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12:15 PM on 10.17.2011

Critics of Modern Warfare 3's engine 'have no idea'

There's no denying that, sat next to Battlefield 3, this year's Call of Duty entry looks a little unimpressive. Nevertheless, co-developer Sledgehammer Games has defended the game's aging engine in no uncertain terms. "I've w...

Jim Sterling



New mode and custom game types come to Modern Warfare 3 photo
New mode and custom game types come to Modern Warfare 3
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

One of the new reveals at Call of Duty: XP is the new "Kill Confirmed" mode. This game type plays out like a regular team deathmatch except now when a player is killed, they drop dog tags. Players then need to collect the dog tag over a player's corpse in order to score a point. If a teammate is downed, the ally team member can collect the dog tag from their teammate and deny the enemy team the score.

It's a pretty fun game mode from the few matches I played. It's a nice cross between deathmatch and capture the flag. I also like how it's designed to keep the players moving. You can't just hide and kill here. 

Additionally, players can now create user-generated game modes. I didn't get a chance to mess with this just yet, but it sounds like you can do whatever the hell you want as far as the game modes goes. You can also sync your custom game type to Call of Duty Elite, where friends can rate and download your creations to try out themselves.

One last new mode that was announced is called "Team Defender." Not sure exactly what that is, but I'll see if it's available to play today. No final count for modes yet either; do know that there are 16 maps on the disc at launch.

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Modern Warfare 3 introduces a whole new Killstreak system photo
Modern Warfare 3 introduces a whole new Killstreak system
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much of a change in Modern Warfare 3 from Modern Warfare 2 going into Call of Duty XP. Needless to say, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games blew my mind after all the bombshell changes going into Modern Warfare 3. The biggest change being the new Killstreak system.

Strike Packages, as they are now called, will come in three flavors and are designed for three type of core play styles. Assault is what you remember Killstreaks to be, Support is designed to help aid your team, and Specialist is every Perk you can get. Seriously.

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2:30 PM on 09.02.2011

All the weapons, perks and more in Modern Warfare 3

This list for all the weapons and perks in Modern Warfare 3 is comprised of everything I saw last night at Call of Duty XP. There's always the chance that these items can be removed -- or new ones introduced -- before the gam...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Quick hands-on with Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer photo
Quick hands-on with Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

My hands-on time with Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer was way too short for me to form a deep preview at this time, but I thought you all should know for now that IT'S REALLY FREAKING GOOD. Visually, the graphics are just so sharp, crisp, and clean now. There's actually a lot more detail than previous games, especially in the environment. Don't get me wrong -- it's not a huge leap, but definitely loads better than in previous games.  

I'm sure they could have gone even deeper, but then that would have hurt the 60 frames per second and quick gun action we're used to. Speaking of which, something about the overall game felt noticeably faster. It's hard to explain exactly, I just felt my actions were being performed faster than that of, say, Black Ops.

I'm also digging the new weapon proficiencies concept. Basically, the more you use a weapon, the better the weapon gets. You'll be able to adjust a lot of different features of a gun; exactly how and what is something I'll try to find out at Call of Duty XP today.

Sorry, I know this is really quick impressions but I need a few more hours of hands-on to get a really good feel for Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer. The overall core concept is the same as ever, but there are definitely lots of new changes that really refresh the whole Call of Duty experience. 

This is a good as thread as any to ask your questions or let me know what content you're looking to learn more about specifically in Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer. In any case, know that I am loving what I've played so far. 

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8:00 AM on 09.02.2011

Sledgehammer's third-person Call of Duty cancelled

Remember the third-person Call of Duty game that Sledgehammer was working on? Yeah, that's not happening anymore. Apparently the prototype was "compelling", but the opportunity to work on Modern Warfare 3 was too tempting, so...

