Spec Ops - Survival Mode

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Special Ops - Survival Mode

This is a series of missions that you can do alone or with a buddy. There are two modes: Survival and Missions. Survival will pit you and your partner against waves of enemies which increase in number and difficulty per wave. Missions will bring you back to various mission areas in the campaign with different objectives and enemies.

Players will only have 4 maps initially available. They can unlock additional map sets per 5, 10 and 15 levels (for Missions) and 5, 15, 25 for Survival mode. Your SPEC-OPS level is different from your multiplayer level.

Survival Mode

The stuff you can purchase in Survival Mode depends on your current level so it may be wise to go through Mission Modes first to gain a few levels to give you an edge in Survival.

General Tips:
Memorize the maps and consider finding “defensive” points. These are parts of the maps which you can easily dig in and hold out.
Use turrets. You must place them in an elevated position where they can provide maximum cover and avoid getting destroyed easily
Reinforcements – The Riot Shield team is always a better choice than the Delta Squad. Having them around increases your chances to survive.
Claymores – Place them along the paths the enemies are most likely to take.
Partner – Having a human partner will give you the advantage of having one additional turret and reinforcement squad.
Flashbangs are very effective against Juggernauts. Avoid facing them head on; always attempt to flank them or lure them towards your C4s and Claymores.
Helicopters can be taken out easily by assault rifles and light machine guns. Make sure you're under a tunnel or overhead cover to avoid getting shredded by machine gun fire.

Here are the list of items you can buy in Survival Mode.

The items in the weapons category have the same price but will be different in power so it pays to have the updated version – unless you can easily pick them up from the enemies.

Handguns ($250)
LV1 Five Seven Semi-automatic, (single fire) 
LV1 USP .45  Semi-automatic, (single fire) 
LV2 MP412  Revolver   
LV11 Desert Eagle Semi-automatic, (single fire) 
LV20 .44 Magnum Revolver   
LV40 P99  Semi-automatic, (single fire) 

Machine Pistols ($1500)
LV1 G18  Fully automatic, close range
LV3 SKorpion Fully automatic, close range
LV17 MP9  Fully automatic, close range
LV37 FMG9  Fully automatic, close range

Assault Rifles ($3000)
LV1 M4A1  Fully automatic, all purpose weapon
LV1 M16A4  3 round burst
LV5 SCAR-L  Fully automatic, all purpose weapon
LV14 ACR 6.8  Fully automatic, all purpose weapon
LV24 AK-47  Fully automatic, all purpose weapon
LV32 FAD  Fully automatic, all purpose weapon
LV39 G36C  Fully automatic, all purpose weapon
LV43 CM901  Fully automatic, all purpose weapon
LV47 MK14  Semi-automatic, (single fire)
LV50 Type 95  3 round burst

Sub Machine Guns ($2000)
LV1 MP5  Fully automatic, close range
LV4 UMP45  Fully automatic, close range
LV13 MP7  Fully automatic, close range
LV23 PM-9  Fully automatic, close range
LV38 PP90M1  Fully automatic, high fire rate
LV46 P90  Fully automatic, large magazines

Light Machine Guns ($7000)
LV12 M60E4  Fully automatic, large magazines
LV18 PKP Pecheneg Fully automatic, large magazines
LV34 MK46  Fully automatic, large magazines
LV41 L86 LSW Fully automatic, large magazines
LV48 MG36  Fully automatic, large magazines

Sniper Rifles ($2000)
LV7 MSR  Bolt action
LV16 Dragunov Semi-automatic, (single fire)
LV29 RSASS  Semi-automatic, (single fire)
LV35 L118A  Bolt action
LV42 AS50  Semi-automatic, (single fire)
LV49 Barrett .50 Cal Semi-automatic, (single fire)

Shotguns ($2000)
LV1 Model 1887 Lever-action
LV6 USAS 12 Fully automatic, low ammo
LV16 SPAS-12   
LV26 KSG -12  Double Barrel
LV33 STRIKER Semi-automatic (single fire)
LV44 AA-12  Fully automatic, low ammo

Weapon Upgrades
LV1 Holographic sight   $1000  Holographic sight
LV7 Red dot sight    $750  Precision sight.
LV19 Grip     $1250  Vertical foregrip for reduced recoil 
LV28 M203 Grenade launcher  $1500  Undermounted grenade launcher
LV28 GP25 Grenade launcher  $1500  Undermounted grenade launcher
LV28 M320 Grenade launcher  $1500  Undermounted grenade launcher
LV30 ACOG Scope    $1250  Enhanced zoom ACOG scope
LV45 Shotgun attachment   $1500  Undermounted shotgun attachment

