Modern Warfare 3 Survival Mode Strategy

Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Survival mode is one the new additions to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and one of my favorites. Think of it as Zombies from Call of Duty: Black Ops but without zombies and having to barricade back up. It’s just waves of enemies coming at you and it’s not just light troops; you have dogs, Juggernauts, suicide bombers, suicide bomber dogs, claymore experts and helicopters. Sometimes it’s all of them in the same wave, sounds interesting doesn’t it? I’ve played Survival mode more than anything else in the game and have learned the best ways to survive. 

The Concept

You an a partner have to survive endless waves of enemies. After each round you are given 25 seconds to re-arm. Every time you kill an enemy you get money. Complete a wave, you get money. There are three stations scattered on the map that you need to be aware of:

Weapons – refill ammo and buy guns and weapon upgrades.
Armor – frag grenades, claymores, body armor and sentry guns.
Air Support – predator missiles, air strikes and Delta forces.

As you level up you get to unlock new weapons, better armor and air support. Everything costs money but don’t worry there is plenty to go around.

Starting Out

You start with a semi-automatic pistol and can easily pick up a shotgun from the first enemy you kill. I suggest that you save ammo by stabbing everyone for the first three rounds. By then you should have enough money to get your first automatic rifle. After this you and your partner will want to work together, like one person getting one side while the other person has the other. Find a place that only has two entrances or a corner that has entrances as far away as possible. Make sure that wherever you find there is shelter nearby for when the helicopters come for you. You will die the first few times you play. This is fine because it’s increasing your level which carries over each time you play so you are able to get better weapons and survive longer.

In It For The Long Haul

Claymores, sentry guns and delta forces, always. Once you find a permanent place you see the routes being taken by the enemies, those routes, place claymores on them, every round. It helps thin everything out. You are only able to have one sentry gun and one Delta team at a time for each person. Find a place to put the sentry gun in front of you a little out-of-the-way preferably in a corner. If you can’t get it in a corner place claymores behind it so it’s protected. Delta teams will just follow the direction of where you and your partner go and they will usually stay in front of you. When they start to die just kill them off and buy a new team, you should have enough money.

Something that you will notice is the enemies will attack your sentry gun and Delta teams usually before they attack you. Watch out though because on the higher waves your stuff can get ran through pretty quick and surprise you with death.

Additional Tips

One of the things I like to do is not buy any ammo refills or weapons and instead just pick up what the enemies drop. Doing this I am able to get a sentry gun and delta force out faster than my partner, this won’t work if both of you are trying to do it, there is just not enough ammo dropped by enemies.

Riot shield teams are better of the two Delta teams, they will duck down and still shoot enemies while being shielded. This will allow you to shoot over them. If you have any other tips or want to share your strategies then let us know in the comments or forum!

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