Call of Duty 3
Call of Duty 3 blasts its way onto the XBox
360 that provides gamers with an "almost" definitive" World War II
experience that transports the player back to D-Day, June 1944 and the
liberation of Paris in August 1944. Once again the title features
state-of-the-art graphics with a revamped Call of Duty 2 engine that now
contains even more detail with that the traditional gameplay of the
In its essence, Call of
Duty 3 is your traditional first person shooter that basically has you
shooting your way through a plethora of different levels, however to
keep things more varied and vast, the developers have introduced
mini-games such as driving jeeps or using mortars to break up the
monotony of first person shooters. The use of smoke grenades also makes
a welcome return and the realism of holding a gun up to use the
iron-sight is even more convincing thanks to a new depth of field
effect. The controls work very well indeed on the XBox 360 and whether
you're using the M1 or British Lee-Enfield, you really get a feel the
weapons of this era.
But what Call of Duty 3 does it does very well and that is not give the player
time to breathe as they are dropped into the midst of the battle. First
up is Saint Lo, one of the bloodiest and most desperate confrontations
of the war post D-Day. Your task, as Nichols, is to traverse the town.
To do that you will engage in the kind of duck, cover and shoot action
that the franchise is known for. You will move from point-to-point,
following the compass that marks your objective. But this is not a
totally linear experience. You do have to get from point A to point B,
but there are usually a couple of ways to do that.
But merely moving along, fighting the Germans and reaching your
objective is not all that easy. You will engage in hand-to-hand combat,
using the left and right triggers of the 360 controller to wrestle over
the stock of the rifle, then counter with the press of the X button and
finally deliver the fatal blow with the B button. You will ride on the
back of a tank, using your binoculars to spot targets for the tank to
blow into the afterlife. And then you will have to use your brains when
you are trapped down on the second floor of a building by a German
Panzer tank. You will need help, you will need to mark the target . hmm,
maybe a smoke grenade will do the trick.
The game does have squad control, drama between NPCs that further the
intrigue of the game, and a solid multiplayer element. The multiplayer
has some of the same elements - in terms of games - as before with large
maps and tense action. The difference though is that there are soldier
types available and players can commandeer vehicles during the scenario.
Nothing says quick kill quite like hoping into a tank and blowing a hole
through advancing enemy units. Vehicle control is simple and intuitive -
much like the rest of the game.
The multiplayer options for Call of Duty 3 is brilliant and offers
gamers a variety of gameplay modes that include deathmatch, team
deathmatch, capture the flag, single flag CTF and headquarters. The maps
are large and varied and I particularly liked the ones set in small
French villages as they feature so many places to hide. Best of all, 24
players can engage in these entertaining missions that needless to say
was a hit at our offices.
Graphically, Call of
Duty 2 was a visual treat on the XBox 360 and we've more of the same
here, with no slowdown, tearing or glitches that I noticed while playing
through the single player campaign. There are more enemies on screen how
which makes for some very large scale battles fought over long
distances. And some of the maps are huge, giving you the real feeling of
fighting on a battlefield rather than a small sideshow.
particularly impressive is the way many of the levels vary so
much, so you might find yourself in a country lane, before
battling through the suburbs into the city proper. The particle
effects are impressive too, they range from smoke coming from the muzzle
of a gun to the massive explosion of a tank letting go when you've
pierced its armour. There really is very little wrong with the way the
game looks or moves.
The sound effects are all first class and the use of surround sound is
great too, really immersing you in the conflict. But where the game
doesn't quite work is when it comes to the scripting, dialogue and voice
acting. That includes the constant repetition of dialogue from the troops
around you as you fight. The music is also a momentous event that really
lends itself to the genre.
In conclusion, Call of Duty 3 is an impressive game and although not as
good as the previous game (storywise), it's still an entertaining romp
through World War II with amazing graphics, perfect controls which gives
you a satisfaction when you complete the title. Recommended to all
lovers of first person shooters, especially the WWII genre. The online
aspect of the title is brilliant that will definitely give hours upon
hours of replay value. Great stuff!