Towering: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Landmark tower down!
A big old Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer appeared last night. It’s very exciting. I’ve posted it below. (Via Blue.)


  1. Mirqy says:

    Wow, it’s Team America the videogame, finally! Oh. Oh no, it isn’t. Oh well.

    • d34thly says:

      Looks ok, but I’ve never played any of the COD single player campaigns before. I pre-ordered for the multiplayer baby (mmmmm buttery goodness).

    • Dhatz says:

      looks hideous for 2011/12 game, fucking better stop doing console trailers already, but that wont cure their pathetic smoke trajectories.

    • runtheplacered says:

      “looks hideous for 2011/12 game”

      I don’t even like COD and even I think this was a stupid comment.

    • lurkalisk says:


      Why? The game’s ugly.

    • GenBanks says:

      Not really… The narrator is British, most of what you see is in Europe/Africa whatever. How does one argue that something involving the US military is automatically reduced to being a parody of ultra patriotism.

  2. Eukatheude says:

    Not bad actually. Much better than the first one.

    • GoodPatton says:

      I’d have to agree, actually made the game look somewhat interesting.

      Though I’m sure the requisite linear corridors and infinite NPC spawning until certain checkpoints have been passed will be included. Also, I wonder how far through the game you’ll be able to make it without firing a bullet this time around.

      In all seriousness though, the trailer did make the game look like it could be exciting. Keyword: could.

    • Walter Heisenberg says:

      “In all seriousness though”
      Really? That sounded pretty serious to me, do you really think that’s not how this game’s SP is going to play out?

    • nubbuka says:

      When it comes to single player, Call of Duty games sure have the stuff.
      A great storyline, greatly written scenarios for the player to witness and the engine itself makes this all very nice to see (animations, etc’).
      I hope this campaign won’t last a mere 4-5 hours on the hardest difficulty this time. I am hoping for something like 8-10? Only time will tell :3

    • Bull0 says:

      That’s an extremely conservative estimate.

    • Alexander Norris says:

      @nubbuka: “a great storyline?” Are you kidding? MW2’s SP is an absolute and utter abomination of retarded plot and violations of the laws of physics, and that’s without mentioning the fact that none of the CoD games have any real characterisation. It’s Tom Clancy summer blockbusters in game form: CoD4 was the old Clancy, who wrote his novels and knew his shit; MW2 was the modern-day Clancy, who gets ghost-writers to pump out pro-American nationalistic idiocy.

      Except MW2 was worse. :(

    • hivess says:

      Well, first Modern Warfare was… different. It was more “Call of Duty”, than “MW2” gameplay style. From MW2 this series is much more dynamic and “blockbuster-ish”. Personally I like CoD4 style much more.

    • GoodPatton says:

      @Walter: I can be cynical (especially about CoD) but it doesn’t mean I need to be. I’d be lying if I said that I thought MW3 didn’t look interesting but at the same time I can’t help but be concerned about the issues of previous games which mired a lot of the fun for me.

      I don’t need to dwell on those issues for too long though because there are others who I’m sure will be posting in this very forum who will do it louder and better than me and I’d rather take a positive edge rather than a negative one simply because being negative is just so easy…

    • googoogjoob says:

      to quote wikipedia, “Price uses the submarine to launch a submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Washington D.C. He sets the warhead to detonate in the upper atmosphere, which unintentionally destroys the International Space Station and creates an electromagnetic pulse that cripples vehicles and electronic equipment on both sides, giving the Americans an advantage. Back on the ground, Foley and his squad seek shelter from the disabled aircraft that are now literally falling from the sky, and proceed to the White House.”

      there are so many things wrong with this that i can’t even begin to describe, and i sincerely hope that anyone who says that modern warfare 2 has a “great storyline” is trolling

    • Big Daddy Dugger says:

      Nukes going off in the Ionosphere would cause EMP blasts which could stop electronics from working on earth for hundreds to thousands of years, that’s actually true. In fact the last line of defense for the US to avoid destruction is to do exactly that in order to “send everyone back to the stone age”. The blowing up the space station part is a bit funny though, it’d have to be a pretty big nuke.

    • Chris D says:

      @Big Daddy Dugger

      Really? How does that work? I can understand a strong enough blast frying anything within range but why would something built the day after not work?

    • googoogjoob says:

      a nuclear detonation in the ionosphere would create an emp burst, but it wouldn’t be nearly that dramatic

      link to

      “systems connected to long lines (e.g., power lines, telephone wires, and tracking wire antennas) are at risk because of the large size of the induced current. The additive effects of the MHD-EMP can cause damage to unprotected civilian and military systems that depend on or use long-line cables. Small, isolated, systems tend to be unaffected.”

