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You read right. Five new Prestige Levels have been added to Modern Warfare 3. What are my thoughts on the matter? Read more to find out.

It has been confirmed by Infinity Ward Community Manager: Robert Bowling Via Twitter. Five new Prestige Modes have been added to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3’s PC version. The same will be happening soon on the Xbox 360, PS3, and possibly the Wii. No information yet on whether or not there will be new Prestige Shop.

There has been a video released on Youtube from a PC gamer. They looked into the files up the update and found the Prestige Icons they may used for these next five prestiges. In addition to that, they’ve found five more prestige icons. People are thinking an additional five prestige levels may be added to Modern Warfare 3 at a later time.

For some time now, Infinity Ward and Treyarch seem to have been fighting over quantity and quality in Call of Duty games. Call of Duty 4 started the whole Prestige Mode and customization, and Call of Duty: World at War followed suit and added ten more levels to each Prestige (65). The next game was Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 where they added five more levels (70 total) and more customization! Many of the fans thought all these levels were a bad idea and took some fun out of the game by crunching in each prestige. Treyarch listened a bit to their fan base and lowered the levels back down to 55, but added five more prestiges, making the total prestige levels 15. Sure, it was easier to get to each prestige, but they didn’t want to turn down the heat completely. Now we’re out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Infinity Ward/Raven Software didn’t hold back at all. They cranked up the levels to 80 and added an option to completely reset your stats once you reached Prestige 10, making 20 Prestiges total in addition to the two non-prestige levels. Now they’ve added five more prestige levels to their 10/20 levels. So, theoretically, if you haven’t used your prestige shop unlock to reset your stats, you could prestige a total of 30 times in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3! I have no idea who would want to play that game so much, but I stopped playing after the first prestige.

Some of you know how I’ve played all of the Call of Duty games and a few other shooters online. I realized a long time ago that this was not a fun way to play the game. It’s nice to unlock weapons and stuff while you rank up, but sometimes it takes forever to rank up and unlock an average – below average gun that you’d never use. Meanwhile, everyone is still using the very first default gun you had available throughout the levels. I believe you should be able to choose which ever weapon you want from the start. Then, you can choose another weapon to unlock when you earn another weapon unlock. Crysis 2 did this very well.

As for all the levels and prestiges, I don’t like that at all. I think a decent amount of levels would be just fine. More importantly are the level names. It irks me so bad when I crunch and crunch to get from level 51 to 52 which is Colonel I to Colonel II. It feels like I didn’t really accomplish anything! I believe there should be one level for each rank they use. One level for private, one level for warrant officer, one level for colonel. Sure, it can take longer to rank up while a colonel as opposed to a private, but it feels like you accomplished something when you actually get to the next rank. Unlocking something on each rank is another thing that should always be done. It gives a greater feeling of accomplishment. When we’re talking about prestige mode, I’m a bit undecided. If you can rank up to max level quickly, then prestige would be fine. Still, so many prestige levels are pretty lame in my personal opinion. I know it can separate the die hard Call of Duty fans, who play nothing but Call of Duty all day every day, from the rest of us, but do you really want to be marked for that?