MW3 multiplayer review, many pros and cons

By Jamie Pert - Nov 16, 2011

Since its release I have playing Modern Warfare 3 for a few hours each night on my Xbox 360, therefore I thought I would share my feelings towards the game’s multiplayer elements and ultimately sum up whether or not I am impressed with the game. I will also highlight some of the things which I feel need to change – so here goes….

The first thing that I noticed about the game is the much better layout for the Create-a-Class system and how the Prestige Shop further enhanced the multiplayer experience, also upon starting my first game I was impressed by the game’s visuals where the attention to detail was obvious and the great frame rate (360 version) makes this in my opinion the best-looking CoD to date, that said if you look closely at some surfaces the textures aren’t great . In terms of sounds it is clear that a lot of the sound effects have been “borrowed” from MW2, but that’s not entirely a bad thing, however when playing Search & Destroy I do sometimes feel footsteps are hard to hear. The music when waiting in the lobby isn’t too monotonous and I really like the music which kicks in upon starting a game of Kill Confirmed etc.

In terms of gameplay you can see why some people are dubbing this game the MW2 expansion pack, there really isn’t a great deal of difference between the two titles, what strikes me the most is the super-fast pace of games – which in my opinion needs to be toned down a little. Some things in MW3 are improved, such as Flash Bang effectiveness and map layout, in fact the maps in MW3 seem far more diverse than Black Ops and MW2 thanks to multi-story buildings and less predictable layouts.

One weakness in my opinion is the general map size, there are a couple of mid-to-large maps, but nothing which can be considered huge – do you agree? Small maps mixed with enemies which seem to run faster than Usain Bolt often results in very hectic games with no real tactical gameplay. This has a direct effect on something which has frustrated CoD gamers for years, Spawn Killing, the map size results in it becoming very hard for MW3 to spawn you somewhere away from the enemy. Perhaps a patch will improve things slightly, but it would in my opinion be great if DLC brought a large map pack to MW3.

My personal pet hate about MW3 and MW2 is the way they promote noob tubers. I like to play Domination, but often you are up against a team who constantly fire RPGs etc in the direction of the the A,B and C zones and almost guarantee that they will take out one or two enemies per shot. The same people run and jump round corners firing their rockets blindly – there is no skill to this and certainly no realism.

You can’t question the game’s matchmaking and stability, when me and 5 friends join a party and then search for a game it doesn’t take long to find one and if someone does leave a game early a new host is usually found quickly without too much disruption. A few games have “lagged out” for me, but you have to remember just how much is going on the background to enable a multiplayer game to go ahead – therefore despite it being frustrating at the time it if often nothing which could have been avoided.

All in all I enjoy MW3, it is not at all realistic in terms of gameplay in my opinion, but it doesn’t need to be. Let’s face it, often real-world events are boring and anticlimactic (have you ever seen the film Jarhead?) and who wants to play that out? If your playing CoD for 30 minutes you want to get knee deep in action and not have to apply real-world military tactics – that said it would be nice if there was sometimes more of an onus on team work. In regards to teamwork the new support strike system is great, especially the vests, also if you play Kill Confirmed properly with a good friend as your wing man it can be a very fulfilling experience.

Something I must also state is just how well made the game is, there are only a handful of glitches which have been spotted by gamers so far, none of which ruin the experience. When you think about it this is pretty staggering given the millions of MW3 gamers out there, some of which are looking for problems /glitches to moan about.

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