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Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 review – a huge step in the right direction

Warzone Season 3 has been a huge step in the right direction, but there’s still more Raven Software could do to improve the game.

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Significant changes to Verdansk and weapon balance have put Warzone back on track, but there are still some kinks Raven Software needs to iron out to make Warzone Season 3 the best yet.

After months of leaks and theories surrounding the nuking of Verdansk, it was an exciting week when that prospect finally became reality.

Fortnite and Apex Legends have done an amazing job in creating live events and shaking up the map between each season but Warzone’s season updates have felt severely lacking, with Cold War x Warzone Season 2 being a particularly low point.

The community’s frustration with the game appeared to come to a head in Season 2, with broken weapons completely changing the game, and lackluster map changes causing burnout.

However, almost all of these concerns have been addressed for Season 3, and the game is in the best place it’s been in for months. Here’s our full review of Warzone Season 3.

Warzone Season 3

Verdansk ’84

Warzone Season 3’s launch was a mixed bag. While the End of Verdansk Part 1 and Part 2 game modes were fine, server queues and crashes ruined the excitement of the event for many. Even when these events had concluded, many players still couldn’t queue into matches of Verdansk ’84.

Players were equally excited to see the back of the original Verdansk and disappointed that there was no ‘new’ map, and the leaked Ural Mountains certainly did nothing to help this.

While everyone could agree that a brand new map would have been nice, it didn’t take long to realize that Verdansk ’84 is a breath of fresh air.

Warzone Verdansk '84

It really feels like Raven took a step back and worked on everything frustrating about the original Verdansk. Buy Stations that were out in the open have been tucked into new spots, ‘dead space’ has been filled with interesting POIs, and the muted color palette has been given some much-needed color.

Farm and Dam were never fantastic landing spots, but Summit and Standoff have made these areas more interesting and well-worth landing in. Rotating from location to location is more engaging, and the new color palette and changes have made many of the campier buildings more difficult to defend.

And we can’t begin to describe how much better the new Gulag is. No 50/50 gunfights at the start, hardly any head-glitches to abuse, and (so far) no fists has infinitely improved the game and made being eliminated less of a discouraging experience.

Warzone Season 3 gulag

While these changes are great and just what Warzone needed, Raven needs to keep an eye on the map and not let it go stale again. Significant updates to locations and new POIs each season would be a massive help in keeping the map fresh and players interested. We’re excited by the idea of the weather in-game changing with the real-life seasons, which Raven have confirmed.

And if they could fix those pesky rocks that are impossible to climb, that’d be fantastic.

Weapon balance

While Warzone has had overpowered metas in the past, such as the R-90 fire Shotgun and the Grau 5.56, they were never the be-all and end-all. When Black Ops Cold War’s weapons arrived, that all changed. First, the DMR 14 came and obliterated every other weapon, then once that beast was finally tamed, the AUG, M16, and FFAR 1 came in and created a meta even more imbalanced and frustrating.

Warzone Season 3 gameplay

After weeks of community backlash, Raven Software gave a massive tuning pass to Cold War’s weapons in Warzone. The biggest offenders were adequately nerfed, and some underpowered weapons such as Cold War’s AK-47 and the Krig 6 received welcome buffs. You’ll no longer get obliterated before having time to react, which does a great job in separating battle royale from the chaotic feel of multiplayer.

While some weapons clearly shine above the rest, there is so much more variety in gunfights. You’re likely to come up against almost every SMG, a variety of Assault Rifles, and almost any other gun in between.

Assault Rifles currently outshine SMGs at close range, but Raven appears to be addressing it. This comes alongside a teased change to the CR-56 AMAX, which, hopefully, doesn’t nerf it to the ground.

The ground loot could use a little work, though. Streetsweepers on the ground and almost nothing viable for medium-range combat makes early-game fights feel a little weird.

Room for improvement

It goes without saying that under-the-map glitches and others of their ilk are frustrating, but Raven appears to be on top of these, and glitches are to be expected with a brand new map.

Verdansk '84 downtown

While weapon balance changes and Verdansk ’84 have been extremely welcome additions to the game, there’s still room for improvement in Warzone Season 3.

The perk meta hasn’t shifted since day one, so some of the lesser-used perks could do with a major buff to provide more variety in loadouts.

Almost every player on the map has Self-Revive, prolonging gunfights and making team fights a frustrating experience. If this was rarer, or more expensive, gunfights would be in a better place.

