Modern Warfare 3: Really Metacritic Users, Really?

Here it is internet: my first post concerning fanboys, hipsters, and the difference between what is subjective and objective, so its going to be a little rambling. Modern Warfare is the biggest franchise out there in the FPS world at the moment, and I could probably extend that across all levels of gaming, so be happy, internet, that I choose not to. It is a relatively new (2008) take on the tired old Call of Duty franchise, which was a series of World War 2 shooters. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare not only revitalized the series, putting it in the current era, but made it relevant for the first time ever.

Before Modern Warfare, Call of Duty was this…over and over again
I don’t like Call of Duty. You see, I’m a single-player gamer myself, and Call of Duty’s heavily lauded multiplayer is of no concern to me. The single-player premise to Modern Warfare is a ridiculous power fantasy that seems so out of place in today’s world. It seems that some Americans still feel impotent for the fact that the US and Russia never went to war during the Cold War, so thats what happens. Russia invades, because its not fun if your country is the instigator, and away we go. The premise could be good if the series was full of tongue-in-cheek humour, but no, Modern Warfare takes it self so seriously that the only way for it to crack a smile is to water-board some Russians.
The greatest threat to American sovereignty
The multiplayer is where Call of Duty fans hang their hats. This section of the franchise has been ripped off by nearly every other shooter on the market today, which is contributing to some people getting sick of it. The thing with the multiplayer is that the player is constantly rewarded for playing; Zynga couldn’t have made a better system, and casinos cry themselves to sleep with envy. I have a friend, who we shall call Mr. X (because that sounds mysterious and sexy). X plays Call of Duty… a lot…I mean it has consumed his life at various times. Thats not strange for video games. They are made with addiction in mind. The problem is, X hates first person shooters. He hates every minute of playing Call of Duty, but he just gets sucked in. The multiplayer in Modern Warfare 3 is that strong.
Above: An average person playing Call of Duty’s multiplayer.
Despite the single-player game, being ridiculous, short and totally subservient to the multiplayer, Modern Warfare 3 is a good game. Yes, it recycles a lot from past Call of Dutys, yes, its based on an older engine so it doesn’t look as good as it could, and yes, review sites gave it too high a score, but lets not kid ourselves. I feel that those who use the word “bad game” on games such as this have never played an actual bad game. This long exposition leads to my point today: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the XBOX 360 has a user score of 3.2 on Metacritic. It has an 89 average from review websites. To put this in perspective: Chicken Shoot, a universally hated game, has a 5.0 user score on Metacritic.
He’s as surprised and terrified as I am
You see what happened is that same old thing that happens when a series become too popular. It is now officially cool to hate it. This has been taken to an extreme and idiots are running around with their heads cut off, like chickens (GET IT?), in order to show how cool they are by bashing the series. It happens with all series that become too mainstream. Look at the Final Fantasy series. I dare you to go to a forum relating to a new Final Fantasy and not see dozens of trolls. I don’t know who’s worse, the hipsters hating on the mainstream, or those who actually think Modern Warfare 3 is a bad game. These people don’t know the difference between good and bad, or subjective and objective. You see, I didn’t like Red Dead Redemption; however, I recognize that its a good game. That seems to be the disconnect with these people. 
Yes, you seem like a reasonable forum poster!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is an overhyped game that doesn’t do anything new. I would compare it to the Dynasty Warriors series in terms of innovation. However, that doesn’t make it a bad game. Remember kids, its ok to hate good games. I know I do.

– Mistranslations for the Modern Gamer


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