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Call of Duty community in uproar over “horrible” Modern Warfare spawns

Published: 30/Oct/2019 1:05 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 1:22

by Brad Norton


Spawns are often a nightmare at the release of any given Call of Duty title, however Modern Warfare might be one of the most extreme examples to date.

Released on October 25, the Call of Duty community has had just under a week to acclimate to Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare and one of the most controversial talking points in the community centers around the current spawning system.

With flawed map designs already getting on the nerves of professional players and game veterans, low-quality spawns might be the final straw for many Modern Warfare players.

Partially through a game of Headquarters on Hackney Yard, this clip exemplified just how painful it can be to respawn in an objective-based Modern Warfare game-type. 

Having been eliminated, the player respawned just 20 meters out from the objective, perfectly in the sightlines of an enemy with an Assault Rifle ready to mow them down. Respawning a second time, the unlucky player appeared right in front of an enemy once again. No amount of strategizing or aiming prowess can counter shoddy respawns in Call of Duty.

The worst spawns I’ve seen in all my years of playing CoD. The last death made my jaw drop. from r/modernwarfare

Ground War appears to be the focal point of many absurd spawning encounters. With 64 players on the enormous maps at any given time, that’s a lot of respawning players to account for and as it currently stands, players have been spawning in some unlikely spots.

Take this example from Reddit user ‘UlteriorCovert’ for instance. Sneaking up on an unaware sniper, this player is within very close proximity of the enemy, yet further opposition is still able to spawn in on their prone teammate. Two quick executions later and the enemies must have been flustered by such a ridiculous spawn.

This dude spawned into my execution, oh boy. from r/modernwarfare

Another particularly egregious example out of the Ground War mode, highlighted how players can continually spawn in the exact same spot, regardless of enemies in close proximity.

Maxing out his streaks, this player racked up five kills in a row without even having to change his position.

[MW] Mondern Warfare spawns in a nutshell from r/CallOfDuty

Call of Duty pros have taken aim at various issues in the game already, but even Rainbow Six Siege talent have been firing shots at the latest release in the series.

Renowned Siege commentator Parker ‘Interro’ Mackay expressed his disdain on Twitter. Echoing the sentiment of many in the community, he explained that with “bad hit-reg, terrible maps, awful spawns,” among other feedback, “Modern Warfare may be the least fun I’ve had with a new Call of Duty in years.”

Despite the criticism heaped onto the current spawning system, Modern Warfare developers have engaged in discussions online and assured players that they’re looking to work out the kinds in the near future.

Multiplayer Co-Design Director at Infinity Ward, Joe Cecot recently explained that the developers are “looking at” an assortment of hotly debated issues from “footstep audio” to “battle chatter in one life modes” and “spawns” as a whole.

Just how soon Modern Warfare’s spawning system will be tweaked remains to be seen, however Infinity Ward has been quick to implement changes across the board since release. 

Recently, Dead Silence was the source of much controversy in the community and in a rapid October 28 patch, the footstep-dampening Field Upgrade was swiftly adjusted.

Call of Duty

3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.