Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is scheduled to be released on November 10th. Several gaming media have begun reviewing the game’s campaign mode, which has received poor reviews. Many critics have stated that it is the lowest point in the series.
IGN gave it a 4/10, describing it as crude and rushed, as if pieces from previous multiplayer modes were hastily combined into a campaign. The game is boring and the story is repetitive, lacking anything new.
Gamespot gave it a 5/10, stating that the story is short and can be completed in 4-5 hours. The Open Combat segments, which aim to provide player freedom, do not work well and feel forced. It is considered the worst campaign mode in the Call of Duty franchise since the reboot.
VGC did not give a score but mentioned that it is a low point in the well-known series that boasts a blockbuster-level campaign mode. However, it feels more like DLC for Modern Warfare 2.
GamesRadar+ did not give a score either, stating that while it is not terrible, it falls far from being excellent. Half of the missions are Open Combat segments that feel like fragments of multiplayer put together haphazardly on the map. The game appears to be more of a collage than a carefully crafted work.
Even though most Call of Duty players primarily buy the game for multiplayer, with some titles like Black Ops 4 not including a campaign mode at all, the poor quality of Modern Warfare 3’s campaign has sparked demands for Activision to temporarily halt the tradition of releasing a new installment every year. This would allow them to take the time to improve the overall quality to match the Call of Duty brand.
TLDR: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s campaign mode has received negative reviews for its rushed and repetitive storytelling, as well as its lack of innovation. Critics have called it the lowest point in the franchise. This has led to calls for Activision to pause their annual release schedule and focus on improving the game’s overall quality.