It’s with a sense of nervous anticipation that I write this article. We could just churn out the usual release article which tells you all the details on the game on launch day. I could post vids and screenshots and you could get a real feel for the game.
I’m battling to do that. To give you a picture of where Do Gaming is at on the title, I have the game downloading on Steam at 87.6 percent. Rob Clegg, my principle reviewer, is on his way to a launch of the game with Megarom. Oh and a quick tangent on the server front – it seems there is a problem with the server files provided on the disc so SGS is working furiously to try and resolve the problem. In other words, we’re still waiting for our first taste of MW3. *sad face*.
Back to the thoughts in my head: I feel like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a bit like the French Rugby team. Which MW3 will arrive on the scene today? We’ve had some highs with Call of Duty 4, a sort of carry over with Call of Duty: World at War, a multiplayer nose dive with Modern Warfare 2, a local exclusive of Black Ops to Gameservers.com and now MW3.
The French reached the Rugby World Cup final (by some miracle) and after being pipped by one point to the title by the All Blacks, it was so close, but no cigar. Like the French, MW3 has received praise and criticism. The move to provide dedicated servers has been praised while the much talked about Elite service has been viewed with some scepticism. Which title will turn up on the day?
Do Gaming will obviously run Call of Duty 4 leagues next year. Competitive titles take time to settle and there’s just no way to know how MW3 will turn out in a competitive league. Gamers have raised concerns about the game modes, what the maps will be like and whether there will be a Promod.
While the game has some control on the server settings, it’s unlikely that these will match the functionality offered in the CoD4 Promod. It would take a lot for Modern Warfare 3 to unseat CoD4 and we could well see a scenario of CoD4 players staying where they are with MW2 and Black Ops players moving to MW3. Or MW3 could become the new standard. Whatever happens, it will all take time.
In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish and Nikolai are back and both of them are on the run after killing the rogue U.S. Army Lieutenant, General Shepard. Vladamir Makarov, the antagonist from Modern Warfare 2, is also back and setting his eyes on mass terrorism of the Western world.
The story follows straight on from Modern Warfare 2 after the Russian Federation has been invading the U.S. and now Europe is under threat. In addition to the above characters there will also be some new playable characters such as Derek "Frost" Westbrook and Sandman, Marcus Burns and Yuri. Wallcroft returns to the narrative, originally from Call of Duty 4.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will also bring back the three popular gameplay modes from previous titles: Campaign, Co-operative (called Spec Ops) and of course multiplayer.