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You like shooters because you like the sense of power they give you. Few games are as skilled at making you feel like a competent warrior as Infinity Ward's Call of Duty series. Every bullet has a story. Take a moment and tell us a few of yours.
I have begun to notice a big trend in Modern Warfare 3, and I noticed it some in Black Ops as well. People will hit the level cap, and choose not to enter the next level of prestige. I have never understood this, and I was hoping to understand the reasons behind not doing so? In Modern Warfare 3 they even allow you to retain weapons, the major reason for most people not prestiging. I would very much like to hear the reasoning behind someone who does not prestige.
keep all the wonderful shtuffs that are only available at higher levels and not have to deal with dicks using OP guns, because they have all of those unlocked already.
Probably to keep the guns, and the perks. That's the only reason I could think of.
Personally the only reason I ever prestige in any title was for the extra class slots. Never have in CoD4 as there was no reward of any sort, never got around to doing it in WaW since the game was destroyed by hacking in short order, but went up to 9th on both MW2 and BO for 10 classes. That said, I had two prestige tokens to begin with which I used for custom classes, then I went ahead and prestiged 3 times - and I'm all done doing it in MW3.
Everything beyond class slots is a matter of vanity, pointless.
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The reason I prestige is because I like having to unlock everything, and I find it more challenging (more fun) when I'am restricted to a few weapons/classes in the early levels. I just like the change of pace and being forced to use $hitty weapons.
That being said, in MW3 I used 1 token on unlock gear, and I unlocked the type95 so it's kind of different in this game.
A buddy of mine never prestiges in CoD. His reason is he likes to get 100% on every gun and dosen't like the fact that everything resets.
It's all personal preferance.