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Angry gamers review bomb Modern Warfare over “anti-Russia” content

Published: 28/Oct/2019 18:46 Updated: 28/Oct/2019 20:38

by Brent Koepp


Modern Warfare released to rave reviews from critics, however some gamers argue the latest Call of Duty unfairly represents Russia in the story, and launched a campaign to review bomb it on Metacritic.

Call of Duty’s latest release arrived on October 25, and was well received by critics and fans of the series, with the game scoring an 86 out of 100 on the review aggregate site Metacritic. 

However, the game’s plot focusing on a Russian leader being the enemy has angered some gamers to organize a review bomb campaign, as they argue the first person shooter is using its story for “propaganda”, and accuse the writers of pushing “Russophobic” stereotypes. 

ActivisionThe least Call of Duty released on October 25 and has become a lightning rod on Metacritic.

 In the story, players face off against Russian armed forces led by general Roman Barkov, who is portrayed as a ruthless occupying force. While most critical reviews seemed to praise the games writing, some Russian Call of Duty players are outraged by what they feel is the game getting too political.

Over on Metacritic, angry players have review bombed the FPS title, and sunk the user score down to 2.4 out of 10 which has now put the game in the red. Many of the users echo the same claim of “propaganda”, while some argue the game is factually incorrect about real life events.

MetacriticFans are not happy.

In the lead to MW’s release, Infinity Ward promised that the shooter would make players question their own morality, as the game would have “morally-gray” scenarios written into the story.

However, many of the Russian players leaving negative reviews for the game argue that the story makes it pretty clear that Russia are the bad guys. “There is no “gray morality.” Only political propaganda. It’s painful for me, as a veteran of the war in Syria, to watch the russian soldiers put up as Nazis and maniac psychopaths,” one review read.

MetacriticAn example of one of the negative reviews user are leaving, arguing the game is biased.

While Call of Duty is a work of fiction, the military shooter does base some of its stories around real events, which has become a source of anger for those that argue the latest iteration of the popular FPS presents an “alternate” history.

It is unclear if Metacritic will take down the reviews or leave them, as some of the feedback in review bombing campaigns are actually from those that bought the product. However as of the time of this article, the user score continues to be in the low negatives and Activision has not commented. 

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CDL Kickoff Classic 2021 – Mutineers make surprise comeback against FaZe

Published: 24/Jan/2021 0:30 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 2:10

by Albert Petrosyan


The Call of Duty League’s 2021 campaign is just around the corner, but before the Black Ops Cold War professional season starts, the preseason has kicked off with the Kickoff Classic – where fans finally get to see the league’s best compete.

  • Skyz and Mutineers come back from 2-1 to beat FaZe 3-2
  • Guerrillas outlast Surge in year’s first Map 5
  • iLLeY’s clutch plays ruin Clayster’s grudge match in 3-0 win vs. Subliners

CDL Kickoff Classic: Stream

CDL Kickoff Classic: Schedule & scores

Sunday, January 24

London Royal Ravens vs Paris Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 25)
Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 25)
OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 25)

Saturday, January 23

Dallas Empire 3-0 New York Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 24)
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Seattle Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 24)
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Florida Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 24)

Empire continue championship form, FaZe (and Surge) falter

The Dallas Empire were the best Call of Duty team in 2020 and that form has lasted into 2021. The day started with 2020 MVP Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro racking up 35 kills and just 17 deaths with almost two minutes of hill time on Map 1, but then it became the Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal show as the upsurging player hit star form with some huge clutches.

With Empire cleaning up their former teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks’ New York Subliners, the day moved on with two tight Map 5’s. First, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov and the Los Angeles Guerrillas outdueled a revamped Seattle Surge 3-2 and then, in a twist few saw coming, the Florida Mutineers came back against the Atlanta FaZe.

As Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno returned to the form that earned him MVP candidacy in 2020, the Mutineers flew back from a 2-1 deficit and eventually clinched the 3-2 victory against a FaZe team who stood near the top of most standings for this season.

Sunday, January 24

CDL Kickoff Classic: Teams & players

With this being the first official CDL matches in Black Ops Cold War, a lot of eyes are watching how the new rosters perform. All 12 teams had to make at least one change due to the switch to a 4v4 format, with some opting to completely revamp their squads.

Former Huntsman, Arcitys, will make his debut for Atlanta FaZe against the new-look Florida Mutineers, one of the top teams from the 2020 season, while Toronto Ultra and Minnesota ROKKR will add another installment to their “Battle of the North” rivalry.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal Ravens Seany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles Thieves SlasheR, Kenny, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Attach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners ZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion Skrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, CleanX, Cammy