Kristan Reed, Eurogamer's reviewer for the original Modern Warfare, has this to say about the game:
"There's no denying that Modern Warfare remains one of the best shooters available, both in single and multiplayer. "
And, indeed, he gave the game a 9/10. Now they send him to review the Wii version with which, to use his words:
"you still get the same six-hour, three-act single-player campaign that you'd expect, and it all plays out identically throughout."
Not only that, but
" In terms of multiplayer, the Reflex Edition features exactly the same modes and maps as previous versions, in addition to drop-in, drop-out co-op campaign play where the second player controls a second cursor (also featured in the Wii version of World At War). "He had lots of things to say about the new controls:
" At the novice end of the spectrum, you get presets for slow, stable camera control and control-stick aiming for scoped and turret weapons, while at the other end you get faster, tighter settings and precision aiming for all weapons - and everything in between.
You can drive yourself into uncharted realms of OCD by tweaking all manner of sliders, including the camera speed, the pointer sensitivity, the dead zone, ADS tracking and whether to turn gesture control on or off.
Cramming so many options onto the Wiimote and nunchuk can make things fiddly in the heat of battle, but for the most part it works fine. General movement and combat is intuitive and responsive."
Now what might be his final verdict on that game?
Complaints: The PS2 had better-looking games, the graphics are bad, I didn't like what they did to the lighting, the graphics are bad, it doesn't look half as good as other Wii games(!) and the graphics are bad. Also, there are too many control options(!!!) and when I played online I met some people several times so surely the online must be laggy and unpopular and broken(!).
How can they publish such a thing? The first five paragraphs on the "review" he talks exclusively about the graphics and the rest of the "review" is 360/PS3-comparisons as well. It has been established again and again int he last couple of days that MW:Reflex is one of the better looking games on the system and that it controls extremely well, that the campaign is intact and the multiplayer works flawlessly with every mode (including DLC) present. He even admits that, and still goes on the record downscoring the game 3 points because it doesn't look like it did when he reviewed it for the other platforms.
How does this happen? I am completely lost here.