I really liked the cool ways that the SIXAXIS controller was integrated into Call of Duty 3
. You would tilt it back and turn it sideways - steering wheel style - to pilot the tank, which was very difficult but still lots of fun. Then, you’d use it to melee fight, popping a German upside the head with your gun. Sometimes, you’d have to arm a bomb and that would consist of twitch hitting certain face buttons, then turning the controller like you were turning a crank. Other times, you were required to wrestle a German who surprise attacks you by physically shaking the controller back and forth to get him off of you. The worst use of the SIXAXIS, though, was in rowing a boat across a river. I hated this mechanic and made Geck0 do it for me so I wouldn’t have to get frustrated. I do have to admit that it was a neat use though.
You have the ability to use both frag and smoke grenades and you can use the R trigger button to cook the grenade for maximum damage. If the enemy lobs a grenade at you, you can now pick it up and launch it back at them. On the downside, they can do the same back to you. When a grenade goes off near you but doesn’t kill you, your world shakes and you experience a ringing in your ears. In addition, as you take damage, your screen gets more and more red, obscuring your view. There are no health meters, however. If you get too injured, you just back off and find a place to hide until you recover. Maybe this isn’t so realistic, but I find it a better way to handle things rather than having to hunt for health packs.
Load times weren’t too bad and the camera worked really well, with you having the ability to move it around as needed when the auto-camera wasn’t exactly as you wanted.
Overall, Call of Duty 3 is just a primo game for the PS3, the best I have played on the system so far. Yes, even better than Resistance, in my opinion. It has the perfect amount of realism, intense gameplay and a great storyline wrapped around the oft overdone WWII scenario. Go out and buy this, even if its the only PS3 game you own.