It's very addictive to try and collect all the mission stars and to beat your record wave on survival mode. We have accumulated over 2 days of playing time in spec ops mode so far and can see us more than doubling that before we start to lose interest. The best thing about the survival mode it that it is different every time. You can choose to 'camp' in a different place on the map each time you play so it feels like a whole new map. For instance, you can defend a top floor room in one of the buildings one time and then next time try to secure a more open position outside.
In summary, although I bought this game at full price before Christmas, it has been worth every penny so far. The replay value is phenomenal and is especially addictive if, like me, you enjoy collecting all the trophies available. So if you are looking for a good value co-op game for you and a buddy and are not partial to a bit of violence (within the game of course!) then this game is for you.
Summary: If it's offline Co-op you seek, then look no further!