Excerpts from a conversation with my good friend Dug:
Ok, so this is my take on Call of Duty Modern Warefare 3 (MW3). It uses the Black Ops (BO) engine modified and gussied up. Which is in turn a copy but not the same engine as MW2. It uses a perk system based on BO but tweaked to feel more like the orig MW2 Perks.
The perks scale alot faster then BO, more like MW2. Some of them are rediculously over powered. The Knife "box" has been reduced from the Inifity Ward style, to the Treyarch style, making knife killing sprees alot harder. However they added new melee weapons to appease people I guess.
Essentially its a Treyarch homage to Infinity Ward. Both games were lots of fun to play from a sorta mindless never ending frag fest point of view. I could play both for hours and feel good at the end. So I have no doubt that MW3 will be good. I will probably wait a bit to get it. I'm still enjoying BF3 and don't really need to spend $60 on another shooter right now.
The single player for MW2 was pretty neat. The whole figting off the invaders on our soil thing.
MW3 hopefully is as fun. I have my doubts though, Treyarch's previous single player stories have lacked quite a bit. World War 2 felt pretty anemic and Black Ops did not invoke the tormented spirit of Mama Cass OR Jimmy Hendrix.
From all the comments I've read around the web, I'm begining to think my theory about Consoles is correct. MW3 is essentially a very well done, and beautiful optimization of the tech they have, but have no choice to use because the Console platforms can't handle any more at this point. A new engine that takes full advantage of what the average PC can do, not to mention the high end, would probably kill the Xbox and PS3. And since they need sales from all 3 platforms, the lowest common denominator wins. (Xbox I suspect).
Sony and MS have milked these platforms to much. I hope they realize they are on the verge of creating a mass exodus. All it will take is one breakthrough PC only game that gets enough press to deomonstrate that the current platforms are dead.
RIP console geeks :-)