Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
New Game Modes Hit Modern Warfare 3
Written Friday, December 16, 2011 By Lee Bradley
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Merry Christmas! Infinity Ward is adding some new gameplay modes to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

There's three of them in total, or one and a half if you're in a bad mood. Hardcore Ricochet and Hardcore HQ Ricochet hit the public playlist today, while Drop Zone will start appearing over the weekend.

In addition to this, Infinity Ward is also slipping private modes into the public rotation, via Community Playlists. Speaking on the official Call of Duty community forum, Robert Bowling explained, "This is where we will add popular or unique private match modes to the public playlists, so you can start ranking up on them!"

There's also a title update coming that aims to fix the lag and host disadvantage issues, says Bowling. I've nabbed his description of each of the new game modes and posted them below.

Drop Zone:
Get to the drop zone to earn points, the first team to 7500 points wins the round, but that's not all. As long as the Drop Zone is occupied, a care package will drop every 15 seconds, which ever team has the most members in the drop zone at that point "owns" the care package, but anyone can steal it. This is the only way to earn air support in this mode, all other pointstreaks are disabled. You'll earn 20 points per team member, for every second they're in the drop zone plus 20 XP individually for your time spent in the zone. Kills are worth 50 XP in this mode.

Custom Settings: Pointstreaks (besides those obtained through in-game care packages) are disabled.

Hardcore HQ Ricochet:
We'll be adding Hardcore Headquarters to the Hardcore Team Tactical playlist.

Hardcore Ricochet:
We'll be converting all Hardcore modes to Ricochet variant as a response to team killing. This means, any friendly fire, is applied to the attacker, rather than the victim. So choose your shots wisely and any attempt to team kill will simply kill yourself.


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Comment #1 by nintendo64X
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 05:50:01 AM
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Kiddies will still be going for their kdr rather than winning the match...though I will admit, I like what drop zone is trying to do...

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Comment #2 by AndyBeans
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 05:53:41 AM
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Cool, sounds interesting (I wonder how many -1's I get from COD-haters for those three words?)

IMO MW3 is doing well, IW are reacting quite quickly to balancing and lag issues whilst still making the promised developments. It's just a pity Beachhead don't seem to care much for their end of the bargain, over a month since Elite was launched and apart from fixing the access issues nothing seems to be improving. I can't stand Kotick but I think he need to start firing people over the Elite cock-up.

@nintendo64X IW didn't learn over the MW2 boosting fiasco, only a handful of players used Tac Inserts properly but they're still in MW3, being used by the kiddies in FFA!

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Comment #3 by kenny1
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 06:19:38 AM
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i prefer to play cod word at war than this shit.... i got nit shared from a frien and this game is so terrible i couldnt complete the campaign... then i bcalled my friend and said give me UNCHARTED 3 NOW!!!!

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Comment #4 by kenny1
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 06:20:38 AM
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lol bad grammar for writing so fast -_-

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Comment #5 by Loftus
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 06:23:15 AM
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i haven't played in a few weeks (just happen to be into other games at the moment) but like #1 says i do see and appreciate what they are trying to do. I'm really glad to see private modes entering public rotation too, that was mentioned before release and when i couldnt find anything about it i assumed they had just cancelled the idea and not said anything.

It is a shame the playerbase is so kdr driven, some of the game modes are really good if people would only play the objective more.

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Comment #6 by multiplayer
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 06:26:55 AM
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i sold this s*itty game and bought rezurrection :D

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Comment #7 by Chrissycooza1
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 06:36:54 AM
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and all three of these modes they are adding are free? or will they charge for them like usual?

@1 I agree I think dropzone sounds interesting, it might not be as bland as the rest of Multiplayer which has died unless your under 20 years old. MW3 is only on if my brother or a friend is over we splitscreen on spec ops or survival which are the only modes that are actually worth playing other than the Campaign, most of my friends arent gettin MW3 after seeing it at my house, no shock there.

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Comment #8 by Napoleon1814
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 06:39:19 AM
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I am usually not the greatest fan of Cod, but it seems kind of them to add these for free.

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Comment #9 by kenny1
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 06:58:26 AM
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who will buy the next crap of duty after playin mw3? i will never,and i havent even buyed mw3 xD

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Comment #10 by AndyBeans
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 07:25:14 AM
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@Kenny1 A few points to note:

a) The next "crap of duty" will be by Treyarch, not Infinity Ward.
b) Don't apologise for something and then do it again in your next post.
c) Only kids under 10 (and EA marketing execs) think puns are clever.
d) This thread is talking about MW3 multiplayer; not the campaign, not World at War and not the excellent UC3. Please stop trolling mate.

