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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Campaign Review

Since the creation of this modern day FPS, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare back in 2007 the series has enjoyed staggering record sales numbers along with a huge fan base and unlimited resources. The overall idea was the perfect formula that grabbed hold of most gamers’ attention and has not let go since. This series has been and continues to be the FPS that gamers refuse to stop playing, the question is why?

After completing the campaign mode with the difficulty set on hardened in less than five hours, I have to say that I’m not disappointed because it’s exactly what I expected. Though the storyline has changed picking up only moments after MW2’s story ended, leaving a more than blurry explanation of what happened, the overall experience has not changed in the least.

Once again the player assumes various roles of characters and their perspectives throughout the storyline. This is beyond getting old. I’ve been there and done that, how about something new or even something older at this point – just to change it up. In my opinion, flying up to the aircraft to use the support weapons could be done better than that. it has been since the beginning. Though it is a very cool feature just getting there or the way it’s done could be better thought out.

So what’s different? Well, aside from the fact that the campaign is set over the course of a few different days – abso-friggin-lutley nothing! Each mission features the same exact series of objectives that include tasks with different requirements such as, eliminating a certain enemy, defending objectives for a timed event, planting explosives at a certain installation, and are checkpoint driven.

I did notice the lighting has improved but when using the same textures over and over again it really doesn’t have the desired effect that it should have had. I know it’s been two years and I am getting older but seriously I can remember those buildings, landscapes, and holes in the ground. Infinity Ward should have spent some time on the environment at the least if they were not going to change anything else. However, even with the dated engine, as long as the box still says sixty frames per second most fans and media will have the illusion of perfect graphics.

The sound quality has seen improvement in some areas but the music really needs to be updated to something other then orchestra. I mean really, not one person playing this game listens to that crap so why on earth do we have to hear it the whole time we are playing, kick it up a notch!

I found the gameplay to be less intense than MW2 and even Black Ops in the campaign mode. The whole getting knocked on the ground and being incapacitated was previously overdone in the other titles, happens too often in MW3, and is way over-exaggerated as well. I can honestly say that I enjoy the cut-scenes though. Black Ops had some great ones and MW3 did too. Unfortunately for me, this was the highlight of the gameplay and there wasn’t much of it.

I’m tired of collecting Intel! I played through this title collecting only two of them and it was by accident. This task needs to be reworked to get people more interested in exploring the environment but then they would actually have to build a new one first. That would push back the release of MW3.5 forever because then they cannot simply use the permanent template that is cast in titanium and buried in an underground base somewhere just waiting for the next installment release.

Hit detection is once again an epic fail. Either you take a guy out without even hitting him or you shoot him square in the face and the bullets pass right through him. Elbows and kneecaps are not deadly life threatening wounds. Kill-shot cam replays are the easiest way to spot exactly how ridiculous this is. I am surprised that they haven’t tried to doctor those replay videos to make it look better than it is. But if you really want to see how bad it is record the gameplay as I did for the entire campaign and take a closer look it truly is atrocious.

The only replay value from the campaign mode I can see is for the trophies but like I said I am tired of collecting the Intel and replaying the same missions over and over so I just don’t see that happening. The Elite premium service? Well we will get into that in the multiplayer review of this title.

So for improvements that could have been made (but weren’t), how about a new storyline? How could this not be good to get off the mainstream grid and come up with a whole new story. This would open the floodgates to tons of new situations that will spawn a fresh set of characters. Giving way to many new environments, weapons, and vehicles. The possibilities would have been endless. The problem being it would need an incredible beginning story. Would take a ton of work building new textures and would most likely end the same way all the others do being wash rinsed and repeated.

Overall Score: 6 out of 10

This game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for independent review purposes.

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30 Days and 30 Nights: The Warhawk Rant

Thanks to Dylan Jobe (President of LightBox Interactive), and Sony,Warhawk got another boost giving all of us core players and people who just got on board a great reason to continue playing this awesome 3 year old game. Holding a 30day tournament 24/7 with official servers and not team or clan bases brackets made this crazy fun grueling environment come to life causing some good effects and of course even more bad ones. Leaving you the player with a true test of your $K!L and dedication while trying to land one of those top 50 spots even if not going for the prize but just the prestige of topping 50,000+entries.

