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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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Modern Warfare players furious as new update makes graphics even worse

Issues with Modern Warfare’s graphics are leaving players furious as they look to enjoy the game ahead of MW2.

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With Modern Warfare 2 on the horizon, players have gone back to experience everything Modern Warfare has to offer, but graphics issues are resulting in a frustrating ordeal.

Both Cold War and Vanguard arrived after 2019’s Modern Warfare, yet players continue to enjoy the Infinity Ward-developed Call of Duty title. The game is beloved by fans of the franchise and many are flocking back to Modern Warfare ahead of Modern Warfare 2‘s October 28 release date.

Unfortunately, the quality of the game has taken a major dip with recent updates practically breaking Modern Warfare’s graphics. Not only are players furious with the storage demands of these recent updates, but they’re not pleased with the visual issues that have appeared.

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In case you missed it, Modern Warfare 2 will be the Infinity Ward-developed direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. In an attempt to get a taste of what’s ahead, players have returned to Modern Warfare as the style of play and feel will be similar to Modern Warfare 2.

Previously, issues have been plaguing PlayStation 5 players as the game was rendered unplayable. Fans of the game called out the lack of dev support for the title. Although it’s only natural that the devs focus on delivering a polished Modern Warfare 2 experience, players are disappointed with the current state of Modern Warfare.

Players were shocked by the continued updates for the game that came with a massive download size. In addition, it seems the graphic issues that have appeared as a result of the updates are having a negative impact on players’ perception of MW2: “This just made me not want to purchase mw2.”

Some players questioned if the game was beyond repair at this point with comments like, “this looks like things just got deleted to me, unplayable,” and “another update that further destabilizes the matrix.”

While it is understandable that the devs prioritize the new title, one player suggests that these issues could lead to the poor perception of MW2: “I gotta say, this event is giving a more negative feedback response from the community.”

It’s unfortunate that CoD fans are unable to enjoy the game to build hype for MW2. With the devs focused on the new title, most players agreed that the state of Modern Warfare would not improve, but we’ll keep you posted if it does.


For more, check out the one rumored feature that CoD players would be thrilled to discover in Modern Warfare 2.

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Modern Warfare players slam state of “unplayable” game on PS5

Modern Warfare players have hit out at the condition of the game on PS5, after visual issues have left the game “unplayable.”

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Modern Warfare players have hit out at the current condition of the game on PS5, after visual issues and glitches have left the 2019 CoD title “unplayable.”

Despite being nearly three years old, 2019’s Modern Warfare has still retained a healthy player count. With Vanguard failing to make a big impact with the community, those looking for an alternative to Warzone have flocked back to Infinity Ward’s last release.

However, since Modern Warfare is no longer the main focus of the devs, who are gearing up for Modern Warfare 2 later in 2022, fans have been growing frustrated with the condition the game is in.

A number of bugs and glitches have cropped up, and the game appears to be completely broken on PlayStation 5.

Reddit user BchLasagna uploaded a clip on August 7 simply titled: “The state of Modern Warfare on PS5.” It showed the beginning of a Ground War match on Krovnik Farmland, but the map was unrecognizable due to severe visual issues.

Textures on many of the map’s key features had failed to load in, leaving the game looking like a mess. The ground had no grass or detail on it, while trees were replaced with floating blobs of green and brown.

The Redditor added that it “stayed like this the entire game,” ruining the match for everyone in the lobby.

Other players on PS5 have reported similar issues, while some claimed it was actually affecting gameplay. “It’s not even just a visual issue, you sink into the ground and can’t see anything. Makes it unplayable basically,” said Ram5673.

Meanwhile, many replies called out the devs for allowing Modern Warfare to reach this state, especially since the game worked fine when it was the current CoD release. “This game has been crapped all over by the devs. It comes very low on their priorities,” replied Zimifrein.

It’s no surprise that with Modern Warfare 2 set to drop very soon, Infinity Ward’s focus is mostly on the sequel. However, the players that still enjoy Modern Warfare regularly will be hoping to see the problems on PS5 solved sooner rather than later.


For more on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, check out how to fix error 5476 and which packs you need to download for its multiplayer.

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How to fix frustrating Modern Warfare textures not loading glitch

Here’s a simple trick that you can use to fix the Modern Warfare glitch that prevents the game’s textures from loading.

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Modern Warfare players are frustrated with a strange glitch that prevents textures from loading, but luckily there’s a way for you to get around this problem.

It’s fun to hop into a game of Modern Warfare and challenge your enemies for supremacy on the battlefield, but players’ enjoyment of the game can be quickly ruined by strange glitches that pop up.

One issue that’s plaguing Modern Warfare players is a glitch that causes the game’s textures to not load properly. While this can be frustrating, there’s a simple trick that will let you fix the problem.

How to fix Modern Warfare textures not loading glitch

Reddit user ‘swoelie’ shared a screengrab in the Modern Warfare subreddit, and the image showed that the textures on the map’s ground didn’t properly load in. This problem is commonly faced by PS5 users.

One of the commenters then shared a solution to this problem, and it involves the On-demand Texture Streaming feature that allows you to stream higher resolution textures when playing Modern Warfare.

Here’s how you can fix the textures not loading glitch:

  1. Open Settings in Modern Warfare
  2. Go to the General tab
  3. Select Details & Textures
  4. Enable On-demand Texture Streaming
  5. Start a match
  6. Quit the game
  7. Disable On-demand Texture Streaming

The user made it clear that it doesn’t matter if your on-demand textures are already on or off, just follow these steps and your textures will load properly on your PS5 when you hop back into a match.

In the replies, other commenters reported that this method has been successful for them, and it’s one you should try out until the developers implement an official fix. However, if you turn off the game then you’ll have to do this again.


For more Modern Warfare, check out the best campaign as voted by Call of Duty fans and the Classic MW villain leaked for Warzone & Vanguard.

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