If you're like me, you're wondering how when you bought Ghosts a week after it was released, there were already players approaching max prestige on multiplayer. Probably a lot of time, lots of red bull, little sleep, and they're just plain dirty at scoring high. With about 4 days worth of play time, I'm onIy prestige level 3. I'm not terrible (1.45 k/d) unless I get thrown in a lobby against a party with all members > 2.0 k/d, which happens more than I'd like.
So I wanted to prestige faster and browsed through the forums, a blog or two, and a youtube video. The general recommendations were to play Cranked, kill confirmed, S&D, or S&R. I tried each game type, but I couldn't really decide which was the best. Unlike COD games in the past, Ghosts doesn't calculate the score per minute for you. Score per minute is what you want to look at if you are trying to prestige faster.
So being on break from college with a little extra time, I made an excel spreadsheet that would calculate score per minute for me. I played every single game mode including the hardcore modes at least ten times and calculated the average score/min. This was the preliminary. Cranked & Domination were the top two; followed by TDM & then FFA.
S&D and S&R weren't even close. Here's why. In these two game modes you're only scoring if you're alive, there are relatively long breaks in between switching sides, and win vs. loss plays a huge role in your score. If you are one of the best in the lobby, stay alive the whole time, get lots of kills, and are on the winning team, than your score/min will be high. If you're on the losing team, die early, or don't get many kills than it will be extremely low (like Infection score/min low). Ghosts doesn't provide the duration of the match after it is over so I used a timer to record duration. I kept the timer running throughout the whole match (including the delay while switching sides). This is the right way to calculate score/min if you are looking for the game mode that will help you prestige fast. Perhaps others stopped the clock in between to figure a higher score/min.
After playing more than 200 matches, I concluded that Cranked was the number one for score/minute (however, short games and fewer people in lobbies means longer waiting in the pre-game lobby). Domination was second (about 50 points/minute less), but longer games meant more time playing and less time waiting in the pre-game lobby.
Other trends that I found were that being on the winning team boosts the score/minute by 200 to 300 points! So don't just try to go for a high k/d, actually play to win (i.e. capture the points in Domination, protect them for extra kill points). Close quarter maps produce a higher k/d as well. Play style plays a role. Moving around and getting a lot of kills (even with a poor ratio) will always get you more points than remaining stagnant like a beached whale.
Conclusion of tips:
1. Play Cranked or Domination
2. Play to win (perhaps party up with others that want to win as well)
3. Vote for smaller maps
4. Go for high kills versus high k/d ratios
If you want to record your own games and find out which game type is best for you, which guns work the best, or which maps work you should vote for, I've provided a URL to download the spreadsheet I created. If you have any questions on the spreadsheet, reply to this post and I'll get back to you.