Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review (PC)
Speaking of leveling, the XP system returns in MW3, with a new max level cap of 80. There are a ton of weapons to unlock, with a slew of attachments for each. Pretty much all of them have been in CoD titles before, but that’s OK. The newest thing is Strike Packages, which allow players to customize their killstreaks.
Choosing the Assault strike package means your killstreaks work pretty much like they always have. You’ll unlock drones, airstrikes, and even helicopter attacks. The Support package offers a more defensive reward set, with things like SAM turrets, recon drones and even counter-UAVs. One other plus to the support package is that your killstreak count won’t reset when you die, making it easier to reach those hard-to-access 18 kill rewards.
The final package is the Specialist, and it’s probably the most rewarding when properly utilized. With this equipped, you’ll unlock a specific order of perks as you pile up the kills. You’ll still have your 3 perks for your class, but as you wipe out the enemy, you’ll gain more and more perks from a list that you pre-selected. It can be tailored to fit your strategy for any game mode. For example, you could add Scavenger to help refill the ammo you spent to get the kills, or anything else your heart desires. Of course, if you have a bad round and don’t get any kill streaks going, you’ll be without any benefit from this package.
Call of Duty Elite is the final addition to this year’s offering. Unfortunately, since the PC version of Elite is still missing in action, I wasn’t able to spend any time with it.
One thing that wasn’t added to Modern Warfare 3 was a new graphics engine, and the game suffers for it. It’s not so much that the game looks bad, it just looks dated, especially next to its competition. Graphically, it’s not a step forward from MW2 at all, unless it’s a tiny, shuffling step. Still, the upside for gamers is that if you have a PC that would run MW2 maxed out, you can also run Modern Warfare 3 maxed out. Even on an older GTX 260, I was able to get blazing fast performance with everything maxed out. It’s not a deal breaker for this game, but with the age of the engine showing, Infinity Ward will be hard pressed to wring another game out of it.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is an iterative step up from its predecessor. It’s not a bad game at all; in fact, it’s a rather competent one. If this was your first Modern Warfare game, you would have a blast. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people who purchase MW3 will be veterans of the series, and for them this will be a minor upgrade. Still, fans of the series will find a lot here that they will like, and those new to the series will find plenty of exactly what they expect. It’s a fitting conclusion to the series that any fan of Modern Warfare would be happy to own. The shame of it is that with all the hype, all the advertising, and all the expectations, it just seems like we’ve all been here before.
- Enormous, elaborate set pieces keep the campaign action moving
- The new Kill Confirmed mode is a gem
- Strike Packages let gamers customize their character even more
- Runs extremely well, even on older hardware
- When it works, multiplayer can be a blast
- Incomprehensible story
- Small, crowded multiplayer maps result in chaos and repeated insta-death
- Locked game modes
- Dated graphics
- PC CoD Elite is MIA
- Lack of dedicated servers on PC means lots of time wasted trying to start playing
Final Score: 80/100