CALL OF DUTY: MOD­ERN WAR­FARE 3

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PC, PS3, Xbox 360 Out: Novem­ber 8, 2011 Call of Duty is more than a first-per­son shooter.

It has bro­ken sales records held by the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try at large and this year blasts back with Mod­ern War­fare 3, set in some of the world’s great cities.

Fol­low­ing Mod­ern War­fare 2’s cliff-hanger end­ing, Mod­ern War­fare 3 sees the player strug­gling to fight off a US in­va­sion by rene­gade Rus­sian forces led by re­turn­ing vil­lain Vladimir Makarov.

But the ac­tion will not be re­stricted to North Amer­ica. As with pre­vi­ous CoD games, the sin­gle-player cam­paign will re­sem­ble a se­ries of block­buster ac­tion-movie mo­ments ripped from all four corners of the globe.

On one level the player might be in a he­li­copter dog­fight above Man­hat­tan; the next on a speed­ing jeep chas­ing ter­ror­ists through the Lon­don Un­der­ground.

Per­haps even more cru­cial to the Call of Duty ex­pe­ri­ence is the on­line com­po­nent.

Pub­lisher Ac­tivi­sion has yet to de­tail the game’s mul­ti­player modes ex­cept to say the pop­u­lar Spec Ops co­op­er­a­tive mis­sions will re­turn.

En­hanc­ing the on­line of­fer­ing of Mod­ern War­fare 3 will be Call of Duty: Elite, a tai­lor-made, stat-track­ing and so­cial net­work­ing ser­vice to unify the on­line com­mu­ni­ties de­voted to each of the dif­fer­ent Call of Duty games.

The ser­vice is to pro­vide de­tailed re­ports of each on­line game, Face­book-style groups to join, user-gen­er­ated video con­tent to watch, strat­egy guides and com­pe­ti­tions.

With four de­vel­op­ment stu­dios in­volved in cre­at­ing it, Mod­ern War­fare 3 is shap­ing up to be a block­buster slice of en­ter­tain­ment.

TRIS­TAN OGILVIE

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