Modern Warfare 3 user review average plummets to 2.8 on Metacritic

Critics have taken a liking to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and its Metacritic average of 90 serves as a testament to the high quality of Infinity Ward's latest effort.

However, shift your eyes a little to the right and there's a different story being told. Negative users have flocked the review aggregator and submitted their own scores - and it ain't pretty.

At the time of writing the Activision published blockbuster holds a user review average of 2.9 based on a total of 231 ratings. Of those 56 are listed as favourable, ten have been categorised as 'mixed' while an overwhelming 165 are 'negative'.

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coolbeans2109d ago

I hear Activision's going to pay those users to change their scores, so try posting a metacritic user review for it now. :P

iamnsuperman2109d ago (Edited 2109d ago )

Who really cares about the user reviews on metacritic. Any game that as an opposite fan base always gets attacked with either 10 or 0 out of 10 scores. The user rating is redundant because of this. Its really sad this happens and people need to get a life. I am surprised by CVG for making a story on this. They should know better.

LOGICWINS2109d ago (Edited 2109d ago )

"Who really cares about the user reviews on metacritic."

Well I've seen people in 8/10(or below) Uncharted 3 reviews talk a lot about these people I guess lol. Regardless, if people want to be stupid, then let them be stupid. The Internet minority won't effect COD's success in the least.

@iamsuperman- If anything CVG is being intelligent about the situation. They know that what their doing will get them hits. I'd do the same thing if I was in their position.

Theres no such thing as bad publicity. If I ran a gaming news site, I wouldn't care if the majority of my hits came from prudent mature gamers or angry members of the "Church of Sony". Hits are matter who it comes from.

Fez2109d ago

Some people are so sad. There's loads of bad reviews on amazon too from people who blatantly haven't played the game. Lame.

gamingdroid2109d ago

Despite the user score, more people put their money on the table and buy the game over other games.

If I predicted a games success based on "internet" reception, I would be almost wrong 100% of the time. It's just a vocal minority.

taylork372109d ago


"Theres no such thing as bad publicity."

You should tell that to Penn State.

There is such thing as bad publicity and publicity that gets you hits is publicity that makes you a joke when it comes to being a trusted video game source.

MysticStrummer2109d ago

"Well I've seen people in 8/10(or below) Uncharted 3 reviews talk a lot about these people I guess lol." Aaahhh so it's only PS3 users that bring up Metacritic. Thanks for that info, LOGIC. The mods should really force you to change your name.

AliTheBrit4202109d ago

Thousands of people use 4chan and the like

and on /v/, they HATE this game, and flocking in numbers to down rate this is exactly the kind of thing they'd do

Seriously I'm willing to bet, at least 80% of those negative reviews they've not actually got or played the game.

Hope it is good, installing now, wasn't too impressed with Black Ops but I loved MW2

darthv722109d ago

for halo 3 and gears of war 2.

As if these people are just doing it out of spite. It doesnt reflect well on today's generation of gamer. More worried about the score of a game than playing the game itself.

Muffins12232109d ago

Well the average is 2.0,even games like Dora the explorer had higher ratings than this...

Commander_TK2109d ago

I don't know why ever one would take actual time of his life to hate down a game just because it's popular and they have never played it. Reminds of me when the The Dark Knight fanboys gave The Godfather 1/10 scores so it would drop The Dark Knight on IMDB.

zero_gamer2109d ago

I don't like CoD but I agree, this is pathetic. Then again gamers have multiple lives and there's always a 1UP laying around somewhere so wasting one of their lives on irrelevant bull like user reviews isn't such a bad idea I guess...

Iroquois_Pliskin2108d ago

Its what they deserve for recycling the game from MW2



Nothing better to do than attack Sony fans...I think someones all sore cause they can't buy a PS3...haters gonna hate lol

Fail big time loser!

snipes1012108d ago

double post but comment I replied to got blocked so:

This is really just a desperate and petty move on the part of the people who act all vindicated in their dislike of this franchise. It's just immature. Stop, it just looks pathetic.

It's even funnier to watch these types of things happen when the game is PROBABLY (note the word usage) going to sell 5-6 million copies in the first 24 hours.

Not saying sales are indicative of quality, but I am saying that pretty much everyone is ignoring these immature individuals and their childish attempts at bringing this game down.

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reznik_zerosum2109d ago

bobby kotick cried all the way to the bank

Gamer19822109d ago

Just proves critics talk out there a***s. The people speak. they are sick and tired of COD fever. People buy the game snot because they are good but because of the hype and because its the only way they can continue to play there COD buddies. As they have a good way of making you upgrade even though you dont need to.

banner2109d ago

And why does that bother you ppl so much? You have a few hundred saying it sucks and a few million saying they love it.

Let the cod players play in piece! Enjoy bf3, uc3, gears 3 etc. Too many games out and coming out to be worried about cod.

