Earlier on this week we revealed a new Modern Warfare 3 video to you which showed you some of the new strike packages and killstreaks that are available in the game, but now Activision has released another gameplay video, this time focusing on weapon unlocks and the new proficiency system.
In another of their attempts to keep the game fresh and exciting for users, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer games have added the weapon proficiency system to the game, which allows players to level up their weapons with specific abilities, and not just with attachments as seen in previous COD games.
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These proficiency for weapons can include things like less kickback when firing, more bullet damage, reduced sway when you’re firing, less flinching when you take damage and more. There are also unique proficiency skills depending on which weapon class you are using, like assault, SMG or snipers for example. However, we’ve discovered that using the SMG class will allow to unlock a skill giving you faster knife kills, and it looks like this is MW3′s version of the ballistic knife from Black Ops which allowed for faster knife attacks.
To sum up these weapon proficiencies in simpler terms, it basically looks like these are added perks for weapons, aside from your main perks that you’ll be choosing as part of your loadout. Considering that the SMG weapons are very popular in online multiplayer though, we have a feeling that it is going to be a very frustrating experience for those who haven’t unlocked the faster knife proficiency skill, as we’re likely to see groups of players just taking advantage of the faster knife ability and choosing to knife all game. It happened in Black Ops with the ballistic knife, especially on Gun Game, and we’re sure it will happen here again.
Modern Warfare 2 had a similar experience with the Commando perk which allowed for knife attacks from miles away, and it came in for a lot of criticism from gamers who thought it was too unrealistic. Check out the video below and see what other proficiencies you’ll be able to unlock in Modern Warfare 3.
If you experienced ‘knife heroes’ in Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops, give us your thoughts on this knowing that the skill will return in MW3. Does it frustrate you when people run around the map knifing or do you just find ways to kill them?