So, Call of Duty Modern Warfare has now added a battle royale mode to its game called Warzone, but this time is also free to play. Which is probably the more surprising and positive move of them all. And that there is another game mode to play as well, so let’s see how it stands.
Let’s start with the Warzone mode, AKA battle royale. 150 people drop into the fictional town of Verdansk (which is also where the co-op campaign takes place in Modern Warfare, which the writing was on the wall) and it still the battle royale formula to a T. Drop-in, collect gear, kill players, stay in the circle and not get killed by the ever enclosing gas and try and be last man or squad standing.
A couple of differences to the other competitors. Firstly, if you do die it is not the end of the game itself as you chucked into the Gulag (which keen eyes would notice it from MW2, the mission where you bust Cpt. Price out of) where you go 1v1 to earn the right to respawn back into the game. Which is a nice touch though would have been ten times funnier if it was on Rust rather than a Russian Gulag.
Failing that you can accumulate enough cash from looting areas and or killing your fellow man. You can buy your way back in for your fallen comrades. Killstreaks and equipment or either custom made classes from the multiplayer to help you out. There are vehicles dotted about to help to move about or running away from the gas, if you’re looking for some extra cash there are optional contracts where you may have to hunt down a particular player or find crates around the map – it is a fun addition. And following on from Modern Warfare it’s cross-platform and will keep your progress cross-platform progression if you do pick up Modern Warfare.
All in all it’s alright. The Gulag bit is a nice touch and it’s a competent battle royale, but it doesn’t set my trousers on fire with excitement and that probably because most battle royale games, for the most part, aren’t all that different other than a few subtle changes, and the same genres are being used – like first-person shooters as an example. Not taking away from Call of Duty Warzone by any stretch but I would like to see more “left field” games to have a battle royale. Like what Forza Horizon 4 and Tetris did. Maybe the likes of FIFA with a sort of “Knockout Wembley” Mode.
But if Battle Royale is a bit samey for you then maybe Plunder could be for you. wherein a squad instead of being the last man or squad standing. It’s collecting the most amount of cash within a time limit. and you have the run of the entire map without the threat of the play area closing down. Nearly battle royale but without the last man standing angle.
Though be warned as if you do collect a lot of cash you will be marked out for all the rest of the players as an HVT. But hopefully there are areas where you can bank the cash on you, but then it can be a risky move if your wallet is rather loaded. Every squad is racing to earn 1 million, and once the first squad does so. It goes into overtime where any cash banked is doubled. Arguably this is for me the more enjoyable game mode of the two, it’s a refreshing game mode and adds a bit of variety.
Other stuff to mention gun play is solid and enjoyable and polished and gameplay after the number of games they’ve pumped out is polished to a T, and audio’s good as expected. There is a tutorial that takes you through all of the mechanics in the game and a practice Battle Royale mode with bots if you need a bit of practice which is a nice addition. Online very good and get into games with ease and no real glitches or bugs to report.
So the verdict, Call of Duty Warzone is a fine F2P battle royale. The addition of the Gulag is a nice change to a nearly stale genre that is battle royale, but it’s fine, it’s solid. Nothing much to add to that. The Plunder game mode is for me the more interesting game mode and the more enjoyable for me personally. The gameplay is polished as expected, and technically sound. Not the best in class but certainly not the worst.
Call of Duty: Warzone Review
Call of Duty Warzone is a fine F2P battle royale. The addition of the Gulag is a nice change to a nearly stale genre that is battle royale. The Plunder game mode is for me the more interesting game mode out of the two. The gameplay is polished, and technically sound. Not the best in class but certainly not the worst.
- Free to Play
- Plunder is a very fun game mode
- The gameplay is well polished
- Battle Royale is becoming stale
- Doesn’t differentiate itself enough from competitors
- It's run of the mill not bad but not amazing
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