If you were one of millions tuning into the Western Conference finals yesterday then one of your goals was to get a sneak peek at Activision’s mammoth gameplay trailer of Modern Warfare 3. Following this predictable, yet, elating showcase, comes a copious amount of screens and an explosive footage of what is sure to be a big title come November.
What you see today are taken straight from yesterday’s video. The main eye draw comes with the shots featuring, wide angles of mayhem commencing in major cities around the world, such as NY and London. Clearly MW3 is going for big, in your face set pieces to blow our minds away with intense, cinematic/interactive action. This is Infinity Ward’s bread and butter, which millions of gamers have no problem with, so bring on the over the top hoopla! Be sure to head over to onpause for all of their screens.
Brouhaha aside, there was something of concern I did notice with the media today. The techincal presentation looks very similar to it’s predecessor; in terms of visual quality, it appears to be more of the same. Upon a second take on the gameplay trailer, my concern didn’t change. The MW engine is a great engine no doubt and MW2 saw a nice leap in detail, textures, lighting, etc, but I’m not seeing that with this title. Lord knows there will be a graphical upgrade, as Community Manager for Infinity Ward, Robert Bolwing’s tweet suggests: “We haven’t gone into detail on the engine yet but we’ve moved beyond the MW2 engine and added a lot of cool stuff for MW3.” Yes, the larger, familiar/historical settings are sure to impress, but the leap seems to be shorter this time around. Everything I’m viewing looks like MW2 and I must say, I’m not impressed.
With FPSs being the big hit here in the West, it’s natural for gamers to begin making comparisons since COD4 set the new bar back in 2007. Battlefield 3 has become the primary candidate for such correlating, now that both have published gameplay trailers. The Frostbite 2 engine has impressed everyone accross the board with its crisp, clear and incredibly realistic graphics; a huge leap from BF2 and BC2. Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be the case with MW3 and gamers within forums at, Gamefaqs, Giantbomb and Gametrailers (to name a few) are leaning towards BF3. Considering BF3’s footage was pre-alpha says quite a bit about the engine and what the final, polished product will look like. Either way check out the MW3 trailer and make your own judgement. Are you galvanized? Does BF3 take the cake this year? Are you too busy playing Cooking Mama to care?