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Opinion: Supply Drops are back in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and they’re awful

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The infamous Supply Drops have returned to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 after not being present in the game since its launch in October.

Treyarch introduced the new Reserve Crates system with Operation Grand Heist in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this week, adding another way for players to unlock new types of content in the game. The Crates are only available via a purchase with Call of Duty Points and include 3 Case Items.

Each Case features only one item, and those items include a variety of new cosmetic content, alongside MK2 weapons, and items from older Operations. Purchasing a crate basically gets you 3 cases — which is similar to older Call of Duty titles giving you 3 items per supply drop.

The implementation in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is just as awful as Treyarch’s last implementation with Black Ops 3, and it seems Activision has not learned from their own mistakes and community feedback when it comes to Supply Drop systems.

The biggest issue with all of this is that Call of Duty is a $60 boxed game, with a $50 season pass, alongside a tier based operation system with the ability to purchase individual tiers, with an item shop, and now Supply Drops. Black Ops 4 literally has every type of microtransaction methods out there — that many free to play games have — in a $60 boxed game.

And worse, the Supply Drop system in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is even worse than what Free-to-Play games have with their supply drop system.

Let’s compare Black Ops 4’s new Reserve Crates with Apex Legends’ Apex Packs:

Black Ops 4’s Reserve Crates grants you three items — out a variety of cosmetic content, including new items that are locked behind the crates like Blackout characters, MK2 weapons, and more. All 3 items are not duplicate protected, so you can get duplicates throughout the whole process. Every third duplicate, however, you are able to re-roll, but the first two duplicates you get are stuck and there’s nothing you can do about it. Apex Legends, a free to play game, has Apex Packs. The difference? Apex Packs are duplicate protected, so you can never get a duplicate item in Apex Legends; Apex Packs also have a bad luck protection built in, meaning every 30 packs you are guaranteed to get 1 Legendary Item — something Call of Duty does not have.

And the Reserve Crates are the same price as before – $2 per crate, so $2 for 3 items. And, even worse, Activision has removed the ability to earn these cases in the regular tier system. Once you hit level 100 in the Operation Grand Heist tier, that’s it — there’s no more cases to earn from the tiers. Instead, you now have to earn them separately, and based upon current testing, many people are reporting it takes about 2.5 hours of gameplay to just earn 1 case — which gives you 1 item.

That’s terrible.

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Why remove the cases from the tier system after hitting 100 and put it in the separate system with earn rates so much worse? The only answer is Activision wants people to buy crates, rather than continuing to earn it.

There’s already a certain level of uncertainty of whether or not, at a certain point this year, Activision will start to add new weapons into the cases. Back in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, in December 2015, when Supply Drops became purchasable in that game, Activision claimed all items will be cosmetic only. Two months later, new weapons were added to the Supply Drops and all weapons going forward were locked behind the RNG system.

It’s true that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has a variety of ways to earn some content that Call of Duty games before have not had. But the way things are moving right now — more and more items seem to be going behind the Reserve Crates and will force users who want it to purchase those to get these items.

Loot boxes are a hot topic in the video game industry, as FTC in the US has opened an investigation into the loot boxes, and countries in Europe like Belgium has deemed loot boxes gambling and have asked developers to disable them in games like Overwatch, FIFA, and more. EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II kicked off the disastrous response to Loot Boxes and sparked government investigations after it was revealed that system was fully on RNG and gambling. EA was forced to remove and rework the entire loot box system in that game.

But the biggest point goes back to what I mentioned earlier: how many ways can Activision monetize their games? These games are already $60, and how much more can they keep asking for fans to cough up in order to get cosmetic content? This game has a Season Pass, which by many standards thus far is one of the worst yet in Call of Duty’s history as it offers less content than previous Season Passes in terms of how many MP maps are coming in the end (12 this year vs. 16 before). And the season pass model continues to be outdated and split the community up with MP maps – something many in the industry have already moved on from, but Activision is stuck on.

How far will Activision take Reserve Crates in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is yet to be seen, but don’t forget this:

In the earnings call last week, Activision made it clear Black Ops 4’s microtransactions were not selling high enough, and as such, the crates are the first step to add additional revenue from the game.

Just like Activision’s failure to not take Blackout free to play, Supply Drops is another thing that will drive some hardcore players away to play other games that offer more value than Call of Duty does.

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Apex Legends Season 13 review: Newcastle saves lackluster update

The Apex Legends Season 12 update boasts a host of content, finally brining a new Legend to the game that makes a meaningful impact.

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Apex Legends’ brand-new character Newcastle has well and truly arrived in Season 13, dominating the limelight among various changes and new content.

