Call of Duty Modern Warfare III is the latest entry in the Modern Warfare series, and I hugely enjoyed last year’s game, although I missed out on the 2019 reboot entry in the series. I absolutely loved the slightly more recent 2020 Cold War entry – since the early ’80s is my thing, as well as 2021’s World War II-set Vanguard.
While I’m not a historian, and I never got into the subject at school, partly because Mrs Maher was a constant grump, and Mr Cross was as mad as cheese (since he was cross by name AND nature), and about as mentally stable as Ado -lf Hitler, the games are fantastic introductions into the era, whether in Call of Duty or Battlefield.
Once again, you take the role of several members of Task Force 141, over the game, whether on a run-and-gun mission, driving, swimming part of the way, parachuting into account, or even just going on a stake-out in the Deep Cover mission, walking right into the lion’s mouth while trying to remain unnoticed. Again, with most missions, you’ll want to try more than one approach to get from A to B, since while it’s all too tempting to go in all guns blazing, it’s often more useful to stay undetected as long as possible.
I have enjoyed my time with this game, but content-wise, it’s not as fully-rounded or as involving as the previous entry. There’s no scenes cracking safe codes, or crafting items, for example. Nor anything like the mission, last time, when I was hung upside down. The missions all seem a lot more straight-forward.
As such, I understand that while this game is shorter – by 3 missions – than Part II, it’s apparently just DLC that should’ve been part of Modern Warfare II, and has just been repackaged as a whole new game on its own, AND at full price – adding in the usual multiplayer and zombie missions. As such, that feels a bit rum, even if it is good to be back in the storyline of Shepherd and Laswell.
Graphically, there is some pop-in during missions, along with some screen tearing in the CGI cut-scenes. I didn’t get this on the PS5 last year. Yes, everything is on Ultra and I’m playing on Ultrawide, but I have a beefy PC – as described below, so there shouldn’t be a problem. It’s not a huge amount, but just shouldn’t be there.
It’s a shame, since for the CGI cut-scenes, they were incredible last time, and quite possibly the best I’ve ever seen, so it’s unfortunate for it to take a step back. Is this entry, therefore, a bit rushed?
Well, I can answer that, certainly, because several times while playing the game, it just CRASHED TO BLACK! Why?! I saw ‘fixes’ online about reverifying files, but that’s a Steam thing, and I had installed this on Battle.net. Hence, it seems as well as being content that’s at least a year old, they couldn’t get it to be stable. Come on, guys, I think even the Assassins Creed games have taken a time-out for a year before now, so it’s time to take a leaf out of their book, regroup and then come back stronger.
NOTE: I am just a single-player guy. I don’t go in for multiplayer as I get my butt kicked way too easily.
NOTE II: At the time of posting this, not all the gameplay is online, but it will be added regularly, and added to the playlist below.
Thanks to our friends at Activision for the review code for this game.
- Developers: Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, Infinity Ward, Beenox, Raven Software, High Moon Studios, Demonware
- Publisher: Activision
- Players: single-player, multiplayer
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