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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360)
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360)
Date: 15/11/11, updated on 16/11/11 (31 review reads)
Advantages: good to play, challenging, loads of options, epic graphics, great sound quality
Disadvantages: Bit too grahic and violent, insensitive in places
I was told a couple of months ago that there was to be a third game released in the Modern Warfare lined, aptly called Modern Warfare 3, and I was actually quite excited to hear that. Not as excited as my partner it would seem, who is a huge gamer geek! He was even more excited to find that they releasing the game on his birthday!
The game comes in a usual sized game case which is white and has a picture of one of the game's characters on the front. This character is known as Soap McTavish, and he plays a big part in the games. The logo is printed in white and green. This game is rated as an 18, which is quite understandable due to the violent, disturbing nature of parts of this game. It is a game about war after all!!
The game itself follows on well from the previous two games, although I do not think you will need to have played the last two games in order to play this one. It is a good follow on, but also a perfectly good stand alone game.
The main part of the game, or the campaign mode, as it is called, is the first thing most people will play when they buy this kind of game, although I did start with the online multiplayer first! The campaign mode has you engaging in combat in places like London and New York, as well as Paris. This war is essentially world war 3, and it follows along a storyline that I think is well thought and fits well to the action of the game.
I do not want to give away too much on the campaign mode, as it is quite an experience to play, and I feel that anyone who enjoys this type of game will find this a challenge, yet enjoyable to play. I do find that this is harder to play than the last two games, but on the regular setting, it is not likely to make you punch a wall and cry in frustration. The recruit version is much easier, and most people will sail through this, but when it comes to Veteran and Hardened levels, it takes some serious skill, patience and dedication to complete it.
I managed quite well on the regular level, after I had completed Recruit, but when it came to the harder levels, I had to give up quite early on, as I really was getting no where. My partner has managed both the Regular and the Hardened levels, but when it comes to Veteran even he is struggling, and he is actually quite skilled at First Person Shooters.
The online multplayer is the main reason I buy these games, as it is practically never ending gameplay and it is something I can do with all my friends who also own an Xbox 360 and this game. In the multiplayer, you can join with millions of other players from around the world through an internet connection and Live Gold Membership (fees apply for this) and there is a whole selection of online game modes to choose from.
There is a choice from many different game modes including; Team Death Match, Free For All, Kill Confirmed, Hardcore and Domination.
Team Death Match involves two teams of 6 players a side, and you work as a team to kill the enemies and win the game. The first time to kill the enemies 75 times between them is declared the winner. If the 10 minute time limit is reached before the top score, the winner will be the team with the higher amount of kills. You can aid your team by getting killstreaks (kills in a row without dying yourself) including UAV's, Sam Turrets and Helicopters.
Free for all is basically what it says, you are on your own, against a team of people, and it is all against all. The winner is the person who gains the most kills, and even though you are working alone in this game mode, it can be fun to play, and it makes a difference to playing the team matches once in a while.
Kill Confirmed is Team Death Match, but with a slight twist. You are still in a team of people, and you still have to kill the enemy, but the kill is not counted for your teams score until you pick up the dog tags of the person you killed. You can also deny the kills of the enemy buy collecting the red dog tags, which will be from a member of your team. The first team to 65 kills confirmed is the winner. I personally prefer this time of game play as it adds a new dimension to team matches, and it can get quite hectic!
Hardcore modes are the same as normal modes, except that weapons are more deadly, and you do not get as much assistance from things like maps. I struggle a little bit with these modes, but my partner seems to prefer them, as they are more of a challenge for him to play.
Domination is another team game, but it is not the kills that win you the game. There are 3 flags based around the map, which your team have to capture and defend to earn points. The more flags you hold at one time, the more points your team scores and the quicker you win the game. You can capture flags back from the enemy team, and this game takes a little bit more strategy and team work to win.
There is many other game types to choose from, so most people will find something they would enjoy playing. There is also many other aspects to online playing, which if you have played COD online before, you will understand, but if this would be your first time, it can be a bit confusing and overwhelming! I know my first time was a total confusion, but you soon get used to it all and learn what everything is for. I do not think I will be able to explain it all here, as it may never end!!
You can choose different weapons and extras, like grenades, knives etc and have these preset under different names, so you can switch to different weapons for different game types or maps etc should you wish to. You can also add perks to these weapons, and these can be things like an extra attachment for your gun, faster running speeds, better aim or to be hidden from UAV's.
