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  • Writer's pictureCourt Lalonde

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Beta Impressions and how a Controller made me Better

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

I have played the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Beta the past two weekends. I was an avid Call of Duty player but fell off after 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I was mostly playing the campaigns and wasn't playing the multiplayer.

I fell off because I was getting sniped every time I hopped into a match, and to my surprise, I learned that cheating was the norm for some and partially the reason I was getting killed so easily. I would watch replays and see that I was being shot through walls, or somehow, the other player knew I would span there.

I want to be clear, though: I was also getting older, so my flexes weren't what they used to be. I know it wasn't just the cheaters, but it's what I told myself then. The campaign was still a show stopper for the franchise, but I couldn't justify the cost when the multiplayer wasn't fun anymore for me.

Activision, in recent years, has employed some new anti-cheat programs that find cheaters and sometimes make non-cheating players invisible or even take away the guns using a program called Ricochet. The hefty abusers they ban, but we know they always find a way in.

So, I had doubts when Activision provided me access to the Modern Warfare 3 Beta. If they didn't provide me with the code, I wouldn't have tried it this year.

Recently, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War came to PlayStation Plus, so I started playing the campaign for that but didn't attempt to recreate any multiplayer. The campaign was fantastic, so it gave me the itch to play Call of Duty again.

I won't pretend to be an expert here, but I love Team Deathmatch. The gameplay felt great, and feeling the gunfire via the Dual Sense Edge added to the immersion and helped get my hands sweaty and heart-pounding. After week one, I was hooked and going down YouTube rabbit holes on how to get better at the game.

I find it interesting that most hardcore players right away tell you to turn off the vibration in the controller. It adds so much to the game and is such a fun feature. Each gun has its unique vibration.

Rust and Favela were my favourite maps, but honourable mentions to Skidrow and Highrise. Favela was the map where I had the most success, jumping from rooftop to rooftop and getting headshots in the alleyways.

Being such a small map, Rust felt a lot more like the Call of Duty of old and was fun and non-stop action. I found getting to the top of the refinery provided the most kills for me. The Beta offered various maps and guns, which made for a lot of fun.

The graphics didn't blow me away, but Call of Duty multiplayer should be about the gameplay, and it's some of the best FPS gameplay I have seen. It's responsive and engaging and hooks you in after a couple of matches, regardless of how you play. The maps offer enough variety that none of them feel the same.

Playing the multiplayer has me even thinking about jumping into Call of Duty: Warzone for the first time, and they just announced a Skeletor Operator bundle, which sounds right up my alley.

It wasn't all fun because when I first started playing the Beta, I was a little rusty, and I was using my Dual Sense Spider-Man 2 controller. I was finishing off matches and feeling frustrated, but I understood what the game had to offer. I wanted to get better because I was having fun.

It wasn't until I started using my Dual Sense Edge that I began to turn the tide in my matches. I was playing on Rust, and I finally killed more players than they killed me.

Results from the Rust Map
Results from a match on the Rust map

Being able to change the sensitivity of the triggers is a game changer. It allows my response time to change and get a shot off sooner. I could map my buttons so my thumbs didn't have to come off the sticks. I have had the controller for a while now, but I understand why FPS players rave about the Dual Sense Edge.

Dual Sense Edge
Dual Sense Edge

I'm pumped for the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and can't wait to jump back into this game. I won't be the best player out there, but I will have some fun.

If anyone reading this jumped into the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Beta, let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your thoughts. Hopefully, I will see you all in the lobbies.


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