As you likely know by now, "early access" for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 campaign is now underway and we've even got some early reviews from a number of outlets, sharing their first impressions.
Unfortunately, it's not going down very well so far, with some critics now beginning to reveal their own thoughts on the game's campaign. Starting off with IGN, it's actually attached a score giving it just 4 out of 10. Here's what it had to say:
"Underbaked, rehashed, and cobbled together from multiplayer parts, Modern Warfare 3’s single-player campaign is everything a Call of Duty story mode shouldn’t be."
GameSpot wasn't quite as brutal with its assessment, awarding MW3's campaign 5 out of 10:
"Although its narrative setup is enjoyable, Modern Warfare 3 can't get out of its own way, with nearly half of the missions being the underwhelming Open Combat style. The bumpy pacing and abrupt ending make Makarov's big return a disappointment, dragging Modern Warfare 3 down as the weakest entry of an otherwise strong reboot series."
Seasoned Gaming also gave it a five out of ten and felt like it was simply rehashing past glories:
"If you still enjoy Call of Duty at a fundamental level, this campaign provides enough of what makes playing one of these campaigns fun. But if you hope to see the series’ campaign design feel like it’s not simply going through the motions, rehashing past glories and not half-baking potential new ideas, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III will leave you wanting."
As highlighted by VG247, many players have noted how the new campaign is "very short" and in this case "even shorter" than other Call of Duty campaigns:
"A typical Call of Duty campaign runs anywhere from five to eight hours, depending on how quickly you get through them, their respective content and whether certain missions intentionally slow down the pace. There's a certain level of quality and production value players expect, and Modern Warfare 3 does not appear to meet them."
Kotaku didn't attach a score to its impressions, but summed up the entire campaign as an "experience that feels rushed":
"Modern Warfare III presents some interesting ideas for Call of Duty, but they’re blueprints at best. The narrative presentation is painfully lacking, doing a disservice to otherwise entertaining characters. Time will tell how the multiplayer fares, but in terms of its contribution to the story of the current reboot of Modern Warfare, it’s at best a net neutral experience that feels rushed, and a boring waste of charismatic characters at worst."