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Why We Love . . . Survival Mode In Modern Warfare 3

Tom Silkstone
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Why We Love . . . Survival Mode In Modern Warfare 3

Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare took my breath away, Modern Warfare 2 built on that and I was quite impressed with how most of its action sequences rivalled those featured in Hollywood blockbusters, then I treated myself to Modern Warfare 3 at Christmas and was spectacularly underwhelmed by its repetitive nature. Once I'd mindlessly plodded through the single player and checked out the multiplayer I was about ready to call it a day, that is until my brother wandered into my room attracted by the sound of gunfire and asked if I'd checked out the Survival mode yet. I had not. Quickly I scrolled through the menus into the co-op section and within minutes we were both sat side by side whilst being deployed into a calm urban setting. This was the quiet before the storm!

Why We Love . . . Survival Mode In Modern Warfare 3

This mode is essentially a work over of Black Ops' Zombie mode, only the undead have been replaced by groups of soldiers. When you start Survival mode for the first time it can quickly lull you into a false sense of security, the first few waves of enemy troops are incredibly easy, in fact you shouldn't even have to raise a gun to dispatch them, your trusty knife will take care of them efficiently enough and don't worry about taking any damage their shotgun blasts are the equivalent of somebody gently throwing a handful of gravel at you. At this point you may well be laughing at those you've left lifelessly lying on the floor. Unfortunately things won't stay this way for long, each round becomes more and more of a challenge, the hostile forces become better equipped, helicopters'll be sent to take you out from above, and eventually you'll come face to face with the dreaded juggernauts.

Why We Love . . . Survival Mode In Modern Warfare 3

The trick to Survival mode, other than finding people who are actually competent at playing the game, is to level up quickly so you can gain access to as much kit as possible, whilst also sitting back and thinking tactically about the situation you're in. Predator missiles provide you with a pretty good way of instantly getting rid of juggernauts, or large group of soldiers that have pinned you down. However, you'll quickly trade these in once you unlock the delta squad and riot troops, both of which provide you with excellent support for a fairly large period of time and for AI controlled characters there not bad, unless of course you find them blocking your entrance or exit into buildings, which can be all that separates you from life and death in some situations. Claymores turn city streets and stairs into explosive death traps, particularly when you set them at choke points. One of the most useful devices for cutting your enemies to pieces, or blowing them limb for limb, are the sentry guns, provided that you plonk them down somewhere that doesn't allows your enemies to creep up behind them. Finally, weapons can be modified as you see fit, and I shouldn't have to explain to seasoned first person shooter veterans why it's important to replenish your body armour. If you can set all these things up in between rounds, then you can create areas that are almost impenetrable, just be careful when you're walking around in later rounds otherwise you'll fall foul of hostile claymores instead of laying your own traps.

Why We Love . . . Survival Mode In Modern Warfare 3

There are of course many ways to keep yourself alive and discovering which ones work best for the way that you play the game is half the fun, especially when you start racking up points and beating your personal bests. Whilst Survival mode fits in with Modern Warfare 3's incredibly repetitive nature, it's the only part of the game that I thoroughly enjoyed and felt deserved spending any prolonged periods of time playing through. Joining somebody online is all good and well, but I think this one's really all about local co-op, seeing as you and whoever your playing with can trade high fives at the end of every wave. Also, once you unlock the support troops, I think that Survival mode provides you with a decent alternative to some of the team based multiplayer modes. Well, I think that just about wraps up everything I want to say about this one, other than to mention that it was probably my favourite part of Christmas gaming wise. If you want to add anything, or let us know about your experiences of this magnificent mode, then please feel free to jot down your thoughts below.

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fanpages  Jan. 8, 2012 at 15:23

I think the Zombie maps from the past instalments in the series have a greater depth to them, but I have also found that the "Survival Mode" game-play in the current title complements the ongoing series featured "Special Ops" missions as being the only two redeeming features of a now tired, & frankly, boring gaming experience.

I acknowledge there are tens, even hundreds, or thousands of players to argue against that viewpoint, but I am personally grateful that "Call of Duty" is not the only online experience. There is a natural divide between those that choose a "run'n'gun" experience & those that opt for a strategic approach to online game-play. It separates "the boys from the men", if you prefer.

PS. Tom: 7/10...

Try "they're": "...and for AI controlled characters there not bad..."

Singular "allow": "...somewhere that doesn't allows your enemies..."

Plus... "helicopters'll"? Oh dear.




Last edited by fanpages, Jan. 9, 2012 at 23:36
AndyPau1  Jan. 8, 2012 at 17:13

I just want to add my opinion of this installment absolutely sucking. Im gonna admit I played about 30 days worth of CoD 4, less than 18 for MW2, and less than 2 for MW3.
And the thing that really annoys me is all of my mates abused me (in the way mates do) for playing a lot of CoD 4 and now they are the ones playing hundreds of hours on call of duty after picking up xboxes in recent years!
Goddamn hypocrites!

DivideByZero  Jan. 9, 2012 at 10:56

Survival mode is definitely the best bit of MW3. Though if you play it with someone who can also play you can get into the 30s on your first go with no tactics used at all.

Also, Predator missles are best used against the choppers as you can set them off from under shelter.

As someone who has been a massive fan of the CoD series since the very first game, MW3 saddens me. It's like a lame race horse that used to be a winner and now just needs putting down.

P.S. FP = lol

Last edited by DivideByZero, Jan. 9, 2012 at 10:57
r3tract  Jan. 20, 2012 at 07:06

Haha, fp, I was just scrolling down to the comments section to point out exactly the same errors as you did when I saw your post. :)


P.S "Christmas, gaming wise.", not "Christmas gaming wise."

Last edited by r3tract, Jan. 20, 2012 at 07:10


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