Being Nitpicky about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

I recently bought Modern Warfare 3 because I'm a huge fan of the Call of Duty franchise but more specifically, I love the Modern Warfare series.

[For some reason, I don't like the Treyarch versions of CoD.]

If you're looking for a review, here it is:

It's good and I recommend getting it. Some people say it's just like MW2 and I think that's mostly true but MW2 was really good also. New weapons, refreshed maps, a snappier feel, all reasons to join the fight.

Read on to hear my gripes* about the game. (*Spoiler alert, it's really just for fun and these things don't truly bother me. Well... maybe a little.)

Ok now that my official review is out, let me get picky. I haven't been around guns my whole life but I know enough that they could have hired me as a consultant and the game would have been 83% better.

Select Fire on Assault Rifles

They don't let you select fire on the assault rifles. In real life, rifles like the FN SCAR and Remington ACR allow semi auto or full auto fire but in the game they just allow full auto. Having the ability to change in game would allow greater control and accuracy as well as adding realism to the game.


ACR 6.8

Ballistic Vests

One of the kill streak rewards is the use of ballistic vests. When you acquire one of these vests, your vision gains a slight yellowish tinted vignette. Does this usually happen when you wear a ballistic vest? No. What does happen is that the added weight could slow you down. Why not make the downside of the vest use a slower sprint speed or decreased sprint distance?

Not Wearing a Ballistic Vest
Wearing a Ballistic Vest

Sprinting with a Light Machine Gun

With some of these light machine guns weighing as much as 20 pounds (not including ammo), they still allow you to spring quite a bit. I guess that they still slow you down when compared to the SMG's but I imagine it would be more realistic if they slowed you down further. These are some heavy guns!

Shoulder Firing .50 caliber Sniper Rifle

You'll see a ton of people in multiplayer firing multiple times on body sized targets (other players) while standing or even moving with the Barrett. That's just not accurate. Also, the bipods on these rifles should be functional for times when going prone to take a shot. 

Kel-Tec KSG 

The Kel-Tec KSG was new at SHOT Show this year and as cool as it is, I don't want to use it in Modern Warfare 3. It has 2 tubes that can each hold 7 rounds. The idea is that you can have 7 rounds of buck shot in one tube and 7 rounds of slugs in the other. That allows you to engage targets in close quarters and at a considerable distance through the use of a red dot sight. This could have been a great gun in the game but they don't allow you to change ammunition types.

Hybrid Sight

The hybrid sight offers horrible sight picture all around. In the real world this could be very useful even though it has some downsides (getting caught on entryways when flipped out). Look at the comparison of the various sights in MW3 and take note of the bottom two photos which is the hybrid sight in it's two stages.

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Suppressors for Shotguns

Ok, these 'do' exist but I don't think they should be included in the game unless they allow you to use slugs in the shotgun. I am really not an expert in this field but I don't think a suppressor would work with buck shot due to so many projectiles. Like I said, it's something that is possible in the real world but not so much that it's mainstream.


It's just a game and I like to find stuff to be picky about. You really should buy it.  <-- Amazon Affiliate Link

Let me know if you have any gripes about it because I'm sure I'm not alone and there probably some things I've missed.

But wait, there's more...
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Heed the call, the Call of Duty.

I don't consider myself a gamer but I guess I am. I mean, I only like a few games but those few games take up a lot of my time.

What is the biggest and best game right now? Modern Warfare 2. You probably have heard of it. It sold like a kajillion copies and also had some negative press but either way, you must have been under a rock if you don't know of it.

In the game, you can setup 5 different "classes" with customized weapons and "perks" that can help you achieve a win in a multiplayer game. Did I mention this is a game you play with tons and tons of people online? Probably kajillion.

Anyway, I'm constantly changing classes and I thought I would share with you what I have set up now and why I chose it. But really, these change almost daily.


