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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Campaign Impressions [Spoilers]

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Editor’s Note: Activision Publishing provided us with travel and accommodation to Los Angeles for the Modern Warfare review event. We played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PlayStation 4 Pro. 

Please note: Our post features spoilers for the campaign. If you’re interested in playing the campaign, please do not need until you complete it. Let us know your thoughts too! 

Impressions/Story Begins:

During our review event last week in LA, we had a chance to go hands with the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Campaign. In fact, we got to the entire campaign from start to finish. 

Infinity Ward is known for delivering stories that capture people’s attention, stories that have an impact on people, and emotional connection with characters. Infinity Ward’s last title, Infinite Warfare, had one of the best campaigns in Call of Duty history. 

Does Modern Warfare’s campaign match up to that? 

After our play session: Yes. 

Modern Warfare’s campaign is real. Like, Infinity Ward was not messing around when they said they would tackle real events and real moments in this game. The stories and moments that the campaign touches — from real events in the Middle East to conflicts of large foreign powers — is on display in this game. 

It’s a campaign that people can actually relate to, and of course, Captain Price is back. It’s a different Captain Price, but as you play, you’ll see how Infinity Ward pays homage to the original character. 

The story is very real. You can see how certain real life events inspired this story and its overall goal.

For example, one of the main enemies in the game is ‘The Wolf.’ Infinity Ward tries to make this character almost the ‘Osama Bin Laden’ of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with how big an impact he has on the outcome of certain events. He’s there…and an annoying person who has his hands in everything that happens. 

Playing this campaign, I don’t think there is any “No Russian” standout moment that really sticks — there are aspects throughout the game that have this. The waterboarding moments, the child crying, playing as the child, civilians in Piccadilly, and more. The game makes you choose in some situations, and it penalizes you if you make the wrong choice in other cases. The waterboarding moment makes you feel uneasy — the graphics, the effects, and more give you the sense of how horrifying that is. 

The game has the emotional aspect that Infinity Ward wanted to deliver. It makes you feel a connection to Farrah and her story and why she fights. Her back story helps explain what’s going through people’s minds in that region who have had their lives uprooted by war. They have to pick up what’s left and fight. The flashback scenes help lay the ground work for the connection for Farrah and even identifies the connection between Price and Farrah. 

Let’s talk about the ending. Major Spoilers now. 

I was waiting for another mission to happen after what happened between Captain Price and Laswell. He shows the documents of the original Modern Warfare characters, including Gaz, Ghost, and Soap, and it ends?! 

Infinity Ward is annoyingly good at making cliffhanger. They know how to keep those endings wide open for the future, especially Call of Duty: Ghosts, which to this day annoys me that we have no real closure to what happened there. 

And this story does the same. It leaves it open for….Modern Warfare 2, Part 2? Who knows what they can call their next game. But the ending does leave for a lot of possibilities. We don’t even know what can happen next, and I was really hoping for one more mission with Soap and Ghost to really drive home the overall connection back to Modern Warfare, but it does not happen. You don’t get to see Soap or Ghost in this game, which was a bit sad. 

And this is the first time that the campaign mode goes beyond just the campaign with a continuation of some themes in the Special Ops mode. You are greeted to an ending cut scene after the game’s credits that sets up Special Ops mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It’s an interesting idea — continuing the story into another mode, but at the same time leaves you wanting more of the story itself. 

Infinity Ward delivered a good story — one that makes you feel an emotional connection to the characters, a connection to the events as they’re ground in reality, and leaves you wondering what’s next for Infinity Ward. 

Overall, we’d recommend that you play the campaign. Infinity Ward built a good story that deserves a play through. 

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Modern Warfare & Warzone Haunting Event Live: Patch Notes

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The Haunting of Verdansk is here. Drop in for Halloween themed events and gear in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone on PS4, Xbox One, and PC from October 20 through November 3.

The new in-game Halloween event for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone has arrived. A new game settings update went live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC activating the new event.

For Week 1 of The Haunting, there’s new Nighttime BR map, new playlists in Warzone & MP, and new store bundles based on SAW and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Warzone – New Playlists:

  • Nighttime BR: Verdansk going dark (available in select Warzone modes, like Trios)
  • Zombie Royale: Operators can fight against and alongside powerful zombified creatures as part of Zombie Royale, a limited-time mode where death is far from permanent. Instead of being sent to the Gulag, dead Operators will come back to life as a zombie. Although zombies cannot use weapons, they have supernatural abilities: increased speed, improved jumps, deadlier melee attacks, and thermal vision.

In addition to the new playlists in Warzone, there’s also the new Trick or Treat scavenger hunt available. Find the specially marked Supply Boxes around the map, in 16 locations, for a trick or treat. Collect all 16 rewards to unlock a bonus blueprint.

