REVIEW: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Overall Verdict)

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Name: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Genre: First Person Shooter

Platform: Xbox 360 (reviewed), PS3, PC

Price: £38.91 from Amazon on Xbox 360
£38.91 from Amazon on PS3

£34.91 from Amazon on PC

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Single Player Review
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Multiplayer Review
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Special Ops Review
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Elite Review

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You’ve checked out our single player, multiplayer, Elite and Special Ops reviews, and now here is our final verdict on Modern Warfare 3. Has the most-anticipated game of all time lived up to the hype?

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Modern Warfare and the rest of the Call of Duty series had too long sat unchallenged at the top of the first person shooter pile. Each year there’d be a new title, and each year rival shooters would cower in the shadows, pushing release dates back and fading into obscurity, and with good reason; the COD/Modern Warfare games wiped the floor with practically all pretenders to the gun-toting throne.

But this year was different. For the first time in years there was a real challenger, a true contender to rock Modern Warfare’s dominance in the shape of EA’s Battlefield 3. It was (in-game, in pre-order sales and in the insults traded by the rival developers) war; Modern Warfare 3 vs Battlefield 3.

Battlefield 3 is a good game. A great game even. That Modern Warfare 3 feels so massively better than its nearest rival goes to show just how excellent a package it is that the developers over at Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer have crafted.

The single player campaign is like riding a rollercoaster strapped with guns on it through a series of ever-bigger explosions. You may well be on a linear path, but blasting through the truly outlandish set pieces on offer here will have your jaw dropping like a sky-diving yo-yo. It’s not arty, nor is it clever, but it is a lot of fun.

That all those great moments can be refined into two minute slabs of pure, exhilarating fun in the Special Ops modes is a real delight, which even the most hardened Modern Warfare veterans will find a challenge to master.

Multiplayer, as any COD/ Modern Warfare fan knows, is where the real game truly lies though, and Modern Warfare 3 is no exception. Tightly-crafted, well-balanced gunplay is complemented in this third outing with inventive new game modes such as Kill Confirmed, while new Perks and the weapon-levelling system will keep you playing until you’re a digital Rambo out on the battlefield. The new strike packages system, rewarding offensive and supporting play-styles equally is a real boon for the series; for the first time veterans and noobs can play together without being too detrimental to the other’s game. It’s still not quite a level playing field, but now at least both parties can have an equal stake in shaping the outcome of a match, and all will put their controllers down with a smile on their faces.

You could argue that Modern Warfare 3 barely strays from the blueprint laid down by the original Modern Warfare. However, if the 2007 title laid the foundations, 2011’s iteration sees those foundations grow into a towering monument of a game. Sure, the single player is still a little simple for our liking, but it’s still the best Modern Warfare campaign yet, and still better than 90% of shooters out there. That’s without even looking at the staggering multiplayer and Special Ops offerings, or the ridiculously comprehensive Elite stat-monitoring and networking systems.

Modern Warfare 3 would have sold mountains of copies even if the developers had been completely complacent, but there have been real efforts to push the series forward in all departments. Modern Warfare 3 sees the series retain its place at the top of the first person shooter pile, and deservedly so.

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Score: 5/5

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Gerald Lynch

Gerald LynchREVIEW: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Overall Verdict)
  • Oliver

    I know it's a bit late but your Modern Warfare 3 reviews are top notch! Will be looking forward to reading your Blacks Ops 2 reviews!

  • Oliver

    I know it’s a bit late but your Modern Warfare 3 reviews are top notch! Will be looking forward to reading your Blacks Ops 2 reviews!