He Said She Said – Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 Review

Slasher443 and Digital Distraction are here to compare Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3.  You know you want to see this!

Where going to do things a little differently this time around.  This post is going to be more like a review of the two titles based on our individual experiences playing these games.  Let’s get started.

Storyline

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 – She Said

Most people who’ve followed the Call of Duty franchise came back to finish the story.  As usual, this title didn’t disappoint, tying up loose ends and answering questions while revealing things that you weren’t aware that occurred in previous titles.  There were several moments where eyebrows were raised in surprise as the story played itself out. Call of Duty titles are very good at giving us plots, subplots, twists, turns and curve balls.

Because you are picking up where Modern Warfare 2 left off, you feel a sense of each plot device being meaningful.  There is a serious need for revenge in Modern Warfare 3 and that drives the game, giving the player a more emotional connection as you feel more determined than ever to make Makarov pay.  There is a particular moment where I was more than a little heated.  *Captain Picard voice*  “This far, no farther!”

Battlefield 3 – He Said

All in all, this is pretty straight forward stuff.   You have your story told through the flash back from an interrogation, Middle East threats, a couple Russians here and  there.  It looks good, it sounds good, but it feels cramped.  There are some really nice moments but the story will start to lose your interest.  You will just look forward to the next action scenario.

Campaign

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 – She Said

The campaign and its mission move you through the storyline and its plot twists with one goal in mind, find and eliminate Makarov.  As usual, you will find yourself in multiple locales across the globe as you take out specific targets while you gather intelligence to get you closer to your quarry.

As I played through the campaign, I really found an appreciation for the graphics, but I found that the enemies were a lot easier to kill this time around.  I mentioned this to Slasher443 and he noticed the same thing.  It wasn’t until he pointed out that the people are actually bigger in Modern Warfare 3 (compared to previous titles) that it became clear.

There are many moments through out the campaign where it’s easy to lose yourself in the environment.  Everything looks incredibly authentic.  The only thing that I noticed as a bit off was the sound of the game, specifically the gunfire.  As I played through, I noticed that there wasn’t a difference in the sound of the bullets as they struck concrete, walls or tiled floors.  This seems minor, but I use those sounds to help me determine how closely I’m being fired on, especially when I’m zoomed in with a sniper rifle.  If I could hear this differentiation, it would make a difference for me.  Overall, the campaign is full of action with a good dose of of moments that will make you annoyed enough to fire a nuke.

Battlefield 3 – He Said

Playing through the Battlefield 3 campaign didn’t leave me feeling like I’d had an epic experience.  Just like the storyline, the campaign is very straight forward.  Nothing stands out outside of the “follow the prompt” style of play.  This reminded me a lot of the game, Simon and made me feel less connected to what was going on.

Multiplayer

Battlefield 3 – She Said

Multiplayer, in my opinion, is where Battlefield 3 shines.  I expected an experience that was similar to other titles and I was definitely surprised when I joined my first match.  In Battlefield 3, a team full of quarterbacks will not win the game.  It’s not about who has the most kills in as much as it’s about how well the team works as a unit.

Players are rewarded for supporting each other using the perks of their respective classes.  Medics can revive fallen players, support classes can give ammo, engineers can lay mines, take out aircraft, tanks and other vehicles and there’s so much more.  When I was rewarded for suppression fire, I was pretty well sold on this game. The first time I found myself driving a tank, I was ecstatic.  When my tank was disabled, I got out and repaired it, got back in it and destroyed several buildings.  I don’t even want to tell you how big the smile on my face is when I’m manning the gun on a helicopter.

