E3: Modern Warfare 3

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E3: Modern Warfare 3

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After some hands-on time with the latest Modern Warfare, it's safe to say single player is more of the same. Thankfully, there is co-op and it is better than ever.

Single-Player

Modern Warfare 3 is louder, bigger and filled with more explosions than any Call of Duty before it. Shocking, I know. While the two missions presented at the show offered different setups and locations, they both culminated in absolute mayhem and bombast that has become the hallmark of the series.

The first mission, "Hunter Killer," starts with Frost (the player) and fellow soldiers scuba diving in New York City's Hudson River. After an atmospheric opening, showing off improved lighting that pushes the aging graphics engine to its limit, underwater mines and dead bodies hint at an imminent threat. Upon approaching an enemy submarine, Frost and crew plant a bomb on it and invade.

From this point forward the game plays out like Black Ops' missions: run through a series of tight corridors, as scripted events play out at every other corner. It makes for a very cinematic experience, but, as with Black Ops, there doesn't seem to be much variety in pacing or freedom in movement. Flashbangs are about as tactical as things get, in this demo. After some macho screaming and a missile launch, the player takes part in a tightly scripted getaway scene on boat. The fireworks on display, as massive boats crash and buildings in the distance explode, are impressive.

The second level, "Mind the Gap," plays out nearly identically. After a brief stealth introduction, complimented with constant radio chatter from A.I. teammates, the player is thrown into a firefight. At first, the level shows promise of recalling some of the larger battle areas in Call of Duty 4, but the player is quickly funneled through it. Each couple of steps marks a new checkpoint and scripted event.

The end of the level has its own chase scene, where the player's squad follows a subway car (!) in trucks (!!!) It's the classic, over-the-top set piece that CoD fans expect, but, at the end of the day, the player is doing little more than ducking and shooting. Each new tunnel marks a new checkpoint, wiping away any tension from the scene.

Players unsatisfied with recent CoD entries' restrictive level design and constant mayhem will be sorely disappointed by MW3: a title that might as well have demoed itself.

Spec Ops: Survival mode

In addition to co-op missions, Spec Ops will include a new Survival mode in MW3. At first glance, it seems like a basic Gears of War-esque horde mode. You and one partner kill waves of enemies, and try to survive as enemies increase in number and difficulty. By including elements of Nazi Zombies and multiplayer, Survival is elevated above your average horde mode and has the potential be an the most addictive CoD mode yet.

Like Nazi Zombies, the player begins with a pistol and obtains new guns by acquiring money from kills and spending it at a weapon crate. Not everything is so simple, however. Extra money can be earned by fulfilling specific achievements that change each wave. They vary from "get 10 headshots" to "kill 10 guys without taking a hit." Players can also obtain weapons from enemies, which is crucial in the beginning. Going up against 10 shotgun wielding thugs is a bit better harder than evading zombies.

In addition to a weapons crate, each map also contains an armory and support crate. The armory crate offers defense benefits, while the support crate can summon perk-like offensive attacks. One includes an air strike, while another calls in a back-up squad of A.I. teammates - particularly helpful when you want to distract a heavily-armored juggernaut.

Survival mode is dull and uninspired in name only. It's combination of everything that makes MW multiplayer great, funneled into a challenging horde mode. If every level is as well designed as the one I played, this mode could really be a time suck - a perfect game for those who want to zone out to a podcast and hardcore players that want to set a new record on a map.

In either case, it's the sort of open-ended, challenging experience I once got out of CoD player. It's just been put in a different place and, maybe, improved.

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So the single-player is gonna be a complete mad linear gun-wank fest? As expected. If I buy this, it won't be at full price.

Survival sounds very interesting though.

Why make a new game if there are people who buy the same game over and over.

Complete mayhem and bombast, and lots of explosions? Good!

Jesus guys, when did these things become bad things in the gaming world?

hieiwrath:
Why make a new game if there are people who buy the same game over and over.

Its not the same game over and over. It has similar gameplay, yes, but did you really expect a whole bunch of innovative techniques on a game that already has two games before it?

*I* play MW for the story, and MW3 will expand on that story. I'm looking forward to the (presumed) final chapter of this story.

MiracleOfSound:
Complete mayhem and bombast, and lots of explosions? Good!

Jesus guys, when did these things become bad things in the gaming world?

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this way. I am excited about this game, and don't understand why so many people complain about it when almost every other shooter I know of does the same thing.
Survival mode sounds fun. I love Nazi Zombies, but I doubt Survival will be as amusing--in the sense of "I'm laughing so hard my eyes are watering". Unless they take a page from Treyarch and put an actual story behind it, with hidden songs, cryptic messages, and player characters that are completely off the wall.

