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Hands on with Medal of Honor: Warfighter at PAX Prime

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A couple of days ago Danger Close Studios invited us out to PAX Prime in Seattle to check out their recent multiplayer build of Medal of Honor Warfighter. It’s no secret we’re huge fans of military shooters so we jumped at the chance. We went in not knowing what to expect, and we had no idea we were about to be blown away.

Before I begin, let me explain my thoughts on the franchise and also why you’re reading about another game on a ‘Call of Duty Blog’. 2010’s Medal of Honor was a valiant attempt at rebooting the franchise by entering modern warfare. I had real high hopes, but was ultimately disappointed by the final product. The campaign was as stellar and as authentic as you can get in my opinion. However, the multiplayer component was a train wreck (and thats putting it nicely). So as you’d expect, I was a bit worried about how their second attempt would pan out. Having said that…

…forget everything you remember about 2010’s Medal of Honor, because Warfighter’s only similarity is the name. Right off the bat, you can tell their second attempt was built from the ground up. Frostbite 2.0 is present and it shows. From lighting to destruction, playing this game on a PC is as close as you can get to “Next-Gen”. Weapon detail and sound fx are on par with Battlefield 3.


If there’s one way I can describe MoH Warfighter, is that it’s “Call of Duty running on Frostbite 2.0” and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. This is great news for any Call of Duty fan, Battlefield fan’s might have different opinions. Everything a Call of Duty fan would expect is there. Small maps for fast gun on gun gameplay. Ranks and unlocks. Even killstreaks (except they’re called “Support Actions”). In total we had about 3-4 hours of playtime on 3 different game types:

Sector Control (aka Domination)- 3 Flag points on the map, holding each spot gives your team points.
Hot Spot (aka Demolition)- One team Defends while the other team tries to plant.
Homerun (aka Search & Destroy Capture the Flag)- 10 Rounds with no respawn of Capture the Flag. However, a flag capture gets your team 2 points while eliminating the team in a round only gets your team 1 point.

Everyone at the event seemed to agree that Homerun was their favorite play type. It brought in the most cheers and taunts while playing by far. Danger Close mentioned that they had E-Sports in mind when they were designing Homerun.

Danger Close approached map design the same way DICE did with Battlefield 3. Gigantic maps have been “split” to accomodate each play type. For example, playing Homerun on “Bosnia”(a dark map) will have a completely different layout if played on Sector Control. Basically, one setting, three different maps.

While everything we played was great, there’s still no telling how long the appeal will last. In the demo we were restricted to default classes and there were no ranks or progression in the build we played so it’s still up in the air. I’m sure everyone will agree “Ranks and Create-a-class” were a MAJOR factor on Call of Duty’s success.

We also spent about an hour with the Xbox 360 multiplayer version. Graphics and framerate are almost identical to the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3. So if you liked BF3 on consoles, you’re gonna like MoH Warfighter also.

Leave us a comment and let us know if you plan on picking up Medal of Honor: Warfighter when it hits stores on October 23rd for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. We’ll leave you with some random facts we learned while playing and during our Q&A:

Warfighter will be taking over Battlelog in October; so stats and platoons will be present for Warfighter.
Developers are fully aware the community is demanding Battlerecorder and/or a Spectator mode; unfortunately they said gameplay is their main priority so current status is unknown.
“Lean” will be available on the PC version.
Guns sounds were recorded 3 different ways: “indoor, outdoor, and midrange”.
Melee attacks head-on are similar to CoD; sneak up from behind and melee attacks are similar to BF3’s stealth kill.

You can read more about Medal of Honor Warfighter on our second blog feed: MOHblog.com

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Warzone players call for devs to add permanent Rebirth Island playlists

Rebirth Island has become a popular map for Warzone players, but the community is calling for permanent playlists like Verdansk.

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Rebirth Island is one of the maps Call of Duty: Warzone can battle on, but players have begun to call for the developers of the battle royale to make permanent playlists for the popular map.

The integration between Black Ops Cold War and Warzone saw Rebirth Island become a playable map for the Call of Duty battle royale.

It has become a popular pick for players as of late, as many community members enjoy Rebirth Island’s faster pace and action-packed nature.

However, a major point of frustration for players has been the lack of permanent playlists for Rebirth Island, as the game’s developers consistently change the available playlists instead of having a static set in the same way that Verdansk does.

The discussion around the desire for Raven Software to implement permanent playlists to Warzone for Rebirth Island was thrust into the spotlight when the most recent playlist update for the battle royale took away Resurgence Quads and replaced it with Resurgence Trios.

