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So, CoD MW3 got just released a couple of days ago, did some of you guys get it as well or am I the only one here who likes this game? :)

I haven't played it that much yet, but from what I've seen so far I really like it, fantastic game! Course it's very similar to MW2 and one can say that it gets repetitive, I however really enjoy such fast paced games (the multiplayer mode) and from what I've seen the campaign is worth the couple of hours.

There's also a nice co-op mode, which lets you play some missions or survival mode, which I think is a lot of fun. That's even the part of the game I played most so far.

Anyway, in you plan to get the game (or already have it), you should make sure to set it up properly, especially the video settings. Here some tips:

In the video settings, choose "Windowed (No Border)" for Display Mode, this will allow you to quickly swap between windows with alt+tab without the usual issues.

Then probably the most important setting:

Go to "Advanced video settings" and change "Image Quality" to "Native"

This is the only way to make the game run at your native resolution, otherwise it gets upscaled from 720p. The difference is obviously huge.

For the rest of the settings it depends on the hardware, but if you have a high-end mobile GPU you can easily max it out.

If you want even more tweaks go to the config file of the game, it allows you to do some more tweaking.

E.g. you can up the anisotropic filtering to 16x or raise to AA to 8x, which otherwise isn't possible.

[FONT=arial]seta r_texFilterAnisoMax "16"[/FONT][FONT=arial]seta r_texFilterAnisoMin "16"[/FONT]
[FONT=arial]seta r_aaSamples "8"[/FONT]
[FONT=arial]seta r_ssao "2_High"[/FONT]


Or if you want to have more (or less) corpses laying around, just modify these entries (can cause quite some GPU load):

[FONT=arial]seta ragdoll_max_simulating "32"
[/FONT][FONT=arial]seta ai_corpseCount "32"[/FONT]

Also these can come in handy, it enables the flash warning, and the grenade warning when you're looking trough a scope:

[SIZE=2][FONT=arial]cg_hudGrenadeIconInScope "1"
[/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=arial]cg_hudGrenadeIconEnabledFlash "1"[/FONT]

Edit:

Completely forgot... if you have a dual GPU system, make sure to change the "MultiGPU" setting in the config file to "1".

This will apparently also remove the fps cap.

Though I'm not even sure whether there's already a CF profile for MW3... no idea about Nvidia either.

I'll let you know in case I find some more handy tweaks.

Edit 2:

It might be useful to make the config file "read-only", to prevent the game from automatically changing back some settings, even though I didn't have any issues so far.

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I played quite a bit of Call of Duty 2, but can't say I am too impressed with some videos of MW3 I saw online. I don't like the games in which you're encouraged to compete against your own team (like here you kill someone and then you can "steal" a kill by picking up some crap).

Decent game imho, but nothing special. I wasn't too impressed with BF3 either, which except for the graphics, it looks exactly like Bad Company 2, which I barely played due to constant disconnects, punkbuster bugs etc. Maybe its just me, but I remember having way more fun playing Doom 2 in LAN. I guess after 15 years or whatever I just cba to buy a game that has, in terms of gameplay, barely moved from Unreal/Quake.

I hope that at least the game works fine technically so, unlike Bad Company 2, you actually do get something for your money. I haven't bought either BF3 or MW3, because they just feel too boring and the genre to me feels it could use something original.

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I may try the single player when price comes down but don't see myself jumping into the online aspect... heard of epic cheating but can't say any of these games are free from it really even BF3 has cheating already...

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