How to lean in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Get a new perspective on your enemies by learning how to lean in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Want to kick butt in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Each new yearly release gives a fresh start for all online players, letting everyone acclimatize to new controls, features and mechanics. If you want to get ahead of the curve, you should make sure to master all of the controls at your disposal. One simple mechanic you may have forgotten about is leaning. There’s no better time than the present to learn, or er, lean, so let’s get cracking with a guide on how to lean in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

How to lean in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

How to lean in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

This poor fool didn't lean into his lessons on leaning. Don't be like him.

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CoD is fast-paced, but learning how to sneakily lean out from behind walls will help you get an edge over those racing around the map at full tilt. Thankfull, learning how to lean is really simple. Instead of leaning being a default control, to activate it in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare you need to walk up to the edge of a wall or flat surface. From here, hold down the aim and melee buttons (or keys on PC). 

If you press the buttons while in the right place, your character will lean out around the edge, steadying their weapon against the wall or surface. This will not only limit your profile, making you harder to hit, it’ll also reduce the recoil of your weapon so that you can stay on target more easily. Leaning is a useful trick in both the campaign and online matches, so be sure to practice it enough that you can do it on the fly during combat.

We expect crafty online players to find plenty of smart spots to lean round in online matches, so keep an eye out for where other people are posting up and either avoid their sightlines or copy them when you next have the chance! Now that you know how to lean in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, feel free to look up our other guides and news for the game.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at, or catch him on Twitter.

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