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MODERN WARFARE III (MW3)

Modern Warfare 3

While Call of Duty games have become formulaic at this point, as evidenced by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's muddled narrative and at times frustrating design, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games have refined and polished the Modern Warfare experience to produce the best of the series with the third installment. Everything about the campaign is bigger, better and more epic than anything we have ever seen in a previous Call of Duty game, including several moments in the game that make you sit back and wonder "Wow, I cannot believe they actually went there. "The biggest thing that stuck with us about the campaign is the grand scale of it all, and the game takes you from New York to Africa to London and many other locations around the globe, which works very well for a game that essentially depicts World War III.

Still, Modern Warfare 3's campaign suffers from a run of the mill story and the patented Call of Duty monster closet syndrome, a common shooter ailment that occurs when infinitely spawning enemies pour from around corners, doors and stairs without end. At several points enemies even appear to completely disregard their own safety if it means they can run past your allies and just shoot you in the face. But then again, thats' what multiplayer is for. So many hours of upgrades and leveling and action and frustration because omg how did that guy kill me from all the way over there. Cue shrieking and yelling and 12-year-olds saying horrible things to people twice their age. It's all part of the COD online experience.

All of the sixteen new maps are fun to play and, with a whole new slew of challenges to complete, rewards constantly pop up and keep you hooked with the next little endorphin rush. No matter whether I play for five minutes or five hours, multiplayer in Modern Warfare 3 always makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something. The ubiquitous RPG-ish leveling system for online FPSes returns here, wherein you unlock new guns (though each gun must be leveled individually -- which is pretty awesome). As does the majority of the game types. The three biggest additions / changes in multiplayer come in the forms of Survival/Spec Ops (MW2's 2-player co-op), Killstreaks and a multiplayer mode called Kill Confirmed.

The controls feel as good as ever, and that same sense of exhilaration and speed that comes from a great round of multiplayer still exists. Like past Call of Duty games, occasional moments where one team totally dominates the other due to Assault Strike Package rewards still happen, but overall this remains a slight annoyance when weighed against the rest of the multiplayer package.

The line "If it ain't broke" works perfectly when describing CoD: MW3, because while it is basically more of the same, it's still the best FPS franchise on the market. The minor complaints regarding the short-lived single-player experience are easily outweighed by the game's epic scale and multiplayer additions. A must-own for all fans of the franchise or FPS games in general. Despite its flaws, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 takes the fantastic series we’ve come to love over the years and iterates on it with great success. The multiplayer is hands-down the best it has ever been, with more features, more modes and a ton of new levels and ways to interact via Call of Duty Elite. The singleplayer campaign and Spec Ops mode add value to the overall package, creating something that may not be perfect, but is too damn addicting to pass up. I absolutely give this a masterful 5 out of 5 unicorn poops..in fact I refuse to wipe because I want to carry this stink with me Hoo-Rah !!!
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