One of the things that has been the stable of the Call of Duty series is on-the-fly weapon customization. You could put a Red Dot Sight on a MP5 in COD4, you can put a camo on that MP5. In Modern Warfare 2, you can put a silencer on an intervention even though that you already put a special scope in already. But what about weapon upgrades? In real life, it’s possible to adjust your sniper rifle to be able to see 50 feet from your position. Modern Warfare 3 addresses this directly by not only allowing you to upgrade your weapon through stats upgrades, but also through proficiency classes. These classes help the type of proficiency you’ve selected become more …mature. We all know that “practice makes perfect.” This was true in COD4, it wasn’t in MW2, the developers of MW3 want you to be a better player by helping along your proficiency.
Without further ado, the behind the scenes video of Weapon Progression. Enjoy!
We are days away from Modern Warfare 3 worldwide launch! It’s getting closer, and closer, ladies and gentlemen!
P.S. Notice, that in the video, you’ll see new maps…
Call of Duty XP is over now, but content from the event doesn’t seem to stop. Everyone wants to find out more about the Multiplayer aspect of Modern Warfare 3.
I posted Separate Multiplayer Briefing videos and recapped what was revealed during CODXP. But for some reason, Activision thought it would be nice to release a full-length recap of the whole briefing. For those of you who want to see the video in it’s entirety…
We still have more Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 information to come.
At Call of Duty XP, Eric Hirshberg, the new C.E.O. of Activision kicked off the event and talked about multiple topics. Eric welcomed the Call of Duty fans to CODXP 2011, he discussed where the money gathered from Call of Duty XP attendees will be going – the Call of Duty Endowment, which is a non-profit charity to help former, on-duty, or after-duty military personnel find jobs in today’s economy. He talked up about how Call of Duty fans play a role in bringing about record-breaking sales with their passion surrounding Call of Duty. He also revealed that the one million dollar tournament is going to pit pros against G.I. Joes. Finally, he unveiled the fan-made sequel to Find Makarov [movie here] called Operation KingFish. We’ve got to find Makarov! And soon!
If you’ve seen the Multiplayer reveal last week shortly before Call of Duty XP went live, then you’ve already seen the following….
Next up, Robert Bowling, and Michael Condrey, the co-founder of Sledgehammer Games talked up how the teams at Infinity Ward, and Sledgehammer Games have taken Call of Duty fans’ feedback and try to make MW3 a great game it is shaping up to be.
KillStreak Rewards are now Strike Packages
3 classes in all: Assault, Support, Specialist
Each have unique killstreaks for you to use in multiplayer modes
In MW2 it was difficult to stick with only 3 killstreak rewards, but now you can chain your killstreaks on 3 different classes – which you can customize to fit your weapon class which in turn fits the multiplayer mode you play frequently
Michael talks up weapon proficiencies which allows you to upgrade your weapons, and these proficiencies are like perks for your own weapons such as  attachments, reduced recoil, and so on.
They also showed off detailed matchtype options – possibly for private lobbies
Kill Confirmed is a match type in which you collect the most dogtags for your team
Once you kill a player, he drops a dogtag, you’re to collect them
You can collect your team-mates’ dogtags to help complete that match
Prestige Shop is revealed – It allows you to:
Purchase an Extra Custom Class
Reset All Stats
Get Double XP
Get Double Weapon XP
Gain Challenges 1
Gain Challenges 2
Gain Challenges 3
Earn Title and Emblem 1
Earn Title and Emblem 2
Earn Title and Emblem 3
But they’re not free. You have to buy them
Friends list is in Call of Duty Elite Features are as follows:
You can integrate your username with your facebook account; in fact you can log into facebook with CODElite
It shows your user identity, which platform, and what is your Facebook name
It shows if what you’re doing, where you are at right now
Groups are in; they’re called Elite groups
You can join any type of group, and they use hashtags to find your similar taste
You can create a clan; you can also manage a clan
There’s a player list for clans so you can invite people you want to your party
Elite Console App allows you to check up Elite stuff straight from your console
Elite Mobile App allows you to see your stats, prepare for your match, etc.
The slogan for Call of Duty Elite is “Play together better”
In the wrap-up of Call of Duty XP’s MW3 Multiplayer Briefing, Eric stressed that most of the features on Call of Duty Elite is free. On top of that, all of the DLC’s that are available through Call of Duty Elite are free. See for yourself…
Clan challenges are in
Friday night Fights is in
What started as a meme for Call of Duty games, becomes a feature of Call of Duty Elite
Call of Duty Elite costs $49.99 per year, and people seem excited
Chris Ellis comes out and introduces the custom-made Modern Warfare 3 Jeeps
The vehicle will also be in Modern Warfare 3
Chris talks up the features of the Jeep, and what not
The presentation wraps up and the Tango Down Trailer is shown
Stay tuned for more about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as we approach November 8th!