Apex Legends Season 13: Saviors has officially arrived, and now that players have had some time to enjoy the new content, it’s clear what stands out in the community.

With major Ranked changes, Storm Point update, and various Legend and weapon buffs and nerfs, Season 13 has no doubt made an impact on the ever-growing battle royale game. However, the brand new Legend Newcastle has definitely stolen the show.

Apex Legends Season 13 review

A welcomed Ranked overhaul

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Apex Legends Season 13 brought some much-needed changes to the Ranked system. Players had been calling for changes for some time, and finally, the devs delivered in Season 13: Saviors.

This huge Ranked overhaul was dubbed “Ranked Reloaded,” and brought changes to most aspects of the competitive game mode. The most significant of these changes are around the way in which players receive Ranked Points (RP) and Kill Points (KP).

These changes give the mode a much more team-orientated vibe, which is exactly how it should feel. The devs introduced demotions as well, which the community had been calling for.

This will no doubt make the lobbies more competitive and also make the system more accurate at placing players in the Rank that reflects their skill level. This will also encourage players who are “hard stuck” to continue pushing and developing their skills to reach the Rank they are aiming to stay in.

These changes have been greatly welcomed so far, but of course, as they overhauled the system there are some issues and small tweaks that will be needed. If you’d like a more in-depth look at the changes, check out our guide on Ranked Reloaded.

Lackluster content & changes

Storm Point

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Apart from these impactful Ranked changes, the update did bring a slightly underwhelming map update to Storm Point, as well as a lack of meaningful changes to Legends and weapons.

Storm Point was given a brand new POI, the Downed Beast. Despite this POI being great fun and having a well-thought-out design, one new POI for such a massive map definitely feels underwhelming.

Of course, Storm Point also got the new IMC Armories on the map, and these are great for getting high-tier loot. However, again, there isn’t much map change, just a new POI and some of these new IMC Armories that have popped up around the map, which is quite disappointing.

Legends & weapons

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Season 13 also failed to bring a new weapon to the game, which many had been hoping for. Apart from the massive Kraber and Helmet changes, not much has changed with both the weapons and Legends in the game.

Light weapons are now much weaker than Heavy due to the R-301 going into the Replicator and both the Flatline and Spitfire being placed back in floor loot. The only Legends to receive big changes were Rampart and Valkyrie, leaving the community disappointed to see no changes for Lifeline.

In general, Season 13 has failed to bring significant changes to the Legends and weapons in Apex Legends, which makes the gameplay feel slightly stale.

Newcastle is the Savior

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Despite all of this, the brand-new Legend Newcastle is the saving grace for Season 13. Newcastle is a refreshing Legend that stands out as a dominant force, which sets his release aside from the previous Legend introductions that have been deemed unimpressive by the community.

The Mobile Guardian has a very strong kit with abilities that feel impactful and worthwhile. Newcastle can change the tide of a fight with his Ultimate, make a push easier with his Tactical, or even play a supportive role with his Passive shield revive.

His introduction has definitely shaken up the meta in Season 13, competition with the likes of Gibraltar and Lifeline who have both been dominant picks for many seasons. Newcastle is a blast to play, and although he may need a few tweaks as his abilities are definitely strong, he doesn’t feel overpowered.

This new Legend stands out as the most entertaining and impactful introduction within the Apex Legends Season 13 update, saving the season from an otherwise disappointing launch.

Verdict: 6/10


Remember, we will be getting some new content throughout the season which could brighten up the update and bring some great new content. With that in mind, check out the leaked Awakened Collection Event.

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Warzone’s 2nd Anniversary: The best & worst metas in Warzone history

Warzone’s second anniversary is here, so we’re looking back at all of Call of Duty’s metas and revealing which were the best and worst.

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March 10 marks Call of Duty: Warzone’s two-year anniversary, so we’re taking a look at the best and worst Warzone metas throughout its history.

When a gun is considered ‘meta’ in Warzone, that means it’s the most powerful weapon at the time. Keeping Warzone’s meta as balanced as possible has been a constant battle for devs Raven Software, where they release several updates a month that make major changes to the best and worst weapons.

When the meta is balanced, it means that you don’t necessarily have to use the best weapons to succeed. However, some metas are so game-breaking that you’re forced to use a specific weapon to have a hope of competing.

We’ve looked back on every meta across Warzone’s first two years and picked out the best and worst metas the game has seen, plus we’ve discussed what the meta looks like on Warzone’s second anniversary.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s best meta

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While something can be said for Warzone’s M4A1 and Grau 5.56 metas, we believe the Kilo 141 and MP5 meta was the most balanced the game has ever been. While powerful and easy to use, the Kilo 141 and MP5 never felt like they were the be-all and end-all weapons.

