Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 72 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
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  1. Oct 24, 2019
    92
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare puts the franchise back where it needs to be. You get a wonderful campaign, team-oriented spec ops, and a variety of multiplayer options that cater to those who love large and small scale warfare.
  2. Oct 30, 2019
    90
    A great campaign, excellent multiplayer modes and amazing graphics make this game worthy of its namesake.
  3. Oct 25, 2019
    90
    The Spec Op mode is challenging and I like that it gives you so many tactical options, but at times it can feel a little too much like a horde mode. Multiplayer is as solid as ever, and the new tech enabled by the new game engine brings the graphics and sounds of the game to a whole new level. Gunfight and Ground War are great new additions to the mix, and now you can easily find a mode that fits both your playstyle and the amount of time that you have available to play.
  4. 90
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboots the franchise with solid success throughout.
  5. Oct 24, 2019
    90
    Modern Warfare is one of the best war FPS of this generation thanks to a thrilling (yet controversial) campaign, great multiplayer in both coop and competitive modes, and a new game engine.
  6. Oct 24, 2019
    90
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare delivers a fantastic package of content that does the Modern Warfare name proud. Infinity Ward is back in action and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare delivers on nearly every front.
  7. Oct 24, 2019
    90
    This new Modern Warfare is unarguably the best Call of Duty we played in years. Despite some thematic concerns, the game conveys a solid and enjoyable campaing, and one of the most intense multiplayer experience.
  8. 90
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare sets a benchmark for the future of games. The amazing new technology it utilizes gives it a level of quality and polish that’s rarely seen outside of first-party studios. A bold approach on a no-frills campaign mode helps it stick the landing, while going back to the drawing board with multiplayer rekindles a classic Call of Duty feel long lost.
  9. Oct 24, 2019
    90
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a great new start for the franchise, thanks to terrific visuals, cool new game modes and the best campaign since Black Ops. Unfortunately Spec Ops are a massive let down.
  10. Oct 24, 2019
    90
    One of the best installments to date, Modern Warfare brings the series back with an excellent campaign and a variety of co-op modes.
  11. Oct 30, 2019
    89
    Infinity Ward brings back the iconic and the most anticipated single-player campaign and it looks as great as the old Modern Warfare series despite the mediocre ending. The multi-player part is as neat as usual but the spec ops is too difficult to continue.
  12. Oct 28, 2019
    89
    It was an intense and memorable experience. The story had moving parts and characters who had very different reactions when put into the crucible of unjust warfare. I think it is very well done, but probably could have left some parts out.
  13. Nov 12, 2019
    88
    Modern Warfare is the most astounding Call of Duty I've played since World at War. But they haven't gone as far they could, in the campaign especially. The multiplayer is outstanding, as always, with the slightest modifications eking out big results. But in the game's attempt to shock and awe, I don't think they're quite there yet.
  14. Nov 3, 2019
    88
    Call of Duty returns to its origins, with a raw and intense story mode and a multiplayer that gathers the best of each chapters to reach a new exponent. The king of the shooters demonstrates again who rules in the genre.
  15. Oct 30, 2019
    88
    Not everyone will appreciate the new approach to PvP and the return of the Spec-Ops is a little disappointing, but otherwise Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is still a great shooter.
  16. Oct 29, 2019
    88
    When it comes to the campaign, multiplayer and technique, Modern Warfare is a huge improvement. The game is not perfect, but it brings Call of Duty back to the golden days of the franchise.
  17. Oct 24, 2019
    88
    Not as revolutionary as the technical reincarnation had us hope or fear, but it scores the most tweaks on the tried and tested formula. A strong single-player and enough choices in the multiplayer to give every type of shooter player what they want. And again: crossplay included and without season pass.
  18. Oct 24, 2019
    88
    Modern Warfare should have received a new Call of Duty subhead given just how different its avenues of play are. Not every one of Infinity Ward’s ideas works, but a few are successful enough that I could see them as series staples. Modern Warfare’s accomplishments may not be as pronounced as Black Ops 4’s (Blackout being one of them), but it still delivers a hell of a multiplayer experience. Gunfight alone is worth the price of admission.
  19. Oct 30, 2019
    86
    Infinity Ward has done a good job, and luckily the game breathes the atmosphere and class of the first trilogy in many areas.
  20. Nov 15, 2019
    85
    If you've ever loved Call of Duty but dropped out of the series, we advise you to return. Modern Warfare offers an excellent story mode and intense multiplayer pots. Modern Warfare is Infinity Ward like it’s supposed to be.
