How to Move Like a Pro in Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer
Earlier, I explained some basic stuff on gameplay. Now it’s time to get into the details. In this guide, I will explain the critical role of movement in MW3.
Never Stand Still
I had one big problem when I started playing multiplayer shooter games. I was always standing still.
I was fascinated by the fact that I could actually control this character on the screen. I could take aim with the gun and fire it, and I could kill the other characters. Fantastic!
So, there I stood – waiting.
I was waiting for that one character to pop up so I could shine with my gun. Of course, there was only one way that could end. I became a sitting duck, an easy bit of target practice for my opponents.
It was only when I visited a forum that I discovered what was wrong. It said:
“Basic Multiplayer Rule No. 1: Move – All the time. Never stand still.”
It has been many years since I came across that sentence. However, it is just as relevant today as it was back then.
If you want to survive in a game like MW3 multiplayer, you should get your character’s feet moving. Otherwise you will end up like me – like a sitting duck.
Here is some simple advice on how to make the most of movement in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer:
Learn the Maps
Learn the ins and outs of every multiplayer map. Good knowledge of the maps increases your odds of walking away from all possible situations as the winner.
- Learn where you and your teammates normally spawn.
- Learn where your opponents spawn.
- Learn where the various objects are located (flags, bombs, etc.).
- Learn where all the entrances and exits to the different buildings are. Learn where you can hide and where opponents are most likely going to hide.
- Find out where campers will most probably take their position.
- Learn all possible routes from point A to point B. Learn every shortcut that exists.
All in all: be as familiar with the maps as is humanly possible. One way to do this is to study the maps you will find over at Call of Duty Elite.
Once Again – Get Your Body Moving
Move! Do not stay in the same place for too long.
Fair enough – you might get two or three extra kills by staying in the same place. Still, your problem will be that your opponents will return to the place where their character died. And they will want revenge!
You can rob them of this pleasure if you move to another location on the map before they can come back.
If you do choose to stay it will significantly increase the chance for one (or both) of these two things:
- Your opponents will actually get to feel the sweet taste of revenge.
- You will be labeled a Camper … and believe me – that is not an honorable designation.
Be a Small Target
A cover is not necessarily a cover. That is, bullets can penetrate much of the things that you can hide behind on the multiplayer maps, whether they’re walls, doors or fences.
In other words: be careful with what you use for a cover.
Be the smallest target possible. Go prone. Or use your environment. Even if a wall does not protect you 100%, it is better to stand behind it than in front of it!
Many players will try to shoot at the visible parts of your character. If you manage to hide most of your character’s body behind something, you will make their job a whole lot harder.
Use Your Head While Sprinting
Sprinting from one place to another can be a good idea. The downside is that it will increase the time between you getting to a halt and setting up aim (there are perks that even this out). Therefore, it is often just as smart to walk from one place to another as it is to run.
“I See You!”
Do not expose yourself more than necessary. Try to use buildings, trees, shrubs and things like that for cover while you’re moving. Avoid large open areas like the plague.
Of course, sometimes you simply cannot avoid such large open areas. If you absolutely have to pass open terrain, make yourself as small as possible. Crawl or crouch.
Edges, Hot Spots & Flanking
Stay away from the center of the map if you are moving from one side of it to another. Use the sides instead.
In multiplayer shooter games like Modern Warfare 3, the center of a map is often referred to as the “Hot Spot” (or the choke point or a high traffic area). There is an obvious reason for it. Often, the middle of a map is where the action is. If you absolutely, positively, must move through a “Hot Spot” (the choke point or the high traffic area if you like), make sure to sprint. Hug the walls. Run from cover to cover. Try to move in such a way that you’re never far from the next cover.
Try to flank your opponents. Do not run straight onto their gun muzzles. It is usually better to take a less obvious route so that you can attack your enemies from the sides or the rear.
Those Damn Corners!
Do not blindly run around a corner. Chances are great that an opponent is waiting for you.
In fact, it’s better to always expect that an opponent will be there, hiding behind the corner you are about to round, ready to kill your character.
Here are two ways to round a corner more safely in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer:
- Stop when you approach the corner.
- Take aim.
- Move slowly around the corner while still aiming.
- Always be ready to fire your weapon.
- Start firing just before you round the corner.
- Continue to fire while you are rounding it.
Here’s an example by WoodysGamertag:
You will waste a lot of ammo if you’re using method #2. But on the flipside, your character will most likely live to tell about it!
Avoid the Blueprint Death
Death is inevitable. In Modern Warfare 3, you’re almost guaranteed to die multiple times. However, once you find yourself dying over and over again in the same way, you should know that there’s a way out.
Well, by avoiding doing the same thing you did prior to getting your character killed the first time!
Picture this: your character gets shot and dies. Like many other players, you run back to the place where your character died. You want revenge!
Obviously, your opponent will be prepared for exactly this behavior.
He is waiting for you. He put himself in a nice spot and is ready to take you out again. In many cases, this is exactly what happens. Instead of you getting your revenge, your character dies again. And again. And again.
So what can you do?
It’s frustrating to be stuck in a perpetual state of dying. So, just forget about going for that revenge kill. Do not care about it. Take your business elsewhere. Take out another player’s character instead!
If you absolutely must go back for revenge, don’t use the same route that got your character killed the first time. Who knows, maybe you can surprise your opponent, while he’s waiting for you to retrace your earlier steps.
Strafing (Do the Battle Dance)
Strafing is if you move your character, while you are simultaneously firing your weapon. The challenge of strafing is to keep a steady aim at your opponent’s character while you are “dancing” from side to side and shooting.
With some practice, the following will happen if you strafe:
You will be a much harder target to hit for your opponents, especially if your movement is unpredictable. You, however, will hit your opponent nearly every round.
You may need to practice a while before you get the hang of strafing, but it will be worth it.