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October 5 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
8/11/2011ActivisionActivisionInfinity Ward
Sledgehammer Games
Raven Software
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Modern Warfare 3 looks very impressive.
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A gun turrent in Modern Warfare 3.

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This level is set in France.
Call of Duty 3 1.26 million.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 5.72 million.
Call of Duty World At War 4.57 million.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 9.30 million.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 10.62 million.

They are impressive numbers for any game with every new release (except World at War) increasing in sales, but believe it or not that's for PS3 versions only. The most recent release has shifted over 26 million units to date on all platforms and is now the biggest ever selling game in America. Is there any doubt that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will the biggest game of 2011? We don't think so...

Of course the big question about this game remains the implosion of Infinity Ward with the firing/departure of Jason West and Vince Zampella to create Respawn Entertainment with their future game to be published by Electronic Arts. Despite 46 staff leaving with them Activision have beefed up development of this title with a rebuilt Infinity Ward studio, and the addition of Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software.

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Heading under water.
Modern Warfare 3 takes place directly after the events of Modern Warfare 2 with Russia still looking to take over the American mainland however their invasion has now moved across to Europe as well with missions taking place in England, France and Germany. This is a First Person Shooter through and through with a wide range of missions, weapons, enemies and scenarios to be encountered. The developers are remaining pretty tight lipped on this aspect of the game as they always do.

Of course as well as the single player campaign - and we can only hope that the developer keeps to their promising and creates something a bit longer then previous games which were finished in six or so hours - the game will have a large focus on the multiplayer.

Of course multiplayer will be well supported with a tonne of game modes, updated kill streaks, while the currency system has been dropped for this release. Some perks have been modified or dropped in the game to reduce players using perks over skill to win matches. Quick-Scoping has also returned after being dropped for Black Ops. In terms of game mode, expect the usual, however there are a couple of newcomers including "Kill Confirmed" where you must collect the dog tags of a killed player, and "Team Defender" where you must hold the opponents flag. Finally the game will also include a "Survival" co-op mode. There's a tonne more to discover when the game comes out of course, but we can't see any Call of Duty fans being disappointed.

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Storming onboard the ship/sub.
So let's talk about one White Elephant in the room, Call of Duty Elite which is being developed by a new studio, Beachhead Studios. Now we, and Activision, must stress that online gameplay remains completely free in Modern Warfare 3 but this is an additional service that will launch with this game, but be compatible with COD: Black Ops as well, that offers a suite of new features revolving around the community.

So what does COD Elite actually get you? Accessing the service through the web or iOS or Android applications you will be able to track, share and compare stats with friends, create custom leaderboards between friends, analyze heat maps detailing match performances including where you killed or were killed, analyze weapons performance, upload and share videos, customize load outs from web devices, create clans with friends, connect with Facebook friends, and much more. Pricing has been announced for Australia at $69.95 per annum - certainly higher then we expected, or hoped, and only time will tell if that's good value.

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Taking on a some enemies ahead.
Graphically, and despite being one of the lowest resolution games in the current generation, this franchise has always managed to impress with a solid 60fps, plenty of customisation and detail, and some superbly detailed environments. We expect absolutely no less from this latest outing which again uses Infinity Ward's own engine to power the game.

Millions of gamers are certain to be eagerly awaiting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and we're among them. While questions about the implosion of Infinity Ward, and how COD: Elite will impact the franchise, we're sure this is set to be another very solid release that may, yet again, break records. The only disappointment is that there won't be a Prestige Edition of this game - so no night vision goggles, no remote control cars. Still, roll on early November...