Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2023) Review

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3‘s campaign has been accessible for early access to those who pre-ordered the game since November 3. You might be wondering, who actually plays Call of Duty for the campaign? However, it’s essential to note that the franchise initially gained fame for its campaign gameplay during its early days. This was a time when innovations like aiming down the sights, transitioning from historical conflicts to modern warfare settings, emphasizing cover over all-out aggression, and dealing with those notorious nearly invisible grenades marked the evolution of the series.

Celebrity involvement, from Sam Worthington to Gary Oldman and Kit Harington, enhanced the cinematic quality of the story mode. Even Idris Elba made an appearance in the original Modern Warfare 3 campaign in 2011. Unfortunately, the 2023 sequel doesn’t push the boundaries as much as seen in the 2019 ‘modern’ Modern Warfare reboot.

While the three-hour campaign introduces some changes, they are more moderate. ‘Open Warfare’ missions present larger maps with optional weapons and equipment drops, providing players the choice between going in guns blazing or adopting a stealthy approach. Kit collection for future replays is possible, catering more to the die-hard fans.

Notable missions include Soap’s island infiltration and Ghost’s parachute bomb defusal at the ‘Gora Dam’ in Verdansk. However, the game falls short on dialogue options and exploration opportunities. The introduction of armoured snipers adds tension to specific missions, but there’s a desire for more enemy variety.

Although some missions, like ‘Deep Cover,’ offer intense moments, they could have been more extended for a richer experience. The repetition of key locations from Verdansk may evoke a sense of nostalgia, but it also feels like a flashback for players spending considerable time in those areas during Warzone battles.

In terms of the story, players who haven’t closely followed Warzone’s twists might find certain character appearances confusing. While returning characters like Farah Karim and Vladimir Makarov bring familiarity, the campaign overall feels like a snapshot that may continue in Warzone 2.0 updates or a future Modern Warfare 4 sequel.

Considering the evolving nature of the franchise, especially in multiplayer and Warzone updates, the campaign feels somewhat rushed in terms of gameplay and narrative development. It raises questions about whether Call of Duty even needs a campaign mode anymore, especially given the anticipation for multiplayer, open-world zombies, and Warzone 2.0 updates. While it might be a fun distraction for fans of the franchise, those entirely new to Call of Duty might find it less worthwhile. The real anticipation seems to lie in the multiplayer experience and upcoming updates rather than the campaign.

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