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Modern Warfare 3 Guns: 'Perfect Balancing Not Possible' - Infinity Ward

Infinity Ward creative strategist Rob Bowling has explained why Modern Warfare 3 can never be fully balanced, during an interview with NowGamer. (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

NukaCola  +   1449d ago
Killzone, Halo, Resistance, Gears, Battlefield, TimeSplitters, Counterstrike, Goldeneye, Uncharted

Why is it that all these games have balance and you can't?
Captain Qwark 9  +   1449d ago
gears balance sucks. get good with the shotgun and the rest fo the guns are useless

id be inclined to agree with halo, battlefield, timesplitters, CS, and goldeneye though

the rest i either havent played or dont have enough experience to justify a valid opinion
BattleTorn  +   1449d ago
everyone's bound to disagree with at least one he listed. (none any in particular, i mean)
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_Aarix_  +   1449d ago
No if you get good with cover/rifles LIKE YOUR SUPPOSED TO, then shotguns are useless. Simply dont charge full speed at your enemy if youre not prepared to be out shotgunned. You played enough to simply justify you suck ass at the game, thats all. Get good with a rifle and the shotgun is useless. Especially if you stay in cover.
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GoToTheOptionsMenu  +   1449d ago
I promised myself I wouldnt buy this game and I didnt.
.. I bought it 20 minutes ago I'm sorry :(

Edit: Kill confirmed is just too addicting to pass up
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snipes101  +   1448d ago
Perfect weapon balancing would be nrealy impossible in this game with all of the weapon combinations. With all the attachments and perks that can improve your weapons' performance, calculating out the way all of those would work on a totally blanaced playing field would prove difficult.

Also, given that you do, after all, unlock weapons via levelling up, it would make sense that some weapons are better than others.

Still though, perhaps if they worked on each title a little longer (here's to looking at you Activision and your 2 year development cycle for each CoD entry), it would be possible to find the best amount of buffing and nerfing to do to each weapon.
jeseth  +   1448d ago
Balancing? In any of those games? Maybe just counterstrike.

Killzone it takes half a clip from the ISA assualt rifle or Helghan Rifle to put someone down. The one thing Killzone has above all though, is the most gratifying and deadly sniper rifle I've ever used in a video game.

Halo ... same thing. Minus the sniper rifle. A zillion bullets to kill someone.

Battlefield : 2 shots for a 50 cal. to kill someone unless you get a headshot? A 50 cal will shoot your freaking arm off.

etc. etc.

All games have gun issues. Its impossible for video games to do otherwise without taking almost all the FUN .... FUN .... out of a GAME!

I swear, people will complain about everything nowadays. COD has just as much weapon balance, and weapon balance "issues" as any other shooter. Shotguns and Sniper Rifles in most FPS games are 1 shot kills (unless ranged on a shotgun), other than that its not very realistic how many bullets or shots it takes to kill someone.

But then again they are just video games meant to be fun, which everyone seems to forget. I find myself defending COD more and more now just because of the sheer one sided criticism it gets. Outside of not having a really dramatic graphical upgrade the game runs excellently. For every "issue" COD has, you could point out just as many and often more in every other game.
Razmossis  +   1448d ago
Halo!? Is the most unbalanced game I've ever played.
Shotgun and invisiblity = 10 kill head start lol
Rapid firing rocket launchers... swords that allow you to lunge at someone half the map away

Yet you spawn with AR = cant kill anyone further than 5 feet away lol. ie disadvantaged.

These power weapons would be fair if you earned them with 'in round' points like MGO, but they are just first come first served pick ups, whoever gets them gets easy kills, simple as. Unbalanced
SolidStoner  +   1448d ago
How to balance any shooter!?
JUST make all weapons to act like real ones!

I see any difference - take a bullet in the head from RPG, regular pistol, rifle or a shootgun, in any way "your dead, period!"

hate that I have to shoot in head 2 times in a HARDCORE mode with a pistol (and some other weapons) 2 bullets... wtf is that about?

I call regular COD mode The Hardcore mode (you have 30 bullets and 29 of them you have to shoot from 1 cm in the head to get kill... yay).. and
hardcore mode is incomplete unreal, real life simulation!
dark-hollow  +   1449d ago
scratch battlefield 3 from that list.
higher ranks gets way too much advantage over lower ranks.
many times we got raped by USAS-12 with slug bullets!
Apocwhen  +   1449d ago
I love BF3, but the USAS-12 with Frag rounds is beyond a joke.
It is like shooting tank rounds.
fragnificent  +   1449d ago
but they are fixing that in the new update :)
torchic  +   1449d ago
very true. F2000 & Famas are just such awesome weapons, way better than anything you get at lower ranks :(

only decent weapon you get at a lower rank for me is the M249. maybe also the SV98.
SilentNegotiator  +   1448d ago
Like they supposedly did in the last dozen updates? Sure.

