Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
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  1. AceGamez
    With a brilliant single player mode that takes you through some great story and dialogue, excellent voice acting and highly realistic graphics, Call of Duty 3 is a must buy for anybody who wants a decent shooter on the PS3.
  2. The only major problem I have with this game is that it has all been done before. If you’ve played several WWII shooters, you won’t find anything really new here.
  3. Top notch graphics, immersive game play and sound all add up to another solid, but not revolutionary first person shooter.
  4. If you own a 360, you’d most likely be better off playing that version if you haven’t done so yet.
  5. COD3 packs more impressive features than any previous installment: gorgeous graphics and audio, an intense single-player campaign and a wealth of multiplayer options. Even if it isn't the most original WWII game, it's certainly one of the finest.
  6. But if I had a choice between the two, I would have to go with the Xbox 360 version, just because you're going to have a much better online experience that you wouldn't find on the PS3, at least until more people get their units.
  7. 80
    It has a good, fast-paced single player campaign and hearty helpings of multiplayer.
  8. Call of Duty 3 packs in more impressive features than any previous installment: gorgeous graphics and audio, an intense single player campaign, and a wealth of multiplayer options. Even if it isn’t the most original game, Call of Duty 3 is certainly one of the finest.
  9. The 360 version flat out stomps the PS3 this time.
  10. Call of Duty 3 is easily the best in the series (or at least a tie with "COD2") but the PS3 conversion just doesn’t do it justice. If this is the only next-gen system you have then you should go ahead and play it, but if you own a 360 you’ll have a much better experience, both solo and online.
  11. If you own both an Xbox 360 and a PS3, choosing which version of this accomplished WWII shooter to buy comes down to how much you like or dislike the motion-sensing elements.
  12. Take one part classic Call of Duty scripted FPS action, add in two parts improved level design, another one part updated graphics, and just about four parts upgraded multiplayer and you've got the ultimate Call of Duty stew.
  13. The PS3 version suffers, however. The outstanding visuals shine, but the frame rate has a tendency to jump around.
  14. 80
    The PS3 version's weaker graphics and moderately interesting Sixaxis controls come in second to the overall experience on the Xbox 360.
  15. Engrossing, frantic and exciting.
  16. Games Master UK
    A quality game that packs a similar punch to previous installments, but it's a bit familiar. [Apr 2007, p.59]
  17. games(TM)
    Treyarch's shooter comfortably outdoes "Resistance" as the best FPS on PS3, a spectacular light show of WWII horror underpinned by a rock-solid engine and tight controls. [Apr 2007, p.130]
  18. A great game with thoroughly enjoyable multiplayer, quality presentation, and some mildly-interesting tilt-control support. It is missing a couple of features that its Xbox 360 counterpart contains, and the frame rate is far less reliable in this version, but the overall intensity and playability of Call of Duty 3 remains intact, despite these few issues.
  19. Building on the already solid (if a little claustrophobic) linear design of previous installments, Call of Duty 3 introduces enough new tidbits to keep even the weariest veterans in the fight.
  20. The game mechanics and general feel of the game are not overly different from what gamers are used to, but that this is brought to such vivid life on a console is a tribute to the diligence of the developers.
  21. The game is extremely action-packed and intense, and has a nice new variety of weapons and vehicles that bring a nice rich depth that adds nicely to a very popular franchise.
  22. The structure of the multiplayer modes is much more involved thanks to the class system, making it a worthwhile mode to check out after the 10-hour campaign since it’s more than picking countries and weapons.
  23. The visuals are mind-blowing and the sound is simply incredible, especially with the score it has.
  24. 78
    Sure it comes up a little short compared to the pacing and overall level design of COD2, but the real crime here is found with all the glitches and other technical problems that make the Normandy Breakout feel more like the Normandy Lockup.
  25. 85
    Considering the lack of key options and the number of glitches, Call of Duty 3 still stands out amongst console first person shooters overall, and the solid multiplayer options even without voice support will give the title life for a long after you complete the single player campaign.
  26. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It's not the best WWII game by any stretch, but it's a damn reliable ride. [Jan. 2007, p.72]
  27. 75
    Despite the lateness, Call of Duty 3 is a intense and enjoyable shooter for the PS3 but only worth it if you haven't already played another version.
