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 & 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.

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My metacritic user scores are gone… I reviewed three games before mw3 and i gave that game a 1 and now i cant find any of my reviews… Cool Meta. Cool.


Mw3 Sucks.


It is mostly the fanboys doing that, but I wouldn’t say it’s ‘begging’. I kind of feel bad for Sledgehammer because it’s Treyarch and Activision and partly IW who have messed up the franchise.


My comment is this. If your game just sold 9.3 million copies in 24 hours why would you waste your time with a Metacritic user score? We all KNOW the BF3 fanboys have multiple accounts on there and are giving false 0 score reviews. I saw someone admit to as much on YouTube and get nothing but praise for doing so. My opinion is this: So what? Who gives a crap. I don’t. And this Sledgehammer Games moron shouldn’t either. You wanna know what he should care about? His game just sold more copies in 24 hours than most games… Read more »


Loved modern warfare,,, thought world at war was great,,, liked modern warfare2 and loved black ops,,, but modern warfare 3 is breaking my heart,,, I’m a dedicated cod fan on ps3 and I can’t get my head around this game at all,,, crap shotguns,,, crap maps that just seem really cluttered up with debris that u constantly run into and end up in dead ends I’ve never minded paying the money for the games and dlc cause I play quite a lot and always got value for money,, but this game just seems like they didn’t even bother trying to… Read more »

Star Carlton
Star Carlton

Multiplayer Flaws: Semtex, Grenade Launchers, Rocket Launchers, do barely any damage. I fired a rocket right at an opponents feet and they didn’t die. I fired 3 airburst grenades at an opponent and they didn’t die. The shotguns that were awesome in the old versions are now weak as well. Where it used to take one close up shot to blast someone – now it takes 2 or 3. The maps: there are parts of the map where you can end up in a dead end room – so you have to run all the way back to get out… Read more »


Disclaimer: PC Version, Australia Region. I loved CoD:BO and I am not a fan of the BF3 gameplay. That said I bought the game ($99 on steam for us in Australia) and honestly I have to say it has been a frustrating waste of money. Ignoring: – that the game seems to be a map pack for Modern Warfare 2 to the point that some models and sound effects are directly copied across between games; – that it has been poorly ported to PC from the console games, with horrible hit detection*, console user interface, FoV locks, etc; – that… Read more »


The favorably and positive ratting they received from the critics must be questioned. How is it that they get   to take them out/by them items etc?  


You could argue that most of them are just CoD-haters dragging the score down to see it fail. But at the same time, I cant help but feel we are making a valid point; we’re getting tired of seeing the same thing each year. So when I see those low user score, most of me agrees, but a smaller part of me thinks it’s just trolling or whatever.  Either way, it cant be ignored, and reflects what the public, the people who actually BUY the game instead of just get paid to review it, are actually thinking.  Maybe the public… Read more »

Darren Wt Campbell

I think sledge hammer need to go back to the drawing board with the call of duty franchise as people have finally had enough of paying £40 to £50 every year for the same game and all their doing is changing bits here and there. On top of all that they are trying to get people to pay for the elite subscription and the bloody thing don’t even work.


i only can say this game sucks no matter what its not a competition with battlefield 3 im really really disappointed about this game i usually like call of duty but this one its pretty lame sorry Cod.

Peter Camacho

not worth the hype, the game is a “copy & paste” of MW2 even the maps seem the same 

Manmeet Paul

no it isn’t

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