Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
One of the biggest names in gaming right now. The first week sales indicate that the title is beating its rivals in sell through numbers. I was interested to see how the newly revised Infinity Ward would present. Happily the narrative is Infinity Ward classic and nowhere near the hot potch that Treyarch delivered. That said, the narrative lurches from one exotic global location to another with the grace of a Bond movie and although there are story arcs in play, they do get suppressed amidst the chaos of war.
After last year’s Black Ops, which was my most recent Call of Duty experience, When the first Modern Warfare dropped it was a game changer for first person shooters. The scripting was top notch, and although there was evidence of some clichéd level design, it offered new levels of immersion and interactivity. On top of the polished and exciting campaign, the multiplayer aspect was a revelation, bringing hordes of players into the online arena with its fast and frantic gameplay.
The mix of adversaries amongst the landscapes is well conceived and not once did i feel there was any overuse or cut and paste going on in the game, unlike the river escape at the end of Modern Warfare 2, which was proper old school. The game never feels like it is taking any cheap shots or shortcuts, the experience is played out from start to bloody finish, even though the ride has a few predictable speed bumps.
It’s Modern Warfare, it does what is says on the tin, and remember to check out the water effects while you are diving for cover.
Lasting Appeal: 9.0