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Modern Warfare 3 review roundup

Modern Warfare 3 is finally Oscar Mike. So what are the critics saying about the latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise? 

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The graphics

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"Activision continues to wring richly detailed settings from a mostly unambitious engine, which again sets it apart from the hugely ambitious spectacle of Battlefield 3's graphics," writes the team at GamePro. "Your console version will not be compromised, your PC will not be overly taxed, and yet everything will break, collapse, or blow up at exactly the right designated moment. Not-very-bright men will be shot by the hundreds along the way. It will all be very war-like and just cinematic enough."

The graphics, part two

"Modern Warfare 3 comes to us by way of an older engine, but still looks great," notes Mr. Gallegos. "Sure, it's not among the very best out there nowadays, but it performs well. At any given time the screen appears ready to burst with effects and visual madness. Entire battles are waged before you; buildings burn and crumble while a steady flow of explosions batter your senses. This is Call of Duty, and Modern Warfare 3 collects these moments of boom in abundance, presenting them in all their 60 frames-per-second glory."

The multiplayer

"There isn't a huge list of new multiplayer features to go around, but the few that are there really work hard to change the game," writes Mike Schramm of Joystiq. "Gone is the frequent goofiness of Black Ops (no crossbow, no remote-controlled exploding cars, no zombies, no Nuketown); instead, the game offers a strong core-focused competitive game, designed to pit players against each other without a lot of fluff."

The multiplayer, part 2

"16 new maps to play on, a completely redesigned progression system for both your player and your weapons, and a newly remodeled perks system, will definitely give you plenty to unlock, and test to your heart's content," writes William Schwartz of Attack of the Fanboy. "The gameplay is largely the same as its predecessors at its core, however. Subtle tweaks from COD: Black Ops have removed diving, and of course the weapons are of the more modern variety, but all in all it's a COD game.  The biggest changes really occur in the new progression system.  You'll still be leveling your online account as usual, but this time around, getting more kills with each weapon will unlock new attachments that you can use on each gun." 

The last word

"[Modern Warfare 3 is] thrilling and familiar in equal measure – but never, ever boring," writes Dan Whitehead of Eurogamer. "That the single-player story brings the Modern Warfare saga to a fairly definitive end is, then, cause for celebration. Whatever next year's entry brings, some measure of reinvention will be essential. For now, its exuberant blend of... bravado and blockbuster gloss ensures that Call of Duty retains its crown as the shooter genre's biggest, boldest rollercoaster ride for at least one more year."


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