Call of Duty statistician Brad ‘Drift0r’ Overbey has explained why the underrated R9-0 shotgun is actually better than the infamous 725, in a YouTube video uploaded on February 1.
If players were asked to list the most frustrating aspects of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it’s hard to imagine there would be a weapon that appeared more frequently than the 725 shotgun.
Despite multiple nerfs, the 725 is still considered the best shotgun in Modern Warfare, ahead of all its opponents. Its double-barrelled fire rate has been significantly reduced, as has its previously insane range.
The 725 was responsible for a lot of fan anger in MW’s first few weeks.
Drift0r may surprise some people with his opinion of what is actually number one, then. Modern Warfare has a bunch of powerful shotguns, from the aforementioned 725 to the reincarnated Brecci – the Origin 12. However, the American believes the R9-0 tops all of them.
In the latest installment of his well-known ‘In-Depth’ series, Drift0r explains that it’s low-key one of the best weapons in Modern Warfare.
The gun boasts a unique two-shot-then-pump firing mechanism, but this allows consistent quick kills, as opposed to the need to reload with the 725.
While he concedes that the R9-0’s range is not as good as the 725’s, the R9-0’s ability to “clear out an entire room” makes it the best shotgun in Modern Warfare.
“This is a weapon that’s a lot more hip-fire dependent,” he says. “You’re gonna run around really fast, you’re gonna want to spam people.”
Drift0r emphasizes that it requires a certain play-style to maximize its effectiveness – necessitating that players get up close to their enemies and focus their gameplay around the unique two-shot-then-pump mechanism.
As a result of this, the R9-0 probably requires a bit more skill to master than the other shotguns, particularly the 725.
Surviving as one of Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time.
Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.
If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.
Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.
Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good.
Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays.
Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy.
This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius.
Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination.
Zombie ability tips
You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.
Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect.
Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.
Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.
Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to.
If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.