Its developers often referred to it in trailers as the “hottest” and “most anticipated” game of 2011, and they certainly weren’t wrong. In fact, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the most pre-ordered game ever for retailers Amazon U.K. and Game, smashing records previously set by Call of Duty: Black Ops.

In a press release issued this morning, Amazon U.K. revealed that Modern Warfare 3 had taken over its Call of Duty predecessors to become the company’s most pre-ordered video game of all time, with a staggering 32% more pre-orders than those made for Black Ops last year:

“Modern Warfare 3’ received 32% more pre-orders than last year’s Black Ops,” said Liz Hosmer, game manager at “The Call of Duty series has performed consistently well with both Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 previously holding the all-time pre-order record.

“This year has seen the release of a raft of great titles with Battlefield 3 anticipated as a strong contender to Modern Warfare 3 but the latest offering in the Call of Duty series is the most popular title of the year to date by some distance.”

But Amazon wasn’t the only retailer in the U.K. that experienced Modern Warfare 3’s overwhelming demand. Game Group, which owns the Game and Gamestation stores throughout the U.K., said in a statement to Eurogamer that the latest title in the franchise is the company’s largest pre-order title in its history:

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the most popular game for pre-orders that Game and Gamestation have ever seen,” she said.

“Beating records set by last year’s number one game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is now Game Group’s largest pre-order title in the company’s history.”

Unlike Black Ops, which many gamers feel was one of the weaker Call of Duty games, I think those who pre-ordered Modern Warfare 3 will be pretty pleased with their purchase this time around. I’ve only had chance to play its multiplayer mode for a few hours, but so far I am incredibly happy with it. There are a few minor issues, which is to be expected, but I’m a huge fan.

Did you pre-order Modern Warfare 3? What do you think of it?

[via VG24/7]

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