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Leaning, known as Contextual Lean in Call of Duty: Ghosts, is a mechanic in all games since Call of Duty for the PC. However, for consoles, it only appears in Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Classic, Call of Duty: Ghosts, the campaign of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, as well as Call of Duty: Warzone. Leaning allows the player to fire from behind cover (such as the corner of a wall) without completely exposing themselves to their enemies, making it an effective gameplay mechanic at the player's disposal.

Call of Duty/Call of Duty: Classic

In Call of Duty: Classic, this can be activated by pressing the left and right arrow buttons. Pressing the left arrow button will make the character lean to the left while the right arrow button will make the player lean to the right.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

In Call of Duty: Ghosts, this can be activated by going behind an object and pressing the aim button when a yellow arrow shows up next to the crosshair. Depending on what direction the arrow is pointing, the player will lean in that direction.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Leaning returns mostly unchanged from Call of Duty: Ghosts, it can be activated by going behind an object and pressing the aim button when a yellow arrow shows up next to the crosshair. Depending on what direction the arrow is pointing, the player will lean in that direction.

It is not available in the multiplayer or Zombies mode.

Call of Duty: WWII

Campaign

In campaign, leaning can be activated by going behind and the edge of an object, pressing the aim button. When the player can lean, the weapon that the player is holding will lean to the direction.

Multiplayer

In multiplayer, this can only be activated by editing the keys_mp config file during the PC Open Beta. However, the leaning option was added onto the keybindings for PC at launch.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

This 16th game in the franchise has changed lean on PC to be "contextual" as well. One is allowed to lean by "mounting" the gun on the edge of a cover.

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