Modern Warfare 3: Defiance
lets you play in the company of US or British forces, massed against Soviet soldiers in a power-grab that takes them as far as US soil. From this you will have guessed that we're not doing WWII any more, which pleases us greatly. There were only so many battles in WWII that can be simulated, only so many side-stories to relay before the steam runs out.
To its credit, Modern Warfare 3: Defiance brings to the small screen all the same gameplay elements that have console gamers so excited. The campaign feels expansive, and bounces around between each side of the battle, domestically and overseas. When we say all the gameplay, we really mean it. You can run-and-gun as a unit on the ground, and then switch to a God's-eye view as you guide units along using waypoints and simple commands. During the heat of battle, you'll occasionally get the opportunity to use a remote-control vehicle to detonate enemy armor, and even leverage some armor yourself.
The wireless multiplayer allows up to six players connected locally or through online play. This isn't novel for those of us on the Sony side, going all the way back to games like SOCOM or the later Metal Gear Solid titles, but it matters for the DS. This hardware has consistently been late to the party when it comes to network-ready gaming, preferring local wireless play between two players, or simplistic friend-code connections that never felt interactive. Modern Warfare 3: Defiance brings true online multiplayer to DS, assuming you can tolerate the rough graphics and find six friends who each purchased a copy of the game. The pros of getting into multiplayer are that you'll have even more options to choose from in terms of characters and weapons, and of course the areas you can choose as battle settings. Level design is smart, and has all kinds of good areas for taking cover and surprising enemies, whether you like to snipe and throw grenades, or get up close with heavy weaponry.
The solo campaign can be over quickly, depending on how you play, but there's decent replay value on the basis of the multiplayer.