I personaly think the game is fun. Soooo.

boommuffin2109d ago

i honestly was planning to skip MW3 for skyrim on friday but i got on today & i had a billion msgs from friends telling me how much more polished it feels & that its overall better than past games so now im thinking maybe its worth checking out

poopface12108d ago (Edited 2108d ago )

LOL "GAMER." You should change your username as you are clearly a fanboy, and not a gamer.

Seems more likely that the people giving a NON-broken game that they have never played are a bunch of 1s are just butthurt fanboys.

princejb1342108d ago

i didn't buy this game for friends since all my friends have a 360 while i have a ps3, i bought it for myself because the game series is fun to play

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ZippyZapper2109d ago

Funny most of those low reviews read just like the comments above.

coolbeans2109d ago

That is a good observation. Not suprising when considering the two tenets of n4g:

-Slam CoD year round

-Praise every PS3 exclusive, unless the majority say otherwise.

poopface12108d ago (Edited 2108d ago )

lol, I bet alot of those 1/10 reviews came from all the butthurt people in here.

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Majin-vegeta2109d ago

OMG can it really be??People are actually starting to see that cod has not changed for crap since 2007 and have been paying for expansions??Only one can hope so.But i'm afraid it's until they announce the new cod and same sh*t different year sigh.

bestofthebest2109d ago

Why would they change something that's a success do you really think they would completely change cod and make something new that people might hate. Cod is doing a good job of giving fans what they want.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF2109d ago

Socom used to be the best. The first 2 were awesome. Then they changed it a bit, and part 3 came out. And talk about suck. And then the last 2 that have come out. Real crappy!

Sometimes you don't fix what isn't broke. Sales show COD is better than ever and wanted more than ever. I fully expect with the power of next gen consoles, you and I will see the destruction and change needed with more power.

Spitfire_Riggz2109d ago

You are right, they shouldnt change anything.


KonGreat2109d ago

While I actually quite enjoy CoD's gameplay. I wish they gave out more content or was more innovative with game modes (and I'm not talking about one new game mode).
I mean, what the hell do they do actually?
And MW2 seems to be the same as MW3 with just a few new things as they removed the kill streaks (oh my what an effort!) and CoD elite (BF2 had a similar thing to this, although a much more complicated buddy system).

finbars752109d ago (Edited 2109d ago )

Well wouldn't activision just give everybody a revamped modern warfare4 instead of charging everybody for a full price game?They could just easily give dlcs out for the last 6 years for the same game but instead the cod fanboys only play the same thing over and over while other great games that blow cod out of the water get over looked by just the number game.Change is in need and cod has actually ruined the gaming world.this isnt really about keeping the fanboys happy its about activision manipulating gamers in thinking that your playing something good when it's all about there wallet getting bigger and bigger.I could care less what you and others think of my comment but it's reality and you can't deny the fact that greed has played a big part in cod milk station in the last 7 years.Enjoy playing your fun game supposedly with your over priced dlc and lazy developers.

frostypants2109d ago

"Cod is doing a good job of giving fans what they want..."

...over and over and over again and asking them for $60 every year for minor tweaks.

Le'ts face facts: the MW series (which to me includes every CoD since MW that has included the original MW's originally innovative concepts) has become the Madden of FPS games...i.e., people only buy it because everyone else is buying it.

Sure it's fun, and sure, I'm one of the suckers, be let's get real...the series is getting real stale and the developers are getting lazy.

ambientFLIER2109d ago (Edited 2109d ago )

"over and over and over again and asking them for $60 every year for minor tweaks"

Yes, minor tweaks, and oh...A WHOLE NEW CAMPAIGN AND 16 NEW MP MAPS...but wait, they should have released them as DLC for COD4, right? Yep, sure, $15 for 5 maps, that makes it $45 DLC for multiplayer, plus another $15 or so for the new campaign DLC...for the grand total of....$60, same as MW3 price.

SuspendedSphere2108d ago (Edited 2108d ago )

@The haters

Been playing CoD since 2003, ie when the series launched. Even though I tell myself I'm not going to I still find myself in the store picking the game up like clock work, I have done this for 8 years now. Finbars, there was a huge leap between CoD1 to CoD2, and CoD2 to CoD4 visually and gameplay wise. I agree that since WaW, it's gotten pretty stale and feels a bit directionless at this point, but dont paint CoD's whole history as something derivative. There was a time when CoD was AMAZING.

CoD isn't the perfect shooter and I find myself incredibly tired of the SP. The on rails, scripted to hell and back that doesn't even let you shoot dudes until they finished their scripted event is just deadly boring and irritating. It should really be noted though that few shooters this console generation have diverged heavily from this rollercoaster to boredom. So really? Why is CoD the problem again?

I buy CoD because it's something I've done since the series launched, hell my copy of the CoD1 expansion pack United offensive is around here somewhere. It's pretty naive and pretty dumb to say that N4G users who pick up CoD are the kinds of knobs who only buy CoD every year. We aren't, I'm not, eff you.

Oh and Finbars would you pm me a list of these great games. What are the bets it's games that merely look better and have SP campaigns that are braindead stupid and commit the same scripted rollercoaster sins that CoD commits all the while never feeling like it plays as smooth as CoD.