As a huge fan of all the COD titles (yes that includes WAW believe it or not) I was dying to see if Infinity Wards previous success had been matched or possibly surpassed and after playing the game for 12 hrs+, im still not sure if it has. The single player is superb, well put together, fantastic voice cast and is incredibly engaging, which is something that I felt was missing from the MW2 single player; they have added a lot more emotion into this one, which draws you into the story. Without ruining it too much, the way the missions are interspersed with the storyline is a masterstroke.
The multiplayer is as good as MW2, except the whole aspect of earning points to buy things is a bit long winded and the Kill streaks are a bit rubbish with the RC car and the dogs being (in my opinion) the best ones! However the soundtrack is amazing and the game on the whole has a much smoother feel to it.
My only real gripe is the graphics..... they look far to 'cartoon' like for me, MW2 had the authenticity about it, the guns looking and sounding like their real counterparts.... these look and feel like comedy weapons. You could argue that this is because of when the game is set but still, one of the biggest draws for me from MW2 was the authenticity and reality of it and sadly, this just hasnt been captured in this game.
Overall, the franchise is still alive and burning brightly, Treyach have done a great job on it and have clearly listened to the players by removing/adding things but i personally dont think ill be prestigeing more than once with this one............