Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360 review criticizes linear campaign

By Alan Ng - Nov 8, 2011

Modern Warfare 3 releases in a matter of hours, and if you needed further opinion from the gaming media world before going out to buy, we have an interesting review for you to read. Rather than an overwhemingly positive review though which you have probably already a lot of, this one points out a few criticisms of the game.

Criticisms you say for a Modern Warfare review? That is almost unheard of we agree as Call of Duty can seemingly do no wrong these days with gamers happy to put any criticisms aside just for the chance to play the next huge title in the franchise after Black Ops.

The review in question comes courtesy of PixelApocalypse though, as they have actually given the game an 81% percent out of 100, so it still cannot be deemded as a ‘poor’ review in any means. However, they have some criticisms about the single-player campaign in the game, complaining that it is too linear in their opinion and this is one of the factors of the game that ‘drive it into the mud.’ – Their words remember.

Here is a the key portion of their review to pay attention to: ”While Modern Warfare 3 sports a multiplayer as good if not better than Modern Warfare 2, the amazingly linear campaign really drags the game down into the mud. Why they even bother devoting resources to a campaign is beyond me. Just package up the multiplayer and sell it for $45, people will buy it!”

It gets even worse too, as the review continued to lay into the story mode: ”Modern Warfare 3′s story is comparable to Michael Bay’s Transformers movies. Nobody really cares about what the hell Indiana Jones Jr. is talking about, we just want to see big robots scrapping in the front lawn. So when the game tries to illicit an emotional response to certain events it feels forced, rushed and out of place. There is a certain level of development a character has to go through for the audience to feel any kind of empathy towards them. That just isn’t the case with Modern Warfare 3, and key moments of the game fall flat because of it.”

Aside from their gripes about the single-player gameplay, you’ll be pleased to hear that all other aspects of the game come in for praise in their review, including mulitplayer, the graphics and replayability.

If you are someone who buys a game solely due to the single-player content, you may be left a little disappointed with the campaign and story line, based on this review. Having said that, this is just one opinion remember, so we look forward to hearing to hearing what other reviews say about the story mode featured in Modern Warfare 3, and whether or not it really is the weak point of the game.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you concerned about the quality of the single-player, or are you just buying the game for multiplayer above anything else? Check out the first 15 minutes from the game here.

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