Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 vs. Modern Warfare 2019 – Here’s Why Sledgehammer’s Game May Overtake Its Predecessor in Providing ‘Key’ Gameplay Improvements

Published 10/26/2023, 7:38 AM EDT

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is less than a month away from its global debut. With only a few days remaining in its launch, it’s time to look back at how the previous installments in the rebooted MW universe have fared so far. Especially when it comes to offering a good FPS experience. Since the upcoming title may end up wrapping the ongoing trilogy, why not go back to the game that started it all four years ago?

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There’s no doubt that 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot was unique in more ways than one. It had several key features and aspects that were revealed for the first time in the entire COD history. After four years, Sledgehammer’s awaited game is also looking to do something similar. However, it may just nail down in giving a much better and fluid experience to the entire community, when compared to Infinity Ward’s first part inside the revamped sub-series.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to offer better movement mechanics than Modern Warfare 2019

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While the original game introduced features like sliding, tactical sprinting, crouch walking, mantling, and slide cancelling, MW3 is going to expand upon them. Last year’s sequel to 2019’s title missed out on a lot of fan-favorite movement mechanics. However, Modern Warfare 3 will not only bring them back, it will make them even more effective. Below are some of the key and new features confirmed to be improved this year:

  • Slide Cancel: Players can now cancel the slide animations, in a fluid manner. It will enable them to perform other actions too, due to a quick transition.
  • Reload Cancel: The problem of reloading a weapon partially during combat is now solved. Players will be able to cancel it in MW3, while being able to return to fire much faster.
  • Improved Mantling: Now it’s possible to mantle while sprinting.
  • Firing during and after performing the slide action: Players will be able to fire their weapons while sliding and immediately after that during combat.
  • Improved Tactical Sprint: Players will receive an increased duration for Tactical Sprint. Plus, it will now recharge while performing the regular sprint.
  • New Tac-Stance Feature: According to devs, it’s the “perfect middle ground between hip-fire and aiming down sights.” Players will be able to perform Tac-Stance while trying to slide.

Open-Combat Missions give Modern Warfare 3 an edge over its 2019 predecessor

Among the ‘firsts’ introduced in Modern Warfare 3, the addition of Open-Combat Missions to the Campaign mode has to be the biggest change to say the least. Why? Because it will offer a new way for players in order to approach a quest to complete it the way they want. Meanwhile, the long-running linear format seen in previous installments, including 2019’s Modern Warfare, will take a back seat.

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Yes, it won’t be happening on a huge scale, but there will be certain missions in MW3 where players will get to have a feeling of being inside an open-world RPG. They will have a creative liberty to craft their fresh strategies and tactics in order to finish a certain objective. The game won’t force them to follow a set pattern. They will be free to do whatever they want with any loadout of their choice.

The Zombie factor makes Modern Warfare 3 a superior installment

No one could have imagined seeing Zombies in the Modern Warfare universe a few years ago. But now, it’s going to be a reality. Modern Warfare 3 will be the first installment in the history of the sub-series to feature the undead. Thanks to Treyarch’s team, players will be able to witness zombies inside an open-world mode.

Speaking in detail, the zombie experience will follow a PvE format. It will be set in the map of Urzikstan. Players will be required to either form teams together or go solo against large hordes of the undead. They will be spread across the entire map. What’s even interesting to note is that AI soldiers will be there too, similar to the DMZ mode.

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Now, what sets the Zombie mode apart from Warzone’s extraction-based format is that players will get to train zombies to attack AI enemies in order to capture several strongholds. That’s simply going to be amazing to witness when the mode goes live. Basically, instead of destroying deadly hordes of zombies, players will have a different option to use them to wreak havoc on AI opponents.

The verdict?

All things considered, it seems quite obvious that Modern Warfare 3 has got tons of major improvements compared to the first part in the rebooted franchise. While 2019’s game was innovative in its own merit, the third title will receive a more significant boost.

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Rest of the things will be cleared after the launch itself. It will be up to the players to decide if they are fully satisfied or not. Developed mainly by Sledgehammer, this year’s brand new FPS premium from Activision will release officially on November 10.

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Mintu Tomar is a senior eSports writer at EssentiallySports, whose passion for video games is unmatched. Having written well over 2000 articles, Mintu is a die-hard fan of Call of Duty. A journalism postgraduate, his extensive knowledge of the industry and insightful commentary have earned him the respect of many prominent figures, including actors, and podcast hosts.
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