ByTim Horton, writer at Creators.co
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Tim Horton

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is revolutionizing multiplayer gameplay with the introduction of the all new ‘Combat Rig’ system.

Activision is taking us to all new levels of technical advancement in Infinite Warfare, these new battle suits allowing players to customize their playstyle to a degree never before possible.

What are Combat Rigs and how do you use them?

Combat rigs represent the biggest change to the multiplayer experience in this year’s online multiplayer modes. A Rig is an interchangeable suit or character that must be chosen in the multiplayer menu. Each Rig comes with it’s own specialized payloads and traits. Those familiar with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer will recognize the Combat Rigs as being similar to the ‘Specialist’ system.

Each rig represents a play style. For example, the Phantom Rig is specifically designed to help snipers maximize their lethality and kill count from a distance. Players are still able to customize their loadout entirely to their own specification, which is limited by the returning ‘Pick 10’ system.

Your Guide To Infinite Warfare's Combat Rigs

There are six totally unique Rigs available to choose from in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Each one brings with it three payloads and three traits. These will further enhance your abilities as a player within the multiplayer arena.

Let’s run through the individual Combat Rigs available to see which is the best fit for your playstyle.

Warfighter:

The Warfighter is the most accessible of all the Rigs available in the game. If in doubt, pick the Warfighter. The Warfighter is the ‘all-rounder’; a rig that is well disposed in mid range combat. This Rig will cater well to anyone new to the game or new to franchise entirely.

If you like assault rifles, frag grenades and old fashioned boots on the ground warfare then the Warfighter is the Rig for you.

Payloads:

  • Claw – Rapid fire spread-shot weapon with ricochet ballistic rounds, designed to take out the enemy in front of you and around blind corners.
  • Combat Focus – Gain double streak points for a limited time.
  • Overdrive – Grants a temporary speed surge.

Traits:

  • Ping – Kills and assists will send out sonar from that enemy’s death location, highlighting any additional nearby hostiles.
  • Persistence – Scorestreaks don’t reset after death, but they cost more to attain. However, you can only earn one of each scorestreak per match.
  • Resupply – Lethal and tactical equipment can be resupplied via scavenger bags.

Merc

The Merc is a heavy duty Combat Rig that caters to the more aggressive assault (offense) player. This is a fast, tough Rig that can withstand more punishment than most others. This makes it deadly in assault and stubbornly tough in defense.

If you like to deal out massive amounts of damage with support weapons then this is the class for you. If you are partial to assault rifles but want that extra bit of protection, the Merc is a good alternative to the Warfighter.

Payloads:

  • Steel Dragon – Heavy beam based weapon with multi-target tracking.
  • Bull Charge – Equips you with an armored riot shield to penetrate enemy defenses, or quickly take out opponents that stand in your way.
  • Reactive Armor – This high-voltage armor system vaporizes incoming small arms fire

Traits:

  • Man-At-Arms – Rig augmentations allow for carrying heavier loads with minimal effort. Start with maximum ammo capacity and weapons don’t impact movement
  • Infusion – Regenerates health faster after taking damage
  • Shockwave – Press a button in midair to activate a devastating slam

Phantom:

This is the Rig that all you snipers will want to choose, offering advantages in stealth and long range combat. With some killer enhancements specifically designed to aid the ‘longshot’, Call of Duty snipers won't miss with this Rig.

Payloads:

  • Ballista EM3 – Highly accurate electromagnetic projectile launcher with increased penetration capability, to take out the enemy and pin them to the wall.
  • Pulsar – Advanced EM sensor allows you to visualize enemy positions.
  • Active Camo – Renders you almost invisible.

Traits:

  • Marked Target – Damaging enemies will mark them for death, preventing health regeneration for five seconds. Marked enemies that are killed by teammates will award you with a bonus score.
  • Heightened Senses – While in ADS with sniper rifles, gain increased audio from nearby enemies. Warning blips will also tell you if enemies are nearby.
  • Rearguard – Spawn in with a back shield that protects against attacks from behind. While the shield is active, melee attacks from anywhere but the front are negated.

FTL:

This is a fast and easily manoeuvrable Rig that favours faster gunplay. The FTL is ideal for short ranged weapons and great for those that love to run and gun. This is a similar rig to the Synaptic (below) and choosing between the two will all come down to personal preference.

I like the extended slide that this Rig offers -- as a 'drop shot' player this would work well for me. These are the considerations you need to make when applying to your playstyle.

Get up close and personal with the FTL. This one is for the more advanced players.

Payloads:

  • Eraser – A compact experimental energy-based handgun that evaporates enemies.
  • FTL Jump – A localized FTL burst that moves you a short distance forward.
  • Phase Shift – Displaces you into another dimension, avoiding damage. Other phased players can engage you.

Traits:

  • Power Slide – enhanced sliding capability that increases speed, distance, and allows you to ADS while sliding. Also has a greatly diminishing boost cost.
  • Supercharge – killing enemies will drop cooldown packs that help your team boost their super meters.
  • Perception – receive HUD notifications when enemies off-screen are looking in your direction.

Synaptic:

This is a technologically advanced Rig that is specifically designed to be fast, illusive and devastating up close in battle. This is the perfect Rig for the run and gun expert. If you are into SMGs and melee combat this is definitely the choice for you.

Payloads:

  • Equalizer – Dual integrated machine guns with built-in suppressors for close quarters combat.
  • Reaper – Switches to rapid melee combat mode.
  • Rewind – Rewinds your position and replenishes health and ammunition.

Traits:

  • Combat Burst – After each kill, gain a brief boost to movement speed.
  • Rushdown – Faster recharging jump pack that also damages enemies directly within the jump pack blast.
  • Propulsion – Press a button to quickly dash in any horizontal direction.

Stryker:

The Stryker prioritizes map control at the heart of its design. Great for team support, this rig is capable of dealing big damage. If you like explosives, rocket launchers and shotguns this is the Rig for you.

Payloads:

  • Gravity Vortex Gun – Prototype launcher that fires a slow-moving projectile which distorts gravity, pulling in and damaging enemies.
  • Micro Turret – Compact multi-surface deployable turret.
  • Centurion – Destroys enemy projectiles and applies a powerful electromagnetic field.

Traits:

  • Trophy Drone – Will destroy one incoming lethal grenade and then recharge.
  • Relay – Placed equipment will alert the player when enemy targets are in sight.
  • Hardened – Placed equipment and drones have increased health and can also persist through the player’s death.

The Combat Rig system offers greater customization options and encourages players take on different roles within their team.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare releases on November 4, but players can get hands on with the Rigs during the beta phases this month. The Infinite Warfare beta runs across two phases, one for PlayStation and one for Xbox, beginning October 14.

Which Combat Rig will you be rocking?