‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3′ Trailer Shows WW3

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It seems like it’s been forever since we last played through a Modern Warfare title, but now we’ve got our first official look at the shooter to beat in 2011. The official gameplay trailer for Modern Warfare 3 has made its way online a bit earlier than expected. In case you were wondering how Infinity Ward was going to be outdoing the action and global drama of Modern Warfare 2, this trailer’s depiction of a world mired in World War 3 should make it clear.

When a game is carrying so much buzz and expectation, it’s not easy to keep details under wraps. So when the first Modern Warfare 3 gameplay details were leaked ahead of the intended announcement, Activision responded by rolling out a series of teaser trailers to capitalize on the excitement.

Those trailers didn’t give a look at the plot or mechanics of Modern Warfare 3, only hinted that the game would see war break out in the United States, Germany, and England. The newest trailer confirms that we can add France to the mix, and that the scale of conflict will truly be global, with combat in city streets, atop skyscrapers, and even along the coastlines of some of the world’s most heavily-populated cities.

We’ve heard plenty about the game’s engine, guns, and just how much faith everyone involved has for Infinity Ward‘s long-awaited game. But seeing is believing, so wait no longer. Check out the trailer now:

What’s clear from the start is that fans of Modern Warfare 2‘s suburban levels are clearly in for a treat, with even more streets being turned into battlegrounds, both in France and America. Small-scale terrorists bringing about all-out war is one concept that’s been explored with the series, and the mode of attacks being carried out in the trailer – van running a military blockade, pick-up truck derailing a train – seem to imply that they’ll be sticking with it.

While the trailer covers all of the bullet-points with intense action, big guns, bigger boats with bigger guns, and even some rappelling, it’s getting more and more difficult to be blown away by anything Call of Duty is doing these days. There’s obviously a reason why the guns, animations, and mission design of the series has made its way to the top of the pile. But at this point, almost any shooter fan knows exactly what to expect. Some might say that good enough should be left alone, but we prefer to be surprised.

The trailer features modern cities turned into war-torn battlefields, which might carry more impact if we hadn’t already seen the same in Homefront. It also features a few looks at some intense boat combat, but that same mechanic amounted to a rather forgettable stage in Black Ops.

We’ll still hope for the best, but overall, the first look at the gameplay of Modern Warfare 3 is exactly what most people will have been expecting. Lest we forget, the game will be going up against Battlefield 3 this fall, and the biggest challenge for Activision may be stealing excitement and interest away from DICE’s shooter. We’re not saying that one will be better than the other, but BF3 does seem to have creativity and innovation on its side, since we know that MW3 won’t change up a working formula with extensive innovations to gameplay.

With both Infinity Ward and Activision set to make ridiculous profits with any game they put out bearing the Call of Duty name, there’s no question it will break a few records. But if the game rests on its history instead of setting a new standard, the fight between Call of Duty and Battlefield could get a lot more interesting.

What do you think, shooter fans? Will the global war depicted in the trailer be enough to get your attention in a November absolutely packed with triple-A titles? Or does the action seem like more of the same? Let us know in the comments.

Modern Warfare 3 will be taking war to a whole new level when it’s released on November 8 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

TAGS: Activision, Call of Duty, Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, PC, PS3, Sledgehammer Games

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  • http://gamerant.com Riley Little

    That looked awesome! I’ve always enjoyed the short, yet action packed, campaigns in Call of Duty, and I assume that MW3 will be the same.

  • http://www.pop94.com Grant O

    It’s just a trailer packed with explosions that take place all over the world, it really doesn’t indicate anything about the story and looks like the same game we’ve been playing for the past 4 years since MW1 came out.

    • tankD

      seriously. the only thing im looking forward to about this game is how to annoy people with frank on mw3. other than that battlefield sstill has my vote. sorry mw we’re bored

    • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

      lol, what story did the BF3 trailers show? Fighting in streets and more fighting in streets?

      That description can be used for any FPS trailer.