LV1 Frag grenade  $750  Refill frags up to 4.
LV1 Flash bang  $1000  Refills flash bangs up to 4
LV2 Claymore x5 (10 max) $1000  Directional anti-personnel mine,set off by enemy entering its proximity
LV3 C4 x5 (10 max)  $1500     Charge of plastic explosive,set off manually with detonator
LV27 RPG-7 X2 (4 max) $2000    RPG-7X2
LV10 Body armor  $2000  250 armor hit points
LV13 Self revive  $4000  When knocked down,shoot your way back up
LV17 Sentry gun  $3000  Mini-gun mounted sentry
LV31 Sentry grenade launcher $4000 Grenade launcher mounted sentry
LV37 Riot Shield  $3000  Bullet resistant

Air support
LV1 Predators missile $2500  Missile from UACV
LV4 Air strike  $2500  Precision air strike on selected location
LV14 Delta squad  $3000  Delta force allies drop in via chopper
LV21 Riot shield  $5000  Riot shield  allies drop in via chopper
LV1 Quick draw  $3000  Faster aiming
LV8 Steady aim  $3000  Increase hip fire accuracy
LV22 Stalker   $4000  Move faster while aiming
LV36 Extreme conditioning $3000  Sprint for longer distances
LV50 Sleight of hand  $5000  Faster reloading

Here's also the list of maps available in Survival Mode:

Easy Maps
Bomb squads, Attack Dogs, Choppers and Juggernauts

Regular Maps
Bomb Squads, Chemical Warfare, Choppers and Riotshield Juggernauts

Hard Maps
Bomb Squads, Claymore Experts, Choppers and Riotshield Juggernauts

Insane Maps
Bomb Squads, Chemical Warfare, Claymore Experts, Choppers and Armored Juggernauts


Comments for Spec Ops - Survival Mode

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My highest wave is 33 on seatown

Added 11th Mar 2015, ID #527382

Riot shield squad is NOT... better than DELTA

Added 8th Feb 2015, ID #513338

how do u get spec ops for wii u?

Added 1st Jan 2015, ID #493767

you do not unlock it i got it online for free no downloadin terminal trust me

Added 29th Dec 2014, ID #491843

SlammerWebb got level 70, I enjoy playing the resistance level

Added 20th Dec 2014, ID #487218

any tips for playing survival interchange?

Added 9th Jul 2014, ID #414922

wave 176 on outpost

Added 8th Jul 2014, ID #414176

This doesnt even have cheat codes here

Added 5th Jun 2014, ID #394528

HALLO THERE ALL FAN OF survivle. if you need help or any tacticks ,on every map for wave 100+ without cheat or glitchs. just ask me. must eazy maps to handel acctualy are insane map.bakara,downturn,lockdown and arkade. i have 200+ on co and solo 100+. just realy succide and hard fight and smart tacticks. find me on ps3 online survivle
you gad it???_

Added 4th Jun 2014, ID #393706

man that is good.i tried it is good

Added 2nd Apr 2014, ID #370668

This is stupid there aren't even any cheat codes

Added 16th Nov 2013, ID #319945

How do you unlock the map called Terminal?

Added 10th Nov 2013, ID #318767

On Resistance my highest wave is 28.

Added 10th Nov 2013, ID #318766

Sorry for all of you players, after years, stil dont thinking about tactiek.weaknesses From all maps.
I have 12maps of 16 ,i reach wave150+,100+,70+. Rank top ten.
If You wana realy info try me.

Added 30th Sep 2013, ID #311863

The best way is to play is with a pal and the best spot is always by the airplane box . if you are alone then just keep moving here and there . The first juggernaut come at wave 4 . The best way to kill a juggernaut is to call a predator missiol and boom boom . Then try to make your own strong hold by planting trrunts , c4s , claymoors and grenade lanchers . Always carry a grenade................{-_-}

Added 10th Aug 2013, ID #303919

Highest wave 32 by my self with a friend 90 at village a lot of juggernauts and many dogs but easy good luck if you try to beat wave 90 with a friend

Added 18th May 2013, ID #283611

in bakaara there is trick to survive as many levels as you want
mine is 67
get to the house near air support
and when juggernauts come one player should lie down on stairs a lil ahead and fight him whereas the other should assist by reviving him and throwin flash grenades
juggernaut will not pass the player lied and will stop there itself
this works
beware of chopper!!
reply aftr playing

Added 4th Apr 2013, ID #270495

Wave 120 on Resistance actuallly played the game for a whole day

Added 26th Mar 2013, ID #267283

i made it to wave 52 on resistince with my friend all u got to do is chill in the kitchen

Added 22nd Mar 2013, ID #266151

made it to level 99!! omg has any one gotten to 100?

Added 8th Mar 2013, ID #261756

the highest i got was level 34 on resistance yeah

Added 29th Jan 2013, ID #247497


Added 24th Jan 2013, ID #246110

why you don't see All cheats MW3 in who buttom ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Added 11th Jan 2013, ID #241403

how do you unlock terminal?

Added 7th Jan 2013, ID #239094

Made it to lvl 52 on resistance, died because i only had pistol left lol

Added 1st Jan 2013, ID #233528

weve got to lvl 51 on seatown and level 42 on backara. we find a good spot to hold out the vaves and that are between the bonus boxes for refilling. got to play as a team to survive

Added 10th Dec 2012, ID #218624


Added 9th Dec 2012, ID #217681

how do download this cheat ?

