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Surviving Another Level Of Modern Warfare 3

Nineteen waves of enemies later, Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling and I finally went down for good – but not until we ranked up a half dozen times and shot a whole bunch of dudes (and, I hate the dogs) dead.

Modern Warfare 3’s Survival mode is a solid addition to the two-player co-op Spec Ops side of the game. In some respects it’s less impressive than the higher player counts found in similar modes in other games, but fighting off waves of enemies Call of Duty style is inarguably a distinct experience. The Counter-Strike-like economy is a great fit for the gametype, encouraging players to consider larger strategies than simply getting shot as little as possible.

The Survival level Bowling and I played at Gamescom is tiny but interesting. A dual-level plaza takes up half the map, with underpasses offering cover from assault helicopters and small balconies and walkways creating wonderful overlapping firing angles from up high. The other half of the level is a house with two entrances: one opening onto the plaza, the other on the opposite side of the building giving access to the trio of relatively open roads surrounding the house. With only two players, you have to make tough decisions about where to take a stand. More than likely, you’ll do what we did and pick different spots for different waves.
The variety in the waves of incoming enemies is what made the experience work for me. Bowling and I were constantly on the move, our plans rarely surviving contact with the enemy as C4-strapped terrorists forced us to move, or dogs knocked us out of cover, or the inexorable advance of a Juggernaut left us no choice but to fall back. Some waves were nothing but assault helicopters, forcing us to play hide-and-seek as we tried to knock them out of the sky with assault rifles without being shredded by their miniguns.

Wisely spending the cash earned by killing enemies and surviving waves is the difference between a good round and a great one. If you can hold off on buying a weapon until commandos strapped with ACRs show up and outfit yourself with one of their guns for free, putting that money into an airstrike, delta squad reinforcements, or buying back your extra life can mean pulling through a tough wave instead of knuckling under. I bought an early delta squad on a whim, and the purchase paid for itself many times over as my commando buddies lasted through a dozen waves and saved my life a handful of times.

Wave 19 finally did us in. We had just made it through the eighteenth, which as I recall had ACR-toting, armored commandos pinning us down while their suicide C4 allies charged our positions. I’m going to be real honest here: Bowling’s skill with an assault rifle got us through that one. Well, that and a clutch knife by yours truly, but it was mostly Bowling’s quick trigger finger. With both of our self-revives down and no cash to buy them back, we didn’t have anything left in the tank to survive the massive wave of assault rifle grunts and attack dogs that came next.

When all was said and done, we had gained several ranks (which in the live game would unlock new things for purchase during a round, but for demo purposes we had access to everything) and picked up a two-star score on survival mode. Not bad for two badly jet-lagged Americans in Germany.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launches on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on November 8.

  • Pretty good.

  • Cool read, as more and more gameplay details are released I cant help but wonder if the lack of of most of their team made them refocus. They seem to be at least be doing a good job on adding variety.

  • Co-op is easily starting to become the best part of the Call of Duty experience for me, and this preview isn't changing that opinion soon. As much as I love Battlefield 3, BF3's co-op definitely doesn't have anything on MW3's co-op (though I love both games, so no raging dudes).
  • This sounds pretty cool. Kinda like a more tactical version of zombies, you know with less...zombies.
  • D'ya like Dags? Dags? Dags, ye like Dags? Ohhhh Dogs. Sure I like dogs, I like caravans more though.
  • Lets stop Activision and EA fighting their both GREAT SO SHUT UP U BF AND COD FANBOYS GET ALONG
  • This makes me more excited for the game.


  • Looking forward to this, despite all the negative responses towards the game.

  • They Killed Dogs..where's mike vick when you need him

  • looking forward to this.

  • 3 days before skyrim? mw3 is taking a backseat here
  • Sounds awesome. I'll probably be putting more time into this than the actual multiplayer. Although that depends on how good it is. And how many of my friends are playing Battlefield 3

  • [/drools]

  • *slathering* Do want O.O CoD fever comes on all at once - usually whenever new multiplayer info is released XD

  • Dangit, this mode will still be awsome and all but I was hoping for 4 players :(
  • well im tired of paying for the same game every year so this and every cod from now on is off my list of what to buy.Skyrim. Plud MW3 makes me hate it for another reason because it comes out right before skyrim a great game tht wont get as many sasles as it could, But will from those who r true fans.
  • Plus they just stole this idea from Gears of war horde mode and Gears of war 3 is going to make it better which specs survival mode stole.
  • This sounds way better than nazi zombies.
  • This will probably be fun to play, but not nearly as fun as Horde 2.0. That is going to be awesome.
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