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Modern Warfare 3 single player campaign: FUCKING AWESOME

The reason I got into multiplayer games is that after playing the  single player campaign of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, I couldn’t get enough and needed more. Eventhough the host-based networking of the console version has largely disappointed me and made me switch to Battlefield, I am still a fan of the Modern Warfare series and reckon that Infinity Ward (with the help of Sledgehammer this time) knows at least how to craft some of the best single player campaigns…

Modern Warfare campaigns are all about big, blockbuster spectacle in a world where all hell breaks loose. Nukes explode, the old cold war fears come true with the Russians trying to invade the western world, new York becomes a battlefield, the Eiffel towerin Paris collapses, unlikely twists and turns  happen all the time… and in my book that’s irrestible!

Modern Warfare 3’s campaign is better than Modern Warfare 2’s. The scenario is better, the action is more intense, and a lot of flashbacks are made to COD4 giving a sense of completeness to what appears to be a trilogy. There’s new weapons, gimmicks and gadgets, as well as a new protagonist, a russian named Yuri alongside with the old gang: Captain Price, Soap, and Nikolai. There’s a lot of great locales, and some levels appear clearly to have been created according to the fans feedback on the previous campaigns. This means that are obvious references to the popular parts of the COD4 campaign. For example, there’s some fighting in an aircraft, which is an obvious reference to the Mile High Club stage (and which I take pride to have completed it in Veteran difficulty).

Having started but not finished yet the BF3 campaign, it’s hard not to make a comparison. The MW3 single player campaign is a roller coaster sort of experience, an action movie in which you are participating with a big smile on your face from start to finish. BF3 tried to mimick it, but one of the reasons that DICE has failed is that by trying to be pseudo-realistic they have failed to make it fun.

Take for example the cut scenes between levels. In the MW series they are bombastic, a visual and audio feast with great dialogues. In BF3 it’s just the old soldier-accused-of-mutiny-getting-interrogated rehash that has been already done in the past and better, like in Black and COD:Black Ops.

I haven’t played the Spec Ops mode yet, but if it’s as fun as MW2’s (and I am sure it is), then it’s safe to say that Modern Warfare is the best single player and co-op experience out there, as far as military shooters go at least.

4 Comments»

  Roger wrote @

Modern Warfare 1 was way better.

Ghillie suits cracking dogs necks.

Air affected sniper mission.

Nukes going off.

  Jonathan wrote @

I agree. I don’t think any game can match COD 4’s single player campaign, at least. From the very first mission on the tanker right up to the end, it’s just perfectly balanced. As far as – specifically – gameplay goes, I think the engine from Modern Warfare is unchanged to a large extent to this day. Nobody had seen or played anything like it before it was released. Arguably, nobody will ever play anything as exquisitely fine tuned again.

  dave wrote @

Personally I think MW3 is the best. People keep on saying that its exactly like MW1 and MW2, but thats the good thing. Each game has slightly better graphics and gameplay. Each game gets better, but with the next part of the overall story. MW3’s action set pieces are great, and the endings one of the best ever, even though it might not be as good as MW2’s. Thats debatable. The black ops series sucks in comparison, and its true, battlefield is just a tryhard COD wannabe. MW3’s spec ops is great, and survival mode awesome. MW3 is a great conclusion to the story, and definitely one of the best games ever.

  Silver wrote @

Fully disagree. Modern Warfare 3’s campaign beats CoD 4’s by miles. The only reason you still think fondly of CoD 4’s campaign is obviously due to the nostalgic factor: it was the first of its kind, the graphics engine was new and jaw dropping (2007), the plot was easy to follow and steadily builded up to a nuclear climax etc. And while MW 2 had too much fantasy thrown in (exactly how did we get from some icy Russian airfield to an airport massacre to Rio to oilrigs in Kamchatka to D.C.?), MW 3’s campaign is perfect in that you get to see Paris, London, New York, Berlin, and many other global hotspots with a story that actually makes sense, since all you are doing is tying up loose ends in the global hunt for Makarov.


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