E3 2011: Modern Warfare 3 keeps destroying the world

The familiar, tinny sound of night-vision goggles powering up, heated radio chatter and a disconnected Xbox controller. Activision kicked off Microsoft's press conference (and pretty much all of E3) with a nine-minute live demo of the latest offering in what has recently become the biggest gaming franchise ever: Call of Duty. Slated for release November 8, Modern Warfare 3 looks to give players another unrelenting, absurd explode-a-thon with little room to catch your breath.

As the demo opened in the mission “Hunter Killer,” you're underwater. You remove a gate and use an underwater device to traverse a flooded subway. Bodies and cars litter the area. You don't engage any enemies here, but reflect on the scenery of mass destruction. Modern Warfare 3 appears to be as linear as the rest of the series, as this was just a straight line traversed with little wiggle room. The demoer had to swim around mines and under docks, by drowned citizens and fellow soldiers.

Next, the underwater craft powered down so an enemy submarine could pass overhead without detecting you or your buddies. The demoer swam towards it, placed an explosive and got the hell out of the way. Kaboom went the hull as the player swam towards the surface, which revealed a very destroyed Manhattan. Ariel and naval battles take place all around in the distance. Random rockets hit landmarks and suddenly the sub you just bob-ombed resurfaces in front of you.

The demoer runs up the side of the ship following Sandman (you will play as Frost, by the way) and takes the fight inside the sub. This is where MW3 becomes a tight, corridor shooter complete with leaking water and random electrical sparks. The sub is pretty much f'ed and you're just racing towards your objective. Bad guys jump out from corners, while the player mows them down easily.

Jumping forward to save time, we watched as the demoer breached a control room and mowed down the baddies inside in slow-motion. Sandman tosses you launch keys and the two of you initiate a rocket attack. Back outside, the two of you get into a nearby boat and speed out of there just as the rockets you recently activated shoot out the side of the sub. It hardly matters where the rockets are going because shit is exploding all around you anyway.

The next set piece has you piloting the boat around the bay, driving between ships (good or bad, who the hell knows?), and taking in the scenery of everything going kablooey. We barely had anytime to register the madness when the boat docks with a helicopter and you step inside. As the heli takes off, you watch more jets fly at Manhattan. And then: the sound of night-vision goggles tuning up.

Co-developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, Modern Warfare 3 looks like a Call of Duty game with insane set pieces and gameplay that gives you barely any time to reflect or rest.

Teasing the November 8 release date, we got no new information on Call of Duty Elite – the service that charges you monthly to determine why you keep dying quickly – and nothing on the game's supposedly super-amazing multiplayer. Ok, we'll tell you what's in it: perks, XP, guitar riffs, dying in one shot, killstreaks and map packs that cost $15.

Still, for as rote as it looks, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 keeps calling our names and killing us softly.

Jun 6, 2011




  • neuromnemonic - June 16, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    I forgot a logical conclusion to my comments; If you buy Modern Warfare 3 you totally deserve all the disappointment that you're going to get and all the disrespect that you'll receive from skilled gamers whom think that you are a complete moron for letting a company know it's OK to charge their customers hundreds $210 a year ($60 + $10x12= $120 + $15map-pack x2= $30) to force them to host a game they bought. Now I would pay $10 monthly if the game was FREE and they release at least 2 new maps and 2 new weapons/perks/equipment EVERY month, but most IMPORTANTLY= DEDICATED SERVERS!
  • neuromnemonic - June 16, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    I thought MW2 was the best looking multiplayer ever, but wasn't fun due to the fact that I was automatically forced to host 19 out of every 20 matches. Usually it benefits the player (pingwise) to be the host, but in MW2, processing 375Mb of netcode an hour actually gave me a FULL 1/4 second disadvantage to everyone else playing.I have Loved every Call of Duty Multiplayer besides MW2. I have never liked the Battlefield multiplayer as much (mostly due to its slow ass pace and having to traverse the whole big ass map to make as little as 2 kills)but it looks as though I'll be a big Battlefield Fnatic come the end of this year because of their dedication to PC gamers and because Activision has gotten so greedy and stupid that even CoD fanboys like me cannot stand them anymore or bear to pay $60 plus $10 monthly plus $15 for every 4 maps plus be forced again to host every match at a 1/4 second disadvantage to everyone else.P.S. FirstStrike mappack for BlackOps is a flaming pile of dogshit that looks half finished with only like an hour of actual work done on it by one guy.
  • neuromnemonic - June 16, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    You guys actually play the campaign mode in Call of Duty games? Black Ops is actually an excellent multiplayer proven by just how many casual gamers whine in every forum about dying every 10 seconds. I want to see more multiplayers FPS games that actually require you to pay attention when you're playing.I won't, however, be buying MW3 because of the return of games lobby/matchmaking BS(the thing that wrecked MW2) and Activisions new plan to extract money monthly (because, ya know,a BILLION dollars annually isn't enough money for Activision to add a few more shadows and textures and change out weapon options to rehash a game every year).
  • Zeipher - June 8, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    Man, people love to hate on COD. Did you read what you do on the first level? Bitch as much as you want about sucking ass at the fast-placed multiplayer, or the sometimes nonsensical plot; Call of Duty has set the bar in theatrical pacing.
  • Irregularity - June 7, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    The graphics look so dated when compared to other AAA titles since they've essentially been using the same engine since COD4, bar some modifications. They should honestly take the time to overhaul the engine and work on fixing bugs and perfecting multiplayer balancing... instead of churning out another "expansion pack" every year... yes I'm going to buy it, but I think they should focus more on saving the series before it becomes guitar hero. thebigstee55, yeah it's a sequel, but sequels arent supposed to be the exact same thing, theyre supposed to build on the source material of the previous game, one-up it if you want to say that... the COD series is starting to stale now, and it can't be denied.
  • CitizenWolfie - June 7, 2011 9:15 a.m.

