Modern Warfare 3 guide to dominate Call of Duty in 2023

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
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Having a Modern Warfare 3 guide to hand can help you navigate through the latest instalment in the Call of Duty series, as even though it's now been running for 20 years there are still plenty of changes to get to grips with. As always, there's a fresh meta with new guns rising to the top to dominate the online firefights, as well as updated systems to understand. To stop everything from feeling overwhelming, take a look at our suite of guides for Modern Warfare 3 to help you come out on top.

Release and review

Modern Warfare 3 review

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was officially released on November 10, 2023, after a week of early access to the single player campaign for those who pre-ordered, and it is available on PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 review we surmised that the series is currently suffering from a severe identity crisis, and its hasty assembly from an assortment of components has resulted in a package that's both vaguely recognizable and largely unsatisfying.

What are the best guns?

Best Modern Warfare 3 guns

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The key to dominating the meta in this shooter is picking the right weapons to arm yourself with, and there are already some front-runners emerging that are proving their worth on the battlefield. We've picked out what we consider to be the best Modern Warfare 3 guns so far, and also have more detailed guides on how to set up the following weapons:

How to Prestige

Modern Warfare 3 prestige

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If you're currently wondering how to prestige in Modern Warfare 3 then that's completely understandable, as this well-established system in Call of Duty hasn't actually been enabled yet in MW3. It's due to be activated when Season 1 proper begins, which is expected in December 2023 but hasn't been confirmed.

How to get Armory Unlocks

Modern Warfare 3 Armory Unlocks

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Once you reach level 25 in MW3, you'll gain access to the Modern Warfare 3 Armory Unlocks system that allows you to add fresh weapons, perks, equipment, killstreaks, and more to your arsenal. The process for doing this through completing daily challenges is somewhat confusing, so we have an explanation and tips for unlocking items faster in our separate guide.

What is Tactical Stance?

Modern Warfare 3 Tactical Stance

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The Tac-Stance is a brand new addition to the control system in the online shooter, providing a hybrid that sits between the standard Hip Fire and Aim Down Sight positions. By using the Modern Warfare 3 Tactical Stance you'll tilt your equipped weapon at an angle, providing greater accuracy than firing from the hip while maintaining a wider field of view and increased movement speed.

What's in the Battle Pass?

Modern Warfare 3 Battle Pass Season 1

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The Modern Warfare 3 Battle Pass has caused some confusion since the new game launched, as although you'd expect it to begin at Season 1 it is actually described as either Season 6 carried over from Modern Warfare 2, or Season 0 of Modern Warfare 3 depending on where you look in the menus. Whichever it is, we've got a full run down of what's currently included in the battle pass.

How to get the Interstellar Camo

Interstellar Camo in Modern Warfare 3

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The Interstellar Camo is one of the most exclusive cosmetics in the game, as you basically have to complete every other Multiplayer weapon challenge available in order to get it. Amazingly it took one streamer less than a week to unlock the Interstellar Camo in Modern Warfare 3, and we've got all of the details if you're curious or want to try your hand at getting it yourself.

How to destroy a Mercenary Convoy

How to find and destroy a Mercenary Convoy in Modern Warfare 3 Zombies

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If you've been working your way through the challenges in Zombies mode, then you may have been struggling with one in particular that requires further explanation. To help you through that, we have the lowdown on how to find and destroy a Mercenary Convoy in Modern Warfare 3 Zombies so you can tick that assignment off your list.

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Iain Wilson
Guides Editor

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.