Re­called to duty

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@hy­per­ac­tiveg­

A RE­VIEW of this game, in my mind, seems al­most re­dun­dant. It has been one of the most an­tic­i­pated video games of the year.

It has bro­ken sales records, again, so most fans have wasted no time in pick­ing it up. If, how­ever, you’re new to gam­ing or sim­ply want to know what all the fuss is about, read on.

Over the past few years, the Call of Duty video game se­ries has be­come the big­gest- sell­ing open­ing day en­ter­tain­ment re­lease in his­tory, and that in­cludes block­buster movies.

This year’s Modern War­fare 3 is a di­rect se­quel to the game re­leased in 2009 and it serves as the clos­ing chap­ter in the tril­ogy.

As fans have come to ex­pect, these games of­fer sev­eral types of modern mil­i­tary in­spired game modes, in­clud­ing a story- driven cam­paign, a co- op­er­a­tive mode called Spec Ops and an online mul­ti­player sec­tion.

The story mode is the quick­est and eas­i­est mode to com­plete. I cer­tainly wouldn’t rate it as the most mem­o­rable sto­ry­line although the grand scale of some of the mis­sions you em­bark on have some ex­hil­a­rat­ing mo­ments.

The ac­tion this time takes place across fa­mil­iar cities in­clud­ing New York, Lon­don and Paris.

Mis­sions of­fer a varied, if pre­dictable, set of tasks, from com­man­deer­ing heavy ar­tillery ve­hi­cles, man­ning chop­per tur­rets, plant­ing ex­plo­sives and con­trol­ling weapons re­motely.

Then there’s the sep­a­rate Spec Ops mode, de­signed for a pair of bud­dies to carry out a hand­ful of mis­sions and chal­lenges to­gether. What keeps play­ers com­ing back to this se­ries months af­ter pur­chas­ing it, how­ever, are the online mul­ti­player modes.

Much like the rest of Modern War­fare 3, not a great deal has changed in this mode ei­ther.

Play­ers can ex­pect more of the same in­tense free- for- all and team- based skir­mishes, with just enough small tweaks to the weapons, match types, and point- scor­ing sys­tem to rein­vig­o­rate play­ers’ in­ter­est.

This is the best Call of Duty game to date and I’m sure I’m not alone in hop­ing next year’s re­lease shakes the se­ries up a bit.

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