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Checkpoint: Most Anticipated Edition

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According to Activision, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer games and whoever else is responsible for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, “the most anticipated game in history” is coming this Tuesday.

It doesn’t matter if I agree with the latter half of that statement, it’s going to be an interesting release for a number of reasons:

Not the Infinity Ward We Knew

Infinity Ward was decimated by the mass exodus which is why Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software had to step in and lend a hand.

We’re already seeing early comparison screenshots where the Xbox 360 version is edging out Sony’s platform on the technical side of things. I’m not expert, but those PS3 screenshots are reminding me of last year’s low resolution Call of Duty: Black Ops for the PlayStation 3.

Finally A Competitor?

Using Battlefield 3 to take jabs against Modern Warfare 3 may not be the brightest of moments for EA’s marketing, but the fact of the matter is that EA finally has their Call of Duty competitor.

Medal of Honor was alright, but it was not even playing in the same league as Activision’s money maker.

More Sales Records?

I’ve been reading GAF and other internet comments for years now.

  • “The next Call of Duty will not sell as well.”
  • “People are growing tired of the franchise.”

And yet every year, Call of Duty sells and sells extremely well. Will this year be any different? We shall see. Mindshare may be shifting amongst reviewers and enthusiasts, but it’s all about the mass market when you’re talking about $1 billion sales figures.

Better than Black Ops?

I enjoyed Black Ops’ campaign quite a bit. Conversely, I wasn’t a big fan of Modern Warfare 2’s. It had its moments, but it was the Specs Mode which stole the show for me.

Unlike with Battlefield 3, I’ll be hopping onto the single player campaign first and then the Specs Ops mode.

Looking Forward to It

Battlefield 3 may have already won my heart with its multiplayer, however I cannot dismiss Modern Warfare 3 yet. Not after all that’s happened over the last two years.

Uncharted 3 is fantastic. I haven’t encountered a chapter that I didn’t enjoy on some level or another. Naughty Dog have outdone themselves.

In the meantime, Dark Souls is on the back burner while Battlefield 3’s multiplayer and co-op have been chewing up my time. My next “Battlefield 3” post will be about the co-op. The oh so annoying co-op.

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