Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Nov 5, 2019
    Modern Warfare returns the saga to its best moments, something it needed, and brings us one of the best franchise campaigns. But it's still the same old COD.
  2. Nov 1, 2019
    Call of Duty is back to its former glory with this Modern Warfare reboot, and is easily the best military shooter out there. The single-player campaign is pure gold, although short as always, and the multi-player that the franchise is know for is back to give you an almost complete package. Future looks very bright for the series.
  3. Nov 1, 2019
    One of the best single player campaigns ever seen in a shooter and a multiplayer renewed in all its components make Call of Duty: Modern Warfare a must have videogame.
  4. Oct 24, 2019
    It is a very well put together game, from the reimagined single-player campaign, the 'hard-as-nails' cooperative mode (spec-ops) to the addictive and refined PvP with crossplay, no loot boxes, and an upcoming battle pass.
  5. Oct 28, 2019
    Modern Warfare offers an intense, violent and raw campaign accompanied by a leisurely, tactical, and methodical multiplayer. A new era is born.
  6. Oct 29, 2019
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a fresh and exciting reboot that feels completely new yet satisfyingly familiar. It breathes new life into the franchise by updating and modernizing what many consider to be one of CoD‘s best sub-series. Not every new addition or tweak lands perfectly, but overall Modern Warfare is a great package.
  7. Oct 28, 2019
    Turns out a reboot is just what the doctor ordered. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the best the series has been in quite some time.
  8. Nov 12, 2019
    The story could have gone more in-depth, but Infinity Ward's attempt at modernizing Call of Duty is overall mostly a success, with an impressive variety of missions on the campaign, and some tweaks that balance the gameplay in multiplayer.
  9. Mar 18, 2020
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare serves up the freshest take on a stale formula in years, with a new engine and revitalised multiplayer mode that takes full advantage of a finely-tuned weapon customisation system and some welcome changes to ballistic mechanics. While Spec Ops fails to deliver much long-term attraction, the story mode proves there’s plenty of justification for a narrative element in a modern shooter. Free maps and updates bring everyone onto the same page in multiplayer, but Infinity Ward's take on the battle pass template still needs some work.
  10. Nov 4, 2019
    Its fundamental gameplay, its graphics, and its daring new modes - like NVG - are quite promising... and entertaining, after all.
  11. Nov 3, 2019
    As pure entertainment, Modern Warfare is well-crafted, but as a game that professes to reveal the harsh realities of war it has surprisingly little to say. New multiplayer modes help keep things fresh, but Special Ops feels unnecessarily punishing.
  12. Nov 1, 2019
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s varied gameplay modes and excellent gunplay suggest the series is headed in a promising direction.
  13. Nov 1, 2019
    Gunplay, graphics and sound are all superb — everything you’d expect from a Call of Duty game. Each level is unique, and there are welcome changes of pace throughout. In recent COD releases, the campaign is often overlooked in favour of the multiplayer. But if you’re after an emotional, action-packed thrill ride, you shouldn’t skip out on this one.
  14. Oct 30, 2019
    While Modern Warfare certainly has its issues, I’m having a really terrific time with it.
  15. Oct 30, 2019
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Spec Ops mode is a big disappointment, though fans will find plenty to love about the campaign and multiplayer. After the disappointing Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare feels like a return to form for Infinity Ward, and it will be exciting to see what the studio produces next.
  16. Oct 29, 2019
    Ultimately, I came away from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare confused about how to feel about it. I’m always down for some Call of Duty campaign nonsense and was super looking forward to it after Black Ops 4 skipped it entirely. When I started this story, I was stoked. It felt great to play, looked better than any previous entry, and seemed to have some real dramatic ambition. But then the story got going, and it was less thematically coherent than a Tom Clancy game. Both the campaign and (currently divisive) multiplayer add a lot of new angles and depth to the usual Call of Duty experience. Unfortunately, that all comes at the cost of a good story, and the last Modern Warfare had a great story.
  17. Oct 29, 2019
    Though the multiplayer is still essentially stuck in its ways, it still retains a solid framework and enough new innovations to bring some life. The single player is a stand out however, with its exceptionally bleak but thought-provoking and resonating campaign, and it is this which means Modern Warfare proves the franchise still has life in its bones and is the best Call of Duty game of this generation.
  18. Oct 24, 2019
    Modern Warfare is an excellent addition to the Call of Duty franchise. The story felt like a serialized TV show, and most of the multiplayer action is fun. There are few places where the game falls, but not enough for me not to recommend it.
  19. Nov 3, 2019
    CoD: Modern Warfare brings back a very cinematic and thought-provoking campaign to the series coupled with a state-of-the-art engine, but it's in its multiplayer modes where it fails to convince due to balancing problems that end up encouraging campers and the removal of many small improvements the series had during the years. The co-op Specs Ops mode feels under-developed and too basic, too. All in all, the most disappointing episode in the series this gen.
  20. 70
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a mixed bag. A fantastic returning campaign, some decent multiplayer and terrible co-op makes MW an interesting entry.
  21. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Nov 18, 2019
    If you don’t mind being killed by the odd nuke – how anyone can score 30 consecutive kills is beyond our tiny minds – PvP could swallow your damn life. Pair it with a gutsy (if insensitive) campaign, and this tonally conflicted series continues to stay relevant thanks to the best guns in the biz. [Issue#184, p.68]
  22. Oct 30, 2019
    Both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Campaign and Multiplayer may have some issues, but generally, I had a good time with each mode.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 1335 Ratings

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  1. Oct 26, 2019
    thanks for this propaganda **** - no good gameplay, no good story, only bad russians
  2. Oct 26, 2019
    Пропаганда и русофобия, считаю для себя эту игру оскорблением
  3. Oct 28, 2019
    I am not Russian, but I agree with this opinion. This is so hypocrisy, Russia is not perfect, but compared to the United States they are justI am not Russian, but I agree with this opinion. This is so hypocrisy, Russia is not perfect, but compared to the United States they are just saints. Look at your history, racism, segregation, slavery, the genocides of entire nations, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the invasion of Arab countries with permanent civilian casualties and rapes. Do you have any criticism for yourself? You said in an interview that there will be no black and white in the game. Look, for example, at the game Spec Ops The Line, they were perfectly able to show a gray morality, or the film Apocalypse Now, what was the problem in doing the same? I didn’t think your screenwriters are so dumb or his brain is washed. When you offend a single feminist or gay you have a scandal, but when you offend an entire nation, everything is fine. These are double standards. With this attitude, you spoil your reputation, people have a reciprocal aversion to the United States and its pop culture Full Review »