      • PortBlue

        Yeah,realistic game play fighting in streets. They won’t show that for this trailer because they know it looks just like what you see right now with black ops or MW2

  • rath man

    looks boring just more of the same battle field 3 looks better

  • maverick

    yo they better put the same options that where in the multiplayer for mw2 or i will be pissed (3rd person)

  • http://gamerant.com/author/trung Trung Bui

    Definitely looks impressive in terms of the set pieces, had a few parts that reminded me just a bit of MW1, so that might be some good news. Like any other CoD game, I’ll doubtless end up playing it.

    • Nichtus

      I’ve never played any of the Call of Duty games. Never wanted to. I might give this a try some time next year, but frankly it’s not that stirring to me. I just don’t care about this series. Or Battlefield, actually. Perhaps I’m just getting burned out on having the same basic stuff shoved down my throat time and time again…

  • mikey t

    looks epic…can’t wait
    and dear god I’m sick of hearing BF fans bitch and moan….if you don’t dig it, don’t look at the article and/or video
    so annoying

    • Steve M


  • Ken J

    Looks better than MW2, which I didn’t like, but I’m sure it’s still the typical super-linear gameplay we’re all so used to… I guess we’ll see. I’m definitely getting Battlefield 3 because of how diverse the game is in terms of how you want to wreak havok, but I’ll be open-minded about this. But if it ends up to be just MW2 with more explosions, eh, forget it…

  • http://gamerant.com Sebastian Gaweda


  • Ace

    Madden and COD are the same in that every year the marketing starts, and everyone is OMFG it’s gonna be the best game ever. Then you get it and it’s meh. I’ll wait for more info before I buy into it

  • Zack

    I have been buying Call of Duty games yearly since Modern Warfare 1 was released. World at War was a big let down. Modern Warfare 2 did not recapture the magic of the first one. Black Ops story was fun but the multiplayer is boring and ugly.

    This year I am buying MW3 or Battlefield 3. I have never bought a Battlefield game but have played them. However, the Battlefield 3 trailer blew me away. However, I wanted to wait to see the MW3 trailer to see if I could be swayed to buy it. This trailer did not do it for me. Just a bunch of explosions and loud noises. Another overbloated story that will border on ridiculous. It is too early for me to make a strong decision, but so far MW3 is looking the same as MW2. Battlefield 3 still has my vote.

  • Tay

    I’m not a die hard fan of either but I’m more interested in Battlefield 3 right now. But there’s still plenty of time left before they drop in stores.

  • mario64

    dude im not a fan of this or battlefield 3 but bt3 looks to be more impresive

  • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

    Trailer is fun, but BF3 looks a few years ahead. Just compare the buildings falling down, lol

    • Jordan

      so right bro

  • http://gamerant.com Nick C

    It looks good and yeah it looks the same but why fix it if it aint broke. the Graphics look tweaked and looks bigger in scale i think its going to be good. Also i will be getting bf3 and MW3 when they come out there both look really good games but in my past i have hyped up for so many games play them and wish to snap the disks and the people who make them so we just have to wait and see. But i am sick of hearing BF fans failing COD at the end of the day for 3 years running now COD has been the number one game and the number one online game still played 2 day. That has to say something. so please keep an open mind they both look good so far.

  • Pwter

    Mw3 will be the best gameplay multiplayer online ,because it’s different level game and a lots of new things that didn’t show yet ppl!!!! BF3 good luck!!!!!!!

  • Dinkus

    Haha. Looks like Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 debates are going to be just like PS3 Vs. Xbox 360 debates. This should be interesting. I myself have already put money down on BF3 graphically it looks like it will woop MW3. For storyline MW3 may have it with the post apocalyptic WW3 thing they got going on. Multiplayer is still up in the air as neither have revealed much about what’s to come and probably for good reason.

  • AIEX72

    There is one thing that they have going for mw3… the 2nd to last word WW3

  • AIEX72

    no plot aye? well you are an idiot. You can see that magor countrys of the world are stuck in WW3 most likely they are fighting each other but this was caused by “the will of one man” who is currently beleived to be ghost.
    Personaly i never played MW they looked bad i never heard good reviews, but this looks perfect for one reason, its call of duty AND is in WORLD WAR THREE