08/11/2011 04:34 GMT | Updated 07/01/2012 05:12 GMT

(VIDEO) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Reviews

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launched at midnight last night and the eagerly anticipated new iteration of the franchise is receiving rave reviews.

It's not just us saying that it's coveted. This weekend, armed robbers in France stole thousands of copies of the game, by forcing two lorries carrying new copies of the game to crash.

Before you go and get your hands on a copy, legally of course, here's a round-up of what the reviewers are saying:

The Guardian gives it five stars, saying "through the game's obsession with weapons, inventories and special powers - sorry, "perks" - it is sometimes looking more toward Final Fantasy than at rival first-person shooters like Halo or Battlefield." "The Modern Warfare franchise has twice set the bar for what this kind of blockbuster shooter should be, and Modern Warfare 3 doesn't break the streak. Still, the unbelievable amount of resources that went into the game can't help but give rise to an important question: Could Modern Warfare 3 have been even better? Activision clearly emptied the coffers on this one - could that justify just a bit more creativity? A bit more innovation? A bit more new?"

Videogamer gives it nine out of ten and says: "Multiplayer is an unashamedly hostile experience...The best co-op moments arrive in Mission mode...this is a slick and well-metered trio of modes that make an entertaining package."

The Telegraph gives it five stars, calling it: "A game which is undoubtedly going to be played for a long, long time to come, and deservedly so."

Watch the trailers.

See the launch party photos.