Did Finish – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

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After finishing Call of Duty: Black Ops, I swore off the Call of Duty franchise.

But after finishing The Last of Us, I needed something dumb. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fills that requirement, but it’s not a bad thing. Sometimes you just need to blow everything up while bumping fists with your dude-bros.

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The war that sparked off in Modern Warfare and escalated in Modern Warfare 2 continues in Modern Warfare 3. All you really need to know is that some hamfisted dialogue will play between missions that still feature a guy you have to follow.

Shifting developers from Infinity Ward to Sledgehammer shows in this game; it feels like it was created from painstaking notes on the first two Modern Warfare games — going so far as to have flashbacks from moments in those games. This is the downfall of Modern Warfare 3: trying too hard to be Modern Warfare. Right down to a beat-for-beat clone of the mission “One Shot, One Kill.” No matter how hard it tries to establish its own identity, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 never manages to rise above its predecessors.

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The relationship between Soap and Price goes to some strange places in Modern Warfare 3. They are very important to the dude-bro formula that is the backbone of any Call of Duty story. But the emotional involvement they shared was slightly out of the mold from the first two games. This could be the result from the end-of-game events from Modern Warfare 2, or just the influence of a new writer. I don’t know, but a moment that was supposed to be heavy on the high emotion ended up being laughable. Really, I chuckled at the poorly delivered voice performance.

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But what about the one thing that makes the Call of Duty games special? The high octane, over-the-top, Hollywood moments. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has some crazy ones. Stupid crazy. From hanging on while a helicopter spins out of control to… well, jumping off a building onto a helicopter and skyjacking it. These moments can still get your blood pumping (briefly). But at this point they have raised the stakes to a point where the diminished returns are painfully apparent. It’s a crutch that Call of Duty can’t rest on for much longer. As in, it needs to stop right away.

Then there is the end of the game. I can only imagine that the pitch for the final mission started with “YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE AWESOME?!!!” Then a beer was chugged, and the empty can was smashed on a forehead. When you are shaking your head in disbelief  while doing something because it’s super dumb, that is not a good thing. But don’t worry, the ridiculousness just keeps building to an amazing crescendo of crazy dumb.

75Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is not a great game, but it is not a bad game. It is a big old pile of dumb fun. If you want to be an action hero in a bad B movie, this is the place to be. Things explode, impossible events happen, dudes are bros. If you have five hours to burn, Modern Warfare 3 is a good distraction. But don’t expect the achievement that was Modern Warfare.


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About Donald Conrad

Donald Conrad is an avid father and a dedicated gamer -- or maybe that's the other way around. He loves his games, and he loves his family, and he's pretty sure he loves sleep, even if he doesn't remember what it was like. Follow his life confusion on Twitter @ConManEd