Cage Match is a multiplayer Game Mode featured in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered where two players are pitted against each other in what is essentially a ranked 1-on-1 Free-for-All. It was also temporarily available for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for a limited time.
Players receive forty experience points for each kill. The game ends when one player reaches ten kills, which would result in 400 experience points plus match bonus if one were to win.
This game mode is popularly used for Headshot Boosting, in which two methods are used; one involves joining an empty match and quickly inviting a friend, or more commonly changing the player's Clan Tag to "HSx3", which is known to many players as "Head Shot Times 3", where three head-shots will be carried out by each player, until one kill remains where one will get the final kill. This final kill is reversed in follow-up games, should there be any. As this playlist was primarily used for boosting, people playing it were accused of this even though they did not boost.
In Other Call of Duty Games
This mode returned in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as 3rd Person Cage Match, however for a limited time, as it was removed on April 6, 2010, for Xbox 360, and on May 4 for PS3 and PC. It was then replaced with Team Tactical.
The Cage Match game mode features only eleven of the available Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare maps:
- In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex Edition, Cage Match is played with Old School rules enabled.
- Whilst playing Cage Match, the player's in-game status will say they are playing Free-for-All.
- This mode was removed in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to include Stimulus/Resurgence and Hardcore Stimulus/Resurgence game modes.