Conclusion: The inclusion on mini-games of sorts, where you input button routines as you disarm equipment and plant explosive, are a nice touch. In a few unsuspecting, in-your-face tussles with the enemy, the game turns into an unsettling wrestling match of button mashing, ending in the brutal death of the German soldier flipping over rails and crashing through windows. Call of Duty 3 is a bit more violent than you might be used to in a World War II shooter.
Summary: A great but not perfect entry in the Call of Duty series.
Pros: Solid controls, immersive storyline, and advanced A.I., The developers did a remarkable job in the audio department., Notable texturing, particle effects, and smooth animations in the way of graphics.
Cons: Nonexistence of online leaderboards., The game doesn't really break any new ground.
Excerpt: Call of Duty 3 came in and I had every intention of passing it to Starscream for review, as he is a huge COD fan. After all, I had played Call of Duty: The Big Red One on the PS2 and absolutely hated it! Everything was so dark and I just didn’t think it was the least bit entertaining. But I figured, hey, let me see what this looks like on the PS3. I was blown away and hooked from the start.
Excerpt: It seems fashionable to be down on WWII shooters, but I don't think I'll ever grow bored of them - well at least not the good ones. It's a little unfair to group the Call of Duty series in with all the rest as it has rarely put a foot wrong, on consoles and PC. Call of Duty 3 marks a number of firsts for the series: it's the first numbered title to be developed by someone other than Infinity Ward and it's the first numbered title to be developed for just consoles.
Excerpt: The venerable Call of Duty series is one of the many (read: way too many) World War II simulators that actually surprised me with its frantic gun-play, scripted and unscripted events and pure hyperactive mayhem that seemed to best capture the feeling of being in a full-blow war. Obviously, the series has become incredibly popular. This latest iteration takes place in 1944 where you’ll take on the roles of different soldiers from America, Britain, Poland and Canada.
Conclusion: While I have mixed feelings about WWII games I have become a fan of the Call of Duty franchise. It handles the war with the correct amount of weight and presents a realistic enough atmosphere that it could almost be a first person documentary. There are a few dings in the PS3 versions' flak jacket though and this isn't an entirely smooth ride.
Excerpt: Another interactive re-telling of WWII combat that oozes grief and conveys a palpable sense of empathy for ordinary men in extraordinary situations. Same old great stuff on different new game systems. Duty Calls. Again.