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Opinion: Infinity Ward missed the mark with map design in Modern Warfare

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There’s been a lot of conversations surrounding the map design in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Everyone of course has their own opinions about it and what they think the maps should be like in the game. 

I posted a Twitter thread this morning on the maps which sparked some more debate on this topic, and I wanted to expand a bit more on my overall thoughts on the map and map design in this year’s game. 

I’ve been playing Call of Duty since Call of Duty 4, and there have been a lot of different map designs and styles in Call of a Duty ranging from the 3 lane design to larger maps that pissed people off. 

One of the big things Infinity Ward has been echoing to us is that they took into a lot of consideration the fact that 3 lane maps were getting boring for a lot of people, and that they didn’t see the “fun” in some of those map designs.

During the review event in LA last week, one of the things the developer mentioned was that the two leads who designed the maps for this years title were the same who designed the maps in Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2. But does that matter? 

The issue I see with that is, times have changed. Some people have stuck to nostalgia about MW2 and the game design, but others see that there’s issues with the game that in today’s world, this generation wouldn’t love MW2 as to how it was originally loved because of the glitches and overall experience. 

The maps in Modern Warfare, truth be told, aren’t great. They’re….too much? Some maps have a lot more windows, openings, alley ways, areas to get shot from, and a lot more happening. And there’s no need for many of those either. Some maps can be cut in half for 6v6 or have choke points changed, but I’ve never seen Call of Duty developers dramatically change launch maps; they just implement feedback into DLC maps. 

The design of them almost feels based on a combination of Battlefield and Call of Duty. 

I get reminded of comparing this to Call of Duty: WWII. That game has 3 lane symmetrical maps, but those maps were boring. I think that’s a best way to describe WWII maps. 3 lanes, yes. But looked and played very…boring. Nothing exciting about them. And in many ways, that’s Modern Warfare maps. Large maps that are just filled with too many openings and space or not enough players and makes the game boring. And I did a post on WWII maps, and how the maps were limited in number and the maps weren’t great. And it feels like we’re repeating that experience again. 

Gun Runner is an example of the Modern Warfare map that is actually good — it has 3 lane structure, and not too many choke points. It has easily accessible areas of the maps, and feels like a traditional Call of Duty map. 

Then there’s a map like Aniyah Palace. Who thought this worked for 10v10? It’s way too large for that. It needs more players, which is why l am still confused that this map is only 10v10. At the review event, it was 20v20 and that was fun. A lot of players. Less running around like mad to get to the opposite side as there was players everywhere. Action all the time. It’s still big map, but it did not feel boring and empty. 

And then there’s Piccadilly. When I first played this, I enjoyed it. It was reminding me of Modern Warfare 3 map designs, which had a good variety of maps. Then I really played it. And it’s one big circle? One huge circle. Literally. And it has way too many places to camp. 

And that’s the next issue with these maps: camping. Infinity Ward noted they wanted to accommodate more play styles in Modern Warfare, these maps almost promote camping because of how many places exist to sit and wait for enemies to come to you versus having to go to them. But those campers are annoying. And without dead silence as a perk, there’s no way to counter the loud footsteps that campers are waiting for unless you use the field upgrade. But the field upgrade is limited in usage. 

So where do we go from here? Infinity Ward has to deliver the maps in the post launch content season, and luckily, they’ve removed the Season Pass, so post launch maps will be free.

Will there be remastered maps or new maps is something to still wait and see, but with this game, being a re-imagination of the series, there’s room for remastered maps in this game.

But, overall, summarizing thoughts: Infinity Ward missed the mark with the map designs in this game. It’s similar to Call of Duty: Ghosts. The maps were large and boring to play. In this game, there’s too many places for players to hide or shoot out from. 

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How to fix Warzone “friends list not showing” glitch

We have a couple of easy and effective methods to fix Warzone’s glitch that makes it so that your friends list doesn’t show anyone online.

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Warzone and Modern Warfare’s long-standing “friends list not showing” glitch that prevents players from showing up on your friends list is still a constant menace after the Pacific update. Here are some solutions to hopefully fix this glitch for you in both Call of Duty games.

It’s undoubtedly frustrating when the only thing you want to do is play a game online, and certain factors are preventing you from doing so. Aside from obvious internet connectivity worries, there is also Warzone’s infamous “Checking for update” bug and Xbox players not even being able to launch the game.

Another issue that continues to haunt players in Warzone Pacific is a glitched friends list that doesn’t allow you to see anyone else online even though they are, and leaves you unable to invite them. As always, we have some ways that might be able to aid you and resolve the problem.

How to make your friends list visible in Warzone and Modern Warfare

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You’ll know if the problem is affecting you because when you select Warzone’s social tab and try to inspect your friends, you’ll be hit with “friends list not showing.”

Just to double-check that your friends are indeed online, just quickly open up your general friends list for the console or platform you’re playing on first to check. If they are showing as online, then use our methods to hopefully make them show online on Call of Duty too.

Here are the most efficient ways to get around the glitch.

#1 – Restart Warzone or Modern Warfare

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The classic “have you tried turning it off and on again?” Not only is it a way to fix a computer, but it could also cure your temperamental version of Warzone Pacific.

Here’s how you can try this out:

  1. Simply close Warzone or Modern Warfare
  2. Restart your respective platform
  3. Boot up Warzone or Modern Warfare
  4. Check to see if it now appears

#2 – Link Warzone with Discord

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Many players have reported great success by using the official Discord service to link up with their friends and enter games together.

To do link up with Discord:

  1. All players must have their Discord activity status set to ‘On’
  2. Make sure you have connected your ‘Battle.net‘ account to Discord
  3. Have everyone launch Warzone or Modern Warfare
  4. Then all players should join from the same Discord

Plus, Discord is expected to arrive on PlayStation this year, so it will be even easier to link up with friends cross-platform.

