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Give me Balanced Weapons in Modern Warfare 3

by William Schwartz on May 8, 2011

With one of the biggest franchises in gaming’s history set to return this fall, we’re left wondering about the specifics of the next Call of Duty Modern Warfare title.  Will Modern Warfare 3 push the boundaries of the genre, or will it be a cash grab with little to no innovation or heart behind it?

When games are released on a yearly basis it has got to be hard for developers to differentiate themselves year in and year out.  As we’ve seen with sports franchises, most yearly release titles are glorified expansion packs, that offer gamers minor tweaks and roster updates.  With the first person shooter genre it’s a little different.  Instead of roster updates we get new maps, some new weapons, and an extension of the story.

As we saw with Treyarch’s Call of Duty Black Ops, the franchise went even more arcade than ever before, offering some truly imaginative killstreaks like the remote control RC car with a bomb attached to it, a flyable attack helicopter, and of course the return of our canine friends from World at War.  These killstreaks are what made Modern Warfare and the Call of Duty series what it is today.  It also bred the gameplay styles that govern the game now.  With it unlikely that a new game engine is heading our way with Modern Warfare 3,  hopefully instead of trying to focus on new Perks, Killstreaks, and graphics skins,  this time around with any luck we’ll get a game that has been polished in the core elements that make the good first person shooters great.

I’m talking about weapons balance.  World at War was one the most notoriously bad Call of Duty games for weapons balance, and Modern Warfare 2 followed close behind when it released the next year.  Black Ops picked up the slack in some respects, but the game could still use some considerable tweaking in weapons classes.  There is little to no benefit in any Call of Duty game for using the different weapons available to you.  So who cares if there are 50 different weapons at your disposal if they all are adequate to accomplish you goal.

As a long time fan of the series I would also love to see a return to the more realistic gameplay of the original Modern Warfare.  The game has gotten bigger and more popular, but it’s also become more outlandish with the incorporation of unrealistic elements.  If it’s going to be a yearly thing, it doesn’t really need to be a spectacle of newer, more awesome than the last time killstreaks, it’s just needs to be better than the last in some respects.  Some core multiplayer weapons balancing would go a long way in silencing the haters of the franchise.

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  • dude

    This writer is nuts. MW2 had great gun balance. Probably this best in the series. Everyone said the UMP was king, well that’s BS. The assault rifles were very well balanced, the sub machine guns not so much with the P90 UMP being top of the glass. In the end most people over looked the best gun in the game the Tar-21. Unmatched mid range power with superior close range power go watch xboxahoy weapon guide on the Tar-21

  • N00b

    models1887 says hi

  • lcard55

    Yep this writer is retarded,”it just needs to be better than the last in some respects” after he bi tched about almost every change!. Every game is unbalanced n far fetched, to some degree. Pick n choose wisely.

  • dude

    @noob the model 1887 got patched a long long time ago. After which they were pretty much junk. The Spas is a superior shotgun in the game. Do try and the play game past December 09 if ur gonna comment

    • Spencer

      or maybe he still plays the game but just prefers the model 1887? Do try and not be a stupid ass if your gona comment

  • attackofthe360fanboy-_-

    well, since when were the COD games since MW1 innovative or even fun ^^

  • dude

    Ur a troll get outta here ^^

  • dude

    I like how people disagree with original post but then give no response on how they thought the guns were unbalanced. There was no single gun in the game the got whored out…but WaW mp40 Blops Famas,74u but MW2 had gun balance. If u don’t think so elaborate not just disagree

  • b.

    Modern Warfare 2 did have gun balance. The UMP is a great weapon, but by no means is it as over powered as people like to whine about.

    The only weapons I really have any issue with in terms of being over powered, are the G18’s and tube attachments. By far the worst weapon additions to the game. If MW3 was just a MW2 clone that ditched akimbo support and fixed the perks (Scav/OMA doesn’t replenish tubes) I’d be happy.

    Also, please, dedicated servers. Although if the same admins from BO get their hands on the game, never mind. Rather not play crouch only servers or other nonsense.

  • rag3

    I would like to have intervention quickscoping in mw3

  • dude

    @spencer or maybe u and him have no clue Wtf ur talking about. He made the comment because after the game came out the dual 1887s were an unstoppable force with mid 2 bullet kills. He was trying to counter my post. Since it was they were dual it was instant death. Ur comment only made u look like a stupid ass for trying to be a hero. Everyone else understood what he meant. The Spas destroys the 1887s up close. Ok stupid ass. School is out now lesson over

  • dude

    Sorry about my grammar, auto correct on my phone always screws me up.

