'Modern Warfare' delivers again

Garret McDowell

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So, “It’s good, but it’s Modern Warfare 2 with new maps!” is all I’ve heard from people complaining about the latest iteration of Activision’s over-hyped and over-purchased game series Call of Duty. Modern Warfare 3 is the final installment in a great trilogy that really set the bar for online video-gaming in the past five years. I can’t believe that the first came out some four years ago, and Call of Duty has become something of a staple, much like Mario and Zelda have been for twenty years.
You all know the old adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, that’s all well and good, but I personally feel the overall game declined. I love multiplayer, don’t get me wrong, but I also feel that single-player games are where it’s at. I can go play a sport with my friends or go hang out with them to interact with friends. I can play a sport game like FIFA to do something like that. However, I feel that a video game needs to be somewhat of a personal experience, like a puzzle.
I read books because of how immersive they can be for my imagination. I play video games because it’s like an interactive movie that I control the ending, which is almost always happy or uplifting. Modern Warfare has an amazing storyline that sees World War III come into being. Nevertheless, there is only so much that can be done with the story before it becomes too contrived for my tastes. At this point, the Modern Warfare campaign mode was just too much of the same, with nothing quite as mind-blowing for me like when General Shepherd reveals his true colors. I wish it was like that, but it was definitely not as awesome when *SPOILER ALERT* Yuri reveals he used to be on the other side. *END SPOILER ALERT*
The multiplayer is nice, as it does what it is expected to. I enjoy that. However, I also think that there wasn’t enough done, at all. Where was innovation? Where was OH MY GOD THAT ROCKS. This sucked for that quality. I really wish that it hadn’t been forgotten.
However, the multiplayer mode is pretty good. The matchmaking seems better this time, and I am dropped less on Mercer’s network nowadays. It’s pretty nice. I like the weapon selection. I wish Activision would add an age limit or something that could kick kids off my groups. I hate hearing some twelve year old curse like a sailor for no reason other than a video game. There are more important things in life than worrying about the Kill-Death ratio they’re achieving. However, Call of Duty achieves its goal. It provides fun entertainment and killing your opponents, along with a decent way to pass time with your friends. Personally, I’d rather go play laser tag. Or Nerf Guns.

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