Call of Duty 3 PS3 Updated Hands-On

Activision showed off some new action from its WWII shooter sequel at Sony's press event, and we took the controls for an updated look.

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The third primary installment in the Call of Duty series is fast approaching, and we got our hands on the coveted PlayStation 3 version today at Sony's San Francisco press event to try out a previously unseen level. Today's demo was set in Laison, France, and it cast us as a member of the Canadian military attempting to shut down a battalion of Germans who were pinning us down with large artillery on the far side of a river. The demo featured action typical of the Call of Duty franchise--in this case, intense firefights through trenches with a handful of allies against wave after wave of German soldiers.

Most interestingly, we got to see some new uses of the Sixaxis controller in Call of Duty 3. Previously, we reported that the controller's motion-sensing function would only be used to perform melee attacks, but today we found it could be employed in a number of other areas. For one, when we cleared the Nazi opposition guarding the artillery guns we were trying to blow up, we engaged a minigame that had us planting explosives on that weaponry to put it out of commission. We had to hit a succession of buttons to plant the charges and insert the firing pin, and then we had to twist the controller as if we were winding in the pin to enable the explosive.

The Laison level also offered some vehicular action--namely, you'll have to drive a jeep through part of the mission to get to where you need to go. Again, the Sixaxis could be used here like a steering wheel to guide the jeep, though you'll be able to use the controller's traditional controls for everything if you prefer. The game sure did look good, though. It didn't look qualitatively better than the Xbox 360 version we've spent a lot of time with, though we noted the frame rate was consistent throughout our entire demo. That's because the many cores of the PS3's Cell processor are handling different parts of the game discretely, which apparently gives the developers more breathing room to implement various visual and aural effects without worrying about dragging down the frame rate too much.

Call of Duty 3 seems to be shaping up nicely on every platform, so diehard fans of this popular World War II series will serve themselves well to check it out on their console platform of choice. The PlayStation 3 version in particular is currently slated to hit shelves on the system's launch date, November 17, so stay tuned for a full review.

Discussion

58 comments
a_miyahara
a_miyahara

Is there a split screen mode on COD3 for PS3, cuz I can't find one...big dissapointment if there isn't for PS3 but there is for 360.

VincentV21
VincentV21

both versions are the same game Matty

soldierofww2
soldierofww2

something really suck about the ps3 version... 360= 24 player .... ps3= 16 player

apc2007
apc2007

infinity ward ware are you ???

MattyG0313
MattyG0313

so far, sony has have finest hour and big red one, and microsoft and had cod and cod2..... is there gonna be a difference between the two consoles cod3s? because as it looks from the covers, theyre the exact same things

SpikeDelight
SpikeDelight

It's awesome that the steering wheel is done with the controller. But with the great XBOX Live for the 360, will the online for the PS3 version be able to match it?

devilnevercry9
devilnevercry9

the graphic is sure look solid, nice texture. well, only thing to say is wait for pc platform come out, but it isn't announce. time to take out enemy and save our butts.

nottostable
nottostable

this game is going to be great.so much more.

audioust
audioust

neat, should be a good one

daveg1
daveg1

should be good but as far as the advantages for the ps3 version it doesnt = the etra cash!

edub272
edub272

itll be online Battlefield: Bad Company will be better tho get that instead

plaguelord1
plaguelord1

due this game looks sooo sweet! sham about the console price cause now im gonna be stuck with most likely the wii version

swirskytheman
swirskytheman

Does COD3 have mulitplayer mode that you play online?

pr_stunna
pr_stunna

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daddo-splat
daddo-splat

actually I set the resolution of the xbox 360 in the console and regardless of what the game says resolution wise on the box. the resolution is not game controlled on the 360. ps to get 1080p which is basically 60 frames per second you need a hi end tv that supports it. I heard the upgrade for the 360 to 1080p was via a vga cable only also heard they were dev. a hdmi output cable by christmas. Probably gonna sell my preordered PS3 ON ebay and fund my gaming habbit fro the next year. If I can get 2500 buy another after xmas and get a wii for my kids all for waiting 4 hrs in front of gamestop. and still get a crap load of games while playing gears of war and splintercell. ty god for ps3. PONY UPFANBOYS I NEED YOUR CASH!!!!!

thefjk
thefjk

COOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

Floms
Floms

best war game ever

MK24ever
MK24ever

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swoosh18
swoosh18

smileydude, resident evil has nothing to do with call of duty. or does it?