Also, Dead Silence and Stopping Power are further sources of imbalance. RNG is a staple of battle royale games, but these power-ups give a more-than-significant advantage to those lucky enough to pick them up.

Warzone Cargo Truck

And vehicles are still a severe problem in Warzone solos, where almost every endgame is filled with several Berthas and other vehicles. If Berthas were removed from the solos mode, it would be a much more balanced and competitive experience.

These are by no means game-breaking, but little niggles that a significant portion of the community would welcome changes to.

Rating: 8/10

While Warzone Season 3 has been a huge step in the right direction, there is still more that Raven Software could do to make Verdansk ’84 a more balanced experience. Shaking up the perk meta, limiting Self-Revive, Stopping Power, and Self-Revive would be a welcome change.

However, almost all weapons feel viable and Verdansk ’84 is exactly what Warzone needed to keep players engaged.

With more weapons and next-gen versions of the game on the horizon, hopefully, Warzone’s developers can keep the game going in this much-needed and welcome direction.

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Does Warzone have split-screen? Latest information

Split-screen is classic video game feature that has been slowly disappearing in recent years, but does Call of Duty: Warzone have it?

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A key part of the success of Call of Duty: Warzone is the ability to squad up and play online with friends. But if your desired teammate is in the same room as you, can you play split-screen in Warzone?

There’s no denying that while there’s plenty of reasons to drop into a game of Warzone, it’s the ability to play with friends that keep many fans coming back.

Tackling the latest season, or the new Iron Trials mode, with a squad of friends on the mic makes the experience much smoother.

But what if the person you want to play with is in the same house, on the same console? Let’s take a look at everything we know about Warzone split-screen.

Does Warzone have split-screen?

Warzone player firing an Assault Rifle

Many games have offered split-screen options in the past to let friends share the same TV or monitor but control separate characters. Split-screen isn’t always a priority for developers, as wider access to online services has made it far less of a must-have

The feature is mainly used in games that promote co-op campaigns, like Halo or Borderlands 3. Call of Duty’s traditional multiplayer mode did adopt the feature as far back as Call of Duty 2 and continues to support it in Black Ops Cold War. Disappearing

Unfortunately, Warzone doesn’t have the option of split-screen play. The only solution for players at the moment is to set up a separate console and screen with an online connection – which may not be practical for some.

Two Warzone characters aiming at enemies

No specific reasons have been given by Raven as to why Warzone doesn’t have split-screen, although it could be related to the sheer size and scale of each game.

However, fellow battle royale Fortnite did add the feature later on after fans consistently called for it, so there is always a chance Warzone split-screen come in a future update.

For now, players will have to ask their friends to bring their consoles with them to have any hope of recreating a similar experience that Warzone split-screen would provide.

For more on Warzone, check out the average K/D in the game and the lowest time-to-kill weapons in Season 5 reloaded.

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Best OTs 9 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 5

The OTs 9 SMG is a powerful weapon in Warzone’s, so here are the attachments and Perks to make the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout in Season 5.

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The OTs 9 SMG is another meta pick in Warzone’s huge arsenal of weaponry, so here are the best attachments and Perks to make the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout and maximize its potential in Season 5.

Warzone’s Season 5 Reloaded update brought various weapon balance changes. Although the brand new weapons did take a dominant stance this season, the OTs 9 from Season 4 remains a great choice to consider.

The OTs 9 boasts a highly competitive time to kill, so you can use it to dominate your opponents in close-range combat. However, its small magazine size holds it back somewhat.

Luckily, we can fix that with the attachments and Perks to run to make the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout.

Best Warzone OTs 9 loadout

Best Warzone OTs 9 loadout

Best Warzone OTs 9 loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 8.1″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap
  • Ammunition: Spetsnaz 40 Rnd

The best Warzone OTs 9 loadout is built to dominate at close range but will be better suited for Warzone Solos and Duo matches because of its small magazine size.

To start the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout, we’ve opted for the GRU Suppressor. This is the standard for most SMG builds because of its massive increase in bullet velocity, range, and recoil control while keeping you off the minimap when firing.

Next, the 8.1″ Task Force barrel further increases this range while boosting strafe speed. Its only downside is that it will make the OTs kick more, but it’s perfect for a close-range build.

You’ll need to bring the weapon’s vertical and horizontal recoil under control, so it’s worth equipping the Spetsnaz Grip underbarrel. However, this will cost you in terms of both regular and ADS firing move speeds.

