MW3 Best Controller Settings

Learn about The Best Controller Settings For Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer For Optimal Performance To Win Those Difficult Matches.

Being the best in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer is a big deal, so I tweaked my controller settings, which I’m most comfortable with. I played around with many settings to get the right combo for my best performance on those well-known maps. As Season 1 was starting, getting these settings just right became super important for staying ahead in the game.

Key Takeaways

Modern Warfare 3 Aiming Settings:

  • Horizontal Stick Sensitivity: 6
  • Vertical Stick Sensitivity: 6
  • ADS Sensitivity Multiplier: 1.00
  • Sensitivity Multiplier: Default
  • Vertical Aim Axis: Default
  • Tactical Stance Sensitivity Multiplayer: 1.00
  • Aim Response Curve Time: Dynamic
  • ADS Sensitivity Multiplier [Focus]: 1.00
  • ADS Sensitivity Transition Timing: Instant
  • Custom Sensitivity Per Zoom: Off

Here are the Best Modern Warfare 3 Aim Assist Settings:

  • Target Aim Assist: On
  • Aim Assist Type: Black Ops
  • Third Person and Correction Type: Off

Best Modern Warfare 3 Gameplay Settings:

  • Automatic Sprint: Off
  • Sprint/Tactical Behavior: Toggle
  • Auto Move Forward: Off
  • Tactical Sprint Behavior: Double Tap
  • Grounded Mantle: Off
  • Automatic Airborne Mantle: Partial
  • Automatic Ground Mantle: Off
  • Slide Behavior: Slide Only
  • Plunging Underwater: Trigger
  • Parachute Auto Deploy: Plane Only
  • Sprinting Door Bash: On
  • Ledge Climb Behavior: Mantle Only
  • Slide Cancel Sprint: On

Best Modern Warfare 3 Input Settings

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Modern Warfare 3 Input Settings – [Image captured by eXputer]
Edit Button Layout Default
Bumper ping Off
Flip L1/L2 and R1/R2 Off
Stick Layout Preset Default
Controller Vibration Off
  • I opted for the Default Button Layout as it provided a familiar and comfortable setup for easy navigation during intense gameplay. 
  • Turning off Bumper Ping ensured that accidental pings didn’t give away my position, allowing for more strategic play. 
  • Keeping Flip L1/L2 and R1/R2 off maintained the standard button configuration, preventing any confusion during crucial moments.
  • The Default Stick Layout Preset felt natural and responsive, aiding in precise aiming and movement. 
  • Additionally, turning off Controller Vibration eliminated distractions, allowing for better focus on the game without unnecessary feedback.

Best Modern Warfare 3 Deadzone Inputs

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Modern Warfare 3 Deadzone Inputs – [Image captured by eXputer]
Test Stick Deadzone Off
Left Stick Min 0
Left Stick Max 99
Right Stick Min 4
Right Stick Max 99
Left Trigger 4
Right Trigger 4
  • I chose to turn off the Test Stick Deadzone to make sure my controls were responsive from the get-go.
  • Setting the Left Stick Min to 0 and the Right Stick Min to 4 helped minimize any delay in movement, ensuring quick and accurate responses. 
  • For the maximum range of motion, I set the Left Stick Max and Right Stick Max to 99, allowing for precise control during intense situations. 
  • Keeping the Left and Right Trigger at 4 struck a balance, making weapon aiming and firing smooth without being overly sensitive. 

Best Modern Warfare 3 Aiming Settings

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Modern Warfare 3 Aiming Settings – [Image captured by eXputer]
Horizontal Stick Sensitivity 6
Vertical Stick Sensitivity 6
ADS Sensitivity Multiplier 1.00
Sensitivity Multiplier Default
Verticle Aim Axis Default
Tactical Stance Sensitivity Multiplayer 1.00
Aim Response Curve Time Dynamic
ADS Sensitivity Multiplier [Focus] 1.00
ADS Sensitivity Transition Timing Instant
Custom Sensitivity Per Zoom Off
  • I set my Horizontal and Vertical Stick Sensitivity to 6 to strike a balance between swift movements and precise aiming.
  • The ADS Sensitivity Multiplier at 1.00 and the Default Sensitivity Multiplier ensured consistency in aiming, avoiding any sudden changes that could throw off my accuracy.
  • I stuck with the default Verticle Aim Axis as it felt natural to me. 
  • Keeping the Tactical Stance Sensitivity Multiplier at 1.00 helped maintain control when transitioning between stances. 
  • Opting for a Dynamic Aim Response Curve Time provided a responsive feel, adjusting to my aiming style in real-time. 
  • With ADS Sensitivity Multiplier [Focus] at 1.00 and Instant ADS Sensitivity Transition Timing, I ensured a seamless shift between regular and focused aiming. 
  • Turning off Custom Sensitivity Per Zoom kept things straightforward, ensuring a consistent feel across all Zoom levels.

Best Modern Warfare 3 Aim Assist Settings

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Modern Warfare 3 Aim Assist Settings – [Image captured by eXputer]
Target Aim Assist On
Aim Assist Type Black Ops
Third Person and Correction Type Off
  • I found it beneficial to turn on the Target Aim Assist as it helped me stay on target during fast-paced engagements.
  • Opting for the Black Ops Aim Assist Type offered a balance between precision and tracking, ensuring smoother aiming without feeling too restrictive. 
  • I chose to turn off the Third Person and Correction Type to have more direct control over my aiming, preventing any unintentional adjustments that could throw off my shots.