drxym
drxym

I think it's important to realise that COD3 is a franchise game. How much difference do people expect? Anyway, donkey22's assertion that XBox 360 games will all be 1080p is just absurd. It's up to games to say what mode they run in. The more polys or computation a game needs, the more likely they are to choose a lower mode to keep the framerate up. And games that exist now won't just suddenly implement 1080p if it wasn't expecting it there in the first place. The XBox might attempt to upscale to 1080p but that doesn't mean existing games actually play at that resolution. Besides 1080p is meaningless unless you know the framerate, e.g. 1080p24, 1080p30, 1080p60 etc. I expect MS will hack a 1080i60 signal into 1080p30 since it is the same data rate. I very much doubt that the 360 in its current implementation could push out 1080p60, especially over component. If / when 360 gets a revamp with HDMI & HD-DVD internally THEN you might see proper 1080p60 but not necessarily. The PS3 can do 1080p60 now though it's up to the game to decide what native resolution to use and leave the up/downscaling to the box. Some games like Resistance are on record for choosing assets (i.e. amount of stuff happening on screen) over resolution and have chosen 720p (30 or 60?). Others such as the downloadable Criminal Crackdown support 1080p60. Obviously the latter is far less demanding than the former and supports the resolution and fps. Anyway getting back on topic, COD2 was a pretty rotten game with dumb AI closed levels and lots of scripting. If COD3 is a glorified expansion pack as it appears, I doubt there is much to recommend it on any platform.

donkey22
donkey22

I've played both systems and I can honestly say there is no visual difference. If anything I liked the 360 version the best becuase of the triggers and rumble when shooting and explosions, etc. Also by holiday this and all 360 games will run in 1080p, ps three games won't. All the ones I played were in 720p and the frame rates were just plan bad, except for Fall of Man....that was bad a@@. BTW...this game is not comming to the PC, sorry.

_Sam_
_Sam_

The ps3 version is looking great

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

Jesus likes games cuz God invented everything before everybody

Devangkiller
Devangkiller

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GFofgaming
GFofgaming

This series is getting just old, apart from better graphics and tilt functionality, I dont see good reason to get it. Atleast MOH: Airborne is trying something new (it could fail though). But still i am getting this just to beef up my PS3 library.

slayer5678
slayer5678

dont have high hopes(im sorry) i just dont see how u cna continue a series someone else built without them having anypart in it(infinity ward is an amazing company) i just dont think treyarch deserves to make thousands of bucks on some thing they are just continuing

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

I don't know which console to get it for, PS3 with the Motion or Xbox 360 with the umm... xbox live?

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

x505 is right, no platform is better. Everyone has its strenght and weakness. Although I prefer PLAYSTATION and XBOX, simply because Nintendo is for the kids and also they r completely abandoning the idea to Rival movie quality visuals.

x505
x505

" got mine reserved (PS3) allready at gamestop i just know it gona be better that any other platform " -totoelmaestro --- O RLY? You know for a fact it's gonna be better? You know, I hate fanboys like you. GS has to be the one site where there's an endless flow of you guys pouring in. No platform is going to be 'better'...at least not for a very good while. Have you ever stopped to think that some people don't like Japanese/RPG/Platformers that are commonly associated with the PS console? I'm not too big of a fan of those myself, but I don't go prancing around claiming that the Wii/360(/or PC) are better. You make my head want to 'asplode...

xMIAxKillaCrank
xMIAxKillaCrank

i dont have a ps3 i got a 360, but i will get a ps3 later after a steady rate of ps3 units are being made and there is no more madness to get them, by then the sick games will be coming out anyway. i can wait.

totoelmaestro
totoelmaestro

I got mine reserved (PS3) allready at gamestop i just know it gona be better that any other platform

trigun123
trigun123

haha see, cod2 ran like crap on the 360 it lagged so bad during firefights it made me want to puke...ps3s power outmatches the competition easily, im sure its locked in at 60fps everywhere no matter whats going on because of the 7 cores....impressive to say the least...give it a few months to see what ps3 is really capable of

soldierofww2
soldierofww2

u guys getting it for ps3 not 360 right?

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

kool, nothin new here, but its cod, and cod is awesome, so im gonna be pickin the wii version out. hope my friend gets this version so i can play both. until then, u guys have fun with this.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

Great, that's good news for WW II fans, like myself.

Monstromo
Monstromo

Great! Finally some news. This gives me a reason to buy the PS3 version! I am getting another launch game! So far, Resistance, Sonic and now CoD3, now if only they could give me a reason to buy Ridge Racer 7 or Carbon and Rainbow Six on it! Well, RR7, I can see some reasons...

muscrat_01
muscrat_01

Bah the real cod is on PC ah well at least it`ll be fun on the PS3. Xbox same aswell. Tsk tsk, its not REAL cod though... Not even made by infinaty ward...

Cloud987
Cloud987

GIve me tilt to crouch and butt with the gun plz--that's all the sixaxis I need...Nice addition to PS3's launch

FlemmingM
FlemmingM

"We may only have 4 soldiers and a canoe these days" LMAO! :D

fishheads111
fishheads111

i personally wont use the 6axis controlle for vehicles...just too much of a...handicap...but ill try it moptop...ur point is oh too true

soldierofww2
soldierofww2

wait... does can it run on 720p ,1080i and 1080p?

soldierofww2
soldierofww2

yes.... cod3 for ps3 WILL OWN the 360 version.... the sixaxis making u turn the pin makes it more challeging....

Moptop
Moptop

Canadian military! It' s about time! :) We may only have 4 soldiers and a canoe these days, but we sure did out part during World War II.

Timmygod
Timmygod

i love how theres gonna be a solid frame rate because it used to be that if more than one grenade went off at a time it would go suddenly very laggy lol

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

woot! A solid framerate for once.