MW3 Revamps Killstreak System

Among the changes in the newest iteration is Modern Warfare is a new killstreak system. During the CoD XP event the new killstreak system was explained in depth. Instead of relying solely on the number of kills a player has, the game will use a point system. This means you can earn points toward your next reward by defusing a bomb, capturing a flag, etc. Additionally the rewards a player will be able to choose from will be dependent upon a new “strike package” system.

There are three different types of strike package: assault, support and specialist. Assault and support strike packages will grant access to two different lists of killstreaks. The assault list consists of things like care package, remote controlled helicoptor and even a mini-tank robot. These rewards are ideal for players looking to rack up as many kills as possible. Examples of support killstreaks include UAV, Predator Missiles and an EMP. Interestingly enough, the highest killstreak for both classes is the Support Strike Escort at 18 kills. How this particular killstreak works depends on which strike package is selected. If the assault class is chosen, the player will get to man a gun on an Osprey while it air drops 5 care packages. If a player opts to go with the support strike package, they just stay on the ground while the Osprey makes the drop. Why the hell would anyone pick the support strike package?

The third strike package is the most interesting. If a player chooses the “specialist” strike package, they’ll receive additional perks instead of traditional rewards. This means the player will assign a different perk for each killstreak. So 2 kills might unlock slight of hand, while four kills unlocks last stand, etc. The perks stack up, so if a player gets enough kills they’ll be a steady aiming, fast reloading, unlimited sprinting ultra badass. This will add an additional level of strategy to the game as players must decide what order to put their perks in. For instance, a player with the specialist strike package probably wouldn’t equip Scavenger as a starting perk. Instead they would make it their 4 kill streak reward, because after four kills they’re going to need additional ammo.

The new system is certainly a novel way of looking at killstreaks. However, it is possible that the specialist strike package could turn out to be overpowered, while the support package ends up underutilized. It will be interesting to see how the game developers address any balance issues that pop up.

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10 Comments on MW3 Revamps Killstreak System


On September 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Sergent Master Colonel Master Sergent General Warrior Guy!



On September 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Medal of Honor.

David Moss

On September 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I see we have a Bulletstorm fan on here. Great game and I would agree that the single player is better than CoD. But for multiplayer it’s hard to beat Modern Warfare.


On September 5, 2011 at 9:47 am

blah blah call of doo doo
yes and MOH did use a point system…
MW3 stands for money wasted, for the third time.

lolling epicness

On September 6, 2011 at 1:31 am

cod 4 Modern warfare has best multiplayer in cod so far…. i wonder if MW3 will beat it?

lol, i love cod but that’s funny as “waste of money, for the third time”


On September 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

The support-class will probably be the most used one by your average player. While it lacks the flare of the offensive streaks in Assault, or the build toward Terminator status in Specialist, it makes up for it by having its streak NOT reset on death.

That means a support class can choose the 3 highest killstreaks and, as long as they can get at least 18 kills before the game is over, they’ll be using all 3 killstreaks at least once. It’s a great middle-ground that makes the game accessible for all players, and it’s a great move by IW.

Support package is so dumb

On October 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm

The support strike package is probably one of the dumbest thing in my opinion, right next to death streaks. They are both just catering to the noobs of mw3, which is fine to a limit. IMO it was enough to make capping a point add to your point streak(which was a smart move). The fact that when I’m going 14-0 and getting my ac-130, someone going 14-34 is getting a stealth bomber. Every noob will be using the support package for the simple fact that they don’t have to do anything to get some hard hitting kill streaks. I think the makers of mw3 think that it is balanced by the fact that they will not be able to use their lower kill streaks until they get to their higher ones, but that is very small compared to noobs getting game winning kill streaks. If anyone who works for mw3 is reading this, pls change it, or at least nerf it down some, so that u have 2 or 3 tries to get ur kill streaks, and then they reset.


On November 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm

the guy who said support package….dumb is stupid bcos mw3 requires no skill man mw3 is sort of an arcade type game. Games for losers like this who calls people in mw3 noobs…i mean wtf do u expect them to do when u stupid people play no recoil and know that who ever shoots first wins u r soo…screwed in the head…mw3 is for noobs and losers like u who cannot play harder games like BF3 in which there is recoil and is way realistic..NUTCASE!!!


On November 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

You’re a nutcase. Your a blasted, ballsy nutcase.

BF3 is for s who who want to be all realistic and such.
MW3 is for s who want to have a ing blast of a time.

Make your choice.

KroNiic DeUcEY

On December 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

Im already tenth prestige legit and i have to say that MW3 is the best overall game as they countered Treyarch “Zombies” with Survival mode. Go Infinity Ward!!!(: