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The time has finally come for the triumphant return of the Modern Warfare series from Call of Duty. This game has been eagerly anticipated now since the end of Modern Warfare 2 and has been on the “want” lists of gamers for months, and for us at Gamer’s Dish, this game has also been no exception. Modern Warfare 3 is the direct sequel to the popular Modern Warfare 2 from 2009.
Like Modern Warfare 2, there are various characters that players will play as throughout the game. It seems like it’s guaranteed to gauge and peak interest in many for this First-Person Shooter. The game features also as well, a co-op mode called Survival Mode, where players will have to shoot their way to survive to the next wave. Players will start with a minimum weapon and as they gain kills, they gain cash to upgrade to better weapons, as well as different devices they can use while in survival, including Drone Predator missiles, Air Strikes, etc.
As if the campaign can’t be explosive enough, along with having a co-op multiplayer that could leave players addicted for days, there’s also the online multiplayer. The entire Killstreak reward system has been revamped. Instead of it being Killstreaks, it’s known now as Pointstreaks, where kills are no longer the only way to increase the player’s Pointstreak. Completing objectives like planting bombs, capturing the flag, all award towards the player’s Pointstreaks and come in neat little packages.
If all that wasn’t enough, there is most certainly more. Modern Warfare 3 launched what is now called Call of Duty: Elite. Call of Duty: Elite is a new free/subscription-based service that was developed by Beachhead Studios for the multiplayer portion of Modern Warfare (and also as a bonus exists for previous installments such as Black-Ops). The free version of Elite features lifetime statistics for a player, as well as social-networking integration. The paid subscription version includes monthly downloadable content, daily competitions for real and virtual life prizes, ability to level up a player’s clan, pro analysis and strategies, and much more. The catch of course is that the paid version of this is $49.99 per year.
Although Modern Warfare 3 did not offer any pre-order bonuses, that still didn’t stop gamers from pre-ordering this next installment. Reviews will come shortly, so stay frosty gamers.
Developers: Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software, Treyarch (Wii), Neversoft
Platforms: PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
Release Date: November 8, 2011
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It’s February 25, 1968. The Cold War is reaching an escalation point. You are Alex Mason. You are strapped to a chair in what seems to be an interrogation room being questioned by voices that are unrecognizable to you. The different levels throughout the game reveal more information about you and what you’ve done and why it’s been covered up for this long.
The story begins in 1961 when Mason is sent on a mission during the Bay of Pigs Invasion as part of Operation 40 to assassinate Fidel Castro. Mason succeeds in assassinating Castro, but afterwards things start taking a turn for the worse for Mason as he decides to leave himself behind for the extraction plane to be escorted safely. He ends up being captured by Castro, as it then reveals that he assassinated a double. Castro had an alliance with the Soviet Union, and hands Mason over to Dragovich.
Mason is then held captive at the Vorkuta Gulag for two years. During those two years Mason becomes friends with Viktor Reznov who is a former member of the Red Army. Reznov reveals to Mason the danger that Dragovich, Kravchenko and Steiner are plotting: to release a nerve agent known as “Nova-6.” The original “Nova-6” was destroyed before when British commandos destroyed the original program, but Steiner has revived the project. Mason and Reznov organize a riot amongst the prisoners to escape the gulag, but Mason is the only one to successfully escape. A month after this event, John F. Kennedy authorizes for Dragovich to be taken out.
In November 1963, Mason, along with Woods, Bowman, and Weaver are sent to Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Kazakh SSR to disable the Soviet space program and eliminate the members of the Soviet Ascension program, and Nazis who were given sanctuary in Russia in exchange for information that they had. Weaver is captured and Mason sees Kravchenko torture him. Mason and his team later rescue him while destroying the Soyuz spacecraft as well. Dragovich escapes assassination again, which further motivates Mason to hunt him for the next five years.
In 1968, the MACV-SOG established themselves in Vietnam to investigate Soviet presence. After they defend the Khe Sanh, the SOG is then deployed to Hue during the Tet Offensive to recover a dossier that contains information on Dragovich from a Russian defector. They recover the dossier, while also Mason encounters Reznov, who is revealed as the defector. The SOG then launches an offense on Laos to recover a “Nova-6” shipment from a Soviet plane that was downed. While at the crash site, they are outnumbered by both Vietcong and Spetznaz. Mason and Reznov manage to escape, but at the same time, Bowman gets executed and Woods dies while killing Kravchenko.
During this operation, Hudson, who is a CIA operative, along with Weaver, who had Russian affiliations interrogate Dr. Daniel Clarke, who stabilized Nova-6 in Kowloon. Clarke then identifies Steiner as a part of the conspiracy and reveals to them the location of the hidden facility in Mount Yamantau before being killed by Dragovich’s men. Hudson and Weaver head to Mount Yamantau to destroy the facility and to capture Steiner. During the mission, Hudson receives a transmission from Steiner, telling him to meet Steiner at Rebirth Island which is in the Aral Sea to learn how to halt a numbers broadcast that would send instructions to sleeper agents to release the Nova-6 gas in American cities. Meanwhile, Mason and Reznov head to Rebirth Island to kill Steiner.
