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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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  • Developer: Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Modern, Modern, Arcade
  • # of players: Up to 18
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  • Rating: M
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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
    COD MW3 is the best multiplayer game in the series. The gunplay is easily the best on any console first person shooter. It runs at a veryCOD MW3 is the best multiplayer game in the series. The gunplay is easily the best on any console first person shooter. It runs at a very smooth 60 frames per second ans has little to no lag. This is very much an improvement over Blops. Ignore the trolls and haters this game is as fun as ever. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    9
    I really like the changes they brought to franchise with this one. Kill confirmed is a great game mode that just about eliminates all campers.I really like the changes they brought to franchise with this one. Kill confirmed is a great game mode that just about eliminates all campers. There's a wider selection of hardcore game types. Not as much customization as black ops but still enough to always give you something new to try. Ability to changevparty leader is a nice addition. Maps are big but everyone gives the option of long or close range combat. I gave this a nine because nothing is perfect but for me its pretty close. Expand
  4. Nov 11, 2011
    3
    I don't know why all these people are calling the game modern warfare 2.5, I mean, yeah it looks similar but the graphics engine is wayI don't know why all these people are calling the game modern warfare 2.5, I mean, yeah it looks similar but the graphics engine is way better. The things I like about the game is the implement of the support package because it lets me play objectively without being punished by the scum of the game who like to camp and clip in corners instead of playing the game the way it's meant to be played, but unfortunately it's unforgivable how not only does the matchmaking suck and the servers lag. To top it off the COD elite service is not even working even though it's a paid service for premium members. How is it that the "Most Anticipated" game to ever be released has this many problems? You would really think that they would use part of that quarter billion+ they've already made from the first week of sales to fix these problems faster. It's not like the biggest sold game in history has financial problems. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2011
    1
    its a copy and paste of mw2 there is hardly anything new and the graphics terrible waste of money if people stop giving the game such goodits a copy and paste of mw2 there is hardly anything new and the graphics terrible waste of money if people stop giving the game such good reviews maybe activision would make a new series of games Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2011
    0
    How can you rate a game as a 0? When it is not a game.
    The game adds relatively nothing new:
    An over-the-top Michael Bays campaign (anywhere
    How can you rate a game as a 0? When it is not a game.
    The game adds relatively nothing new:
    An over-the-top Michael Bays campaign (anywhere from 6-10 hours of gameplay)
    New Spec-Ops missions
    New Maps (albeit reusing assets from even COD4)
    New Weapons

    This isn't a game, this is an expansion to MW2.
    When you innovate too much in a sequel, you can lose players by not keeping the experience of the previous game
    When you don't innovate, your essentially selling the same thing two years later for $60.
    TLDR; let me copy from MW2 like MW3 is:
    SSDD (Same S**t Different Day)
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  7. Nov 21, 2011
    0
    The same re used piece of **** that was Modern Warfare 2. More than 50% of the textures in the game are taken directly from MW2. The campaignThe same re used piece of **** that was Modern Warfare 2. More than 50% of the textures in the game are taken directly from MW2. The campaign is predictable and boring. Multi player is the same unrealistic gameplay that was in MW2. Just stop with COD already. You lost me after Cod 4. Expand

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