A Tactical Tour: Exploring the Modern Warfare 3


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) continues to be a fan favorite for its intense action and diverse multiplayer experience. A significant part of this experience hinges on the maps – virtual battlegrounds where strategies unfold and adrenaline pumps. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a new recruit, this guide delves into the world of MW3 multiplayer maps, providing you with the intel you need to dominate.

Core Multiplayer Maps: Where the Classic Clash Begins

MW3 boasts a robust selection of core multiplayer maps, designed for a variety of game modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Search and Destroy. These maps cater to different playstyles, offering a mix of close-quarters combat zones, long-range engagements, and strategic flanking opportunities. Let’s explore some of the most popular ones:

  • Urban Warfare:
    • Favela: This Brazilian favela throws players into a labyrinthine network of narrow streets and shantytowns, perfect for aggressive SMG rushes and strategic use of grenades.
    • Skidrow: A war-torn Los Angeles district, Skidrow offers a mix of open plazas and close-quarters buildings, requiring a balance between assault rifles and shotguns.
    • Karachi: Densely packed streets and marketplaces define Karachi, a Pakistani city map that rewards map awareness and flanking maneuvers.
  • High-Rise Warfare:
    • Highrise: This iconic skyscraper map from Modern Warfare 2 makes a return in MW3. With multiple floors and verticality, it’s a haven for snipers and players who excel at close-quarters combat in tight corridors.
    • Invasion: A Parisian cityscape under siege, Invasion offers long sightlines across the Seine and intense close-quarters battles within buildings. Mastering both sniping and mid-range combat is crucial here.
    • Terminal: Another MW2 classic, Terminal throws players into a modern airport terminal. Expect fast-paced action with flanking routes and strategic use of cover around baggage carousels and check-in desks.
  • Open Warfare:
    • Wasteland: A desolate American wasteland dotted with industrial buildings and scrapyards, Wasteland caters to mid-range engagements and tactical use of vehicles.
    • Quarry: An abandoned quarry, Quarry offers a mix of open areas and trenches, perfect for flanking maneuvers and strategic use of smoke grenades.
    • Afghan: This remastered map from the original Modern Warfare takes players to the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan. Expect long-range sniper duels and strategic use of cover around rocky outcrops.

6v6 Carry Forward Maps: A Blast from the Modern Warfare 2 Past

MW3 introduced a unique feature called “Carry Forward” with the Season 3 Reloaded update. This brought back eight fan-favorite maps from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, remastered for the MW3 experience. These maps offer a nostalgic experience for veterans and a chance for new players to experience some of the most iconic MW2 battlegrounds.

  • Urban Brawls:
    • Shipment: The king of close-quarters combat, Shipment is an incredibly small container ship map that devolves into pure chaos and fast-paced action.
    • Rust: Another tiny map, Rust takes place on an oil rig platform in the middle of the ocean. Expect frenetic gunfights and strategic use of grenades and killstreaks.
    • Shoothouse: A fan favorite for its balanced design, Shoothouse offers a mix of open courtyards and close-quarters buildings, catering to a variety of playstyles.
  • Varied Engagements:
    • Farm 18: A snowy farmhouse surrounded by rolling hills, Farm 18 offers opportunities for long-range sniper duels and close-quarters combat within the farmhouse itself.
    • Breenbergh Hotel: A luxurious hotel turned battleground, Breenbergh Hotel features a mix of close-quarters rooms, long hallways, and a central atrium, rewarding strategic movement and map awareness.
    • Dome: An enclosed geodesic dome, Dome offers intense close-quarters combat with opportunities for flanking maneuvers through tunnels.
  • Verticality and Challenge:
    • Crown Raceway: An abandoned racetrack with a central grandstand, Crown Raceway offers opportunities for long-range sniping and strategic use of cover around the racecourse.
    • Mercado Las Almas: A bustling Mexican market, Mercado Las Almas features tight alleyways, multi-level buildings, and a central plaza, perfect for aggressive SMG play and strategic use of grenades.

These carry-forward maps breathe new life into classic MW2 experiences, offering a familiar yet slightly different feel due to the updated mechanics and graphics of MW3.


Q: How many multiplayer maps are there in MW3?

  • A: There are a total of 26 multiplayer maps in MW3. This includes 18 original maps released at launch and 8 “Carry Forward” maps, which are revamped versions of classic maps from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Q: What are the different types of multiplayer maps in MW3?

  • A: MW3 offers two main types of multiplayer maps:
    • Core Maps: These are designed for traditional 6v6 player modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Search & Destroy.
    • Ground War Maps: These are larger maps intended for the objective-based Ground War mode, which supports up to 32 players.

Q: Where can I find a list of all the MW3 multiplayer maps?

  • A: You can find a complete list of MW3 multiplayer maps, including core and Ground War maps, on websites like IGN or Dexerto 

Q: What are some of the most popular original maps in MW3?

  • A: Some fan favourites include:
    • Favela: A dense urban map set in a Brazilian favela.
    • Karachi: A chaotic and fast-paced map set in a Pakistani shipyard.
    • Invasion: A large map featuring a European castle under siege.
    • Scrapyard: An industrial map with plenty of verticality for flanking routes.

Q: What are some tips for playing the original MW3 maps?

  • A: The best approach will vary depending on the map, but here are some general tips:
    • Learn the map layout: Familiarize yourself with the different routes, flanking paths, and power positions.
    • Play to the map’s strengths: If a map is close-quarters focused, utilize shotguns and SMGs. Open maps favour assault rifles and sniper rifles.
    • Consider your class setup: Tailor your perks and equipment to fit your play style and the map’s characteristics.

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