Are you ready for another military shooter ? Of course you are. Not only is this far from the first Call of Duty, its also isn't the first Modern Warfare. This franchise doesn't mess around, and even with Sledgehammer at the helm, we know what to expect. The graphics are great, the upgrades are extensive, and players are jerks. Lets talk about whats new.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare brought in kill steaks. Modern Warfare 2 kicked it up with 15 kill streak options including the Tactical Nuke. Modern Warfare 3 still has 15 options, minus the nuke, and players are allowed to choose three; it's now called the Assault Strike. But this title blew the whole thing apart by adding the Support Strike packages. The support streak acts exactly like a kill streak. There are 15 options and each player chooses three. But players don't have to stay alive in order to get the rewards; they tally up throughout the match. There is now also the Specialist Strike package that allows players to unlock extra perks to stack on top of their existing selections.
Initially, these new additions really irritated me. It seemed like there was just so much stuff to pick and chose and worry about. My concerns were that I wouldn't be able to compete when the top players had all these amazing extras. The more I play, the more I realize that these extras benefit my rookie friends even more. Jumping into a franchise like Call of Duty can be intimidating. Even players that are familiar with the series but not that skilled will be happy to get the occasional reward of their own. It really cut down on how quickly they became frustrated.
There are more guns, especially sniper rifles. The upgrades, attachments, and weapon perks outnumber the previous titles. The maps are really reminiscent of MW2 in that there is a lot of multilevel action. But unlike the first two games in the MW series, there are no maps that are super conducive to sniping. That makes me very happy, but makes others very sad.
One of the other numerous changes that I would like to touch upon is the addition of a game type called Kill Confirmed. The basis if the gameplay is team deathmatch, but every time a player dies they drop a set of dog tags. Players must retrieve the enemy dog tags in order for the kill to count towards the overall team score. Players can also recover their own tags and those of teammates to prevent the opposition from getting the points for the kill. It is tough to win this game with someone hiding up in a corner with a sniper rifle camping it out, or players that spam grenades and launchers across the map. I am not usually a fan of TD, but Kill Confirmed has a very fast pace and encourages an aggressive close quarters combat technique, and I love that.
I could actually go on and on and on about this game. I was really skeptical of it in the beginning, but it's starting to grow on me like all the Call of Duty games do. I think Modern Warfare 3 is fun and I recommend it for old fans and beginners.