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Modern Warfare tips: 7 things we learned from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta

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The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta has finally given fans a glimpse of what they can expect when Activision’s latest FPS giant hits the shelves in November, and allowed us to put together this set of Modern Warfare tips. Not only did we get a decent look out how the game handles on PC and console, but we also gained a detailed insight into the various guns, perks, killstreaks, and features that aim to mix up CoD’s run and gun formula. While it’s likely that some of the things shown off in the Modern Warfare beta may change or be removed entirely before release, it’s been a blast getting to grips with Modern Warfare’s manic multiplayer action. For many, the general setting and perk-based loadouts may look incredibly familiar, but there’s enough change here to make it stand out from the competitive FPS crowd. To help prepare you for release of Modern Warfare, we’ve put together a list of seven multiplayer tips that will increase your chances of securing those all-important killstreaks and boost that KDA.

1. Always check your corners

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The kill times in Modern Warfare are blisteringly fast and they can lead to many a frustrating death if you’re not paying enough attention to your surroundings. Unlike the previous games in the series, Modern Warfare favours a more methodical approach to combat. While galavanting around the map blasting away at anything that dares to move will net you a few kills, it will also decrease your chances of obtaining those flashy killstreaks. Death comes swiftly in Modern Warfare and it only takes a few bullets to stop an enemy dead in their tracks, so it’s often best to ADS and sweep your surroundings before moving on to the next location. Those of you who have played Rainbow Six Siege and CS:GO will be familiar with this tactical approach to combat, but it’s something that can be applied to Modern Warfare as well. Always check your corners and place your sights at headshot height to increase your lethality in each firefight.

2. Go for headshots

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While most of the weapons in Modern Warfare don’t require too many shots to take down your foe, there are a number of times when you need to be a little more precise with your aim. The chances of finding favourable 1v1 fights is often unlikely, especially when you’re playing Modern Warfare’s freshly revamped Ground War mode. Ground War is Activision’s answer to the larger scale conflicts found in Battlefield and while the 32v32 mode is a little rough around the edges, it’s a lot of fun when you start to rack up the kills. Of course, surviving long enough to obtain the best streaks can be a little difficult when facing more than one foe. Headshots not only dish out considerably more damage to enemy players, they also help you down multiple targets before they can even react. While body shots are much easier to land, you’ll be able to decrease your kill times and even counter those pesky players who utilise head glitches. Head glitches have always been a pain to deal with in Call of Duty, so practice your aim and deliver some punishing plays.

3. Don’t run everywhere

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While it can be incredibly tempting to hold down the sprint button and go tearing towards the enemy spawn for some quick kills, it’s often best to slow your movements down. Not only does running make a lot of noise, you’ll also drastically increase the time it takes to ADS and react to incoming fire. Modern Warfare’s quick kill times favour a slower approach to combat, so only try to use the sprint function when dashing to cover, aggressively flanking, or when you know the area is clear of enemy troopers. The number of players that sprint around corners only to be met with a hail of bullets is incredibly high, so make it a habit to slow your movements down to avoid an early demise.

4. Play the objective

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This may seem like an incredibly simple point, but the amount of players that avoid the objective in favour of kills is ridiculously high. While racking up long killstreaks and securing a high KDA may be impressive, it won’t help your team secure the points needed to win a round of Domination or Headquarters. When playing Modern Warfare’s objective-based game modes, your focus should be on locking down zones, and supplying your team with as many points as possible without handing the objectives over to the enemy. Instead of running around the map in search of foes to riddle with bullets, try to cordon off areas near the objective and help your team eliminate those that aim to breach your defences. Not only will playing on and around the objective invariably net you with more kills anyway, you’ll also gain a decent amount of experience that will help you unlock new weapons and perks that much faster.

5. Use deployable cover to your advantage

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While the various maps we played in the Modern Warfare beta had plenty of cover and places to duck into when the bullets started to fly, we often found ourselves needing a little extra protection when capturing and defending objectives. Fortunately, Activision has an answer to this as players can use deployable cover to sponge incoming bullets, giving them the defence they need to secure even the most baron of control points. These lifesaving Field Upgrades have a fast recharge rate and can be used in numerous ways. For example, if you want to hamper the enemy team’s movement, then consider putting your deployable cover down by doors or walkways with high player traffic. This will force your enemy to either vault over the cover or spend resources destroying it, giving you the perfect opportunity to claim a quick kill. Always be on the lookout for ways you can use deployable cover to your advantage.

6. Get used to aiming down sight

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Hip firing in Modern Warfare isn’t as reliable as it used to be in previous Call of Duty titles. In fact, it’s often best to avoid hip firing completely unless the enemy runs into the barrel of your gun. We found that even the game’s SMGs performed poorly when fired from the hip, often registering a few hits before landing us in the dirt. While aiming down the sights may take an extra second or two, the added increase in accuracy is huge. Try to always ADS before peeking around a corner or opening a door as this will not only prepare you for what’s on the other side, it will also give you an advantage over those who have not already focussed in on you. Of course, certain weapon attachments impact the time it takes to ADS, so consider experimenting with your gun’s loadout and try to familiarise yourself with the timing to avoid any aiming mishaps.

7. Flank your enemies for easy kills

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Call of Duty maps have always given players plenty of opportunities to flank around their enemies and Modern Warfare is no different. The majority of the beta maps favoured medium to long-distance firefights, so be prepared to sneak behind enemy lines and deliver lethal rounds to those racking up kills from afar. After all, wiping out units who have taken up a defensive position will make it easier for your team to approach objectives and even stop pesky campers from reaching their most powerful killstreaks. Flanking also gives you more opportunities to mark enemy equipment, field upgrades, and killstreaks with the Spotter perk, while also allowing you to easily ping potential threats over voice comms. When opting for the flanking playstyle, consider taking the Ghost perk to conceal your whereabouts and equip your gun with a suppressor to aid with your stealthy plays.

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