Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 came out yesterday and we’re expecting the announcement of new record game sales figures next week (or probably later this week, in fact).
But all hasn’t gone smoothly for the latest instalment of the biggest video game franchise going.
While critics have been pretty kind to the game, with it hitting an 88% average on the PS3 and 90% on the Xbox on review aggregation web page Metacritic, users on the site have been far less impressed.
In fact, there’s been something of a rebellion against the positive press, with a user score of a lowly 2.1 out of 10 across 340 ratings on the PS3, and a 2.6 out of 10 given in 1000 ratings on the Xbox.
Of course, there have been accusations of Battlefield 3 fanboys jumping on Metacritic to award zeroes and weigh the average down as much as possible, and that’s likely true to some extent.
But many of the scathing criticisms are well ordered and thought out, and certainly aren’t your average anti-Call of Duty vent.
Here are a few example comments pulled from the many negative thoughts on the latest episode of Modern Warfare.
‘Ravager’ said: “The singleplayer is terrible, like all of the recent games, but with an even sillier plot. This is forgivable however – who plays this game for the singleplayer? The multiplayer… well… its the exact same thing as the previous two. And to be honest, I’m sick of it.”
“Sure the previous games were good, but you can only play so much of it before getting bored. Infinity Ward could have at least TRIED to change things up but they didn’t. And I feel ripped off for paying full price for it, something like this should be an expansion or DLC or something. It doesn’t justify purchasing a new game.”
‘Doctorworm’ said: “This game only reassures that the first person shooter genre is as stale and uninspired as ever. MW3 looks and feels the same as MW2 (2009), which itself looks and feels like MW (2007).”
The major criticisms seem to be overwhelmingly that the game looks too similar to its predecessors and doesn’t change or add enough to the formula beyond superficial bits and pieces.
In the interests of balance, there were positive scores of course, and folks defending the game.
‘A Closed Door’ said: “This game expanded upon a very successful predecessor. For everyone saying its the same as MW2, what do you think a sequel is? Most sequels are like the previous game.”
“The call of duty series is for more fast pace[d] action where battlefield is for more strategic spaced out action. The gameplay is completely different an[d] it is solely personal preference which style you prefer. For me I like to mix it up and think both games are outstanding.”
It would appear the definite flavour, at least from Metacritic, is that the game reviewers have overrated Modern Warfare 3. Although that isn’t likely to make a jot of difference to those record sales numbers.