Call of Duty 3 (PS3)
Sean W. Gibson / Dec 15th, 2006 1 Comment
In Call of Duty 3, gamers continue through WWII in one of the better FPS franchises around. Now you're put closer than ever to the fury of combat as an Allied soldier in World War II’s most harrowing military operation, the Normandy Breakout Campaign. Melee combat and destructible cover bring you face-to-face with German forces. Multiple attack routes mean you decide whether to flank your enemy or hit him head on. Varied terrain, next-gen graphics and sound, and a dramatic story deliver Call of Duty’s signature cinematic intensity.
List of features:
- ALL-NEW CLOSE-QUARTERS COMBAT: In a new feature for the Call of Duty series, close-quarters battle mechanics bring you face-to-face with your enemy. Fight hand-to-hand, disarm traps, improvise explosive devices, and execute a host of other battlefield challenges that require cunning and swift reflexes.
- NOWHERE TO HIDE: Environmental physics let you destroy enemies’ soft cover hideouts, such as wooden walls, barrels and crates—forcing your foes out in the open. But watch out they can eliminate your protection as well.
- CHOOSE YOUR PATH TO VICTORY: Flank your opponent, or hit him head on. Next generation level design provides multiple attack routes that let you decide how to confront the enemy. Each choice you make requires you to use special tactics, from sniping and demolition to straight out frontal assaults.
- UNPRECEDENTED COMBAT OPTIONS: Execute parachute drops, armored assaults or SAS commando raids. Riddle battlefields with tank shells and explosives. Drive tanks totopple barricades and invade enemy emplacements.
- TEAM-BASED MULTIPLAYER WITH VEHICLES: Intense multiplayer functionality has been built from the ground up. Up to 24 players can battle it out as a variety of player classes, including riflemen, infantry, scouts, and others. Multiple-occupancy vehicles let you coordinate attacks with friends, driving while they fire a mounted machine gun from the turret. The game's wide range of vehicles include tanks, jeeps and motorcycles with sidecars.
- LARGE-SCALE WAR: Call of Duty 3 is the story of the Normandy Breakout Campaign,the Allies’ valiant campaign to drive Hitler’s most elite troops out of western France, across the Rhine, and back to Berlin. Play as American and Canadian infantry, British Special Forces, and Polish armored division troops.
Call of Duty 3 is one of the few PlayStation 3 1080i capable games, which is less than 1080p, which is one of the console's big selling points. What this means is that the graphics for this game run at a higher resolution level than other PS3 FPS games like Resistance. That said, the game looks pretty darn good on the new console, and at no point was there any experience of choppiness and lag time. The guns and special effects (aka things blowing up) never looked better for the franchise on a console, and definitely show off some of the PS3’s robust hardware. The detail given to the characters (specifically their faces) look great, but the actual physics of warfare, like when you gun down a Nazi, don’t seem to capitalize on the power of the system. All-over, the game looks great graphics wise, but don’t expect anything revolutionary from this supposedly revolutionary console system.
Playing a huge FPS game like Call of Duty 3 on anything less than Dolby Digital Surround Sound is like eating ice cream off of pavement. With so many digitally enhanced sound elements in the game, playing with a 5.1 surround sound home theater is a necessity for gamers to properly enjoy the title. At many points in the game, so much is happening at simultaneously in the campaign, the sounds also act as queues for the action. With a 5.1 surround sound system, the sound for the game is top notch.
If you’ve played through Call of Duty 2 and loved it – then you’ll play through Call of Duty 3 and love it just as much. The franchise might just be getting repetitive at this point – you’re an American soldier fighting the Nazis at Normandie and beyond. The beginning of the one-player campaign starts with a simple and somewhat funny tutorial mode to get used to throwing grenades, smoke screens, and using the binoculars. Past that it’s right into some amazing action. The checkpoints are well placed, so gamers that tend to get themselves killed a lot by going head first into the warfare (me) won’t get frustrated by long missions.
There’s a nice use of the Sixaxis controller for PS3 in the form of the gun-butt to down a foe. Simply wiggle the controller in any direction and the character on-screen delivers the blow (or you can just push the appropriate button). Beyond that, the controls are mostly the same, and the guns too, but they look and act stronger. There’s little doubt that the action in the game is very intense and exciting, and does the Call of Duty franchise proud.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
For Call of Duty fans, there’s been some nice things added in the multiplayer online mode. For starters, up to an astounding 24 players can be on one map at a time. The negative aspect to this is that only one person per PS3 can be on the map at a time, and there is nothing in terms of ranked online play. It gives a pretty hallow experience playing online – there’s no record keeping, so beyond just running around and shooting and capturing flags, there’s no point, no real reward for playing well. Hopefully a patch or update on the PS3 network will be addressed in the future. For now, gamers will have to be content with the jeeps, tanks, and motorcycles found throughout the various levels adding a nice level of depth lacking in previous titles.
Call of Duty 3 is more of the same from the franchise with some nice new graphics on a brand new console system. The game is extremely action-packed and intense, and has a nice new variety of weapons and vehicles that bring a nice rich depth that adds nicely to a very popular franchise. The online component for this PS3 edition of the game is woefully thin and offers a gamer nothing in terms of coming back for more months from now. It is, however, a great shooter to play through the campaign and has some great visuals and sounds for a fun PS3 experience.
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