news\ Nov 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Modern Warfare 3 Combats Campers in its Own Way


One of the biggest complaints players have of online muliplayer in shooters is camping, or the common tactic in which a player will obtain a strategic position on the map, wait for characters to run by, and shoot them.  Camping is a perfectly legitimate playstyle, but often frowned upon online, with some players going so far as to compare it to cheating.

Different games take different stances on camping and approach the strategy in different ways.  Battlefield 3 prevents camping through destructible environments.  Think you're safe in that building?  Boom, building gone thanks to a tank.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has it's own approach when dealing with campers.  According to Sledgehammer Games co-developer Michael Boss, MW3 has made life hard on campers without completely hobbling them."I think that the person who plays the sniper on a team can have a ton of fun, but one of the biggest criticisms you always hear is about campers, right? We don't want to emphasise that dynamic so much that the other people in that engagement aren't having fun," he said when speaking to Official Xbox Magazine.

"We have less verticality in our maps, there are less camping points. And so the challenge for snipers is to hang back on the perimeter or the periphery and pick people off - the maps aren't set up to really capitalise on that, by intention."

"There are weapon proficiencies for snipers, like there are weapon proficiencies for every class, that can allow you to do cool things - there's Focus, for example, which gives you less sway. So there are ways to improve as a sniper, but I think it's more tuned and more balanced than it's ever been before."

Of course, no Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3  interview is complete without a shot at the competing title.

"Unlike other games, where you're going to be sniped from across the map by a guy you can't even see, and then respawn and you've got to run for five minutes to get back to the battle, right? That's not the Modern Warfare 3 method. This is about getting you in the action, you're pulling the trigger fast, you know what I mean? That's the essence of it."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has received rave reviews from the progessional, including a 9.5 from ourselves, but user reviews have sharply contrasted, with the average user Metacritic score of 2.1.

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