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Hmmm, MW3. The game has been out for over two months now,
and I am finally ready to write a review about it.
First off, the campaign is very solid, albeit very short. I
beat it on Hardened in 4.5 hours. I liked the story, it tied up the 3 game
storyline well, but I wasn't in love with it. Previously I loved COD4's story
and campaign. I thought MW2 story was weak and predictable, but loved the
levels it allowed us to play. In MW3, the story was just okay and the levels
were just okay. The graphics were excellent and there was a lack of glitches.
The whole thing was a silky smooth experience chalked full of set pieces. Some
of the levels were impressive, some were bland. Overall a fun experience, but
it just felt like the same old thing.
Spec Ops is probably the best thing about this game. The
individual spec op missions are excellent, much better than MW2's. There were
so many and they all were fun and challenging. I loved playing through them
all. They seemed varied, with each presenting different things to do. What I
didn't really understand is why they choose to keep many of these as Spec Op
missions. It seemed like many would have slotted nicely into campaign mode,
which could have made the game longer. The
new part of Spec Ops was Survival, which is probably my favorite wave mode
ever. I got the Unstoppable title for it by reaching wave 15 in each mission.
Overall, the campaign and Spec Ops have taken up around 20
hours of my time, which I think is a decent amount for any game. Those were
high quality hours of entertainment. If the game had no MP, with the other
stuff it would still be worth whatever they charged you, $60 or less. But these thing aren't why people buy COD,
which brings us to the Multiplayer.
What I like about MP:
16 maps! Big improvement over the 8-10 we've
Guns are fun to fire. They weren't as good in
Kill Confirmed. Love everything about it. It's
TDM without the camping, and the tags allow for higher scores. KC is probably
the best way for me to run up my score and prestige fast.
What I don't like about MP:
Unbalanced. Some spawns are way better than
others. Some guns are overpowered. If you aren't either using the Type 95, FMG9
akimbo, or quickscoping, you are at a disadvantage. Hasn't stopped me from
destroying people with other weapons, but I still don't like it. The only
decent shotgun is the Striker, which is odd. They should be closer together I
think, not one that is clearly the best.
Hit detection is bad. Sometimes people are
shooting you and you duck around a corner. You have enough time to crouch and
turn to wait before it tells you that you actually died before getting to
cover. Then on the replay you see the guy got several hits that were just air.
The FMG9 is terrible for this. I hate when I am on a streak and someone FMG9's
me without actually ever hitting me.
Quitters, booster, and cheaters. There is a lot
of this going on. I think they need to do more to clamp down on it. I also am
not a fan of all the hate mail I get via messages.
People (fanboys) constantly complain that COD is the same thing
each year. While it is very similar in many ways, there are always a few
differences. The Treyarch titles have been quite a bit different then the
IW/Sledgehammer titles. Certainly WAW was way different than any MW title.
Black Ops was closer, yet still felt quite a bit different. It had the best hit
detection and balance of any COD title, and CTF was amazing. For these reasons
MLG seems to be sticking with BO instead of going to MW3. MW3 sucks for CTF.
The maps aren't geared for it and the rounds are too short. There are new killstreaks this year. I love
the Specialist strike package as it lets me prestige so much quicker. It took
23 hours with assault. Only 15 with Specialist. In the future I would like them
to gear the killstreaks more towards good players, but I don't think that will
be happening. There is the barebones which is cool. I'm not sure how I feel
about the nuke being 25 weapon kills and not a game ender. It seems so difficult
to obtain. If I get to 40-0 with assault I think I deserve to win, but that isn't
always the case.
As for elite, it still doesn't work right. Beachhead did a
Overall this is another solid COD installment well worth the
money. It won't blow anyone away like COD4 did, but there is a lot of content
here that can entertain for hours and hours. I am almost to 10th
prestige with 9 days played. Add another day for the other stuff. That is a lot
of time and entertainment. I love playing this game with friends. I prefer it
over WAW and MW2. BO had maybe a better campaign and MP, but MW3's MP is decent
and Spec Ops is great. I think people are getting carried away with the scores
that are above 9.0. I would give this game an 8.0. Not appropriate for kids