The Modern Warfare series primarily follows a few characters, more specifically Captain Price and John 'Soap' MacTavish. The first game saw you hunting down Zakhaev, an Ultranationalist responsible for many innocent deaths. Modern Warfare 2 was about finding Makarov, second in command to Zakhaev, and even more evil. Sidetracked by the rogue Lieutenant General Shepherd , the end of the game saw Soap on the edge of death, and Shepherd with a knife in his eye socket. MW3 picks up an hour or so after MW2, with Price and Nikolai trying their hardest to get Soap some medical attention, and still on the trail of Makarov. And so begins the annual Call of Duty frenzy.
Campaign mode is just as good as ever. Fans of the series will be pleased with the new gameplay elements, as well as more blockbuster moments that the series has become renowned for. There are a lot of very cool sections in pretty much every level, and Infinity Ward show that they still know how to make a campaign that is as mind-blowing as the rest of them. One mission sees you and an ally wearing juggernaut suits, just walking up a street whilst a lot of people shoot at you, and you slowly take them all down. Another sees you and your team in a collapsed, underwater tunnel. There was no time to evacuate, so cars and lifeless bodies float around eerily in the dark water. There aren't many games that make you feel this incredibly cool, and it proves that the Call of Duty games are still the go-to for action set pieces, no matter how many times other developers will try to oust them. The main problem with Modern Warfare 3, is that it's too familiar. With one game a year since the original Modern Warfare, the series is starting to lose that something that made the first one so amazing. This is not to say that Modern Warfare 3 is a bad game, because it's definitely not. It's just the developers need to step back and think about what they can do to really shake up the series. Whether this is going back further in time, or even in the future, which sounds terrible, but it would be different. Black Ops set itself apart by choosing the Vietnam War, and it worked out so well, and I found it almost as good as Modern Warfare 1.
The campaign is filled with awesome missions
Spec Ops makes it's return, after it's successful introduction in Modern Warfare 2. This time, along with short, frenzied missions, there is a brand new Survival mode. It is very similar to Gears of War 3's Horde mode, particularly as you can buy turrets, perks, air support, etc. Waves and waves of enemies, vehicles and dogs come at you, and with each kill you earn money. At the end of each round, there is a short intermission during which you can buy, upgrade and resupply your guns, explosives and even buy some epic air support weapons, sentry guns and more. It's a lot of fun, but does get quite tough a bit too soon, which may alienate some of the newer players. It's definitely worth a play though, and in a private match with a friend, you'll have a lot of fun. The Spec Ops missions are also a blast, and whilst some take parts out of the campaign missions, some are entirely new. One sees you sniping from a rooftop, whilst your partner walks down a street in a juggernaut suit, defusing bombs. There are an endless stream of enemies trying to stop him, and it's your job to snipe them down, and even use a predator missile now and then. Another mission sees you playing as the Russians in a section from the single player, in which you must capture the Russian president instead of protect him. They're all a lot of fun, and it's these parts of the game that feel the least stale.
The multiplayer delivers exactly what we expected.
by Louis Gardner