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A satisfying finale to the Modern Warfare trilogy,
This review is from: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Many were left disappointed with MW2's cliffhanger ending. Although we all knew that there would be a third game, we were left craving for more. Well Modern Warfare 3 is here but does it live up to the hype?
Campaign: The Campaign has the same awesome quality that the COD series is known for. Although the main appeal is the multiplayer the campaign should not be overlooked. It provides a nice finale to the Modern Warfare series. I wont spoil it but its primarily about finding Makarov and WW3 which is an international conflict between Ultranationalist Russia and Europe and the United States. You start out fighting your way through a war torn NYC which concludes with a helicopter gunship battle over manhatten. Later you'll attempt to retake a hijacked airplane, chase down terrorists by train car in the London subway, provide cover fire for your team from an AC-130 gunship, and fight through the streets of Berlin. The campaign is intense, visceral, and satisfying.
Multiplayer: Sadly this is where the game suffers. The multiplayer seems like a step back from MW2. On the plus side its still the same fast paced action that you know from previous COD games. They also have a weapon level system which to me is the best way of unlocking the attatchments. They also got rid of some of the more overpowered perks such as stopping power and one man army and fixed others such as scavenger. Theres also a new game mode called Kill Confirmed which is pretty fun. The killstreaks have also been revamped into point streaks which are put into "Strike Packages". Some of the new killstreaks are pretty cool such as the Osprey Gunner and Reaper Drone. Also there is the new support package which continues stacking even after you die and then there is the specialist package which allows you to access more then three perks. Now on to the bad part. First the spawn system is horrible in this game. Sometimes you'll spawn only to get killed three seconds later and this might happen who knows how many times. Second many of the maps are just flat out poorly made. Some are too big which makes it impossible to find your enemy and turns a match into a game of chance, others are too small and are loaded with campers and many of them are loaded with debris, burnt out buidlings, junk, and destroyed vehicles which turn many matches into a total camp fest and makes manuvering through them very difficult. One map in particular "Resistance" is also loaded with parked cars on the street which if they explode can kill. Can't tell you how annoying it is to be killed by an exploding car because of someone's missed grenades. The M-16 which used to be a decent gun has now been nerfed to the point where its useless, sadly we can thank all the people who complained about this gun in previous games for that. We can also thank the complainers for the fact that explosives in this game are almost useless and Danger Close has been taken out completely, why they took it out idk because the problem perk was One Man Army and since Scavenger was nerfed I dont think there was any need to get rid of this perk. Finally some of the new killstreaks are just useless, great Examples are Strafe Run and Assault Drone, and they got rid of some of my favorites such as the Harriers and Chopper Gunner. Finally the Support Package is a bit overpowered I cant count how many times just recovered from an EMP only to have another one pulled on us by somebody in the other team. Despite all these flaws the multiplayer is still fun but they really need to fix the above for the next game.
Special Ops: This is what really saves the game. Special Ops are back and those who couldnt get enough of the earlier campaign will enjoy this. These are single player missions seperate from the campaign and when you complete them on higher difficulties. Also the new Survival mode is amazing, this is in a way like Firefight from Halo. You basically have to survive wave after wave of incoming enemies while purchasing and upgrading your equipment and as you complete more spec ops missions more equipment becomes available for use. Definitely one of the high points of game
Final Say: MW3 is a great game worth owning, the multiplayer is a step back but is still enjoyable but the real saving grace here is the Special Ops and Survival mode.