#3 – Create a Group

Another possible workaround is for one person to create a Group, customize it, and invite everyone to join.

This is how to create a Group in Warzone:

  1. Go to the ‘Social’ tab
  2. Head to the ‘Groups’ tab
  3. Press to ‘Create a Group’
  4. Create a ‘Group Name’ and ‘Group Tag’
  5. Wait to see if it’s approved
  6. With a successful Group, invite friends via the Group option

#4 – Turn off Crossplay

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We’ve already covered extensively how you can turn off crossplay in Warzone and why you should consider doing it. On top of this, it’s also been doing the trick for some people with Warzone and Modern Warfare game invites.

To do this, simply:

  1. Make your way into Warzone’s or Modern Warfare’s ‘Options’ setting
  2. Select your Account
  3. Switch the ‘Crossplay’ function from enabled to disabled
  4. Restart the game
  5. See if it’s worked and whether it has or hasn’t, turn Crossplay back on, and see if the result changes with it

#5 – Simply wait

Warzone operators in Caldera

The easiest and most straightforward idea to try, leave it and hope it fixes itself. Believe it or not, waiting 30-60 seconds could actually fix it and could save you a lot of time than the above fixes.

It won’t work for everyone, but it’s another solution to try and help with this persisting, long-term problem in Warzone and 2019’s Modern Warfare.


Also, check out how to fix the freezing and crashing issues that have been plaguing Xbox players since the Pacific update.

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CoD Points price: How to buy, spend & do they carry over

CoD Points are the official currency of Call of Duty. Check out CoD Point prices, where to buy them, and whether they transfer between games.

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Activision’s in-game currency lets players purchase cosmetics for their characters, and we’ve got everything you need to know about CoD Points prices, how to buy them, and all the items you can spend them on.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game, requiring players to spend their own currency named CoD Points to acquire them.

CoD Points can be purchased in-game using the menu systems in games like Vanguard or Warzone or through console marketplaces like the PS Store or Xbox Marketplace.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Vanguard and Warzone offering special Attack on Titan and Christmas skins as well as unique weapon Blueprints for popular weapons, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend CoD Points.

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CoD Points prices

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying CoD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas others need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various CoD Points bundles:

  • 200 CoD Points: $1.99 / £1.79
  • 500 CoD Points: $4.99 / £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) CoD Points: $9.99 / £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) CoD Points: $19.99 / £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $39.99 / £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) CoD Points: $74.99 / £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $99.99 / £84.99
  • 15,000 (+6,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $149.99 / £123.99
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How to buy COD Points

You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

There are four ways you can buy COD Points:

  • PC players can purchase CoD Points on the Battle.net website
  • PS4 & PS5 players can purchase CoD Points in the PS Store on their console, or on the PlayStation website
  • Xbox Series X, Series S, or One players can buy CoD Points on the Xbox Marketplace on their console, or the official Microsoft Store website
  • Select physical retailers stock vouchers and gift cards with a code that players can redeem for CoD Points.

Where to spend CoD Points

Spending your CoD Points is incredibly easy, with players able to purchase cosmetic bundles and Blueprints in the in-game store.

The stores are available in Vanguard, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare, so you can kit out your character regardless of your preferred title.

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Do CoD Points carry over across games?

The good news is that your CoD Points will transfer across your Call of Duty games, as they are linked to your Activision account.

Players who still have CoD Points in their account from Black Ops Cold War don’t need to worry, as they will automatically be in your account when turning to Vanguard.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass

A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are currently in Season 1 at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of Season 1, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough CoD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You can buy the Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.

Also, check out when Vanguard Season 2 and Warzone Pacific Season 2 are set to begin.

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CoD devs confirm “unplayable” Modern Warfare is finally going to get fixed

Modern Warfare was branded “unplayable” after the Warzone Pacific update broke the game, but Call of Duty devs have now promised fixes.

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Although two years old, Modern Warfare still has a dedicated player base who were furious after December 8’s Warzone Pacific update made the game “unplayable” for many. A month later, CoD’s developers have finally confirmed they’re working on fixing it.

Call of Duty: Warzone is still tied to Modern Warfare so, whatever happens in Warzone, affects Modern Warfare. This has caused several issues in the past, with players unable to change their loadout mid-game and the FMJ Perk being broken.

It appeared to only get worse with the Warzone Pacific Season 1 update which completely broke Modern Warfare. It was labeled “literally unplayable” as players were suffering a plethora of bugs and crashes, and some couldn’t even launch the game.

Call of Duty’s developers have finally acknowledged the issues and confirmed they’re working on fixing them.

Modern Warfare players have been complaining that Modern Warfare is completely broken since the new Warzone map arrived. They’ve said that they can’t complete a match because of disconnects and crashes, and missing data packs are stopping some from launching the game entirely.

Raven Software hadn’t acknowledged the issues, and Modern Warfare players were worried they’d been left out to dry. But, Call of Duty’s devs have now addressed the concerns.

“Our teams are hard at work addressing the issues that are being experienced across Vanguard, Warzone, and Modern Warfare,” tweeted the Call of Duty account on January 13, 2022.

They said that “updates are being deployed as quickly as possible” but gave no timeframe for Modern Warfare’s fixes being implemented.

Many players were delighted that their complaints had finally been acknowledged, but said “actions speak louder than words” and other statements to that effect.

We’ll just need to wait and see how and when Call of Duty plans to fix Modern Warfare’s serious issues. They also recommend you follow Infinity Ward’s account, so perhaps these updates will come from Infinity Ward.

You can also check out everything we know about CoD 2022, which is all but confirmed to be titled “Modern Warfare II.”

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