Players receive forty experience points for each kill. The game ends when one player reaches ten kills, which would result in 400 experience points plus match bonus if one were to win.
This game mode is less commonly used legitimately, but when it is being played the way it should, it is usually dominated by higher level players - usually on a high Prestige - who know the maps very well. Claymores are useful in this game mode, especially against less experienced players, as they are liable to destroy them and give their position away. The perk Dead Silence is useful, as it conceals the user's movements and can help in hearing the other player move around unless they also have the perk activated. Camping is highly inadvisable, as due to the lack of teammates, the only enemy will know exactly where the camping player is, and is highly likely to revenge kill. Silencers have limited value; they can conceal a player's position if they miss their target, but the enemy will always know where they were killed from, due to the KillCam.
This game mode is popularly used for Headshot Boosting, in which two methods are used; one involves joining an empty match and quickly inviting a friend, or more commonly changing the player's Clan Tag to "HSx3", which is known to many players as "Head Shot Times 3", where three head-shots will be carried out by each player, until one kill remains where one will get the final kill. This final kill is reversed in follow-up games, should there be any. As this playlist was primarily used for boosting, people playing it were accused of boosting even though they did not boost. Some experienced players like to troll the other player by pretending they will boost with them (setting clan tag to (HSx3)) only to kill the other player repeatedly when they do not expect it. This will however often cause plenty of hate-mail.
In Other Call of Duty GamesEdit
This mode returned in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as 3rd Person Cage Match, however for a limited time, as it was removed on April 6, 2010 for Xbox 360, and on May 4 for PS3 and PC. It was then replaced with Team Tactical.
The Cage Match game mode features only eleven of the available Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare maps:
- In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex Edition, Cage Match is played with Old School rules enabled.
- Whilst playing Cage Match, the player's in-game status will say they are playing Free-for-All.
- This mode was removed in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to include Stimulus/Resurgence and Hardcore Stimulus/Resurgence Game modes.
- A similar gametype, called Face Off, appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 which features 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3, with small maps created exclusively for it.