Multiplayer – New Playlists:

  • Onslaughter – Squads must wrest control of a Juggernaut suit that spawns somewhere on the map and advance forward into a specific goal area. Be prepared for plenty of Minigun fire and consider powerful Killstreaks to take down an opposing Juggernaut, as well as the mad scramble whenever the suit is available for the taking. Also, the Juggernaut in this mode – and in all other modes during The Haunting of Verdansk – will come with a pumpkin head, which is surprisingly sturdy and durable despite it being a hollowed-out squash.
  • Gunfright
  • Halloween Moshpit

Store Bundles:

  • SAW Bundle: Be ready to don the garb of Billy the Puppet in the SAW bundle and take an enemy operator’s choice to live or die in his own hands. Along with the “Billy” skin for Morte, the SAW Bundle features The Phlebotomozier Lethal Equipment piece, a special throwing knife will drill into your enemies upon impact. And oh yes, there will be blood… if it lands on target. Rather end your enemy’s game with blood-red tracer fire? Two SAW-themed blueprint weapons – one Assault Rifle and one Shotgun – are included in this bundle, as well as a Cargo Truck skin, tricycle Charm, and four other pieces of personalization content.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre bundle: Features the iconic crazed killer Leatherface. The legacy of this cannibalistic maniac, whose mad and macabre reign of terror in 1974 was unlike anything ever seen before, is set to live on through the “Leatherface” skin for Velikan, as well as the “Family Heirloom” LMG blueprint, complete with a unique Stock attachment that allows an operator to wield the weapon like a chainsaw. As players are re-introduced to the malice of Leatherface, a clue as to what happened to the notorious murderer may even appear to those with a keen eye. This bundle also includes the “Anybody Home?” melee blueprint that turns this Secondary into a one-handed hammer (with a bone-breaker on one side, and a meat tenderizer on the other side, commonly used in your local slaughterhouse), which some hitchhikers claim is “the better way” of slaughtering cattle, as well as an SMG blueprint weapon, a vehicle horn, and five additional Texas Chainsaw Massacre-themed items.

Jump into The Haunting, live now through November 3 in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone.

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Get a Texas Chainsaw Massacre Emblem & Calling Card in Warzone

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Legendary and Activision has teamed up to give players a bonus Emblem and Calling Card for Call of Duty.

As part of the Haunting of Verdansk event, a site has gone up allowing players to watch a few videos and scene to get an Emblem and Calling Card in Warzone.

  1. Visit the new website called http://texaschainsaw.com
  2. Follow the site to watch the selection of clips (caution: audio warning)
  3. Enter your email when prompted
  4. Code sent to your email within two weeks

The legal language on the website says that users must be 17+ and have a valid Activision ID account. The promotion is live until November 1, 2020.

Once you enter your email address, the site says that codes and a poster will be emailed within a two week window.

The Haunting of Verdansk event officially begins on October 20 and ends on November 3, featuring new Warzone modes, night time map, and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Bundle.

Via @ModernWarzone

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SAW & Texas Chainsaw Massacre bundles coming to Modern Warfare & Warzone

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Activision has announced a partnership, licensed deal to bring SAW and Texas Chainsaw Massacre related bundles to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare & Warzone.

The new bundles will debut on October 20 as part of The Haunting of Verdansk event.

There are two bundles available, one based on SAW and one based on Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

See the details below on what’s included.

SAW and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Bundles Headline The Haunting of Verdansk

Right at the start of The Haunting of Verdansk, players can purchase bundles based on SAW and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Be ready to don the garb of Billy the Puppet in the SAW bundle and take an enemy operator’s choice to live or die in his own hands. Along with the “Billy” skin for Morte, the SAW Bundle features The Phlebotomozier Lethal Equipment piece, a special throwing knife will drill into your enemies upon impact. And oh yes, there will be blood… if it lands on target.

Rather end your enemy’s game with blood-red tracer fire? Two SAW-themed blueprint weapons – one Assault Rifle and one Shotgun – are included in this bundle, as well as a Cargo Truck skin, tricycle Charm, and four other pieces of personalization content

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre bundle features the iconic crazed killer Leatherface. The legacy of this cannibalistic maniac, whose mad and macabre reign of terror in 1974 was unlike anything ever seen before, is set to live on through the “Leatherface” skin for Velikan, as well as the “Family Heirloom” LMG blueprint, complete with a unique Stock attachment that allows an operator to wield the weapon like a chainsaw. As players are re-introduced to the malice of Leatherface, a clue as to what happened to the notorious murderer may even appear to those with a keen eye.

This bundle also includes the “Anybody Home?” melee blueprint that turns this Secondary into a one-handed hammer (with a bone-breaker on one side, and a meat tenderizer on the other side, commonly used in your local slaughterhouse), which some hitchhikers claim is “the better way” of slaughtering cattle, as well as an SMG blueprint weapon, a vehicle horn, and five additional Texas Chainsaw Massacre-themed items.

SOURCE: Call of Duty

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