I was watching some footage from E3 about it and it seems like the guns still sound like toys compared to something like bad company 2
and the game also seems like its trying to out micheal bay micheal bay

MiracleOfSound:
Complete mayhem and bombast, and lots of explosions? Good!

Jesus guys, when did these things become bad things in the gaming world?

Exactly. They should be fun and awesome and everything else that blowing up random buildings should be. But if Blops taught us anything, it's that Activision really knows how to make destroying tanks with rocket launchers boring and tedious and even shooing down a missile with another missile can indeed be made so boring that I wouldn't have even remembered that part of the campaign if it wasn't for the multiplayer level based on it.

MiracleOfSound:
Complete mayhem and bombast, and lots of explosions? Good!

Jesus guys, when did these things become bad things in the gaming world?

when they happened in games that were supposed to be somewhat "realistic" I was watching
oh hell Ill just link it

the thing looks silly with explosions and hollywood bs, no part of it really looks realistic anymore, it just looks hollywood out the ass now

allistairp:

"...Modern Warfare, it's safe to say single player is more of the same. Thankfully, there is co-op and it is better than ever."

sounds like the usual for CoD games

More of the same SP? Good, because the way SP is, it is so much fun.

Worgen:

when they happened in games that were supposed to be somewhat "realistic" I was watching
oh hell Ill just link it
the thing looks silly with explosions and hollywood bs, no part of it really looks realistic anymore, it just looks hollywood out the ass now

Who cares if it's realistic? Not me.

The cool thing about COD 'realism' is that it's all aesthetic - it has just the right level of visual realism with the guns and gadgets to look badass, but the gameplay is still OTT and arcadey enough to be fast, fluid and fun.

So the pacing is still as shot to hell as it was in Black Ops? God i hope they kept the awesomely insane story from MW2, that's all i'm expecting goddammit...

Silas13013:

MiracleOfSound:
Complete mayhem and bombast, and lots of explosions? Good!

Jesus guys, when did these things become bad things in the gaming world?

Exactly. They should be fun and awesome and everything else that blowing up random buildings should be. But if Blops taught us anything, it's that Activision really knows how to make destroying tanks with rocket launchers boring and tedious and even shooing down a missile with another missile can indeed be made so boring that I wouldn't have even remembered that part of the campaign if it wasn't for the multiplayer level based on it.

Hold it!

Missle shooting down another missle?! That happened?! Now i know for sure that Black Op's pacing was pure fail if i can't remember something that badass...

I'll stop using Ace Attorney phases when i'm damn ready!

MW3 can wait for a bit, I'm in the middle of come calibrations.

The AA-12 looks so badass, as always :)

The Wykydtron:
So the pacing is still as shot to hell as it was in Black Ops? God i hope they kept the awesomely insane story from MW2, that's all i'm expecting goddammit...

Silas13013:

MiracleOfSound:
Complete mayhem and bombast, and lots of explosions? Good!

Jesus guys, when did these things become bad things in the gaming world?

Exactly. They should be fun and awesome and everything else that blowing up random buildings should be. But if Blops taught us anything, it's that Activision really knows how to make destroying tanks with rocket launchers boring and tedious and even shooing down a missile with another missile can indeed be made so boring that I wouldn't have even remembered that part of the campaign if it wasn't for the multiplayer level based on it.

Hold it!

Missle shooting down another missle?! That happened?! Now i know for sure that Black Op's pacing was pure fail if i can't remember something that badass...

I'll stop using Ace Attorney phases when i'm damn ready!

Uhh... FOUND IT! (close enough)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-pJtXbTDkc

MiracleOfSound:

Worgen:

when they happened in games that were supposed to be somewhat "realistic" I was watching
oh hell Ill just link it
the thing looks silly with explosions and hollywood bs, no part of it really looks realistic anymore, it just looks hollywood out the ass now

Who cares if it's realistic? Not me.

The cool thing about COD 'realism' is that it's all aesthetic - it has just the right level of visual realism with the guns and gadgets to look badass, but the gameplay is still OTT and arcadey enough to be fast, fluid and fun.

the original mw was kind of hollywood realistic, meaning it was still hollywood but it seemed possible, mw2 less so and so far this one seems like its completely abandoned any semblance of realism and is just going hollywood out the ass.
the reason I dont like that is it reminds me of one of the medal of honor games, the game starts you out in pearl harbor and it comes under attack, and during the course of it you can shoot down zeroes with a fucken smg, in fact had multiple parts were the zeroes were just strafing areas that made no sense at all and by the end of the level I had probably killed like 25 zeroes, maybe more. That sort of thing totally breaks immersion for me. if you want to be hollywood fine, but keep it somewhat grounded since too hollywood damages the immersion and enjoyment, would the sniper level in mw have been better if you had to shoot down 5 choppers instead of just killing the pilot in one?

