3.2 user score on Metacritic. 2,639 negative user reviews and 265 mixed user reviews. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 may have sold millions and millions of copies, earned an 88/100 score on Metacritic (88.36% on GameRankings), but it has been hugely criticized by the online gaming community. Scores of 0/10 and 1/10 are prevalent as people hate and hate on the game. But wait a second — is Modern Warfare 3 really that bad? Unsurprisingly, the answer is no — Modern Warfare 3 is actually pretty awesome.
First, let’s take a look at some quotes of reviews written by users on Metacritic, completely unedited.
“I can’t be arsed to type my utter disgust about how much this game sucks.” – Sawnik 98
“They literally LITERALLY did not change a thing from MW2.” – InTheRain
“For a game that feverishly claims to be the most anticipated title this year, nay, the greatest title of all time, this failed to meet my all already low expectations.” – Deathmasque
“Disappointing on all fronts. It’s a reskin of a 2 year old game with a multiplayer map pack and different singleplayer that’s riddled with stupidity and cliches in bulk while still being insanely short” – stonefacedrussi
Indeed. As these sophisticated and refined gentleman have so generously pointed out, there are not a lot of differences between Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3. In fact, I wrote an editorial about this annual release subject right before Modern Warfare 3, claiming that Modern Warfare 3 could very well mark the end of the Call of Duty franchise. However, I was wrong. Did it reach the same heights as the previous games? No, not at launch. Was the campaign bad? Yes. Was the multiplayer all to familiar? Yes. But Modern Warfare 3 never deserved less than a 7/10 (I myself rated the game 8/10), and especially nowadays, with numerous free updates making Modern Warfare 3 just as good as all the other Call of Duty games by comparison.
Modern Warfare 3 gets a bad rap. The annual release schedule from Activision and franchise fatigue has left a bad taste in the mouth of consumers, but Black Ops II is looking to change all that around by providing a decidedly different Call of Duty experience. Whether or not that pays off or if it winds up just being more of the same remains to be seen, but in the meantime, check out why Modern Warfare 3 is actually a good game, if not a great game now.
One of the strongest features in Modern Warfare 3 was Spec Ops. This mode was with the game at launch, and it proved to be the best mode in the entire game. Taken from Modern Warfare 2, the Spec Ops missions require players to play through very difficult co-op missions. Some of these missions are based on the single-player campaign, others are created specifically for Spec Ops. At any rate, their challenging nature and focus on co-op make these levels extremely entertaining.
But Spec Ops branched off in Modern Warfare 3 to contain a game mode that was even more fun. Called Survival, this mode is Call of Duty’s take on the Horde Mode made popular by Gears of War. However, it feels a lot different than Horde at the same time, and the result is a fun, fresh co-op experience that actually make the otherwise bland and boring maps seem awesome!
In Survival, players are faced with wave after wave of enemies. They earn points and cash by surviving waves and defeating the enemies. The cash can be used to purchase perks, new weapons, new equipment, and more. As each wave of enemy approaches, they become stronger, adding dogs with C4 strapped on their backs and powerful Juggernauts.
Spec Ops is a major reason to purchase Modern Warfare 3. The game mode is a ton of fun, providing countless hours of entertainment and value, a genuine challenge, and it is incredibly engrossing. I have dumped hours upon hours into Spec Ops, upgrading my character, and trying to beat my high scores as well as the high scores of my friends.
Probably the best addition to Modern Warfare 3 has been the Community Playlists. It’s not uncommon to play a game of Call of Duty multiplayer, then be bombarded with invites to private matches by people that want to play games with specialized roles. Infinity Ward has taken the most popular of these community matches and gave them their own playlist, making these popular modes much more accessible and widespread.
I was hugely disappointed when the Wager Matches from Black Ops did not make it in the transition to Modern Warfare 3. Those game types proved to be some of the most outright fun and entertaining game types I’d ever played in Call of Duty, and they added a ton of originality to the already tired multiplayer formula. Modern Warfare 3 did retain Wager Matches, but only for offline play (interestingly enough, Wager Matches could only be played in Black Ops online) and private matches.
However, Wager Matches have since been added to the Community Playlists. Not all of the Wager Matches have been included, but there are two that are a lot of fun and a third game type that has been newly added that I would love to see make it over to Black Ops II, if Black Ops II actually has Wager Matches.
