Modern Warfare 3 Campaign on Veteran is a Blast Not Cheap

Over the weekend I completed the MW3 campaign on Veteran, and for the first time I can honestly say I enjoyed every moment of it.  For those of you that have ever attempted a CoD game on its Veteran difficulty setting right out of the gate, you’ll understand the type of pain that this exercise can bring to a gamer’s life.  Fortunately this is not the case in Modern Warfare 3, which in my opinion is the easiest CoD/Veteran campaign to date and one of the best in the series.

When I look back to CoD games of the past I get nightmares thinking about the tortuous experience of playing them on Veteran.  CoD 2, 3, World at War, and last year’s Black Ops all nearly cost me my insanity.  Those entries in the franchise did their best to drive gamers to their breaking points with their overly cheap tactics of grenade spamming, and unlimited enemy AI respawns.  In fact, when I have my first stroke it’ll be due to the fact that I played these games on Veteran.  I never felt like those games were testing any amount of skill, but rather they were a test of your patience and sanity.  Having to constantly avoid grenades as if the Germans found a magical potato masher making machine is one of the worst experiences of my gaming career.

Perfect rendition of what other CoD enemy AI must’ve looked like (This guy isn’t found in MW3)

Luckily in modern times grenades must’ve been in short supply, because I never really found myself doing the “avoid the grenade” dance that plagued me in previous CoD games while playing the Modern Warfare entries.  Modern Warfare 3 is no different, and I actually think it’s the most fair challenge of your skill in that particular CoD franchise.  MW3 with all of its over-the-top set pieces still felt somewhat realistic on Veteran, because I didn’t have to worry about 10 grenades finding my cover as if I had a sign on my back that read “Throw your grenades here, and throw them often please!”

How you’ll feel playing other CoD games on Veteran

This is not to say that MW3 on Veteran is a piece of cake.  If you suck you’ll die often, but not at the hands of cheap AI tactics, so I’m all about that type of challenge.  I truly feel like MW3 is meant to be played on Veteran, because it adds a bit of reality to the Michael Bay-like action taking place around you.  It forces you to fight like a real soldier (ok a real video game soldier), which adds to the intensity of the MW3 campaign.  To me there’s nothing better than conquering a section of a CoD game on Veteran that gave you a fit.  It’s a great replacement for athletic competition, which is hard to come by in your later years.  I may not be able to knock some heads on the gridiron anymore, but I do get a little bit of that rush experienced in athletics when I beat a sh*tty section of a video game on its hardest difficulty setting (laugh it up younglings you’ll be an elder gamer one day too).

If I had to review MW3’s campaign on Veteran I’d give it an EB 9 out of 10 Buddhas.  The story itself is a non-stop romp around the globe that keeps you coming back for more to see what happens to the various outfits tangled up in the insane mess that the world is experiencing.  For me it had that “One more turn” feel to it that became synonymous with RTS games such as Civilization, which managed to keep you playing even when you knew that a productive member of society would quit and go to bed.

On Veteran you’ll be tested by the MW3 campaign, but in a good way.  You don’t have to worry about the dreaded grenade spamming technique of non-MW CoD games, but it’s still challenging enough to add a little bit of realism to a Hollywood blockbuster type of game.  It took me 10 hours and 1 minute to finish, and I enjoyed 99% of it.  I can’t honestly say that there was one section that was a true pain in the arse like the Russian Space Program level in Cod: Black Ops.

Luckily this isn’t the case in MW3

From the beginning until the end I thoroughly enjoyed my time with MW3 on Veteran, and I was pleasantly surprised with how well done this game is considering a majority of the OG IW employees bailed two years ago during the whole Activision exodus.  I really didn’t give this game a chance, and it made me look like a fool for doing so.  You really can’t judge a book by its cover, lesson learned.  Man up, pop the disc in, and give yourself a challenge on Veteran, because everyone knows that Normal is for losers.  You’ve been challenged n00bs…


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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.