It’s Call of Duty, and you can just feel the hype train gaining momentum with each new bit of information that trickles out for Modern Warfare 3. Now, USA Today has a preview describing some new things about the game’s returning co-op-centric Spec Ops mode. Suffice to say that there’s going to be a lot more to do.
For starters, it’s stealing a few things from the multiplayer mode, like progressive online ranking, matchmaking, and even some maps (In MW2, the mode had some of its own maps and a lot of pieces from single-player missions). Interestingly, there is no real mention of whether the mode will support more than two players this time around.
What’s heavily described is Survival mode. Think the Gears of War Horde mode, basically. It’s an endurance test where you face waves of enemies that will constantly increase in difficulty by way of changing up the enemies and (presumably) the combinations they hit you with. The preview describes how attack dogs eventually go kamikaze and explode after being shot down as an example. Juggernauts, heavily armored soldiers with big guns, are also returning, and also in different flavors. Infinity Ward community man Robert Bowling spoke to the mode requiring changing tactics.
“You definitely have to change up your strategy as the enemy changes up… Obviously how you fight the kamakazi dudes is different from how you fight the normal dudes and how you fight a dog is different from a dude and how you fight juggernauts, they are not only big and armored, so they will just brute force come at you. But they each have their own way of being taken out effectively.”
Overall, sounding fun. It’s easy to imagine some jumpy moments with friends when bomb-strapped dogs come at you. Here’s hoping more good news hits as time goes on… like increased player count.