The first game type is One in the Chamber. In this game type, players have one bullet every time they spawn, and they have a pistol. They can gain more bullets by killing their enemies. Everyone has three lives, and the last person standing wins the match. Modern Warfare 3′s open-ended maps prevent people from camping like they did in Black Ops, making One in the Chamber a lot better when playing the Modern Warfare 3 take on things.
The other Wager Match is my personal favorite, Gun Game. While the weapons in Modern Warfare 3 lack the personality of those found in Black Ops, Gun Game is still as fun as ever. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, players all start with the same gun, and then every time they get a kill with that gun, they move on to the next rank until they’ve cycled through all the weapons and won the match. Players can “humiliate” other players by knifing them, which brings them down a rank.
And finally, the new game type introduced in Modern Warfare 3 is called All or Nothing. In this mode, player begin with no ammo, and are forced to knife each other at the start. After killing enemies, players are given ammo, which gives them a somewhat better chance to survive. The game continues until a player reaches the point limit or the time runs out.
Inspired by the game type of the same name from the Halo franchise, Infected is Call of Duty’s take on the “zombie” ideology. One player starts out Infected, and then they can kill the other players on the map, in turn making them infected. The game continues until the time runs out and the survivors win, or until every person in the game becomes infected.
This mode is a lot of fun, and once again, it actually makes the maps in Modern Warfare 3 shine. When playing the standard multiplayer, Modern Warfare 3′s maps are largely disappointing and lame. But when played in Spec Ops or on Infected, the brilliance of the maps really shine through, and I was able to look at each map in a whole new light.
Playing as the Infected is also very fun in Modern Warfare 3. The Infected players have only a throwing knife and a combat knife to fight the survivors, which creates fun, tense moments and thrilling gameplay. Obviously, I hope this game type makes it over to Black Ops II, or else Activision and Treyarch will be seriously dropping the ball; there’s no reason for Modern Warfare 3 to make this progress and then Treyarch goes and abandons it!
Modern Warfare 3 has seen more DLC released for it than any other game in Call of Duty history. “DLC drops” have been released for those that subscribe to Call of Duty Elite, and Content Packs have been released for those unwilling to subscribe to the service. In fact, there are even more DLC packs on the way as of the time of this writing.
However, there has also been DLC for Modern Warfare 3 released for no cost. The best kind of DLC is the free kind of DLC, so check it out:
A new game mode added into the game through DLC is Face Off. This mode sees games of 1 vs. 1, 2 vs. 2, or 3 vs. 3 on small maps. These are intense matches that require players to really work together, and add a deeper dimension to the otherwise predictable Call of Duty multiplayer gameplay.
To go along with Face Off are exclusive, specially made maps. Some of these maps have to be purchased or received through a Call of Duty Elite subscription. Other maps have been released for free to take advantage of Face Off mode, which has its own dedicated playlist now.
Just released on May 16th were two free maps that work with Face Off. These two maps are called Aground and Erosion. They are small maps to take advantage of the small player size, and they are a lot of fun. Face Off is another game mode that better return in Black Ops II, as it is a lot of fun, and shows that even if the core Infinity Ward team has left the building, there are still talented developers at the studio.
Terminal is one of the most popular maps in Call of Duty history. It originally released with Modern Warfare 2, and it is a multiplayer map that takes place at an airport hangar, with a fully explorable terminal and a large plane that can be explored as well. Terminal was just re-released as free DLC this summer for Modern Warfare 3.
Terminal’s design makes it one of the best Call of Duty maps of all time. The game has charm and a unique personality. The design of the map makes it fun for virtually every single game type that Call of Duty offers. The Infected mode is especially fun on Terminal, and while setting up a game with matchmaking, whenever Terminal is an option, virtually everyone will vote for the map.
So you see, there is a lot to love about Modern Warfare 3, and the game has only gotten better with age. With the additions added through paid and free DLC, plus the other updates added to the game, Modern Warfare 3 has become one of the better entries in the series. It didn’t launch that way necessarily, but if you are one of those MW3 haters with a poor command of the written word writing reviews on Metacritic, then I recommend going back and enjoying the newly added features of the game.