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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  • ummmasdf

    what kind of idiot lists "vehicular combat" as a con for a game that HAS NEVER HAD IT? and rambo's only? like people don't do that on EVERY fps on the planet? bf3 fanboys i swear...

    Posted: May 26, 2011 1:57 PM
  • Tankb0x

    "You don't rebuild a trilogy entirely in the last installment."
    That's right, you don't, but it would just be nice to see more variation. I used to be such a huge CoD fan back in the day, but putting out the same game every year has made me become somewhat jaded. I'm just not interested anymore. Activision needs to postpone the series, let the developers go back to the drawing board, give them a few years, and let t hem come out with something really great. Polished and complete.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 1:26 PM
  • xboxessed@yahoo.com

    they should add anew killstreak like a tank, but im definetly pickin that up for pre orders

    Posted: May 26, 2011 12:28 PM
  • Nofamily

    If were talkin multiplayer,then they need to take a few hints from black ops
    No Stopping power, commando, scavenger working with grenade launchers, quickscoping, Tac nukes, or any f'ing hacker/modders who cant shoot the side of a mansion if their life depended on it.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 12:07 PM
  • sy_cred

    Well atleast its not a ghost spinoff its world war 3. Hell yeah that some ground that can be awesome WW2 was good for games but this is scary ground. When has the U.S. been hit like that since 1812? Which the country was not fully formed yet. No I didn't play homefront don't intend to mainly cus it just don't look that good, but the home battles on MW2 were tons of fun. Worried though about the whole breakup in IW but we will see hopefully.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 10:34 AM
  • AJandtheArgonot

    Well the only thing I'll miss from black ops is zombies and the blackbird. Now leak some mulitplayer footage.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 10:14 AM
  • peanutmanak47

    So its the same crap from the first MW if you ask me. I'll maybe rent this but definitely not buy it

    Posted: May 26, 2011 10:09 AM
  • AntiBioticFox

    A lot of you are stuck on the "looks like MW2" kick but as we all know; looks can deceive.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 10:06 AM
  • EarstotheGround

    Keeping tabs on MW3:

    - the trailer shows 'promise' of an engaging single player campaign
    - Several new weapons and upgrades (EOsight, reaper drone, 9bang grenades)
    - Return of Spec Ops and new Multiplayer modes

    - same old graphics engine (MW2.5) and 'on a rail' gameplay characteristics
    - Lots of scripted 'cinematic' cutscenes takes away from gameflow
    - lack of realistic destructive environments
    - no open world play
    - no vehicular combat
    - Rambos only - teams need not apply
    - Multiplayer will likely be another small 'sand-box' with crack heads running around shooting anything that moves

    This is only the first trailer, so I'll reserve judgement until I see more gameplay (campaign and MP), but BF3 still seems to have the edge imo

    Posted: May 26, 2011 9:33 AM
  • EarstotheGround

    The only thing we can say with any certainty is - Competition is GOOD for the Consumer.

    With all the pressure from DICE and BF3, Activision/Sledgehammer seem to be pushing hard behind the scenes to deliver a top quality product.....but is it too little too late?

    For all its entrance bravado, trash talk and marketing hyperbole - BF3 still has that swagger of a young Mike Tyson entering the ring.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 9:23 AM
  • Kid855

    I hope that they fix the knifing people and the napalm strikes. Getting knifed from 5 yards away (not from a ballistic knife) and dieing from a napalm strike inside of a house kind of ruins the games for you mind you. Best of luck, but I will get the game anyways

    Posted: May 26, 2011 8:30 AM
  • Targeted

    i just hope they do a good job

    Posted: May 26, 2011 7:47 AM
  • JeeshusChrist

    This is exactly what I hoping MW3 to be which is MW2.5
    I love MW2 but their was some problems with it. Now it looks like they are going to make the game MW2 was suppose if they actually patched and balanced the game out. And if this is the final entry to the Modern Warefare Series I really want to know what time era are they going next.

    All I pray for is:
    Good Maps
    FAMAS Burst not Automatic
    Competitive Gametype for the rawest experience
    Marathon, Lightweight or Stopping Power and Ninja perk setup is in it.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 7:47 AM
  • cracker1138

    MW3!!!!! BF3!!!!!!! Im gettin both, twice the epicness. I think Mw3/360 Bf3/PS3 but Im not sure yet.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 7:25 AM
  • raiderbouch13

    mw3,b-field3,gears3,mass3,fear 3,maxpayne3,dirt3,ninja gaiden3,....jobs ?....3, to pay for all these awesome games !!!

    Posted: May 26, 2011 6:44 AM
  • cardinalsfan1122

    Still hasn't convinced me to buy it. I agree more of the same is what I expect but it is definately not what I want. And the reaper drone sounds a little like the buzzard in Homefront. If they don't put enough change in multiplayer it's a no go for me, just won't be worth the money. I like more tactical shooters anyway so mark me down for 1 copy of Battlefield 3.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 6:18 AM
  • P1rate

    I will always love Battlefield more but am I going to play this? Yes. Will I actually buy it? Probably not.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 6:07 AM
  • BigusDickus7845

    Will there be vehicles in multiplayer? Probably not....

    Posted: May 26, 2011 6:05 AM
  • Barbuganot

    The game looks good. It does look like MW2 but it still worthy of a rent at least. For me anyway. I just wish there wasn't a Call of Duty every year. Because of that MW3 doesn't feel special.

    Posted: May 26, 2011 5:51 AM
  • Cryptomaster420

    If they did that garuntee u the game will be hacked the reason why MW2 was and still is so F'd up is because the game was pirated by alot of ppl in the UK 2 weeks before the world wide release and thats plenty of time to create hacks for it look @ WaW for example there was a multiplayer beta and it was hacked on release im against cheaters but yesterday i played b'ops against a user claiming to be mlg pro but turns out he used a triggerbot and a wallhack mlg pros do not need to hack they use pure skill and using lagswitches makes ppl have 0% pure skill

    Posted: May 26, 2011 5:49 AM