GameSpot always brings out exclusive footage before anyone else. At Call of Duty XP, it was no different. They were on-location to bring us the low-down of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. But what’s so sepcial about this “trailer” is that they spent 45 minutes with Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer. That is what you want, right fans? Righty so!
The footage features commentary of the multiplayer segment by Activision Executive Producer Mark Rubin and Associate Producer Vince Fennel. Enjoy!
What we see so far:
The multiplayer map we’re now seeing is “Village” and it looks like an African location; since most of the characters are black – meaning more diverse characters
The perks looks revamped; the icons are different than COD4, MW2, Black Ops, etc.
Sleight of Hand returns
Stalker is in, and it’s a perk
Overkill returns; new icon
Steady Aim returns
If you get hit hard; your screen flashes red, with some splashes of blood Directional UAV returns
Kill Confirmed earns you 50 points per kill and collection of dogtag
If you collect someone else’s dogtag, you still get the 50 points; it shows at 4:12 or so – It’s not limited to just who you kill, but those who have just fallen in your team
Think of it like team deathmatch and a little bit of sabotage but with the scavenger perk
UMP45 returns; rapid fire returns
They gave the first look at the multiplayer weapon select screen
When you select a weapon type, it shows what kind of weapon to expect from that group
It shows what challenges you at least completed, and gives you the option to show that weapon’s challenges a-la COD4
6 Weapon classes in all: Assault Rifles, Sub-Machine Guns, Light Machine Guns, Sniper Rifles, Shotguns, and of course; Riot Shield
There are Weapon Proficiency classes, too.
6 classes in all:
Kick – Reduces recoil when firing
Breath – Holds your breath while aiming down the sights (ADS)
Stadility – Reduces your sway while aiming down the sights (ADS)
These “proficiencies” will be stacked alongside your overall perk list when you are getting ready to roll, or when the killcam comes on
They tried another level, called “Resistance”
Assists earn you 10 points each
Marksman is actually a perk
DeathStreaks returns; Juice is a deathstreak that allows you to move a little faster once you spawn
You have 0:06 seconds to use the deathstreak
3 Strike Packages available: Assault, Support, Specialist
Each package type allows you to chain your killstreaks; there wasn’t a name for them in MW2, it’s called “Strike Chain” in MW3
Much like weapons, you can upgrade your killstreaks with ‘at least’ completing challenges; it also allows you to see what challenges you unlocked
You can choose which “strike chain” to use in your weapon class selection once you start a game, but it has to be set with your weapon class before you start a game
Each of your weapon is upgradable via levels of weapon proficiency.
Payback returns; once you die the money comes out just as in MW2
Blast Shield is in; not to be confused with Juggernaut KillStreak or Riot Shield – Blast Shield is a protective shield perk
Buzzkill is 250 per kill
You can change sights from top to bottom – I mean, if you have two different sights on top of one another, you can change the sight type just as you could switch on and off sights – it’s not limited to just how many attachments you have on rack of your gun, you can have a scope and a Red Dot Sight (RDS) attachment, too
Paybacks are 250 per kill
Comebacks are 150 per kill
Stay tuned for more as we get closer and closer to the release of Modern Warfare 3.
We’ve got the first look at the Spec Ops mode recently on Jimmy Fallon’s show. [article] Robert Bowling, the creative strategist for Infinity Ward posted a tweet teasing a picture for the upcoming trailer for Modern Warfare 3′s Survival Mode within Spec Ops. Robert Bowling also responded to some questions via his tweeted picture.
The first question was from AL3XJC “What gun is that?” Robert answered that the gun that’s being used is the Remington ACR, not to be confused with the regular ACR from MW2. Another familiar feature from MW2 is the HUD, upon answering a question from Jarsh019 Robert said that the HUD may change up until launch. He added that the HUD may be different across Single Player, Spec Ops, and Multiplayer. See for yourself:
And so, as you can see, there’s some sort of barracks that you go to – Mr. Bowling said in response to Nelson2030 that you can buy upgrades. On top of that, a user named ThemanJordo thought that COD Points was displayed. Robert quelled that notion, saying that the points that he refers to is currency for Spec Ops, where you can buy killstreaks, gear, weapons, and upgrades. This means that Infinity Ward is upping the ante when it comes to survival modes. It may revolutionize the way we look at survival modes. As it stands, survival modes such as World at War’s zombie mode, and Black Ops’ zombie mode – they all only allowed you to advance through doors, and levels. They only allowed you to buy weapons and pick up a special random weapon. It seems like Infinity Ward is trying to do something different from the other survival modes out on the market. In MW2, you could use killstreaks, but only within limitations. This means you can actually buy killstreaks and use it when YOU want to. It’s up in the air whether you can stack the killstreaks or not.
