Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 free multiplayer weekend on PC

Though Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has sold untold squillions of copies, evidently a few of us haven't bought it yet. Activision is opening up the shooter's multiplayer portion for everyone to play for free this weekend on Steam, to lure us in.

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Though Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has sold untold squillions of copies, evidently a few of us haven't bought it yet. Activision is opening up the shooter's multiplayer portion for everyone to play for free on PC through Steam this weekend, hoping you'll get hooked and splash out on the full game once it's over.

The free weekend will begin at 10am Pacific on Thursday, then run until 1pm on Sunday. If you have the Steam client installed, you can pre-load the multiplayer client by clicking this thing here with the words. It's a 13.75GB download, so you'll want to get that started early.

Activision has run a number of free Call of Duty weekends on PC since switching the series switched to Steamworks for DRM with Modern Warfare 2 in 2009. Steam's fancy box of tricks lets publishers easily open up games--or parts of them--for a period then restrict it to paying customers again afterwards.

Of course, you can play in the free weekend even if you have no intention of buying Modern Warfare 3 at all. Visit some exotic locations, take in the sights, conserve with the locals, and smell the napalm.

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    February 15, 2012 3:30 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 free multiplayer weekend on PC.

    Though Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has sold untold squillions of copies, evidently a few of us haven't bought it yet. Activision is opening up the shooter's multiplayer portion for everyone to play for free this weekend on Steam, to lure us in.

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      February 15, 2012 3:46 PM

      Let the shitstorm of comments about the game never catching on and free isn't good enough cos they have PC's :)

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      February 15, 2012 3:50 PM

      Cute but it's never going to catch on. Free isn't good enough when we've got PC's.

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      February 15, 2012 5:06 PM

      Just grabbed MW2 on Amazon for 5 bucks, guess i'd pass on this.

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        February 15, 2012 5:34 PM

        MW2's multiplayer community is really tiny these days, it's very difficult to get a game going, especially if you don't just want to play straight TDM :(

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        February 15, 2012 6:11 PM

        I just grabbed for $5 too, and it seemed that the ps3 community was more lively than the pc version.
        or maybe everyone moved to alteriw

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      February 15, 2012 5:14 PM

      I wouldn't even pirate this game, why would I want to play it online for free?

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      February 15, 2012 5:23 PM

      I can't wait to be called a fag 400 times and ganked by level 50 players. $100 USD well spent, I'm sure.

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        February 15, 2012 5:51 PM

        lol, fuck that. not buying it, not playing free either! my 13 year old nephew can play all he wants.

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      February 15, 2012 5:44 PM

      Still a bad game.

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      February 15, 2012 6:22 PM

      It's the first game in the franchise that I've really enjoyed for a few years. Easily the best since the first MW game and a lot of you on here aren't even giving it the time of day. Even when the Developers are letting you play the whole thing for free over the weekend! Not sure of the price on Steam, but IF it ever falls into a sale, the single player portion is well worth it.

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      February 15, 2012 6:39 PM

      when it includes larger maps and FOV adjustment and akimbo penalties I might play again.

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        February 15, 2012 6:39 PM

        akimbo tweaks went in last week I believe. The "Park" dlc map is nice and big, but not out for PC yet =(

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          February 16, 2012 8:40 AM

          If they did add akimbo penalties it's hardly noticeable in-game =\
          Akimbo smg's still rape the shit out of everything that isn't long range.

          Personally I like the maps a lot more than the other MW games I've played (which is really only Black Ops and maybe 1 hour of MW1) because there is far less hiding in corners being idiots.

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            February 16, 2012 9:22 AM

            I agree. akimbo is still game breaking while running, there shouldn't even be a reticle and shit should be like 25% hit chance. regarding maps, that's still a problem. all of MW3 plays like metro conquest of BF3, a.k.a. the meatgrinder. you run around like an idiot spraying your akimbo shit, jumping and diving. I mean MW3 is just comical at this point. you can spawn and be within a grenade throw from the enemy. that is fucking DUMB. why don't they just put everyone in a square room like TF2 achievement maps and just have everyone massacre everyone else. no camping! all action! hooray!

            as as I'm noticing, when world of tanks has more players online than MW3, the tides are turning. gamers are speaking, let's hope the devs are listening.

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              February 16, 2012 9:44 AM

              Pretty sure the only message that'd come through, and that no one would likely mind much, is that cutting out the PC version of CoD would probably be a good reallocation of resources.

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      February 15, 2012 7:01 PM

      I wonder what kinds of things the locals and I can conserve?

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      February 15, 2012 7:06 PM

      I really want to put some time into co-op Spec Ops at some point. Loved that in MW2 and have already played through most of the single player Spec Ops.

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        February 16, 2012 12:27 AM

        i didn't like the spec ops in MW2, but in the 3 they are pretty intense and quite fun... especially the higher levels...

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          February 16, 2012 8:55 AM

          I didn't like spec-ops in 3 as much because only two of them actually needed a 2nd person, and those two missions were the best ones. All the others could be done solo. In MW2 even the ones you could do solo, you were better off doing with a partner.

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        February 16, 2012 9:00 AM

        Is the coop available this weekend?

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      February 16, 2012 1:05 AM

      For free I'll definitely give it a go. I just can't justify paying $60 for a game with the same experience every year., especially when I don't focus on multiplayer.

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      February 16, 2012 8:46 AM

      I think I'd rather get kicked in the balls than dive into MW3's pre-existing playerbase.
      Hell i'd even hold my shaft so to better take the hit on my dangling goolies.

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        February 16, 2012 10:16 AM

        It's really not so bad. Compared to DotA, the community is civilized.

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      February 16, 2012 2:21 PM

      No FOV adjustment, I wont even try for free.

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      February 16, 2012 3:30 PM

      The hit detection feels real sloppy it shows you hit but kill cam all most all ways shows other wise even with the hit counter flashing like mad.

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