Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 "Iron Lady" Paris Level Impressions

Sledgehammer Games' Glen Schofield ran us through a new level from the upcoming shooter, set in the French capital of Paris.

Modern Warfare 3 is now less than a month away. For the 30 million or so people that Activision claims are playing a Call of Duty game, that's big news. But despite the numerous trailers, previews, and screens that are now out in the open, we're still in the dark about many of the game's single-player missions. Thankfully, Sledgehammer recently visited London to show off a new campaign level, this time set in Paris.

The level in question was called Iron Lady, in reference to the Eiffel Tower that sits at the heart of Paris. Washington is burning, New York is occupied, and we picked up the action about halfway through the single-player campaign. You're playing as Delta Force, and it's your job to find out some critical information from a high-value target, after a previous mission goes bad.

In typical Call of Duty fashion, the perspective changed dramatically between on-the-ground and in-the-air action. The level opens with a helicopter getting shot down--a huge explosion followed by menacing screeching as the rotor blades make their way towards you. After they stop just in front of you, the camera jumps into the now-familiar AC-130 gunship, allowing you to lay down gunfire and rockets while trying not to destroy Paris' historic buildings.

The AC-130 soon comes under attack from a group of Russian jets, so the action snaps back into first-person view. You and the rest of Delta Squad make your way through a building, out through greenhouses and into a courtyard. The level offered a good mix of weaponry, from assault rifles and sniper rifles to a mounted machine gun. After this, the demo ended with another AC-130 section, with the gunner choosing to bring down an entire building in dramatic fashion, despite the earlier warning.

It was a short demo, but just enough to show off how bombastic this Call of Duty is going to be. There were some nice touches to take away too, including the destructible balcony that enemy soldiers were using for cover. Thankfully, we won't have to wait long for more Modern Warfare 3--the game launches worldwide on 8 November.

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dellitoso
dellitoso

Still trying to figure out WHAT is DIFFERENT in MW3 vs. Black Ops and MW2. It looks the SAME.

vadagar1
vadagar1

lol FPS are just boring for me my last FPS was crysis 1, now these game hold nothing for me, Skyrim, Diablo3, SC2 HoTS, ME3, Witcher2 are all better games in every way.

danden-halo
danden-halo

won't buy it, there are lot of better games:gears 3, skyrim batman arkham city and more

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

This will top Battlefield 3 on PC cause it will be compatible with windows XP.

railroad40
railroad40

Hmmm... Does this mean I should stop playing COD1 now and buy MW3? For me I'll say that was the best campaign... But, I'm not buying BF3 OR MW3. COD and BF are losing their allure for me, I believe the same COD engine is still being used since COD4 (but I may be wrong about that one) so everything seems the same. The way people move in 3rd person, the way the game plays all together, etc. BF has gotten very interesting with the introduction of destructible environments. But, neither appeal to me anymore. If anyone here knows anything about BF2 mods they will understand when I say modders are doing a lot more for an old game on their own time than workers are on a new game with a salary. I've seen BF3.. Didn't like it. (though I have 1942, Vietnam, and BF2) I've seen MW3... Didn't like it. (though I have COD 1, 2, and 5) Looks way to generic. I simply flat out refuse to pay 60$ for a game it feels I've already played. They've actually gotten boring for me... I simply do not like either one anymore.

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

About 2 months ago i still was in doubt, but Battlefield 3 was sure a let down, at least so it seems by the demo. Anyway i'm crazy to get my hands on this.

sipho432
sipho432

A true hater wouldnt have bothered reading any articles on COD. You read it because you are interested in the game and like the rest of the world will buy it anyway. Frankly I love COD for it entertainment value. Everybody does. Everybody enjoyed the last two mw campaigns. sales said so. and like sheep we all know that none of us want to be playing black ops into next year. its just not procedure. Mw3 will rock. Supposed haters will spend more time playing it than BF3. It happens every year and i think its great. I know ill dig mw3 and so do you. You know its true.

04cobrasvt
04cobrasvt

I just hope that they don't make the single player campaign too short.

osmanalefi
osmanalefi

watch all you haters go and play COD after you get ur asses handed to you in BF3

tintedsun
tintedsun

this looks like the same old stuff from the last game, and the game before that, and the one before that, etc. plus, actision fired everyone who even made CoD4 good in the first place. I think i'll pass and just pick up BF3 instead.

Kooken58
Kooken58

@slonekb05 i feel the same way with many games to date...so many games now days feel linear, small and rather short...but the games arnt entirely to blame...its the consoles...Large open maps, with high resolution pretty graphics and destructable environments are require alot of power....There are many tech restrictions devs are facing im sure, especially with xbox...bf3 is prolly the one game that is pushing the consoles to their near breaking point.

slonekb05
slonekb05

i like COD so plz dont get on me about how im hating . but the main beef for everyone is it feels like your fighting in an arena not really a battlefield. nothing explodes the " Good spots" on maps are always the same because there is no destructibility other than the occasional car. Id like to see them progress the series and add destructibility to the game. i really dont see what there waiting for. i understand sticking to what works, but at some point change is a good thing.

ferntfactor
ferntfactor

BW, MOH, COD. all good fun, so let's not fiiiiii-eeeet!

zulwalks
zulwalks

@100proofsoco just so you know im not american.......im just from a country whose government likes to kiss american ass and where the people worship americans....me i just hate bush....and the treasury

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

@zulwalks i agree, everyone hates us until they need our help. frogs.

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

People are always going to pine for earlier games when they still had some magic to them. I'm not sure what people want producers to add to games that are awesome on their own without some critical new piece of technology added to it.

Devin-B
Devin-B

For a fast-paced, arcade style shooter, CoD has it perfected. In terms of a battle simulator, there is much lacking.

jiarui87
jiarui87

they only put the extra effort to give u a better singleplayer COD this year just because there is big competition from battefield 3... Imagine if there is no battlefield 3 and they will give u de same s*** since mw1 ... though i muz say i was impressed at point of release when mw1 came out but nt anymore

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@zulwaks hey man, some recent interview with a treyarch(or treyarch) dev staff says that ghost isnt really dead... He will be in MW3 also the singleplayer gonna have twice the amount of story. Its gonna be a blast :)

svenjl
svenjl

This does look pretty good. I think some people have just developed an anti CoD/MW mindset that is irrational. I've played every game in the series and I'm gonna get this one because it combines great gameplay/shooting mechanics along with an insane but enertaining story. It's gonna be FUN to play. I play Dark Souls for a challenge! MW3 also has split-screen co-op, both separate missions and survival mode so I'm sold.

zulwalks
zulwalks

@Omega189 They let you play as russian in those games because they were allies and russians played important roles in the war against nazi germany. In modern warfare 3 most likely you'll play as the GIGN, the french since.....I donno.....they suddenly like americans since their country was attacked too?? Hopefully they give us a better story this time.....I was confused about what i was supposed to do at the later parts of MW2.....but then again i won't be buying this anytime soon.....

Omega189
Omega189

I hope they let us use someone other than the Americans and British this time. Playing as Russians in CoD1 and WaW was pretty cool. I'm sure it was cool in Call of Duty 2, also, but I haven't played it.

dark_hound20
dark_hound20

i never read these articles, i just look at the pretty pictures...

3eyedrazorback
3eyedrazorback

Why does this not look any different? Why are the sounds the same? I'm an avid Duty fan, but this is disappointing.

SOUP_MAN_242
SOUP_MAN_242

and umm this level will be how long......8 min. oh ok i thought so.