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REVIEW: “Overwatch” DLC Map (Drop 3)

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Once again, twittering “TwoToeTimmy” has come through and written a fantastic review of Modern Warfare 3’s Content Drop #3 map “Overwatch”. In it, he goes into detail on the map’s layout, strategies, and also his opinions of the new map.

Also dont forget to leave a comment if you agree (or disagree) with his views.. Read his review after the break..

REVIEW:

On February 21 (March 29 on PS3), Infinity Ward dropped you on top of a New York Skyscraper and dared you not to fall off. Call of Duty released the third Content Drop OVERWATCH for Modern Warfare 3 for Xbox ELITE Premium members. The setting of a New York Skyscraper immediately brought up the resemblance to HIGHRISE from Modern Warfare 2 for many COD veterans. Ironically enough, even the description provided for the DLC would fit either map.

Battle takes place along two levels in a near symmetrical layout, with the central bridge and side routes open to attack from multiple angles. Watch your every step, as a lack of boundaries surrounding the perimeter leaves nothing to prevent you from falling far to the ground below.

Instantly you’ll notice this map is nothing like HIGHRISE. The similarities between the two stop at being really high off the ground and having a crane on each one. The closest you may come to placing this layout would be the inside area in BROADCAST from CoD4:MW, however even that is a loose connection. The map takes on a unique feeling of something we have not played before.

OVERWATCH is a circular flowing map with four open combat areas spaced outside the central cut-through section. Multiple long pathways connect each end with an open central bridge area cutting through the middle. There are essentially two floors which provide slight elevation changes and offer some different vantage points. Though medium in size, OVERWATCH plays more like a small map with the lack of open areas creating a tighter feel. Surprise confrontations await you around every corner. Along with the tight corners, there are long sight lines in high traffic areas that welcome skilled snipers and assault class fans. OVERWATCH’s balanced layouts allows for almost every style without making them feel overpowered or out of place.

OVERWATCH is well suited for the objective playlists, especially Domination. The points are well placed; A and C each accessible but not in the open. Capture point B is located in the open on the central bridge section and difficult to capture without teamwork. Each capture point is positioned so they are not easily defendable by a single player from a stationary point. Defenders will need to continually scan entry points into their area to be efficient at holding down a point. The map flows like a debris filled windy river from A to B to C with perfect spacing in-between. OVERWATCH is one of the best Domination maps on MW3 and could be one of the best in Call of Duty.

Conclusion:

A well balanced engaging map, OVERWATCH plays openly to all gaming styles. Refreshingly unique to anything else in the series makes this map another solid addition to the Call of Duty series.

5 out of 5
GUEST WRITER: @TwoToeTimmy
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Apex Legends War Games trailer hints at huge Lifeline change

The new Apex Legends War Games event trailer may have hinted at a future Lifeline change that may potentially cause controversy.

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Apex Legends Lifeline nerf

Ever since the drone revive update for Lifeline in Season 5, players have been calling for her to be nerfed. It seems the new War Games trailer has hinted at a possible change to her kit.

On April 8th, Respawn Entertainment released the trailer for their highly anticipated mini-event, War Games. Not only does this update mean new skins and LTMs, but also a new patch with, of course, meta changes.

Apex Legends developers have admitted to the struggle of balancing Lifeline before, and have even stated that they would like to try a version of Lifeline “without the shield”.

Lifeline Drone Revive

Lifeline was originally one of the characters with the highest win rate in the game due to her passive ability to heal herself quicker than any other Legend.

However, since this passive was removed and replaced by her drone revive, she has become even stronger in the role of support; not just keeping herself alive but also effortlessly reviving her teammates.

In the trailer for War Games, it seems Lifeline’s drone revive remains. However, this time she doesn’t have the protective shield that many have been calling for to be removed.

It seems they will be finally trying out this new change to Lifeline, which could also potentially lead to further changes surrounding the Low Profile passive.

In another recent discussion with the developers, players also found out that Season 8 Legend, Fuse, had the worst win rate of all characters. Perhaps, this Lifeline change will be a part of some larger patch notes which could see less meta characters such as Rampart and Fuse getting changes to their abilities.

