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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Expert Review

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Rating: ★★★★☆

There’s a lot for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to live up to. Modern Warfare 2 was the biggest entertainment launch in history, making over $310 million in the first day, and provoking rave reviews.

MW3 has already broken those sales records, all without and of the controversy of the ‘No Russian’ level from the previous game. Modern Warfare 3 has one scene which seems designed to generate a little of that press attention, but the developers has sensibly shied away from making the lead character do anything too controversial. That’s not to say this is a game for kids though – it’s still a graphically violent game aimed at adults.

Finishing the Modern Warfare story

The Modern Warfare series has been praised for it’s tight, compelling, story and while the campaign story in MW3 doesn’t offer many unexpected twists, it does round off the series nicely. If there ever is a Modern Warfare 4, It’ll need a new plot.

The other thing worth knowing about the campaign mode is that it’s absolutely crazy. Crazy in a good way. Michael Bay, Bad Boys 2 crazy. You’re thrown from location to location and character to character without time to rest, while the set-piece events get bigger and crazier. The scene set in a crashing plane was a particular favourite of mine. In fact, I found myself thinking more in terms of scenes than levels, which was both good and bad. On the bad side, some levels seem so tightly scripted that you’re left feeling like you’re not controlling the game yourself. The positive is that these are often the most thrilling levels, designed like rollercoasters to race you to the finish.

The single player campaign did feel a little short, but the fact I went straight back to the beginning and started playing it again probably says something about how much fun this game is.

MW3 multiplayer

Modern Warfare 3 doesn’t make massive changes to the COD multiplayer format, but does a number of tweaks make this probably the best Call of Duty multiplayer ever. Two player Special Ops and cooperative modes return, and the multiplayer mode has gained several new modes. The best of these new modes is probably “Kill Confirmed”, which requires players to go and pick up the dog tags from their kills to get the points. This prevents players camping out in good sniper positions and adds more movement to the game.

Call of Duty or Battlefield 3

It was brave of EA to release the latest Battlefield game so soon before Modern Warfare 3, but really the games are so different. The story mode in Call of Duty, light as it is, blows the Battlefield 3 single player campaign out of the water, but as Battlefield 3 is all about the multiplayer this is where they will see the most competition. If you’re looking for massive tactical battles, you need Battlefield 3. If you want crazy, frantic action, it has to be Modern Warfare 3.


  • Great multiplayer
  • Plot is clearer than MW2
  • Immersive, cinematic atmosphere
  • So much fun


  • A bit to linear in places
  • Not a massive improvement on MW2
  • Campaign mode too short


It’s not a perfect game, but Modern Warfare 3 is a pretty perfect Call of Duty game. It would have been nice to see the developers stretching themselves a bit more to make this game unique, but instead they’ve focussed on improving on the previous games in more subtle ways, and the results really show in this extremely polished final Modern Warfare game.

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