Call Of Duty: MW3 Allows Multiple Players

By Adam Smith on September 2nd, 2011 at 4:35 pm.

It's all so modern
There’s a lot to be gleaned from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer World Premiere Trailer, though after typing out the cumbersome title I’m loathe to write anything else due to intense fingercramp. I’ll say this for it though: it manages to make combat look exciting, dramatic and bloody horrible, sometimes simultaneously. There’s lots of shooting, which I expected, lots of killing, which I also expected, but also large, spinning fuchsia dogtags, which I certainly didn’t expect. Admittedly, it is mostly man-shooting though. There’s evidence of all kinds of new as yet unexplained details, from strike packages to proficiency. What does it all mean? I’m going to say that men will use packages to strike other men in their proficiencies. Or some other combination of those words. You heard it hear first. Discuss and dissect below. Oh, and do look out for the particularly unpleasant Claymore-alike, the Bouncing Betty. Ouch.

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  1. fiddlesticks says:

    Yep. Definitely lots of shooting. And lots of slow motion, as well.

    • sneetch says:

      I’m sure the final build will run a lot smoother. ;)

    • Gotem says:

      That slow motion got so annoying I wished youtube had a FastPlay button.

    • Geurge says:

      @Gotem

      Some videos do, might just be HTML5, but near the annotations button there’s a video speed button and you can change the video to place twice as fast.

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      Makariel says:

      Running and slow motion. Like Baywatch but without women. And with more killing.

  2. Squirrelfanatic says:

    What is the main distinguishing feature with these games? Most of the time, I’m not able to tell them apart or see what makes one better than the other.

    • Lewie Procter says:

      This is the new one.

    • Moni says:

      This one has chickens in it.

      (Freeze frame at 2:02, if you don’t get the reference)

    • Lemming says:

      From what I gather, COD is your more arcady man-shoots-man infantry thing, and Battlefield is more of the same but on a bigger scale with vehicles thrown in and attempt at more of a combat simulation.

      And this is coming from someone who really couldn’t give a fuck about either. The last FPS I enjoyed was Bioshock.

    • Hensler says:

      New weapons and maps is what it basically comes down to. When you get a few hundred hours of multiplayer out of each title, it’s worth $15 map packs and $60 sequels to me.

    • Kaira- says:

      It is really simple. I drew a picture for you. [as in manshoots in general. Not between CoDs, because that would be… well, nowadays a bit meaningless.]

      http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14897227/TheDifferenceOfManShoots.png

    • Unaco says:

      This one DOESN’T need you to install Origin. Also, it’ll probably allow you see servers without quitting out and stopping the game, before restarting it.

    • Orija says:

      Think of Battlefield as the Christopher Nolan of video games with Modern Warfare being the Michael Bay.

    • BrotherCabbage says:

      @Moni: But there were chickens in MW2! You could kill them and everything! I feel cheated!

    • Cerzi says:

      “Think of Battlefield as the Christopher Nolan of video games with Modern Warfare being the Michael Bay.”

      As in, Battlefield was originally excellent, but over the years has been becoming increasingly similar to the blockbustery kids-love-it nature of Modern Warfare?

    • Orija says:

      @Cerzi Uum, I donno, The Dark Knight was okay for a superhero movie, could have been a lot worse. I haven’t seen Inception yet but didn’t it get great reviews and all?

    • Unaco says:

      “I haven’t seen Inception yet but didn’t it get great reviews and all?”

      So did COD: Modern Warfare 2.

      http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-2

    • Drakon says:

      Inception is awesome.

    • Hyetal says:

      @Unaco

      You might want to take a gander to the right. User reviews? Surely not the most indicative of statistics, but probably not to be completely dismissed, yes?

    • Unaco says:

      @Hyetal

      Also quite easy to abuse, and to be distorted by a campaign against the game/company. Hating on MW2 is ‘cool’, it’s the done thing.

    • Squirrelfanatic says:

      Ok, so the sensible things would be to stick with TF2.

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      Keymonk says:

      @Squirrelfanatic

      TF2 has worked well for me so far.

    • DrGonzo says:

      While Cod does have it’s moments and would be rediculous to call it a bad game. Those reviews are silly, it deserves no where near those scores. You could argue that they are also distorted, magazines fearing giving anything other than a stellar review due to a huge childish fanbase, and the fear of losing advertising money from Activision.

