Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Xbox 360

Game Description:Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the third installment in Infinity Ward's first person shooter franchise. The much anticipated CoD: MW3 will begin right after Modern Warfare 2 left off and players will get to control a Russian Federal Protective Services agent, SAS Operative, tank gunner, and AC-130 gunner as well as other characters from previous games. The game will have about 15 missions, starting with the invasion of Manhattan by a Russian force.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 First Look Preview -- New York and London Under Siege

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 First Look Preview -- New York and London Under Siege

By Kevin Kelly - Posted Jun 10, 2011

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 probably needs to perform an internal sensor sweep, because it's clear that there is a mole somewhere in the squad giving up the secrets of the game. Despite the fact that this was one of the worst-kept secrets in the gaming industry, it surprised virtually no one that Activision was working on a brand-new entry in the Modern Warfare series. The franchise practically fire hoses money, and they aren't turning off that tap anytime soon.

Which is also why CoD: MW3 looks exactly like Modern Warfare 2. In fact, besides some updates character textures, and additional weapons, it's very nearly Modern Warfare 2.5, as you're picking up right where the last game left off, and continuing your globe-trotting and gun fighting. They've added some new tricks, but from what we saw at our first eyes-on look at the game, you're getting exactly what you would expect from this franchise. But who can blame them for returning to the roots of one of their tent poles?

Gameplay video surfaced recently, giving gamers their first glimpse of what the title would have to offer. As expected, there's a lot of pomp and bombast in this clip, showing explosive encounters around the world, which is what Activision hopes to hammer home with this title. Near the end of the video, WW3 clever flips the first w to become MW3, indicating that this is truly a conflict of global proportions. With Russia invading the United States in Modern Warfare 2, this direct sequel capitalizes on that by showing the struggle on our own shores again, as well as racking up frequent flyer miles to destinations around the globe.

Robert Bowling from Infinity Ward and Glen Schofield from Sledgehammer Games, the newly tapped studio that is working on the franchise, showed off two different levels to underscore the worldly ambitions of the game, taking us from Manhattan to London. In New York, you join Delta Squad as they try and route the Russians, who are embedded and occupying the city, taking you to familiar landmarks like Wall Street and both the interior and exterior of the New York Stock Exchange.

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During a prolonged street battle where you'll be ducking in and out of buildings and climbing to the roof of the NYSE with your squad, we saw glimpses of a few of the additions coming to the game. The main characters' gun was mounted with an EOTech flip scope that can change from a zoomed scope to a red-dot sight just by flipping the large scope to the side. That's an authentic touch for players who like to both scope and run and gun.

Other new items included the 9 Bang grenade, which is a sort of flashbang on steroids as it delivers nine flash and bang elements wherever you drop the grenade. Also new was a Reaper Drone that you could deploy, giving you a bird's-eye view of the arena and letting you drop death from above on groups of enemies wielding helicopter-unfriendly RPGs. Both items came in handy as the squad battled to the roof, detonated explosives on a broadcast tower, and jumped into a waiting chopper.

But as you try and flee the scene, your chopper comes under attack from some formidable gunships, and you have to man a mini-gun to try and take them out. But where CoD can excel at showing damage to enemy soldiers (just watch the Killcam a few times in multiplayer; it may not be entirely accurate, but it's spectacular), there was no realistic trail of damage across the enemies we were firing upon. But the A.I. in both our chopper and the enemy birds did use a towering skyscraper as cover, and our ship took a lot of fire while downing the foes.

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The scene then shifted to Canary Wharf in London, where your team is sent on a covert mission into a dark dock, where you're supported by air units above while you stealth in and take out sentries throughout scattered warehouses and buildings. From time to time, air support will drop in to rake fire across enemy strongholds in moments that looked slightly scripted. Enemies would begin to pour steadily out of one doorway, but a ship would drop in to take them out. Not that it's not appreciated. The entire level was a mixture of stealth and run and gun, but quickly shifted as you realize the entire setup is a trap.

The battle then shifts to the tube system below London, where the battle ends up derailing a subway car, which results in a spectacular explosion. Although one strange thing about that subway: it oddly barrels through subway stations with civilians lining the tracks who look shocked as you race past with guns blazing. Are you going to take the train while a large-scale battle is playing out in your city? Personally, I'd rather walk. Especially when you see that crash and wonder how anyone could possibly survive.

Bowling said the campaign is all about "cinematic intensity," and that the game is "locked in" at 60 frames per second. They're bringing Spec Ops back into the game, which was a popular co-op addition in Modern Warfare 2, and new multiplayer game modes that they'll be talking about at a later date. It will truly be interesting to see what happens when this goes head to head with EA's Battlefield 3 later this year. But don't shed a tear for Activision. While it does look like more of the same, that's exactly what Modern Warfare fans (and I include myself in that bunch) expect from the game. You don't rebuild a trilogy entirely in the last installment. Based on the little bit we've seen thus far, it seems gamers will be quite happy blasting their way through this title.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released on November 8, 2011 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the PC.

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  • JeanBlaze1

    im so totally stoked about this game, its not even funny.

    Posted: May 31, 2011 4:58 PM
  • Young_Eastwood

    I can't wait to play it good or bad.

    Posted: May 31, 2011 9:41 AM
  • 4theloveofgames


    Posted: May 30, 2011 7:14 PM
  • 4theloveofgames


    Posted: May 30, 2011 7:13 PM
  • Flaming_Kantus

    I would be funkin crazy if Ghost came back,

    Posted: May 30, 2011 4:51 PM
  • AngelsandDemons

    I'm buying them both.