It’s revealed then in the present that Mason was brainwashed by Dragovich to become a sleeper agent to assassinate President Kennedy, but Reznov reprogrammed him to kill Dragovich, Kravchenko and Steiner. A series of numbers plays while Mason is in the interrogation room, which prompts Mason to remember the location of the Russian cargo ship Rusalka that is off of the Cuban coast. At this point, Mason is released by his interrogators and the team launches an assault on the Russian ship, to disable the broadcast being sent with the numbers to release the gas. Hudson calls for the U.S. Navy to destroy the ship and the underwater base.
Meanwhile, Mason and Hudson finally find Dragovich in one of the lower levels of the underwater facility and kill him before the base is destroyed. Weaver hails that they are victorious, but Mason has his doubts, because of his last conversation with Dragovich. At the end, it remains unclear what really did happen with the assassination of President Kennedy, which does leave this possibly open for a follow up of Black-Ops.
Along with the campaign missions that are available, Call of Duty: Black-Ops also has a multiplayer mode, which allows for players to play in different scenarios, allowing them to rank up and gain new weapons and attachments to those weapons. There is also a new mode in Black-Ops which has not been done before in a Call of Duty game, which is a “Zombie Mode” which allows players to go through different waves of killing zombies. This can either be played on the system or over the Internet.
- This game featured an explosive non-stop action packed campaign from start to finish, and kept me wondering what was going to happen next, up until the very end.
- The multiplayer also now features a mode called “Sticks and Stones” which basically has no guns, but instead players use knives, tomahawks, etc. to eliminate other players.
- I also found myself to be very addicted to the “Zombie Mode” playing for hours without even realizing it.
- Good, smooth graphics.
- I kind of felt like with the campaign though, as action pakced ats it was, there were some things being drawn out during it, which sometimes kind of de-motivated me to play this game and finish it.
Final thoughts: This was definitely an impressive step-up from Treyarch. I’ll be honest that I held a bit of a grudge because of the way the Call of Duty 3 multiplayer maps were styled and therefore did not play a Treyarch game for a long time, but Black-Ops instantly sucked me back into it. The “Zombie Mode” was a fun addition to the game and actually like said, was quite addicting. If Treyarch manages to keep making games like this, there’s no doubt I won’t keep playing them.
Grade: Taking the long campaign into consideration, Call of Duty: Black-Ops still gets a 10 out of 10 in my opinion, for making a pretty outstanding game.
Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: November 9, 2010
Genre: First Person Shooter
ESRB Rating: Mature
When it released, there was a lot of hype around Modern Warfare 2, and I was many in the crowd with it, anxiously awaiting the pre-ordered midnight launch.
Modern Warfare 2 I think lives up to and even exceeds some of the standards of a sequel compared to Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The campaign alone features a non-stop adrenaline rush from start to finish. Along with the stunning campaign, this game also features a Special Ops mode which allows single player or two players (online or same system), to complete different Special Operations missions on different difficulties.
The story focuses on essentially three characters throughout the game. It takes place five years after the first Modern Warfare game ended where now an ultranationalist by the name of Vladimir Makarov is setting up for national terrorism in Europe. After a failed mission with an undercover agent, Makarov and his men decided to declare their own war on the United States. While all of this is going on Sergeant “Roach” of the Task Force 141 from the UK is finding a way to get to Makarov, which involves them going down into South America with a lead that will take them directly to Makarov. Makarov has Russia wage war with America and invades the country, with the Rangers, in which you control Pvt. James Ramirez as America’s line of defense. From there, the game takes a lot of twists and turns, but I don’t want to spoil that for those of you that haven’t had the chance to play it yet, just know this, I lay heavy odds that there is going to be a Modern Warfare 3 from the way this game ended.
- There’s more interactions with in-game sequences.
- The graphics are quite incredible.
- For the most part, the dialogue was good and flowed well.
- Online multiplayer modes are amazing.
- The campaign is a little short.
- We need a multiplayer campaign.
Final Thoughts: Overall, the game itself was great. I enjoyed playing it and it just kept me intense in it from start to finish. The other thing that would be nice, (and I have discussed this with a few people) would be to have a multiplayer campaign. Last but not least, my favorite part of video games: online play. I am an extremely huge fan of online play and this game definitely keeps my attention when it comes to playing online. The online modes include such classics like Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture The Flag, etc. One of the differences between this Modern Warfare and the previous one is special killstreak awards that can be provided to you, such as certain choppers, supply drops, and the grand momma of that being a nuke which ends the match. The leveling system is still relatively the same as the first Modern Warfare, which gives some people like me to strive for.
Grade: Despite there being a couple of flaws…10 out of 10.
Developer: Infinity Ward
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Release Date: November 10, 2009
Genre: First-person shooter
ESRB Rating: Mature