A Guide to Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer
– How to Have Fun
This is my first guide to Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) multiplayer. I am writing it without having actually played the game. That may sound crazy, but it can be done.
Of course, all these games differ from each other. Killstreaks (or Strike Packages as they are called now), weapons, attachments and maps vary from one game to another.
Yet, when it comes to game modes and basic rules, there are more similarities than differences. For this reason, tactics that were useful in past installments should still be useful in the upcoming game.
That’s not to say that if you’ve played one Call of Duty game, you’ve played them all. Nothing could be further from the truth. However, the similarities between the different games make it easier to play any of them, once you’ve mastered one of them.
Because of the similarities between the different games, it is possible to create a universal guide.
So, what does history teach us? What experiences can we put to use in Modern Warfare 3 online?
How to Behave in Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer
This is the most fundamental rule: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer is a game.
It is designed to entertain. It should be fun to play. Do not take it too seriously. Avoid replacing fun with anger and frustration. This may seem like obvious advice, but once hormones are pumping through your brain, you may be tempted to forget it. It’s a game.
Stay Calm – Be Patient
If you’re new to online multiplayer shooters, you may experience a tremendous adrenaline rush at first, once you face an opponent.
Relax. Try to stay calm.
Over time, you will learn to jump a little less high in your chair, you will regain control over your sweat glands and you will stop hyperventilating once someone shoots at your character. This relaxation is important if you ever want to succeed at playing MW3.
Be patient. Take it for granted that you suck at first.
Perhaps, MW3 multiplayer is the first Call of Duty game you ever played. If so, remember this: you will meet players who have been eating, drinking and breathing Call of Duty and Modern Warfare games for years.
Like this guy (WhiteBoy7thst – Black Ops Gameplay – 65 Kills / 0 Deaths):
Players like WhiteBoy7thst will run you over. They will smash you and crush you. It’s what they do.
But that’s okay. The real difference between you and them is that they have more experience and training. In a few months from now it is you who will be massacring n00bs. That is, if you train well enough!
Play Much (Well, not too much)
A big part of what it takes to be good in MW3 multiplayer is a good coordination between your hands, your eyes and your brain. The more you play, the more you will develop the interaction between these parts of your body.
Practice a lot – play a lot
If you want to be good, there is no way around it. Extremely good players have once been newbies too. The difference between you and them is usually the number of hours spent in the game. Persevere and you will reach their skill level (or even go beyond it).
You win some. You lose some.
In the beginning you will probably mostly experience the latter. Get over it. Few things should be forgotten faster than a lost match in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer. Reflect on what you could do better, try and learn a lesson and then forget about the defeat. Try to only remember those matches in which you crush all opposition with a K/D ratio of 43-1.
Do not play too much
Take breaks. You should move away from the screen every once in a while, especially if you notice that your gameplay becomes worse.
Eat, drink, read a bit in a book or chat with a friend.
Do something else for a while.
Did you know that most of our learning – including new motor skills – happen while we sleep? Don’t keep yourself up each night, hitting coffee in the hopes of becoming a top player. Make sure you get your sleep and you will actually benefit from the hours of training you put in. It’s science!
Also, by staying up you are just kidding yourself. Once you get tired, your play will suffer. Your performance will fail. So what could you possibly be training while you’re tired? That’s right, you will just be reinforcing sloppy gameplay!
Do not Rage Quit
Rage Quitting means to end a fight in anger, before it is over. Stick to the game even if you play really badly. Try to change tactics, weapons or class instead. You owe it to your opponents – rage quitting lacks style and ruins the game for everyone. You also owe it your teammates, who may not want to play another game with you if you angrily drop out of the game.
This guy is angry – but he’s not a quitter:
Play With Friends
Play with your friends. Get better together. Learn from one another. Give each other tips on how to improve your gameplay.
Haven’t got any friends in Modern Warfare 3 online?
Well, get some, then!
Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer is a social game. Talk to other players who are online in the same lobby as you.
Communicate and help the other players on your team. Inform them of opponents who are camping, warn them of enemy snipers, explosives and other hazards that you encounter.
Tell your teammates about the moves you are making: “I’m going for the flag,” “Planting the bomb!”, “Defusing the bomb!”, “Capping B”, “Capping C!”, and so on. Keep them informed of what’s happening.
You need to find a balance, though. Keeping your mouth shut helps no one, but talking too much isn’t good either. Share information that is necessary for the game and save anecdotes and other chat for after the game.
Do not complain. Be nice and avoid trash talk.
You’re sure to meet some players who cannot behave. They will shout, they will call you names and they will generally be an unpleasant lot. Use the mute function to avoid having to listen to their noise and their childish behavior.