- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players are concerned about the powerful Covert Sneakers gear, which allows players to move stealthily and go undetected.
- Players are debating the balance of the game, with some arguing that Covert Sneakers lack competition in the Boot category, making them the go-to choice for many players.
- The lack of a counterpicking option for Covert Sneakers has left players feeling disadvantaged and some suggest updating the Bone Conduction Headset as a countermeasure.
Players of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are concerned about a particularly powerful piece of gear that may be affecting the game’s competitive balance. One of the most powerful pieces in its category, the Covert Sneakers gear effectively removes a component of character detection in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, enabling players to move around much more stealthily than they should.
For as long as Call of Duty games have had competitive online multiplayer modes, players have debated back and forth about the various games’ balance. The mix of unique operators, gear choices, gun attachments and perks makes such discussions complex and potentially heated. Changes decried by some players might be favored by others, and even developer Sledgehammer Games can act to tamp down on overpowered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 gear through patches and adjustments.
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The Problem with Covert Sneakers in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
The Covert Sneakers are so concerning to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players because of their powerful stealth-enhancing effects. A version of the long-running Dead Silence effect in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Covert Sneakers will silence all the footstep noises and voice call-outs from the player wearing them. That means that a player wearing Covert Sneakers in a match can run and sprint in almost perfect silence, making them much harder to detect in the chaos of an in-game firefight. According to user zombz01 on the Modern Warfare 3 subreddit, Covert Sneakers are a “crutch” used by too many players. Zombz01 also complained that the footwear lacks “competition,” or similarly powerful choices in the same category that might make picking Covert Sneakers less tempting to most players.
Some members of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 subreddit agreed with zombz01’s assessment, particularly when it came to the issue of Covert Sneakers not having adequate competition in the Boot category. They said that other footwear options like Climbing Boots and Stalker Boots are too specialized or niche in their use cases, making Covert Sneakers a much easier pick over them. Still other players chimed in, saying the true issue with Covert Sneakers is that they lack a proper counter-pick in Modern Warfare 3, leaving players lacking in ways to deal with an opponent wearing Covert Sneakers. Some suggested that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Bone Conduction Headset gear option be updated to better act as a counter to the Covert Sneakers, like when the High Alert perk was updated to counter Dead Silence in Call of Duty: Warzone.
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