The infamous knives in MW3’s Ranked Play ignited a series of debates among the gamers worldwide. However, instead of completely excluding them, the developers have strategically nerfed them, potentially enhancing the gaming experience for numerous players.
The video game, MW3, has inevitably faced a range of criticism since its launch in November. There have been multiple aspects associated with the game that have come under fire, including the logic of the spawn and animation of the gun cocking.
Despite these problems, the game developers have shown diligence in modifying the elements of the game that have faced criticism. While perfect spawns are arguably unreachable, new patches have been introduced to present potential solutions to the issues.
One such update was the removal of the cocking animation from the smaller map playlists, a move that was much appreciated by the gaming community worldwide. Yet, there’s another topic that recently sprung up as the bone of contention among the gamers - the Knife melee.
The discussion about Knife Melee reached new heights with the introduction of Ranked Play. The tension among the players about knife usage was palpable due to its somewhat controversial nature.
Ranked Play, as we know, is a competitive mode in Call of Duty . It puts forth all the rules and regulations that apply in the Call of Duty League and allows the gamers to experience them firsthand. As part of the same experience, the players were required to use the same gadgets and items as the professionals. However, unlike the CDL, the knife was not barred from play in MW3.
This decision left many players disgruntled. The nature of the knife - a one-hit-kill weapon providing a speed boost provoked the ire of many. As a result, rather than completely barring it from Ranked Play, the developers nerfed its one-hit potential. This meant that the players now needed two hits to kill their opponents.
The nerf was confirmed with an official post from ModernWarfareIII subreddit, titled 'Knife officially nerfed to 2 hit kill in ranked.' The post set the gaming communities worldwide abuzz with discussions and debates about the change.
The post received mixed reactions from gamers around the globe. There were players who commended Treyarch for acting promptly on the changes, while others had reservations and criticisms.
Some players expressed their satisfaction with the change in terms of being a compromise that made it possible to retain the fast-moving ability of the knife. It allowed the players with precise aim to strike their opponents between swings. This added a layer of strategy to the gameplay.
However, a section of the community was of the opinion that the knife was now merely beneficial for the boost in movement speed. They went on to compare it with the knife used in Counter-Strike, stating that they share similar attributes.
On the other hand, there was another group of players who did not approve of the change. They were of the view that if Ranked Play needed to mirror the CDL, the game developers should ban the knife altogether.
Moreover, they suggested that the nerf be applied to every level of the game rather than restricting it to Ranked Play. Yet, the developers have made it clear that Ranked Play will see more changes as seasons progress.
The introduction of changes to knives in MW3 and their impact on the Ranked Play has undoubtedly brought a new dimension to the game.