By Calum Tilston         

On Nov. 10, 2011, thousands of people gathered outside stores nationwide; some people had been camping out for days. Finally, the moment came. At  midnight, it was like a riot: the stores opened and people poured in to purchase what many had been waiting a year and a half to receive.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, like installments in the video game series before it, smashed sales records on the first day it went on the shelves!

 Okay, to the game itself. Modern Warfare 3 is a first-person shooter; you play the game as you would see it with your own eyes. It has three main elements: the solo campaign, the online multiplayer, and the special operations missions. The solo campaign starts where Modern Warfare 2 left off: the main character, Captain John “Soap” Mactavish, had just been severely injured and airlifted to an unknown location. When Modern Warfare 3 begins, the player takes on the role of Sgt. Derek “Frost” Westbrook in New York. The streets are destroyed and there is gunfire all around. The Russians have invaded and Frost and his team are sent in to destroy a signal jammer on the top of a stock exchange building. After this is destroyed, the team is redirected to intercept a Russian sub with enough fire power to level the city. The team storms the sub and uses its missiles to destroy the Russian fleet around them! After a daring escape on zodiac speedboats the level is finished and a familiar face returns.

The rest of the campaign takes you on a global trip from Africa to Russia to England and so on and so forth…until the last level, where you return to Russia. You hunt a man named Vladamir Makarov, an old enemy who puts up a brave fight. The ending is very exciting but I will leave you to discover it for yourself if you don’t already know.

The multiplayer is amazing. It’s been fitted with new weapons and game revamps the kill streak rewards system to become point streak rewards; for instance, if you defuse a bomb in a game mode, you gain a point in your point streak, so now it is not all about the amount of people you kill.

You can choose from either the specialist streak (you gain perks that help you), the assault streak ( you gain access to some pretty heavy artillery by getting kills), or the support streak (you build up a kill streak that helps your teammates). Also there is the inclusion of the secret kill streak — the M.O.A.B. or the Mother Of All Bombs — which is gained by getting 25 kills with only your gun. No kill streaks can be used.

I think that the graphics are a little more unrealistic compared to Modern Warfare 2 but overall the multiplayer shines in the gaming world.

The special operations part of Modern Warfare 3 is a series of random missions that you can play with friends for fun. Also there is a new survival mode where you start off with a pistol and progress against wave after wave of soldiers. This is a brilliant mode for me because it reminds me of Nazi Zombies in Call of Duty: Black Ops. The only bad thing about this is the fact that you can only play with one other person compared to the ability to play with four in Black Ops.

This game, in my view, is amazing overall and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the previous Modern Warfare games or other games in this genre.