Community member LegionofGrixis took to the official subreddit for Warzone and started a thread where they stated their frustration over the fact that the developers constantly change the Rebirth Island playlists and how Trios are less favored by many Warzone players compared to Quads.

This sentiment was shared by popular Warzone content creator JGOD who had a simple statement on the topic.

There is no doubt that players who primarily play on Rebirth Island would be excited to see a permanent set of playlists that do not ever change be added to the Black Ops Cold War map.

It remains to be seen if the developers of the Call of Duty battle royale will ever implement this feature, but we will be sure to inform you and update this piece if permanent playlists are added to the Rebirth Island map for Warzone.

For more Warzone, check out the best loadout you should be suing for the powerful Fara 83 Assault Rifle, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch Studios

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Is a GTA Online ban wave coming in July 2021?

Reports of a potential GTA Online ban wave coming in July 2021 has become a major point of discussion in the popular game’s community recently.

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GTA Online Ban Wave July 2021

One of the major topics currently taking the spotlight in the world of GTA Online is a potential ban wave that may be taking place in July 2021.

There has been plenty of excitement in the GTA Online community recently with the release of the Los Santos Tuners update, which brought a whole new set of cars and other exciting pieces of content for players to enjoy.

While the Los Santos Tuners update has injected plenty of excitement into the community, recent reports of a massive GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021 have plenty of players curious about whether or not it will happen and what players it could be potentially targeting.

TA Online Ban Wave July 2021

GTA Online Ban Wave July 2021

According to a report by DualSHOCKERS, rumors of a GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021 started thanks to videos circulating on TikTok.

These rumors have stated that players who utilized frozen money, save wizard, or car duplication glitch exploits will be targeted by this rumored massive wave of bans by Rockstar Games.

However, Rockstar Games has not made any official announcements regarding a potential GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021.

There have been plenty of false rumors spread around on TikTok in the video game community, so it would not be surprising to see that the rumors of a GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021 be confirmed to be false in the near future.

However, the exploits that these rumors have focused on do fall under what Rockstar Games has stated it will ban players for when it comes to abusing game mechanics, so it would not be unfathomable that players who have utilized these exploits could be targeted by this rumored wave of bans.

As with any piece of unconfirmed information, it is important to take this rumor of a ban wave happening in July 2021 with a grain of salt.

GTA Online Ban Wave July 2021

Still, there is no doubt that this rumor has already sparked a great deal of discussion in the community as players wait to see if it actually comes to fruition this month.

For more GTA, check out how a recent GTA 6 leak has been debunked, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer gives first look at Seer abilities

The Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer has officially arrived, and it gave players a first look at the abilities of new character Seer.

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Apex Legends Emergence Seer Abilities

Season 10 of Apex Legends is called Emergence, and it is adding a brand new character to the game’s roster in Seer, whose abilities were shown off in the official launch trailer for the new season.

It is always an exciting time in the world of Apex Legends when a new season is right around the corner, which is currently the case with the upcoming arrival of Emergence, which will be Season 10 for the popular first-person shooter.

As with every season, Emergence is set to bring plenty of new things for players to experience, with the highlight being the new character of Seer, whose interesting set of abilities were teased in the Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer.

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Apex Legends Emergence Seer Abilities

The theme of the Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer focused on change and how all of the characters in the game have evolved over their lives, with Seer being the main focus as expected.

In typical launch trailer fashion for Apex Legends, the Emergence video showed off the new character of Seer using his abilities to take down his enemies.

These abilities revolve around a set of microdrones that he keeps contained in a piece of equipment attached to his chest.

You can check out Seer using his abilities in the Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer below:

Following the trailer’s premiere at EA Play Live 2021, which also showcased the new Battlefield Portal game mode for Battlefield 2042, Apex Legends Game Director Chad Griener took the stage and explained some more details regarding the abilities of Seer.

According to Greiner, Seer is similar to Bloodhound in that his abilities focus on tracking enemies. Players will find that a heartbeat sensor will appear when they aim down the sights of their weapons when playing as Seer, which will help them find enemies near them.

Seer’s tactical ability will allow him to send out a fleet of microdrones from his chest to track down enemy players, while his ultimate ability will see Seer create a giant sphere with his drones that sense enemies who go through it.

There is no doubt that plenty of players will be excited to try out all of the Seer abilities shown off in the adrenaline-fueled Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer.

For more Apex Legends, check out the upcoming collaboration between Apex Legends and Monster Energy, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: EA / Respawn Entertainment

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