How to Become Really Good With Weapons in Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer
I won’t just talk about the weapons themselves. I’m going to give you advice on how to get the most out of every gun you use in the game.
Go Your Own Way
There are a large number of weapons to choose from in this game. Each weapon has its own characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.
Here are some of the weapons:
As the weeks and months pass by, some weapons will become more popular than others. That does not mean you have to choose them – you don’t have to use what everyone else uses.
Instead, try to find your own favorites based on your own experience.
By all means – feel free to listen to what others have to say, but do test all of the weapons yourself. Find out what you like and don’t like about them.
Some weapons will work in almost any situation. Other weapons have characteristics that make them best suited for certain tasks.
After you have gained some experience in multiplayer, you can be the best judge of what kind of weapon works for the various tasks, depending on your own style and strategies.
How to improve your weapon
- A Riflescope will help you perform better on longer distances.
- The Rapid Fire attachment will increase your weapon’s rate of fire.
- The Sleight of Hand perk will help you reload faster.
- Firing from the hip with the Steady Aim perk will make the weapon more effective in Close Quarters Combat situations.
In Modern Warfare 3, you are also introduced to Weapon Proficiencies. They are another way of customizing your primary weapons. The following choices become available to you as you play:
- Kick – Reduces recoil.
- Range – Increases the range of your weapon.
- Attachments – Lets you equip your weapon with two attachments.
- Focus – Reduces the disturbance you experience on screen if your character gets shot at.
- Melee – Makes your knife attacks faster.
- Stability – Makes your gun more stable.
- Impact – Ensures that bullets penetrate walls and the like more easily.
- Speed – Makes your character move faster with weapons.
- Damage – Increases damage done by shotguns.
- Breath – Allows your character to hold his breath while aiming down sights.
Note that some of these options are only available for specific weapon types!
Start with one weapon. Get familiar with it. Learn how it behaves. Notice what you like and dislike about it.
Then, test it with the various attachments that become available to you. Take care to note the effect of each attachment on the weapon’s performance.
Play some matches with your new setup before selecting another weapon or a different attachment.
Assault Rifles – The Secure Choice
Not sure what kind of weapon to choose?
Start with an assault rifle. Most of the weapons of this type will do a good job as an all-round weapon in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer.
As a general rule, use the assault rifle at medium range, where it works best. However, if necessary, you can also use it to make a big mark on both shorter and longer distances.
Be aware of this, though: equipping your character with an assault rifle will slow it down compared to when you’re using a submachine gun.
Improved accuracy is one of the main benefits of assault rifles.
If you are using a fully automatic assault rifle, your accuracy will improve if you fire your rounds in short, controlled bursts (aka burst fire). Such burst firing is done by tapping the weapons trigger quickly in order to fire tight groups of rounds (2 to 4 rounds will often do the trick).
Firing your weapon in this way will also reduce the recoil, which makes it easier to keep your reticle over your target while you’re firing.
Some in-game weapons come with burst fire as the standard firing mode.
Submachine Guns – The Faster Choice
Submachine guns work best over shorter distances. I mostly use them on maps with lots of buildings and corners; as such terrain usually involves a lot of close quarter combat situations.
Some of the benefits of the submachine gun:
- They are among the lightest weapons in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer.
- It will let you move faster with greater flexibility.
- Most submachine guns have a high firing rate.
A submachine gun will often be the number one choice if you do a lot of running and gunning. Its weight and size allow you to run faster and move with increased flexibility, compared to other weapons.
It will take less time to ADS with a submachine gun than it is using an assault rifle or a light machine gun. This can be a major advantage if you do a lot of sprinting.
A submachine gun has a pretty decent accuracy if you fire it from the hip. That is why it is favored by many players in close quarter combat situations.
The Submachine gun also performs pretty decent on longer distances. The trick to using it well is to shoot in short bursts, to improve its accuracy.
Light Machine Guns – When You Need More Punch
Light machine guns are among the heaviest and the most powerful weapons in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer. You can notice this in a physical sense: if you are playing with a machine gun as your main weapon, your mobility will decrease. The weight of the gun will slow down your character.
There’s good news, however. Most of the disadvantages of machine guns are compensated by their raw and brutal firepower.
Some light machine gun tips:
- Recoil can be especially powerful in a light machine gun. As with assault rifles, you can counter this by firing in rapid bursts.
- Reloading a light machine gun takes a lot of time. In Modern Warfare 2, it took almost 8 seconds to change the magazine on a M240! This is why it’s a good idea to choose a secondary weapon that has a high capacity. Switching weapons takes less time than reloading your machine gun.
- Light machine guns work best at medium range. However, they will also do a good job over longer distances. Burst firing is the key to making them work exceptionally!
- Because of your character’s reduced mobility, you will find that they are virtually useless on shorter distances.
Shotguns in Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer
Shotguns in Modern Warfare 3 online are blessed with an enormous stopping power over short distances. One round will usually be enough to kill your opponent’s character, if you are close enough.
The power of a shotgun decreases considerably with distance. Remember this and adjust your gameplay accordingly. You have to get pretty close to your opponents’ characters to put your shotgun to good use.
How do you play effectively with a shotgun? Here are some tips:
- Stay in areas with a lot of buildings, corners and other things that you can use for cover.
- Work your way forward from cover to cover to get closer to the enemy.
- Hug the walls.
- Let enemy characters pass, if they are out of range. Your shotgun is simply not powerful enough to take them out.
(Of course, it could happen that some opposing player sees you and comes your way to take you out. Find something to hide behind and wait until your enemy is close enough for you to take the shot.)
How close is close enough?
This is something you will have to get a feeling for. As you play and gain experience, it will start to feel natural to take shots at the proper distance. If you’re not blowing your opponent’s character to pieces upon a hit, you probably need to move a little bit closer.
Make every round count
Not all shotguns are automatic. You should be pretty confident that you will actually hit and kill the character of your opponent when you fire your shotgun, because your shot will undoubtedly get his attention. And, if he does carry an automatic weapon, such attention is most likely to get you killed whilst reloading.
Being a chicken can save your life
Nobody likes backing off in a shooter. However, if you’re face to face with a whole group of opponents, a lightning fast retreat may be your best option.
It’s difficult to kill 3 to 4 characters with an automatic weapon. Doing so with a shotgun that does not have automatic features is practically impossible.
Now if you really don’t want to bruise your ego by running away like a scared chicken, you can always throw a grenade in the midst of your enemies, before you make for your retreat.