The one thing I noticed though, is the drawing on the wall. It is bomb shaped. Are we going to be able to pick up bombs, buy them, and whatnot? Robert said that we can buy gear, but nobody knows what kinds of gear he would be referring to. The other thing I noticed is the Juggernaut design. The design may hint at stronger, and more stronger armor for the juggernauts that wade through MW3′s new survival mode.
Stay tuned for the official trailer, there is no ETA according to Robert, but he’ll flash a tweet. My guess is soon, otherwise he wouldn’t be posting the teaser photo of the trailer at this point. Usually its the very next week that we get the trailer, it happened with MW2′s multiplayer reveal. ‘Till then, waiting commences.
E32011 is done. Now that E32011 is over and behind us. I’m going to break down what’s been revealed so far. What we do know is that MW3 takes place in New York. [article] And we have seen partial trailer from “Black Tuesday.” [article] But both articles has early gameplay trailers, the ones I’m about to discuss is much, much more clear, and legible. And not only that, they have footage that is NOT found in the original trailers posted.
Hunter Killer: This is the same section that was shown during the Microsoft Conference. You begin in underwater rubble. You’ll no doubt find the beginning funny since Xbox 360′s controller happened to go bonkers, but the first thing confirmed is that the traditional Modern Warfare pause screen returns. You must make it to the submarine, the mission’s target. Along the way, you’ll see small details such as dead people, you can flicker on and off the meter, and flashlight. Once you make it to the surface you’ll see that New York is in shambles. The weapon that you’re holding is probably the new MP5. By the end of your time in the submarine you’re going to breach and enter, and you’re going to use a shotgun of sorts. I’m not sure which one. You will now be in the midst of a war against Russian ships, aircrafts and what have you. You will have to follow your comrades into a gunship standing by awaiting your arrival. For more details about the trailer, follow this link.
Black Tuesday: This section of the MW3 campaign has been aired on Spike TV, and a lot of youtube’ers have been uploading this section to help provide new information about MW3, and show off the gameplay in full. The previous article showed much of this, but the trailers that I’m seeing now shows an alternate route. It does not have the “In the interest of time…” in one of the sections, so this means that if you go to a particular route, the game gives you a new perspective. Meaning that you alter the events of the game a bit. That’s all just speculation at this point.
You start out inside a military Humvee; a truck utility vehicle. Your utility vehicle was toppled over in a battle. Your team is Delta Force. You will rise up and see a missile crashing into one of the buildings, and a piece of the building’s wall will come crashing down a few feet from you. At the outset, you are carrying an assault rifle, presumably an AK47. You will start out with not one, but two attachments. One of them is Red Dot Sight, and the other is a typical military scope. As you start walking into battle, a military tank will roll their engine, guiding you through battle. At some point, the player switches his scope from the side to the middle, so this means you can switch scope on and off. You will see that AK47 is laying on the ground, and go to broken wall, you will back out, and find a P90 laying down with ACOG sights on. When you finally get behind your comrades, you will see yet another AK47 with a silencer and an ACOG sight. Once you see enemies come into intense battle again, this time, a jeep with a turret will collide with you but you kill him. You will then meet another one of your battalions, and follow them. While you do so, you will come across an M4A1 rifle. Several soldiers lying dead have M4A1 rifles. You will now throw a grenade. And then another one at the jeep ahead of you. You will now retreat and be hit by enemy fire, an enemy helicopter comes and ejects a missile behind you, and destroys one of the tanks that you’ve just followed.
Now you’re moving into the building right in front of you. At this point, the game goes tactical. You meet with your comrades again, and see the news of New York being in shambles. You’re now in a broadcasting station. You go upstairs and enter a rubble’d building, you will now see helicopters moving through your eyes. You will now move into an office at the end, and you will see a breathtaking view of the Financial District with the american flag being held up. Once done with the area, you will go down the stairs.
In the previous video, this part promts the “In an interest of time…” But not in this trailer. It lets you go down the stairs, once at the bottom of the stairs, your comrade tells you to throw a 9bang. When you do it, the bomb starts exploding as if it was a firework. However, once you start to check out the scenary, it gives the “In the interest of time…” again. You’re back on the ground of the Financial District. This time you sneak through and pick up an AK47 with a grenade launcher and a special scope. We don’t know yet what it’s called this time. You move, and you will come across another familiar weapon: The AT4. Now instead of going up the ladder, you’re going into the lobby of the Stock Exchange. You will come across an opportunity to reload your weapon. From here, you’re going into an elevator shaft. You’ve now reached the Stock Exchange. You will now engage in an intense battle in the Stock Exchange room. You’re now to go to the roof of Stock Exchange.