-Dragmire-:

allistairp:

"...Modern Warfare, it's safe to say single player is more of the same. Thankfully, there is co-op and it is better than ever."

sounds like the usual for CoD games

Derp

Worgen:

MiracleOfSound:
Complete mayhem and bombast, and lots of explosions? Good!

Jesus guys, when did these things become bad things in the gaming world?

when they happened in games that were supposed to be somewhat "realistic" I was watching
oh hell Ill just link it
]

the thing looks silly with explosions and hollywood bs, no part of it really looks realistic anymore, it just looks hollywood out the ass now

So you are criticising a game for not being realistic? Nice.

One Hit Noob:

-Dragmire-:

allistairp:

"...Modern Warfare, it's safe to say single player is more of the same. Thankfully, there is co-op and it is better than ever."

sounds like the usual for CoD games

Derp

Worgen:

MiracleOfSound:
Complete mayhem and bombast, and lots of explosions? Good!

Jesus guys, when did these things become bad things in the gaming world?

when they happened in games that were supposed to be somewhat "realistic" I was watching
oh hell Ill just link it
]

the thing looks silly with explosions and hollywood bs, no part of it really looks realistic anymore, it just looks hollywood out the ass now

So you are criticising a game for not being realistic? Nice.

Im mostly criticizing the game for being hollywood, by that I mean, it seems like the sort of game that would have you shoot down 15 jets with an aa gun just because they thought it would be cool

so its Blackops pacing with MW2 set pieces and terrible story
hmm... not interested

survival sounds ok but other games have already done things similar

MortisLegio:
so its Blackops pacing with MW2 set pieces and terrible story
hmm... not interested

survival sounds ok but other games have already done things similar

Do you even know what the story is? And you got it all wrong. BLACK OPS COPIED, Modern Warfare 2.

Worgen:

One Hit Noob:

-Dragmire-:

sounds like the usual for CoD games

Derp

Worgen:

when they happened in games that were supposed to be somewhat "realistic" I was watching
oh hell Ill just link it
]

the thing looks silly with explosions and hollywood bs, no part of it really looks realistic anymore, it just looks hollywood out the ass now

So you are criticising a game for not being realistic? Nice.

Im mostly criticizing the game for being hollywood, by that I mean, it seems like the sort of game that would have you shoot down 15 jets with an aa gun just because they thought it would be cool

How else would you fight jets then? Not also that, but you can't just generalise a game for being "hollywood" because it isn't made by Hollywood.

kortin:
*I* play MW for the story, and MW3 will expand on that story. I'm looking forward to the (presumed) final chapter of this story.

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Lol.

OT: There's nothing wrong with explosion porn. People just get this pissed off about Modern Warfare 2, and now myabe 3, being such because MW1 was so much More than Explosion porn. That's what irritates people, myself included.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Activision knows FUCK ALL about marketing and just showed off the worst levels? Maybe it WILL be as awesome as MW1 and not explosion porn. If it is(which seems unlikely), I'll try it out.

One Hit Noob:

-Dragmire-:

allistairp:

"...Modern Warfare, it's safe to say single player is more of the same. Thankfully, there is co-op and it is better than ever."

sounds like the usual for CoD games

Derp

rereading my quote and wording... yeah, derp, sorry.

To clarify, I'm an outsider looking in on this franchise and since MW1 the general consensus I've been hearing single player is decent to good and the multiplayer better than ever. It's practically a slogan now.

I watched some gameplay and it seemed boring to me. This Survival Mode sounds okay, but I don't think it will be enough for me to purchase it; not straight away, at least.

Double post, sorry.

GrizzlerBorno:

kortin:
*I* play MW for the story, and MW3 will expand on that story. I'm looking forward to the (presumed) final chapter of this story.

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Lol.

OT: There's nothing wrong with explosion porn. People just get this pissed off about Modern Warfare 2, and now myabe 3, being such because MW1 was so much More than Explosion porn. That's what irritates people, myself included.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Activision knows FUCK ALL about marketing and just showed off the worst levels? Maybe it WILL be as awesome as MW1 and not explosion porn. If it is(which seems unlikely), I'll try it out.

-sigh- what happened to this site. For some reason I seem to remember people actually respecting each others opinion. Maybe that was an anomaly...

GrizzlerBorno:

kortin:
*I* play MW for the story, and MW3 will expand on that story. I'm looking forward to the (presumed) final chapter of this story.

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Lol.