    Blah blah CoD sucks, Battlefield is better etc... I'm personally going to get both. I like Call of Duty in the same way I like Jason Statham films. Shit blows up and don't worry yourself over the story. Although it looks very similar to previous instalments I still think it looks good. In the same way, I'll be getting Battlefield because it looks more serious, along the lines of Generation Kill or Jarhead. I hear the multiplayer is excellent in BF2/BF:BC2 so I'm excited for that too. It's not like both are coming out on the same day. If it weren't for CoD and MW, Battlefield wouldn't have upped its game so much recently.
  • RicePuddingUK - June 7, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Hmm, looks exactly the same as MW, WaW, MW2 and BlOps, even the knifing animation is the same. I'll still get it though as I enjoy the storyline and playing with friends online is always cool but Battlefield will be my star game this year!
  • jjenista - June 7, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    WOW!!! I Can't wait... I'm at Prestige LvL 13 right now on COD Black Ops AND once I get to LvL 15 I'm goin ta be waitin to play sumthin different!! I know MW3 will be very similar to MW1 & 2 but each year COD still blows up w/ SALES & Great Reviews and each game released 'NEVER’ dissappoints us....So I can't wait for another GREAT COD!!! Also...what's up w/ the new COD Black OPs' MAP PACK???
  • boondocks50 - June 7, 2011 7:19 a.m.

    I wont lie i will rent it for the campaign
  • Balaska - June 7, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    Battlefield 3. That is all.
  • WarWasp - June 7, 2011 5:29 a.m.

    "Hunter Killer"? What a Monster Hunter ripoff.I kid,Although there IS a mission in Tri called Hunter Killer...
  • thebigstee55 - June 7, 2011 5:27 a.m.

    ok honestly, stop whining. Yeah, it looks like MW2. ITS THE SEQUEL. Is it gonna be almost the same, yes. Theres not much you can change in a game that is in the last stage of a trilogy. After MW3, expect a lot of change. That will be one of the greatest games to come. But in the meantime, just enjoy playing the great story mode and the multiplayer of MW3 that you have been playing for the past 5 years.
  • austinthebookworm - June 7, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    Well I'm hoping it's just as good as the previous games in the series. It looks very fun and exciting :)
  • therealmaggo - June 7, 2011 5:04 a.m.

    Agreeing with TheLastRGP. If Battlefield 3 delivers, I'll snap that up, the multiplayer will trump MW3 unless there's a serious overhaul. As for MW3, I'll give it a rent and run through what will probably be a five hour campaign. Yes it will be amazing in terms of production values and gameplay pacing. The plot will probably make next to no sense, but that's why I'll rent it, because I'm bored mid-week. Also, why should I have to pay extra for Elite? That is purely a money-making ploy. Battlefield is happy to provide BattleLog, which is essentially Call Of Duty Elite, free of charge. It's not like either companies need the money, just one is willing to admit it, and the other isn't at the expense of customers' wallets. I guess it's the customers' own fault for buying into it though.
  • TheLastRGP - June 7, 2011 4:31 a.m.

    I gotta agree with TygerFire. When the show started off, I was excited to see what was going to be shown. Not too excited about MW3, but when it started off the show, by the time it was done, it was boring as hell. It literally looked like an extended scene from MW2. Battlefield 3 was serious though. I'll get BF3 Day 1, and will probably rent MW3.
  • Tito45 - June 7, 2011 3:44 a.m.

    I think the only reason i would get this game is just for the campaign... but as far as multiplayer
  • D0CCON - June 7, 2011 3:31 a.m.

    I did pick up COD4 with about 25% of the money I got from trading in Black Ops. Amazingly, I do enjoy that game a lot more than BO, so that means the COD games actually do change between sequels, but they just get worse.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - June 7, 2011 2:27 a.m.

    The live demo was one of the best reasons to buy Battlefield 3
  • lilbuddha - June 7, 2011 2:07 a.m.

    The "follow" text reminds me of "They Live". OBEY
  • TheTygerfire - June 7, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    This was the most boring, uneventful, and dull demo I've ever watched. I've literally seen everything in the demo before, some of it in past Call of Duty games.

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