  • trollsgottatroll

    ump is OVERPOWERED!!!

  • Dude

    @trollsgottatroll while the UMP was powerful it didn’t out class any other gun in the game. Basically all the guns were over powered. The UMP had high damage but a slow rate of fire at 650 RPM and requires burst firing at long range. It only out classed the other SMGs but not the AR’s. The P90 was a beast with extended mags as it gives you 7 more seconds of sprint time, basically giving you marathon pro as a 4th perk. Its not the best weapon to use at close mid or long distance. Almost every gun was a 2 bullet kill up close. As there are better guns in each category

  • trollsgottatroll

    ^^ nerd!!! lol im joking

  • rag3

    Why does everyone hate quickscoping you hate it your a troll

  • Quagmire

    I hope they give ONE shot with the toob.

  • dude

    People hate snipers not quick scoping. Players want gun on gun. Snipers stop this. When a sniper occupies a certain part of a map the other team knows it and stops going to that part. Snipers slow down the game, weather it requires skill or not its the ultimate form of camping. The average player is hates quickscoping as do I. It’s cheap.

  • jdgf

    quickscoping is not cheap.

    it TAKES alot more skill to be good at it alot more than run and run which any nob can do pretty much, quickscoping doesnt ruin mw2 at all its tubes and people who rush and tac knife or people who camp. :)

  • dude

    if quick scoping is skill then where are all the snipers in Blops. Quick scoping is cheap and that’s why Treyarch took it out, or atleast tried to. To be good at rushing you have to see and react quickly. Quickscoping just means hitting L1 then R1 a split second later, that’s not skill. U don’t even have to aim, just rely on bad hit markers that the sniper rifles give you. Like the BS spin shot

  • Moonbase0ne

    No matter what new weapons they add and how the try to fix them, this will be a rental, not a buy.


  • Double Aught Code

    …so long as they make more of the map area ‘mapped’. I mean the initial zones in MW2 were awesome, but the expansion pack sucked. Had way to many areas you couldnt crawl in/climb on/etc. Black Ops took this even furhter by not allowing claymores to be placed in water, nor can you lay in the slightest amount of water in ‘snipe-snipe’ hiding. Many garden areas that normally are allowable to move into were not in MW2 and BO.

  • trollsgottatroll

    quickscoping isn’t cheap, ump is overpowered end of story.
    MW3 BRING ON THA QUICKSCOPES :) and i hope i can quickscope anyone who dislikes this comment when it comes out

    • angel l

      ur a dumb ass quick scopin is a cheat point black ops is the best jus as is mw2 but the quick shit is dead frontlinechu is my gt if u want to go 1v1…

  • ninjamonkeyy

    MW2 was balanced?

    Commando, 1887s, UMP, noob tube, and the recoiless assault rifles say hi.

    Black ops? FAMAS.

  • Lemonman

    I just think that they should focus on how to make the next Call of Duty, MW3… to have similar qualities and game balance like the original Modern Warfare. Keeping it simple yet enjoyable and awesome. Without having ridiculously stupid killstreak rewards or guns that’s pretty much an “I win button.”
    CoD4 is a great game. Good maps. Decent guns. Effective Killstreaks. Game of the year. Learn from that maybe?

  • SKIN503

    How about a new graphics engine? Destruction mechanics? Vehicles? Any innovation what so ever? Same old sh*t. What happened to you COD? Long live the days of BATTLEFEILD 3!

  • phillz91

    @Ninjamonkey, the commando is a BO only gun. M4 is MW2 term. quick scoping isn’t cheap. I don’t do it but I know I can’t consistently without practise. To snipe properly is to shoot and displace, makes good area control for maps. UMP was powerful but I much preferred the uzi (my fave gun) or vector but SMGs weren’t unbalanced, all of them have their strengths and weaknesses, particularly the UMP on the latter (iron sites, fire rate, recoil, general accuracy). Models had range, so what? don’t run round corners blindly (60% of my kills with stricker are from people doing that). BO is very unbalanced FAMAS hits to hard for fire rate. Snipers are made useless, most guns are exactly the same in feel and performance, I think my opinion is clear.

  • phillz91

    PS. BO=Camping & bad spawns. MW2 isn’t perfect but feels and plays a hell of a lot better than BO. atleast when I run round a corner n come face to face with another player n get stabbed in MW2 I know I wasn’t ripped off. In BO the hitmarker for a stab is a metre behind me. Pus I’ve noticed corners are invisible in BO, people kill me ‘Wanted’ style after I’ve ducked behind a corner (this is while I’m hosting btw)

  • murph4444

    The akimbo fm9 and type 95 are the best but overpowered

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