What is Prestige Mode and does it do?

#1 Posted by Seppli (10250 posts) -

Just hit Rank 50...

 
...and I'm wondering what Prestige Mode does? Does it take away all weapons and gadgets and perks? Do I keep something?
 
On a sidenote... if that's so, why would I ever do that? Or even do so repeatedly? I'm far from having unlocked all guns. I'd like to play with them some more too. I'd rather shot myself in my own foot.
 
In a way, I'm glad. I'm getting Need for Speed Hot Pursuit tomorrow and I'd hate to feel like I'm missing out. Missing out on piling on some more tedium, as fun as the carrot on the stick was the first time around, I can live with.
#2 Posted by ajamafalous (12147 posts) -

I feel like you've been in a coma for the last four years.

#3 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19387 posts) -
#4 Posted by Cowmeat (142 posts) -
@ajamafalous:  hahaha
#5 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12105 posts) -

Wha. How?

#6 Posted by Vinny_Says (5721 posts) -

you get a purty symbol and get to restart the levelling process all over again. Basically you get more custom class slots and new customization options.

#7 Posted by Bass (692 posts) -

You prestige for, well, what the title sort of entails. You earn "prestige," that is, you show your dedication to the game (and borderline sad addiction) by starting over and doing it all over again. You have a better looking emblem, which makes people notice you. 
 
Additionally, some people don't like playing call of duty unless they are working towards unlocking something, which stops happening if you don't prestige.

#8 Edited by mason_pat (60 posts) -

You lose almost everything, including CoD points. Things like weapons, attachments, camouflage, pretty reticles, lethal, tactical and equipment items, facepaints, killstreaks, all perks, all pro versions of perks, challenges (not lifetime challenges), kill streaks all disappear
 
You retain:  
Playercard pictures/layers/backgrounds.  
Your emblem (the one that goes on your playercard) 
Clan Tag 
Lifetime challenges 
Lifetime stats
 
So, spend your money on buying layers, or playercard related things before you prestige.

#9 Posted by Grissefar (2830 posts) -

Who the heck cares about the icon. The reason you go prestige is to get that carrot back. You won't play a lot at 50 without a carrot.

#10 Posted by CptChiken (1987 posts) -

You get these SWEET icons: 
 
  

  I saw a level 5 prestige last night, some people are insane.
#11 Posted by Mikemcn (7018 posts) -
@Grissefar said:
" Who the heck cares about the icon. The reason you go prestige is to get that carrot back. You won't play a lot at 50 without a carrot. "
yea, its really a motivational tool more than anything.
#12 Posted by Seppli (10250 posts) -

Thanks everybody for your answers. Now I know what I definitely won't do. Prestige.

#13 Edited by Seppli (10250 posts) -
@ajamafalous said:

" I feel like you've been in a coma for the last four years. "

Dude, I know who I am and what I like. I knew I wouldn't like Call of Duty Modern Warfare more than Crysis (which came out around the same time), so that's what I got. I knew I wouldn't like any CoD game or CoD-like game more than Battlefield games, so I never got one.
 
Well, after many years of hearing about Call of Duty, my curiosity finally got the better of me. Okay?
 
The lesson I learned is... Crack sells better than other goods and Crack ain't all that after all. I knew I was better off not playing this stuff! Activision certainly peddles the best crack of the industry - between World of Warcraft and Call of Duty they've got the 'Addiction Market' cornered.
 
 
So - I'm off fending off some Elementals in Orgrimmar now!
#14 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19387 posts) -

Oh shit, you lose all of your CoD points?  Ah, well that makes sense, but it still sucks.

#15 Posted by ajamafalous (12147 posts) -
@Seppli said:
" @ajamafalous said:

" I feel like you've been in a coma for the last four years. "

Dude, I know who I am and what I like. I knew I wouldn't like Call of Duty Modern Warfare more than Crysis (which came out around the same time), so that's what I got. I knew I wouldn't like any CoD game or CoD-like game more than Battlefield games, so I never got one.  Well, after many years of hearing about Call of Duty, my curiosity finally got the better of me. Okay?  The lesson I learned is... Crack sells better than other goods and Crack ain't all that after all. I knew I was better off not playing this stuff! Activision certainly peddles the best crack of the industry - between World of Warcraft and Call of Duty they've got the 'Addiction Market' cornered. "
I'd never played a Call of Duty game past the first before this year. I played a bit of CoD4 with a friend of mine. I played a few MW2 Spec Ops missions with another friend. That's all I've played, yet I still know what 'prestiging' is.
 
