Title: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Rating: M (Mature); Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language
Available: Nov. 8
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Out on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii
Price: $59.99 ($49.99 on Wii)
The third edition of Activision's mind-blowing shooter franchise is finally here, in the form of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. We've been anticipating this release for months, even chatting with NFL pros Brandon Lloyd and Terrence Cody, who were just as anxious as we were to get their hands on a copy. Last night, we finally had a chance to continue the single-player campaign and test out the critically acclaimed multiplayer mode. Suffice it to say, Modern Warfare hasn't missed a beat.
First, let's be honest. Modern Warfare is one of those games you're going to get regardless of what we or anyone else has to say. The franchise has achieved a level of excellence that cannot be affected by criticism. Activision lets the game speak for itself.
As usual, the high level of realism blew us away as soon as the single-player campaign kicked off in the heart of New York City. Your adrenaline will immediately begin to pump, because it truly feels like you're waging war in the Big Apple. It's exhilarating and startling at the same time. It may even prove unsettling at times (we don't have to remind you about the airport level in the last game). This time around, the game warns you there's a level that might be unnerving for some. It then give you an option to skip the level without harming your status, so just make sure to know your own limits.
We won't spoil the rest of the campaign for you, but if you're familiar with Call of Duty's method of storytelling, you already know you'll be traveling across the globe in a perpetual hunt for Makarov.
The single-player campaign entertains, and multiplayer offers a perfect opportunity to showcase your skills to the rest of the world. You can work your way up the ranks, or simply play at home with some of your teammates, like many pros do for bragging rights. However you choose to play, we know you'll have a blast working your way through Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Check out how our friends rated the game below.
Call of Duty's still got it [1up]
Does MW3 hit the high point? [TVG]
Eight years from the original comes MW3 [PlayStation Magazine]
World War III continues [VideoGamer]
Just another iterative update? [GameInformer]
Playing it on the safer side [CheatCC]
Here we go again [GamePro]
An even better Call of Duty [IGN]
Preparing to invade NYC in this video review [Gamespot]
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