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MW3 New Strike Packages and Game Modes Revealed
Infinity Ward have stated for the past couple of months now that two of their main aims for MW3 was to go back to “gun-on-gun” gameplay and also reward players for completing objectives. Well after the first day of Call of Duty XP, we can see that they are definitely well on their way to making that reality.
Infinity Ward have confirmed this weekend that they will be bringing in some whole new features to MW3 which will give players much more to think about instead of just worrying about keeping a high K:D ratio.
MW3 – Strike Packages
Gone are just kill-streaks. With Modern Warfare 3 there will be a whole collection of ‘Strike Packages’ to choose from. With this new setup, you will have 3 packages of very different packages to choose from; Assault, Support or Specialist.
The Assault package works the same as the killstreaks in MW2 did. Get as many kills as you can without dying to earn yourself rewards like airstrikes, UAV’s or even a remote controlled helicopter. This package is mainly suited towards those of us who enjoy sprinting around the map racking up as many kills as we can.
Unlike the Assault package, Support is all about helping your team and completing objectives, such as planting the bomb or defending a flag, which will then grant you points. Once you’ve earned enough points you will be rewarded with items such as ballistic vests and counter UAVs.
“It’s not focused on getting you more kills, it’s focused on allowing you to be a better team player, allowing you to give things to your team for that situational awareness, to allow them to be better.” – Robert Bowling
The best thing about the Support package though, your point ‘streaks’ don’t get reset when you die! So, there’s no need to worry about playing slowly so you don’t go biting off more than you chew, if you die you can just respawn and carry on racking up those points.
Specialist is completely different again. This is aimed towards those players who don’t need killstreaks to get good scores preferring just to kill everything in their path with their own gun.
The specialist package won’t award you with any typical killstreak rewards. Instead, as you get more kills in a row you’ll unlock extra perks so instead of being limited to just the same 3 perks, you can have maybe 8 on at the same time. The problem is, if you die they get reset back to the default 3 again – so you better be confident in your skills if you want to use this package.
Robert Bowling explains it like this:
“Say I’m playing Capture the Flag, when I first start a match, I don’t need Scavenger, which gives me more ammo, because I have a full magazine. So in the past I was wasting one of my three perks on something I wasn’t always getting a benefit from. So instead, I can focus on something I always need in Capture the Flag, like Extreme Conditioning so I can sprint longer, or Steady Aim, or things like that. Then, as I’m fighting my way to the flag, and taking guys out, then I unlock Scavenger, when I actually need ammo. Then I unlock something that gives me resistance or Marksman, identifying a target for later on.”
MW3 – 2 New Game Modes
On top of all this, there’s also 2 new online game modes which have been confirmed called ‘Team Defender’ and ‘Kill Confirmed’. We currently dont know anything about Team Defender but we have managed to find some information on Kill Confirmed.
In Kill Confirmed teams score points by, not just killing the enemy players, but also picking up their dog tags. This means, sitting back and killing the enemy from distance won’t work. You need to get out there and stay in the middle of the action otherwise you’re going to find yourself finishing without any points.
Players are also able to prevent the enemy team from scoring by picking up their fallen teammates dogtags before the enemy can. This will reward you with points and so giving you extra incentive to stick together and work as a team. Here, at MW3 Elite, we are massively looking forward to this new game mode. We can see it being extremely hectic and fast paced and will really emphasize close combat skills.
Last but not least, there’s going to be a new system for weapon customization. We don’t know much about this yet, but we’ll give a quick summary on what we’ve found out so far.
The new system will be called ‘Weapon Proficiencies’ which will work by unlocking new upgrades on your weapons as you use them. So, unlike the past Modern Warfare games where you would slowly unlock more attachments for all of your guns at the same time. Now, the more you use a certain gun, the more attachments you will have available for it – thus encouraging players to stick to the same weapons.
“We want Modern Warfare 3 to be about the player, his gun, and his skill, not relying on air support to be a replacement for his ability to get kills.” – Robert Bowling
That’s all for now. We’ll continue to update you with the latest news from Call of Duty XP as it rolls in.