The drama surrounding Modern Warfare development studio Infinity Ward and former studio heads' beef with their bosses at Activision, and ultimately the firing of the studio heads, had fans questioning if the quality of the Call of Duty spinoff would suffer. But with the game breaking sales records by selling 6.5 million copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 within 24 hours of it being released, the back story apparently didn’t matter. The Call of Duty franchise has cemented itself as an unmovable bastion of the video game world similar to Mario, Madden and Zelda. And Modern Warfare 3 backs it all up.
When we were last in the Modern Warfare world two years ago, we were killing traitors, trying to save our people and finding out where the hell Makarov was, the character who basically started World War 3. While it’s a bit difficult to follow all the details of the story, your missions are clear and concise and when you’re in the middle of the action, the story doesn’t matter. You’re just trying to survive. Just like all of the Call of Duty games, the firefights are intense, fast, loud and crazy. There are bullets coming at you from every direction, enemies constantly trying to creep up on you to catch you off guard and explosions going off everywhere you turn.
Good thing there are plenty of places to hide behind while you do your best to take out enemies one by one. And the weapons? There are just too many to count. On any given war-ridden street you can pick up a variety assault rifles, sniper rifles, machines guns, shotguns, pistols and even rocket grenade launchers. The controls are just as simple as previous games with an easy targeting system, weapon switch out and usage and your movements across environments. If anything, they’ve been tightened up.
Speaking of environments, although the game is linear for the most part — you know, not much exploration — the design and look of all the locations are superb. New York, London, Paris and Somalia are just some of the locations you visit and do battle, and every place is gorgeous. I mean, if you can find bombed out buildings and war-torn cities gorgeous. The New York battle on the Hudson River, specifically is just fast-paced intense eye-candy.
Of course the most popular portion of the Call of Duty franchise is the multiplayer. The multiplayer is the deepest it’s ever been. There’s a revamped reward system called Pointstreaks that give you points, upgrades and unlocks for completing a variety of challenges. To put it simply, it’s addictive. We don’t see you getting bored with this one anytime soon.