I finally tried this yesterday and I’m super impressed. It retains the excellent gunplay of Modern Warfare while putting all that in a much more “play soldier”-like wrapper. I think Apex Legends is still the better game, but this is definitely something I will play a lot of because it adds some elements I really like.
The best thing about Battle Royale is that you are totally free to do what you want while navigating to the game’s simple and achievable goal, be the last team standing. I like that Warzone’s pace allows you to think a little bit before making your next moves on the map while at the same time making combat relatively fast paced, exciting and definitely visceral. In Apex Legends, you have to think and play at the pace of Quake, while Warzone slows that down to somewhere around Fortnite’s level of action/inaction.
I also adore the Contracts. They’re a superb addition to Battle Royale because there’s no penalty for taking them, but there are significant rewards for doing so! I was playing with a person who didn’t really know what they were doing and another dude who had definitely played a little bit of BR before. We picked up a contract on a dude right after gearing up, all hopped in an SUV, and went off to make some cash. The subsequent stop 50m from where that player was located and hunt for him was a friggin’ blast. It was a mission within the mission, and the money came in handy later to buy back some teammates who had fallen.
Cash is awesome, and another thing I really like because you can find it lying around, but you can also more importantly loot it from people you kill. I left a fat sack of like $11k for a team that got the drop on us last night. It adds a level of bounty on players that goes beyond the usual equipment pickups. What’s important about that is it adds another decision for the team to make because you can spend it on gear or you can hoard it for more buybacks of dead people later.
Warzone does an excellent job of making you make decisions. It also gives you enough time to think about them a little bit, debate them with your squad, and then attempt to implement them. You just don’t find this level of thought in many first person shooters. Even Battlefield, which you’d think SHOULD have more thought put into strategy and tactics, ultimately devolves into people flinging themselves at one another or a capture point because death doesn’t mean anything more than a respawn. In Warzone, even with the Gulag to get you back, you sure as heck don’t want to die if you want to win.
There are some minor performance issues and it’s a little rough in spots. The pinging needs to be better, but I’m lucky in that I got the Back Button Attachment for the PS4 controller so I’ve got pings on there and not the d-pad. That thing was the best investment I have ever made for a controller add-on. I’m also especially happy to say that Cross Play is excellent in this mode. I was playing with PS4, Xbox and PC players last night and it was a seamless blast. I definitely do not feel disadvantaged with the controller, even in sniper fights. There is just so much cover on this map, and that’s hugely different from Apex where most fights provide almost zero beyond a rock or building to hide behind. Oh! Doors could use some work. Apex’s doors are the greatest doors ever.
Anyway, I’ll be playing this. You get free CoD Points with Modern Warfare and I never spent them so I got the Battle Pass with them. I’m already almost halfway to enough to buy the next one. I really like the blueprints for new guns and you can earn them in the pass. Impressed so far! I haven’t won yet so didn’t get my film quality escape, but it’s only a matter of time I think. That’s a really cool victory animation. :)