Class 1 - "Assault"

In a nutshell, this is my standard class. Nothing fancy and just good strong power. This is what I use when I'm not doing well and need to rank up some kills.

Primary - ACR
- Red Dot Sight (fast enemy alignment and works at long range)
- Full Metal Jackets

Secondary - Glock 18 (a super fast secondary weapon can really help)
- Red Dot Sight (can reach out and hit people easier than iron sights)
- Full Metal Jackets

1 Frag Grenade

2 Stun Grenades

- Bling Pro (sometimes rotate with Sleight of Hand Pro)
- Stopping Power Pro
- Steady Aim


Class 2 - "Run"

This is probably my most used class. I love this class. It works on smaller maps and even large maps but if I ever have a bad series, I'll switch to the "Assault" class. In my opinion, most people don't know how to react fast enough when someone is literally running everywhere (and fast) with a knife that can really reach out and get them.

Primary - Vector (love this gun but only picked it because it's an SMG, I never fire it)
- Full Metal Jackets

Seconday - M9 (I keep this out but only b/c of the tactical knife, rarely fire bullets)
- Tactical Knife (the tactical knife with the speed in the perks is deadly!)

Semtex Grenade

2 Stun Grenades

- Marathon Pro
- Lightweight Pro
- Commando Pro


Class 3 - "Challenge"

This class changes the most because it's really just to focus on challenges. If I need more kills with a certain weapon, I turn it on here. It's really a random grouping of weapons and perks but they do serve a purpose.

Primary - M16A4
- Grenade Launcher (working on my noob tube achievements)

Secondary - One Many Army (sometimes I just "change" into this same class so I can refill on ammo!)

Semtex Grenade

2 Flash Grenades

- One Man Army
- Danger Close (using this perk with the noob tube to maximize damage)
- Scrambler (hate this perk because it gives me away but I need to level it up)


Class 4 - "Misc"

This class also changes a lot. I like to play stealthy but still be hard hitting so this is what I have setup for now. Nothing amazing but an all around decent class.

Primary - ACR (just a good all around rifle for me)
- Full Metal Jackets

Secondary - M9 (rarely use but I have a good sidearm and fast knife if necessary)
- Tactical Knife

Semtex Grenade

2 Flash Grenades

- Scavenger Pro (I seem to do well with this class and running out of ammo sucks)
- Cold Blooded Pro (love staying invisible to helicopters/harriers/uav's/turrets..!)
- Steady Aim


Class 5 - "Sneaky"

When I want to run around with no one knowing where I am, I turn this class on. Shooting doesn't show up (and can barely hear) and I'm invisible to UAV's and everything else. Oh, and I can even run without making a sound. Something I just unlocked was the Pro version of Cold Blooded. Now, if people are just scanning, I wont show up if they put their sights over me. Before, their sights would turn red and my name might have shown up, not now!

Primary - ACR (my best gun right now)
- Silencer (stay off the grid...)
- Full Metal Jackets (...still pack a punch)

Secondary - AA-12 (don't mind going loud for just a minute)
- Red Dot Sight (had a silencer but range was way too short)

Throwing Knife (reusable and totally demoralizing!)

2 Stun Grenades

- Bling Pro
- Cold Blooded Pro (with this perk and Ninja Pro, I'm totally off the grid)
- Ninja Pro


Death Streaks - All have Painkiller. I know kids hate that. I do too but it's useful. If I get killed 4 times in a row then I'm having a bad game and need some help. I call it the Dr. Mario Pill and my friend Dave says "someone is on the pill." Hah! Love it!

Kill Streaks - I'll change these up depending on how well (or crappy) I'm playing but right now, they are:

- 5 kills - Predator Missile
- 7 kills - Harrier Strike
- 9 kills - Pave Low

If I do really bad for a few games, I open up just something in 3, 4, and 5. Just so I keep getting presents and stay motivated!

Now that I told you what I have, feel free to use it and let me know if it works for you. Also, I'd love to hear what load outs you've had luck with!