During Call Of Duty XP 2011 this weekend, I was able to get my hands on Modern Warfare 3 for some multiplayer fun. It’s easy to say fans are going to be psyched with the changes made.
When you think Call of Duty, you think about strapping on a headset and going into battle online. The experience can be exhilarating or horrific depending on what game you drop into. With Modern Warfare 3, the developers have changed the multiplayer setup to make sure the exhilaration stays and the horrific runs away like you from a Juggernaut.
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Kill streaks have become more tactical as Modern Warfare 3 is introducing the “Strike Package”, with three different types of packages to choose from. Not only that, but the gun you love is now a part of you. Here are some details:
- Assault: This is essentially the same as your standard “kill em’ all” kill streak package. Rack up as many kills as you can and make it rain air strikes.
- Support: Here is where we start to shake things up. With Support a player that is talented at mission based game modes can be rewarded for being the tactical genius they are. Completing objectives, such as defending a flag, planting a bomb or capturing a headquarters, will grant you points. As you build up the points, you’ll receive UAVs and more. While this package seemingly doesn’t allow you to drop the bomb on the other team, it rewards you handsomely for not going kill happy on an objective map. As an added bonus, your run of points in the Support package doesn’t reset when you die, so there is no need to hide out to save your points, go out and have fun and you’ll be rewarded!
- Specialist: This is the package for those players that aren’t the “call in the choppa!” type. If you’re not interested in kill streaks and simply want to kill everything in your way, this is for you. Rather than granting a sentry gun or helicopter, this package will unlock extra perks as you rack up kills. If you die, it will reset to your standard 3. However, if you use this properly you can dominate a match. It also comes in handy on tactical matches, as if you’re playing Domination, you would rather start with Extreme Conditioning to get to the capture points faster. As you get more kills, you might be running low on ammo. At this point you can unlock Scavenger to refill. You’re no longer wasting your perks, you using them more intelligently with the Specialist package.
- Most of us have a favorite gun. In Modern Warfare 3 you’ll be rewarded for staying with your favorite piece of weaponry. In what Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg described as one of his favorite new features, “Weapon Proficiencies” makes your gun get better the more you use it. The old Modern Warfare system unlocks different upgrades slowly over time, across the board for all guns. In Modern Warfare 3, it’s all about using your favorite gun. The more you use it, the more attachments will become available for it. No more waiting and unlocking by using every gun. It’s personal this time.
Activision has another winner on its hands. The adjustments made by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer have taken the parts of the game that frustrate people out and replaced them with a balanced experience in which every player, from the novice to the pro, can enjoy the game in grand fashion. November 8th is rapidly approaching, make sure you have Modern Warfare 3 preordered.
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