Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (often stylized as Call of Duty: MW3) is a modern-military first-person shooter developed by both Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games (along with Raven for the multiplayer and with Treyarch for the Wii version) and published by Activision (Square Enix in Japan) for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and PC on November 8, 2011. It was later ported to the Mac by Aspyr on May 20, 2014.
The third game in the Modern Warfare franchise and the eighth Call of Duty installment, players continue where the story of Modern Warfare 2 was left off and control several protagonists (from the elite U.S. Delta Force and British S.A.S. to the disavowed Task Force 141) as they try to end World War III and bring the Inner Circle, led by Russian Ultranatonalist Vladimir Makarov, to justice.
The game uses an enhanced version of the IW Engine (now at version 5.0), adding numerous texture, lighting, and audio improvements. This installment also features a new co-operative game mode (Survival Mode) and numerous multiplayer updates (such as replacing “killstreaks” with a new point-based “Strike Chain” system).
A handheld companion game was developed by n-Space for the Nintendo DS, titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Defiance, which was released in-tandem with the main game. Although it features a similar first-person experience with both single- and multi-player modes, the game’s story is unique and takes place before the main game’s story (where U.S. and British forces attempt to halt the Russian invasion).
It is the last game in the series to receive Mac, Wii, and DS versions and the first game developed by Sledgehammer
Like in the previous Call of Duty games, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 features multiple playable characters belonging to different worldwide military groups that you can expect to jump into and out of very frequently during specific points of the game. Also quite like the previous Modern Warfare games, you can expect for not all of the main protagonists make it out alive.
Formerly a multi-national special operations force whose goal was to terminate Vladimir Makarov, Captains John Price and John “Soap” MacTavish became rogue after the betrayal of commanding officer Lieutenant General Shepherd (who used the unit to start the war in attempt to strengthen the power of the United States). On “everyone’s shit list”, Price and Soap joined forces with the Loyalists (a Russian military force based in Northern India who remain loyal to Russia’s established government lost after the events of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare).
Delta Force is one of the elite counter-terrorism forces of the United States and the Special Mission Unit of the United States Army. The primary unit of focus on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is Team Metal, led under the command of Master Sergeant “Sandman”, participating in a variety of missions throughout the war. (From hijacking a Russian nuclear submarine in the Battle of New York to rescuing the United States Vice President in Hamburg, Germany)
They are purchasable allies (as Delta Squad) in Survival Mode (in groups of five wielding M16s)
The Special Air Service (better known as S.A.S.) is a special forces regiment of the British Army, a team (led by Sergeant Wallcroft) was dispatched after British intelligence received word of a chemical payload arriving in London, England during the war. The SAS receive their orders from a commander identified as ‘Baseplate’. His true identity is revealed during a mission briefing cutscene.
The National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (better known as G.I.G.N.) is the elite counter-terrorist unit of the French Armed Forces, shown during the game supporting Delta Force in Paris, France during the mission “Bag and Drag”. The GIGN are one of the factions in online play, and are pitted against the Spetsnaz. The GIGN are the Riot Shield squad, and wield the German-made MP5 alongside their shields. Their leader is identified under the codename of ‘Sabre’.
Andrei Harkov – an agent protecting President Boris Vorshevsky and part of the F.S.O. and is only playable in the mission “Turbulence”. Despite his best efforts and the fact that he survives an insane plane crash that no human being could ever hope surviving, he fails in his mission to protect the president when while opening the door to a helicopter which he thought was friendly, Makarov appears and shoots him in the chest before finishing him off by shooting him in the head. This is the only time a character dies while the player is in control.
Special Ops Mode from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 returns with a new leveling system (similar to Multiplayer), online leaderboards, and online matchmaking. It is split into two separate sub-modes: Mission Mode and Survival Mode. A third mode was added later in the game’s lifecycle, titled Chaos Mode.
Mission Mode is based on the traditional Special Ops mode, where players undertake quick missions in locations based on the missions in the Campaign.
In most missions, players can earn up to three stars based on the difficulty completed (1 for Regular, 2 for Hardened, and 3 for Veteran). Some missions have no difficulty selection and instead unlock stars depending on the amount of time taken to complete. By earning stars, players unlock additional tiers of missions.
A new endless wave-based mode featuring increasingly-difficult waves of enemies (most of which are unique to this part of the game). As players complete waves, they earn money that can be used towards buying ammo, weapons, weapon attachments, equipment, and special air support (including air strikes, friendly AI squadmates, and care packages that provide perks). Players can also purchase a “Self Revive”, which allows them to revive themselves after a short amount of time. Easier tiers have players equipped with a Self Revive from the start. The game ends when both players are eliminated.
