Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 PSN Multiplayer Review

With this latest release to the Call Of Duty Modern Warfare series, MW3, there have been a few changes to the multiplayer mode. While at the same time changes are being made, almost everything from a technical standpoint is the same. For instance, online problems from the previous installment swept under a rug in a dark corner of the room. Whether it is in hopes that nobody notices or just due to the fact that the regime doesn’t really care what hard core gamers think of their work as long as they get bank, we will never truly know.

So the question is what’s new? To start off, the entire kill-streaks reward system has been revamped to something called point-streaks. This new system lets the player acquire points towards their kill-streak reward packages by doing the objectives such as capturing flags or taking bases in domination as well as kills. In other words, you die and still get your kill-streaks.

These are separated into 3 different packages named Assault, Support, and Specialist.

Assault Strike is the exact same and works the same as MW2  and Black Ops did for the kill-streak rewards system. This package will reward you for kill-streaks with packages like the precision airstrike, AC130, and helicopter support and a few new strikes have been added. These packages get reset when you die.

Support Strike has a different set of rewards geared more towards supporting your troops rather then dominating the opponents. It has rewards like Ballistic duffel bags that lay on the ground enough for the whole team to take and they will receive the juggernaut perk while wearing the vest till they die. Or other rewards like Sam turrets, remote turrets, and escort airdrops. The difference with this strike is it does not reset to zero upon death it actually continues to hand out packages.

Specialist Strike rewards every second consecutive kill with a perk of your choosing. But after an eight kill-streak you receive every perk in the game till you die. This also resets kills to zero upon death.

Now I’m not sure if this is better or worse. On the one hand the campers still get rewarded with the dominating weapons while camping for kills. On the other hand, people that are either not camping or just are not good enough to acquire kill-streak rewards gain access to these more weapons and support equipment. You have to also factor in the fact that points towards the rewards are also being gathered from completing objectives.

To me this just means twice as many support weapons flying around than before. I don’t think that it creates a more level playing field, just more of a messy confusion with a bunch of supposed team players plating ib a lone wolf single player mode all their own. As far as the specialist goes, I’m not sure what to make of that yet. We can only hope that some people will be using it to offset the ridiculousness of all the rewards being handed out constantly.

There has also been a change to the ranking and unlock systems. Now instead of using a cash-based system, your primary weapon ranks up with usage to unlock your attachments. Also added to the attachments is the ability to equip your weapon with hybrid scopes which means you can put a short range dot scope and a long range magnified scope similar to ACOG then have the ability to switch between during battle instead of during intermission.

One of the controversial, so-called perks (I call it more of a move) is the stand to prone otherwise known as the “dolphin dive” has been removed from the game. I really don’t see the purpose of removing the move when people still do it, just a little bit slower than before.

If you were going for realistic battle that diving motion is as real as it gets for CoD. I am pretty sure when you’re in a real battle and you come around a corner to see a guy or two unloading clips at your ass you don’t just say, ‘oh okay, I’m gonna  stop first, then kneel down, then lay down before I get to have my head blown off.

The new modes that have been added, Kill Confirmed and Team Defender, are a welcome change. Though I would have liked to have One in the Chamber back in the multi-player mode (from Black Ops Wager Matches) instead of just for private matches – evidence of Treyarch’s absence from this project.

Kill Confirmed requires players to collect floating dog tags from the corpse of downed enemies before the kill can be registered. However, the opposing team can pick up the dog tag as well to deny the other team of a kill.

Team Defender requires both teams to try to capture a flag dropped by the first person who gets killed when the match starts. After that, players must hold it to gain double points per kill while the team without the flag only gets the default amount per kill.

Co-op Mode features a new Survival Mode and also brings back Special Ops.

Survival Mode: this mode has one or two players fighting endless waves of enemies, with each wave becoming increasingly difficult. It just feels like Zombies Remix to me.

The group party invite system seems to be fixed. It no longer requires multiple invites, restarting your system, or just give up on inviting people who can’t seem to join. All things that should never have been a problem to begin with upon release. I have heard plenty of complaints about the matchmaking. Honestly, I have to say I have yet to experience more than a few problems here and there.

My main problem with this game is that the latency is so bad. If the hit detection is not off, it sure looks pretty bad after the latency queuing gets to it. For those of you that don’t know, latency:

“Queuing delay occurs when a gateway receives multiple packets from different sources heading towards the same destination.”

So yes this title still suffers the worst lag issues I have ever seen in an FPS, hands down. What’s Activision’s solution? The Call of Duty ELITE Premium service. That’s right, make everyone pay for something they should have given this series from the start, DEDICATED SERVERS. Unfortunately, the dedicated servers are PC ONLY.

I mean seriously, we need to pay for the servers because the online game-play is unbearable. We are talking about a game series that makes billions in the first 24 hours of each title’s release. That’s just insane from my standpoint but as long as people are stupid enough to dish out the fifty bucks a year, it’s always going to be pay-to-get-good-play.

The maps are the most camper-friendly maps we have seen in the series thus far. The sad part is, that’s exactly what Infinity ward said they were going to reduce and take a look for yourself. There are way too many corner buildings, power positions, and choke points to say the least. The map designs look way too familiar to be considered new in my book. The environments look to be copied-and-pasted from its predecessors MW2 and COD4.

Another issue that remains is the re-spawn time being approximately .05 seconds, and sometimes faster. Why is this a problem? You kill someone and he is back in your face before you can even look at the map and reload. Another instance is when you are killed and you re-spawn so fast that the other guy is still standing where he killed you and kills you again – it’s just insane.

The music is always lackluster in the MW series, but the sound affects seem to have suffered in MW3 for some reason. The sniper rifle sounds like it is shooting by steam. Some shotgun sounds have noticeably been re-used from MW2, like the USAS12. It has the exact same sound as the M1011 from MW2. The chopper gunner needs to sound more like it does when you’re in the chopper instead of the annoying buzzing sound as it’s flying around overhead.

Voice chat is probably the worst it has been in the last three Call of Duty games. What the heck happened here? The host migration is also worse. It seems to be completely dropping the game more times than not. I guess the question posed is how does this happen still when you are on your 8th game in the series? Things are supposed to be getting better every time, especially when it’s just a carbon copy of itself. By this time MW3 has no excuse for failing to be polished to the point of blinding chrome.

The fact that more things have gotten worse rather then better from Black Ops Multiplayer combined with the lag of peer-to-peer console servers produces a sometimes fun, sometimes unbearable online multiplayer game without a terrible amount of difference from its predecessors.

Overall Score: 5 out of 10

This game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for independent review purposes.

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