Modern Warfare 3, often referred to as MW3, is a first-person shooter developed by Infinity Ward. Released in Q4 2011, it is a direct sequel to Modern Warfare 2. If you use this tag don't also use call-of-duty, as that is the tag for the original game.

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How can I counter experienced run and gun opponents in MW3?

If I'm not one of those players sprinting everywhere, how can I be effective if my play is a bit slower paced? Is there any chance of competing against high-speed play (particularly with respect to ...
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How can I become a better CoD player?

I've been playing CoD games on my Xbox for a few years now, and I feel like I've hit a plateau. At first I got shot up so quickly it made my head spin, and I'd easily die 20 times a round and perhaps ...
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How do I kill someone if they are using a riot shield?

I've gotten owned a couple times by people with riot shields, and it's almost impossible for me to get all way around behind them efficiently. What is the method for killing this sort of player?
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What is the Mother of All Bombs or MOAB killstreak reward?

I've seen a couple of online rumors about a killstreak or strike package reward when you get 25 consecutive kills that is similar to the tactical nuke from previous Modern Warfare games. Allegedly it ...
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What anti-cheat protection does MW3 have?

After MW2's disappointing cheat protection, or rather lack thereof, I am wondering, if there are any effective counter-measures against cheaters in MW3. Is it server-based, that is — with you ...
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How do you take down a Juggernaut?

In my time of playing the multiplayer, I've noticed the Juggernaut kill streak makes someone nearly invincible, especially if two people do it at the same time. Now my question is what is the best way ...
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Why does money fly out when I die?

Sometimes when I get shot (killed) in Modern Warfare 3 (PS3), a plume of money shoots out of my player. What is that all about?
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Why am I 100.3% complete with the campaign?

I've played all the way through the campaign on Veteran, and I went back and got all the campaign achievements and located all the intel. However, on the main menu screen, the game tells me I'm ...
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“Double XP” vs “Double Weapon XP” in MW3

What's the difference between "Double XP" vs "Double Weapon XP" in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3? Which is the better choice?
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Modern Warfare 3: Weapon Damage Charts

As a man who plays a lot with numbers, I have often found unbelievable use out of call of duty weapon charts such as this one: ...
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What counts as a “kill” for killstreaks?

I noticed when playing Domination that capturing a domination point counted as a kill as far as kill streaks are concerned. I think I may have also received "kills" by destroying aircraft. What all ...
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What do you lose when you enter prestige mode in MW3?

When you prestige in Modern Warfare 3, do you lose access to your weapon level unlocks (such as the proficiencies, reticle changes, etc.)? Is there a comprehensive list of what you lose and what you ...
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Are Pro versions of perks automatically applied when unlocked in the middle of a match?

During a match, I saw the message "Assist Counts As Kill". I was using the standard Hardline perk which provides access to killstreaks one kill earlier. At the end of the match, the game informed ...
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Prestige transferring from Modern Warfare 1 & 2?

One of my friends told me that you get special unlocks in Modern Warfare 3 if you went prestige in the first two. Is this true? If so what sort of unlocks are we talking about?
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What's the best, fastest way to rank up in Modern Warfare 3? Depth or breadth?

Put very simply, is it more effective to focus on a broad set of challenges or perform several challenges in the same category? For example, should I try to complete challenges with all the assault ...
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How can I install a Steam game I bought at retail from the disc?

I bought Modern Warfare 3 at retail, and after putting disc 1 in it installs Steam then asks for the CD key. After that it then starts downloading the game via Steam. I have the disc but it refuses ...
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Does MW3 support cross-platform multiplayer?

Does MW3 allow PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 users to play together? How does the matchmaking work? Is it more like in Valve games, where users just select their servers, or more like console matchmaking, ...
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I'm unable to specify which Steam library I want to install MW3 to

I've got an SSD and HDD in my computer. I don't want to install programs where loading time isn't a big issue onto my SSD so I have a Steam library on the HDD but Steam installed on my SSD. When I ...
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Does the “Impact” weapon proficiency increase all damage?

According to the CoD wiki and the game itself, Impact only increases damage through surfaces (in a similar manner to Deep Impact and FMJ from previous games). However, I seem to be experiencing ...
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How do I kill three juggernauts in Spec Ops: Survival mode?

I have been playing the Spec Ops Survival mode map "Resistance" for a while now, and I keep dying when all the juggernauts start coming! what is the best gun to deal with them quickly? Some people ...
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Do SAM turrets add streak points?

In modern warfare 3 you can now earn streak points for taking out enemy aircraft. Does the aircraft a SAM turret takes out count for streaks?
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How do you earn prestige points in MW3?

How do you earn prestige points/tokens in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3? Is it only from leveling up to 50? Is there any other way?
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When I use a Prestige Token to Unlock Gear, what happens?

Modern Warfare 3 introduced the concept of the "Prestige Token," and one of its uses is to "Unlock Gear." I'm trying to decide if I want to invest any of my tokens in this category. Can someone ...
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What are the differences in gameplay between Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3? [closed]

I'm not asking for an opinion of which is better, but rather, what are the ACTUAL differences between the two games gameplay? they are very similar, how do they differ? Does one have killstreaks and ...
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Modern Warfare 3 crashes my computer in the middle of game

This might be a really specific question, but I've searched online and found many solutions that don't work, so this is sort of my last resort before formatting my computer. This is my setup: ...
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How does Quick Scoping or “Feather” Scoping work in Modern Warfare 3?

