Pros Decent graphics, more depth to the game play.
Cons No Gewerh 43 rifle, so many glitchs, connection issues, poor quality and fit and finish.
Summary This game is just not the same as Call of Duty 2. COD2 is much better, although to the casual gamer these two games will seem the same, for a once hardcore gamer of COD2 it will be quite the shock.
Overall Game Play: Is decent… There are lots of little glitches, the worst of which is when you get stuck on object. You’ll be walking around and then you’ll just stop, sometimes you can jump around or go prone and shoot to get unstuck but sometimes you can’t. This happens in all forms of game play. Also most people will be disappointed be the lack of a semi-automatic rifle, yes the Gewehr 43 has been dropped from the game. Leaving the Axis with a gaping whole to fill between the slow fire of the Kar98K and the less powerful and slightly less accurate MP44 automatic rifle. Of course Allies are blessed with the M1 Garand, leaving the Axis with an unfair advantage. Also to make matters worse the Kar98K (and scoped) are less powerful, meaning that one hit doesn’t always kill. With the exception of medium to long range weaponry the Axis and Allies are fairly well balanced. The new addition to the game is support rifles which add a new twist to multiplayer.
If you were a serious COD2 player you came to love the ultra-tight sensitivity of the controls, and at one point I played on the highest sensitivity, unfortunately that is gone, the tightness of the sticks feels slightly tighter than Halo 2, but even on the highest sensitivity was I able to have good control.
Single Player Campaign: On starting this I figured Hardcore or the 3rd difficulty would be suitable for my skill level. I found that hardcore in COD3 plays like veteran (highest difficulty) in COD2. Well it’s not quite as hard but overall that’s what it felt like.
AIs: I positively hate the AIs in this series, if you didn’t like the computers in COD2 I have bad news…They got worse. The problem isn’t that the AIs are really dumb or anything, the problem is they don’t play like they are human. The computer controlled enemies are way to skilled with their weapon, these guys will sight you in instantly and will track you perfectly while you are running regardless of direction. This makes game play hard, and frustrating, also this is because they can hit you with every shot when they shoot a submachine at you at medium-close range. I find this to be very unrealistic. The movements of the AIs are very predictable and if you learn a pattern (which you probably will because you die a lot) you can just stand somewhere and pick them all off as they walk right into your sights over and over.
Single player is…Okay, don’t expect too much, the story is rather boring and the music doesn’t fit in well.
Overall I would say this is a decent game for anyone, but if you’re looking to move on from COD2 this is not the game. Call of Duty 3 is definitely worth a rent, but the over all fit and finish of the game will probably disappoint many.
"Great game."on by Ryo Hazuki
Pros Graphics; playability.