The Call of Duty series has been known to be one of the most customizable first person shooters currently on the market. Modern Call of Duty games allow players to customize aspects such as their gun’s color/pattern (camo), attachments for their weapons, face camo, “perks,” kill streaks, equipment and much, much more.
Frag Grenade – Staying With Tradition
The Frag Grenade is the most traditional grenade. This item can be “cooked,” meaning the player can hold down the “throw” button and the fuse will start. Don’t hold it for too long, though – the grenade can detonate in the your hand! Try to find a good medium with the timing of the “cook” and the distance the frag grenade is going to be thrown.
Also keep in mind that Frag Grenades have the ability to “roll” down hills and other slopes, so be careful when you see a grenade indicator.
Semtex – Like Buttaaaa… Erm, Glue
The Semtex is a grenade – thrown like the traditional Frag Grenade – that has the ability to stick to objects AND people! When you stick an enemy player a notification will come up stating that the enemy has been “Stuck.”
Another good positive to the Semtex is that there’s no timer on it, so it can be held for as long as the player wants it to be. Since the timer is relatively short, it is easier to get the timing down to get those tricky kills in small places, tight corridors or areas relatively distant.
Throwing Knife – You Call That Knife?!
The Throwing Knife was first introduced in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. With the introduction of this lethal piece of equipment also came rage, as the Throwing Knife is a one-hit kill weapon. However, it is also one use and pretty hard to use – especially compared to grenades that each have a blast radius when it comes to lethal equipment that can be thrown.
Although rarely used in online multiplayer, you’ll find the occasional online player wielding on of these knives. For what reason? Probably for the fun factor, because there is obviously better equipment out there.
Oh yeah, once used the Throwing Knife can be picked up if the player that threw it can find it.
+1 for cool factor – It makes you want to watch “V For Vendetta.”
Bouncing Betty – Frisbee of Doom
Alright, so I had nothing really catchy to say about the Bouncing Betty, aside from the fact that the throwing animation for it looks pretty awesome – like a frisbee. Honestly, the only differences that I can tell between the Bouncing Betty and the Claymore are:
*The Bouncing Betty can be thrown into placement, whereas the Claymore is placed; and
*When activated, the Bouncing Betty leaps into the air and then explodes, whereas the Claymore just kind of explodes when the wires are tripped.
*The Bouncing Betty can be tripped from anywhere around it, whereas the Claymore has a cone-like tripwire.
Most people don’t use the Bouncing Betty, so it is nice to use it and catch people off guard.
Claymore – Back-Up Without a Conscience
The Claymore is nice for when you’re trying to hold down a position and/or objective point by yourself. The Claymore has to be faced in the correct way in order for it to detonate.
The Claymore is one of the more well-known equipment items that spans an array of other video games, including Socom: U.S. Navy Seals.
*Pro-Tip: Put a Claymore near the bomb site in Demolition to get easy kills. Door ways in clinch spots are a plus, too. Most people don’t realize there are Claymores around since these (and Bouncing Betties) are hardly used.
C4 – Special Delivery!
The C4 is the new noobtube – but it takes a bit more skill. The C4 is an explosive that is thrown by the player and detonated remotely, compared to the automatic Claymore and Bouncing Betty.
Tap the button once and press it again to detonate the C4. It can be thrown over walls and detonated immediately to get that pesky camper, or you can keep it on an objective and wait for it to start to be captured and… BOOM! Most players are too oblivious to realize the explosive merely sitting on or near the objective, or they don’t think the enemy will detonate it, so it’s pretty easy kills.
No, this isn’t a lethal piece of equipment – only my way of saying this is the end of this article. Yes, everyone has their own play patterns and their unique ways to play the game, so one piece of equipment may be better for one person compared to another piece of equipment for another person. I personally like the Semtex, whereas I’ve seen others absolutely dominate using the C4 or other equipment. Use what suits you and your play style best. For example, someone looking to defend an objective may be better off using a Claymore, whereas someone being more offensive and aggressive may want to use the C4.