It seems like every major shooter game out there is going for bigger and more bombastic, but ironically, it’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare that’s shaking things up with a new, much smaller arena. The new gunfight mode pits two teams of two against one another, with this team inhabiting opposite ends of a small map, and everyone’s sporting the same, randomized set of weapons and equipment.
Here are our tips for the best way to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Gunfight and Gunfight OSP modes, presented by Totino’s Pizza Rolls. Be sure to stick around to the end of the episode to learn how you can unlock some in-game items for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, courtesy of Totino’s and Activision.
1. Review Your Entire Arsenal
In gunfights, everyone is entering each round with the same weapons and equipment as everyone else. Or, you might feel inclined to adjust your play style to fit whatever is being put into your hands. Remember that you’ve got a secondary weapon that might be a better fit. If sniping really isn’t your thing, for instance, you may be surprised to find a fully automatic SMG waiting for you when you swap weapons.
Throwables are important too but go figure. Infinity Ward is favouring guns and gunfight, so grenade damage is noticeably reduced. Throwing knives, however, are exempt from this nerf and are one of the only items in Gunfight that don’t have a timer before you can use them.
In Gunfight OSP or on-site procurement, you’ll need to communicate what you and your enemies are wielding, since weapons are scattered around. Telling your friend what you’re going for at the start of a match and that you are knocked down by a shotgun instead of an assault rifle is valuable information that can help to tip the scale in your favour.
2. Unleash Your Inner Football Coach
Most of the maps in Gunfight are symmetrical, meaning either half is designed the same, say for some maps, like a hill. Even still, you should think of each map like a sort of a football field or obstacle course. If you’re playing with a friend, try to develop a playbook of strategies that you can fall back on if one route just isn’t working.
One player might charge straight ahead like a Hail Mary, while the other curves to the right. Or, one player could push forward and then double back, drawing attention while another player lies in wait.
3. Falling Back to the Flag
In Gunfight, you’ve only got 40 seconds to defeat your opponents before the option to capture a flag in the centre of the map becomes available. You have to contest the flag in 10 seconds; otherwise, whichever team has the most total health is the winner. If you want to get jiggy with it, you can absolutely use the flag as a means to draw your opponent out. In a game mode where one mistake can mean a quick death, let your opponent be the one to make that mistake.
4. Use that UI
While you want to key your eyes on the action, don’t forget about the incredibly helpful UI at the top of the screen that tells you everything you need to know short of enemy positions. You’ve got two icons to represent each player on each team and a single health bar that reflects the overall health between each pair. Paying attention to that bar can let you know exactly how to hurt an opponent is. If that still isn’t enough information, the UI also reads tied, winning, or losing, which will let you know beyond a shadow of a doubt if you need to capture the centre flag or can hang back.
5. Mounting Mistakes
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s new Mounting Mechanic lets you lean up against almost any relatively flat piece of terrain or wall, but don’t let it fool you. It’s not all about providing extra cover; it’s more about reducing recoil. You see, even though it can feel like you’re leaning up against the wall and covering an angle, a decent sliver of your body is still extending past the cover, meaning smart enemies can take advantage of your hitbox before you can even react.
Special thanks to Totino’s Pizza Rolls for bringing you today’s tips for the best way to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Gunfight and Gunfight OSP modes. Did you know that you can win in-game items for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare by purchasing participating Totino’s products? It’s true, just pick up Totino’s goodies, like Pizza Rolls, Mini Snack bites, and the Multi-Pack Party Pizza, and redeem your code at callofduty.com/totinos. You can win some unique in-game stuff like a calling card, a watch, or a charm for your weapon of choice, so roll now out there, specialists. And for everything else Call of Duty, you’re already in the right place, IGN.