Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Campaign Review
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 continues the story from the previous installment, picking up with the iconic Task Force 141 led by Captain Price. The central antagonist this time is Vladimir Makarov, a familiar face from the original Modern Warfare franchise. While the game kicks off with a high-octane mission involving Makarov, it struggles to maintain its momentum due to the introduction of new Open Combat missions, which disrupt the narrative flow and ultimately lead to an unsatisfactory conclusion.
Modern Warfare 3 reunites players with well-known characters from the rebooted series, creating an all-encompassing battle against Makarov. The campaign starts with Operation 627, a stealthy infiltration into a gulag, showcasing visually impressive levels and engaging gameplay. However, the excitement wanes as the game introduces Open Combat missions. While these missions aim to provide player freedom, they sacrifice the atmosphere and tension found in traditional Call of Duty campaigns.
The Open Combat missions offer extensive choices in gear and playstyle but come at the cost of emotional depth. Important story moments lose their impact when placed within the format of these missions. Modern Warfare 3 lacks the memorable set pieces seen in previous Call of Duty games, leaving players with a sense of disappointment. The game attempts shock value with intense scenes, but these moments often feel forced and fail to enhance the overall narrative.
Additionally, Modern Warfare 3’s campaign fails to serve as a seamless introduction to the multiplayer mode. The disconnect between the campaign and multiplayer, combined with underwhelming mission design, makes this installment the weakest entry in the rebooted series. The game’s short duration, coupled with the lackluster Open Combat missions, leaves little motivation for players to invest more time.
While Modern Warfare 3 boasts impressive graphics and maintains the franchise’s trademark action, it falls short due to its disjointed narrative and unfulfilling gameplay. Makarov’s return, meant to be a significant moment, is overshadowed by the game’s structural issues, making Modern Warfare 3 a missed opportunity in an otherwise strong reboot series.