It took 9 months for Treyarch to sort out the issues with the PC version of Black Ops, which essentially meant that Black Ops was released unfinished. In my books, that’s pretty much unforgivable.

Having been burnt by this poor port, I promised myself I wouldn’t buy Modern Warfare 3, or MW3, until I had properly researched the PC version. Anyway, I did my homework and what I heard wasn’t good. Long story short, while the PC launch of MW3 wasn’t the complete disaster Black Ops was, it seemed to have some pretty major issues that weren’t simply a case of PEBCAK (Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard).

Another major problem for both console and PC fans is that this game could have been released as an expansion pack or DLC for MW2. Everyone was wondering where all the time spent on development had gone since the engine was exactly the same as MW2, and the gameplay was pretty much exactly the same. After hearing this I decided to skip on MW3, which is a shame, because I do enjoy the style of the game. I just don’t enjoy it enough to drop R500 on it.

Thankfully, I lucked out.

Steam was having a MW3 free weekend, and it was 33% off. I did a quick number check and I could pick it up for about R350 at the current exchange rate, which was definitely better than it’s full price. But, there was another hurdle. I have been trying to be good and save all my money for Free Comic Book Day which rolls around next weekend. R350 (about $43) was still more than I was willing to spend.

It was hours later, while browsing a gaming forum that I frequent, that I discovered that one of the retail chains was having a major discount sale: R99 (about $13) for various games, one of which happened to be the PC version of MW3. Since I was going to the mall to watch The Avengers, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. I didn’t need to though since when I got there, they had four copies.

Having clocked in a few hours, I’m glad I didn’t spend R350 on it. This is not to say that it’s bad, far from it. MW multiplayer still has a great feel and plays fast, which is just the way I like it, but it is essentially an expansion pack for MW2. There is absolutely no way the publisher can justify the full price tag, but they didn’t need to since they knew the fanboys were going to buy it, regardless of what it was like.

So if you’ve been on the fence about picking it up, find out if your local Incredible Connection has stock. While I would have been really unhappy at R500 (or even R350) this game is well worth it’s bargain bin price of R100.

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