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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s Hardened Edition, unboxed

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is finally out and available in stores, and if you’re considering picking up the Hardened Edition (available in most places for a $99.99, a mere $40 more than the standard edition), boy do we have a gallery for you to browse through. Below, you can see exactly what’s in that box, including a collectible case, a “Limited Edition Field Journal” featuring sketches and materials associated with the game and its story, and the special card and manual that comes with the free year of Call of Duty Elite (and “Founder” status).

Sure, it doesn’t have quite as many dragons as Skyrim’s Collectors Edition, but that Call of Duty Elite membership will come in handy (not to mention it’ll save you the $49.99 that you’d usually pay per year for the service’s premium features). Enjoy.



Modern Warfare 3 shipment truck hijacked with tear gas!

A truck shipping 6,000 videogames was violently hijacked in France. It is said that the games were all copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which would make sense as I don’t think people would go to such lengths to steal Jimmie Johnson’s Anything With An Engine.

In a theft so ludicrously staged that it could have been its own Call of Duty level, two men crashed into the delivery truck before emerging with hoods over their heads and knives in their hands. They then used tear gas to put the drivers down before making off with the loot. The shipment is said to be worth 400,000 Euros.

Furthermore, a second theft is said to have taken place in France on Saturday, with three hooded men using a “weapon” to steal another truck after blocking the road. This bumps the total amount of value lost at 780,000 Euros.

So we’ve had Activision turning up at the doors of pirates, people spending over $1,000 for an early copy, and two truck heists. Modern Warfare is now officially the closest videogames get to The One Ring.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 The Vet and the n00b

Hijinks and explosions collide when the Vet and the n00b join forces. It’s an unlikely partnership, but also a hilarious one. Featuring Sam Worthington, Jonah Hill and Dwight Howard.


Kmart sold Modern Warfare 3 early, copies wind up on eBay [update 2: pre-release probably OK?]

Rumors have been circulating today that Kmart stores have been selling copies of Modern Warfare 3 prior to its official debut next week. It’s clear that a handful of copies were definitely sold, as several eBay listings for the game have been popping up (and taken down) all day.

At least one listing that is still active does indeed include a picture of a Kmart receipt. It seems the company got wise to the error, as all the locations we called reported the November 8 release. We suppose if you really want MW3 five days early, you might be able to snag one. Of course, that’s assuming you’re willing to pay upwards of $100 and the listing survives underneath eBay’s watchful gaze.

Incidentally, if you find yourself with a legitimate retail Xbox copy, don’t worry about playing it early. Stephen Toulouse, Microsoft’s Xbox Live guru, has given the all-clear on Twitter.

Update: Stephen Toulouse has posted a new update on Twitter, stating that Activision has not authorized pre-release play of Modern Warfare 3. According to Toulouse, “Playing early may impact your account!” Seems a bit unfair to anyone who may have legitimately purchased the game from a retailer, but there you go.

Update 2: Now Both Infinity Ward Community Dude Robert Bowling and Mr. Toulouse have clarified that players with early copies of Modern Warfare 3 will not be banned or otherwise punished for playing the game online. We think. Who can tell at this point?


You [probably] won’t be banned for playing MW3 early – we think

At this point, you’d be forgiven for not knowing up from down with regards to early copies of next week’s Modern Warfare 3. Is it safe to play online? Will you be banned? Where could you even find a copy of Modern Warfare 3 early?

We can’t blame you. Even we haven’t even been sure – after some vaguely foreboding comments from Xbox Live’s Stephen Toulouse earlier today, we felt compelled to warn you all that maybe, just maybe you should put that $1700, three-day early copy of Modern Warfare 3 on the shelf until Tuesday. But, in the event your neck isn’t sore from all the back and forth over the last 36 hours, we’ve got the final definitive word from Activision itself… we hope:

“We value and appreciate the community’s support. We have no interest in banning legitimate copies in these last few days. We just ask for everyone to wait for Tuesday when everybody can play the game together.”

So, we guess you can play Modern Warfare 3 – assuming you’ve committed the dark retail magic necessary to acquire it early that it. Us? We’ll be over here in the corner, where we don’t have to look right or left for a while.


