Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Nov 10, 2011
    99
    Modern Warfare 3 is pure perfection in gameplay and graphics, and it's only going to get better as more DLC arrives and the game is refined and balanced as the designers analyze real-time data from all the matches being played. There is no fan base more loyal than Call of Duty, and this game is guaranteed to delight all who play now and in the years to come.
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    91
    While the first two Modern Warfares proved to be the extraordinary work of a single, incredibly talented team, the third instalment in the series stands as a manifesto to what three great teams, working together as one passionate unit, can achieve. It's an improvement over its predecessor in pretty much every aspect and a return to former strength after the stagnation that was MW 2. Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward deliver a natural conclusion to an astounding trilogy - and the best Call of duty since the first Modern Warfare.
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    90
    This is a great game and one that fans of the series will really love. If your style of online play is "small unit combat, up close and personal" then this is easily the best available option. Despite stiff competition, the team at Infinity Ward have delivered yet again.
  4. Nov 9, 2011
    90
    Despite its flaws, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 takes the fantastic series we've come to love over the years and iterates on it with great success. The multiplayer is hands-down the best it has ever been, with more features, more modes and a ton of new levels. The singleplayer campaign and Spec Ops mode add value to the overall package, creating something that may not be perfect, but is too damn addicting to pass up.
  5. Nov 11, 2011
    88
    The game does have its setbacks. But it's far from a disappointment. Modern Warfare 3 has stood up to its predecessors and definitely does enough trash talking for itself.
  6. Nov 11, 2011
    88
    Played on PC, Modern Warfare 3 is as entertaining as it should be, but it lacks in technical evolution, especially on a platform where graphics have been pushed far beyond in the last year. On the other hand, dedicated servers finally do the trick, making it a good choice for every COD fan out there.
  7. Nov 11, 2011
    85
    CoD:MW3 hits shelves without even the slightest surprise up its sleeve. It packs the exactly same pros and cons as all its predecessors, which officially makes the CoD-Series the FPS-genres FIFA. So: you can always be exactly sure of what to expect, when buying the latest installment: A short Singleplayer-Campaign, that offers some absolutely stunning moments, a great multiplayer, in which little kids at the age of 4 (according to their voices) will probably destroy your self-confidence within minutes and a pretty much non-existent AI. One could like that - or be bored about it. We'd understand both.
  8. Nov 9, 2011
    85
    This is some of the best online shooter action around, and with the daunting challenges of Spec Ops and the exciting, globe-trotting campaign, Modern Warfare 3 stands tall as another great descendant of the game that changed a generation.
  9. Nov 29, 2011
    83
    The experience is starting to get a little tiring, but there are still moments in the single player campaign that are pretty fun. The multiplayer can be loads of fun when you aren't getting frustrated from being owned a lot. Graphics haven't changed too much.
  10. Nov 28, 2011
    83
    Despite a short – albeit intense – campaign and the outdated graphics, thanks to the great Spec Ops mode and the extensive multiplayer options, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is one of the best shooters this year.
  11. 82
    Thus, I can't recommend buying this unless you (still) like the fast pace, the customizable weaponry and the short matches, of about 10 minutes each. With the very important mention that, essentially, nothing has changed.
  12. Dec 13, 2011
    82
    In MW3 you know what you're getting and, yes, that's exactly what you get.
  13. 80
    Stunning campaign with epic moments makes this third installment of Modern Warfare a great show with the best approach to players. No need to mention an excellent multiplayer. [Dec 2011]
  14. Nov 18, 2011
    80
    Another CoD is a sure thing and a guarantee of high quality fun. The campaign in Modern Warfare 3 is extremely spectacular, unfortunately multiplayer took a step back from last year's Black Ops - small maps and matchmaking issues are very serious problems. You can't overlook the game's old technology as well. Even though it doesn't hinder breaking sales records, which is a strong enough message for Activision, that revolution is the last thing Call of Duty needs.
  15. Nov 16, 2011
    80
    If you are a fan of the series, you will be happy with a relatively short, limited freedom of the (not quite) 'shooter on rails' story mode that plays like an interactive Hollywood blockbuster coupled with a strong online co-op and multiplayer experience with new features.
  16. Nov 13, 2011
    80
    There is no doubt Modern Warfare 3 is a great FPS on top of its particular and extremely succesful formula. But when it comes to the PC version, it becomes painfully obvious that this engine has gone as far as it could go in the technical and visual department, especially against the new competition.
  17. Nov 9, 2011
    80
    It would have been nice to have seen Call of Duty evolve with more determination over the last four years. Perhaps a newer engine, a longer campaign, or a change of location outside of those already featured. But it's hard to deny that Call of Duty – the Modern Warfare brand in particular – is a product of its own success, and a product of its consumer appeal. It exists in the way it does because it sells, and it sells because it's predictable.
  18. Nov 10, 2011
    79
    Modern Warfare 3 is linear, badly written and one note. It's still, from a certain angle, regressive. It's also fun.
  19. Nov 18, 2011
    78
    A solid military shooter with an enjoyable and fitting (if brief) campaign, but with co-op being little more than a time-wasting ring battle and multiplayer still overly punishing to CoD neophytes, it's hard to recommend this game to anyone other than the Modern Warfare hardcore.
  20. Dec 5, 2011
    70
    MW3 lives up to the already cemented reputation of the Call of Duty series; however, it appears to be almost like an expensive DLC for Black Ops.
  21. Nov 14, 2011
    70
    Modern Warfare 3 does not crown one dramatic story with pride. A campaign is more or less a relict of an old engine and design flaws mainly that are successfully selling as a trademark. Its ranking is saved once again by its multiplayer that brings just a single style of gameplay. However, it does its job and entertains those gamers, who are fine with it.
  22. Nov 10, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  23. Nov 9, 2011
    70
    I can understand why Modern Warfare 3 has changed so little in the last four years, given that so much money is resting upon its shoulders, but that doesn't make this developmental stasis any more forgivable.
  24. Nov 15, 2011
    62
    Call of Duty is not just an annual assembly-line product; it's now a digital opposite of imagination, originality and reason.
  25. Nov 10, 2011
    55
    Modern Warfare 3 is ultimately a zero sum game when compared to its predecessors, and the only deciding factor is the disappointing amount of time it's taken to change precisely nothing...Or, in other words: M'eh.
  26. Jan 9, 2012
    50
    If you own any previous COD, there's little reason to buy MW3. [Jan 2012, p.50]
User Score
2.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 5406 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 8, 2011
    5
    I pre-ordered both BF3 and MW3, trying not to be a fanboy to either in this comparison.

