Where to start? ill start on a good point. The weapons in this game are actually pretty cool, this was the first thing i thought. eg. reloading the grenade launcher looks awsome! unfortunatley, the sound effects dont match which lets it down from the start. also, you have to choose from a menu what weapons and what add on's you want. this spoils the fun of choosing your weapons - they shouldve learned from rainbow six and crysis that coolness comes from letting us twist the silencer on the gun barrel whilst in cover during a fire fight!
secondly. like someone else said, you get thrown in the middle east, with little info on why your there. so youve no real insentive to even care or bother for the reason your shooting people.
thirdly. the special effects are quite simply appauling! Pathetic to be honest. Cant believe they paid someone to actually programme it. The explosions are cheap, and dont even react with the environment, most are scripted events. The gore is laughable, and it doesnt make sense. You can shoot someone in the chest twice and theyll live, shoot them in the arm with a pistol and it flys off and they die. wow, logical eh? The A.I believe me is non existant. Eneimies blindly run past you, and to add insult to injury, run too far ahead in the game and youll find spawn points where you can cheaply pop em off one by one. so so old skol.
fourthly. game play. this game is practically impossible to enjoy, on any level. try getting past the first level without either laughing or swearing at the screen. Die, and you have to wait for the game to reload, which is long concidering the differences between other next-gen games available. the levels themselves look cheap, poor texture details and pop up graphics. Absolutley no insentive to even bother wondering around. (i.e no collectables, hidden objectives - basically anything fun.) Enemies are hard to spot, and due to what appears to be an extensive number of "spawn points" - they turn up out of nowhere which gets incrediably frustrating.
Fifth. (yes it goes on) the story and acting is unbearable. imagine a cheapo old skol 70's/80's A-Team style, and you get the idea.
On a final note, id like to say, i hardly ever write a review on a game, this game however was so bad, i felt compelled to write this to stop other people buying it, let alone even renting it. If i was the guy in charge for making this game, id sack myself.
To sum this game up - basically imagine this. the design and production team in a meeting room are thinking how to produce SOF3. they think for a while, and eventually decide "COD4 sold loads - lets just rip loads of ideas from them and afew other games, throw in some extensive gore as a sell point, and jobs a good un"
wrong. oh boy...so so wrong.