      “Military systems must survive all aspects of the EMP, from the rapid spike of the early time events to the longer duration heave signal.”

      so it’d be a major inconvenience maybe, but it wouldn’t really harm military electronics, which are designed to withstand that sort of thing, and it wouldn’t be anything that you couldn’t fix

      anyway, the chances of hitting the iss are hilariously ludicrous and totally break any potential suspension of disbelief on the part of anyone with any sort of education

    • Petethegoat says:

      @Alexander Norris – “CoD4 was the old Clancy, who wrote his novels and knew his shit”
      Jesus christ. Call of Duty 4 had an absolutely terrible story. You are literally deluded if you think otherwise.

      It’s just incredibly annoying when people say that MW2 is somehow worse than CoD4- they fixed the terrible respawning enemies in singleplayer, they fixed the terrible spawning in multiplayer. They had a plot which didn’t take itself so fucking seriously, and they took you to interesting locations, so you could shoot men with a variety of weapons.

      I have never heard a single legitimate complaint about Modern Warfare 2.
      Come on, I’m all ears.

    • Synesthesia says:

      well, for one, it was a steaming pile of shite.

    • Squiddity says:

      @Alexander Norris, it wasn’t nearly as bad as you seem to want it to be. All of the major “plot holes” cited in the famous gamesradar article were without merit. It had a couple… but it was still surprisingly good. For one thing, it tried to make an actual point about the real world, something which few games have ever bothered to do. That alone puts it head and shoulders above most games.

      What I mean is… the game asked if the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq were justified. It does so by putting you in the shoes of the victims. An attack on the US happened because of very bad men, not because the US was responsible. Was it truly justified?

      It wasn’t

      Sure, it was wrapped up in a Clancyesque roller coaster ride and homaged at least three major set pieces from The Rock (one of the most enjoyable action films of all time, so it’s fine by me), but why is that a problem?

      Just because you were confused by the multi-pov narrative (one perspective was intentionally lacking a lot of information, because you were just a footsoldier getting attacked and not knowing why) doesn’t mean you have a right to insult it, because it’s really, again, not as bad as people want it to be.

      So the game was rushed and had little PC support, including a lack of dedicated servers. That’s no reason to start trumping up charges of bad writing. Compared to most other games, Modern Warfare 2 is no tragedy. If anything, it’s better than many.

      There is at least one major plot hole that goes unexplained, the game also expects you to infer quite a lot from various elements, unlike the average “appeal to the lowest common denominator” games like Half-Life 2 or Uncharted, and, yeah, you’re right about the lack of deep characterization (though there’s really little room, given the story genre it’s attempting, for characterization; its characters were no less defined than most of Aliens’ characters).

    • Wubbles says:

      Half-Life 2 is not a lowest-common-denominator game. Have you ever played it? By your standards of “the game also expects you to infer quite a lot from various elements” alone, Half-Life 2 trumps MW2 pretty hard.

    • Fragman says:

      @ squid – Last time I checked, “better than some things” wasn’t really an argument.

      And as for “Just because you were confused…. doesn’t mean you have a right to insult it”…..why?
      Confusion comes from the fact that it bounces between ideas schizophrenically, without giving anything in particular any emphasis, and instead just rushes you off to the next movie scene shooting gallery. Confusion that stems from shoddy writing is as worthy for being insulted as anything else.

      I bought and played the game – and seriously cannot remember anything plot related. Like, at all.

      Perhaps I’m just thick though.

  3. caddyB says:

    Poor tower gets destroyed at every opportunity. I think using it as a tesla coil was the best idea yet.

    • Burning Man says:

      I wonder how many people will get that reference.

    • sharkh20 says:

      I am going to guess that it is from something like Red Alert 2. I recall playing a Paris level, and I know there were Tesla coils (Red Alert after all).

    • sharkh20 says:

      Just looked it up, I am proud of myself.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      One of my all time favourites, still installed in fact, it has outlasted every game on my HDD thus far.

    • Koozer says:

      Surely everyone should instantly think of Red Alert at mention of Tesla Coils. That’s just a fact of life.

      On a related note, I can’t get RA2’s menus to work on W7, makes it impossible to play…

    • Kollega says:

      I wonder when the poor tower will finally stand up for itself. As the text under the picture goes, “‘SURRENDER MONKEY’ THIS, BITCH!”

    • westyfield says:

      Anyone remember that mission in RA2 where the USSR used the Twin Towers as a mind-control device? Did it get patched out after 11/9 or am I imagining that?