Once you get to the second floor, you are going to use the scope to take out the remaining enemies in Stock Exchange. Once you finish, you will climb the ladder to meet the top of the Stock Exchange, from here, you see helicopters flying, with chaos ensuing all around you. You will now lounge your knife at an enemy and pick up an holographic P90. You will also come across a SPAS shotgun.
Finally, you reach the next destination, where you’re to arm the communications tower. Once it’s torched, it falls. Boom!
You battle against the enemies that lie in wait on rooftops, and afterwards, you’re going to be in an epic helicopter ride that ends with a frantic, an epic helicopter firefight, a series of them in fact. At this point the video ends with a helicopter hitting your helicopter, and your character is obviously pushed against the machine gun, and you see the helicopter crash and burn before your very eyes.
E32011 continues. More footage of Modern Warfare 3 has surfaced onto the internet. This footage is directly from the Modern Warfare 3 demo that’s being on exposition at E3 as we speak. You begin in the streets of New York in this demo, its kind-of hard to make out letters as most of the letters are “blurred” at the moment, because this what we have so far.
Anyhow, you will be able to fight enemies from cars, from trucks, military jeeps, and you will be able to fight against a helicopter at some point. Once you’ve reached to a new point, you will have to go into a nearby building. This building looks to be a company headquarters. You will fight enemies in hiding, and you’ll also come across a view of the financial district, you’re across the street from that famous American flag building that is in the official trailer. From here the game skips the part with these “In the interest of time…” You’re now on the ground, it seems like you’re going to play a new character each time this happens. So, like MW2 before it, more than one protagonist is going to be a theme in MW3 in some chapters of the game. Unlike it, though is the frequency of the switches. This happened in the previous trailer that was shown during Microsoft’s presentation.
Now, you going to go into a heated battle in financial district, this time, your job is to sneak up on your opponent – at least that’s what the demo showed. You’re going to pick up a weapon with a rocket launcher and a new type of scope. You’re now going to run to a ladder and battle it out in the rooftops of New York, this is where things get really crazy. At this point, you’re to battle through a lot of soldiers shielding this communications tower. Once the satellite is torched, you’re now going to battle enemies on other rooftop, at this point the Predator Missile returns to help you in battle.
After a bit, you’re going to go into the helicopter! Whee! And you get to handle the machine gun, unlike Black Ops’ limited machine gun movement, you can move the gun all the way to the left or the right. You’re going to have a firefight against a few helicopters with each one of these helicopters shooting these missiles everywhere. Its crazy. In fact; Awesome. You’re going to be in a firefight with this particular helicopter like a boss battle, an epic one, at that. You don’t see many firefights like that; rotating around an unfinished building – shooting and stuff. I must say I like it. A lot. At some point though, the helicopter explodes and goes a-flying and hits you. Your character dies, but you get to see the destruction from his eye, as if he was watching his last 5 seconds of glory. This is where the trailer ends.
One last thing, I looves the music. Epic. Fabulous. Fitting.
E3 has begun. Microsoft kicked off E3 with Robert Bowling taking the stage. Modern Warfare 3 begins as you plow through a broken bunker of sorts, underseas. All this beautiful water, mesmerizing! You’ll notice that Sledgehammer Games has added some of their talents to the scenery. You’re on top of a mobile submarine. You will converge onto cracks of rubbles befalling on you. Eventually, you’ll meet up with your buddies and …a huge submarine that’s about to be bombed by you. You wait, and then you look back, this same submarine starts to explode, and you climb to surface. You’re now in the midst of a War in New York. You will come back to this in a second. For now, you’re going inside the submarine that you’ve just exploded a moment ago. You drop into the hole, and you’re raring to go. Robert Bowling starts to shoot enemies on-sight. You’ll come across an AK47 on the ground, a P90 being dropped, and G18 being dropped, too. At some point you’ll come to a door in which you breach and clear a room, a MW2 mechanic. You’ll now hijack the submarine from going a specific direction, AND launch missilies to help your comrades in war. You’ll now escape the submarine. You will now be on the harbor.
You’re now outside of the submarine, you’ll see New York again: Lots and lots of firefights taking place, lots of ships all over the place, buildings are in shambles. You’ll now be on a military raft specifically designed for these epic wars. You’ll even converge into the middle of a bunch of airstrikes dropping, air battles taking place, and in the midst of all of this action, you will find that you plow through two battleships. You will eventually battle a mobile ship. Your next destination is to follow your buddy, you will now enter a docking bay of sorts. Hm. Not sure, I could also see it being a freeway, but since its far away from the skyscrapers, I fail to see it being a freeway, so I’ll stick with docking bay. You will now converge into a gunship/heli. You will now see New York in full scale. The presentation ends here.
I’ll find a video to show you exactly what I saw this morning! Stay tuned!