The mode is played on standard multiplayer maps and have unique starting loadouts based on the map’s tier. Tiers are unlocked by the player’s Special Ops level, though DLC maps are automatically unlocked when players own the corresponding DLC.
Added with Content Pack 8 (and only available when owning either that pack or Content Collection 3), Chaos Mode features a never-ending wave of enemies (which grows in intensity as the match progresses) similar to Survival Mode. Equipped with a special loadout (utilizing three Self Revives), players have at least two minutes to acquire as much points as they can using a combo multiplier.
As their multiplier grows, both players earn new perks that disappear once the multiplier is broken. Players can also spend points to swap to new weaponry and can earn care packages (giving either bonus points, extra time, an extra self-revive, sentry guns, or a special ability that “freezes” the combo multiplier).
The game ends after either all players are eliminated or after both the timer and the combo multiplayer runs out. It is played in four standard multiplayer maps:
Perks make a return in multiplayer and they work much like they did in Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops, with you unlocking the pro versions of each perk by doing their specific perk challenges. There are 15 perks total with each tier having five.
In addition to the character perks Modern Warfare 3 introduces Weapon Proficiency. Weapon Proficiency allows the player to level up their weapons the same way that the player would level up. As the player becomes more proficient with their weapon of choice they unlock upgrades for the gun.
Killstreak rewards are now called Strike Packages and are now split into three groups, each with their own unique selection of rewards:
Similar to previous games, players can only choose up to three rewards in their “Strike Chain”. Also similar is a hidden killstreak reward (known as the M.O.A.B.) that requires 25 kills with one life (regardless of Strike Package). Similar to the Tactical Nuke in Modern Warfare 2, activating this reward triggers a countdown which afterwards kills every enemy player and destroys all enemy streak rewards in play. Unlike the Tactical Nuke, using it does not immediately end the game.
Deathstreak’s make a return from Modern Warfare 2. If the player dies a certain amount of times without killing a single enemy, when the player spawns they receive a Deathstreak. There are a total of 6 Deathstreak’s in MW3.
|Deathstreak Title||Consecutive Deaths||Description|
|Juiced||4||The player moves faster after spawning for 10 seconds.|
|Martyrdom||4||The player drops a live grenade upon their death.|
|Final Stand||4||The player will become downed instead of dying, while downed the player can use their primary and secondary weapons. If the player can stay alive for 20 seconds they will get back into the fight.|
|Revenge||5||The player sees the position of the player who killed them last.|
|Hollow Points||5||The players weapons do additional damage after spawning for 10 seconds.|
|Dead Man’s Hand||6||it is unlocked at lvl. 57. when the player takes lethal damage they fall like final stand but with a detonator so they will be able to donate c4 on the person(instead of the primary wepon|
On May 30, 2011 it was revealed that Modern Warfare 3 will ship with an out-of-game service called Call of Duty Elite that will give subscribers access to bonus content such as maps (which will still be sold separately) and performance gauging features that are modeled after stock-trading websites. In addition, players can join groups with people with similar interests through the service and make friends.
The service is not required to play Modern Warfare 3 online.
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Modern Warfare 3 opens with a stylish cutscene summarizing what happened in the last two games. The original Modern Warfare had Soap and Price hunt down a Russian Ultranationalist, Imran Zakhaev, who was determined to make the West fall to its knees by launching nukes (he just so happened to have taken over a launch facility in Siberia) against the US and level the Eastern seaboard. Price and Soap manage to stop him just in time and Soap ends up killing the terrorist and the two barely make it out alive.
Things get complicated in Modern Warfare 2 when the ultranationalist party takes control of Russia and makes Zakhaev a national hero and martyr. Imran’s right hand man, Vladimir Makarov, is now head of the terrorist group Shadow of Zakhaev and intends spark a conflict between the USA and Russia through a terrorist attack in a Moscow airport which ends up being pinned on the CIA. Russia invades the US and Price and Soap are once again called in to hunt down Makarov by General Sheppard. Things don’t go as planned when Sheppard is revealed to have partnered up with Makarov so he can save America from the Russians and become a national hero, using Price and Soap to tie up loose ends. Price and Soap go on a hunt for Sheppard, who’s pinned the Moscow attack on them, and eventually kill the man by a knife through the eye.
Modern Warfare 3
Modern Warfare 3 picks up right where Modern Warfare 2 left off. World War 3 is in full swing. Price and Soap have hunted down and killed General Sheppard, but Soap was badly injured and both Soap and Price are being air lifted to India to hide from the authorities, their division now disavowed.
