Infinity Ward has a lot to prove. Hounded by a ferociously capable competitor, still smarting from the scandalous dark days of early 2010 and surrounded by an unprecedented amount of expectation and hype, the stakes have never been higher. Modern Warfare 3 is one of the most anticipated titles of all time... yet over the last few months and years, a growing segment of the gaming community has started to question whether Call Of Duty has gotten too big and too popular for its own good.
But in the grand scheme of things, franchises tend to become popular for one reason and one reason alone: because they're great. Rest easy, FPS fans, because Modern Warfare 3 takes care of business. Activision's holiday blockbuster is essentially three games in one, resulting in an inclusive tripartite experience that offers something for everyone.
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Everything's better when you work together. Infinity Ward are well aware of this basic fact of life, and duly supplemented Modern Warfare 2's singleplayer campaign and competitive multiplayer suite with the Special Operations mode. This feature took the community by storm and created countless inseparable gaming power couples, so Modern Warfare 3 plans to up the cooperative ante with what promises to be one of the most hectic and exciting co-op gametypes on the market.
Welcome to Survival Mode.
Players start each match armed solely with a pistol in what the rep affectionately referred to as the "shotgun run." Enemies poured into the dusty desert level from two distinct choke points, armed only with pump action shotguns, grenades and a distinct disdain for self-preservation. Quick headshots and knife executions soon reward you with an enormous supply of buckshot (stripped from the ragtag miltia that dared to take you on), but as you'd expect, each subsequent wave is more dangerous, better-equipped and downright unpredictable than the last. Attack dogs, exploding dogs and heavily-armed foes all provide an increasingly stiff challenge, and one that's impossible to survive without close communication, overlapping fields of fire and constant repositioning.Click here to continue reading our MW3 Spec Ops Survival preview!