  3. 12kill4 says:

    I am now sad because I thought you were saying they brought back multiple player profiles.

  4. Serge says:

    Looks cool.

    So this will be distributed the same way as previous DLCs for MW2?

    I hope they wont rise the price any higher. 20$ for the last map pack was a bummer.

  5. Xiyng says:

    Looks dated, both graphically and gameplay-wise. Other than that, I have no complaints. Not that I’m going to need any other reasons to complain… These are definitely enough.

    • Dana says:

      While graphics part is true, although for me irrelevant. What do you want from the gameplay ? Its the tried and perfected formula of running, shooting, knifing, perking, streaking.

      Will new CS be crap for these two reasons as well ? We all saw what “modern gameplay” did to Duke Nukem.

    • povu says:

      At least CS isn’t rereleased every year at full price with different maps.

    • Tatourmi says:

      Dana, are you saying that call of duty is old school? I am a bit confused about the modern gameplay and duke part.

    • Dana says:

      No, Xying did.

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      Joshua says:

      @pavu

      No, CS is re-released every five years for the full price with the same maps.

  6. man-eater chimp says:

    Oh I see what they did there at the end of the trailer.

  7. Sheza says:

    They won’t update the graphics/engine until the next generation consoles come out, so if this game is CoD 8, we can expect an engine & graphical revamp for CoD 10, which makes sense because they’ll blow it up as some kind of 10th Anniversary thing.

    • Sheza says:

      By the way I have no idea what that crappy Xbox avatar is doing as my WordPress avatar, I made it using GFWL. Believe me I ditched my consoles years ago.

    • Aedrill says:

      No, it’s sweet, stay with it. It makes you look playful and outgoing.

  8. Bilbo says:

    That GI in the screenshot looks a bit like aaron eckhart

  9. Burning Man says:

    That looked… silly. And a tad underwhelming graphically. But then again, I’ve never really played any multiplayer.

  10. Askeladd says:

    I read this: “I’ll say this for it though: it manages to make combat look exciting, dramatic and bloody horrible, sometimes simultaneously. ”

    and thought I can’t be thaaat bad, hah!

    Boy was I mistaken.

  11. nafe says:

    Good grief that looks tedious and dull.

  12. Bearrorist says:

    Is this the new MW2 patch? Why is it not free?

    • Mattressi says:

      Haven’t you seen though – they’ve added Manbook. Or something like that. Facebook, but for men who like to shoot men. It’s revolutionary. Though I think you have to pay extra for it. Plus there’s a few reskinned guns. There’s probably even some new maps. WAY too much stuff to be a patch; it probably even took them a few hours to make some new maps. Who wouldn’t pay $60 for it? Hell, what Aussie wouldn’t pay $99 USD for it?

  13. JohnnyMaverik says:

    I still think it’s impressive what they did with that engine. Also I liked COD4, I didn’t love it, but I liked it.

    Ok that’s all the defence I can offer… feel free continue COD bashing now.

  14. skyturnedred says:

    The coolest thing about the trailer is how the first W in WW3 flips into M, thus becoming MW3. Very clever, them trailer-makers.

  15. the.celt says:

    “You heard it hear first.”

    Joke? Typo? Both?

  16. Psychopomp says:

    Are those literally the exact same animations they’ve been using since CoD 4?

    I don’t understand what they’re doing with all that money.

  17. moarage says:

    lol I like how Activision themselves removed their own original upload from youtube because it had too many dislikes

  18. tomek says:

    Looks ok, for a call of duty game.

  19. Baines says:

    If you pause the video during the character descriptions, you can get a good idea what the new stuff is.

    Strike Package is the new name for the Killstreak rewards. The main questions I’d have are whether they are now preset bundles, or you can still individually pick which rewards you want. The second question is what the last character’s killstreaks meant. Instead of regular rewards, he had three more perks in his Killstreaks section. Does that mean you can set it up to acquire extra perks through kills, or do those happen to be perks that got turned into killstreak rewards.

    Proficiencies look like they are effectively a fourth perk for your weapon. Can’t tell if they apply only to your primary or even if they are tied to a specific primary (either certain weapons having only certain proficiencies available, or something you have to level up with a weapon to unlock). One of the guys had “2 Attachments” proficiency, which used to be the Bling perk.