Two Delta Force operators, Sandman and Frost, attempt to save New York from Russian invasion. It is clearly stated that New York can not be lost and Delta Force is successful in restoring US communications and destroying a Russian submarine containing enough fire power to level the eastern seaboard. Thanks to their efforts, the Russians are pushed out of America. Back in India, Soap is dying and to make matters worse, Makarov’s men have followed Price to India to “tie up” some loose ends. At this point, the player takes on the role of Yuri, Nikolai’s right hand man (he’s said to hate Makarov more than anyone else) and thanks to him, Soap is saved and the team flee India.The game now cuts to the Russian equivalent of Air Force One. The president is going to Hamburg to negotiate a peace treaty with the US. It is made clear that Russia wants peace with the west but before the plane can make it to Germany, it’s hijacked by Makarov’s men. Despite an emergency landing and the best efforts of the president’s bodyguards, Makarov kidnaps the head of state in hopes of getting Russia’s nuclear launch codes to level Europe.
Price is tipped off that Makarov is smuggling weapons through Sierra Leone to Europe. Soap, Price and Yuri attempt to intercept the shipment but are too late. They signal MI6 (who then signals MI5) that bombs may be set to detonate in London. The British government manage to find and stop one of the bombs but are too late to stop the other three. These bombs are in fact chemical bombs that unleash deadly gas. It should be noted that this is where MW3’s “disturbing” content is located. The detonation of one of the bombs is shown through the camera of an American tourist near Big Ben where his young daughter chases pigeons and gets too close to one of the trucks as it explodes.
Chemical bombs detonate all over Europe (London, Paris, Madrid) as Russian forces begin invading Western Europe. In the midst of the disaster, Sandman and Frost are sent into a now devastated Hamburg to save the US vice president. Price traces back the shipping company that shipped the bombs to a country in Africa and manages to extract information that Makarov’s right hand man, Volk, is overseeing operations in Paris and knows where to find Makarov. Still wanted, Price delegates the task of finding Volk to Sandman who completes the mission (said mission gets so intense that the Eiffel tower is destroyed).
After interrogation, Sandman learns that Makarov is planning a meeting in Prague and delegates the information to Price. Thanks to the help of the Prague resistance, Yuri and Soap get in a bell tower overlooking the meeting while Price gets into the building where the meeting is taking place. However, Makarov is aware of the assassination plot, having captured the head of the Prague resistance and nearly kills Price while destroying the tower Soap and Yuri are in. Yuri makes it out but Soap is badly injured. As the three flee, Soap begins to lose more and more blood and when Price finally brings him to safety, Soap dies, telling Price that Yuri knows Makarov personally (he discovered this when, right before the clock tower blew up, Makarov mentioned him by name as “friend”).
Price proceeds to interrogate Yuri. It’s discovered that Yuri used to work with Makarov. He was there in Chernobyl when Zakhaev got his arm blown off, he was there when Makarov pressed the button, unleashing a nuclear bomb in the Middle East. Yuri quickly realize that what Makarov was doing wasn’t patriotic, but madness. He’s the one who tipped off Sheppard that Makarov was going to shoot up the airport in Russia (he even tried to stop the attack). If Sheppard had not been a traitor, the attack could’ve been stopped. Price trusts Yuri and together they infiltrate Makarov’s mountain fortress.
Of course, Makarov is not there but they discover that the Russian president’s daughter (Athena) is in Berlin and that Makarov plans to capture her to make the president give the launch codes. Sandman and Frost fight through a destroyed Berlin to get to Athena but she’s captured by Makarov’s forces. Western governments having finally realized that Makarov is behind World War 3, Yuri and Soap team up with Delta force and raid a mine in Siberia where the president and his daughter are being held. The operation is a success, in part thanks to the sacrifice of Frost and Sandman, and the US and Russia end the war.
The war might be over but Makarov is still at large. John Price manages to locate Makarov in Dubai where him and Yuri take Juggernaut suits and march right into Makarov’s front door. Price slaughters all of Makarov’s men and Yuri is badly injured. As Makarov leaves aboard a helicopter from the top of a skyscraper, Price jumps aboard and hijacks the helicopter, crashing it onto the glass roof. As Price is about to meet his end at the hands of Makarov, Yuri attempts to shoot the terrorist but is shot and killed. In rage, Price finds enough force to jump up, take a cable, tie it around Makarov’s neck and break the roof. Price swings off Makarov’s body to safety as Makarov is hanged. The words “objective complete” appear on screen as Price lights a cigar.
On September 2nd, at Call of Duty XP 2011, Major Nelson and AceyBongos revealed the limited edition Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360 S console.
The console will be available on November 8th 2011, same release date as MW3 and retails for $399 (US ERP).
Also announced on September 2nd, at Call of Duty XP 2011, Major Nelson and AceyBongos revealed the new, limited edition MW3 branded Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth. Both the MW3 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth and MW3 Wireless Controller can be purchased separately from October 11th 2011. Included with each product are: