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  • Summary: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a direct sequel to the previous game in the series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, with a campaign storyline continuing the struggle of U.S. forces against an invasion by the Russian Federation following the framing of an undercover U.S. agent in aCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a direct sequel to the previous game in the series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, with a campaign storyline continuing the struggle of U.S. forces against an invasion by the Russian Federation following the framing of an undercover U.S. agent in a terrorist attack on Moscow. Together with classic Call of Duty multi-character control, Modern Warfare 3 contains deep multiplayer support, including two-player Co-op Survival mode. The game also contains all-new Kill Streak categories and customizable strike packages that offer more options for player combat styles and strategies. Expand
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  1. Positive: 79 out of 81
  2. Negative: 0 out of 81
  1. Nov 13, 2011
    100
    Like a divorced parent trying to win the affection of an only child, the game dishes out rewards with every breath.
  2. Nov 12, 2011
    95
    The multiplayer is the strongest it has ever been, and the coop mode has been expanded from an addition to a full-fledged mode. Modern Warfare 3 won't blow away anyone looking for anything new, but it will deliver enough thrills and quality to keep players engaged and coming back for more.
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    92
    Modern Warfare 3 is what the fans expected - fast paced multiplayer action with some new twists and game modes that are a definitely a fresh breeze. But there are also a great campaign and the usual challenging Spec Ops.
  4. Nov 8, 2011
    90
    Modern Warfare 3 doesn't do anything new, but it also doesn't do anything wrong. For better or worse, this is a slick and well-metered trio of modes that make an entertaining package, but Sledgehammer Games and Infinity Ward are simply looking to augment previous games rather than expand the series into pastures new.
  5. 88
    Largely feels like an iterative title...This isn't to say that Modern Warfare 3 is at all a bad game-it's an attractive and polished effort with tight controls, addictive multiplayer, and the sense that one is truly on a battlefield, rather than carrying on a miniature war behind the scenes.
  6. Nov 8, 2011
    85
    This is an exciting and rewarding game, but the series' signature thrills have lost some of their luster. Modern Warfare 3 iterates rather than innovates, so the fun you have is familiar. Fortunately, it's also utterly engrossing and immensely satisfying, giving fans another reason to rejoice in this busy shooter season.
  7. Nov 8, 2011
    70
    Modern Warfare 3 doesn't reinvent gunpowder, but sticks to the recipe of the previous games in the series. With a decent story and good multiplayer it's a game worth playing, but the lack of willingness to add improvements in gameplay show a laziness often found in a complacent game series.

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  1. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    MW3 is what every CoD fan should want. A polished version of the great game we all love. I'm surprised how many negative user reviews theyMW3 is what every CoD fan should want. A polished version of the great game we all love. I'm surprised how many negative user reviews they are? How many of the bad reviews were written by disappointed BF3 players???? There's no such thing as a CoD killer......... Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    Modern Warfare 3 is all about multiplayer refinement and contains one of the best single player campaigns you will ever play. Simply put, theModern Warfare 3 is all about multiplayer refinement and contains one of the best single player campaigns you will ever play. Simply put, the multiplayer is addictive, fair and far more polished than any COD before it. The campaign is solid and packed full of fun. If you enjoy ACTION, you will enjoy this game. If you enjoy a sluggish, sub-standard campain, spending hours of your life trying to get your friends into matches, and trolling Metacritic to make a game look bad because doing so makes your sad, sad existence somehow bearable ....stick with the competition. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    9
    This game was a great surprise to me. I was afraid it would not live up to the previous releases with a new Dev. but it does, and surpass themThis game was a great surprise to me. I was afraid it would not live up to the previous releases with a new Dev. but it does, and surpass them as well. The Battlefield 3 fan boys are giving this low reviews for no reason beside being butt hurt over how good the game turned out to be. If you like outstanding multiplayer, a great campaign and some solid co op check this great game out, you won't be disappointed! Expand
  4. Mar 9, 2012
    2
    First of all lets get it straight that when I rate games I rate them OUT OF 10 so 5 is average 7 is good , 3 is below average etc. As a callFirst of all lets get it straight that when I rate games I rate them OUT OF 10 so 5 is average 7 is good , 3 is below average etc. As a call of duty fan since the first modern warfare game is the best IMO, I had enjoyed the multiplayer of the past few titles even if they were a little imbalanced as they were immersing, fast paced games which I always had fun playing even in MW2, as it always included me in the game even when I was getting my ass kicked I could always still pull off a cool kill or save my team's ass by taking down a heli. This game was a huge let down compared. The first reason I say this is because, even though the guns have never really had any "weight" behind them, I still felt I was shooting a gun and thought this was specifically well done in WAW however in MW3 especially with some of the guns it just feels as though you are clicking a button to kill someone completely killing the immersion and enjoyment out of a kill.