Best Modern Warfare 3 Gameplay Settings

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Modern Warfare 3 Gameplay Settings – [Image captured by eXputer
Automatic Sprint Off
Sprint/Tactical Behavior Toggle
Auto Move Forward Off
Tactical Sprint Behavior Double Tap
Grounded Mantle Off
Automatic Airborne Mantle Partial
Automatic Ground Mantle Off
Slide Behavior Slide Only
Plunging Underwater Trigger
Parachute Auto Deploy Plane Only
Sprinting Door Bash On
Ledge Climb Behavior Mantle Only
Slide Cancel Sprint On
  • I turned off Automatic Sprint for better control, making my moves strategic.
  • Toggle for Sprint/Tactical Behavior simplified toggling between sprinting and regular movement.
  • Disabling Auto Move Forward allowed precise control, avoiding unintended movements.
  • Setting Tactical Sprint Behavior to Double Tap ensured intentional sprints. 
  • Turning off Grounded Mantle and using Partial for Automatic Airborne Mantle balanced automation and player control. 
  • Disabling Automatic Ground Mantle prevented unwanted actions. 
  • Slide Only for Slide Behavior focused on clean slides without extra actions. 
  • Plunging Underwater with the trigger gave manual control, and Parachute Auto Deploy on Plane Only provided control in specific situations.
  • Enabling Sprinting Door Bash added an offensive option during sprints, and Mantle Only in Ledge Climb Behavior avoided automatic actions. 
  • Slide Cancel Sprint On made movements smoother, quickly resuming sprints after slides for responsive gameplay.

Best Modern Warfare 3 Combat Behaviors Settings

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Modern Warfare 3 Combat Behaviors – [Image captured by eXputer]
Aim Down Sight Behavior Hold
Change Zoom Activation Sprint/Tactical Sprint/Focus
Equipment Behavior Hold
Weapon Mount Activation ADS + Melee
Weapon Mount Exit Delay Medium
Tactical Stance Activation Off
Interact/Reload Behavior Tap To Reload
Armor Plate Behavior Apply All
ADS Stick Swap Off
Backpack Control Directional Buttons
Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch On
Quick C4 Detonation Grouped
Manual Fire Behavior Press
  • I set Aim Down Sight Behavior to Hold, making it easier to control my aim by holding down the button when aiming.
  • Choosing Sprint/Tactical Sprint/Focus for Change Zoom Activation allowed for quick zooming while sprinting, adding flexibility to my combat approach.
  • Opting for Hold in Equipment Behavior ensured deliberate use of equipment, preventing accidental deployments. 
  • ADS + Melee for Weapon Mount Activation lets me mount weapons seamlessly, enhancing stability during aiming. 
  • With a Medium delay for the Weapon Mount Exit, I balanced quick disengagement with stability. 
  • Turning Tactical Stance Activation Off avoided unintentional stance changes, maintaining control during combat. 
  • Tap To Reload in Interact/Reload Behavior simplified reloading, streamlining the combat process. 
  • Apply All for Armor Plate Behavior made it efficient to equip multiple armor plates quickly. 
  • Keeping ADS Stick Swap Off prevented accidental swaps during the aim, maintaining consistency.
  • Using Directional Buttons for Backpack Control allowed easy navigation of inventory. 
  • Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch On automatically switched to a new weapon when ammo ran out, ensuring a swift response in combat. 
  • Grouped Quick C4 Detonation made detonating explosives faster, enhancing tactical play. 
  • Manual Fire Behavior set to Press allowed precise control over the gunfire, ensuring shots were intentional.

Best Modern Warfare 3 Vehicle Behaviors Settings

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Modern Warfare 3 Vehicle Behaviors Settings – [Image captured by eXputer]
Vehicle Camera Recenter Short Delay
Camera Initial Position Free Look
Lean-Out Activation Melee
  • I chose a Short Delay for the Vehicle Camera Recenter, allowing for quick adjustments without the camera recentering too abruptly, providing a smoother driving experience.
  • Setting the Camera’s Initial Position to Free Look gave me the flexibility to start with a broader view.
  • Activating Lean-Out with Melee simplified the process, making it straightforward to lean out of the vehicle for better visibility.

Best Modern Warfare 3 Overlay Behaviors Settings

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Modern Warfare 3 Overlay Settings – [Image captured by eXputer]
Scoreboard/Map/Stats Behavior Toggle
Ping Wheel Delay Moderate
Double Tap Danger Ping Delay Moderate 
Kill Streak Wheel Behavior Hold
  • I set Scoreboard/Map/Stats Behavior to Toggle for quick access and easy navigation between scoreboard, map, and stats. 
  • Choosing a Moderate delay for Ping Wheel and Double Tap Danger Ping allowed intentional pings without accidental activations, enhancing communication during gameplay.
  • Opting for Hold in Kill Streak Wheel Behavior ensured the deliberate use of kill streaks, preventing unintentional selections. 

My Thoughts

I liked using these settings in my Modern Warfare 3 sessions. But, your personal preferences will play a big role in settings like Sensitivity and Controller Preset. Nevertheless, the settings provided can serve as a good starting point as you dive into Modern Warfare 3 and find the setup that suits you perfectly.

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