Well after a full 30 calendar days of competition in this Warhawk tourney I felt the need to share my experience. When we started off on the quest to the great champion’s blade it was exciting everything seemed to be on point. Arch enemy clan members working together side by side to achieve the common goal I was in awe of the team work and the unselfish acts that were being displayed on the battlefield. Sadly as expected it didn’t last but a week or so till the true colors most of the self proclaimed best players in this great game started to become clear. This being primarily a “CTF” capture the flag tourney for most players seems to turn into more of a “TDM” or “ZNS” and all three modes are going on in this one game at the same time. Sounds insane doesn’t it, well it was. There were teams of people concentrating only on a few bases taking them back when the enemy moved on while others were just killing machines never stepping foot on the ground leaving the guys who are attempting to win the game for the team sitting ducks for even just one player to break through and stop the flag.

Well that’s all part of the game and it is expected to a certain degree. However some players seemed to be there only to disrupt the tournament game play and acquire negative points as a joke at the same time causing a multitude of problems for all involved. Here are a few of the scenarios that transpired, and I won’t be mentioning any names. You know who you are and it’s good enough for me that you get to read it. Some guys with teams of 2, 3,or even 4 people grabbing the flag, carrying it as far as possible, and tossing it to the one guy they were working for. The whole time this goes on they are also not helping the other carriers until they got taken out, making sure that he ended up scoring as much as possible. Also, same-team tactics included letting the carriers die then 15 planes swoop down and try to dig up the flag with no dignity or honor.

Then you have the guys who are on both teams working together for the common goal of cheating not even fighting just standing next to each other moving back and forth why even bother doesn’t look fun at all from the videos i have seen, dummies. Also another from the guys on both teams acting like they are playing for the team but just killing the flag carrier and not saving it so the clan member or friend trying to win the competition still has time to pick it up. I am not talking about the guys at the bottom of the list either. Then you’ve always got the loner guy who doesn’t matter whose team he is on he’s going to get his. By driving behind you with the jeep till you get out and ambient warfare you scoop the flag from your dead body and run it in. They also tend to stop the carriers vehicle long enough for the other team to kill him then repeat. Follow that up with a bunch off friends that just play for 3 or 4 hours call their buddy give him his password and so on makes it really tough to compete.

In the beginning the atmosphere was great but slowly it got to the point of constant swearing name calling with some people who should be setting an example for the rest to follow are doing the exact opposite and fueling the fire.

After all people are we not trying to preserve our favorite game and improve it welcoming new players and befriending the veterans not hating all downgrading the quality of play for everyone included. Sounds kind of foolish when you think about it yet it still exists and for some it’s the only reason they play (retarded). Anyway the folks over at Sony have assured that they are going over all the stats, videos, their own as well as submitted, with the feeling that its going to take at least a week to take out the trash. “Cheers”, unfortunately you know as well as I most will slip through the cracks being that there are so many of them. So this in mind I have a few ideas I think would limit the amount of cheating virtually making it impossible to bank so many unjust points and get rewarded while others work at it with good intentions and get swept aside.

To start I know it is way more work but only put the servers up in each time zone for X amount of hours limit the certain groups that thrive in empty servers with no competition or enemies for that matter. This will most certainly make the best players stand out with limited time to score points daily the servers will remain full for the duration of that time zone. Also, it will make said servers easier to patrol for the moderators which should be overhauled at this point anyhow. It’s a great idea but just isn’t working properly. 50,000 + people and only 50 get the championship blade and a shirt for home which is great. What about the other 49,950? Nothing. This will not bring out the most people, only the same people that you already have. Do the math. Something small, penny cost even, will double the roster along with strong advertisement in the right places. Don’t worry, I am talking about almost $0 cost. In the end, this game will begin to thrive again with all the new players ranking up telling their friends how great it is bringing a whole new group of sales for the lets say “Shh” new game in the works. Oh yeah!

In conclusion the various forms of cheating coupled with the rude and ignorant comments affected the game play for the entire community .Some small changes could fix many headaches closing the gap on those who choose to take the low road improving the level of play reviving the disappointed players ushering in a whole new era.

All in all the tournament was a good could have been great with lets just say a little more…

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Paul I on 20100504 and was last modified on 20131214 .