    Also every single year the cod franchise tries to add new things to spice up the same formula much like pop music instead of tinkering with the core gameplay itself being afraid they'll mess it up. This time they added gun proficiencies and altered the perks and a few other minor things. Now its almost like there are too many variables for the developers to be able to alter so leads the game to be unbalanced as there are so many combinations. This makes for a frustrating multiplayer for serious players and casuals alike. Third of all the games are quicker online, you die more quickly kills are racked up faster. Im fine with that concept but not how it has been introduced. Firstly when Im playing I feel way more sluggish, Im guessing this is to compensate for millitary realism but in all honesty you don't play cod to feel like a guy in afghanistahn you play because you want to feel like a bad ass soldier out of an action movie shooting guys in the face. I feel so slow and so much less smooth compared to mw2 its like im being left out of the game and I feel that Im just a bystander to the game itself.

    The maps are awful generic pieces of crap in all honesty. They have become smaller and smaller throughout the call of dutys due to design laziness and to create combat realistic situations which once again we don't care about if the game isn't fair or fun. There is no safe way to get from one of a map to the other even though they are so small as they are ridiculously open leading to camping being the tactic low level players use as they find it impossible to beat higher level players.

    The gameplay and the shooting itself hasn't changed, quickscoping which I enjoyed and thought did take some skill (IMO) has been altered however Im on the fence of whether this is a bad thing or a good thing as snipers were OP in MW2.

    The campaign is a hollow corridor shooter which puts you in the same situation in every mission with a different cinematic and new textures. The only way you can use the environment is explosive barrels and you are breadcrumb lead through the missions by your commanding officer whoever that may be. Overall this game is a big lousy corporate sell out which should of been much more innovative and brave in its design. Greed has gotten the better of the franchise to a point where it provokes no feeling when playing the game, its literally like standing in my house doing nothing to me.

    2/10 - a ruined franchise for no good reason.
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  5. Dec 9, 2011
    1
    I played also nearly all COD games. There is one thing that gets worse and worse in multiplayer: Lag compensation. Never experienced this inI played also nearly all COD games. There is one thing that gets worse and worse in multiplayer: Lag compensation. Never experienced this in another game:You will get killed for having a better connection because the engine estimates that another player having a worse connection then you has only to hit once and you have to hit 3x to land a kill. Also getting shot behind walls is pretty popular. This "feature" also enables bad things like lag switches promoting cheating to a whole new level. Just google it. This really sucks big time. No other COD had this big a problem with lag compensation. Good features introduced by Treyarch were simply undone: like flagpoints getting transparent when you aim behind it. Where are the contracts? Bad matchmaking. One who starts at level 1 directly plays against prestige level 4-5. Great fun. Also all explosives were reduced so drastically that grenades become more of joke. It lands directly besides your enemy but doesn't kill him. How realistic is that?

    The map design has already been explained by others. I will simply say that they really doesn't weight up against the Black Ops maps. The other stuff really looks like mw2: No big improvement here. The SP had more wow moments in MW2. Quickly played and quickly finished. No innovation here.
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  6. Nov 9, 2011
    0
    This game is a big joke! 60â
  7. Nov 16, 2011
    0
    Worst shooter ever. Same thing as COD 4. Battlefield 3 is better in every category. I could hardly play it for 2 minutes because it looks soWorst shooter ever. Same thing as COD 4. Battlefield 3 is better in every category. I could hardly play it for 2 minutes because it looks so terrible in comparison to Battlefield 3. This game is so dated, all it is now is a glorified cash cow. It preys on the masses of brain dead idiots who can't look for quality in a game. Expand

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