Amidst a barrage of eyes-on reports, the first screenshots of Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 have emerged. Whilst the shots aren’t particularly dynamic or exciting, the previews seem to be quite encouraging, commenting on the graphics engine, of course, but also on the relentless torrent of action that the MW series now seems to be sticking with.
VG247 said that what they saw was “heavily, heavily scripted, all-action setpiecing” but came away impressed, with the game continuing straight on from the end of Modern Warfare 2. The action sounds familiar – clearing enemies from a rooftop and frantic on-rails air battles – and the visuals are slick and running at 60fps, but without any of the dynamic destruction that other FPS games are working with.
Eurogamer called the demonstration “Call of Duty: Shut Up and Hang Onto Something” but said that “if you’re weary at the prospect of funfair ride mechanics – enemies that won’t die until the script renders them vulnerable, barrels which will explode wedged in with barrels that are just scenery – it’s worth remembering that we’re promised more Spec Ops and more Multiplayer.”
It’s business as usual, then – “there’s a real sense of being in the middle of a massive conflict, even as the game’s unshakable pacing mechanisms dole out a mere handful of enemies for you to fight at each turn” – but it’s business that makes sense, and we’re sure that the game will be a success when it launches later this year. The only elephant in the room, of course, is EA and the behemoth that’s Battlefield 3.
Worth remembering that what we’ve seen so far of DICE’s effort, which is obviously much richer and technically stronger, has all been on high-end PC hardware – the real test will be when we see it running on 360 or PS3.
A great time to be a FPS fan.