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The third main Call of Duty game centers around Operation Cobra in Normandy, France, the World War II operation planned by United States Army General Omar Bradley to break out from the Normandy area after the previous month's D-Day landings. You play as 4 allied sides with American, Canadian, British and Polish soldiers in 14 chronological singleplayer missions covering the 88 days leading up to the liberation of Paris. Surprisingly, you cannot play as the French 2nd Armored Division that actually liberated Paris.

The battles are usually dramatic with many fights and scripted events at the same time, consisting of infantry and vehicles, with semi-destructible environments. In between, there are cinematics that explain the events. A few gameplay mechanics have been kept intact or make a return: slight auto aim, the damage system that allows you to recover if you hide for a moment, and smoke grenades. New features include the ability to toss back unexploded grenades and actions requiring a successful series of button combinations. This can occur in hand-to-hand combat where you can yank the weapon out of enemy soldiers' hands. Enemies work in groups, try different tactics and search for cover.

The main multiplayer modes are standard deathmatch (battle), team deathmatch (team battle), Capture the Flag (either with two flags or two sides trying to control a single, neutral flag) and Headquarters (two sides either defend or attack a structure, and players can now respawn after dying). The new mode, War, is similar to the gameplay of the Battlefield series. Two teams start with two control points each, and one neutral flag in the middle. The objective is to control all five flags.

There are multiple-occupancy vehicles (Sherman Tank, Panzer IV, Jeep, Horch, BMW, Harley), and several multiplayer classes: Rifleman, Heavy Assault, Light Assault, Medic, Scout, Support and Anti-Armor. Each class has unique abilities. There are also two rankings: a normal rank system during a single game where your abilities improve if you do well, and an overall TrueSkill ranking. Also, unlike the previous games, your team stays grouped together after a match and is not booted back to the lobby right away.


Call of Duty 3 PlayStation 3 Every mission provides some basic info
Call of Duty 3 PlayStation 3 Reloading in mid combat
Call of Duty 3 PlayStation 3 Getting ready to leave the camp and head into combat
Call of Duty 3 PlayStation 3 Tanks to the rescue... a bit too late, though

Alternate Titles

  • "COD3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Call Of Duty 3: En marche vers Paris" -- French title
  • "コール オブ デューティ 3" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Great single-player - as expected - but AMAZING online multiplayer. Extremely addictive Xbox 360 Luis Levy (13)

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Nov 08, 2006 9 out of 10 90
GameZone PlayStation 3 Nov 15, 2006 8.8 out of 10 88
4Players.de Xbox Nov 22, 2006 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) PlayStation 3 Mar 23, 2007 82 out of 100 82
GameCell UK Xbox 360 2006 8 out of 10 80
TTGamer Xbox 360 Dec 17, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Xbox Gazette Xbox 360 Nov 22, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 Mar 14, 2007 14 out of 20 70
Jeux Vidéo Network Wii May 18, 2009 13 out of 20 65
GameSpy PlayStation 3 Nov 22, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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German version

In the German version all swastikas were either removed or replaced with iron crosses.

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