Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is here, which means it’s time for another year of shooting, leveling up, and muting anyone and everyone. This year’s entry offers a robust, diverse package of multiplayer modes, from Gunfight’s tense, intimate stand-offs to Ground War’s wide-scale vehicular mayhem. There’s also, you know, regular multiplayer, with returning favorites like Domination and Team Deathmatch.
There’s a lot here, and it will undoubtedly take many hours to master the full suite of Modern Warfare’s offerings. To that end, here are seven tips to help you come out on top in multiplayer.
Don’t Be Above Camping – Modern Warfare Tips
Camping — the practice of perching in one spot and racking up kills as unwary opponents march before your scope — has long been derided in the Call of Duty community. But, at launch, most of Modern Warfare’s maps feel built to cater to this playstyle. Outside of Gunfight, every multiplayer map is loaded with buildings. This means lots of windows to snipe out of and walls to provide cover. Players have complained that this year’s maps provide too many lines-of-sight which favor snipers and difficult to avoid for players who prefer a run-and-gun approach. In my experience, this is definitely true. It’s considerably easier to find an unoccupied window and shoot fish in a barrel than to face opponents head on.
This issue seems to arise from the fact that many of Modern Warfare’s maps recreate urban settings. Piccadilly, Tavorsk Bridge, Rammaza, and St. Petrograd, all feature a huge variety of structures with window perches aplenty. Infinity Ward plans on introducing new maps throughout the game’s life cycle, and may tweak the balance to make run-and-gun a more viable approach in the coming weeks. But, for now, the game certainly favors the camper.
Take Advantage of High Alert – Modern Warfare Tips
High Alert, a red perk causing yellow spots to pulse in your field of vision when an out-of-sight enemy has eyes on you, is invaluable. Given the buffet of sniper perches available in almost every map, having a perk equipped that tells you when you’re visible is almost a necessity. The perks mustard-colored flashes saved my life on multiple occasions, prompting me to turn around and fight back or scramble for cover.
For more information on which perks best suit each playstyle, check out our guide to the best perk combinations.
Helicopters Are Good – Modern Warfare Tips
In Ground War, a Battlefield-like mode for as many as 64 players, combatants compete to dominate certain points on a huge map with the help of vehicles like ATVs, tanks and helicopters. While helicopters are vulnerable to launchers, they provide excellent support for taking control points. During one match in Ground War, I took two control points, back-to-back, by flying from point to point with a chopper. This technique, obviously, doesn’t work for indoor control points. When you can do it, a helicopter is a quick, easy way to get in and out.
Death Comes from Above – Modern Warfare Tips
In Ground War, you should always act like there’s an enemy UAV floating over your head. Often there is! With the high player count, killstreaks apper more often than in traditional multiplayer and with the addition of helicopters, there’s almost always something ready to kill you in the sky.
As noted above, this year’s maps brim with buildings, so stick to cover as often as possible. If you need to go where there isn’t a roof above your head, make it quick.
Stay Out of Sight – Modern Warfare Tips
In Gunfight, if your opponent sees you, you’re probably already dead. The cramped maps deliver a quick, tense experience. It’s possible for matches to end abruptly because players don’t live very long. One surefire way to die repeatedly is to be out in the open longer than you absolutely need to. If the round’s loadout involves sniper rifles, don’t even think about exiting cover.
Play the Campaign for Extra Operators – Modern Warfare Tips
In order to unlock some operators (Thorne, Wyatt, D-Day, Bale, Azur and Yegor) you’ll need to complete specific campaign missions. The campaign is short (howlongtobeat.com has the average playtime at 5.5 hours) so unlocking these characters is substantially easier than, say, scoring the 500 LMG kills required to unlock Raines. Additionally, the Piccadilly campaign mission uses the same map as the Piccadilly multiplayer level, so playing through the campaign serves as a nice introduction.
You Can Filter Quickplay Including Hardcore Modes – Modern Warfare Tips
In last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, you could select individual modes, like Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Free for All, from the multiplayer select screen. This year, Infinity Ward has condensed it all into a Quickplay option that cycles through various modes and maps by default. If you want to play only Team Deathmatch, you need to set up the filter to ignore all other gametypes. You do this by hovering over quickplay and going to Filter.
It’s worth noting this is also how you get access to Hardcore matches. On PC you do this by hitting R, changing the selected category from Filtered to Hardcore.
If you take only one thing away from this post, let it be this: don’t get out of cover unless you absolutely need to. This game is built for long shots on sitting ducks. Don’t be the duck!