BF3 is poorly balanced. From the helicopters with unlimited flares that can hide a thousand feet in the air (with engineers feeding it health) to the ridiculous unlock structure (decent weapons, then crappy weapons, and then weapons of the gods at the highest ranks).

Bad Company 2 was better balanced than BF3.
jeseth  +   1448d ago
@ Silent Negotiator

Thank you. I feel like I'm the only one on this site that is able to see the glaring issues that go unmentioned in the "game we shall not speak ill of" (BF3) that in any other game would be screamed from the mountain top. Especially if these unbalanced attrocities were "that other game" (COD).
FunkMacNasty  +   1448d ago
I Agree!! BF3 Frag rounds need a nerfing. Interestingly enough, I finally gave them a try after unlocking them for the USAS12 this weekend.. and although I seem to get clown raped left and right by peopl using the USAS with Frags, yet I couldn't kill ANYONE with them unless they were right in my face!!

I'm way better with assault rifles, carbines, or even pistols over shotguns loaded with any kind of Slug.

I was thinking that an interesting way for DICE to address the Frag rounds in shotguns, would be to make them unlockable to Squad leaders of a team that has spent 3 minutes in the spawn base with the average team member recieving more deaths than kills.. basically the Frag rounds would be unlocked only if your being spawn raped.. than once the team captures one flag, the Frag rounds become unavailable again.
EmperorDalek  +   1449d ago
Killzone 2 was good, 3 had terrible balance. Resistance? 2 had the HVAP Wraith, making all other weapons pointless, and 3 had the insta-kill Atomizer. Battlefield can't be balanced, due to the vehicles. Uncharted has some bad perks, power weapons (T-Bolt snipers, anyone?) and kickbacks.

I'm not saying CoD has perfect balance, but it's at least up there with the one's I just listed.
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SaffronCurse  +   1448d ago
Resistance 3 mp is pretty fun, most guns are pretty equal in terms of taking damage. With the exception of like 2 guns.
soundslike  +   1449d ago
Timesplitters and Goldeneye have balanced weapons...? WHAT?!

half the fun is the mix of weapons that easy kills and ones that take skill

since mw caters to multiple audiences I think there should be easy kill weapons for noobs and weapons that are a essentially a badge of honor for those who can master them.

also weapon balance is kind of moot point when you can go 40-2 with killstreaks
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RioKing  +   1449d ago
"also weapon balance is kind of moot point when you can go 40-2 with killstreaks"

BS. I see hundreds of cod players online almost daily man, and basically NO ONE (99%) goes 40-2...killstreaks or not.
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supersonicjerry  +   1449d ago
Killzone 2 yes had balance Killzone 3 killed it with all the new things they added mainly the one were you can stay cloaked for almost forever when you level that class up. KZ2 it was just a sniper one KZ3 it had that 5round burst gun I believe.
scrambles  +   1449d ago
BF2142 had amazing balance.
GraveLord  +   1449d ago
The only way to have perfect balance is if everyone is using the same gun.

Those games you listed don't' have perfect balance.
dark-hollow  +   1449d ago
Halo 3 everyone starts with the same exact weapons.

No perks.
No add ones.
Perfect balance. The only way to get the upper hand is to work your way to better weapons and vehicles that are scattered around the map.
SaffronCurse  +   1447d ago
BR is overpowered in H3..but in a good way at least.

The worst gun is the pistol, it's only useful in team swat.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1449d ago
LOL I actually agree with a CoD dev...

It's impossible to have perfect balance because perfection is not possible.

BUT just because you can never get things perfectly balanced doesn't mean you just throw balance out the window.

Balance isn't necessary in CoD anyways. It's an arcade game. It's meant for quick pick up and play to have fun. It's a casual game.

CoD is not for competitiveness based off of skill. The skill that CoD cats refer to is the "skill" used to exploit the casual game's unbalances that shouldn't exist, but do due to lack of attention to detail.

I've had CoD players tell me that Quickscoping requires skill, LOL.
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miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1448d ago
None of those game you mentioned have gun balance. You kids are whack on this site.

LMAO... to even mention Killzone and Resistance.. one of those games isn't even being made anymore.


These anti COD fanboys are becoming one of the most sickening bunch on the internet. Disgusting filth.
BlackTar187  +   1448d ago

To me it looks like your confused. They said balance not realism. How many bullets it takes is not really about balance if all the guns take near the same amount then its tech even. The .50 cal sniper in BF3 is a perfect example of balance if it 1 shotted no matter where the shot all you would be playing against is snipers how aim at your legs and chest when really it should be headshots. If your going to sit in your spawn 200meters away you should not be given a 1 shot weapon that screams imbalance. I bring up the sniper cuz Im currently playing BF and if my rifle was 1 shot i would get 30-40+ kills agame.
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E2M  +   1448d ago
With the amount of guns they have it is def a difficult task, Uncharted right now is having problems with weapon balance, asfter patch 1.03 everyone was frustrated with the fal and then 1.04 they nerfed the fal and now the g-mal is becoming a concern in the community, Uncharted 2 never had this problem because it had less guns. Uncharted only has 4 primary weapons to choose from, call of duty has dozens if not more. SO the task of finding a balance is a big ask.

Gears is a different kettle of fish, you get four weapons and out of those there are only 2-3 to choose from each weapon type which hardly isnt as complicated as CoD. I don't play CoD but having been in a community facing these issues I could only imagine how complicated it would be for a content rich game like CoD
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SpecialK  +   1448d ago
Killzone was never that balanced online. Invisible snipers would camp in corridors and use their rifles like shotguns.

Battlefield is no where near balanced either. Everyone uses the famas. Just like in black ops.

No game has a truly balanced set of guns, if they were all perfectly balanced, then theyd all be exactly the same.

I dont think its a huge issue, despite the slight imbalances all the guns can be effective. Its just bad players, not bad guns.
fastrez  +   1449d ago
It is possible. Just never on a Call of Duty game with an inferior, out of date engine.
EmperorDalek  +   1449d ago
What does the engine have to do with balance? People say CoD4 had perfect balance, and that uses the same engine. I don't know what you guys are on about, because MW3 is very balanced.
JaredH  +   1449d ago
Because you sound like you're talking about the game in general and not the guns I disagree completely.

COD4 was balanced because it had 3 killstreaks that everyone got and perks that didn't have pro versions that added a bunch to your character. In mw3 it takes hours to get some pro versions while minutes to get others too. Machine pistols are just as good as submachine guns so there's no point in pistols and people use the FMG9 as their primary half the time. How is that balanced?

COD4 didn't have deathstreaks or killstreaks like predators that get free kills while big kill streaks get shot down within seconds. I didn't know balance was rewarding lesser killstreaks with more kills. There is no point in using over 9 killstreaks when they get shot down while having free kills with predators. Same with getting stealth bombers that rip through everything and you don't need a streak while the normal airstrikes won't get a kill if it's used if a building's close by.

I'm not saying they should take things out but they should actually BALANCE the game and it sounds like Treyarch is listening with the things they're saying so that's a glimmer of hope for Black Ops 2. Seriously if MW3 is so balanced play Search and Destroy without dead silence and do consistently good...
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madjedi  +   1448d ago
@jared sorry got to disagree with you cod4's chopper was a flat out pain in the ass to kill, the rpgs were borderline worthless against it.

Even using a lmg took forever, and you typically got killed soon after engaging it. I will agree it's more balanced than it's successors, mw2 laughable perks and kill streaks come to mind.
skyward  +   1449d ago
Subjective? Maybe. Unbalanced most of the time? Everyone agrees it is - but not for the same reasons.
xVeZx  +   1449d ago
bring back stopping power and everything will be balanced (again?) lol
MRHARDON  +   1449d ago
Then they have to bring back Juggernaught cause then the game wont be balanced
xVeZx  +   1448d ago
ghost was probably in the top 5 complaints with black ops...the first thing i did when i got black ops was put ghost in the second perk slot...i knew that it was unbeatable...there was no consequences or disadvantages to using ghost...

if you have one id like to hear it because there was definitely nothing better than staying of the radar in the 2nd perk lot...i can be off radar and my bullets are just as strong as yours...stopping power would have changed that...

if there was stopping power i would have to choose: i can stay off the radar and have weaker bullets or i can have stronger bullets but im on radar...
TheGOODKyle  +   1449d ago
All I ask is that one weapon isn't so completely overpowered that it can take out an entire enemy team despite them all shooting the user at once. Maybe if CoD didn't release every year they'd manage that.
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frankiebeans  +   1449d ago
Its very possible just give all weapons the same stats than we will see how much fun people will have
frankiebeans  +   1449d ago
Double post sorry.
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spektical  +   1449d ago
perfect balance is probably never gonna exist, but you can definetly get close to it. KZ2 had some great balance, except that aiming down sights with the ISA rifle was as good as hip firing >.>.