    • Kollega says:

      I’ve replayed that mission recently, and i remember that the mind control device was situated at the foot of the Twin Towers, not on top of them. And the ability to destroy them wasn’t patched out after the attacks either, as far as i know. But they did change the boxart after that.

    • JackShandy says:

      “Zombie-Robot Gustav Eiffel! Still alive after all these years!”

  4. Anguy says:

    what’s up with most games nowadays having sequences where big things/debris chase after the protagonist on a moving vehicle?

    • JakeOfRavenclaw says:

      “Most games?” How many other examples are there, I wonder? :D Bulletstorm springs to mind for me.

    • jthmmdom says:

      Pretty sure that this has been a constant in video games. Pacman, nuff said.

  5. jti says:

    I could watch a film like this while getting drunk, but playing it? Naah.

    • Dozer says:

      I heartily recommend playing games whilst getting drunk.

    • Tusque D'Ivoire says:

      CoD is perfect for drunk gaming, in groups even… but there are games that certainly shouldn’t be played drunk, Dungeons of Dredmor or Metro 2033 come to mind. You can horribly mess up saves that had a lot of work in them…

  6. Baka says:

    You’ve got to give it to them, the setpieces are very exciting, even though the extremly dated engine kicks it down a notch.
    Now if they’d only add a proper spec-ops instead of mere survival wave mode I’d even consider buying it.

    • Unaco says:

      It does have proper missions, similar to MW2’s Specops mode, as well as the survival mode game type.

    • something says:

      Consider away my friend. Here are three of MW3’s achievements:

      •Brag Rags (10) – Earn 1 star in Special Ops Mission Mode.
      •Tactician (20) – Earn 1 star in each mission of Special Ops Mission Mode.
      •Overachiever (40) – Earn 48 stars in Special Ops Mission Mode.

      I reckon that means 16 missions.


  7. fiddlesticks says:

    Is it just me or did they borrow the horn from Inception?

    • Shroom says:

      The “horn” is a staple of all film/game music at the moment. Especially in trailers, Inception, Transformers, MW3, Crysis 2 had a very similar sound going on. It’s just trends in theme music I guess.

    • Kollega says:

      And if i remember correctly, Hanz ZImmer, the composer of MW3, also worked on Inception – so it’s not really “stealing”, it’s just recycling your own work.

    • Bantros says:

      Can’t remember any other film/game trailer using it this obviously

    • GoodPatton says:

      I would say they are barely similar with minor exceptions, though after the Inception mention the scenes in the airplane do have a bit of similar feeling to them.

    • SirKicksalot says:

      District 9 had similar horns. Older movies too.

    • noclip says:

      Clancy isn’t the only one who uses ghost writers, a typical Zimmer soundtrack has maybe one piece actually composed by him and ghost composers doing the rest.

    • Urthman says:

      It’s particularly silly because that noise had an actual meaning in Inception.

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      James Horner’s famous horns.

    • Ogun says:

      Was wondering more where the idea for the synthetic bass came from. I know that and the horns have been fashionable since Terminator 4 and Transformers decided that all robots communicate using dubstep samples – but it sounds a hell of a lot like BF3’s to me.

  8. Sagan says:

    How do you call that at the end? An animated pun? Anyway I couldn’t help but laugh.

    • Kollega says:

      TV Tropes calls that “visual pun”, i believe. So you were pretty close. And it is kinda funny.

    • Urthman says:

      What the WW3 => MW3? I thought that was the most entertaining part of the whole trailer. Nice one. I hope whoever thought of that got a nice little bonus.

  9. Walter Heisenberg says:

    As exciting as roller-coasters can be I think I’ve had my fill of them.

  10. Moni says:

    Finally looks like someone decided to have a go at doing an Inception style anti-gravity battle.

    • Kollega says:

      Well, if that kind of thing was in Inception… and the horn from the first trailer was in Inception… then maybe the whole thing, MW2 and MW3, and maybe even MW1, is a one big fever dream that sees you gradually going deeper into the dream as the more and more insane escapades happen all around you?

      Sounds plausible to me.

    • GoodPatton says:

      @Kollega: I can’t see it any other way now! The final scene of MW3 will be a spinning bullet with the scene cutting just before it is possibly going to fall over!

    • Urthman says:

      The (intentionally) silly arctic battle in Inception was clearly based on CoD. I thought that was part of the joke was that the character in question would model his psychic defenses on that kind of video game.

  11. Aspongeinmauve says:

    I remember the watching the original trailer and thinking “isn’t this the intro to Crysis 2?”.
    This new trailer however does look very exciting, but I’m still not willing to pay £40 for what I know the game will turn out to be.

  12. staberas says:

    yeah shooter season 2011 is here !!!!!!!