You also get to set your killstreak rewards, which are awarded to you when you reach a certain number of kills in a row without dying. These can be set so you recieve things like UAV's (to show your enemies on your mini map) Sam Turrets (take out enemy aircraft) or Helicopters which help you take out the enemies. There is a large selection of different items, so you can soon work out which ones are more suited to you.
The maps for the online gaming are the same ones as from the main campaign, so if you play the campaign first, you will have a better understanding of these maps and how they are laid out. This comes in handy when knowing where you are going and where you can hide should you need to do so.
You also have the special ops mode on this game, which can be played one or two player, and these are like small missions which involve a whole different range of challenges, and they differ greatly from mission to mission. These can be good practice for people to get used to the game before going into the main campaign as it teaches you the controls and how to play the game.
The Survival mode part of Special Ops is something I really enjoy, and it is something quite new to Modern Warfare. This mode can be played with 1 or 2 players, and you have to survive as long as possible. You will be sent out to fight "waves" of enemies, in order to survive. You have to kill the enemies that are out to get you, and a certain number of them will be sent in each "wave". Once you have cleared all the enemies, you will get a small amount of time to buy new weapons, and resupply the weapons you have before the next "wave" comes along.
The enemies start off easy to kill in this mode, and they come along in small numbers, but the higher up in the waves you go, the harder they become to kill and the more of them there is. They also start throwing in dogs, suicide bombers and Juggernauts when you get higher up into the waves. It does get stupidly difficult, and me and my partner together have not managed to get past level 14 yet!!
It is easier to play this mode with another player, as you will last longer, but as soon one of you dies, that is it, the game is over and you have to start again. You have a choice of all the main maps from online playing in this mode, which is good as it helped me learn a few more of the online maps!
The graphics for the game are very impressive, and I am impressed at the amount of attention to detail. So many things looks real, and at times it can be easy to forget it is just a game. This also goes to add to the graphic, violent nature of the game, so there is a downside for me to the amazing graphics. The sound quality is also fantastic, with a brilliant soundtrack that helps to add pure intensity to the game, and the sound effects are so realistic. There is a really impressive amount of work that has gone into these two aspects alone and I really appreciate just how well this has been done.
The only downsides to this game are the graphic violence in some parts of the campaign mode, but this is expected I suppose, and the fact that some of the maps and areas seem to be a little bit insensitive. The maps of New York and London are a little close to the terrorist attacks that have taken place in the past, and it may just me being over sensitive, but I think it is a little bit harsh, especially as the London level is in the Underground.
These maps and levels can be skipped on the main campaign mode, with no effect on the game itself, but they are there online and it does look a little close to home for those who have suffered because of these terrorist attacks.
Other than those two problems, this game is actually quite epic and I am quite pleased we bought it. It has provided hours of entertainment and frustration already in the first week we have owned it, and I am sure it will bring countless more hours in the future.
If you have played and enjoyed the other Call Of Duty games, then I do believe you will really enjoy this one too. If this is your introduction into the Call Of Duty line, then you have picked an amazing game to start off with. This may well be the best made one of the series so far, and if they decide to bring out a Modern Warfare 4, they really will have their work cut out for them trying to make this one any better!
If you wish to buy this game, it is available far and wide! You can buy it in places like Game and Gamestation for £45, and you can also buy it in Supermarkets like Tesco, Morrisons and Asdas for a cheaper price. You can also buy it online on Amazon, but I am unsure how much the current price is on there. It will be worth looking around for a great deal on this game, as it really is worth the money you spend on it, but saving money is always a good thing, no matter what it is on.
This game is also available in part of a console bundle. In Game you can buy an Xbox 360 slim console, with a 320 GB hard drive, which is decorated in the MW3 style, with 2 matching wireless controllers, a black headset and a copy of the game for £270. I bought this for my partner, and whilst it does not change the actual game play, he really enjoys it and it means I get the old Xbox 360 console to myself in the bedroom :D
Personally I think this game is brilliant, and if you are over 18, I totally recommend it. I give this game 5 out of 5 stars and I hope you enjoy playing this as much as me and my partner have.
*This review is also on Ciao under the username of Hailee*
Summary: A brilliant part of the Modern Warfare Series