 
Comment wasn't inflammatory, sorry if you took it that way.
#16 Posted by Gargantuan (1887 posts) -

It's the size of your e-peen.

#17 Posted by Tennmuerti (8174 posts) -
@Gargantuan said:
" It's the size of your e-peen. "
Which is not related to your actual penis size however.
 
I just felt that needed clarification. >.>
#18 Posted by natetodamax (19219 posts) -

I prestiged last night, mainly to keep that "carrot" in front of me, as some might say. Didn't take very long to hit level 50 at all; just complete a bunch of challenges. Real simple.

#19 Posted by Verit (105 posts) -

Also what everyone seems to have left out is that if you reach prestige #14 you can use golden camouflages on your guns. Supposedly this time around it is available for every single weapon, including grenades, crossbow, and tomahawk.

#20 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5293 posts) -
There's also a prestige only playlist for MP. I would imagine everyone playing there now is completely insane though.
#21 Posted by Franstone (1155 posts) -

It's called carrot-stick gaming... 
It rewards you with basically nothing and keeps you playing their game until the next one comes out. 
Hah!
#22 Posted by Mmmslash (2170 posts) -
@Verit said:
" Also what everyone seems to have left out is that if you reach prestige #14 you can use golden camouflages on your guns. Supposedly this time around it is available for every single weapon, including grenades, crossbow, and tomahawk. "
It's only available for weapons you can put camouflage on already, I.E. primary weapons.
#23 Posted by Verit (105 posts) -
@Mmmslash said:
" @Verit said:
" Also what everyone seems to have left out is that if you reach prestige #14 you can use golden camouflages on your guns. Supposedly this time around it is available for every single weapon, including grenades, crossbow, and tomahawk. "
It's only available for weapons you can put camouflage on already, I.E. primary weapons. "
Yes, that was how it worked in CoD4, I simply read CoDwiki and it was mentioned there. I presume they could introduce a similar method with the Golden Desert Eagle when you reached lvl 55 in CoD4. No one's prestige 14 yet so we don't really know much. :\
#24 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

Generally people with prestige get to hear me say "Those sure are some fancy medals down there. Wow where'd you get those fancy medals down there?" Like over and over again until the game starts.

#25 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

it makes you have to relevel up again and unlock stuff. people do it to unlock new things like custom slot. 
 
just have to say don't smack talk people about prestiging. kind of funny and stupid somebody did that to my friend who just prestiged. they were level 50 (max level) saying how he has no life. who knows how long they are, were level 50 also. just saying that it was stupid for them to say that.

#26 Posted by Jerome85 (258 posts) -

Nice trolling Seppli.  the entire thread fell for it

#27 Posted by OmegaPirate (5522 posts) -

  

#28 Posted by Hooded (435 posts) -
@mason_pat said:
" You lose almost everything, including CoD points. "
WOAH? I would of thought you kept them, I guess I wont bother prestiging at all then. I don't have the time to do it, would rather keep the level i'm at and just hop in and out every now and then.
#29 Posted by FighterOfFoo (24 posts) -

I don't really like what they've done to levelling up. It's easier, now. It has more (or maybe the same amount) of challenges as MW2 and you're getting them all the time for doing anything, which is cool, but MW2 had 70 levels, and the last 20 or so were quite a grind. Something I really liked about MW2 was that to level up quickly, you sort of had to check your challenges to see what you should use to get a nice fat, round 10,000 points for a challenge. Say, for instance, I needed to get 50 kills with a SPAS-12 to max out its challenge and get 10,000 XP, I'd use that gun until I got the challenge. It'd make me actively use other guns.
 
When I entered prestige on MW2, I nearly always had most of the pro perks and would have had to use a lot of different weaponry to get to that point, but on BLOPS, by the time I entered first prestige, I barely had anything. I'd only unlocked 2 pro perks and barely used any of the guns. That's not to say I don't like how to unlock the pro perks, I think it's a much better way and makes you use the perks for how they were intended (except for Steady Aim; a pro perk challenge on that has you melee two enemies in quick succession - what the frak has that got to do with Steady Aim?), it's just that by the time I'd settled into where I was with my classes and was actively seeking to upgrade, I'd already nearly entered prestige mode.
 
With all that said, getting to first prestige might be the easiest and the subsequent prestiges get tougher, but I've not really seen evidence of that so far. To be honest, I'm not really that bothered by it; after all, prestige mode is totally optional. It might now be nothing more than a gay little icon next to your name, but to me, it was never really about the 'prestige', it was just about having fun.

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