As a grown man there are a few things I admit to being a fanboy of these days. You have to be careful where you place your loyalties. For example, the other day whilst leaving the local McDonald’s with a french fry in hand a Transformer Fanboy commented on my Autobot sticker on my car. I gave him the necessary thumbs up, not knowing his level of fanboyism, which invited him to discuss the Autobots original function on planet Cybertron as tools (literally, tools). This was a conversation I wasn’t prepared for, and after escaping the discussion of Transformer comics and novels (there are NOVELS?) by promising to “hang out at McDonald’s sometime” , I seriously considered ripping the sticker off… it was only added in case Megan Fox ever pulled up next to me in traffic anyway. It was a horrible experience, and one that change my life forever; I can never go back to that McDonald’s.
So, when choosing your fanboy status over a particular property, you have to take these things into consideration. However, certain things just rise above the risk associated and become awesome enough for me to declare my love, whether it be with a sticker, a t-shirt, or action figures… did I mention I am a grown man? Those things are relatively few in my life: Mario Bros, Star Wars, etc. How is it then that I have possibly become a Call of Duty fanboy? Well, it’s the latest version that has me hooked.
Activision sent me a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to play this week. I knew about it coming ahead of time, and yet, I still considered buying a copy because I NEEDED to play it at midnight. I resisted the urge, and the next day a FedEx guy got full view of me in my tight whities Robot Pajamas as I snatched the package out of his hand and scurried back into the house like a feral cat being offered food, and then basked in the glory of the game for hours.
For those already familiar with the series, nothing will come as a great surprise to you, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t awesome. If you’ve played Black Ops you’ve seen a lot of this before, but that’s OK when it’s so great. Let me put it this way; If Black Ops was a delicious cheeseburger, MW3 is a delicious cheeseburger with bacon on top.
Taking a hint from the previous games best parts, MW3’s single player campaign has you operating drones, large mini guns and other neat military based toys. While the basic idea is the same, shoot enough badguys to get to the next section. It’s interesting to note that most of the time the badguys are unlimited and relentless, creating certain areas of the game where you end up running wildly, hoping that you don’t get riddled with bullets before making it to the next check point. There are scenes where you are underwater, shooting from a helicopter or even fighting some badguys while you bounce around weightless in a plane because it’s been taken by terrorists and it’s rolling around. Fun? Yes! Realstic? Well, no…(Spoiler: You survive a place crash.)
Here is where I would love to discuss the intricacies of the plot, maybe discuss the plausible and obviously necessary twist in the story. Maybe I could comment on the Modern Warfare series as a whole, as MW3 is the last of a supposed trilogy.
The problem is, I quit playing the single player campaign a few hours in, and I won’t be back for awhile.
Why? Simply because the multiplayer is the best First Person Shooter multiplayer experience ever. If the game itself is that bacon-cheeseburger discussed above, the multiplayer is another patty AND some more bacon, and perhaps a side of French Fries. (Note: Try not to write reviews before lunchtime.)
The multiplayer experience from Black Ops and MW2 has been expanded in all the right ways. Leveling, which never really seemed like grinding before, happens fast and often because now you’re leveling your gun proficiency as well as your main character. Kill streaks have been improved by creating support kill streaks that don’t discontinue when you die for casual players who can’t string together more than a few kills before being killed. You can choose to concentrate on the offensive kill streaks instead, but either way some pretty awesome new rewards are to be found; a juggernaut recon suit that’s nearly impossible to kill, a small helicopter drone, and a remote turret are a few of the best things to achieve in the game.
For those not interested in blasting a digital representation of a 14 year old racist turd in his basement in the face with a digital shotgun, there are a few pretty decent coop modes. The newest, and most fun, is “survival” mode, which works like Nazi Zombies from previous Call of Duty games, only instead of hordes of zombies, it’s waves of soldiers attacking you and a partner, with no end until you both die. If you have a buddy you can play with and communicate with properly, there is nothing more fun than setting plans and seeing them come to life, of course with a few “Oh Shiiiii” moments rolled in as the game doesn’t just send waves of the same enemy. Sometimes you’re taking down a pair of helicopters or a single guy in a juggernaut suit, or enemies who have strapped themselves with C4 on their chests. You know, cause that happens in real life. I am sure there are some more interesting baddies to find in upper levels, but as before… I could only play a bit before going back to multiplayer.
So all in all it’s a great game. Other reviews have commented on a pretty straightforward single-player mode, and perhaps it’s because I haven’t played it yet, but it’s really fun and a good refresher on how the game mechanics work for the Multiplayer aspects, which is where this game shines. The graphics, although built on an older engine than its Battlefield 3 competition, simply look and work amazing, especially the scenes in New York City. The sound is pretty much the same, but if there is one thing that project this game to the next level, the Milkshake to the meal we’ve got going on here, it would be an awesome soundtrack filled with popular music. All of the Call of Duty games lack in this department, and it’s something that should be worked on.
Graphics: 4 out of 5 PJs
Sound/Music: 3 out of 5 PJs
Gameplay: 5 out of 5 PJs
Multiplayer: 5 out of 5 PJs
OVERALL: 4.5 out of 5 Pajamas.
Final Comments: Anyone know where I can get a Call of Duty sticker for my car?