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Comment #11 by kenny1
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 07:34:43 AM
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@ANDYBEANS I trool because i want if you dont like it GTFO and if you care so much about grammar why you dont become a teacher and teach kids how to write and play crap of duty?

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Comment #12 by Shadowrider50
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 07:45:43 AM
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well, i think these three game modes will seperate the kids... from the kids!

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Comment #13 by Worldhobo
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 07:46:29 AM
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Nowadays, most console players are so ungrateful and discontented. I rather play BF3 or MW3 over bad shooters like "Rogue Warrior" or "Shellshock 2". Infinity ward, Treyarch or DICE do make awesome games so keep on trucking!

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Comment #14 by Tw1zTiD-MaFiA21
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 08:18:42 AM
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I'm loving the Hardcore Ricochet, now I won't get killed by some douche who thinks it's funny to team kill.

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Comment #15 by Roosky1
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 10:26:46 AM
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Yeah, I loved HC Richochet in MW2 so i'll try it for sure! And Drop Zone sounds fun, played it in Private Match but it isn't that fun with 2 players! :P And IW are living up to their word, adding new gamemodes to the playlist...
Hopefully, it'll continue! ;)

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Comment #16 by plisken1979
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 10:28:28 AM
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i think it's great they are giving out more game modes for free. after all FREE is the best price ever right?

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Comment #17 by Scarfacew00t
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 10:41:12 AM
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Bought the game yesterday... finished the campaing on veteran in one sitting, traded it today. COD online is simply out of range from BF3.. not trolling I played both and I realized that arcade shooter arent my type anymore.

Anyway, it's a good news for cod players, I'm glad they actually ''give'' something to their loyals fans for once..

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Comment #18 by Jenna4PromQueen
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 10:44:17 AM
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I'll be impressed if they start giving out maps for free. It is the #1 selling game of all time, 5 free maps is going to break the bank?

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Comment #19 by ps3guru
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 10:46:05 AM
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new price tag $19.99

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Comment #20 by BaRtMaN2466
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:05:17 AM
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Wow! Why do these trolls never stop! What do they accomplish by acting like ignorant dicks that cannot spell?!?!?!?

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Comment #21 by Napoleon1814
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 12:35:53 PM
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@20 There really just lobbyists that want to end literacy in the world.

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Comment #22 by WINAS3
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 01:04:27 PM
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Beware of trolls. Especially double posting trolls named kenny -_-

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Comment #23 by Shadowrider50
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 01:08:11 PM
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@18 activision want every cent they can get, so no, do not expect any free maps.
If you are an elite member you ARENT GETTING FREE MAPS, remember you paid extra for that elite didnt you

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Comment #24 by KindredCampbell
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 01:50:29 PM
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Awsome !! MW3 is good,, not the best,,,,buuuut,,, its kool to get some DLC finally .

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Comment #25 by sanchezz4387
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 02:08:19 PM
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We're these modes in precious CoDs?

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Comment #26 by sanchezz4387
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 02:09:26 PM
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OMG my appologise rather drunk cant type I meant previous*

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Comment #27 by timewarp
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 02:16:58 PM
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He dosen't have time to teach people how to play Crap of duty because he's too busy playing Call Of Duty.


EA's PR don't go for puns. They go more for the, tell the joke well then overplay the joke to the point where it's just creepy and quite terrifying for example "AND THEN WE SEND THEM CAKE! ARM CAKE! AND MONEY BUT THEY CAN'T SPEND IT! OH! OH! WE PRETEND TO BE PISSED OF CHRISTIANS! What if we scream battlefield at everyone who comes to E3 and throw buckets of blood and melted cheese at them!" Seriously, those guys are really weird. They make insane people seem normal.

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Comment #28 by UndergroundHipHopHead
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 07:10:10 PM
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call of duty black ops was just fine. mw3 was no real improvement. it did go down in approval my the vast majority of people. secretly even the biggest fan boys have things they don't like about call if duty mw3. if they say otherwise they are lying more than ever.

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Comment #29 by osakamitsu
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 11:10:07 PM
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I just cant stay alive in MW3's multiplayer... I suck. I feel like I have a better chance in the battlefield multiplayer. Might give it a try though.

