Modern Warfare III is the lowest rated Call of Duty game in history
This year's Call of Duty entry appears to be a flop in terms of ratings, with both fans and critics handing Modern Warfare III the lowest scores in franchise history.
The Metacritic user score for the PS5 version of MW3 is only 1.4 out of 10, indicating an "Overwhelming Dislike" just a week after its early campaign launch. Although this can be dismissed as the typical reaction to new COD titles, it appears that even critics are having a hard time with the game, with an average rating of 50 out of 100 based on 33 reviews at the time of writing.
Before MW3, the lowest-rated COD release was 2021's Vanguard, the previous game from Sledgehammer Games, which currently sits at a 3.6 user score and a 73 critic average on PS5.
There appear to be several reasons for such low scores, beginning with the game's short campaign, which moved towards open levels inspired by the Warzone battle royale mode, with a shallow plot to follow. Its multiplayer has also received mixed reactions, with some calling it a $70 expansion for last year's title with reused maps from the original MW2, while others see it as a major upgrade. Zombies also received an overhaul, with an open world inspired by MW2's DMZ mode replacing classic round-based maps.
According to former and current Sledgehammer Games developers, MW3 was created in just 16 months after Activision reportedly decided to make the release a full game rather than an expansion as originally planned. It was also claimed that the team did not want to make a sequel to MW2, instead proposing a sequel to Advanced Warfare.
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