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MW3 MP: Personal Thoughts

Another year, another Call of Duty. Infinity Ward is back in the saddle with Sledgehammer games to bring us Modern Warfare 3. But does it live up to all of the hype? That would depend on who you ask.

DISCLAIMER: The following is my personal opinion on MW3 multiplayer based on my experience so far. If you don’t like it, no one is forcing you to read it.

If you’ve read my blog in the past or at least follow me on twitter, you’ll know of my distaste for MW2. I was sorely disappointed in that game especially after how much I enjoyed (still enjoy) CoD4. But I left that bitterness at the door when I received MW3 this week. I was ready to give this game a fair shake like I do with all games.

What I got was another let down from Infinity Ward. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the single player campaign. Spec Ops and Survival mode are also awesome parts of this game. But the multiplayer just fell short for me again.

Call me a Treyarch fangirl if you want but there were a few things that Black Ops brought to the game of CoD that IW decided to cut from MW3. Let’s start with the ever popular subject of quickscoping. Remember this…

I agreed with it then and I agree with it now. But for some reason QSing is back with a vengeance and promises to annoy you with messages from 12 year olds who want to “1v1 QS” you. Ok fine I get it, the QS fan base is there. But what about the rest of us who want to play fair? I would honestly love to see a sniper-less lobby. Make everyone happy.

How many of you have been playing the new game mode Kill Confirmed? It’s actually my favorite game mode so far because it’s more than the same old TDM. If you kill an enemy you must confirm it by collecting their dog tag. But how cool would it be to be dolphin diving to grab those tags? Yes it’s a small feature that they took out but you don’t really know how much you used it till it’s not there. I’ve found myself on a few occasions going for a dive only to drop to prone and start crawling to death.

Combat Training. Where is it? Another feature I found to be highly useful in Black Ops was cut from MW3. Don’t feel ready to jump online and take on real opponents? Jump into Combat Training to work on your skills against bots. I surely would have loved to have seen this feature return. It would be extremely helpful in learning the maps and learning about the new features of the game.

In game chat quality has turned everyone into annoying robots. I know I’m not the only one who has noticed. Try jumping from party chat to game chat and hear the difference. It’s to the point that even if I’m playing solo I’ll either mute everyone or hang out in an XBL party by myself.

“Too much of a good thing” is a phrase I think of when talking about the new additions to MW3 MP. So much stuff that I literally had to take my time to learn what strike packages were, what the new perks do, wait I have to level up my gun now?

Weapon Proficiency

Strike packages are a cool idea, especially for me who can never really get past a UAV or a care package in past CoDs. Depending on the package I chose, the kills can carry over to get more of the rewards. But sometimes even the rewards are overwhelming. Spawing into a carpet bombing only to respawn into a helicopter attack can get frustrating. But killstreaks have always been frustrating to me since CoD strayed from the 3, 5, and 7 fixed rewards.

My point is that with every Call of Duty title since CoD4 there have been more and more additions. In my opinion with every new addition we start to lose sight of the basic gameplay that made CoD great in the first place. When you jump into a barebones playlist and are stripped of all the extra “stuff” you remember what the game was and how it should be played.

CoD4

But this next generation of gamers just coming into CoD isn’t interested in how the game should be played. They want their “360 no-scopes” and other assorted trick shots so the can make “sweet montages”. The hell with everyone who wants to have fun and play fair. I’m not saying everyone playing MW3 is like that and I’m not saying CoD4 (and every CoD after it) didn’t have that. The world is full of idiots but Call of Duty seems to have an increasing number of them playing the MP.

When I first sat down to play MW3 MP I could feel the echos of CoD4. It’s in there somewhere hidden behind all the bullshit and morons. But it shouldn’t take so much effort to find it. When I sit down to game, I’m looking to have fun. If I get to a point when I’m no longer having fun, I move on.

MW3 isn’t yet a week old so I’m not ready to give up just yet. But I don’t see it having the replay value for me that Black Ops, World at War, and CoD4 had for me. I could of course be completely wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2011 in call of duty

 

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MW3 Thoughts

 

Compared to last year when Call of Duty Black Ops was on the verge of releasing, I have been rather silent about the upcoming Modern Warfare 3. I have avoided trailers and videos in the hopes of going into this new CoD with a neutral opinion.

It’s no secret that I can’t stand MW2 as I have openly shared my opinions of the game on Twitter and in previous rants. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and mine is that MW2 was a huge disappointment. Especially with how amazing and successful CoD4 was.

With MW3 I will dive in un-hyped. I will leave all my hostilities towards the failed MW2 as soon as I put the MW3 disk in my 360.

 

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in call of duty

 

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CoD XP Tickets On Sale NOW!

So get them while they’re still available here! 100% of the ticket sales will go to supporting the Call of Duty Endowment. An amazing cause that helps Veterans find jobs. The heroes of war fight for our country and freedom and the the Call of Duty Endowment does their part to give back to them.

What’s that? You have no idea what I’m talking about? The Call of Duty Experience is an event of epic proportions. It brings the world of Call of Duty to life, literally. Giving CoD fans a life size version of the MW2 map Scrapyard and the Pit, to test their skills with a paintball gun.

What else can attenees expect? A real life Burger Town to grab a bite, tournaments, prizes and much more! But the most anticipated part of this two day event will most certainly be the Multiplayer reveal for Modern Warfare 3!

So get your tickets to the once and a lifetime CoD event!

 

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in call of duty

 

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Get ready to Annihilate

The Annihilation Map Pack is incoming Black Ops fans. Staying with tradition, the map pack includes four MP maps and one zombie maps and will go for the price of 1200 Microsoft Points. Like the previous map packs Annihilation will drop on Xbox 360 first and then hit PS3 and PC about a month later.

I have to say I’m most looking forward to Hazard as it is based off of the World at War map Cliffside. I’m not going to lie, I am a huge fangirl for W@W. Always have, always will. Now I’m not usually a fan of “remaking” maps as MW2 did with COD4 maps but this is a little different. They have taken the map itself and turned it into a golf course! Remaking the map into something totally new and different.

Check out what these maps will have to offer with this sweet trailer…

 

 

So what do you peeps think? Excited? Let down? Let me know!

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in call of duty

 

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