  20. westyfield says:

    I love the animation for putting a gun away and grabbing a different gun. SO REAL.

  21. Juiceman says:

    I’d rather play COD4.

  22. Spider Jerusalem says:

    So that looks terrible.

  23. Jesh says:

    Isn’t this MUCH better?

    :D

  24. SpoiledToast says:

    So much smugness and sarcasm… I can’t take it anymore!

  25. Shortwave says:

    This is a joke, ha.

    For those of you suckered into purchases the last one thinking it might be different, just keep enjoying that one till’ the next gen please and stop supporting these goofs.

    K’ thanks!

  26. Outright Villainy says:

    Oh hey, this looks, um… something. Okay, it doesn’t look terrible, it just looks meh. A big pile of meh on a meh sandwich.

  27. Ogun says:

    I thought there was a taste/decency thing about not having anti-personnel mines in video games (with the exception of the always lovable claymore).

  28. Larkington says:

    “Cooper, over here,” Audrey called, seductively. She began dancing towards him, slowly. Cooper’s eyes looked up and slowly fixated on Audrey. “Audrey!” shouted Cooper. “For the love of all that is holy, stop slow dancing!” But Audrey didn’t stop; she couldn’t stop. Once the song began, she was like a rhino on ice: large and unwieldy, not to mention slippery and fleshy. Cooper, as much as the sight disgusted him, couldn’t look away. “Please…” Cooper trailed off. He knew how to stop her. Indeed, there was only one way to stop the Audrey-osaurus. Shoot her dead. Slowly, Cooper lifted his gun from the holster, steadied his aim, and fired. Over and over he fired. The song was over, too, and Audrey wasn’t even dancing any more. She had a hot piece of cherry pie and a cup of black coffee for Cooper, but she was too late. Audrey-osaurus was extinct. Cooper cried while he ate his pie and drank his coffee, only stopping to wipe the tears from his eyes.

  29. Shooop says:

    You’re absolutely right, that was bloody horrible.

    All you have to do is play MW2 and imagine your guns look different and you’ll get the same experience.

  30. Flaringo says:

    Anyone else having trouble with Adam’s youtube embeds? They keep turning up as “Address not found” errors for me. Using the latest version of Opera.

  31. blackjackshelak says:

    Looks like all they’re changing is the weapons/equipment/perks/killstreaks. Maybe some changes to the game modes, but that remains to be seen. Honestly I don’t care about graphical updates for a series that’s never touched my PC (don’t consider the MW games part of the WWII CoD franchise). I enjoyed MW2 for the increased options it give me for my kit and the revamp of the killstreak system, but I didn’t like that it removed already existing stuff. I wanted my M-14+Red-dot dammit, and the “sniper only” version of it just didn’t do it for me. Luckily they still had the FAL, but whatever. If MW3 increases the size of the list without removing anything from it, I might just give it a shot. This is the kind of game that I’m likely to play on the 360 though, since the community I play PC for just flat out isn’t there for most of the Modern Warfare series. Not that I’m wanting for good shooters right now. Beta access to NS2, and the ever closer release of RO2 gives me plenty to look forward to. This is definitely more of a “wait and see” for me. Hopefully whatever changes are made make it worth it.

  32. Radiant says:

    This is designed to make teenage boys cumpload like a stepped on milk carton.

  33. MichaelPalin says:

    Could you say something about the title of the article? That was the reason I read it and you haven’t mention anything about multiple players at all. Are you talking about co-op?

    • Shodex says:

      He means competitive multiplayer. It was the multiplayer trailer.

    • Shooop says:

      It’s a snark-filled reference to how more and more modern games are released missing fundamental features.

  34. Leo says:

    I’d comment on this, but after reading all the Youtube comments below the trailer I can’t stop laughing – my opinion just seems too repetitive now.

    Could it be? People getting tired of paying for the same game for the 3rd (or 4th) time? (probably not)

    Still … hilarious.

  35. loshon says:

    I’ve seen fan-machinima that’s 2x as exciting as that.

    Whoever made this trailer isn’t very good at their job.