OT: There's nothing wrong with explosion porn. People just get this pissed off about Modern Warfare 2, and now myabe 3, being such because MW1 was so much More than Explosion porn. That's what irritates people, myself included.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Activision knows FUCK ALL about marketing and just showed off the worst levels? Maybe it WILL be as awesome as MW1 and not explosion porn. If it is(which seems unlikely), I'll try it out.

This. This is so totally on the mark. After being introduced to the CoD series (as a long-time RPG / RTS player) with the excellent CoD4:MW, I was massively disappointed by the MW2 single-player.

And after diving into the utter cesspit that is CoD MP, I was not at all interested in going back in MW2 to give it another go.

It's safe to say that I'm not going to be picking up this CoD title either.

The 12 year old kids of the world are waiting for this.

One Hit Noob:

Worgen:

One Hit Noob:
DerpSo you are criticising a game for not being realistic? Nice.

Im mostly criticizing the game for being hollywood, by that I mean, it seems like the sort of game that would have you shoot down 15 jets with an aa gun just because they thought it would be cool

How else would you fight jets then? Not also that, but you can't just generalise a game for being "hollywood" because it isn't made by Hollywood.

obviously you bring down jets with fisticuffs, what sort of barbarian are you?
this is what Im talking about

I think if this was the first Modern Warfare game, everyone would be just fine with it. The problem is most of us can't help comparing it to the actual first Modern Warfare which was a lot more about the pacing and variety. Now it seems to be more about just spectacle. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but just seems like a backwards step for this franchise.

In short, I found the stealthy sections in the first MW way more intense and memorable than any loud thing that happened in Black Ops.

I'll still get this game, but right now it's looking like I'll get it used

Wonder how long the single player is? I remember playing MW2(I had not played a COD game since COD2 on the PC) and a few hours later it ended and I was one miffed camper.

Fighting in London; so that will be next to Big Ben, near a red bus, taxi, phone box, some awful Van Dyke style accents, and possibly Buckingham Palace squeezed in there.

...I say set it in Cornwall and see how elite these troops are at surviving the 'local's.

GrizzlerBorno:

kortin:
*I* play MW for the story, and MW3 will expand on that story. I'm looking forward to the (presumed) final chapter of this story.

image

Lol.

OT: There's nothing wrong with explosion porn. People just get this pissed off about Modern Warfare 2, and now myabe 3, being such because MW1 was so much More than Explosion porn. That's what irritates people, myself included.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Activision knows FUCK ALL about marketing and just showed off the worst levels? Maybe it WILL be as awesome as MW1 and not explosion porn. If it is(which seems unlikely), I'll try it out.

Maybe every other level in the game will feature amazing story and 0 explosions. Completely Covert Ops stealth mission the likes we've never seen. Then again i will just wait for it to come out see someone else play it and know that everything i expect it to be is true.

Also i like to use this.

Donnyp:

GrizzlerBorno:

kortin:
*I* play MW for the story, and MW3 will expand on that story. I'm looking forward to the (presumed) final chapter of this story.

image

Lol.

OT: There's nothing wrong with explosion porn. People just get this pissed off about Modern Warfare 2, and now myabe 3, being such because MW1 was so much More than Explosion porn. That's what irritates people, myself included.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Activision knows FUCK ALL about marketing and just showed off the worst levels? Maybe it WILL be as awesome as MW1 and not explosion porn. If it is(which seems unlikely), I'll try it out.

Maybe every other level in the game will feature amazing story and 0 explosions. Completely Covert Ops stealth mission the likes we've never seen. Then again i will just wait for it to come out see someone else play it and know that everything i expect it to be is true.

Also i like to use this.

I'm not actually a Futurama fan. I just use it cause it's pretty much Rhetoric at this point.

Also, yeah that is exactly what I plan to do as well for MW3. Just watch a Let's Play of it. I mean it looks like it'll be just an On-rails shooter like MW2, so I see no harm done.

I just have to find one where a snot-nosed, frat boy isn't constantly yapping over it, because as much as I laugh at CoD, you don't talk over Hans Zimmer.

Worgen:

MiracleOfSound:
Complete mayhem and bombast, and lots of explosions? Good!

Jesus guys, when did these things become bad things in the gaming world?

when they happened in games that were supposed to be somewhat "realistic" I was watching
oh hell Ill just link it

the thing looks silly with explosions and hollywood bs, no part of it really looks realistic anymore, it just looks hollywood out the ass now

What pissed me off most about the demo most, it seems that Hanz Zimmer doesn't seem to be composing the music, Mw2's soundtrack was ball off the wall amazing and the music in the trailer seems like rehashed cod4 tracks.

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