  13. patrick says:

    I hope this is in black and white until I beat the terrorists.

  14. Gundrea says:

    Wow look at all the awesome things happening around me. I wish I was doing them.

  15. Ross Mills says:

    I love that the new soundtrack to all FPSes ever sounds like BBBBBBBBBBBBBVBVVVVVVVVVVVVBVBVVBVBVVVVVVVVVBBBBBBBB

  16. McDan says:

    Look like exciting stuff, I’ve always preferred the singleplayer in call of duty games. Especially the modern warfare series, like te story too, I want to shoot some men spectacularly really.

  17. Bull0 says:

    Some people seem to have fogotten the “Don’t comment on the story if you’re not interested in the game” rule already. That was fun while it lasted!

    Really good trailer, imo. I’m going to wind up getting this on two formats again – one on PC because it looks shiny and plays better, and one on satanbox 360 so I can play with my unenlightened friends. The zero-g airplane gunfight in particular looks like great fun- like the epilogue to Call of Duty 4, but with a liberal helping of MW2’s michael bay silliness rubbed in before cooking. I’m up for that. The gritty, gritty pornsplosion scenes of paris and london, not so much – doesn’t really do anything for me.

  18. Vlupius says:

    This trailer actually does what it is supposed to do: It makes me want to play the game. I’ll just wait for the reviews from other players and the gaming-press, though. I mostly play CoD for the singleplayer, and since I find that that has been going downhill over the years… Still, looking forward to MW3 with some interest.

  19. Stranglove says:

    This looks better that the last few trailers, but it still looks a bit like MW2 with MORE setpieces.

  20. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    I must agree, a far better trailer, although, for what I will be getting for my money, there are still better games. but god, I do want to finally finish that goddamn story arc.

    Why do games always have to drag on for so long >.>

    • codename_bloodfist says:

      I once overheard two elder ladies talking about some soap opera on the train. The conversation went something like this:

      – So, did you watch the yesterday’s episode of Maria’s Wonderful Life?
      – Yes, but I’m getting so tired of it now.
      – I know what you mean. When will they finally marry and end this stupid show?

      It really seems that this is exactly the same formula used in COD:MW games. I sincerely doubt that the publisher has the decency to conclude the series before the franchise simply stops being profitable.

    • SAM-site says:

      The sentiment in your second choice is there, but the music worked less well. However your first choice was nothing less than sublime, well played sir.

    • Solid Snake on a Plane says:

      A friend of mind put the first result for “warfare dubstep” with the initial MW3 trailer (because those toybox players also like the wibbly-wobbly, you see), and we were so surprised by how well it’s matched up we’ve started doing it with the others. It even works here too!

      link to

  21. JohnnyK says:

    Is it me or does the guy at 0:54 look a little like a younger Vladimir Putin?

    • Kollega says:

      I think that’s supposed to be Makarov – MAIN BAD GUY(tm). In which case resemblance to Putin probably isn’t coincidential. But, i, personally, can’t really see it.

  22. phenom_x8 says:

    Overdone trailer, I hope its core game will be able to provide that kind of tense (and not boring as hell like my last world at war playthrough)

  23. int says:


  24. Kollega says:

    All through the trailer i kept repeating one phrase: “They can’t be serious.” Because seriously… they can’t be serious. This is too insane to appear in a serious war game or movie, even a Michael Bay blockbuster. Sure, Transformers had some pretty crazy shit happening, but that movie was about giant robots that transform into cars, not realistic military action.

    What the game needs at this point is the admission of it’s own silliness. Say, Commander Badass appearing on the side of the good guys, two factions of aliens (vaguely catlike repairmen chasing after the mysterious artifacts and sapient blobs with a talent in marksmanship and a taste for fried chicken, for example) swooping in to secure the source of humanity’s manliness for their own ends, Russians breaking out the tesla coils and Americans countering with shrink-rays, or something other like that. I’d buy the game if that was the case.

  25. Unaco says:


  26. Kleppy says:

    I replayed Modern Warfare 2 last week for the first time since its release and found it to be fun as hell – I only play Single Player games (other than Bad Company 2) so I realize it would’ve been a bit short for $60, but I got it cheap so I didn’t feel ripped off.

    Anyway, yeah, Call of Duty games are very fun. The shooting is quite honestly the most satisfying gunplay available right now. Guns all feel so, so good, enemies react very nicely to being shot – no bullet sponges here, a good head shot is an instant kill – and the settings change very quickly and remain exciting and engaging throughout.

