After an agonisingly long build-up, fierce competitors Battlefield 3 and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are finally sitting alongside each other on store shelves. And that means the reviews are rolling in too.
It's all looking rather rosy for Activision's latest, with the dilapidated Infinity Ward pushing out a product worthy of an average review score of 88 . Just for comparison's sake, Battlefield 3 currently sits at 86, though it does have more numbers making up its average. In short: there's very little to call between the two.
But still, it's an impressive acheivement for an Infinity Ward team that many wrote off. The Guardian said of the game, "The engine is far from cutting edge the overall look of the game has not moved on enormously since MW2. But the vision, the choreography, the sense of scale and detail they are awe-inspiring at times," awarding it 5/5.
Destructoid was equally praise worthy, explaining, "There's a reason why Call of Duty is the most powerful videogame franchise of the modern era, and Modern Warfare 3 serves as a reminder — it's just that damn good at what it does."
GiantBomb was slightly less complimentary however, adding, "[Modern Warfare 3 is] still one of the best first-person shooters of the year, but the whole thing feels old at this point. The new tricks feel more like a distraction designed to make you forget how revolutionary Call of Duty 4 was. I will certainly buy and play a copy of Modern Warfare 3, but there's nothing here that makes me want to shut off the rest of the world and obsess over it anymore. It makes you wonder if the franchise's best days are truly behind it. "
The game's out today. As if you didn't know.