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Video Roundup: MW3-Style

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

UPDATE 2: Call of Duty Elite trailer included below.

UPDATE: New Multiplayer Modes trailer included below.

With all these behind-the-scenes, trailer, preview type videos being released, showing off some of the finer points of Modern Warfare 3, it seems about time that I do another video roundup. A word of warning, though: There are mild spoilers that obviously reveal the workings of the new features behind the multiplayer portion of the game. If you’d rather be surprised, maybe hold off for now. Otherwise, read on!

More videos after the jump…

Strike packages are a beautiful addition to the Modern Warfare series. Not only are players simply rewarded with kill streak rewards for excellent performance, but they can pick from one of  the three strike packages to match the nature of these rewards with their own play style. For example, the Support variation focuses more on supporting the team with things like ballistic vests and recon, and the point streak does not reset upon death with this setting. Oh yeah, did I mention that MW3 uses point streaks instead of kill streaks? This way, you are rewarded for all kinds of contributions, like capturing the flag, instead of just kills. Good move, Infinity Ward.

Weapon Proficiencies seem to be weapon “perks” that unlock as that weapon “levels up” individually, such as reduced recoil and increased bullet penetration. This is not a huge difference from the unlockable upgrades system from Modern Warfare 2, but it seems like a fine way of organizing things. What I’d like to see, though, is whether players will be able to change their proficiency in-game, to match the requirements of the situation, instead of just between rounds. We’ll just have to see how it all shakes out when we get our hands on the game in November.

Modern Warfare 3 is bringing on some new multiplayer modes, as we would reasonably expect. One such mode requires players to pick up the dog tags of the enemies they neutralize in order to receive points for their team. Another of these modes is essentially the “skull” mode from the Halo series – basically, whichever team holds the flag receive points over time. Nice to see the variety aspect pushing forward in Modern Warfare 3, and I’m looking forward to giving them all a try.

When I first heard about Call of Duty Elite, I thought it seemed a little superfluous – just one of those extra features for gamers that want to soak up every last bit of the game and show how dedicated they are. As I learn more about it, I’m thinking it’s going to be fairly useful. It’s got additional challenges, clans, strategy guides, and – my personal favorite – new ways to get into games with friends.

Just for good measure, I’ll throw in the Survival trailer too:

What do you think of the videos and the new features? Let us know in the comments!

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    October 30, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see how this fares against BF3. I played BF3 yesterday, and as a long-term COD player [since COD 1], I was surprised at the quality and strength of BF’s single-player campaign.

    October 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Note: are they already working on a Promod for MW3?

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