    The only part that annoyed me was the pseudo-philosophical mumbo jumbo spouted mostly by Captain Price during the loading screens. Trying to enforce some sort of ridiculous “deep” message about war or heroes or whatever the hell they were trying to go for was a bit grating.

    All in all though, definitely looking forward to drinking beer and playing through the new campaign, it looks great.

    • chopsnsauce says:


      I agree with YOU. (though to be honest I didn’t mind philosophical guff Price was spouting)

    • WotevahMang says:

      Game looks fun.

      And, yeah, the war quotes had more impact in Operation: Flashpoint than the CoD series.

  27. noclip says:

    Press X to play movie, er… game.

  28. SquareWheel says:

    It’s like 7 action movies in one.

  29. Big Daddy Dugger says:

    Maybe the single player campaign will last more than 3 hours this time.

    Aww who am I kidding…

  30. Strangeblades says:

    Waaaa hoooo! Captain Price is back baby! Ready to take care of business. (Yes, I am seriously this enthusiastic – I love Modern Warfare on the PC yo!)

  31. kyrieee says:

    This gun / military porn is getting to the point where it’s disturbing.

  32. Calabi says:

    I love playing games with scripted set pieces. Its fantastic to pay money to play a game and then have no choice or significance to your actions, just like real life. Cant wait.

  33. Spliter says:

    Not a single shot of gameplay in these trailers. NOT. A. SINGLE. ONE!
    Every single shot from the entire trailer seems to be from a scripted event. It does look amazing but damn it infinity ward, if you want to make a movie just MAKE A MOVIE!
    Games are about gameplay, remember? What’s the point of releasing a GAME trailer which doesn’t feature ANY ACTUAL GAMEPLAY!!
    This is looking to be even more scripted and on rails than MW2 was. I’ll wait for the reviews and actual gameplay videos (if any) when this is released before I think about buying this.

  34. Snuffy the Evil says:

    I’m not exactly sure when we stopped fighting Russians and started fighting Bond villains.

  35. A-Scale says:

    COD4 was a great game. MW2 had a slightly ludicrous story, exhilirating gameplay, and did some real work in exploring what large scale warfare would look like in this modern age. I respect MW3 for showing us a picture of what another great power conflict would look like. It’s an almost inevitable happening that very few games, scholars or books have touched on.

    • WotevahMang says:

      So the main weapons in MW 4 are going to be sticks and stones?

  36. RC-1290'Dreadnought' says:

    Did they use that distorted bass beat thing before? Or is that a Battlefield 3 influence? It works well for trailers.

  37. Walker says:

    I would play the shit out of that if it wasn’t going to run me $60.

  38. Nallen says:

    World War 3 you say. Hmm.

  39. sinister agent says:

    “Hey guys, let’s blow up the eiffel tower. That’ll achieve… something!”

    “Yeah! The eiffel tower is a great target because… because of reasons!”

    It’s probably horrific in context, but that brief flash of the bit in the aeroplane with everyone floating around looked hilarious, and should have been voiced over with everyone giggling and going “Wheeeee!”.

  40. Shooop says:

    In short bursts and with some really good shooting action in between, some of those ideas would be zany enough to work.

    Sadly though, the player will just be along for the ride.

  41. DickSocrates says:

    What are they going to do for MW4? Babies being raped on Mars while it explodes? It’s the only nasty thing they have left after showing brutal torture and setting hostages on fire. They have NOT earned the right to go into the areas they have in each game, it’s a dumb shooter layered over with realistic depictions of violence purely for shock value as they don’t have the talent or even the desire to write a proper story that doesn’t rely on this crap.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      The Infinity Ward CoD games don’t actually have any graphic violence do they? The only “wtf was the point of that” moments I remember, violence-wise, in the entire series thusfar were in World At War and Black Ops.

  42. leftclick says:

    I don’t see why you guys hate this game so much, maybe it the hype that you guys hate. The games are fun shooters, thats all they are, shooters plain and simple, I could careless about multiplayer these days so I just avoid any nonsense about multiplayer issues, I want fun single player games and thats all I care about these days. I liked and still like Wolfenstein, Doom2, Painkiller, Unreal, etc, I had fun playing those games.The same way I have fun playing COD games, yea there are a couple of boring missions here and there but overall they are good games in my opinion. I dont see anything bad about packaging the gameplay in a blockbuster movie setting, I loved Black Ops and heres to hoping that they can top that.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      I liked CoD 1/2/4 quite a bit. The last 3 games have basically been 5 hour movies that aren’t well-written or directed, have weird technical issues (in addition to looking like launch-day Xbox 360 games), and set me back $60 a pop.

  43. ttcfcl says:

    I can’t wait to get this game. It’s going to be an awesome four hours.