Modern Warfare 3 Survival: Basic Strategies Guide
Most people complete the first few waves with the weapons from their enemies,
or by knifing. This is definitely recommended if you are a low level. However,
if you are a higher level, it may be beneficial to get a submachine gun such
as the PP901 or the P90 or an assault rifle such as the ACR 6.8. Ultimately,
you probably won’t keep that gun if you get into the much higher waves. These
weapons do allow you to speed the earlier waves up a lot and they will probably
help you to get Kill Streak or Rampage bonuses more. You will lose money from
the cost of the gun and extra ammo but it will probably even out because of
extra bonus money.
If you do choose to use guns from your enemies, pick up the first gun you get
and use up the ammo from your starting weapon. When you get a new weapon
(either MP5 or AK47), switch out your starting weapon and use the first gun
you picked up. Continue this until you decide to switch to a LMG (which is
generally a good idea at some point).
Regardless of which method you use and which tier you are on, the first few
waves are rather easy. The only case in which you may die is if you get
yourself into a situation where 3 or more enemies are firing at you at the
same time. It is essential, no matter what wave you are on, to allow as few
enemies as possible to shoot you simultaniously.
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On the easy and medium maps, beginners may start having difficulty around
wave 10 and thus I would suggest buying a self revive if you have used the
one you started with and you are on solo. On the hard and very hard maps,
it’s good to always buy a self revive on solo and probably on co-op as well.
Many people buy a predator missile for the first special wave. I think this
is probably unnecessary. On your first few special waves, you will have to
defeat one or more choppers, one or more juggernauts or both with a few
additional enemies to make it even more difficult. However, generally, the
first special waves are pretty easy using only guns and if you are fighting
juggernauts, a flashbang followed by firing at his head.
Once you get past the first few special waves and you get more difficult
enemies, such as ACR or FAD commandos, you may want to start consistently
buying sentry guns, body armor and/or flashbangs, claymores and C4. This
really depends on which map you’re on. I cover what specifically you may
want to do during high waves in the High Wave Strategies section below.
If you buy these items every (or nearly every) wave, this will become very
expensive which is one of the problems with applying this strategy to
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Some people also have a tendency to buy sentry guns and other expensive
things during very early round. This is also a bad idea. Air strikes,
sentries and claymores are a final resort and thus you should save your
money until you really need them if you want to aim for high waves.
If you only want to go for wave 15, then it may be a better idea to buy
these things, but that is the only exception to this rule.
As the waves progress, rather than fighting more enemies, you will fight
tougher enemies that have a lot of health and that also can run quickly. It
will probably become necessary to buy two light machine guns and either camp
in a safe spot while protecting yourself with a lot of explosives or you will
need to run around the map flashbanging enemies and taking a shot at them when
you can. The best strategy will depend on the map that you are on.
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