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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

We’re not sure why it’s such a big deal.

November 08, 2011
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Introduction

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the follow-up to 2009's intensely popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and is the eighth Call of Duty game overall. If you've walked into any store that sells video games since its release on November 8, 2011, you've probably seen posters advertising it, or heard people talking about it. However, it's more likely you're one of the 6.5 million people who bought the game when it launched. The back of the box says, "The best selling franchise in Xbox 360 history," and likewise, the PS3 and Wii versions follow suit. So yeah, it's kind of a big deal.

The Modern Warfare games have become something of an industry standard for video games, specifically for military-based, first-person shooters. They boast a mix of realism and over-the-top, explosive action, and Modern Warfare 3 makes no exception to this rule. Fans tend to consider it to be the best of Battlefield 3's realistic warfare and Gears of War 3's "summer blockbuster" pacing. Critics tend to consider it to be a shallow mash-up that is overhyped and underdeveloped. Love it or hate it, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is here to stay.

We sat down with the game and a nice chunk of time, and carefully delved into the campaign and multiplayer modes. Doing our best to ignore both the good and the bad hype, we gave the game an objective inspection*, though one not lacking in considerable previous experience. We neither adore the Call of Duty series, nor do we have any prior grudges against it. We did our best to take Modern Warfare 3 as simply an individual product, at least where gameplay is involved.

That said, we're not really sure why it's such a big deal.

*This review is based off of the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, though observations concerning elements of the game outside of specific controllers and graphical presentation should be considered to apply to all versions of the game.

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  2. Gameplay
  3. Storytelling
  4. Graphics & Atmosphere
  5. Multiplayer
  6. Conclusion
  7. Photo Gallery
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