BF3, aside USAS with frags is pretty balance, i would even argue that sniper rifles have it the worse in BF3. R2 was good as well, I didnt see too many people with the Wraith. I used to take them down easily with the carbine (my personal favorite).

COD in general always has guns that are OP, due to lack of refined beta testing.
MRHARDON  +   1449d ago
COD4 had a BETA, COD5 had a BETA

The weapons should be the way they are, people want all the weapons to be the same if that happen then whats the use of having more then 1 weapon? cause each weapons would be the same.

All weapons need to be different in damage, there is always going to be "overpowered" weapons
EmperorDalek  +   1448d ago
The Wraith completely ruined R2 multiplayer for me. If you start shooting them, they turn their sheilds on, wait for their health to regenerate, then shoot. it's the fastest killing weapon, even with the warm-up. You need two people for flanking to easily kill one, but it shouldn't have been that hard.

When there was no-one using it, it was great, but it only took one Wraith to ruin it. I might have got the 10,000 kill trophy if it wasn't for the Wraith and the matchmaking.
spektical  +   1447d ago
hmm, i thought the wraith was pretty useless in r2. i took them down with carbines second ability + grenade. Besides these guys stood out like a sore thumb in R2, most people had the decency to take the idiots who flash the shields.
scrambles  +   1449d ago
Games with fewer weapons that give each weapon a purpose are more easily balanced. Give a gun strengths and weaknesses. The more guns there are, the harder it is to give it a purpose cuz something else might just take its place. Problem with CoD is the time to kill so low that all the guns are very similar that the one with a higher rate of fire wins. Also there is almost no long range in the game so trying to give it a plus there means you'll lose 80% of fights. Simplicity also helps balance games. CoD is so bogged down in perks that balancing them is hard.

BF2142 had great balance.
loobtube  +   1449d ago
Perfect balance is not possible with P2P,I'm afraid!
KontryBoy706  +   1449d ago
Modern Warfare 3 Guns: "balancing" not possible - Infinity Ward.
hasj1990  +   1449d ago
I think Black Ops was pretty balanced with its weapons. No gun seemed over powering. The only problem was lag & possibly hit detection but out of the weapons, none of em were unbalanced. So if Treyarch can do it, why can't you.
torchic  +   1449d ago
I was about to say this. I really hate looking like a COD fan, always harping on about Black Ops but this game is really fun right now. almost perfect weapon balancing after all the patching they did to it. I bought the game after all the oatches so maybe that's why I have such a positive outlook on it.

the only weapon that is a little OP is the Famas with extended mag. I get many triple/multi kills with that combo, it's quite lethal. noobtubes of course, are OP. but everything else is fine.

but yes, if Treyarch can do it why not IW? oh that's right, because most of the talented IW staff walked out the door.
Gamer-Z  +   1449d ago
Balancing gun stats can only go so far in improving gameplay i think good map balance plays a bigger role than GB and directly affects the way guns are utilized in the game, COD4 had the best GB & MB out of all the CODs imo. Sadly because of the way new CODs are developed with perks, kill streaks, death streaks, and now gun perks the game will probably never be balanced.
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lugia 4000  +   1449d ago
Mmm halo 3 cough
Beastradamus  +   1448d ago
The saddest part is that they've known about this since MW2 and haven't done a thing to fix it.

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MizTv  +   1448d ago
play kz2 then
momthemeatloaf  +   1448d ago
The only way to have balance is do it like Socom does where each side has there own guns that mirror each other in stats. But balance doesn't make things better, it actually takes away the character in the game.
Zephol  +   1448d ago
Caod is never balanced because infinity ward dosn't work hard.-
ninjahunter  +   1448d ago
We cant make it perfect, so were going to make it as unbalanced as physically possible!
Bodster  +   1448d ago
'Perfect Balancing Not Possible... For us' - Infinity Ward
plmkoh  +   1448d ago
Perfect balance comes from not having perks, there I said it.
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CanadianTurtle  +   1448d ago
Of course its not possible.... with that kind of attitude!

Just give it to a different developer, they'll refine the gameplay, and the graphics.
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Tacklebait  +   1448d ago
Balanced enough for me. If I had that big of a problem with it I'd play a different game.

Looking forward to blacktops 2, hoping they mix it up a bit. My guess is while treyarch is working on the nexrelease, infinity ward has been and will be working hard on a new engine for the next Gen console.

Which will be slightly unbalanced as the rest due to perks, weapon customizations and kill streaks. It wouldn't be the game it is without all of those.
A LIVING LEGEND  +   1447d ago
one gun,one 'map',one love.
two gun,two map,two love
balance is for idiots,offset potential advantages with further potential advantages.

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