    BF3 isn't perfect but MW3 is a complete joke,
    especially on PC. If you are even thinking about MW3 on PC, forget it, just buy MW1 or Black Ops and have at least a 10x better experience. No ranked dedicated servers? Check. No adjustable FOV? Check. No real innovation from MW2? Check.

    I'm not really one to care about graphics, but MW3's graphics are just laughable considering this is 2011. Comparing MW3 graphics to BF3 graphics is like comparing speed between a 1990 Neon and a 2012 Bugatti Veyron. BF3 gets huge props for their innovation in this department.

    Audio is even worse than graphics. As another poster pointed out, the guns literally sound like paintball or BB gun. Again, a joke when compared with BF3 which makes huge innovations here again.

    MW3 does have a much better campaign than BF3 though, and BF3's SP was disappointing considering what they could have done with all the new tech. Not sure how long MW3's campaign is though as I haven't finished it yet.

    Post-launch support from DICE has already been fantastic, and they do truly listen to the community on changes. I remember in BFBC2 Beta, I had an issue specific to my PC relating to low CPU usage, and I got an email from a dev who personally worked with me to resolve it. This fix was including with the final game. I don't have a lot of experience with Activision, but from what I've heard the only post-launch support they give is in paid DLC's.

    Overall, BF3 is definitely worth $60 where MW3 is definitely not worth $60.
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  2. Nov 8, 2011
    2
    Just another cash in of a tired old franchise. Re-releasing a video game every year and making millions is just a slap in the face to real developers who actually take the time to make a decent video game, with a good engine, great online, and a good story. Full Review »
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    0
    I have bought every copy of COD since COD 4 - after playing MW2, i stopped playing cod all togther. When black ops came out, i thought eh, ill give it was 2nd try. I played the game maybe for 2 weeks. Never even thought of looking up this game. tested it out at my buddies place and saw that game has not changed since MW2. Same old run and gun. The skillcap is so low that anyone can get the highest kill streaks. Guns sound like a hammer hitting wood. 1/10. Sorry that so many ppl will buy this though. Sorry, Activision but you won't get my money this time around. Full Review »