Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review (Xbox 360)

Multiplayer

Suffice to say, despite attempts to give the impression that multiplayer in MW3 would be a Call of duty game changer, it remains functionally and aesthetically similar to previous outings. GameFront’s Ron Whitaker has already aptly described the multiplayer experience in his review of the PC edition, and I’ll add that indeed, there’s not a lot COD veterans won’t recognize, but new goodies like the selection of warrior type, and the two new game modes, Team Defender and Kill Confirmed, are very welcome and do much to improve things. Especially for players like myself who tend to default into support positions and get easily destroyed by, say, our 8 year old nephews who play COD like they were born with an Xbox controller in their hands.

Of the two new modes, Kill Confirmed is my personal favorite. When a player is killed, they drop dog tags that must be collected in order to collect points for the kill. This means that a team can deny points to their opponent by grabbing a fallen squad member’s tags before their murderer can, ensuring a lively, fast-paced game that never falls into easy, cheese-based play. Team Defender is also a lot of fun, a kind of chaotic capture the flag where the point is to hold on to the flag as long as possible, gaining points for your team.

Strike packages are perhaps my favorite addition to multiplayer. Each package essentially constitutes a warrior specialization with unique killstreak rewards and weapons. The Assault Strike Package benefits experienced COD players who like a visceral combat experience. Killstreak rewards include Predator drone missiles, helicopters and air strikes and really give you the chance to literally rain down insult upon injury. The Specialist Package rewards players with COD expertise and who prefer a more tactical approach to multiplayer. (Snipers, this is your package, believe that). They start with 3 perks but as they rack up killstreaks they can unlock 4 and even 5 perks. Better, Specialists earn points that benefit their team’s score overall.

I prefer the Support Strike Package, which benefits players of intermediate to low skill who still want to be an asset to their team. Not only does it feature weapons like unmanned drones, SAM defense against drones and the like, your killstreaks don’t reset when you die. That means if, as is quite likely if your name is Ross, you die a lot you won’t be penalized, nor will your team who depends on you to have their back while they do the hard work of actually playing for real.

Multiplayer offers 16 maps for a very wide variety of play styles. I found that they don’t all provide the same level of fun. The bootleg map, for example, promises to be good for ‘all game types’, but its size guarantees that if you’re playing a small group, or playing local, you’ll spend a lot more time running around looking for one another than you’d like. But overall, they’re varied and offer lots for players to do, with high ground for sniping, tight spots for fast paced battles and plenty of room to find the perfect spot to dig in. Best of all, they all make camping next to impossible.

That said, even with the new changes, multiplayer in MW3 isn’t a giant change from previous games. On the other hand, the newest version of Spec-Ops mode contains some of the best play in the history for the franchise.

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8 Comments on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review (Xbox 360)

Ryan Morgan

On November 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

A great, honest review amongst so many bribed review sites. MW3 is truly disappointing as far as innovation goes. Then there’s the spawning issues which will put me right next to the enemy; the maps are just to cluttered and build up. What happened to the wide open maps that were perfect for sniping? It’s fun, but not for long.

Darkraidor

On November 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm

thanks for writing a honest review that i actually bothered to read, instead of another super high score calling call of duty the ultimate shooter.

Luther

On November 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I don’t know a 85 to me has always been in the range of this is a must buy amazing experience every gamer should have in there life score, So I don’t really understand how you are generating those numbers or if you are just randomly picking them out of your feelings after playing.

Now I have not played this game but I have been checking around to see what people have to say and it’s not sounding good.

I did rank mw2 with a 8, and black ops with a 6 so from what I’m hearing from everyone it sounds like this game is probably around a 4 or 3 out of 10.

Maybe I’m just being anal or annoying but ahh well, it is what it is.

Ron Whitaker

On November 11, 2011 at 5:35 am

Luther, MW3 isn’t a bad game. It not a big change from the previous MW title, but it’s not BAD. As I said in my PC review, if you had never played a CoD title and you picked it up, you’d have a blast. That’s where those scores are coming from.

Ross Lincoln

On November 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

Adding to what Ron says, I gave it a solid B because it basically meets expectations and nothing more. I wouldn’t award it the full ride scholarship, but I wouldn’t deny it admission either.

Annamint

On November 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I think scoring of games needs to be a little stricter, I think if it does nothing more than previous titles it should still have a little lower of a score (Maybe 60-70 but I would probably rank it even lower, even if that might seem harsh.) I wouldn’t give a essay a B if it was the same as the one submitted previously, even if it had been an A+ the first time.

I just get a big feeling of ‘meh they’ll buy anything’ from pretty much all the game producers at the moment.

Luther

On November 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I can definitely understand the first time playing score, thanks for the reply to my comment.

Collin Z

On November 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

Superfluous yes but you forgot pedantic as well.

A couple of questions must be asked.
Would you consider this a stimulating game? Sure. Spinning in circles for hours is also stimulating.
Are you looking for a great purchase with the expectation of a memorable SP experience? Of course but a child blowing up as collateral is not only inappropriate ( stylistic nor artistic) but also mentally provocative. Akin to a Lars von Trier moment for video games (melancholia 2011). Sorry but this isn’t the direction video games should be moving towards even if most of the balls on Newtons Cradle have remained in place.

Do yourself a favour and buy BF3. Game diversity? Try Europa Universalis III for your PC. That should instantly give this comment the credibility it needed.