As the release date of the two FPS titans gets closer I’m sure we are going to be seeing even more videos and screenshots released as they fight for our money and decision as to which game we will get, if not both anyway. With Call of Duty XP just passed there is a bunch of new information out there, so without further adieu..
So whats the news thats out? According to EleetOnline , a lot of it,
New Game Modes Announced So Far
Team Defender and Kill Confirmed, which will join Free-For-All, Team Deathmatch, Match Domination and others, playable with up to 32 players in Modern Warfare 3’s sixteen multiplayer launch maps.
Kill Confirmed is a team mode that will see players rushing towards recently killed enemies in order to collect their dropped dog tags to ‘confirm the kill,’ encouraging you to move around the map and out into danger. You’ll need to stop the opposing team from collecting your team’s dog tags, however, and you can do this by collecting any dog tags dropped by your team-mates in order to deny the other team.
Team Defender, on the other hand, will task one of your team-mates with picking up and carrying a flag – the longer the flag is held, the more points your team racks up. It’ll be up to the rest of the team to protect the flag carrier in order to get the highest score.
There are also a host of other private match modes, including:
- Drop Zone – control a set ‘Drop Zone’ to accrue team points
- Gun Game – successfully pull off a series of kills with every available weapon, upgrading to new weapons as you go
- Infection – an infected player ‘recruits’ a team of normal players by killing them
- Juggernaut – kill a designated, super powerful ‘juggernaut’ player to become the new juggernaut
- One in the Chamber – Remain the last person standing by accruing ammunition with enemy kills
- Team Juggernaut – use a ‘juggernaut’ player to kill players on the other team to reach a top score
‘Weapon Proficiencies’ is a weapon upgrade system that requires you to use your favourite armaments in order to become more ‘proficient’ with them – the more you use a gun, for example, the more useful that weapon will become as new options become available to make you a more efficient killing machine.
Options (known as Proficiencies) like reducing the recoil of your weapon while firing with ‘Kick,’ reducing how much your aim and view is affected when hit with ‘Focus,’ reducing the sway of your view while aiming down the sight with ‘Stability,’ and upgrading to two weapon attachments with… ‘Attachments.’
There are over 40 weapons included in Modern Warfare 3 usable in Primary (SMG, LMG, Sniper Rifles, Shotguns and Riot Shield) and Secondary (Machine Pistols, Handguns and Launchers) configurations. Some attachments for these weapons include things like a Dual Scope (for close and long range), a Holographic Sight, a Red Dot Sight and a Silencer.
This system seems like a great improvement over previous Call of Duty games where you needed to unlock these sorts of options. With the new weapon proficiency system in Modern Warfare 3, you’re still unlocking abilities but it may prove to be a much more freeform, natural way of doing so.
Strike Packages and Pointstreaks
Another method Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games have found to make your progression in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer a little more natural and freeform is with the use of ‘Strike Packages’ and ‘Pointstreaks,’ a dual-layered system implemented to reward players for A.) being an efficient killer, B.) supporting their team and C.) being an absolute expert in how they juggle their Perks – essentially allowing you to use a variety of different play styles with incentives to match.
Here’s a brief description of each:
The Assault Strike Package
The Assault Strike Package can be compared to Killstreaks of old – the more kills you rack up in a row, the more bonus abilities you unlock, including air-strikes (to rain down explosive fire on your opponents), remote-controlled helicopters and roving attack drones. Once you die, this Pointstreak resets, meaning you’ll need to start from zero.
Here’s a known list of Pointstreaks in the Assault Strike Package:
- 5 kills: I.M.S. (Intellegent Munitions System, an explosive piece of equipment)
- 9 kills: Strafe Run
- 9 kills: AH-6 Overwatch
- 10 kills: Assault Drone
- 15 kills: Juggernaut
The Support Strike Package
The nature of the Support Strike Package is right there in the name – you’ll be rewarded with a Poinstreak for providing support to your team-mates and performing team-based actions like capturing a flag or control point, as well as taking down enemies. With this Strike Package, you can use accumulated Pointsreak points for more support-oriented bonuses, and unlike the Assault Strike Package, Pointstreaks earned in Support won’t reset when you die.
Here’s what you can use your points for:
- 5 kills: Ballistic Vest
- 5 kills: Airdrop Trap
- 10 kills: Recon Drone
- 14 kills: Stealth Bomber
- 18 kills: Juggernaut Recon
The Specialist Strike Package
The Specialist Strike Package, by the sounds of it, is for expert Call of Duty players who know exactly which load-out they need in exactly the right situation. Players who choose the Specialist Strike Package will be rewarded with a stream of unlocked Perks.
By default, all players have access to three Perks, or special additional abilities, but as a Specialist, players will unlock up to three more Perk slots by performing kills. These unlocked Perks will only last until the player dies, so you’ll need to be careful about which of them you choose at which time, otherwise you’ll waste these unlocked Perks and be less efficient in combat than you could potentially be. It’s a seemingly ‘all or nothing’ strategy, but one that can reap big rewards.
Here’s the unlock structure for Specialist:
- 2 kills: Unlock one additional Perk
- 4 kills: Unlock a second additional Perk
- 6 kills: Unlock a third and final Perk
Do you find yourself dying a lot in online games of Call of Duty? Not to worry, you’ll even be rewarded for dying (often) as Death Streaks make a return in Modern Warfare 3 – if you die multiple times in a row, the game will take pity on you and imbue you with extra abilities, such as:
- 4 Deaths – Juiced (run faster)
- 5 Deaths – Revenge (last person to kill you is visible on radar)
- 5 Deaths – Hollow Points (increased bullet damage for 1 kill)
- 6 Deaths – Dead Man’s Hand (player falls into last stand with C4)
And lastly, here are a few of the new Perks (or special abilities) making their way into Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer that you’ll gain access to:
- Assassin – Undetectable by UAV, portable radar, thermal, heartbeat
- Blind Eye – Undetectable by air support/sentries
- Marksman – Identify targets at longer range
- Quickdraw – Faster aim down sight
- Recon – Explosive damage paints the target on the mini map
- Stalker – Move faster while aiming
So if all that info was not enough, you can check out the new trailer too, enjoy.
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