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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 Specs Ops Hands-On Preview
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Specs Ops Hands-On Preview

By Kevin Kelly - Posted Jun 14, 2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is still months away, and we don't know that much about what Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games plan to do with the multiplayer in the game. But we do know that Spec Ops is making a comeback, having first appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and at E3, we were able to get our hands on it and see what they've improved this time around. While we were only shown the new "Survival" Spec Ops mode, featuring endless waves of (non-zombie) enemies, it's clear that they want to make some dramatic changes to that co-op experience.

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The biggest change for Spec Ops is character progression. It's separate from your progression in multiplayer, but it adds a very simple RPG-style element to the game, and you'll need it to survive. You'll start with only a pistol and your melee knife, and with each mounting kill, you'll gain more experience that gets converted into cash. As you progress, you'll unlock different armories and weapon stashes, and those will show up on your HUD. Head there, and you'll be able to open up a chest and choose a new weapon to purchase or refill your ammo. 

Different armories contain different items, and when you see a grenade icon appear on your HUD, it means you've unlocked the Equipment Armory. That's where you pick up grenades, flashbangs, and other types of defensive equipment. We holed up on a map called Dome, which takes place around an abandoned radar installation of some sort in the desert. All of the Spec Ops maps are based on maps that appear in the multiplayer. My partner from the development team and myself took cover near a parked forklift in one of the outside areas, but this map has a lot of verticality to it, with a subterranean bunker you can enter, and stairways you can climb to fire on enemies from above.

Finding a good corner to defend is one of the keys to surviving in Survival mode, but when the dogs and Juggernauts start rolling in, you'll need to go mobile. Luckily, there's an Air Support armory you can unlock, which offers tactical items like an Attack Helicopter, or even a Delta Squad drop-in, where four AI soldiers join and fight alongside you. They can (and will) die, but they're fairly intelligent, will follow you, and are very handy in a firefight. Especially once the suicide bombers start coming in. If they get near you, they'll explode, and if you down them, they'll blink red and then ... explode. But if you think that's bad, just wait until the dogs strapped with C-4 start coming after you. Someone in the Call of Duty world sure hates dogs.

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Between the endless waves, you'll see a Progression Screen that charts your kills and progress, and doing well in certain categories will lead to more cash. Additionally, there are Challenges in some waves, giving you the chance to earn extra cash. Those will appear in the lower left-hand area of your screen and will tell you to get five headshots in this wave. Do it, and you'll pocket an extra $500. You'll need that money, not just for weapons and ammo, but to buy things like Last Stand that will allow you to keep fighting. You can revive a downed ally, but Last Stand allows you to get fighting when you've gone down, and if you get a kill, you'll pop right back up. But those aren't unlimited, and you'll need to buy more.

You'll quickly learn that teamwork is key here, even though you can play entirely solo. In later waves, when you have two or three Juggernauts wandering around, if you don't work together, you'll die quickly. Automatic Turrets and Delta Squads (there's even a Riot Shield Squad) are your best bets, and do what you can to protect those AI squads. There is friendly fire in the game, and no one wants a teammate to shoot them in the back. There's even an Automatic Grenade Launcher Turret which really dishes out destruction. But we were told that you really don't want to use it in close-quarters with friendly fire turned on.

We aren't sure what other surprises Spec Ops has in store this time around, but the endless waves of enemies in Survival are a good place to blow off a lot of steam, while still gaining access to a lot of the Killstreaks and extras that you would encounter in Multiplayer. We still haven't seen what they're going to be revealing as far as the normal Multiplayer experience goes, but answerers of the Call of Duty will be very happy with what's here so far.

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  • progamer97

    so there are no zombies just people like in combat training

    Posted: June 15, 2011 1:43 AM
    progamer97
  • gldragon

    exploding death puppies!!

    Posted: June 15, 2011 1:00 AM
    gldragon
  • nicholasjulian

    I'll had enough with CoD if they keep this up. New features please...

    Posted: June 15, 2011 12:45 AM
    nicholasjulian
  • theendisnear421

    Sweet, not only did the copy the opening from Crysis 2, they also have horde mode. Gotta love the originality Activision. What day does BF3 come out?

    Posted: June 15, 2011 12:21 AM
    theendisnear421
  • hehem8

    jimmy fallon needs to stay away from video games. he didnt know what was going on when he played uncharted 3 and now he doesnt know whats going on in a simple fps game. i laughed at the part where all he was doing was killing a few guys and hes like OH MAN THIS IS INSANE, BIZZARE, AMAZING!!!

