Check out the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer Gunsmith system and plan your mods

Getting the right loadout for multiplayer is a big part of any online game and the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare Gunsmith system is set to make life a whole lot easier. There are up to 60 attachments to pick from for each gun (around 30 for pistols) and they let you tweak and fine tune numerous aspects of damage, accuracy and other crucial stats.

However, while that all sounds pretty obvious, the real stroke of genius is the way it tells you how your choices affect what’s going on. Each attachment has a clear set of pros and cons, listing exactly what stats are affected and how. For example you can change the stock of your rifle and gain ++ Aim Walking Movement Speed and + Movement Speed, but at the expense of -- Recoil Control, -- Aiming gun steadiness and -- Idle Sway Control. 

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It means you can precisely adapt a gun to suit your playing style, boosting stats you might want help with - accuracy and damage, say - at the expense of other things like movement or aiming speed. While you can change any of the following [deep breath] muzzle, barrel, underbarrel, lasers, optics, stock, rear grip and magazine, you can only add 5 attachments. That, combined with the varying pros and cons, makes it a real balancing act to get the setup you want. While it is possible to focus on damage across the board you’ll likely lose accuracy and gain recoil if you’re not careful. Instead it’s all about fine tuning the stats you want or need without sacrificing too much elsewhere. If you trust your aim maybe you can give up some recoil control and hip fire accuracy for harder hitting shots. It’s your call. 

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