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You're Not Bulletproof
In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, bullets hurt. A lot. I know that years of first-person shooters has taught you to burst into a room, guns blazing, but that Rambo attitude will get you dead, quick. On normal difficulty, you can't take more than a few rounds without hitting the dirt.
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Watch Your Damage Indicator
When you get shot, your hud will light up in the direction that the bullet came from. Infinity Ward was nice enough to give us a damage indicator in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, so be sure to take advantage of it. If an enemy shoots you, that means they can see you, and you can see them. Take them out, soldier.
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Make Sure Dead Means Dead
In multiplayer, you can unlock a perk called Last Stand, which causes you to fall to the ground before dying, where you can get off a few pistol shots before you finally bite the big one. In single player, enemies do this too. When in doubt, don't be stingy with your ammo; there are weapons everywhere. Enemies in last stand will bite you in the butt in a big way if you don't pay attention.
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Rest Cures All
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare sports regenerative health, which seems to be all the rage nowadays. When you've been shot, punched, blown up, etc, but you're still breathing, going a few seconds without taking additional damage will fix you right up. If you're taking damage, it's a good idea to go prone and crawl up until you heal. Live to fight another day, and all that.
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Don't Shoot Your Friends
Online multiplayer isn't the only time you have to worry about friendly fire in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. While in the single player campaign, your friendlies won't shoot you, but you can shoot them. It's easier than you think, especially when combat gets rough and they're all darting across your view. While you can kill some of the red shirts (nerd joke) without being penalized, killing too many allies or killing the really important ones will cause you restart at the last checkpoint. Check your fire, soldier.
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Exploit the AI
The enemy AI in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is not terrible, but it's far from great. If you run away (more of that live to fight another day stuff), enemies will often forget that you were even there, letting you sneak up on them all over again. Or you can just run around a corner, whip around, and then take out the sorry sap as he comes barreling after you. They're not too cautious.
Some levels feature infinite spawning enemies, forcing you to rush through oncoming waves of guys rather than take it slow. They enemies won't stop spawning until you actually reach their spawn point, so in these levels, try to figure out where they're coming from and get there as soon as possible.
The same goes for certain "secret" objectives. They aren't intentional secrets, but some areas you can't pass until you kill a certain enemy. In The Bog, enemies will keep spawning until you kill the RPG guys on the rooftop. Other areas in the game follow the same logic.
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Go Into the Long Grass
Stealth is a key component in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. There are a few levels that are all about stealth, but it can be utilized in other missions, too. If you see an area that you think you may be able to hide in, you probably can. Going prone is almost always a good idea, too. Even if you're not hidden, it'll make you harder to shoot.
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Melee Your Cares Away
If you find yourself face to face with an enemy, stab him and stab him good. Melee kills are quick, silent, don't use any enemy, and instant kills. They are absolutely crucial in close quarters. Keep in mind, however, that enemies melee too, and while they may not be able to instantly kill you, they still do a lot of damage.
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It's Raining Grenades
Grenades, like melee, can be your best friend and your worst enemy. They're extremely powerful and great for taking out groups of baddies, but if you're caught in the blast radius you'll die more often than not. Always watch for the grenade indicator. If you can get away in time, do so, but if not, run towards the grenade and chuck it back. It's risky, but you'll survive and maybe even take out an enemy or two.
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Reflex Edition Walkthroughs
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Reflex Edition: Guide to the Basics
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Reflex Edition Walkthrough - Prologue/Act 1
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Reflex Edition Walkthrough - Act 1
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Reflex Edition Walkthrough - Act 2
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Reflex Edition Walkthrough - Act 3
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Reflex Edition: Hidden Laptops Guide