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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 Campaign menu
Call of Duty 3 Xbox 360 Rowing across a river while artillery rains down on you is no easy task!
Call of Duty 3 PlayStation 3 Scouting ahead with the binoculars
Call of Duty 3 PlayStation 3 Tanks to the rescue... a bit too late, though

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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 (15)

Critic Reviews

GameDaily Xbox 360 Nov 09, 2006 10 out of 10 100
PGNx Media Wii Nov 15, 2006 9.3 out of 10 93
IGN Xbox Nov 09, 2006 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Captain PlayStation 2 Nov 26, 2006 88 out of 100 88
ActionTrip Xbox 360 Dec 04, 2006 85 out of 100 85
GamePro (US) PlayStation 3 Nov 17, 2006 4 out of 5 80
Deeko PlayStation 3 Dec 06, 2006 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 3 Mar 21, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Daily PlayStation 3 Nov 06, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78 PlayStation 2 Nov 25, 2006 14 out of 20 70


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German version

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

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