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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Impressions

Posted on Thursday, May 26 @ 22:37:20 Eastern by

Activision, Infinity Ward, Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games are having some crazy love-in over there in the money mansion. Somehow the Call of Duty series seems just as strong as ever with the latest game "leaking" out ahead of its E3 2011 debut. With the military shooters cover blown, Activision and company figured it would be OK to let journalists get their eyes on some Modern Warfare 3 gameplay ahead of gaming's big show.

So when the biggest publisher in the world says they're going to show you the hotly anticipated follow up to the biggest franchise in the world, you're not really bothering to ask which developer is behind which part of the game you're about to see. Activision wasn't offering that information up anyways.

The gameplay demo started immediately after the ending of Modern Warfare 2 with Russia's ongoing assault on American soil. Modern Warfare 3 envisions Russia's attempt to take Manhattan as a day called Black Tuesday. With New York City in ruins, littered with collapsed skyscrapers and dotted with military vehicles, World War III has started.

Maybe you should reconnect yourself with Modern Warfare 3's debut gameplay trailer which flips the first W in World War III to form the M in MW3:


So you and your fellow brothers in arms are on the way to Wall Street and the Stock Exchange Building where Russians have installed a communications interrupter. In this section of the game the player takes control of Sandman, a member of Delta Squad, joined by Grinch and Grizzly. With a confirmed Co-Op campaign in the game, we're left to guess which character player 2 will control.

The demo had a gun equipped with both a red dot site and a scope. While the scope is not in use it can be flipped away, not unlike the heartbeat sensor in Modern Warfare 2's Cliffhange mission. A second new item was introduced immediately in the demo's opening battles: a flashbang that splits into nine parts before detonating... a "nine bang." Count on Call of Duty to take the future seriously.

The demo took the player to the roof of the Stock Exchange building where a Reaper Drone helps mop up some enemies. The player plants explosives on the Russian tower before sweeping being swept off to a New York harbor byway of Helicopter. That happy trip is interrupted by another helicopter, this one controlled by the Russian invaders. Using skyscrapers as cover the two choppers hunt each other in the battered New York City skyline.

While the other helicopter eventually succumbs to the player's fire, it doesn't without creating an opening for an enemy rocket to hit the aircraft you're riding in. The roller coaster ride Call of Duty is known for is still present in Modern Warfare 3, in this instance chucking the player's helicopter to the ground, scraping a building before the pilot recaptures control of the aircraft.

The second part of the demo turns to Corporal Burns in London, a covert mission filled with the typical tension Infinity Ward has tied memorable missions up with. Burns single-handedly wipes our a warehouse full of baddies and proceeds to do the same with enemies at the docks. Burns jumps into a truck and makes a beeline for the London tube the Russians have taken control of a train and set it up for a Speed level of demolition. Stealth pretty much goes out the window with Burns veering his truck in and out of the subway train's path, picking off enemies as he goes. Despite Burns and his mission's success, the subway still tumbles through the underground with the shooter's normal level of explosions and rubble.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be in attendance at E3 2011 and so will Game Revolution. If you're hoping for a better look at Modern Warfare 3 that'll be the place to find it and Game Revolution will be the place to get it in your home. Check out our E3 2011 tag page for the latest leading up to and throughout the biggest show in video games.
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