Jim Sterling





5:30 PM on 08.09.2011

Take a look at Modern Warfare 3's Spec Ops mode

Infinity Ward has released a pretty detailed look at what Spec Ops mode is all about in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. You're basically fighting waves of enemies that get progressively harder the longer you last. So it's li...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:40 AM on 06.14.2011

Watch Fallon play Modern Warfare 3 'Survival' mode

Following E3, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon has launched into a full week of videogame-related goodness. Last night, Fallon has started with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.  Fallon gets a chance to play Modern Warfare 3's...

Nick Chester



E3: Kill dogs strapped with bombs in MW3's Spec Ops mode photo
E3: Kill dogs strapped with bombs in MW3's Spec Ops mode
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Spec Ops Survival is a new wave based co-op experience in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 where you and a buddy will fight wave after wave of of increasingly difficult enemies. Survival can be played on any multiplayer map either by yourself or with a friend (online or split-screen) and the goal is to get loads of cash and survive as long as possible.

So yeah, it's like the Zombies mode from Black Ops except you're fighting soldiers with guns. Unlike zombie mode though, Spec Ops Survival is actually fun. Yeah I said it.

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Preview: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 photo
Preview: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Without a doubt, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is set to be one of the biggest games of the year. The Call of Duty franchise is a pop-culture phenomenon, and Modern Warfare 2 is still in the top 10 most played games on Xbox Live.

Before we're given the world-premiere preview of Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward's Creative Strategist, Robert Bowling, explains to the audience what some of their goals were going into the sequel. "We came out of Modern Warfare 2 with a very strong vision of what we wanted for Modern Warfare 3. Things we wanted to add, things we wanted to polish [and] deliver to our fans."

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3:20 PM on 01.20.2011

Rumor: Sledgehammer, Raven working on Modern Warfare 3

The LA Times reports that Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software are helping out what is left of Infinity Ward to get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 ready for November 2011. According to its sources -- "people close to matter"...

Maurice Tan

8:00 PM on 08.15.2010

Sledgehammer games is hiring, work on Call of Duty

Are you one of those people who has serious doubts about Call of Duty being any good now that Infinity Ward has exploded and developers like Sledgehammer games are jumping into the franchise? Well, don't just bitch about it! ...

Matthew Razak

4:20 PM on 08.10.2010

Sledgehammer's Call of Duty story will 'blow you away'

With all the talk about Call of Duty: Black Ops, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Activision has another studio suckling at the cash cow's teet. Sledgehammer Games is making an "adventure spin-off" title and according to s...

Jim Sterling

10:40 AM on 07.21.2010

Sledgehammer boss: EA treated me like sh*t

It's considered professionally courteous not to slag off a company you used to work for in public. Sledgehammer Games boss Glenn Schofield obviously hasn't heard of professional courtesy, and he's got no love for fo...

Jim Sterling

12:40 PM on 05.27.2010

Job listing says that Sledgehammer's Call of Duty is FPS

People were nervous when Activision said that Sledgehammer Games' new Call of Duty game would be an action-adventure title. If your mind jumped to third-person when hearing that, well, we're with you on that. But don't worry ...

Dale North



Sledgehammer Games taking a shot at Call of Duty photo
Sledgehammer Games taking a shot at Call of Duty
by Jordan Devore

When Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey left Visceral Games to form Activision's Sledgehammer Games, everyone was left wondering just what the heck the studio's first project would be. If you guessed Call of Duty, you win absolutely nothing ... but you are correct.

Activision was in a talkative mood today, and revealed its current plans for the massively popular franchise. First up, there's the Sledgehammer announcement: the studio is working on an all-new Call of Duty game set in the "action-adventure" genre, and it is to be released in 2011.

Of course, Infinity Ward is still hard at work on Modern Warfare 2's first two add-on packs that are planned for this year. And what of Treyarch? Why yes, Treyarch is doing its thing, too: expect a new installment of Call of Duty from them sometime this fall.

Seeing as how the series is about as action-packed as you can get, I'm extremely curious to see what Sledgehammer's take will be like. Three different studios working on a single franchise? Yep, that's our Activision! Hit the jump for an update on the Infinity Ward management situation.

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