A Comprehensive Guide to Gear Up and Stay Alive in Modern Warfare 3 Zombies
Prepare to face the undead in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Zombies, where the traditional round-based gameplay takes a back seat to a high-risk trios mode set in a dynamic PvE environment. This year’s Zombies mode introduces a unique extraction concept, diverging from recent objective-style modes seen in Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard. To help you navigate this thrilling new experience, we’ve compiled a set of tips to get you geared up and increase your chances of survival.
Understanding MW3 Zombies as an Extraction Mode: Modern Warfare 3 Zombies deviates not only from round-based gameplay but also from recent objective-style modes. It introduces a high-risk trios mode in a PvE environment, providing players with the option to choose their playstyle. This includes looting for high-value items, gathering gear, and undertaking story-based Operation Deadbolt missions.
Safely Exfil to Preserve Your Arsenal: Unlike traditional Zombies modes where death means starting over, Modern Warfare 3 introduces a new dynamic. Successful exfil allows you to keep your weapons and gear, akin to the DMZ mode. However, failing to extract means losing everything in your inventory, except for your Insured weapon. The 45-minute match duration includes a gas collapse reminiscent of battle royale games, adding urgency to reach an exfil chopper before time runs out.
Strategic Extraction Points and Last-Chance Exfil: Three random exfil markers appear on the map, allowing flexibility in choosing when to extract. As the gas spreads in the final minutes, the initial exfil points disappear, leaving a last chance exfil with about 5 minutes left. Using the Tac-Map, locate the final exfil chopper marked on the map, ensuring a timely escape to retain your gear.
Keep What Matters: What to Retain from Extraction: Similar to DMZ, MW3 Zombies lets you choose an active operator and extract weapons, equipment, perks, killstreaks, and other gear to your chosen operator. While you can sell random items for points at Buy Stations, be cautious, as extracting results in the loss of weapon rarity and Pack-a-Punch levels.
Strategic Map Exploration and Threat Levels: Played on Warzone’s Urzikstan map, MW3 Zombies introduces varying threat levels. Starting on the outskirts in a low-threat zone, players progress through medium-threat to a brutal high-threat zone at the map’s center. Work the outskirts to gear up before facing higher threat levels, avoiding deadly high-level zombies in the center.
Team Up and Complete Contracts: MW3 Zombies is a 24-player PvE match in trios. While you can opt for “No Fill,” teaming up is recommended for challenges and higher threat zones. Completing contracts offers points and random rewards, crucial for building up your cash and arsenal.
Gearing Up: Explore, Loot, and Upgrade: Explore the map, loot buildings, and complete contracts to gear up with essential items. Unlike traditional Zombies modes, there’s no limit to perks, and you can purchase them from machines, receive them as random rewards, or find soda cans to loot. Upgrade weapons at the Pack-a-Punch machine but be mindful of losing upgrades upon extraction.
Leveraging Schematics for Permanent Crafting: Save schematics in your backpack, as they provide permanent crafting blueprints for essential items like ammo mods, Aether Tools, and Wonder Weapons. Successfully exfil to save schematics, but be aware of cooldown timers ranging from 8 hours or more.
First- or Third-Person Perspective Option: For a different perspective, MW3 Zombies allows you to switch between first-person and third-person views by holding down the D-pad’s down button.
These tips provide a solid foundation to navigate the challenges of Modern Warfare 3 Zombies, ensuring a thrilling and successful exfil in your matches.