The anticipated game brings speed and classic maps for its beta version, promising a nostalgic experience for players with shades of previous Call of Duty titles.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: A Nostalgic Beta Experience

With the anticipated release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the team has been running several beta tests across multiple platforms to solicit feedback from the gaming community. The Xbox open beta version is one of them, set to provide a snippet of the multiplayer experience at Sledgehammer Games’ helm.

Certainly, there's a sense of familiarity in Modern Warfare 3's beta version. It bears a striking resemblance to its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, at least in technical terms. Despite this, the experience is far from disappointing. On the contrary, it pays homage to last year's release, one of the best-feeling First Person Shooter titles on the market with its underlying framework. The resemblance is primarily due to the gunplay, which seems practically identical to the 2022 edition.

However, the team has not just copied and pasted the old into the new but has made significant speed adjustments yielding a faster feel. The emphasis on velocity was a direct response to last year's criticism of the game feeling too slow. Therefore, Modern Warfare 3 encourages quicker movement and hustle, inviting those who thrive in a run & gun style of play to delight in the updated mechanics.

In a nostalgic nod to the past, the new Modern Warfare 3 holds onto the multiplayer feature with all maps from the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, five of which feature in the beta. These include Rust, Favela, Estate, Highrise, and Skidrow, all of which offer unique fun and excitement that seasoned players will recollect.

While the use of old content might be viewed skeptically by some, the quality of the classic maps, and their ability to incite enjoyment, is unquestioned. This offers a promising outlook on the full version's potential, especially in the context of upcoming additions that include fresh maps, to be introduced through the post-launch seasons.

Modern Warfare 3 also brings back some beloved weaponry. You can find trusted armory buddies such as versions of the classic ACR and UMP weapons from the original series, spruced up with a few new ones to keep things fresh and unpredictable.

The choice of game modes remains mostly within the comfort zone of Call of Duty classics. Options include Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, Domination, and Hardpoint. Every mode aligns beautifully with Modern Warfare 3's frenzied pace and encourages quick decision-making and strategy. The beta version has just added Search & Destroy along with a brand-new mode to spice things up.

Despite being a beta version, stability has been maintained well on the Xbox Series X and PS5 platforms. You also get an option to use 120Hz with the right display for added smoothness, which enhances first-person shooter games like this significantly.

Without a doubt, Modern Warfare 3 is shaping up to meet anticipations, embracing the spirit of classic Call of Duty through cherished maps, iconic weaponry, and refined mechanics. The beta version on Xbox is truly potent enough to lure back the nostalgic Call of Duty fanatics for another round on their favorite battlegrounds.

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Open Beta goes live on Xbox this Saturday, October 14. Enjoy this trip down memory lane with beloved maps, familiar weaponry, and time-honored gameplay.

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