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Modern Warfare 3: Spec Ops preview

Modern Warfare seems to be getting a lot of hate from those on the Battlefield side of the fence, which is a bit odd really considering that if it wasn’t for this series the bar wouldn’t be set so high. Sure Activision has probably added to this hate thanks to its exploitation of the series popularity, however would EA be any different if it knew it could make some serious money? Doubtful.

So here we are, the third game in the Modern Warfare series is just a few months away from being released and despite those out there wanting it to fail, it’s still on track to become the biggest selling game of the year by far, although it does seem like Battlefield 3 won’t be too far behind judging by the sheer popularity of the title here at Gamescom.

During the show we sat down briefly with the developers of Modern Warfare 3 to check out what’s new with the game, specifically the Spec Ops mode, which we have to say left a fantastic impression on us. The whole idea behind Spec Ops is to get online with a teammate and fight your way through different waves of enemies. As you would expect things start off a little bit easy, with only a few opposing soldiers trying to take you down, however as you progress through the game things get a whole lot tougher.

The level we played in Specs Ops mode started you off in a small town, the advantage here was that there was lots of cover, including crates, a small tunnel under a bridge and also the walls on top of the bridge. There was also access to buildings, meaning you could hide inside and/or upstairs for a better vantage point. Our particular situation saw us under the bridge, with soldiers coming at us from either end. Speaking to my co-op partner we were able to decide on the best tactics for taking the enemy down, although there was the odd occasion when we had to revive each other, which is obviously essential because if you both go down it’s game over.

As you play through things get really tough, soldiers become difficult to take down and the enemy starts to send in all manner of high tech equipment such as helicopters, attack dogs,suicide bomber dogs, kamikaze soldiers and Juggernauts.

Sounds impressive doesn’t it? Well add in the modes own ranking system, Online Matchmaking, Leaderboards and the fact that the mode is played using the multiplayer maps and not the single player maps and you can see that the developer has really gone to town with this one.

Something else we noticed during the game was that you are able to buy ammo, new weapons and more. At one point in our game I had run out of cash, however my partner simply transferred some funs over to me and I was able to purchase the  equipment I needed; In this case both me and my fighting partner both bought a sentry gun, placed one at each end of the tunnel and watched as the enemy was cut to shreds. Nice.

Although I am no FPS expert, I did manage to get all the way to Wave 10, which was fairly decent for a first time I’m told, although maybe the developer was just being kind when he said these words.

One of my first memories of the original Modern Warfare was that as soon as I saw it, I knew it was special, I knew it was going to be a massive hit. The Spec Ops mode in Modern Warfare 3 gives me that exact same feeling, so what I say to those routing for Battlefield 3 is to write Modern Warfare 3 off at your peril, because this game has some pretty amazing looking tricks up its sleeves.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is set to launch later this year, on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.


Edited On 20 Aug, 2011

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