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WaW Playlist Hardcore

Hardcore mode is an alternative to the normal playlists in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Call of Duty: Black Ops IICall of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. As the name suggests, the gameplay is much more unforgiving and realistic, making general gameplay more skill-based, with the following implications:

  • Significantly less health - Players can only withstand 30 damage before dying or going into Last Stand/Final Stand/Second Chance/Dead Man's Hand mode. This practically makes every weapon kill in one or two hits unless losing damage due to bullet penetration.
  • Limited HUD - The player's HUD is limited to certain objective related things, such as objective markers and whether the player has an enemy flag in Capture the Flag for example. Green names are also seen above teammates, but the red text on enemies is absent. Normal HUD features such as the mini-map, ammo counter and equipment slots are missing. The minimap will be available for the duration of a UAV (and its other variants). In some games, the map is available without it in the pause menu as well. In the hardcore Wii version of Call of Duty: World at War, there is a white dot used as a reticle in the game. In Modern Warfare 2, all notifications (upper right corner of the screen) of players calling in or destroying killstreaks, achieving match targets or other notifications such as triple kills are disabled, with the exceptions of enemy players copying their class or destroying their tactical insertion.
  • Friendly Fire on - Teammates can be damaged and killed. Deliberate team-killers are punished; in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, a player is automatically killed and sat out for a period of time after 3 or more team-kills (in the latter, certain actions such as killing the team with a launcher in the start of a round can lead to much harsher penalties). Additionally, a player-controlled Killstreak ends prematurely if the penalty is given. In Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II the player is automatically kicked out of the game (and is banned from joining the session) after three team-kills. In Call of Duty: Black Ops II, if the player does this too many times, they will be placed in "probation" which temporary disables the player from joining any match. Some Killstreak/Scorestreak kills do not count towards a kick, a notable example being the Warthog.

Game Modes Available Edit

In Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

In Call of Duty: World at WarEdit

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

In Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit

In Call of Duty: Black Ops IIEdit

In Call of Duty: Ghosts Edit

In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Edit

In Call of Duty: Black Ops III Edit

TriviaEdit

  • In Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, when the player is kicked for killing many teammates, the announcer will make an insult towards the player (such as Get that son of a bitch out of my sight! or I'm sick of this asshole, get rid of him!).
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 originally featured Hardcore mode for all playlists, but it was cut because of dedicated servers removal.
  • In Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the player is not kicked for teamkilling if they are the host. However, in the first of the three, the player will not be able to spawn in a period of time as a penalty.
  • In Call of Duty: Black Ops II it is notable that the players' characters do not speak in Hardcore mode like they do in Core mode (ex. saying "He's down" upon getting a kill or yelling "Frag out" upon throwing a grenade). In fact, the characters do not even so much as make a sound when killed.
  • In Call of Duty: Black Ops II, an update replaced Hardcore Capture the Flag with Hardcore Domination.

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