Sonically pleasing – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
After years of being hooked on Call of Duty, through the many iterations of that franchise since Call of Duty 4 in 2007, it will probably come as no surprise to find out that my current favourite game is the latest in the series – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
I seem to be one of the few people that values the single player experience as well as the multiplayer modes. Not only this, but I may also be one of the few people that plays games exclusively through headphones. I suppose you can blame my light-sleeping wife for that, but it has become a habit of mine… That being said, games often struggle to sound as good as they could when played this way. Most games are designed for cinema surround sound systems – so does Modern Warfare 3 hold up through a good set of headphones?
Despite the popular opinion that large sound systems are required for this type of game, I in fact noticed the opposite. Modern Warfare 3 is a game designed with so many small audio cues (such as the shouts of enemies, footsteps of approaching opposition team members, the subtle ‘clink’ of a spent ammo round) that having the sound run through a quality set of headphones practically enhances the experience. The bombast of the large action sequences translates beautifully and can almost drive a player into their seat. The sharp rattle of gunfire sounds positively frightening at a decent volume when it is so close to you, and the aforementioned subtle sound cues come through the action extremely well – allowing you to use the sound design to your advantage and increase your tactical awareness.
This is especially true in the multiplayer modes where you can expect enemies to approach from any angle (with most players deciding that being sneaky and coming from behind you is the order of the day!) so to be instantly aware of their approach is a godsend in the heat of battle. Playing in this way definitely gives me an advantage over others that play through a massive system. Theirs might well be louder, shaking them to their core and rumbling the foundations of their house – but that’s no good to them if they spend the majority of the match waiting to respawn because I’ve heard them coming a mile away. Be prepared to be accused of cheating when you find yourself at the top of the scoreboards. Happy gaming!