Somebody bid $1,725 for Modern Warfare 3 on eBay

Those Kmart copies of Modern Warfare 3 that slipped off store shelves have been doing big business on eBay, but none bigger than this copy which sold — four days before its retail release — for $1,725. Though the buyer’s identity is a mystery, considering their abundance of free time, love of the franchise and inability to judge the value of everyday objects, we have to assume it’s the either a prankster with too much time on their hands, or the World’s Richest Juggalo.

Speaking of record-setters, did you know that the final bidding price technically makes this copy of Modern Warfare 3 the most valuable thing ever sold at Kmart? It’s true! Look it up!


Are These Modern Warfare 3’s Multiplayer Maps?

Several outlets this morning have posted what appears to be the layouts of the 16 multiplayer maps for Modern Warfare 3, giving fans a glimpse at their size, exploits, bottlenecks and what have you.

The images have been attributed to this user on the site The Tech Game. The images’ provenance is unknown, though German language menu options are visible in some shots.

The sixteen maps all conform to the names listed on the Modern Warfare wiki and would appear to be the maps included at launch. Eight of them conform to the list of multiplayer maps first leaked in May and reported by Kotaku, though it’s likely names on that list have since been changed.

This week it was reported that someone at a Fresno, Calif. shipping warehouse stole one of the two discs for the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 and pirated its contents online. The menu options in these shots, taken of someone’s television screen, show PS3 controls, so this is something different.

The game is due on shelves Nov. 8. We’ve contacted an Activision rep to ask if these are legit.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Weapon Proficiencies Developer Diary

Along with all the brand new ways to gun down your enemies or blow them into smithereens, now you can upgrade your weapons, catering them to your play-style, making them more deadlier than ever before!


Modern Warfare 3 Stolen From Shipping Company, Pirated

Look, video games turning up on torrent sites around the days of their release is a given. Happens with almost every game published these days. But no game is bigger in 2011 (at least in terms of sales) than Modern Warfare 3, and the tale of how it’s been lifted and pirated is an interesting one.

According to a report on VentureBeat, a copy (well, half a copy) of Modern Warfare 3’s PC version – not due out on shelves for another two weeks – has already made its way out of a shipping warehouse in Fresno, California and found a new home on the internet is reportedly finding new homes via pirated copies of the disc.

The same report says that investigators working for Activision, scouring for traces of the game, are now making their way across America knocking on front doors, politely asking people to either delete their copies or face a $5000 fine.

The same thing of course happened with the last game in the Modern Warfare franchise. And if you think Activision are kidding around with these investigators and threats, you should check out what happened to cdelamo815 when he tried to sell a pirated copy of Modern Warfare 2.


Modern Warfare 3 Prestige Shop Detailed, Prepares for Double XP Weekend

It’s only fitting that with last year’s Call of Duty iteration, Black Ops, and Infinity Ward’s last most recent, Modern Warfare 2, being superseded by Modern Warfare 3, that Activision send out its extremely lucrative franchises out in style.

Keeping that idea in mind, Infinity Ward has announced a double XP weekend for both Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops, which will begin this Friday and run until next Tuesday. What’s so important about double XP in two games that will soon be placed on the back burner you ask? As it turns out, quite a lot.

In Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward has gone back to the drawing board with prestiging and come up with a new feature called the Prestige Shop. In the Prestige Shop, players will be able to spend prestige tokens, one earned for every time the player prestiges in-game, on unlocks like an extra class, higher ranked weapons, and special emblems.

But not only that, Modern Warfare 3 is going to be rewarding those players who have already prestiged in any of the next-gen Call of Duty games – from Modern Warfare all the way to Black Ops – with a token per prestige level. And that’s why this Double XP weekend is so important.

Here’s Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling to talk more about the Prestige Shop and the tokens:

With Modern Warfare 3 set to release in just under two weeks it’s high time that gamers get their fill of Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops – purchase any DLC that looks enticing or put the finishing touch on a veteran campaign run-through – before a new game completely dominates their life.

Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games are doing some pretty interesting things with the single player, multiplayer, and co-op in MW3, each a logical progression of the iterations that preceded them. But, it’s always best not to forget where a franchise is coming from, which is why this final XP weekend will be a perfect send-off.


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