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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
    Im only here to give it a 10 because I'm fed up with losers and these so called hipsters who thinks its awesome to bash something popular. IIm only here to give it a 10 because I'm fed up with losers and these so called hipsters who thinks its awesome to bash something popular. I honestly wouldn't give MW3 a 10, probably a 7 if im honest, but this needs to be done to level it a little bit. I urge everyone else to do the same. It's never been cool to mark popular stuff down and it never will be. People need to wake up and smell the coffee. The bunch of losers. 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. Nov 8, 2011
    2
    Just played MW3 for a few hours as well and it's no surprised that it plays just as it has been called MW2.5. Just look at the differenceJust played MW3 for a few hours as well and it's no surprised that it plays just as it has been called MW2.5. Just look at the difference between the previous CoDs up until CoD4 which was revolutionary at the time for FPS and now, MW2 to MW3. Extremely disappointing and lazy game development from the same graphical dated graphical engine to the HUDs, sounds and the gameplay formula. While I can't deny that people can still have fun with the game as long as they want more of the same, the novelty of the series in itself has worn off and the differences and improvements with MW3 do little in the way of shaking off deeply as the same game we've been playing for years. Also, same crappy micheal bay campaign. Overall, once you've played one of them after CoD4, you've played them all. No need for this game. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2011
    1
    No zombies ... The only thing that was better then battlefield you took away
    This game is a joke . The multiplayer maps are to maze like I
    No zombies ... The only thing that was better then battlefield you took away
    This game is a joke . The multiplayer maps are to maze like I played it for 1 hour before I put bf3 back in .
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  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 20, 2011
    0
    Look at what this video game industry has become today. Quality is no longer present. It is all greed. For those of you who actually find thisLook at what this video game industry has become today. Quality is no longer present. It is all greed. For those of you who actually find this game enjoyable, all the more power to you. Ignorance really is bliss. I pity you. Activision won't get a single dollar from me until this entire franchise is trashed. Expand

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