Personally, I enjoy the fact that Battlefield encourages and rewards the team work aspect in multiplayer.  When players go off to be the lone wolf heroes, their team suffers, but when they work together, take and hold objectives, well, it’s just a thing of beauty.  Earlier today, I was on a team that was trying to take an objective in Conquest.  It was a narrow alleyway and I and another team mate were being held back.  What happened?  Two team members rolled up in a tank and gave us cover while we took out the enemy players and took the flag.  They threw more grenades and fired more rockets at us than I’d ever seen.  I’d just repair the tank and stay low, picking them off until we were victorious.  Everyone was rewarded for the effort which made it more worthwhile.  I love this, if you couldn’t tell.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 – He Said

Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer is a fun ride.  It is more of a quick, run and gun type of experience.  Kill Confirmed mode adds an excellent change to the typical team deathmatch.  It forces you to leave your favorite camping spot and pick up your victim’s dog tags or, at the very least, forces more teamwork as your teammates can pick up the dog tags for you.  The new perks system and  weapons are a nice improvement over MW2.  Bonus points for getting rid of the Commando perk.  Even still, I feel like I have been playing this game for four years now.  The death animations are the same as previous CoD games.  The vehicles sound the same.  I chuckled when I saw the same knife kill animation.  I guess Reach and BF3 knife kills spoiled me.  But I can’t blame them.  It has been and continues to be a winning and profitable formula.

Co-op

Battlefield 3 – She Said

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaan…  I was beyond disappointed with the fact that Battlefield 3 does not allow for local co-op.  What sort of bull hockery is this?  The only way to play co-op through the campaign is to play online.  I still can’t get past this, so this portion will be brief.  But seriously, if I want to play with another person in my house, I need two consoles, two copies of the game and two subscriptions to the online service that is provided through my console.  PC gamers expect this, console gamers, not so much.

Yes, there’s an achievement for completing the co-op campaign, yes, you will unlock special weapon upgrades, no, it doesn’t change my feelings on the fact that no local, split screen co-op bites.  *kicks over tables and chairs*

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 – She Said

Spec Ops was added with the ability to play through the missions or playing through firefight mode so that you can kill with friends to your heart’s delight.

Summary

She Said

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 are both very strong FPS titles.  I know that the fanboys will attempt to claw me to the bone for not saying one is far and above the other.  Yeah, well, spew your fanaticism on your own blog.  The truth is, these games are actually different.  If you are into kill counts, continuing a familiar story and moving through a style of play that you’ve mastered, you will love Call of Duty.  If you want a team based experience with the ability to use multiple vehicles with more opportunities to watch your team mates’ backs, while working together to meet your goals and decimating your enemies, Battlefield 3 is the one for you.

Personally, I enjoyed both games for what they are, but I find myself playing Battlefield 3 because I enjoy the actual team based style of play.  These two games are driven by completely different goals in the multiplayer and that is really what the focus of both experiences are.  With this in mind, I’d give Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 a 9 out of ten.  The storyline, the campaign and the co-op are much more robust and developed in this title.  I would give Battlefield 3 an 8.5 out of ten.  For me, Battlefield 3 is really all about the multiplayer, the other sections aren’t as developed and really just keep my focus on the team based play online.

He Said

Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 are both quality titles.  Neither of these games should be considered game of the year candidates, they were not even the best games of the months that they were released in. Even still, DICE did an excellent job competing with the Activision juggernaut.  All though Battlefield’s campaign falls short, their multiplayer is one of the most enjoyable I’ve played in awhile.  In the end, Battlefield 3 would be my game of choice until I start playing Skyrim.

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  2. Eric
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 06:10:07

    Few things I noticed about this entry. First off, us guys keep it short though I like the diligent overview especially when it does to making decisions. That’s why I shop for my clothes with a girl; not sexist, just somewhat fashionable. Secondly, the games mirror each other in terms of SP/MP content. MW3 being great at the SP and BF3 in MP, too bad they can’t make a baby and average both out.

    Co-op is the exact deal with the console. Totally shafted us with the whole “we shall build this on ye olde PC”; they met that but then they jump over to console midway and ported that to PC. Biggest middle finger of all is that we don’t have VOIP unlike the consoles. The service procides totally sucks considering it’s one damn voice channel making it more like hokey Half-Life multiplayer mod especially a certain famous one with the initials CS. More proof, that when you don’t success…do switcheroo and pretend nothing really happened (also I had a sexual analogy, but was deleted since it got way to explicit).

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  3. Nightime
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 12:23:27

    Have to agree with the…what was the term? ‘Bull hockery’ of no local Co-op. Having played all of the battlefields up to this one, I was totally expecting the multiplayer to be the entire game. The fact that there was a campaign at all was just sort a bonus in my world.

    Now I need to go out and rob a mime so I can pick up MW3.

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