Sneak Peek of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III

A month before its release, we participated in the open beta of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and we bring you our impressions.

After two completely successful new Modern Warfare games from Infinity Ward, Activision has decided to hand over the reins for the third title of the rebooted series to Sledgehammer Games. The American company returns to a Call of Duty title after 2021 and the good enough, Vanguard. Of course, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III started as an expansion of Modern Warfare II and not as a full title. Then Activision changed its mind and then went full on, with a spectacular trailer.

We had the opportunity to test the new Call of Duty, as we participated in the open beta that was held for a few days, and in the following lines we will present you our first impressions.

Sneak Peek of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III

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Modern Warfare II remastered…

Starting in beta we were only able to test four maps, out of a total of 16 that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III is expected to launch with. Favela, Skidrow, Rust and Estate may remind you of something and rightfully so, as these are maps from the original Modern Warfare II, which have been remastered. The remaining 12 also come directly from the 2009 title, with the appropriate retouching of course. The modes we tested do not differ in any way from those of previous years. Finally, in Ground War mode we had the opportunity to test the Popov Power map, which is expected to debut in Warzone 2.0, after the release of Modern Warfare III.


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…or maybe Modern Warfare II 2.0?

Although it is very early, in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III we did not detect any particular changes compared to last year’s title. Something reasonable, if we take into account the course of its development. The only major changes are sliding, which you can now do again, and a new stance, which allows you to fire your weapon from the hip and turned. Other than that, we’re talking about the exact same game as last year.

On the other hand, perks have undergone changes, as they have now been turned into equipment. Gloves that give a faster bonus to the hands (e.g. when changing weapons or reloading), boots that give a bonus to the legs (e.g. running), bulletproof vest, etc. All of this adds realism, but also another confusing menu to the already burdened UI of the title.

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Finally, a lot of new equipment has been added, such as the drone-bomb that chases the opposing player or the new ACS system that captures a point without being there. The shooting part remains flawless, fully enjoyable, direct and quite far from the competition.


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Probably straight up Modern Warfare

Visually, absolutely nothing has changed from the previous two games, except perhaps the smoke effects seem more detailed. Once again the IW 9.0 graphics engine has been used, so expect excellent in-game graphics.

In summary, in the open beta we spent some pretty fun hours (when we didn’t hear small children screaming) and especially the remastered maps of the orthodox Modern Warfare II made us reminisce some very nice memories. We hope that the title campaign will be able to do the same, which we await with open arms in a few days.


Available in: PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC
Tested on: PC
Development Company: Sledgehammer Games
Issuing Company: Activision
Kind: First-Person Shooter
Ages: 18+
Release Date: November 10, 2023
Official website: link

Access was granted to us by the publishing company for the needs of the preview.


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