Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is officially released

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One of the most highly anticipated releases of the year has finally hit shelves, and promises to break sales records, as well as a few egos along the way. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been reported by Amazon.co.uk as the most pre-ordered game in their history, and several analysts (including the game’s publisher), expect it to sell 6 million units before the years end.

Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) is the third installment of the series in the popular Call of Duty (COD) line, developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. It’s a first-person shooter (FPS) that places gamers into a modern battle setting from a soldier’s perspective.

Part of the hype surrounding the game is its open rivalry with another popular war FPS, Battlefield 3 by Electronic Arts, which has been recently released and broke some records of its own. The heated rivalry between the two has been no secret, ironically matching their own gameplay.

COD: MW3 is available for gaming consoles but special emphasis has been placed on its PC port, according to Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward’s creative strategist. A lot of focus has been placed upon the game’s dedicated server for a smoother multiplayer experience. Surprisingly (and thankfully), the minimum PC requirements aren’t off the charts, which may be a smart move on the developer’s part, allowing a wider net of people to play the game.

System Requirements:
Windows XP / Vista / 7
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 processor or better
2GB RAM, 16 GB HDD free
Shader 3.0 or better 256 MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8600GT / ATI® Radeon™ X1950 or better
Direct X 9.0c or later
Internet for activation and multiplayer connectivity