Call of Duty: Modern Warfare released on Friday and it has been going well so far. Activision released a couple of hotfixes over the weekend to try and squash bugs and my review of the game has been quite positive praising the campaign and general multiplayer features. However, not everyone thinks the game is that great as it is being review bombed quite heavily on Metacritic. The general theme of the hate seems to be from angry Russians who believe the game spreads American propaganda and is anti-Russia (Russophobia).
The game, which does not have a Metascore yet due to it missing a fourth score, is sitting on a user score of 2.6. The user reviews are quite harsh against the game attacking it for spreading Russian hate. This is mainly due to the game’s campaign which sees you placed in the middle of a war between Urzikstan and Russia. It includes terrorists led by The Wolf as well as Russian terrorists.
Most of the user reviews question the game’s story choice of these Russian terrorists stating that these terrorists don’t exist. Users are upset that the game portrays Russia as terrorists and an inhuman country rewriting history with its “vile propaganda”.
Some users make fair points asking why the Russians are bad in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare when they were not portrayed as the bad guys in past games. Some reviews even believe that Activision has made Russia look like Nazis in the story.
Right now, there is not one positive user review to be found with hundreds of them slamming the game’s inaccurate story. In Activision’s defence, Modern Warfare features a fictional campaign set in a fictional country of Urzikstan.