Added 7th Dec 2012, ID #215881

[size=12][/size] thankyou

Added 7th Dec 2012, ID #215879


Added 7th Dec 2012, ID #215878

if you get on the big stump on village with 2 humans. player one gets a msr and a m4a1 with a red dot sight and m203 grenade launcher on the m4a1. player two gets a light machine gun and the same m4a1. player one aims at the entrance in prone. player two covers the cavern in prone or kneeling. dogs cant touch you unless you hang over the edge. go into the cavern when you have helicopters on the way. i got to level 98 before my partner got fragged!!!

Added 7th Dec 2012, ID #215857

Hi, how can i unlock the last checkpoint at survival mode

Added 5th Dec 2012, ID #215247

please lie

Added 19th Nov 2012, ID #210281

how do u get spec opps to work on wii

Added 14th Nov 2012, ID #208533

if you buy a sentry gun(either of them)you can get more than 1 gun.If you go to a map with a ladder run to the ladder just before you get to the ladder pull out your sentry at the top of the ladder place it.If done correctly you should have no gun.Buy a weapon all your guns should come back and you should have one extra

zombie want brains........
Added 3rd Nov 2012, ID #204496

got to level 28 on own on resistance pretty easy and hard. waves with dogs armored humans and juggernauts the good thing is that juggernauts and men stick together so they will never get in youre way i got.this is my strategy you should b level 48 or higher im 50 well get the last light machine gun that you unlock on 48 get it before round six and it takes half a mag to kill a helicopter mount down in the house get a sentry in the garden a riot sqaud to lighten them up and you will get to level 16 do that every round and get cash when the round is over get ammo you should get self revives and turrets evey once and a while when u have money you will die between 20 and 40 bye

Added 14th Oct 2012, ID #196100

Why isn't there spec ops missions for wii???? I personally like the missions

Added 12th Oct 2012, ID #195178

A good camping spot on Dome is on the ladders with shotguns and a sniper/flashbangs for juggernauts (aim for the head). But only camp on the ladders in multiplayer.

Added 24th Sep 2012, ID #188764

every1 who wants lv 50 cum 2 me play wiv me in Tekkas_99 we can get to any wave u want no hacks ;)

Added 13th Sep 2012, ID #185705

Add me on ps3 THE-1-TEDDY-BEAR

Added 11th Sep 2012, ID #185291

Hi All, I'm up to brigadier general level 50 but I still can't see weapons upgrade in the weapon box!!! Can somebody pls help! I'm on wii console & going nuts just using regular weapons.

Added 9th Sep 2012, ID #184559

go to bakarra on survival get in the house beside the airsurrport hold off enemies from the top of the stairs stay shooting with lsw or mg36 when juggernauts come one of the players get in middle of stairs while other shoots the juggernaut then flash him from top of the stairs by throwing sideways so its in front of him switch to striker shot gun run up to juggernaut and unload 8 rounds and kill any of the juggernauts i have been to level 52 and i cant stand it that i cant beat a endleess wave of enemies its a rushyou can also go to the cargo trailer at the north center of the map jump up on the stove then jump on the cargo trailer get all the way down nothing but helicopters can take u out but if you have a partner use two preditor misslels and take out both attack helicopters one after another selfrevive,flash granade for juggernauts ,and dig in where they cant really get to you a downed partner can hold them off on a set of stairs while u shoot what ever the best for the situation

Added 7th Sep 2012, ID #184095

which one is better??? riot shield squad or delta squad?
i think delta is better bacause riot shields are stuppid.

Added 30th Aug 2012, ID #181501

Please will you put cheats on if I find any ill give them 2 u

Added 18th Aug 2012, ID #177294

Made to level 87 on village

Added 17th Aug 2012, ID #176907

i have made it to wave 29 on dome in survival mode with just me and im lvl24 and good at headshots!

Added 6th Aug 2012, ID #172870

Made it to wave 45 with a bro and we died because we got tired and we got bord and killed are self anyone want to play with me hconfer no caps nothing and play survival and or join my clan YC$U you can't stop us and psn or ps3 I have and I will add all who messages me tht they want to join clan or play survival with me have a mic please I know glitches gun glitch and good camping where U CAN'T DIE AT
HMU HCONFER NO CAPS thanks have a wonderful day

Added 21st Jul 2012, ID #166770

the higher i got was wave 37 bakaara, still trying to go further!!

Added 20th Jul 2012, ID #166636

highest wave 87 with my friend
highest wave by myself was 75...i paused and went to bed and forgot the x-box would shut off....:(

Added 17th Jul 2012, ID #165187

Me and a friend made it to 86 on underground. We camped in the hallway below the red bus. Highly recommend. Kill jugs with c4 and predators.

Added 16th Jul 2012, ID #165048

Made it to level 41 with a friend on underground

Added 15th Jul 2012, ID #164470

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