Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games recently released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to a mixed to negative reception. So far, critics and fans playing the game via early access say that the extremely short campaign feels rushed and incomplete, like an afterthought than a well-produced story with big action set pieces that the series is known for. To voice their frustration, fans are now review bombing the game on Metacritic. The only issue? It’s the wrong Modern Warfare 3.
As spotted by Twitter user Warzone Intel, players have begun review bombing 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 mistakenly thinking that it’s this year’s release. We don’t really blame them as the original game and its current reboot share the exact same name, so searching it up on Metacritic will bring up two of the same product if you don’t notice the box arts. Either way, fans are directing their anger at the wrong game, leading to some confusion online.
Early reviews for this year’s Modern Warfare 3 have called the single-player campaign “underbaked” and cobbled together from multiplayer parts. Streamers echoed a similar sentiment as the game starts with an impressive opening mission before quickly becoming a semi open-world shooter not too different to Warzone with a set list of objectives to complete on sandbox maps as opposed to being carefully curated, linear sections like previous games.
— Modern Warfare 3 News (@WarzoneIntel) November 4, 2023
In stark contrast to the Modern Warfare 3 reboot, 2011’s entry was far better received and most fans and critics stated that it was a fittingly explosive conclusion to Infinity Ward’s (much more beloved) original Modern Warfare trilogy.
In other news, some players have noticed that they can’t boot up Modern Warfare 3 without first loading Modern Warfare 2 through the Call of Duty HQ launcher. It’s a tedious process that only takes a few seconds longer than usual but players are still upset that Modern Warfare 3 basically doesn’t even have its own executable launcher.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launches on 10 November 2023 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Make sure you check out our South African pre-order guide with the various editions you can buy.
Source: Warzone Intel