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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the most realistic and troubling Call of Duty — Campaign Impressions



Editors Note: Activision Publishing Inc. provided us with travel and lodging to visit Infinity Ward studio for a preview event.

At Infinity Ward, I had a chance to see two campaign missions from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I posted another article describing what the two missions were but wanted to do a separate post on the overall impressions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s campaign based on what we saw because it was a lot. 

Infinity Ward is pushing the boundaries of realism and brutality in a campaign for Call of Duty since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s No Russian mission. 

And it’s very hard to describe in words how emotional and real these missions were. You really have to see it for yourself to get an understanding of what this all looks like and how it toys with your emotions. There’s parts where you think they’re going to kill a child or hurt someone who is innocent, but they don’t; other parts where you straight up see civilians being murdered. It’s a game that is going to challenge the political climate that exists today, especially with this notion that exists of ‘violence in video games’ for those who do not understand or are part of the gaming industry directly. In many ways, this is the first Call of Duty that is truly deserving of its ‘Mature’ rating. 

And we’ve seen before that Call of Duty can be banned in some countries, and in all honesty, based on my impressions, I feel some countries might reject this game. It’s almost shocking that Activision green lit this game based on the direction it goes in and based on the current political climate the United States has. No Russian is a mission that remains controversial even till today, and this game seems to be just as troubling and pushing that boundary — but beyond just one single mission.  

Beyond the troubling aspects, I also think we’re getting what some people have wanted for a long time with the Call of Duty franchise: a Call of Duty that, beyond being a game, is incredibly real in both the story and graphics wise. This game actually embracesthe idea of being called “Modern Warfare.” It embraces Tier 1 Operators going up against terrorists. Rebel fighters fighting terrorists. Terrorists fighting back. It is a modern war, grounded in reality. 

We have not seen this level of detail, realism, and just absolute grounded story in Call of Duty. I have been with charlieintel since the start — all the way back in 2011 — and there has not been a Call of Duty game during this time that has this real of a story. 

Infinity Ward does not appear to hide from a lot of what’s happening in this world in bringing the experiences to life. And, they made that very clear to us too. They want players to feel an emotional connection to what’s happening, being able to relate to some of the events, and understand the characters’ motivation for why they are fighting and what they are fighting for. The ‘ripped from the headlines’ thing is very key in this game — as we see attacks and battles that could be happening today in this world. And the game is set in 2019 basically. It’s now.

Infinity Ward also says they worked with Navy SEALS to motion capture how they move, how they react, and include that in the game. The Seal raid mission mentioned was using real Seals’ motion capture to that situation and how they act. You can see this come through during the SEAL Raid mission that was shown to us with the movement of the characters, the reaction, and call outs throughout the whole mission.

They also said that the missions we saw, which were already troubling in some ways, are not the most troubling in the game, there’s ones that are more dramatic than this, which is, although exciting in some ways, also worrisome. 

And how this realism and all translates to multiplayer, we’ll have to wait and see as they’re only detailing the campaign at this point.

But from what has been shown thus far of the campaign, it all looks incredible — a story we can relate to, graphics that are the best we’ve ever seen, and so much more for Call of Duty. 

It’s a game I have wanted from Call of Duty for a long time. 

For more of our coverage on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, check out our page for all the news we’ve posted here

Call of Duty: Warzone

Warzone players call for “Classic” mode with only Modern Warfare weapons

Many Warzone players feel that Call of Duty’s battle royale game could do with a mode that only allows the use of Modern Warfare weapons.



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Disgruntled Warzone players want to see the game incorporate a “Classic” mode that goes back to the game’s roots, using only CoD: Modern Warfare weapons.

The integration of Black Ops Cold War into Warzone really did change the game and its meta forever. Across Season 1 and Season 2, Warzone’s already stellar roster of guns received a massive boost and gave players a lot more options to choose from.

But these extras haven’t been to the delight of everyone, as some of them namely Cold War’s DMR, Diamattis, and MAC-10 have had a huge impact on Warzone. In response, some players are keen to see a mode that only makes use of the game’s original weapons.

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It speaks volumes that most loadouts in Warzone Season 2 have featured either one or both of the FFAR and AUG.

Cold War and Warzone use different game engines, meaning that the guns don’t translate as well when they make the transition to a different game.

melon_b0y has alluded to this fact and is calling for Raven Software to accommodate frustrated CoD players.

He said, “Without the Cold War weapons, the game would flow a lot smoother and would bring back skill into gunfights, not just who shoots first. Not to mention that without the FFAR and AUG around to compete, the game mode would be more balanced.

I’m not saying completely remove Cold War weapons, but I think a mode without them would greatly improve the fun in Warzone and bring back some nostalgia as well.”