    Posted: May 30, 2011 9:10 AM
  • sonicwind510

    Ooh yay another call of duty... just what I've always wanted... more multiplayer... can't u hear the excitement?....... I can't wait to get this crap- I mean modern warefare 3

    Posted: May 29, 2011 3:39 PM
  • jdeleon1214

    People, people, stop complaining about CoD. If you hate the game so much, just don't buy it. You as a gamer don't have an obligation to constantly buy video games... Just go outside for once and experience life and stop being such a lazy couch-potato. GEEEEZ....

    Posted: May 29, 2011 1:23 PM
  • shadobat21

    i do actually want to see how the story ends, whether this game is good or bad i want to see if there's a happy happening

    Posted: May 29, 2011 9:22 AM
  • Jerryz0r

    I'm confused. Why are gamers fighting? I was under the impression that we were supposed to be level headed people. Apparently that dumb@ss alpha male BS is present in everyone. Only difference with gamers is that chances are...none of you get any action.

    Stop fighting guys, it's pointless. Play what you like, don't play what you hate, no reason to start conflicts. It's that simple.

    I love CoD campaigns, rich game play, intense experiences, so what if it's farfetched, it's a story. Let it be.

    But If i may make a suggestion for online gaming, give MAG a shot, it's only 20 bucks and it's simply more fun than CoD and Battlefield put together. 256 players on one map with no lag whatsoever. It's simply awesome all the way through.

    Posted: May 28, 2011 5:59 PM
  • pound_smoker420


    Posted: May 28, 2011 4:34 PM
  • xCDSx

    Where did sledgehammer games come from?

    Posted: May 28, 2011 3:11 PM
  • FaroDemon

    Call of Duty took my friends life all he does is play Call of Duty all day every day. Please do the human race a favor call of duty, and just throw all your plans away.

    Posted: May 28, 2011 12:27 PM
  • FaroDemon

    Hop on the bandwagon and buy the same game you've been buying for too long now!

    Posted: May 28, 2011 12:25 PM

    the company who makes mw should be sued ! they make all this money every year, and what do they have NEW to offer the fans ? the same ol junk ! me.. i like realistic games. i like to feel like iam apart of a real war. thats what you get from battlefield. mw is full of glitches, campers, hackers, and a bunch of other stuff. and again..they have all this money, but cant get rid of glitches and hackers. have you ever seen that on battlefield ? NOPE ! what happens on mw when you camp ? you sit in one spot and kill everything that walks pass you. your safe for awhile. untill that whole team gets pissed and come kill you. but if you camp on battlefield, that person you killed will come right back and put a rocket thru that wall and thru your back ! along with bricks and glass ! camping really doesnt happen on BF cause you'll get no play. once again cod fan boys... WAKE UP !

    Posted: May 28, 2011 12:01 PM

    battlefield wins hands down. wake up people !! mw3 will be the same ol crap from the last few years. they never bring anything new. they'll bring new maps, you get a gay poster, maybe some new guns, and nothing eles. after all that money thay make, you would at lease think that they would change up the gaming engine. MW BOYS ARE GETTING PLAYED !! everytime a new mw comes out, everbody craps their pants like its something new. battlefield on the other hand has so much more to offer. YOU WILL GET YOUR MONEYS WORTH ! the reason cod fan boys dont like battlefield is because they have no skill. it takes skill to play battlefield. most of mw sales go to lil 8 thru 15 year olds. battlefield is for men ! with more complexied brains. we like a chanllage. what happens when your a sniper in mw ? you shoot, you hit ! no problem ! but what happens in battlefield ? you aim high, plus distance, plus speed of target, pulls gaming skills = HEADSHOT ! MW fan boys... wake up !! lets be real !

    Posted: May 28, 2011 11:50 AM
  • TheBigEZ

    Game is gonna be siccckkkk! If Battlefield is better it would sell more. So tell me why that has NEVER happened EVER. Nuff said.

    Posted: May 28, 2011 9:52 AM
  • Annihil8tr13

    Battlefield is definitely more innovative. I don't have a list, im sure someone will jump in and give you a list. But the fact remains for me, I like CoD better because of it's mechanics and what it offers. The game is just more my style than Battlefield. I don't think there is anything wrong with either game, but I just enjoy Call of Duty more than Battlefield. Always been that way. In the end, it doesn't matter which is more innovative or which one is brining more to the table, it's about which is more fun for you. If you need to have new things added to your games every time and that is your expectations, cool. If you are happy with basically the same game every year, but each installment is worth your 60 bucks and brings you some good times, cool. It's all opinion based.

    What I don't like is all the bantering all the MW3 threads get. And yeah, it is your right to express which game you think is better, and I respect that. But I can also state how it seems kinda rude when the whole point of a thread is to get people hyped for a game.

    So to all you Battlefield guys, I see your points, but I respectfully disagree

    Posted: May 27, 2011 7:02 PM
  • Luck702

    And there goes my hopes for activision to innovate for MW3. Sigh....

    Posted: May 27, 2011 6:23 PM
  • Tyam48

    i dont't know what to get, gears of war 3, modern warfare 3, or battlefield 3, they all look really good! dont know what!

    Posted: May 27, 2011 5:59 PM