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

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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

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This Week in Modern Warfare & Warzone: 2XP & Store Bundles

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Call of Duty Blog has posted the latest This Week in Call of Duty post highlighting what players can expect in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone for the week of September 21.

This week sees 24/7 Shipment and 24/7 Shoot House, and new playlists Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone, alongside Gunfight 3v3 Snipers.

And, in Warzone, Warzone Mini Royale Trios is available.

This is also the final week of Season 5 in Modern Warfare & Warzone. Season 6 is set to begin Sept. 29, so Infinity Ward will add Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and 2X Tier Progression starting Friday, Sept. 25 at 10AM PT and ending with the Season 5 end.

This week will also see new store bundles for fans to pick up who want to customize their operators and weapons, including the Tracer Anime Pack and new Alex Bundle.

Here’s the breakdown from Activision Blog:

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This week the Shoot the Ship-tember playlist is breaking off into 24/7 Shoot House and 24/7 Shipment, players can battle in a trio in Gunfight 3v3 Snipers, experience an objective moshpit in Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone, and play in the weekend only Warzone mode – Mini Royale Trios. Plus, players will get Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and Double Battle Pass progression earn rate starting this weekend!

A double dose of objective fun is available in the Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone mosh pit. In Deathmatch Domination, earn points for capturing objective and eliminating enemy players so OBJ and slayers can earn score. In Drop Zone, hold the objective to receive the gift of Care Packages and a flurry of Killstreaks that keeps the match interesting. All Care Packages are up for grabs, it just takes longer to capture enemy packages, but good things are worth the wait.

Get with your squad and battle in Gunfight 3v3 Snipers. Map knowledge is key to success in this sniper shoot-out as is teammate communication. Make callouts and watch the flag during Overtime. Pro-tip: Consider closing the distance and performing a Finishing Move while the enemy reloads for an epic Killcam. 

Get a new look for Ghost in the ‘Beyond the Pale’ bundle with his ‘Dreadwood’ skin. The bundle also includes two Legendary blueprints – the Spanish Moss and Old Road – a watch, calling card, emblem, spray, quip, weapon charm, and gesture. 

Put the enemy on notice with the ‘Notice Me: IV’ bundle. It’s included blueprint, Showcase, deals high damage and has extra oomph in both the range in accuracy category making this a sniper rifle worth noticing. In addition to the Epic Showcase sniper blueprint, players will also get a weapon charm, calling card, and emblem when they pick up the bundle in Store.

This weekend only, battle in Warzone Mini Royale Trios. A short, sweet, and intense variant, Mini Royale likens the experience to the first and final minutes of a standard Battle Royale match. Other Warzone playlists available throughout the week include Battle Royale Solos, Duos, Trios, and Quads and Plunder Quads. Then hop over to Multiplayer to choose between 24/7 Shipment or 24/7 Shoot House for your close quarters mosh pit mayhem. Whichever mode you choose, you’ll get Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and Double Battle Pass progression earn rate starting on September 25 at 10AM PT to September 28 at 10AM PT.

SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog

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Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6 start date confirmed

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There’s been a lot of confusion around if there would be a Season 6 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare & Warzone, but now it’s officially confirmed.

The Call of Duty League team, Minnesota ROKKR, has tweeted out that they’re hosting a CDL Pros & content creators Warzone event for Season 6.

Season 6 in Modern Warfare and Warzone will begin on Tuesday, September 29.

There’s no news yet on what the Season will include in the content.

The Season will of course include a new Battle Pass, new MP content, and new Warzone content, but specifics have not been announced.

Stay tuned for the latest news on Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 6 as Sept. 29 approaches.

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This Week in Modern Warfare & Warzone: New Playlists & Bundles

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Activision Blog has posted the latest This Week in Call of Duty post highlighting what players can expect in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone for the week of September 4.

This week sees the continuation of Shoot the Ship, and new playlists like Ground War Reinfected, and more in MP.

And, in Warzone, Buy Back Quads playlist is available this weekend, alongside the standard BR Solos, Duo, Trios, and Quads.

This week will also see new store bundles for fans to pick up who want to customize their operators and weapons, including the Tracer Anime Pack and new Alex Bundle.

Here’s the breakdown from Activision Blog:

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Shoot the Ship-tember continues with more 24/7 action of the fan-favorite playlist! Also play tight and tactical on the Gunfight Face Off moshpit, avoid the infected in Ground War Reinfected, and stock up on cash this weekend to get right back into the match in Buy Back Quads.  

Get with your squad and battle in the Gunfight Face Off Moshpit. Enjoy standard Multiplayer modes like Cranked and Grind and be ready to employ a new set of strategies on these much smaller battlegrounds. Communication is key and consider crafting a loadout for the closer quarters of Gunfight maps. 

Get three blueprints, a Riot Shield, melee weapon, and more in the ‘Tracer Pack Anime Super’ bundle. Give your enemies a deadly dusting of pink tracer fire courtesy of the Legendary assault rifle, Legendary SMG, or Epic assault rifle included in the bundle. 

One of the Campaign’s heroes returns with a covert look in the ‘Alex: Death Stalker’ bundle. Get two Legendary blueprints for a complete silenced loadout and eliminate the opposition from the shadows in the latest threads for Alex. 

Keep back from the horde and use the map to avoid and push back the infected in Ground War Reinfected. This large-scale Infected mode challenges you to play together with your team and watch out for any attacks from Infected players. Or join the legion of Infected, rise up, and take down anyone left standing. 

Don’t stop fighting in Buy Back Quads, available only this weekend. Don’t spend all your money on Buy Stations instead have some handy to get back into the match, in case you face an unfortunate demise. Other Warzone modes available this week: Battle Royale Solos, Duos, Trios, and Quads and Blood Money Trios. 

#LiveFromWarzone

Tune in this week for intense-action, fights for survival, and frenetic hot drops streaming #LivefromWarzone. A showdown is in the works on September 16 from 11AM – 2PM PT in Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown. On September 17, link up with FaZe clan in the Twitch FaZe event featuring Duos and Quads matches with teams seeking the most eliminations.

SOURCE: Activision

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