I know some may cry "foul" or "cheating" but I'm really fascinated by the people who seem to be amazing marksman in the Modern Warfare series via a quick scope kill. Can anyone detail out the ...
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How to use Javelin missile against players in multiplayer?

While playing multiplayer in CoD:MW3, I noticed players using Javelin at the very beginning of the match (on the map Bakaara) to get early kills. However, when I tried this, I couldn't get lock on ...
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SAM Turret's Capabilities

What kill streaks does the SAM Turret shoot down? Can it be destroyed by air strikes, chopper gunners, or other kill streaks?
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What determines which challenges show on the custom class and lobby screens?

On the custom class and multiplayer lobby screens, if you hit X (on the Xbox 360), challenges are displayed. What determines which challenges are shown using this interface, and is it different ...
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What are the four slots under emblem and badges

I'v just noticed that we have 4 slots for some sort of badges. I'm just level 3 and I already have 2. I didn't accomplish anything special. Some players have 4 or 3. Everyone seems to have a least ...
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is there any known way of lowering lag?

I have been getting a ton of lag for the past 10 games and it is getting very annoying. so is there any known way of lowering it? is it my connection or the MW3 servers?
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Fourth Perk type advantage?

In Modern Warfare 3, I've seen many people that have what seems to be a fourth perk when I've been killed by them. Listed under the 3 regular perks (the coloured ones) there is a fourth icon that is ...
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How much faster is advanced UAV frequency compared to regular UAV?

It is said that the Advanced UAV pointstreak is similar to the regular UAV but it shows players on the map and the direction with an increased frequency. In other words, it shows their position more ...
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How much protection does a ballistic vest offer?

Ballistic vest is a new kill streak in Modern Warfare 3, and I was curious how much protection it actually provides. Is it enough that you can survive sniper headshots? Or is more along the lines of ...
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Is it even worth picking up weapons in the campaign?

I've been through the first couple of chapters of the campaign, while constantly picking up and trying out any weapon dropped by enemies. So far, I haven't found a single weapon that was noticeably ...
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Does MW3 have LAN support?

It is almost too much to ask these days, but it is an important factor because I like to play with friends without connection troubles and zero lag. Is it going to be possible to play Modern Warfare ...
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Do the bullets that bounce off riot shields and kill people count as a kill for the person shooting or the person with the riot shield?

The intel sometimes says that "Bullets can ricochet off riot shields and kill!" which I have never seen happen. Anyway, I was wondering that if this were to occur, who would get the kill for it, the ...
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Which is more effective, AirStrike or Predator?

In Modern Warfare 3's survival mode, every time a juggernaut wave starts I get ready with a Predator missile. I find it very effective, just one Predator and the juggernaut is down. But then, I must ...
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What actions count towards pointstreaks?

What counts towards setting your personal killstreak? Basically, my killstreak is set at 20 and I'm curious whether or not those 20 kills in a row came just from my gun, frag, launcher, etc. or do ...
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Why is everything exploding?

While playing MW3, I have noticed a frustrating trend of random things exploding and killing me. Not enemy lethal equipment, but map objects like cars, barrels, and what look like blown, sparking ...
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How can I force Steam to install Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from disk, NOT from web?

I purchased Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as a retail disk, and when I install it from disk, Steam is attempting to download the complete game from the internet. I've 512 kbits/s (64 kBps) network, ...
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Which game type in COD: MW3 gets you the most XP?

Obviously this changes based on your proficiency in a game type along with a myriad of other variables, but generally speaking, which game type in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 gains you the most XP ...
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Is it best to stick together or spread out in MW3 team deathmatch?

This question regards to which method is more effective in winning matches, not necessarily gaining experience or proficiency. Usually, my first instinct tells me that I should always stay close to my ...
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How do I destroy an assault drone?

I am admittedly not very good at the game, but whenever I run into an assault drone it seems to kill me almost instantly. I know that if I shoot them enough they'll be destroyed, but I never last ...
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How do I achieve the Arms Dealer Trophy in MW3?

The description says: "Buy all items from the Survival Weapon Armory", which is simple enough. My question is about the details: Do I have to buy every individual attachment for each individual ...
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What does the IMS kill streak do?

I've unlocked the IMS kill streak on multiplayer several times now. However, I'm unsure what it actually does?
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What determines how many points I receive when I make a kill?

I've noticed that I don't always receive the same number of points for each kill. Sometimes I might get 100, other times I might get 200. When my son plays, the information is usually displayed on ...
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Why are there 2 bars when looking at a weapon's stats?

When you choose a weapon when customizing a class, why are there 2 bars (a white bar and blue bar) for each weapon statistic?
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Do you keep support kill count when changing classes?

In Modern Warfare 3, for example if I am using a class that has the Support strike package and I get 2 kills and then die and change to a different class (also with a support strike package) will I ...
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Prestige Mode in Prestige 15? What happens?

I'm level 80 Prestige 15 on PS3. I'm able to go to Prestige-Mode (after the new update). What's going to happen?