Modern Warfare Hardcore modes: How to play Hardcore game modes in multiplayer

Hardcore modes are there - if you know where to look.

Hardcore modes are a set of playlists that have gained fan-favourite status in Call of Duty multiplayer over the years.

The good news is there are several Modern Warfare Hardcore modes available, and they are not to be confused with the Realism mode, which is a separate thing entirely.

Unlike Ground War which was temporarily disabled in the game at launch, Hardcore is there and ready to be played whenever - if you know where to look.

How to play Hardcore modes in Modern Warfare

To play Hardcore modes in Modern Warfare, you must perform the following steps:

1. In the main Multiplayer Lobby, you'll see a list of modes, starting with Quick Play at the top. To the right of this option is a 'Filter' option. Select it.


2. You will now be in the Quick Play Filter screen, allowing you to unselect the modes you want to play. As well as this list, there is a second list available for Hardcore. To reveal these, press the Square button (or X on Xbox), to change the 'Selected Category', as prompted above where it says 'Team Deathmatch'.


3. The list will then change to show Modern Warfare's many Hardcore modes. Deselect any you don't want to play, then press Circle (or B on Xbox) to return back to the multiplayer lobby, where you can start playing Hardcore through the Quick Play option.


Not the most clear way to access these modes, but now you know how, you can customise your Quick Play settings to play the Hardcore modes you enjoy most.

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What is Hardcore in Modern Warfare, and what Hardcore modes are available at launch?

Hardcore modes take the traditional set of modes and add a series of modifiers to make them more difficult (or, perhaps a better way to describe it is more 'realistic').

This includes limiting the HUD (on-screen indicators), reducing your health and enabling friendly fire between teammates.

At launch, the following Modern Warfare Hardcore modes are available to play:

HC Team Deathmatch

  • Match Time: 10 minutes
  • Score limit: 75
  • Party size: 1-6

HC Cyber Attack

  • Round Time: 3 minutes
  • Round limit: 5
  • Party size: 1-6

HC Domination

  • Match Time: Unlimited
  • Score limit: 200
  • Party size: 1-6

HC Search and Destroy

  • Match Time: 2 minutes
  • Score limit: 6
  • Party size: 1-6

HC Headquarters

  • Match Time: 5 minutes
  • Score limit: 200
  • Party size: 1-6

Looking for multiplayer help? Learn the best guns in Modern Warfare, how to access Modern Warfare Hardcore modes and Modern Warfare Ground War. We can also teach you how to quickscope. Finally, there's the story, with a handful of Modern Warfare campaign missions to complete, as well as how to kill a Juggernaut in Modern Warfare.

The final thing to know about Hardcore is, as with other multiplayer stats such as Kills, Wins and Standard modes, you can track your ranking against those of your friends within the 'Leaderboards' part of the multiplayer lobby.

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