  21. Nov 5, 2019
    85
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a true return to form for the franchise after some not-as-good entries in the last years, thanks to a compelling campaign and to a boots on the ground multiplayer.
  22. Nov 1, 2019
    85
    Modern Warfare is a brave new iteration, with tons of news additions and some controversial decisions in terms of design. Has a frantic and well-balanced campaign, new gunfight mode is the best multiplayer novelty in years but has also problems with some maps and co-op experience with obvious weakness.
  23. 85
    Though it disappoints with some poorly designed maps and a lack of game modes at launch, Modern Warfare is one of the best games in the Call Of Duty franchise featuring a haunting and memorable campaign that is probably the best looking game this generation.
  24. Oct 30, 2019
    85
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a great and robust product. Its camping is ok, but nothing too fancy. Pretty good Multiplayer modes. A lot of content for the users.
  25. Oct 30, 2019
    85
    After all the "divisions" and "breakpoints," Modern Warfare seems to come from a different planet. The multiplayer harks back to the days of Battlefield 2 & 3, and the single-player campaign shows war in a mature and realistic way. Finally, we have a game that makes no allowances for a lower age rating. Call of Duty is back at the top - hands down, the best shooter on the market right now.
  26. My recommendation: Play the campaign, then wait a few days before diving into multiplayer. This might be the best way to avoid cross-contamination and get the most out of these two deeply incongruent gaming experiences.
  27. Oct 29, 2019
    85
    A stacked package of single-player and multiplayer offerings, Call of Duty Modern Warfare may not hit every mark that it fires but this ballsy reinvention of the franchise is still the blockbuster benchmark that is thrilling, thoughtful and terrific.
  28. Oct 27, 2019
    85
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare successfully reimagines the iconic series. A few key mechanical additions refine combat in important ways while the campaign returns with some of the series’ best missions. With cross-play and free updates planned for the next year, Modern Warfare is just getting started.
  29. Oct 25, 2019
    85
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare offers a believable campaign that's aimed towards a mature audience, and delivers a very good experience, while the multiplayer is as strong as always. The only let down is the Ground War mode which feels relatively rushed.
  30. Oct 24, 2019
    85
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was excellent, and although Call of Duty: Modern Warfare doesn’t quite reach those same heights, it’s still a very enjoyable game. Its biggest downfall is the broken state of Special Ops in its current iteration, and the move back to kill streaks in multiplayer is a strange change of direction. The return of a campaign is welcomed for players like me who look forward to playing them every year. It’s brilliantly executed and is by far the one of the best in a very long time. Overall Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is another terrific multiplayer experience with a fresh take on the campaign that is greatly satisfying.
  31. Nov 6, 2019
    84
    Although not quite the return to greatness that many fans were hoping for, this reboot of the Modern Warfare series manages to hold its own against the glut of online shooters currently available and offers enough tweaks and revisions to the core gameplay to justify dipping into yet another annual instalment.
  32. Nov 6, 2019
    83
    It’s hard to complain about the rest of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. On a lot of levels it’s a back-to-basics approach for the series that works, with an engaging, entertaining campaign, great visuals and voice acting, some classic Modern Warfare callbacks, and a strong multiplayer mode too. If you’ve been away from the series for a long time, this would make a pretty good year to jump back in.
  33. Nov 1, 2019
    83
    A visually impressive, intense campaign meets a bucketload of multiplayer modes - although not all of them are convincing.
  34. Oct 24, 2019
    82
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare does everything fans of the franchise could ever want. You get the triumphant return of the single-player campaign; crossplay that actually works; maps and weapons available to everyone; and a robust multiplayer experience packed with over 25 maps (including Spec Ops maps) out of the box. Modern Warfare isn’t the best Call of Duty game in the franchise as the single-player and Spec Ops modes fall a little short. Yet, at the very least it pushes the series back in the right direction and fans should be plenty satisfied with what Infinity Ward has brought to the table this year.
  35. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 18, 2019
    80
    Modern Warfare is the best Call Of Duty in years, but it still can’t shake-off the cartoonish trappings. Off- and online it’s a quality shooter that does more right than wrong. [Issue#169, p.89]
  36. Nov 8, 2019
    80
    Modern Warfare isn't a home run, with its disappointing spec ops mode, camp friendly multiplayer maps and delayed texture pop-in. However, as a shooter, the latest Call of Duty is an absolute blast to play, with sublime audio effects, impressive graphics and a great single-player campaign. Recommended.
  37. Nov 7, 2019
    80
    Modern Warfare makes you love the franchise all over again. With a great campaign and an excellent multiplayer to boot this is the most fun you'll have with a shooter all year. It's a shame the Spec Ops mode doesn't live up to the hype.
