At this point, trying to critique Call of Duty is like trying to write a review of the Beatles: everyone already pretty much knows what they think and probably doesn’t care what you have to say. That doesn’t stop anyone from trying. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 set massive sales records and it’s getting some great reviews even though a few game critics think the concept might be lacking in originality.
Mclatchy-Tribune News thinks MW3’s “core elements of multiplayer and the campaign remain fundamentally unchanged, but the game serves as a great example of how many subtle tweaks can add up to an improved overall product.”
The Associated Press calls the new version “loud, flashy, dumb” but “it all looks and sounds spectacular; developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games had a lot to live up to with this sequel, but all the behind-the-scenes drama doesn’t seem to have diminished the quality of the production.”
USA TODAY gives the game 3.5 out of 4 stars but says that CoD’s “multiplayer has become the Madden of first-person shooters. With annual releases, don’t expect the overall experience to change drastically.”
PlayStation LifeStyle says that CoD is “like a chain restaurant – you know what you are going to get before you set foot in the restaurant. Maybe there are better restaurants out there with better food, but sometimes you just want some salad and breadsticks. While there is no delicious food involved, what you will get withMW3 is lots and lots of action.”
Those progressives at the Guardian worry about the morality of war games, but love MW3 anyway, calling it “a rampaging shooter with a moral compass so bent out of shape, your head spins at the madness of it all. Yet really, if you want to ask questions about the morality of war as entertainment, you should perhaps begin your quest with Homer or even chess. This game isn’t for you. It never was, and it never will be.”
First the Wall Street Journal complains about all the hype, but then admits “it’s not hype if you can walk the walk as well as you talk the talk. Everything about this game, released Tuesday for the Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii, PC and Nintendo DS is superlative.”
CNET says MW3 “iterates rather than innovates, so the fun you have is familiar. Fortunately, it’s also utterly engrossing and immensely satisfying, giving fans another reason to rejoice in this busy shooter season.”