First Modern Warfare 3 DLC screenshot compared with actual real-life location

Yesterday we got the news that Modern Warfare 3's first DLC will hit Xbox 360 at the end of January. You can read about it in the news story that we posted. We also got a single screenshot of a map called Park. We looked at that screenshot and immediately thought that it looked like an actual real-life location in New York's Central Park. And we were right. It does - it looks just like the Angel of the Waters fountain and Bethesda Terrace. Have a look with your eyes:

The real-life version looks better because it's real-life. There are a few differences between the real-life and not real-life versions. In the Modern Warfare 3 version the winged figure is facing away from the arches, the fountain is smaller and there are a load of skyscrapers behind the trees. It's a shame the water fountain isn't working in the Modern Warfare 3 version because that would make for some good water splash effects with explosions and bullets and things like that and you could camp out and snipe people from under water. Also if you had a skateboard you could do some sweet grinds.

Have you ever been to the Angel of the Waters fountain and Bethesda Terrace in New York's Central Park? What was it like? Do you think it'll make a good location for a Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer map? Did you meet anyone famous? Tell us in the comments.


  • amanda-oslo - December 26, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    pretty cool... just a heads up there is now A god mode availible for mw 3 ... even works online... get the code here.. pretty sweet....
  • soren7550 - December 23, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    Of course I've been to Bethesda Terrace. Most memorable memory I have of it was back when The Gates exhibit was up, since the fountain was dry (due to it being the middle of February), a bunch of people I went there with were playing football in the fountain while I and a few other people were sitting underneath the upper basin of the fountain. Anyway, it seems that Infinity Ward flipped the Angel to face the way it was initially supposed to face. When it was being made, it was supposed to face either north or towards an aqueduct (I can't remember which), but then they decided that since the stairs would lead the people to the fountain, they made the angel face the stairs so that the first thing you see is the angel and not her back.
  • AGENTJORRRG - December 22, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    People of New York just do now give a shit do they? They never complain when their city is pounded to dust and blown to hell. Think about the amount of movies and games about smashing up New York. It's a big number. I think if we actually went there and asked if we could have a massive battle they'd just ask us to clean up afterwards.
  • michael-starkey - December 22, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    I'm from NY, and honestly, It's just a game/movie. who cares? It's not like they are actually releasing a giant monster/holding crazy ass get killed, wait 3 seconds, re-spawn, kill someone else, repeat death matches.
  • UberNoob - December 22, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    Because us New Yorkers know NY is such an iconic city it's bound to be a common choice for location in movies and games? We aren't sensitive when it comes to NY being depicted as a target city for destruction in movies and games. If we were, it just shows our insecurity. Why would we suggest we be sensitive and insecure?
  • Timtimhuthut - December 22, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    Wait, people actually compared this series to real life...?
  • Net_Bastard - December 22, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    Why yes, nostalgia-obsessed assholes, games today have absolutely NO COLOR. I mean, look at the game screenshot. Absolutely colorless. [/sarcasm]
  • Psychaberration - December 22, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    next time you want to try to take a cheap dig at people who had legitimate grievances early in this generation, don't do it in an article for a game built on the quake 3 engine. CoD still has some of the worst desaturated colors and effects in this generation. Try it on the next Witcher 2 article to pop up or something, it'll seem less... foolish.
  • talleyXIV - December 22, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    Yes, games have more color. But look at that screenshot. All I see is brown, orange, Black, and a bunch of ugly dark hues. The color really does suck.
  • awsomemaster - December 22, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    and now im waiting for someone to go there and make a "cod in real life" video that would be pretty cool if the map looks close enough to what it is in real life
  • aberkromby - December 22, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    I can't think of a better way to get arrested.
  • Japanaman - December 22, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    Let me know when the bottom screen is the game screenshot.
  • The_King_of_Nothing - December 22, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    I won't remember you in ten minutes, why would you think I'll remember you in ten years when that happens.
  • AGENTJORRRG - December 22, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Ever played Crysis 2?
  • hiperviper - December 22, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    Battlefield 3 called...they want their Operation Metro map back.
  • gavin-butler - December 24, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    That's in Paris so it doesn't count.
  • CaptCOMMANDO - December 22, 2011 6:41 a.m.

    I don't live anywhere near this and It looks fine.
  • Ohsocool2k5 - December 22, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    I live in The Bronx which isn't too far from the park. Anyway, in real life, when you go up those stairs by the fountain, the first thing you see this LONG walking path, and it's actually really amazing looking. But from the looks of that screen shot, when you go up those stairs, you'll be at the end of the park and buildings will be in front of you instead of that walking path. Obviously Infinity Ward's allowed to design their maps however they want, and I'm sure the it'll still be a fun map to play on, but I'm a lil disappointed that they didn't accurately recreate one of the my favorite parts of Central Park.
  • inkyspot - December 22, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    I live in New York, I haven't been to that stop since College. I think it's beautiful in a New Yorkish kind of way. I think of the relicated it a little more better it would be cool but as it looks, not so much. I met Woody Allen, Rick Moranis, and a few other people around that area (One of them was Bruce Willis, met him twice0. Also met a lot of pretty chicks, Ahhh being young and single.. good times. Guys come for a visit, I am sure with cool people around you, you guys will have fun.
  • inkyspot - December 22, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    Sorry for the typos

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