It’s an interesting concept that should definitely be considered. It certainly does feels like a lifetime ago that Warzone was only populated by Modern Warfare weapons and felt more balanced.

If this became a reality, you’d imagine that it would be supported by many players, and could result in players abandon the normal version of the game.

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New CoD: Modern Warfare maps mysteriously removed from game

Although three new maps were added to Modern Warfare’s multiplayer following the mid-Season 2 update, two of them were mysteriously removed.



Killhouse in Modern Warfare

Following the Warzone Season 2 Reloaded update, Modern Warfare received three new maps – Call of Duty 4’s Killhouse, Al-Raab Airbase, and Drainage. Now, the two original maps have been removed, but Killhouse still remains.

Although Call of Duty games usually lose the majority of their player base when the next installment of the franchise releases, Black Ops Cold War’s joint progression system has given Modern Warfare fans a reason to stay. Even while playing 2019’s title, they will continue to increase their rank in Warzone and Cold War.

Modern Warfare’s content lifecycle was set to end in November 2020 with the release of Cold War, but as part of Warzone’s mid-Season 2 update, Activision treated fans to three new maps: Killhouse, Al-Raab Airbase, and Drainage.

Killhouse was, and still is, available in a 24/7 playlist in Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, but Al-Raab and Drainage were only available in private matches. Now, however, Al-Raab and Drainage have been mysteriously removed from the game.

Old-school CoD fans will remember Killhouse well as it made its debut in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare but has also been included in CoD Mobile and Modern Warfare Remastered.

This close-range map, inspired by CoD 4’s tutorial level, F.N.G, is set in a military training warehouse. Although the map is small, it has plenty of cover and obstacles to navigate between.

You can still jump straight into Killhouse by selecting the “Killhouse 24/7” playlist from the Modern Warfare menu.

Al-Raab Airbase map Modern Warfare

The other 6v6 map added in this surprise update was Al-Raab Airbase, but it could only be accessed through Private Matches. This map may also be familiar as it appears to be modeled after the Russian airbase Alex and Farah assault in the campaign mission, Proxy War. This map is relatively larger than CoD’s standard 6v6, with plenty of verticality and long lanes to snipe down.

A new Gunfight map, Drainage, was also added to Modern Warfare’s Private Matches. Similar to Airbase, Drainage is large for a 2v2 map, but it will also support 3v3 and other small team game modes. A bridge goes over the map as its standout feature, and there’s a ton of debris on the ground for players to use as cover.

Drainage map Modern Warfare

Infinity Ward never acknowledged the maps being added or taken away, so we don’t know if these are the only changes made to Modern Warfare.

We’re also still waiting for the Soap Operator Bundle the Sykov pistol to arrive in MW and Warzone.

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Call of Duty: Warzone

New Warzone leak reveals possible Sykov pistol release date

A Warzone date miner has revealed a potential release date for the upcoming dual wield, fully automatic Sykov pistol.



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A new leak has revealed a possible release date for Modern Warfare and Warzone’s highly anticipated and feared full-auto Sykov pistol, also known as the Makarov.

Players have been waiting to get their hands on new Modern Warfare weapons that are expected to arrive in Warzone soon. After players could find the unreleased Sykov pistol in Plunder, many are looking forward to using it in their loadout.

Warzone data miner TailsDoll553 has revealed potential release dates for several upcoming Warzone and Cold War bundles. The standout piece of information is the release date for the Sparks Operator Bundle, which contains a new Operator and a Blueprint for unreleased full-auto Sykov pistol.

Warzone sparks operator bundle with sykov pistol

It’s highly likely that the weapon will be released along with the Blueprint for it, as Activision has recently done with the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow and the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle.

According to TailsDoll553, Warzone’s new pistol is set to release on April 15. They noted that “these could be subjected to change at any time, but these are the most likely dates for the bundles.”

Many players expect this new pistol to become the close-range meta when it arrives. The akimbo Diamattis from Black Ops Cold War dominated all point-blank fights for their high fire rate and insane damage output, but the Sykov is set to be even more powerful.

Through the Gunsmith system, it can be customized to be wielded akimbo and made fully automatic with an 80 round mag. This is sure to melt enemies up close and because it’s a secondary, you can run it along with the Ghost perk.

As for the other weapons set to be arriving, the CX-9 SMG and Raal LMG, as well as the Soap Operator Bundle, TailsDoll553 said they couldn’t find any dates for their release as the date doesn’t appear to be in Warzone’s files yet.

As this is a leak, there’s no guarantee that the Sykov will release on April 15. However, by following our guide, you can try it out early in Modern Warfare’s Survival mode.

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