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  • Summary: A sequel to the $1 billion-grossing shooter Modern Warfare 2 is in development at Infinity Ward.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Nov 24, 2011
    N-Space did the best possible job porting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to Nintendo DS. The game is fun, it's got a good number of missions and the online multiplayer works good. You can also use classic controls instead of the awkward stylus ones.
  2. Not without its flaws but an impressive shooter given the limitations of the hardware.
  3. Nov 25, 2011
    It's not as extravagant, thrilling, or exciting as the main series it's based on, however frame rate and control issues aside, this is a good option for those who want a similar experience on the go.
  4. Nov 13, 2011
    A solid portable shooter crippled by rapidly aging hardware. It's tough going from even an iPad shooter like Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation to this. Of course, if all you own is a DS, it's one of the better first person titles for the system, but that's not saying much.
  5. 60
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance isn't going to win any awards, but as a DS port of a popular franchise, it does a decent job making the experience portable.
  6. Jan 6, 2012
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance is a competent though flawed handheld shooter.
  7. Dec 17, 2011
    A feeble impersonation of the main event, let down by ageing hardware. [Jan 2012, p.93]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 26 out of 34
  1. Mar 28, 2013
    The DS versions of the franchise share boxart and basic premise with the console versions of Call of Duty, however the DS series also includes it’s own narrative which is parallel to the console story. The story details a fictional war which happens between Russian forces and the rest of the world. You globetrot across various locations of the world and try to kill the enemy forces, before they kill you. Story mode is exciting and the voice-over work help you get immersed in the story. The music comes in just when the action starts heating up which is very nice.

    Like in the Black Ops DS game, this game features some of the same functionality as the console versions. Attachments are equipment-specific items such as scopes and grenade launchers which add extra functionality to your weapon. You will unlock these in Multiplayer mode (which are listed as separately from the main weapon). There is also a perk system whereby you can equip two separate perks to two different slots. One example is Martyrdom which makes your character drop a live grenade on death, or Sleight of Hand, which increases your reload time. While Black Ops also had a perk system, in this game, there are two perk tiers which are mutually exclusive. Therefore there are limitations in which perks you can equip at any one time.

    Online Multiplayer is frantic and fun, whether you fight strangers or friends. You can have six player matches of a variety of different modes. Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch are typical modes in which you either kill other players or work as a team against the enemy. In Sabotage, one team has to defend a target while the other team tries to destroy it. This involves planting a bomb on the specific point and making sure it detonates. The teams then swap over. There are also three game modes which have been transferred over from the console versions. These are: Gun Game (You start with a pistol and get a different weapon for each kill you make, while getting knifed will drop you down a level), Sharpshooter (Each player has a randomised weapon every 45 seconds which is shared with all the other players) and One in the Chamber (Which is a survival mode where each person only has one bullet (which is an instant kill), and a knife Killing an enemy gets you an extra bullet).

    New to this DS game is the “Macro” and “Loadout” functionality. “Macro” are settings you can customise before a game so that you can definite custom game settings easily in advance without fiddling with menus in the middle of a hectic session. Loadouts are the same, but for player equipment. So you could have a “Sniper” setup and a “Shotgunner” setup as two different Loadouts which you could rapidly change.

    As you rack up kills in Multiplayer mode, you unlock new titles, weapons and perks. These help bring a lot of replayability to the game and keep it fresh and fun. There are extra challenges to complete such as “Win a Multiplayer match using only a knife” or “Achieve a 15 kill streak”. There are also challenges for story mode levels such as “Kill 5 enemies using throwing knives”.

    As a Call of Duty fan, I could easily see myself playing this game for a while. It has a lot of functionality and really does push the DS hardware as far as it can go. While not a perfect game, it is a great example of fantastic First-Person Shooter gameplay on a portable console and a good benchmark for the next generation of portable FPS games.
  2. Nov 10, 2011
    Seriously? as soon as you have boring battlefield? Have you already bored of BF3 to the point where you have nothing better to do right?,

    Fanboys trolling everywhere :S
  3. Nov 9, 2011
    The best game I've ever played for the Nintendo DS! Forget these haters writing reviews. One of these guys is complaining about the PS3 version, which is a completely different game altogether. The other guy is obviously is just one of those guys who hates anything that isn't Battlefield. Forget the console version of MW3. You ain't %^&$ unless you're defending Baltimore. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2012
    This game fails before you even play.. First of all the genre of FPS can not be pulled off very well on a handheld console, Especially with the graphical limitations of the DS. Don't get me wrong i do not mind the Call of Duty franchise infact i have and own all the CoD games (even the PC based ones) and i have to say playing this made me feel dirty. The gameplay is weak and bland, No story interest or replay value at all. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2011
    Game is absolute garbage. The campaign just felt absolutely forced and was completely forgettable by the end of it. Spec Ops is trash because zombies in WaW and Black Ops was just so much better. Not to mention you were able to play it with upto 3 other people that you know! Where's the fun in fighting endless enemies with only one other person? There is no fun in that. On to multiplayer... the maps are the worst I have ever seen. The graphics are extremely dated, Battlefield 3 just completely slaughters this game. The textures are also horrendous! Everything about this game is re-used from Modern Warfare 2. This game doesn't feel fresh at all. All of the guns and skins are re-used... the menus as well... even some of the buildings and vehicles. The sounds of the guns are still bad, and some are the same as MW2. Battlefield 3 is just so much better. Sorry if the truth hurts. This game is just a bad DLC to a game that came out two years ago. Save your money! Expand
  6. Nov 11, 2011
    The sentence of ACTIVISION:

    "Normally I do not do that, but if you like MW3 go to and support Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
    His note is suspiciously low. Be honest, but help us if you agree."

    MW2.1 is a joke!
  7. Nov 12, 2011
    Just a blatant copy paste of their previous release, just like activision loves to do. It gets boring very fast, I've never really understood the hype about this game, I rented it and just found out like many other that it wasn't good at all. I don't even see any improvments from the past games, nothing out of the ordinary and mostly nothing that looked like something original and new. Everything is just the same, they just make these games for money seriously... Expand

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