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Comment #30 by theSICcase
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 08:40:10 AM
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Battlefield 3

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Comment #31 by AverySegaw
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 01:45:10 PM
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I don't know what happened, but there's now only three types of players on MW3. 1: Campers. 2: Twitchy runners. 3: People like me who can't get into the game because of the previous two types. It's not like I hate CoD, but I personally find MW3 borderline unplayable. There's just too much bullshit. But...I always try Hardcore before throwing in the towel. And IW does Hardcore right.

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Comment #32 by Shadowrider50
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 08:18:04 PM
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@31 i agree, and you forgot to mention those terrible trickshotters that make you lose every match >:(

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Comment #33 by TheUndertaker85
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 09:14:55 PM
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Alright I'm going to say it and probably get labeled as a troll, though for pre-reference you can find out for yourself that I have indeed played MW3. Simply look up this name through ELITE or look me up on PSN.

MW3, in my opinion, is horrible. The campaign is way too short and in many ways it seems like a step back from Black Ops.

Infinity Ward should've took a page from Treyarch. While the campaign in BO wasn't exactly long, it does seem like it took a bit more to finish than MW3. IW should've also realized that many, many people played BO for Zombies. Limiting Spec Ops to two players is, again, in my opinion, a bit of a mistake. They should've put it up to four like Zombies for better friend interactions. I also think they shouldn't have limited perks in Spec Ops to only one. Even they admitted that mistake though.

The one place the MW3 multiplayer has room to improve too is simple. Matchmaking. I mean look. In what world is it good to put beginner players up against already prestiged players, in particular ones that could be up to tenth prestige already? Hopefully they fix that and use MW3 player stats for better matchmaking.

At the end of the day though it is a free new mode so that's good. While I don't like the new modes myself, some do.

I just really think COD could benefit from taking a year off and getting more work put into their next title. I really don't think anybody here could disagree with that either.

AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP LETTING MULTIPLE ID SIGN INS BE EXCLUSIVE TO XBOX! My cousin and I play Spec Ops together when he's around and its kind of BS that he can't just simply sign into his PSN rather than being a guest and having to create a save, a save that he then can't transfer to his own PSN account as doing so gives you a message about the save not being from that user... That was a stupid idea. Shouldn't have to do the same things twice or more.

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Comment #34 by TheSoldierKid01
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 05:32:34 AM
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I don't hate MW3 nor love it but please stop with the trolling so we don't have to read useless posts! *facepalm*

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Comment #35 by dellboy81
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 05:51:28 AM
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I've not even used my elite code i got with the HE I should sell it really, I played the campaign and unless future dlc has campaign in it then it's of no use.

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Comment #36 by tattoosbyandrew
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 08:57:02 AM
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modern warfare 2.5 haha, i played this piece of sh*t game for hours on 360. Its the same ol sh*t from COD...Play a real game that actually takes skill to play "Battlefield 3". I will say that i use to love mw2 and then black ops came out and that was horrible, a friend got me into bad co 2 and it was difficult to make the change but once i actually got use to the environments and controlls there was no turning back. If infinity ward and/or treyarch would like to upgrade their engines like frostbyte did then it may not be a bad game...not to mention adding destruction and vehicles, oh and i cant forget "stop charging 15 dollars for every dlc that only comes with approx 5 maps" at least BF dlcs give u weapons, vehicles and maps. With that said, F*ck you COD....

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Comment #37 by ant_rowey
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 10:03:37 AM
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Its so funny that people come in here and say that MW3 is exactly like MW2 but fail to realise that BF3 is the same as Bad Company 2 just with an updated engine, and im sorry but EA are just as money grabbing as Activision, considering the map pack for BF3 was just maps from BF2

so in conclusion stop hating on COD, if you dont like it thats fine but dont post about your haterd on the news bulletins a lot of people play and love COD a lot of people play and love BF3 each to there own so COD haters go away :)

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Comment #38 by Malibu_Barbie
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 11:53:49 AM
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My biggest problem with MW3 is the map design. They are ALL horrible for sniping. In MW2 I used the .50 cal or m16 on every map, I use the ACR now because there are no good sniping spots at all, they turned it into "run and gun" duty

The only way I will be buying a map pack is if they are maps from MW or MW2, no more of these super small, cluttered maps.

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Comment #39 by Beanietheman PST
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 12:36:02 PM
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idc, got games to play,,,

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Comment #40 by tattoosbyandrew
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 06:02:52 PM
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u r right the dlc was from bf2 but redone with new engine and 10 weapons and 4 vehicles as well...cod makes a sh*t ton of money and they cant upgrade their engine for better graphics...

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Comment #41 by ScoobyH
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 10:14:22 AM
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Hardcore game modes. I love those!

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