  38. Nov 4, 2019
    80
    Call of Duty is undeniably a piece of propaganda fiction that glamorises and bolsters the image of war, as well as the perspective and ‘righteousness’ of western forces. That said, the campaign of this reboot of Modern Warfare tries heavy handedly, and at times problematically, to more fully and authentically tease out the ethics, complexities, and perspectives of one of our world’s biggest current conflicts. Though far from perfect, there is still absolutely some important ideas and experiences for players in this campaign, ones that may even open your eyes to a new way of thinking about warfare and the people in it - especially when thinking about ways that we can and should be fighting here in New Zealand, by accepting the refugees of these conflicts and contributing as much aid as possible.
  39. Nov 4, 2019
    80
    Infinity Ward was never going to recapture the magic of the original Modern Warfare, but this is still their most memorable Call of Duty game of the past decade. This is a bold new spin that’s uneven in places, but proves there is still room for innovation within that core template.
  40. 80
    As a well-rounded gaming experience, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare takes steps in the right direction to give itself some serious realism. Offering more grounded gameplay than instalments such as the Black Ops or Advanced Warfare games, the gunplay and controls are tight and very balanced for both the experienced and casual player alike. The only thing that the game and Infinity Ward themselves seemed to truly struggle with was the narrative – where it works in some cases, often you’re left feeling like you’re stuck in a half-concocted American political propaganda piece.
  41. Nov 2, 2019
    80
    The often dark campaign adds variety that introduces Call of Duty’s potential future and puts it up there with the best the series has ever seen; the multiplayer is as engrossing as ever, even though the poor map design causes some issues; and the Spec-Ops co-op is best avoided if you don’t have a competent and organized squad to play through with.
  42. Nov 1, 2019
    80
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s varied gameplay modes and excellent gunplay suggest the series is headed in a promising direction.
  43. Nov 1, 2019
    80
    A fascinating, if somewhat incomplete package, then. Modern Warfare is a game looking to re-carve its identity as the world’s most evocative and recognisable shooter. A tough feat, despite all the resources clearly thrown at its inception. There are clear missteps along the way as Infinity Ward walks its line, but the direction is an exciting one.
  44. Oct 31, 2019
    80
    A slickly produced, well constructed military shooter filled with thrilling set-pieces and moments of fraught tension. It’s also a good run-and-gun online shooter, which wants to bring something fresh to the way online team-based competition works in this genre but isn’t quite there yet – new maps will inevitably follow.
  45. Oct 31, 2019
    80
    This year we got a Call of Duty with an impressive single player campaign - that offers tight and immense fights for about 6 hours - along with a wealth of multiplayer modes for literally every taste. Too bad, though, that Infinity Ward tried to keep everyone satisfied thus changing the DNA of the multiplayer mode with mixed to negative results.
  46. Oct 30, 2019
    80
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has an outstanding campaign, and the multiplayer will have you itching to play just one more game over, and over, and over again.
  47. Oct 30, 2019
    80
    Modern Warfare makes meaningful tech upgrades to the Call of Duty franchise, making it look and sound better than ever while still maintaining its crisp, exciting gameplay.
  48. Oct 29, 2019
    80
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is another fantastic shooter from Infinity Ward, but it’s still just a Call of Duty game. If you’re a fan of the heights of the franchise, you’re sure to have a great time. However, for those hoping for a more daring and innovative leap, there’s not much new to see here.
  49. Oct 29, 2019
    80
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare isn't the best Call of Duty game. Hell, it's not even the best Modern Warfare game. But it does maintain the series tradition of delivering a solid feature-packed release. Modern Warfare offers a great single-player campaign and exciting multiplayer gameplay, all dressed up in excellent visuals and terrific sound. Death, taxes, and Call of Duty. The brand may long in the tooth, but it isn't ready for discharge anytime soon.
  50. Oct 29, 2019
    80
    When Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is at its best, it's easily one of this generation's best entries in the series. The campaign makes up for a so-so story with a run of brilliant missions that offer up some astonishing moments. Multiplayer treads old ground but remains highly compelling, and Gunfight is a successful addition to the list of modes. Special Ops is disappointing, with just a few missions that are all far too difficult to be fun. Overall, this is an entertaining, high-octane shooter with highs that outweigh the lows.
  51. Oct 29, 2019
    80
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is raw and intense, with a multiplayer that keeps you playing long after the short, but memorable campaign has ended.
