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Call of Duty MW3 – First Impressions
It doesn’t take a whole lot of time to see the resemblance between the previous Modern Warfare games and MW3. But most fans will agree that is actually a good thing, as some will say “if it aint broke don’t fix it”. And with MW3 taking the Modern Warfare franchise to new heights of popularity, this game is far from broken.
One of the first things someone will notice after hopping into a match on MW3’s multiplayer is the fact that the game is extremely fast paced. This can be attributed to several things, but mostly it is down to the fact that Call of Duty has always been a fast-paced game, and that the maps featured in MW3 are generally smaller than what we have seen in Black Ops and MW2. The overall design of the maps seems to have taken a bit of a turn as well, and a lot of gamers are hung up on whether it is for the better or not. For example, it would appear that the maps were designed specifically to discourage any sort of camping, as you are rarely going to find a room or building that has only one entrance. And if you stay in one spot too long you are going to run the risk of getting flanked from varying angles.
Hate camping..? You’ll love MW3!
Another characteristic of the multiplayer that is pretty much inescapable is the fact that if you were good at MW2 or Black Ops, then you are probably going to be competitive in online right away. This means there is essentially a complete lack of a learning people for most of the gamers online, which has made online pretty interesting so far. This is also why you may have seen some people who have gone through the ranks enormously quickly.
Even though you will undoubtedly encounter some pretty skilled players early on, there are ways the developers help even out the game. For instance, you will have the powerful G36C Assault Rifle right from the start; a gun that is normally reserved until you have played a lot of the game. Combine this with the fact that most maps require you to run around rather than stick in the same place ensures that no single person will dominate a match too much.
MW3 Survival Mode
Of course, there is much more to Modern Warfare 3 than just the multiplayer. Anyone who has played the Horde mode on Gears of War will immediately become familiar with the Survival mode that is now available on MW3. The premise is almost identical: you and your friends are put in multiplayer maps and have to fight off wave after wave of enemies. Killing enemies gives you money, which can then be spent on things like sentry turrets. It’s insanely addictive and a great change of pace if you’re getting tired of the multiplayer fighting.
So in conclusion MW3 is more of the same, but in such a good way. With the added perks, fresh maps and all-new weapon proficiencies and game types, this game is sure to be the FPS king until at least this time next year, when it is replaced.