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Modern Warfare 3 embarassed by Metacritic reviews – Is criticism justified?

On the launch day of Modern Warfare 3, we initially told you about some of the negative review scores that the game was receiving on Metacritic. It has been three days since then, and we can tell you that the situation has deteriorated, even prompting the Sledgehammer Games boss to ask for help to improve scores.

For those of you who don’t know, Metacritic lists both reviews from gaming critics, and also reviews submitted by the user. As you can imagine, the critic reviews are largely in favor of the game, but the negative reviews are continuing to pour in from users, with many opting to score the game a 0.

Of course there are notable criticisms with the game like re-used content and the old argument about the same engine and game formula, but it definitely doesn’t deserve a score of 0. It just goes to show how powerful gaming opinion is on the internet, and if a collection of gamers group together and speak out on something they don’t like, the whole world is going to know about it.

In this case, gamers are not happy paying $60 for a game they feel is a lot like Modern Warfare 2, adding on top the fact that Elite doesn’t appear to work as advertised at the moment and the fact that incoming expensive DLC is surely going to make things worse for those who are already feeling hard done by.

A story published by IGN a few hours ago reveals that Glen Schofield, co-founder of SledgeHammer games actually took to Twitter to ask for help in solving the metacritic problem. His tweet asking gamers to vote in favor of the game was perceived as ‘begging’ by IGN and although Schofield has now removed the Tweet in question, here is what he said:

“I don’t usually do this but, if u like MW3 go 2 Metacritic.com & help our user score. It’s suspiciously low. Be honest but help if u agree.”

At the moment, we can tell you that Metacritic scores from users remain embarassingly low for the game. This is on all platforms as well, as the current score for PS3 is 2.3, Xbox 360 is on 3.1 and PC is the worst of all at 1.5 – ouch.

What are your thoughts on the game first of all – is all this online criticism really justified? Will you go on to Metacritic to ‘help’ the game, or do you view it as ‘begging’ as well?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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