  28. Pelit (Finland)
    Terrific multiplayer fun. [Feb 2007]
  29. The PS3 version of the game is just as impressive as the Xbox 360 version and while it doesn’t have split-screen multiplayer, it makes up for this with the Sixaxis functionality.
  30. Play Magazine
    The craft behind Call of Duty 3 is impressive. Treyarch deftly handles the stellar design duties passed on from previous developer Infinity Ward. [Jan. 2007, p.74]
  31. Play UK
    There's no denying that Call of Duty 3 uses the PS3's considerable power to spectacular and dramatic effect, but this just makes it an even bigger shame that it so often gets so many of the basics so very wrong. [Issue 148, p.72]
  32. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Not quite a classic, then, but Call of Duty 3 can justifiably call itself the best shooter on PS3. Over to you, then "Killzone." [Apr 2007, p.90]
  33. PSM Magazine
    Yes, Call of Duty 3 has its share of problems, but the action is appropriately intense and cinematic in scope, and the new features are great. [Jan. 2007, p.78]
  34. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Great looks gel with genius game design. [Christmas 2006, p.20]
  35. A classic Call of Duty game, stubbornly sticking to the well-worn template and format of the previous two titles in the series, but making it all bigger and slicker so you get totally sucked in.
  36. It’s somewhat unfortunate that it’s not the definitive "best version" out there, as the inconsistent frame rate drops it a bit behind the Xbox 360 version, but that’s okay. It’s not visibly inferior, either, and for the most part, nothing is lacking in the PS3 version. Both are extremely well done, and that’s that.
  37. Solid, yes, but familiar. I mean no disrespect for the men that died protecting freedom, but considering I was born a good 30 years after the war ended, familiarity with this setting probably isn't a good thing.
  38. When the atmosphere and level of action on offer is this great, the fact that I can't wander off to see what's behind a tree half a mile to the East really doesn't bother me.
  39. 90
    Treyarch has done an amazing job with this game and has quite possibly constructed one of the best online experiences currently available anywhere.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. [Anonyous]
    Feb 23, 2007
    Pretty generic and linear, the ww2-genre is becoming repetitive and ... boring.
  2. Jul 28, 2015
    One of the first PS3 games, and somehow a little disappointment after playing Call Of Duty, the graphics were very nice at the time, with anOne of the first PS3 games, and somehow a little disappointment after playing Call Of Duty, the graphics were very nice at the time, with an honest 8-10 hours lenght campaign and I should congratulate Treyarch for the implementation of the Sixaxis options (that became pretty useless in the future).
    The game itself is pretty good, a classic WW2 FPS, but when compared to the previous episode, there are some obvious defaults to this third installment : the first one is the sound, how in hell did we passed from the near perfection in 2, to this plastic guns sound we have in 3, and to top it off, actors (in the french version at least, and given that this is one of the few games where you can't have the english voices if you didn't bought your game in a English speaking country I'll count it in my mark) are horribles not helped by very "cliche" dialogues that tried to copy "Saving Private Ryan" without an ounce of talent.

    The other biggest issue I have is concerning the level design, and the fake difficulty of the infinite respawn (at least 2 by levels), an old trick to the lazy developer, so yeah that gives some challenge, but that's purely unfair, you can kill 20 nazy in the same spot there will always be another to come like if Adolf was cloning them.... Simply lazy.

    And for that Call of Duty 3 comes as one of the worst installment in the franchise, in my opinion (alongside with Big Red One and Ghosts), if you want some WW2 COD, you'd better go with the number 2 or World At War.
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  3. Feb 24, 2014
    The game is decent at best, and is one of my least favorite CoD games. The campaign isn't anything special or too memorable. It also has someThe game is decent at best, and is one of my least favorite CoD games. The campaign isn't anything special or too memorable. It also has some heavily scripted events that takes away from the non-linear action of the the previous two games. But unlike the first two, it features driving sections, and four playable factions instead of three. The campaign overall is okay, the multiplayer on the other hand is a step backwards and a step forward, and here is why. Instead of the 8 player limit of the first two games, it supports up to 24 players. It also introduces a new game mode called War. It also introduces vechicles, sprinting, and classes. But it's a step backwards because it gets rid of the radar and it runs at 30 FPS instead of 60 FPS. Overall, decent game, 7/10. Full Review »