There was plenty of room for experimenting with different loadouts, and no weapon felt too dominant. You could still use the Grau, CR-56 AMAX, or M4A1 if you wanted, or you could try out something whacky like the SCAR.

Aside from the AS VAL and SPR-208 being broken for a little while, Warzone’s meta was in a fantastic place during Modern Warfare Season 6, but that all changed when Black Ops Cold War integrated in December 2020.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s worst meta

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It will come as no surprise that the DMR-14 was Warzone’s worst meta, with the game being infamously nicknamed DMR-zone during Cold War Season 1.

The AUG/M16 and FFAR 1 meta could be considered just as bad, but the biggest issue was how long the DMR was meta for. It hit a pick rate of almost 30% at the height of its popularity, but it felt much higher than that in-game.

With incredible damage, a fast fire rate, low recoil, and almost infinite range, the DMR-14 wasn’t fun to kill people with, and it certainly wasn’t fun to be killed by. The community was crying out for nerfs, but the first round wasn’t enough. Then, the DMR was finally nerfed and the FFAR 1 and the burst rifles took over.

Luckily, Raven Software dropped a ton of nerfs after Verdansk was nuked and Verdansk ’84 arrived, and even though the Krig 6 and FARA 83 became dominant, nothing has come close to the DMR-zone.

How is Warzone’s meta on its second anniversary?

Bren LMG in Warzone Pacific

After some accidental buffs to both Vanguard’s Bren LMG and PPSH-41 were reverted, Warzone Pacific Season 2’s meta is in a pretty good place.

The Bren is still dominant at long-range, but weapons such as Cold War’s AK-47, Vargo 52, Automaton, and Cooper Carbine can all give it a run for its money.

The close-range meta is also fairly balanced, with the MP-40 still remaining a popular choice and many switching over to the Owen Gun. With more weapons set to arrive in each of Vanguard’s upcoming seasons, we’ll likely see plenty of new metas hit the game.


We might not even be playing this version of Warzone for its third anniversary, as Infinity Ward have confirmed that ‘Warzone 2’ is in development and will arrive during Modern Warfare 2‘s lifecycle.

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Caldera Clash proves Warzone needs more LTMs

The success of Warzone Pacific Season 2’s LTM Caldera Clash is proof that more LTMs could be a great thing for the battle royale.

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The Warzone Pacific Season 2 update introduced Caldera Clash, a limited-time mode that players instantly enjoyed and its success should open the door for more Warzone LTMs.

Warzone LTMs are far from a new concept and players have enjoyed some over the years including Payload, Caldera Clash, and Armored Royale. While not all of these modes were met with acclaim from Warzone players, it’s safe to say there have been few LTMs in Warzone.

Despite the lack of LTMs in Warzone, the same cycle seems to occur when a new one is introduced in which players ask the devs to bring the limited-time mode back. We believe this happens because LTMs work well as a change of pace in Warzone and introducing more would be a fantastic idea.

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Caldera Clash may have looked familiar seeing as it draws from the Clash mode on Verdansk ’84 and Warzone Rumble. Even the successful Caldera Clash can’t technically be considered an original concept, which Warzone desperately needs more of.

Caldera Clash is a large-scale TDM-like game mode with two teams that takes place on the Caldera map. To understand why Warzone would benefit from more LTMs we must first take a look at why Warzone players enjoy Caldera Clash.

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For starters, Caldera Clash was a great mode to level up weapons quickly. With how notoriously slow Vanguard weapon levels progress, players loved the notable boost from Caldera Clash gameplay.

The second major factor that made players truly enjoy the LTM was its much more forgiving gameplay when compared to Warzone’s traditional battle royale style. Caldera Clash offered casual players a fun new way to enjoy the game without constantly being put in a blender.

Caldera Clash proved to be an excellent change of pace for players who may have been growing tired of the Vanguard Royale and Battle Royale playlist since Caldera’s December 2021 arrival. Therein lies the true value of LTMs in that they bring a valuable change of pace to a game that we’ve been playing for years.

As the above post on the Warzone subreddit explains, not only was Caldera Clash less punishing for casual players but it has the potential to reinvigorate interest in both the Vanguard Royale and Battle Royale playlists once the LTM disappears.

Offering a variety of game modes for a limited time then tightening the focus on core offerings could be a great strategy if used correctly by the devs.

The fact that players are clamoring for LTMs to return once they disappear is a wonderful thing and it means the mode served its purpose by breaking up the monotony of Warzone.


For more Warzone, check out NICKMERCS & TimTheTatman explain how to make Warzone 2’s map perfect.

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