Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, released in 2011, faced the daunting task of following the highly successful Modern Warfare 2. While it continued to garner positive feedback, it didn’t quite reach the elevated expectations set by its predecessor.
Developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a first-person shooter and the eighth installment in the Call of Duty series. Following protagonists Captain John “Soap” MacTavish and Sergeant John “Price” Mitchell, players embark on a mission to thwart the Ultranationalists, a terrorist group. The game’s campaign unfolds across global locations like New York City, London, and Paris.
Metacritic Score: 81/100 (based on 54 reviews)
Praises for the Single-Player Campaign:
- GameSpot: “An excellent conclusion to a great story.”
- IGN: “Thrilling and satisfying.”
Mixed Feelings on Multiplayer:
- GameSpot: Labeled multiplayer as “a bit of a letdown.”
- IGN: Described the multiplayer mode as “solid but uninspired.”
- GameSpot: 8/10
- IGN: 8/10
- GamesRadar: 8/10
- Polygon: 8/10
- Eurogamer: 7/10
Metacritic User Score: 7.9/10 (based on 5,937 reviews)
Applause for the Single-Player Campaign:
- Metacritic User “thegameking”: Called the campaign “a great end to a fantastic series.”
- Metacritic User “JebusP”: Described the campaign as “epic and mind-blowing.”
Criticisms on Multiplayer:
- Metacritic User “LordSauron”: Labeled the multiplayer mode as “disappointing.”
- Metacritic User “xerocoolest”: Described the multiplayer mode as “a lazy rehash of Modern Warfare 2.”
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is deemed a “solid if unspectacular” sequel to its predecessor. The single-player campaign provides a “thrilling and satisfying conclusion,” while the multiplayer mode falls short of some expectations, labeled as “a bit of a letdown.” With an overarching sentiment of a game that didn’t quite surpass the heights of Modern Warfare 2, it stands as a testament to the challenges of following up a highly acclaimed predecessor.