The world’s best-selling game franchise is back once more to overwhelm your senses with a Michael Bay-style single-player campaign chock full of explosions, a co-op ‘Horde mode’ for score-chasers, and a new iteration of Modern Warfare’s ever-popular multiplayer formula.
A direct sequel to Modern Warfare 2, players are placed back in the shoes of Task Force 141’s cast of characters who are avoiding an international manhunt whilst simultaneously combatting serial antagonist, Vladimir Makarov. Needless to say, there’ll be explosions, highly scripted, exciting action, and all the other elements you’d expect from a globe-hopping Call of Duty campaign.
Being a successful formula, and the main draw of any Call of Duty game, multiplayer returns mostly unchanged. There are new maps, new weapons, new killstreaks, and a few new mechanics, but for the most part the world’s most popular multiplayer mode remains unchanged, just as the fans would have it.
The Spec Ops co-op mode also returns from Modern Warfare 2, though this time as survival gametype in which two players must fend off endless waves of enemies. Featuring most of the multiplayer mode’s elements, players rank up, attain killstreaks, and attempt to survive against increasingly challenging enemies in the hopes of posting a top-tier leaderboard score.
On the PC, Modern Warfare 3 will feature additional configuration options, allowing gamers to enable and disable Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, Depth of Field, Anti-Aliasing, Texture Resolution, Shadow quality and other detail settings. Three anti-cheat methods will protect the peer-to-peer ranked multiplayer and the unranked dedicated servers, and once again general multiplayer support will be provided by Valve’s Steamworks software.
All in all, Modern Warfare 3 is a refinement of one of the best-selling games of all time, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, nor would the franchise’s many fans want anything else.
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