Friday, November 11, 2011

Another Year; Another Battle?

Gameplay - 8/10
Storyline - 8/10
Graphics - 8/10
Game Score : 24/30

Guess who's back? Did ya guess? Huh, huh, huh? It's me your friendly neighborhood gamer with another video game review for you here on In The Mind Of My Mind. Been a bit of a rough relocation of sorts, my internet is slow as hell now so uploading video game footage to our youtube channel is a pain not to mention been going to job interviews so been pretty busy. However, gaming prevails as it is a priority and will always be so the fight must go on to bring you all the gaming related and non related content that is possible. So lets take a look at the highly anticipated Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and do the obvious comparison to Battlefield 3 which we reviewed 2 weeks or so ago.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (abbreviated as Call of Duty: MW3, CoD: MW3 or simply MW3) is a first-person shooter video game, developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, with Raven Software having assisted in development. It is the third installment in the Modern Warfare series, a direct sequel to 2009's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and the eighth Call of Duty installment. It goes without saying that this franchise has come a long way over the years and as such has garnered a massive following, this is mostly due to three major factors: ease of play, multi-player experience, and the multi-faceted multi-player play-styles coupled with a leveling system similar to that of an RPG (Role Playing Game). Within 24 hours of going on sale, the game sold 4 million copies in the US and UK alone, 6.5 millions globally; so that's a pretty strong fan-base. Lets take a look at call of duty over the years for those who don't know, and those who feel like a stroll down memory lane...

So in-case you didn't feel like sitting through the aforementioned video, the cliff-notes version is this: industry changing game , steadily improved upon, shifted focus from single player game-play to multi-player, introduced industry changing multi-player gaming and stats tracking that many fans know and love to this day, continues to be a highly valued yearly released video game franchise with minors tweaks each year. The main question on everyone's mind is if they will bring us another industry changing game or will they continue to milk the old saying if it ain't broke don't fix it? Well Infinity Ward seems to definitely like that money in their pockets, as they should because money is what makes the gaming world go round. As always in recent history they deliver a fairly solid campaign mode, bringing back fan favorites from Modern Warfare 2 such as Soap Mactavish. Sadly, it is more or less of the same that we have seen before in Modern Warfare 2 and grown accustomed to with the CoD franchise; because in all honesty majority of player play this game for the multi-player. 

Multi-player sees also the inclusion of Survival mode. This game mode features one or two players fighting endless waves of enemies, with each wave becoming increasingly difficult. Despite being much compared to the World at War Nazi Zombies mode, enemies do not spawn at fixed locations like the zombies do; instead, they appear at tactical positions based on the current location of the player. The mode is available on all multiplayer maps in the game. In the mode, players earn "cash" for items such as weapons, upgrades, ammo, air/ground support and equipment. The entire Killstreak reward system has been revamped. Killstreaks are now known as Pointstreaks, and kills are no longer the only way to increase the player's Pointstreak. Completing objectives such as planting the bomb in Search and Destroy or capturing a flag in Capture The Flag awards points towards the player's Pointstreak. Pointstreak rewards are organized into three different "strike packages" called Assault, Support, and Specialist. The Assault strike package works the same as the Killstreak reward system in Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops, offering rewards like the Predator drone and attack helicopters. The Support strike package offers support-style rewards, such as UAVs and SAM Turrets. Rewards from the Support category do not reset when the player dies, but accumulate over the course of a match. The Specialist strike package rewards players with perks of their choosing after every second consecutive kill. After eight kills, they receive every perk in the game, but reset back to none upon death. Players are allowed to choose which Pointstreak rewards they want to use when they gain it during the match, rather than choosing them between rounds. Along with revamping the entire Killstreak reward system, Modern Warfare 3 also has a completely modified Ranking and Unlocks system, which does not use a currency system for unlocks.

The big question on everyone's mind from day one that these games release dates were announced, which game is superior? In all fairness there is no clear cut winner in this regard; as there are far too many variables and arguable points that would essentially boil down to personal opinion. The simple matter is if you are a fan, you are going to love all that MFW3 brings to the table and if you are not, you will probably enjoy playing BF3 more; simply because they are polar opposites. If you are the lone gun man type that loves instant player versus player run and gun action then MW3 is right up your alley. However if your play style lies more in the strategic team based experience you would probably be better suited playing BF3. Trying to not take sides is hard but the simple matter of it is Modern Warfare wins in the multi-player fun aspect between the two. At times the level of play required can be daunting and you are more focused on just staying alive compared to actually having fun in BF3. In the end personally I give it up to BF3 as the more total package for any gamers out there wondering which game to go for if they can't get both.


November 11, 2011 at 10:43 PM


November 11, 2011 at 11:38 PM

"In the ass! In the crotch!" Hahahaha

November 12, 2011 at 12:18 AM

I applaud CODMW3 developers. The gameplay was awesome and action packed. i thought there was no way it could be better than BF3 but i was wrong.

November 14, 2011 at 10:07 PM

poll on The Reviews Are In; Are You Team BF3 or Team MWF3? ended with 2 votes for BF3 and 0 votes for MWF3.

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