  36. Shodex says:

    Hate all you want, it’s the tried and true Call of Duty formula. As much as I hate it, it’s a bloody good time. So I’ll be getting Modern Warfare 3, just like I got Black Ops, and Modern Warfare 2, and World at War, and Call of Duty 4, and Call of Duty 2, and Call of Duty 1 (I didn’t leave any out did I?).

    I’m not a fan of the colour palette this time ’round though, it’s all grey, washed out and mucky. I always liked Infinity Ward’s choice of colours, Treyarch made murky brown-ish games but Infinity Was always nice and colourful. I’m hoping the full release has more variety in settings and their just showing us a small part of the game on purpose.

    I assume that will come with the Soap campaign, as the American meatshield, or Frost as I think he’s called this time around, campaign will likely stick to the frontlines urban warfare.

    • Vampy says:

      You forgot CoD3 (console only) and Big Red One ;)

      Also, Treyarch only browns? Did you play Nuketown at all? :P

    • Ogun says:

      You missed ‘United Offensive’, by far and away the best COD game.

  37. Davee says:

    Wow. I don’t know how they did it, but they managed to make this look more uninteresting than any of the previous CoDs to me. Put in some more genericness please, I dare you to try! Also some more features from said previous games, not new stuff. Who needs new when you can recycle? Not like they have any time for innovations with the pace they push these things out anyway.

    Sorry about that, but I guess the novelty (and entertainment) value of CoD has loooong gone for me.

    I also find their use of the cliché low-budget “SPLAT” sound nearly every time somebody gets shot very amusing! :)

  38. CaptainVolcanoes says:

    Dear god. Would it have hurt them to put.. Something new into the game? Okay gameplay wise, tweaked, new maps etc. Fine. But it reminds me of FIFA, where it’s the same game every year, just with a couple of new things and a new name. (Except, funnily, even FIFA is getting a significant upgrade)

    Ahh if it works, it works I suppose. Games like these drain the soul out of the games industry.

  39. Timthos says:

    What they left out: insta-gib knife kills from two meters away.

    Honestly, if they nerfed melee, I might consider buying MW3, but as I know I’ll just be frustrated endlessly by all the cheap tactics, I’d rather spare myself the annoyance.

    • zoombapup says:

      Aimbots. Is everyone forgetting the aimbots? lack of multiplayer server hosting?

      If they had a game that wasn’t full of poor design decisions that unbalanced the game in favour of the winning team. If they had a game where player abilities were balanced and there were no aimbots or speedrunners or quickscopers.

      I loved the earlier cod games. COD:UO was brilliant. Something kind of broke with the last one for me, because they were going away from “a good fair game” towards the “lulz I just teabagged that d00d”. Like the XFactor of games. Idiotic and insulting the intelligence of its players.

  40. Magus44 says:

    I love the fact that all of the player deaths we see are from snipers (who appear to be quickscoping). YAY! FUN!
    Plus the slow mo.. why…? Is it meant to be epic? I’m like okay… Yeah.. HURRY UP… At least the MW2 Trailer was like YEAH FUN BOOM PEW ROCKETS.

  41. RabidOyster says:

    I played hundreds of hours of MW2 and Black Ops, but I’m rather finished with this series. This video does not look interesting to me. Looking forward to hours and hours of BF3 and Skyrim.

    Now the internet knows.

  42. Rii says:

    One of the reasons the game looks relatively unimpressive graphically is that it’s designed to run at 60fps on the consoles whereas BF3 (like most games) is targeting 30fps. They’re emphasising a smooth experience over shinies which is a rare enough call to make in this industry outside racing games. Gotta give ‘em credit for it.

    • Mac says:

      Give them credit for gimping an engine so as to get it running at 60FPS … if they didn’t cap the FPS on PC it would likely be over 200FPS on a semi-decent rig.

      Why on earth would we give them creidt for this?

      COD has not improved sinse COD4, and every annual rehash is just a money spinner that the young and gullable buy into … i’m still not seeing anything to give them credit for except for producing something that is capable of fleecing millions of idiots!

    • Rii says:

      “Why on earth would we give them creidt for this?”

      Because PC ain’t the only game in town?

  43. Farcelet says:

    DAMNIT! I won’t buy a game in which I can’t sidestep!

    The nerve of these people!

  44. int says:

    I hope the dog tags are some sort of power up like electro-bastard ray, solid granite man and acme damage magnifier. Mmm yeah!

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