Apex Legends is a battle royale that seems to be constantly evolving, with talk of adding more game modes in the future. Although there was some backlash towards the War Games event, with players worried it will ruin the battle royale experience, these new modes draw players to the game and keep the player base fresh.

If you’re interested in more Apex Legends news, check out this guide for activating a future Season 9 teaser. For more updates on Apex Legends new War Games event and the patch notes that will come with it, stay tuned on Charlie Intel.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Apex Legends: how to activate the Season 9 Arena teaser

Apex Legends data miners have foudn out how players can activate a new Season 9 teaser. Here’s how to see it for yourself.

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Apex Legends Season 9 Teaser Arena

The most recent leaks from Apex Legends data miners reveal the mystery behind the platform in the Firing Range and how to activate the Season 9 teaser.

After the halfway split for Season 8, players noticed a stranged platform implemented on the left side of the Firing Range map.

For weeks players were unaware of its purpose, but finally, the mystery has been uncovered and is associated with the new upcoming Arena mode.

Season 9 Teaser Arena

Data miner @GarretLeaks was among the few who leaked how players can activate the button found on the Firing Range platform. GarretLeaks has even created a step by step guide of how players can experience the Season 9 Arena teaser:

  • Step 1: Collect keycard from care packages
  • Step 2: Find Holosprays scattered around Kings Canyon
  • Step 3: Find Holosprays scattered around Olympus
  • Step 4: Press the phone in the lobby and listen to the audio
  • Step 5: Press the button on the Firing Range platform and wait for the ship

Along with this, fellow data miner @Biast12 has also released a video showing what happens after activating the button in the Firing Range.

The video shows Biast boarding a ship after activating the button. Biast arrives at a new location where another button awaits, which activates an elevator. This then takes you into a small arena where a massive hollo of future Legend Ash is shown along with a voice line that states, “The Arena awaits.”

This is clearly a teaser for the upcoming 3v3 mode ‘Arena,’ which will be arriving in Season 9. However, this is also a teaser for the future legend, Ash. Although Ash will likely be arriving at a later Season – more like Season 10 – it does confirm that she will be arriving sooner than later.

In fact, it’s not the first time an announcer for a game mode has eventually become a playable Legend. Back in Season 3, the Shadow Fall game mode saw Revenant as the announcer, who later became a playable Legend in Season 4.

Read more: All Unreleased Apex Legends Characters

If this stays true to the format, Ash could be the new Legend for Season 10, after being an announcer for the previous season much like the introduction of Revenant.

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Apex Legends players discover secret Wattson nerf

Wattson’s ultimate ability has a hidden nerf in Apex Legends Season 8, that keeps her from countering Horizon’s attacks.

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Horizon and Wattson in Apex Legends

A hidden nerf has been discovered within Wattson’s ultimate ability in Apex Legends, that keeps it from countering Horizon.

Horizon has made rounds in Apex Legends ever since her arrival in Season 7. She’s one of the strongest characters in the game and has such a high win-rate that the devs nerfed her in Chaos Theory update, with more planned in the future.

However, some pros and streamers feel that she’s too powerful, as it’s extremely difficult to defeat her in combat. Now, a new secret nerf has been found that keeps Wattson from countering Horizon’s moves.

Wattson in Apex Legends

Wattson’s an extremely useful character in the Apex Legends roster, as her Interception Pylon ultimate ability can counter almost anything that enemies throw at her.

This is particularly useful against Horizon’s Black Hole Ultimate, as well as her Gravity Lift. However, a few players have noted that Wattson’s abilities aren’t functioning properly recently, making her weak against the eccentric astrophysicist.

Reddit user mrsirgo posted a clip showcasing this issue in the Apex Legends subreddit. Many other players vented about their own experience with this problem in the comments.

“Definitely died a couple times to this last night,” said one player. “My spouse mains Wattson and I was shocked when a Horizon ult landed right next to the Pylon and a squad was able to push us. Hopefully, the Devs will look into it.”

At the time of writing, the issue isn’t listed on Respawn’s public Trello board, so they might not be aware of the issue yet. Hopefully, they’ll take notice of this, and present a fix for it soon.

We’ll keep checking for any updates on this situation, and will let you know once we learn anything new.

Image Credits: Respawn/EA

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