  52. Oct 28, 2019
    80
    As a whole, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare hits all the right marks. The campaign is well done, with some very memorable moments and a decent overall story that'll overshadow some of the weaker enemies and vanilla ending. The multiplayer is as reliable as before, and the new modes provide some fresh fun, while true cross-play automatically makes it the best entry in the series due to the expanded player base. Wrapped in a presentation that provides a good preview of what a next-generation entry could look like, Modern Warfare is a very good entry for series fans who are willing to overlook the currently undercooked Spec Ops mode.
  53. Oct 28, 2019
    80
    Infinity Ward's reboot of the iconic classic doesn't surpass the original, but does a fantastic job of translating its formula into the modern era. A thrilling solo campaign alongside a robust selection of multiplayer options ensure this package is well worth a visit, even if the long-awaited return of Special Ops just about misses the mark.
  54. Oct 28, 2019
    80
    These new additions don't always land as perfectly as it feels they were intended, but there's no denying this is the freshest the series has felt for some time.
  55. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    The proposal is solid without being infallible, far from it, but enough to make the opus a legitimate spiritual son of CoD 4.
  56. Oct 24, 2019
    80
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is not just a reboot. The solo game is great, his multiplayer mode, with Gunfight, solid and efficient. The game lacks a bit of depth (more hours for the campaign in particular) to constitute the perfect picture. But not to the point of not being an indispensable part of your collection for this end of the year.
  57. Oct 24, 2019
    80
    Though the campaign doesn’t perfectly stick the landing, it finds strength in a multitude of moments that keep things intimate yet thrilling, making it almost certainly one of the series’ strongest entries.
  58. Oct 24, 2019
    80
    Modern Warfare is fast and frenetic, setting a new benchmark for fidelity and high-pressure FPS action.
  59. Oct 24, 2019
    80
    In general, Call of Duty Modern Warfare is a tight shooter that hits most of the parts you expect from a AAA shooter, while throwing heaps of new ideas into the mix. However, the few areas that I'm cold on: Ground War, Spec Ops and the few moments of the campaign when common sense gave way to a desire to shock needlessly… they're a bitter aftertaste to one of the best shooters I've played all year.
  60. Nov 12, 2019
    75
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare almost brings the franchise back to its roots with a meaningful campaign that includes memorable characters and a horrifying depiction of war, but falls short when it comes to the traditional multiplayer. New modes like Gunfight and Realism are highlights and the core game still feels as good as ever, but it won’t save you from getting continuously spawn camped.
  61. Nov 3, 2019
    75
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is one of the most refreshing and tactically immersive entries in the franchise to date, but the current state of some multiplayer components at launch and a deeply disappointing co-op mode drags down an otherwise fantastic FPS.
  62. Nov 1, 2019
    75
    Strong and spectacular shooter, landed in the millstone of its own marketing machine.
  63. Nov 8, 2019
    70
    The pitfalls of Spec Ops don't detract from what Modern Warfare does well, though. Realism mode is an excellent addition to the slate, and although not all the new multiplayer modes are great, Gunfight and the Night Vision playlist are refreshing standouts. And while the campaign ends up playing it safe in the end, it's still a memorable one, and it lays a strong foundation for where the Modern Warfare series could go from here.
  64. Nov 7, 2019
    70
    A passable entry in the long-running series, the latest Modern Warfare is polished but lacks creativity. It’s certainly more of the same as a return to a once-beloved sub-series. Sadly, it fails to invigorate and impress on the same level as the groundbreaking Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Still , the game has a dedicated fanbase and the developers undoubtedly cater to that crowd. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare lives up to the series as a whole, but ultimately fails to match up with the best of the sub-series it attempts reboot.
  65. Nov 6, 2019
    70
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare refreshes the formula by rooting itself more firmly in realism and adopting a grittier approach to both combat and to its Campaign's story. The gameplay is the smooth experience expected from the franchise and results in some fun, memorable Campaign moments and a handful of enjoyable multiplayer ones. The Spec Ops mode is a bit of a mess but could easily be fixed with a patch, while the majority of the current multiplayer maps leach the enjoyment from the classic CoD formula. Ultimately, this is a steady-as-she-goes experience that walks a good walk but fails to capture a truly elegant stride.
  66. Oct 31, 2019
    70
    I feel like this Call of Duty could evolve to become one of the best ever, as there is certainly a solid foundation to build upon. With a number of balancing patches, some new (or classic!) maps, and constant communication with the community, I think Modern Warfare will get better. For now, though, you can find me in Gunfight, which separates the brilliant from the BS.
  67. Oct 30, 2019
    70
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s campaign is more throwaway blockbuster than challenging look at conflict, but its mission variety makes for an enjoyable few hours. And even with the disappointing Spec Ops, a wealth of entertaining multiplayer modes makes this a worthwhile addition to any Call of Duty fan’s collection.
