Make those shots count, soldier.
The Modern Warfare series has a new installment, and this will push gamers to the limits. World War III has erupted and the player must now try and stop the total annihilation of America, Britain, and the other Allied nations.
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1. A Brief History (of the Series)
The Call of Duty series originally started as a World War II based first person shooter franchise. The first few games were relatively straight forward in this regard. The player would be put in the shoes of a soldier who fought through various major battles of the World War II campaign. The player would end up seeing the war through the eyes of an American, a Brit, and a Russian. Some parts of the campaigns would be disturbing (learning about “not one step backward” was a bit of a shock), but for the most part it was very simple.
Then Infinity Ward created Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, transforming the series entirely. Instead of continuing with the overused idea of a World War II shooter, Infinity Ward wanted to put players into a situation they could relate to. Modern Warfare placed the player into locations that felt real even if the player had never visited the Middle East or modern Russia.
This new plot continued with Modern Warfare 2, but with a slight twist. Infinity Ward wanted to use new plot devices to get players engaged with the storyline. It was no longer good enough to simply show a file and say that a particular enemy was a target; the player had to feel like they fully understood the reasoning behind why an enemy was an enemy. This was especially true for situations as confusing as a fictional world war, which was where the series seemed to be leading toward. The plot was no longer about governments fighting terrorists or good versus evil. It was about one side fighting another trying to vie for power.
So Infinity Ward included the infamous “No Russian” level. It places the players in the shoes of an undercover operative who has infiltrated a group of terrorists. In the level, the terrorists (including the player) walk into a Russian airport and open fire on civilians. The player can go through the level without killing any civilians (or can skip the level entirely), but the whole idea is that the player’s character has to blend in with the terrorists, so shooting civilians is fair game.
2. What We Know
Now we have Modern Warfare 3. Our sneak peek at E3 revealed a relatively small chunk of the overall gameplay. We do know two things, however. First, Modern Warfare 3 will focus on an all out World War III scenario. The demo displayed during the Microsoft Press Conference clearly showed New York Harbor under siege by a modern military force with warships, fighter jets, missiles, and submarines. The opposing force is almost certainly Russian, although I can’t confirm that with 100% certainty.
The part that was not shown during the press conference was the “Mind the Gap” level. In it, British intelligence is trying to track down a suspicious package that is being imported into the country. The infiltration to steal the package goes wrong and the player ends up in an all-out firefight with what is almost certainly some sort of Russian terrorists group. The fight eventually leads to a vehicle chase in which the player and other British forces drive down into the London Underground while going on a full-on guns-blazing car chase with some escaping terrorists.
Turns out the terrorists have somehow commandeered some Underground trains as well, and start shooting at the player from those. Unfortunately for them, one of the trains collides with an escaping terrorist truck and ends up derailing in a huge display. One car flips end over end barrel-rolling through concrete pillars.
3. What We Expect
While the management at Infinity Ward has undergone a huge change in the past two years, we’re not expecting the overall development style to change much. Players will be put into violent situations in order to forward the overall storyline, but the violence should not be as personal (nor as graphic) as Call of Duty: Black Ops was.
I am not expecting another “No Russian”-esque level either. I believe that Infinity Ward will have other ways to convince the player that the enemy is the enemy rather than having to resort to that particular type of plot device again.
I do expect a lot of warfare in territory that may be extremely familiar to some players. The vast majority of the gameplay should take place in America, Britain, Europe, and Russia, since these are the three main countries involved. There may also be gameplay in the Middle East (a likely ally of Russia) and Africa. I don’t expect China to become involved (it hasn’t had a presence in the previous games).
Multiplayer will also be back, which means that the same community that has been so infamously divided in the past four Call of Duty games will also be making its appearance again. The Call of Duty community has lots of very new, inexperienced players but a far larger percentage of players that are extremely skilled and spend hours upon hours playing Call of Duty’s multiplayer.
This problem will only be further compounded by the inclusion of the new Call of Duty: Elite service. Players will be able to join clans and groups, which will further divide the hardcore players from the “less dedicated”. Unless you’re a serious Call of Duty fan, I would highly recommend looking to other games for an enjoyable multiplayer experience.
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