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  1. Mar 24, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Badass multiplayer experience, but its single player is flawed. MW3: Defiance based its campaign parallel to the main games where you control British S.F.S.G and American National Guards to fight back against the invading Russian Army. Jumping into action across the U.S from Alaska to Maryland gives various environments and with over 30 weapons to choose from. Giving it a first-person view, it has a decent 3D/2D environment giving you a good sense of being in an open world. The graphics are very slick and decent in a 3D world but pixels are visible if closely looked at giving it a slightly distorted view. A choice of over 30 weapons is impressive, but returning weapons from the 20th century is weird enough to bring it in a modern time world. Varieties of SMG, LMG, assault rifles, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, pistols with attachments of silencers, grenade launchers, and scopes makes the weapons look great and lethal. Characters were reused by previous DS games such as CODMW: Mobilized and COD Black Ops, but there are new additions of characters in snow uniforms too. AI is not too impressive, but that does not mean that they will not mow you down with gunfire, lob grenades, or take cover. Whenever they die, they give out their deathcry but their comrades will care less about it unless they hear unsilenced gunfire or explosions. A slow-motion effect of breaching with a charge, plenty of destructible objects, and using an RC-XD are all great things that contribute to the game. There are some nice music such as rock and tons of dialogue from your fellow soldiers, but some of the sounds from the guns can make you feel like you are shooting a BB gun that can kill people. Depending on how good your DS is, there are mysterious squeaking sounds that can occur whenever there is too much things going on at once. It can go up to 30-45fps but there are moments when it drops to 25fps. There is a glitch where you die from one hit if there are too many foes spawned. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3: Defiance has THE GREATEST MULTIPLAYER than any other DS games I had ever seen. With up to 6 players (multi-cartridge) in local or Wi-Fi, start dominating the battlefield in 6 game modes and kill to rank up, unlock perks, and more weapons. With 14 maps to choose from and the ability to create your own class with primary and secondary weapons, grenade types (frag and flash), titles, and 2 perks. There are 2 types of controls for people to choose but stylus control is recommended to choose from for precision aiming which may take a few hours to practice. It was expected to have survival mode, arcade mode, and killhouse but there isnâ Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2011
    The best game I've ever played for the Nintendo DS! Forget these haters writing reviews. One of these guys is complaining about the PS3 version, which is a completely different game altogether. The other guy is obviously is just one of those guys who hates anything that isn't Battlefield. Forget the console version of MW3. You ain't %^&$ unless you're defending Baltimore.
  3. Mar 28, 2013
    The DS versions of the franchise share boxart and basic premise with the console versions of Call of Duty, however the DS series also includes it’s own narrative which is parallel to the console story. The story details a fictional war which happens between Russian forces and the rest of the world. You globetrot across various locations of the world and try to kill the enemy forces, beforeThe DS versions of the franchise share boxart and basic premise with the console versions of Call of Duty, however the DS series also includes it’s own narrative which is parallel to the console story. The story details a fictional war which happens between Russian forces and the rest of the world. You globetrot across various locations of the world and try to kill the enemy forces, before they kill you. Story mode is exciting and the voice-over work help you get immersed in the story. The music comes in just when the action starts heating up which is very nice.

    Like in the Black Ops DS game, this game features some of the same functionality as the console versions. Attachments are equipment-specific items such as scopes and grenade launchers which add extra functionality to your weapon. You will unlock these in Multiplayer mode (which are listed as separately from the main weapon). There is also a perk system whereby you can equip two separate perks to two different slots. One example is Martyrdom which makes your character drop a live grenade on death, or Sleight of Hand, which increases your reload time. While Black Ops also had a perk system, in this game, there are two perk tiers which are mutually exclusive. Therefore there are limitations in which perks you can equip at any one time.

    Online Multiplayer is frantic and fun, whether you fight strangers or friends. You can have six player matches of a variety of different modes. Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch are typical modes in which you either kill other players or work as a team against the enemy. In Sabotage, one team has to defend a target while the other team tries to destroy it. This involves planting a bomb on the specific point and making sure it detonates. The teams then swap over. There are also three game modes which have been transferred over from the console versions. These are: Gun Game (You start with a pistol and get a different weapon for each kill you make, while getting knifed will drop you down a level), Sharpshooter (Each player has a randomised weapon every 45 seconds which is shared with all the other players) and One in the Chamber (Which is a survival mode where each person only has one bullet (which is an instant kill), and a knife Killing an enemy gets you an extra bullet).

    New to this DS game is the “Macro” and “Loadout” functionality. “Macro” are settings you can customise before a game so that you can definite custom game settings easily in advance without fiddling with menus in the middle of a hectic session. Loadouts are the same, but for player equipment. So you could have a “Sniper” setup and a “Shotgunner” setup as two different Loadouts which you could rapidly change.

    As you rack up kills in Multiplayer mode, you unlock new titles, weapons and perks. These help bring a lot of replayability to the game and keep it fresh and fun. There are extra challenges to complete such as “Win a Multiplayer match using only a knife” or “Achieve a 15 kill streak”. There are also challenges for story mode levels such as “Kill 5 enemies using throwing knives”.

    As a Call of Duty fan, I could easily see myself playing this game for a while. It has a lot of functionality and really does push the DS hardware as far as it can go. While not a perfect game, it is a great example of fantastic First-Person Shooter gameplay on a portable console and a good benchmark for the next generation of portable FPS games.
  4. Oct 1, 2014
    It´s a fantastic game, better than the previous ones from DS! The beginning, when you need giving no shot but avoid the enemies, is funny and smart. Graphics were also improved. To fight in american soil was very cool.

Awards & Rankings

#6 Most Discussed DS Game of 2011

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Nintendo Gamer
    Jan 14, 2012
    N-Space's reach exceeds DS's grasp. Give this nonsense a miss and wait for their excellent Heroes of Ruin on 3DS instead. [Christmas 2011, p.68]
  2. Jan 6, 2012
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance is a competent though flawed handheld shooter.
  3. Games Master UK
    Dec 17, 2011
    A feeble impersonation of the main event, let down by ageing hardware. [Jan 2012, p.93]