  68. Oct 29, 2019
    70
    Nowhere close to a reinvention of the series but the more serious tone is mostly successful, with an ambitious story campaign and some entertaining new multiplayer modes.
  69. Oct 28, 2019
    70
    The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot is certainly not the first game that has disappointed me at launch, and hopefully it will join the list of games I was initially disappointed with but grew to love thanks to their respective developers’ continued devotion and care. I know it’s not the safest of bets given the Call of Duty franchise’s annualized rollout, but I honestly want to see Modern Warfare continue to flourish as much as I’m sure the folks at Infinity Ward do.
  70. Nov 6, 2019
    60
    For all the technology and exceptional design this new Modern Warfare musters, the only message it can offer is woefully jejune: If governments might be mistaken in their judgments or actions, if the act of war itself might be inescapably evil, at least we can still rely on badass warriors who will do whatever it takes to hold back the evil forces that would come to hurt us in the night, to destroy us because they hate our freedom.
  71. Nov 2, 2019
    60
    All in all, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is not a large-scale return, but not a disaster either. The fact that the single player campaign is back and is of course welcomed. It's is very ambitious but most of the time it feels like we are getting more of the same. And that more of the same right now feels mostly old.
  72. Oct 30, 2019
    60
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare steps it up in the pure game-feel department; its guns, its movement, its action: it all feels the best it's ever been. Even with thrilling new modes like Gunfight and the Counter-Strike-like Cyber Attack, the maps and Spec Ops end up disappointing. The campaign itself remains a return to form for the staple Call of Duty campaign, for better or worse. Modern Warfare as a whole ends up feeling like it has the foundation for something better than it is right now, and in the months to come, it very well might be. But for now, it's just merely almost there.
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  1. Nov 1, 2019
    So yes, I spent the majority of my weekend just downloading the game. And no, I don’t think that’s anything close to excusable for any release, let alone such a mainstream, big-budget game. But Modern Warfare’s slower, more deliberate pace leads to an experience that feels very different to and more intense than the slew of recent Call Of Duty iterations. Just be prepared to spend a long time staring at a download bar.
  2. Oct 31, 2019
    Infinity Ward rekindles the Modern Warfare magic with a more tactical first-person shooter - for better and for worse.
  3. Oct 24, 2019
    While Black Ops 4 eschewed a single player story in favor of Battle Royale, Modern Warfare puts extra emphasis on its campaign.
  4. Nov 4, 2019
    As long as we’re not bullshitting here, I do not think Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a good video game. At the same time, it’s a game I enjoy playing, because I am, as I just established, a hypocrite. Or at the very least, I have been able to negotiate with myself a church-and-state separation between the well-established norms and pleasures of first-person military shooter video games, and their often specious storytelling.
  5. Oct 25, 2019
    Modern Warfare's campaign trades on the same kinds of gratuitous thrills as its predecessors, but the grim reality of 2019's actual battlefields and terror attacks is a poor fit for the Call of Duty theme park ride.
  6. Oct 28, 2019
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare features one of the best campaigns the series has ever given us, filled with complicated politics, quiet setups, and brutal moments of violence. It’s a gray world in which it may be impossible to stay on the side of the angels if you’re to stay effective. I felt fear and regret. My heart thumped in my chest, and my pupils dilated. It’s a thrill ride that wants to impart a message, but the message carries little insight, and no answers.
  7. Oct 28, 2019
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare may revel in its edgy depictions of armed conflict, but it's so one-note and routine about it that none of it really lands. It's visually impressive, and the combat all works well, but ultimately I spent hours playing something I just can't care about. I think I kind of hate it. Not because it's a bad game, but because it's just so... Call of Duty.
User Score
3.2

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 7707 Ratings

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  1. Oct 26, 2019
    2
    Players: developers promised a game with gray morality, there will be no good and bad
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  2. Oct 26, 2019
    0
    Видимо, активишн не учатся на своих ошибках, после миссии "No Russian" я думал, что коммьюнити дало знать, что нельзя придумывать такойВидимо, активишн не учатся на своих ошибках, после миссии "No Russian" я думал, что коммьюнити дало знать, что нельзя придумывать такой сюжет.Пропагандисты, моральные уроды, никакого уважение к России и к нашей истории, лишь тупорылая попытка доказать всем и вся , что Омерика Самая Лучшая и Самая Святая. Пластик, Фальш, Фу Full Review »
  3. Oct 27, 2019
    0
    You are on the right track talking about tolerance in your country, but expressing Nazism towards other countries! Bravo!!