These are some helpful tips on how to play Call of Duty MW3 like a boss. The tips I explain will not turn you into a MLG (Major League Gaming) champion – but they will improve your overall gaming experience. These are some basic tips I have picked up while playing COD. I won’t get into the strategies of the different game modes available. And please note – this has greatly improved my game from being a complete n00b to at least getting up to a positive K/D (kill to death ratio).
Call of Duty – A Brief Overview
Call of Duty MW3 is one of the top selling first person shooters on the market at the time. With over 6.3 million copies sold during it’s initial release it has dominated the first person shooters currently released as of this writing. The entire Call of Duty series has been wildly popular starting with the “holy grail” Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare. The other games in the series are: Call of Duty – World at War, Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty – Black Ops, and now Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3.
Update: I have created a new guide for Call of Duty Black Ops II. How to Play Call of Duty Black Ops II Like a Boss – This goes into things a little more in-depth. And as I play and learn I will update the post with changes/additions so I suggest bookmarking it as well!
1. Adjust Your Sensitivity
If you find yourself trying to turn around to try and kill the guy behind you and you keep getting killed yourself? You need to adjust the sensitivity on your game controller. The default is set to ‘3’ – I would suggest trying to go up two places to set it to ‘5 or 6’ and try playing a few rounds. If you find yourself looking up at the sky more often then not and can’t get the hang of it? Then drop it down one. The idea is try and find a sensitivity that will allow you to turn around fast enough but still be able to keep your shot on target.
2. Change Your Controller Button Layout to Tactical
Want to learn how to crouch down faster? Tired of getting popped in the face even though you were behind cover and were just about to reach your thumb over to hit the crouch button? Change your stick layout to “Tactical”. This allows you to press down on the right stick and instead of knifing you will crouch down or go prone – allowing you to “drop shot”. Although it will take some getting used to initially – I’ve found this to be one of the biggest improvements to my play style. To change your button layout look at the screenshot below.
Drop Shot – This is the technique where you quickly Be forewarned – people loathe people who use this tactic. But I tend to hate “Panic Knifers” more so it’s all a matter of opinion. If you win more gunfights using this technique – your going to love it. If your on the other end of the person performing this tactic? Your going to hate it.
Another benefit to having a Tactical Layout? You can duck a Bouncing Betty and avoid the blast … that is if you can hear it.
3. Learn Your Maps
This seems pretty brainless – but learn the maps in the game. If you know where people are hiding, the high traffic routes in a map – you can plan accordingly and take them out.
You can do this a few ways:
Create a Split Screen Game – It will just be you and the “other player” just sitting there – you can freely run around the map and play around searching for the best ways to move through the map. Be conscious of where potential hiding places are and look for different site lines on how you can get the upper hand to shooting your enemy without them seeing or getting to you.
Check Out Call of Duty Elite – If you don’t already have an account (even just the free one!) your missing out on some important intel. With it you can review your past games (for me this is painful sometimes..) and look at the heat maps to figure out where things went wrong (or right!). You were able to start doing this in Call of Duty Black Ops in game – but now you will need to either download the free application to your game console or go online using your computer to review this information.
Update: Activision took Elite Offline as of 2/2014. So I suggest possibly checking out the Wiki page to see how you can learn the maps now.
4. Go Support!
If you are really struggling in the game – go with the Support Kill Streaks. Why? Well when you die you won’t lose the points you have accrued to using the next kill streak you were working towards. There are some great options to choose from and you will be helping out not only yourself but your team this way. Plus.. you will level up faster as you are going to get alot of points quickly – especially if you are going with UAV / Counter UAV / SAM Turret!
5. Learn How to Toss Your Equipment!
Personally I use Frag Grenades and Flash Grenades whenever I play.
Why Frag Grenades?
Well if you use Frag Grenades effectively you can throw them over buildings, use them like a pinball and bounce them to get to your enemies. Plus you can “cook” (hold them in your hand for a brief period of time) them so when they land in your enemies lap they explode instantly! Coupled with the perk Quick Draw – you can quickly toss your grenade and then continue on to the next enemy.
This is just personal preference – but nothing sucks more than having one land in your lap and being stuck staring at a white screen for 5-10 seconds until it wears off. The problem is usually you are dead by then. You can experiment around with Concussion grenades but I have personally found that Flash grenades work a little bit more effectively.
Other Important Tips!
Call of Duty is a fast moving game. Standing still in it is a sure death sentence. Although this technique will get you killed a lot in the beginning, the more you practice the better you will get at it. In Call of Duty you need to learn to be on the move and get aggressive – without getting yourself killed. As you learn the map and the common routes people take, learn how to flank around, avoid the common places where people are camping, and push forward always staying on the move.
Those who stand still for too long inevitably end up dying a lot more than those who learn the maps and stay on the move.
Tip: Make sure if you start rushing – Check Your Corners! Players LOVE hiding in corners in the map waiting for you to dash by them so they can get the easy kill. So when you learn the maps? Learn the hiding spots as well!
Find the Weapon/Loadouts that Works for You – Not the Other Guys
This is a huge one. You need to find out what works for you. You will quickly learn that a weapon that works for your buddy might not be the one for you. Or if you happen to see a lot of players using a specific gun? It still might not be the one for you. I suggest trying out a variety of gun types, from Assault Rifles, to SMGs to LMGs, to Shotguns, and Sniper Rifles to figure out which one works.
For me I was comfortable with the PP90, MP7, and Remington. I could use other guns pretty effectively, these where my ‘go to’ choices.
When it comes to how you building your classes? Again this depends on your play style. Are you a Sniper? Then you’ll want perks that help keep you hidden. Are you someone who likes to be really aggressive? Then you will need to adjust your perks accordingly. There are a million YouTube videos out there on class builds. You will need to do your research and test them out to figure out what will work for you.
Tip: Do a search for MW3 Class Setup – and check the highest views for the higher quality articles.
Get A Quality Headset
One of the biggest game changers for me was when I purchased a headset for my console. My headset allowed me to hear players around me and gave me a more immersive experience while playing Call of Duty! And this wasn’t a huge investment. I purchased the Turtle Beach PX21’s from Newegg.com for 65 bucks! (And then the PS3 Wireless Headset) Check out a few different ones from Amazon to give you an idea on prices and features.
Share your tips and tricks that help you become a better COD player below.