It has become popular for Call of Duty map packs to bring back old classics to their future games because there were always maps on the previous games that everyone loved but they can’t really include the maps with the release of the game since it would seem cheap.
Infinity Ward is has been developing the Call of Duty franchise for the longest period of time than any other CoD developers, to date they have released 5 Call of Duty titles since Call of Duty debuted in October 2003. So this is the company that has the most experience and a huge number of maps available to their disposal to bring back to life in Modern Warfare 3.
Infinity Ward has been known for bringing back its classic maps from previous games in their map packs for the original Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2. In the original modern warfare, the variety map pack included everyone’s favourite from the hugely popular Call of Duty: 2 known as Carentan. It was just a fantastic map that was always the most popular. They put a twist on the map though to make it a bit more quirky and different because you wouldn’t be fighting in a small town in France with a WW2 settings in a Modern Warfare game so they kept the basic outline and geometry of the map but completely re-skinned it, dubbing it “China Town“.
In the two images below you can see the same area in the two maps and how different they are. The same was done for the Wasteland map in Modern Warfare 2 which resembled the Brecourt map in the original Call of Duty.
Incidentally, the original Carentan map was based off one of the scenes in the 10 part mini-series Band of Brothers when they take the small town of Carentan. A lot of the original Call of Duty’s seemed to resemble a lot of the mini-series, with even characters names being identical to that of Band of Brothers. The two bottom images of the picture above show the similarities betwen the two.
In the second Modern Warfare 2 map pack (Resurgence), two maps from Modern Warfare were brought back to life: Vacant and Strike. Two fantastic maps that were definitely worthy of being given a second chance in a future Call of Duty, it’s unlikely these will be given a third appearance so unfortunately we probably won’t see these. So instead let’s take a pick of one map from each Infinity Ward Call of Duty game that we’d like to see brought back to life in Modern Warfare 3. Obviously the map packs that will be released will have original content in them but it is always nice to bring back a fan favourite and classic map.
Let’s start with the original Call of Duty which was first released in 2003, their maps will look a little dated as of today’s standards but with a little TLC they could be fantastic. So for the original I have chosen the map called “Pavlov”, named after one of the characters in the campaign, Pavlov is set in a snow environment around a large apartment complex surrounded by other buildings and other forms of entrance, it’s a fantastic map because you can have close quarters combat inside the buildings and epic sniper battle between them.
For the next Call of Duty which was released in 2005, “Call of Duty 2” was a massive step for the game in terms of quality and graphics. The map I’ve chosen from this one is called “Burgundy”, it is a small French village but it was one that I will always remember from the game because it is a fairly small map but has a great sniper vs. sniper area and the rest is just fantastic for combat.
Infinity Wards next game was the original Modern Warfare(2007), until this release Call of Duty had always been WW2 themed so it was a huge leap forward for the franchise and allowed for some great new content and maps. Deciding which map to pick here was definitely one of the hardest since there are so many great maps such as Pipeline, Crossfire, Ambush, Countdown and Broadcast from the DLC but in the end, the map I’d most like to see in Modern Warfare 3 would be Countdown because it is a map that is extremely different from any others, the main thing hiding you from the enemies is the smoke from the missiles so a thermal scope would work wonders and it’s just generally a well put together map.
Last but not least we have the famous, Modern Warfare 2. With two DLC’s available there is an absolutely massive choice of maps available for this game. The two maps that really stuck out for me from this game were Terminal and Highrise, two brilliant maps that appeal to all kinds of player. Each being set in a truly unique environment. I think I’d have to go for Highrise though, the awesome secrets to get on top of the buildings and the secret passages to get the enemy are great.
We hope to definitely see at least a few of these maps rejuvenated and brought back to life in some of the Modern Warfare 3 map packs. We really hope though that they’ll take a look back into their much earlier WW2 games because it would be great to see another Carentan/Brecourt map brought up to scratch.
Those who have played the original Call of Duty or Call of Duty: 2 will know that there are definitely some memorable maps there that would be a real treat to see again. Of course we’d expect some brand new maps included in a DLC/map pack release because that’s the idea of them and new maps are always welcome as they add a breath of fresh air to the game. Since Modern Warfare 3 has made a habit already of shaking things up and adding new things to their game, we may even see our first map pack that includes extra Spec Ops missions as well as multiplayer maps.
What do you think:
What maps would you like to see brought back to live in Modern Warfare 3 from the previous Call of Duty series? Maybe you have played some community created maps that would be worthy of integration into the actual game. If your playing Modern Warfare 3 and haven’t played the previous two you should check them out since the story continues throughout them all.
For those who havent played some of the earlier Call of Duty’s you should definatley check them out, you can get them really cheap now, check out some of the links below: