Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review - AllAboutTheGames

AATG writes:

"Aside from the tweaks to the game's multiplayer, there's nothing in MW3 that should surprise anyone that's played any of the previous games. But for fans of the series that's no bad thing. New maps, weapons, killstreaks and modes are all that's required to keep the faithful, well, faithful. The single player, meanwhile, rather than being a throwaway companion to the real meat and bones of the game is instead a brilliant bombastic showcase of set-pieces and action. Take Call of Duty for what it is and embrace its dumb, nonsenical and scripted, but nonetheless hugely entertaining action sensibilities. Enjoy the ride. It's awesome."

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megaworm252563d ago (Edited 2563d ago )


'' 07/11/2009 at 17:04 ''

to the people who have approved this article did you even read it????????


Echo3072563d ago (Edited 2563d ago )

The person who submitted it just used the wrong link. The site really does have their MW3 review up, though it's a day early and will likely be taken down shortly.

Well written review, though. Love this line: "And for those that continue to dismiss to the series as soul-less and immature, in an industy where we celebrate games like Bulletstorm for using the term 'dick tits' or Saints Row 3 where you can bludgeon people to death with a giant dildo, perhaps some perspective is required."

Septic2563d ago

Lol that was well worded but hold up, who accuses this game of being "soul-less and immature"? It's more an accusation of "recycled and lazy development". The reviewer really desperately tried to force that comparative point across but those who perceive will clock on to the error within it. The irony of perspective.

I want to see what the big reviewers give this game. Hopefully it gets scores like this one so I can rejoice and look forward to a great game ...(although saying that, *reads reviews for the abysmal Black Ops........sigh*)

Basjohn2562d ago

At least bulletstorm was creative and fun in the gameplay department. Honestly? I had a thousand times more fun playing it than the any generic military shooter this decade.

DatNJDom812562d ago (Edited 2562d ago )

Just a quick thought.....

"Aside from the tweaks to the game's multiplayer, there's nothing in MW3 that should surprise anyone that's played any of the previous games."

Wasn't this a complaint by many reviewersaround the gaming media Uncharted 3, Resistance 3, Killzone 3, and just about every other Sony exclusive?

But when cod or gears does it, or just about any other xbox game, its totally ok?

This media is so hypocritical that its flabergasting. Yes wether you guys want to admit it or not, there is Sony hate out there. Now go ahead and disagree away, but the truth is staring all of you right in the face.

jrbeerman112562d ago

Datnjdom, I agree with you how cod never takes a hit for lack of originality. modern warfare has been selling $60 dlc for five years, yet uncharted AND gears get criticized for it and brought more to table.

Gears got more criticism for same old same old than uncharted 3 did. It really depends on what publications your reading.

Don't make this a console war, system has nothing to do with it.

Bimkoblerutso2562d ago


I agree that CoD is afforded a LOT more leeway than almost every other franchise, but I honestly don't think it has anything to do with console loyalty. For one, this is a multi-platform game. I think it's just FRANCHISE loyalty.

And Gears of War 3 has a lower aggregate average than Uncharted 3, just for the record.

Tonester9252562d ago (Edited 2562d ago )

@DatNJDom81 Well this is like their 5th game. With the same engine. So consumers are getting tired. You can compare with Madden consumers.

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Drabent2562d ago

Np its MW 2.5 anyhoo so just add .5 bro^^

Shojin12562d ago

Call of booty! (professor? whats another word for pirate treasure? well I think it booty booty. Thats what it is!!!

trancefreak2562d ago

Whatever you say man just waiting for my cod preload countdown to finish woot woot.

I know its probably old news but I got a free copy of Modern Warfare with my purchase of MW3 off of Steam. That one is a classic i don't mind playing again.

I wanna see how the original stacks up to the latest tbh.

TheBlackMask2563d ago (Edited 2563d ago )

Here we go...."perfect scores" like it's up to the same quality as Batman AC, Gears 3 or even Uncharted 3....and yet every year nothing ever changes. I hate how other games get overshadowed by this crap when games which developers have actually worked their arses off never get the sales this game gets....lets be honest the only reason people buy it because there friends are buying it and their friends, friends...and so on.

Really all this game is, is a social gimmick.


Now I guess you think I'm a Battlefield 3 fanboy because of what I've just said, seems like anyone who calls the game now loves B3 in some way <sigh>

DonaldBeck2563d ago (Edited 2563d ago )

a 5/5 for the single player campaine?... really? :/

HairyArse2562d ago

It's 5/5 for the entire package and not just the single player. If you'd actually read the review you'd know this.

Somebody2562d ago

"...the entire package and not just the single player.."

So were the reviews for BF 3 and yet it's painfully obvious that the SP that brought it's scores down from perfect.

Besides the article doesn't talk about "...the entire package.." It mentioned nothing about the graphics. Or sound. Or Elite. Wouldn't those missing features make the article more of a full review covering EVERY aspect the game?

Why would the article doesn't mention anything about the graphics? There's tons of articles praising Uncharted 3, Batman Arkham City and Rage for their graphical fidelity.

raWfodog2562d ago

@ Somebody

This same review site also gave BF3 a 5/5 so you have to stop trying to give the same scoring criteria to different review sites.

And why would they talk about graphics since everyone keeps complaining that they are the same as MW and MW2...

floetry1012562d ago (Edited 2562d ago )

Because Call of Duty isn't about the visuals. How do people not realise this yet?

Consider any of the biggest multiplayer games in the last decade and even further back. Graphics are a shell for the crux of the game. Starcraft, Diablo II, Counter Strike, Quake, Goldeneye, Timesplitters etc. None of them were mind-blowing visual packages, they just played beautifully.

antz11042562d ago

@ Somebody

Elite is a paid service beyond the game itself, why would he review the game AND that?

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Hufandpuf2563d ago

you don't have to be a fanboy of anything to see this is exactly what's happening.

ATi_Elite2562d ago

I read their BF3 review and MW3 review side by side. Both SP campaigns are the exact same and they even say how BF3 seems to just copy MW2 in which they also say MW3 is just more MW2.

they use the same references to describe both...corridor and set pieces but MW3 gets a perfect score while BF3 gets a low score.

Heartnet2562d ago

Cause Bf3 copied but did it worse than CoD....

Thats why it got a lower score lol

just accept the fact that CoD is better :)

finbars752562d ago (Edited 2562d ago )

Heartnet accept the fact that COD is better?what exactly are they better at?giving you the same game every year without change?To lazy to bring it to another level.Wow either people are really that delusional or just blind to see that there actually afraid to admit they they are stuck in activisons rut with them.Theirs no way this game is near perfect.I think translate googles review hit it right On the nail with a 7.6/10.Nothing new at all to the gameplay or innovative.It just shows that maybe more and more gamers are truly blind to what a good game really is.To be more honest I cant figure how how people actually think COD is fun?it was fun maybe 5 years ago but when when you play the same type of game over and over with the only change in it is the name.I'm glad that I'm not going to be one of the millions of suckers who will buy such rubbish when I will be playing great games like Batman,Drakes,Skyrim and even BF3 which has so much more to it in replay value.The one good news about the release of COD is that I won't have to play against chickens running around with there heads cut off in BF3 since we all know how much skill is in COD.

Veni Vidi Vici2562d ago

So you complain about COD giving us the same thing every year yet you think DICE gave us anything different with BF3? BF3 is nothing more than BC2.5. Throw in a few more vehicles and prone on top of BC2 and that's exactly what BF3 is. I can't tell you how disappointed I was in that game yet people buy it hook line and sinker because the media hype tells them to. DICE couldn't even be bothered to add any new game modes. At least IW added a couple new game modes.

I think both games are rehashes if their respective predecessors but I'm more disappointing by BF3 because it took them like 7 years to make a game that has ZERO innovation at all. They couldn't even come up with a new game type. They added nothing to it. It's basically a giant map pack. With COD, you at least get a map pack with a couple more game types thrown in.

news4geeks2562d ago

but CoD is more fun than most games, can't a game get a perfect score on fun factor alone?

Getowned2562d ago

What are you looking for to be changed in Call of duty ? people keep saying that yet they never say what they want changed,but infact it dose change and we always get new features and gametypes,new perks,new killstreaks,theatre,new weapons.I like COD not that I would defend it to the death.I just have fun with the game and don't take it seriously like many of you seem too and I'm tired of all the negativity.I never know COD was suppose to be a bad game until I started going on this site everyone else seems to like it.

RedSky2562d ago (Edited 2562d ago )

Let's see ...

1. A story with characters which aren't completely forgettable and a coherent plot.

2. Branching paths for storyline. Imagine a hostage mission where botching the rescue can send you down a completely different mission afterwards. Or at least change your objectives somehow.

3. Elite features for free. Other lesser revenue generating games and Valve are doing it, so can Activision.

4. Continued support for games past release, look at the number of updates TF2 has on the wiki, a game that is still supported but was released before CoD4.

5. Something like moving battlefields centers around capture and hold would be great. Even purely dynamic maps with conditions like weather that force you to adjust your tactics. Again I'm not saying anything new here other games have done this, and it would not in any way ruin CoD's infantry close quarters no vehicles feel.

The thing is its undeniable that every CoD release has a single player campaign with high production values, and some genuinely exciting scripted events. That the multiplayer is similarly reliably fun based on iterative changes. But 'more of the same that works' isn't 85+ score worthy, more in the realms of 75-85. At some point you have to realize that the games that are truly taking risksamd innovating need to be able to score higher and when CoD is getting 95-100 there's no room to do that.

Getowned2561d ago

Sounds like you want cod to be a different game then it is,and that you want it to be a BF3 clone.I'm not agents games that take risks at all I never said that and as for review scores I'm not a reviewer so theres nothing I can do.really it sounds like your making excuses to hate the game and want it to be BF3.Cod if Cod not BF3 and people play cod because it's cod.

RedSky2561d ago

If you read:

"Again I'm not saying anything new here other games have done this, and it would not in any way ruin CoD's infantry close quarters no vehicles feel."

So no. None of what I said has anything to do with BF3.

Getowned2561d ago

no you didn't mention BF3 but you did mention features of BF3.

"Something like moving battlefields centers around capture and hold would be great." BF3 has this.

I agree and wish they did support there games more like TF2(one of my favourit shooters on PC I can't stop playing it)

I just got MW3 a while ago and it's not bad no where near as laggy as MW2 or black ops.Fun quick fast gameplay full of chaos.My only issue is I wish they added more guns to the game not that theres a lack of them but seriously why cant they add all the guns from the previous cod games! RAH!

RedSky2560d ago

That lag is ever an issue that's not fixable on your end for an FPS astounds me. I don't know how you consolers accept being pedaled P2P instead of the option to hire/buy dedicated servers.

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Wizziokid2563d ago

5/5.. sorry but no way will a COD game be perfect, I can bet on balance issues and bugs

DonaldBeck2563d ago

modern warfare 1 was the best cod so far, but every other call of duty ive bought has been bug ridden and glitchy ever since. im passing on this one for now.

Wizziokid2563d ago

agree 100% after COD:MW the series went down hill, Not to say it's all down to the devs, they are just getting rushed so much to have a new game ready every year it must be stressful for them

raWfodog2562d ago

@ Wizziokid

COD games have a two-year development cycle. Development duties are given primarily to Treyarch and Infinity Ward to release their versions of the COD franchise every TWO years.

And there are very, very few games that I believe can be perfect out the gate but that's just my opinion. But if bugs and glitches are a criteria, then what game is 'perfect'?


@Wizziokid really?..Just how BF3 also had bugs when a review gave it a perfect score u forgot to mention it but when its Cod u remember???

Wizziokid2562d ago

when did BF3 get a perfect score :S

raWfodog2562d ago

for BF3 'perfect' review scores:

Looks like 4 critics gave it scores of '100' but, like I said before, that's just opinion so don't put too much stock in another person's opinion.

optimus2562d ago

wow, really? in the past 5 yrs. the buggiest game i have played has been battlefield 3. which i found yet another bug last night that affects gameplay...and i'm not talking multiplayer for either.

finbars752562d ago (Edited 2562d ago )

Wow optimus you must not have played cod4 or MW2 if you think BF3 is buggiest game you have played.I havnt had any problems with BF3,but we can talk about people flying around in maps or unlimited ammo crates or unlimited anything or maybe the non dedicated servers which causes about every problem there can be.So maybe before you go around and tell us that bf3 is the buggiest game in the last 5 years then my question to you is what rock have you been hiding under or maybe it's just you are in denial of how bad COD mp has always been a shit show from day one and on.

optimus2562d ago (Edited 2562d ago )

funny that you would automatically assume that i was referring to multiplayer (even when i said i wasn't). since i don't really play it...the single player is what i'm talking about and indeed battlefield 3 is the buggiest, glitchfest of a game i have played in the last 5yrs.

paranoid19712562d ago

i take it you didn't play fallout 3 or fallout : new vegas then.

optimus2561d ago

@paranoid- I did play fallout 3 for a week but I didn't get far enough to encounter any glitches or bugs cause I was sooo bored with it. I returned it. That game remains as one of the most overrated games I have ever played...and you people need to start reading carefully what I said since I did say "I". You all may have played worse games in the past but that was you, not ME...but bugs and glitches I could put up with IF a game was FUN to play which battlefield isn't...FOR ME.

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devilmaydance2563d ago

To most of the people commenting, I like how you're complaining about the score, but if you read it you would have seen it was a Modern Warfare 2 review. Shows exactly what's wrong with the industry right there.

Wizziokid2563d ago

MW2 didn't even deserve a 5/5, happy?

HairyArse2562d ago

The review has been fixed. Sorry guys, the link broke somehow.

And for those of you not actually reading the entire thing, it's a review of Single Player, Multiplayer, Special Ops and Survival