Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Wii review: Here it is: the Wii version of Activision's annual, best-selling, running forwards simulator. Do you own another games console? Well get it on that one instead, Nintendo won't be offended. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is so embarrassingly obsessed with high-fidelity, explosion-filled, debris-showered, scream-drenched, testosterone-sipping set-pieces that it's hands-down better on one of those machines that are more technically equipped to draw pictures of the Eiffel Tower being blown up by terrorists.
Otherwise, Infinity Ward have done a startlingly good job of cramming Modern Warfare 3's single player campaign onto the Wii. As with Call Of Duty: Black Ops, scene for scene Modern Warfare 3 Wii is largely an identical experience across all platforms.
The visuals are on the grubby side of realism, too cool to be colourful but resting comfortably near the Wii's technical apogee and running at a healthy framerate throughout.
The campaign is a whistle stop tour of terrorism's hottest bullseyes, your New York and your London and your Paris, and takes obscene delight in exploding landmarks until you're numb to the sight of thousands of innocents dying in fiery deathswarms.
Shoot To Thrill
Modern Warfare 3 Wii is a ghost train of a shooter: spectacular, thrilling, mostly non-interactive and over too soon. And as it's effectively a pyrotechnics show, a catherine wheel of noisy gunfire and steely-faced willy-waving, it loses a significant degree of its panache on the Wii.
Removing some of Modern Warfare 3's single player campaign's style reveals scant substance beneath, an unironic shooting gallery crossed with a slide show of your grandparent's vacation.
The Wii's was always going to be the poorest version of Modern Warfare 3, if only because of Infinity Ward's preoccupation with visual excellence. The effort they shovelled into volumetric 5.1 explosions, high-dynamic range moustaches and raytraced machismo is lost on Wii, and instead, in its place, the lack of a truly involving, quality first-person shooter experience bobs embarrassingly to the surface.
The Wii version also loses some of the co-operative Spec Ops missions and the player count in multiplayer modes has been reduced to ten, but the online modes across the board are fun, well populated, balanced and stable.
If the Wii version of Modern Warfare 3 is your only available option, what you get here is a bombastic, if braindead, accomplished shooter with online multiplayer options that stand above those of most other Wii titles. Modern Warfare 3 Wii is an undeniable guilty pleasure both online and off.
Want to know what the DS version of the game is like? Read our Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Defiance DS review.
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