Ed Smith of VideoGameOlogists.com writes:
"There’s something very unsettling about the Modern Warfare series. The original game opened with the SAS unceremoniously executing guards while they slept in their bunk beds. From there it went on to kill you and your entire squad in a game that, for the most part, portrayed warfare as a costly, futile and bloodthirsty endeavor. Between then and this year’s third installment, things have changed dramatically. Gratuitous explosions, slow motion effects and melodrama have replaced the cold indifference of the original game. The Call of Duty series has always dealt in spectacle and grandeur, but now there seems to be no room for irony."