It was never a case of "if" with Modern Warfare 3. It was always going to be bigger than everything that had come before it. It was always going to beat all its own records. It was always going to court the most attention and attract the most players. For multiplayer console action this year, the most popular game was always going to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. But being the most popular doesn't necessarily mean being the best, and for the best, even Modern Warfare has to doff it's cap to something else.