We’ll compensate for that with the Serpent Wrap rear grip. This will provide the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout with some extra ADS time at the cost of a slight reduction in your sprint to fire time. Lastly, to get the largest magazine size possible, you should use the Spetsnaz 40 Rnd mag.

Best Perks to use with OTs 9 class

Warzone E.O.D, overkill, and amped perks
  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill then Ghost
  • Perk 3: Combat Scout

For Perks, the meta has been given a reshuffle thanks to Season 5, and it has seen some new Perks shift this slightly. The classic perks are still powerful, especially for the OTs 9, hence our choice.

To start, you want to use E.O.D to survive any explosive damage, which is necessary when using an SMG up-close. Then, you want to use Overkill to pair the OTs 9 with a FARA 83 or Swiss K31. Afterward, you want to take Ghost from your next loadout to hide from Heartbeat Sensors and UAVs.

We would be foolish not to pick Amped for our final Perk, as this perk allows you to switch weapons much faster and makes sure you do not get caught switching weapons when an enemy begins to fire at you.

Most recent OTs 9 buffs and nerfs in Warzone

Raven Software realizes that the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout is a popular wrecking machine in Warzone Season 5 and has recently taken action to rein it back slightly.

The September 15 update increased the weapon’s recoil while reducing the headshot, neck multipliers, and damage range.

Here are all the recent changes to the OTs 9

  • Recoil increased slightly.
  • Maximum damage decreased 34 ⇒ 31.
  • Minimum damage increased 20 ⇒ 21.
  • Headshot multiplier increased 1.35 ⇒ 1.52.
  • Neck multiplier decreased 1.35 ⇒ 1.

How to unlock the OTs 9

Best Warzone OTs 9 loadout

Unlocking the OTs 9 is relatively simple but time-consuming, requiring you to complete at least 15 different matches.

This is the challenge you will need to complete:

  • Using SMGs, kill 2 or more players rapidly in 15 different completed matches.

We recommend jumping into either Plunder or Rebirth Island, where you’ll have many more opportunities to get two SMG kills in quick succession.

Best alternatives

If you haven’t unlocked the OTs 9 yet or are looking for something with more ammo for squad matches, there are plenty of viable choices besides the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout.

The Bullfrog’s large magazine size makes it a competitive choice in any squad mode, and you can’t go wrong with Modern Warfare’s MP5.

If you’re looking for more great weapons, then you can check out some of this season’s best Warzone loadouts below:


C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | AK-47 

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Warzone Sai melee weapon reportedly gives “permanent Dead Silence”

Warzone’s new Sai melee weapon is reportedly silencing players’ footsteps, possibly giving “permanent Dead Silence.”

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Warzone player running with Sai Melee weapon

There have been reports that Warzone’s Sai melee weapon makes your footsteps completely silent, but there’s debate on whether the glitch is only for the user.

Warzone players have long complained about audio being an issue. Popular streamer Dr Disrespect almost reached breaking point because of it in Season 3, and a banned Bullfrog Blueprint completely breaks the game audio. Now, it appears the Sai melee weapon is causing issues.

Although players have slammed Warzone’s The Numbers event for being too easy, it has allowed the new Sai melee weapon to be unlocked quickly. However, there appears to be a glitch with the new weapon as players are reporting that it gives “permanent Dead Silence.”

Sai melee weapon in CoD Warzone

Reddit user evsorr shared the odd glitch where they’re running around with Sais, but no footstep audio could be heard, similar to if they had popped Dead Silence. As evidence that it is indeed a glitch, their slide canceling could be heard. There were no players around to test it out on though.

Players in the comments debated the significance of this, with some saying that the footsteps are only silent for the player, but others believe that it does indeed grant permanent Dead Silence.

One player said that they were “being chased out in the open near superstore and the dude was 15m behind me for at least 20 seconds per the kill cam. Didn’t hear a single thing…” And another confirmed the same issue. However, with Warzone’s various audio bugs, there’s no guarantee that the Sai caused the issue.

Another user explained that after testing, they’re “99.9% sure it’s just bugged in first person,” and “others can hear normal footsteps.”

Whether it acts as Dead Silence or not, this does give the Sai user a distinct advantage. Not being able to hear your own footsteps will make it all the easier to pinpoint any enemies moving around nearby.


For more Call of Duty, you can check out how the Sai has been letting Zombies players skip doors.

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