    Posted: June 14, 2011 11:06 PM
    hehem8
  • Androo53095

    Its obvious how much CoD is failing when one of the highest rated comments is supporting battlefield

    Posted: June 14, 2011 11:00 PM
    Androo53095
  • bucherbag

    "Finding a good corner to defend is one of the keys to surviving"... sigh.... the mantra of Call of Duty..

    Posted: June 14, 2011 10:43 PM
    bucherbag
  • Ryzen7

    Sounds great that they'e actually trying to innovate the game a bit, but until I see what multiplayer is like I'll hold my tongue but I hope that since some people from Infinity Ward left the new people will bring some fresh ideas to the table. I mean it doesn't HAVE to be the Fall of Duty every one seems to think is so immanent. For me, this is their last chance. If they don't get it right this time then I will never again buy any CoD. I have had enough of the same stereo typical COD game

    Posted: June 14, 2011 10:23 PM
    Ryzen7
  • Ryzen7

    Sounds great that they'e actually trying to innovate the game a bit, but until I see what multiplayer is like I'll hold my tongue but I hope that since some people from Infinity Ward left the new people will bring some fresh ideas to the table. I mean it doesn't HAVE to be the Fall of Duty every one seems to think is so immanent. For me, this is their last chance. If they don't get it right this time then I will never again buy any CoD. I have had enough of the same stereo typical COD game

    Posted: June 14, 2011 10:23 PM
    Ryzen7
  • {-=StretcheR=-}

    Wow, what are your collective issues? If you think that battlefield or gears of war are better then shut up and go play that. People like different types of games. I haven't played BF3, but previous versions were so bad I am reluctant to buy it(It looks cool and I hope someone challenges COD). My guess is that you hate COD because you aren't good at it. If that is the case, then don't play it. Clearly by the sales numbers alone, there are plenty of people who like COD and will continue to buy it. It is not a mediocre game, it offers a different playing experience than other games. There is no reason for your baseless hatred of a game. If you hate it so much, then why did you even look at this story?

    Posted: June 14, 2011 9:49 PM
    %7b-%3dStretcheR%3d-%7d
  • NekoRyushi

    this game looks amazing

    Posted: June 14, 2011 9:37 PM
    NekoRyushi
  • Xodi

    All you Battlefield fanboys be trolling lols

    Posted: June 14, 2011 9:28 PM
    Xodi
  • stroy

    COD player: OMG this game is so realistic im calling in chopper oh ya oh ya

    BF3 player: hey dude can you shoot through this wall to make a door ...?

    COD player: um umm no but who cares i have a chopper.

    BF3 player: ya well im driving a chopper and destroying bildings ....and turing everything into ruble.....can you ?

    COD player: STFU your just not good a video games

    BF3 player: You mad bro ?

    Posted: June 14, 2011 8:38 PM
    stroy+
  • AdobeMan

    Just like a hollywood movie? yep a crappy, run of the mill, cinematic overload, movie lol
    the only part of the clip I liked was was simon pegg he's awesome! :D

    Posted: June 14, 2011 8:37 PM
    AdobeMan
  • godzillaisyourdaddy

    Two of the best developers in the world? Yeah right. What a pompous a hole. They are talking a lot, even though they have nothing to show. I do not see how this "horde" mode can top Gears 3's. Shooting people is not as fun as shooting different types of Locust, from the lowly Ticker to the awesome Brumak.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 8:31 PM
    godzillaisyourdaddy
  • Flynfsh

    so the zombies have guns now? greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat.

    seriously tho this looks really cool. i'd get it if i had the time to play it - no room in my schedule this fall between life and BF3

    Posted: June 14, 2011 7:48 PM
    Flynfsh
  • badgarok725

    i like how the guy introduced 402 as a developer. He's far away from being that good at a job

    Posted: June 14, 2011 6:50 PM
    badgarok725
  • superman711

    bf3 will kill this game and you know it.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 6:18 PM
    superman711
  • cracker1138

    I really liked MW2 spec ops, lots of fun with friends. But I only played it split screen lol

    Posted: June 14, 2011 4:28 PM
    cracker1138
  • burntice619

    Not a bad idea, i might get the game JUST for this mode alone.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 3:54 PM
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