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Grau or M4A1 in Warzone: Which is better?

Published: 26/May/2020 12:51 Updated: 27/May/2020 10:40

by Calum Patterson

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Assault Rifles are almost everyone’s go-to weapon in any battle royale, but with so much choice on offer in Warzone, it can be tricky to narrow it down. Most players will opt for either the Grau 5.56 or the M4A1 – but which is the better gun for your loadout?

It’s a big debate now, as the M4 faithful swear by the tried and true AR, but there is a growing number of players swapping it out for the Grau instead, arguing it’s a more versatile weapon, well suited to both long and short-range engagements.

And of course, attachment choices are paramount, so what should you be kitting your AR of choice with? We’ve broken down the pros and cons of each, as well as providing our best Warzone loadouts for whatever one you prefer.

Time-to-kill

  1. M4A1 = 576 ms (vs full armored enemy)
  2. Grau 5.56 = 640 ms (vs full armored enemy)

This is typically the first thing you’ll look for when picking out your rifle. But, it should be noted that having a lower time-to-kill isn’t always ideal, because it relies on you not missing a single bullet.

On paper, the M4A1 wins here, as it’s time-to-kill vs Armor is a bit faster. But, there is an argument that it is harder to control the recoil than the Grau, and so if you can hit more shots consistently, the real time-to-kill might be better with a Grau in hand.

M4A1 and Grau from Modern Warfare
Infinity Ward
Two very similar weapons, but they are splitting opinions.

Accuracy, Range, Damage

These are typically the three main components you’ll be interested in when choosing your rifle. Fire rate is also important, but typically this will be offset by the damage of the weapon. The Oden, for example, has a much slower rate of fire, but it’s damage is also much improved over other AR’s.

Grau

The Grau is incredibly easy to shoot straight, with very limited recoil. This is partly thanks to its slower rate of fire vs the M4. This is one of the reasons it found a new life in Warzone compared to multiplayer. It’s also incredibly versatile, meaning you’ll never feel let down by it at any range.

M4A1

The M4 meanwhile has the same damage (both use 5.56 rounds), but a faster rate of fire at 833rpm. This is what gives it the faster time-to-kill, but only if you hit all of your shots. The faster rate of fire makes it more difficult to control, and therefore you might miss a few of those shots. Here you can see the range comparison, via YouTuber XclusiveAce.

Range for the Grau vs the M4A1 in Modern Warfare
YouTube: XclusiveAce
The shots to kill at range for the M4A1 and Grau, in regular multiplayer.

Attachments

What you use on your weapon really is vitally important, and both the Grau and M4 are complemented in similar ways by the available attachments.

This is subjective, but the Grau arguably has better iron sights, with a much clearer view of the target than the M4. So, you might be able to save yourself a slot by running the Grau with no sight attachment. It actually has a few different types though, depending on the blueprint/barrel.

All iron sights for the Grau in Modern Warfare
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There are five different iron sights for the Grau, depending on the blueprint or barrel you use.

You’ll probably want to run the monolithic suppressor on both the M4 or the Grau, and in Warzone they both benefit from barrels that give more damage at range, even if it does reduce ADS speed. A 50 or 60 round mag is also a great idea, so you don’t have to reload to fully kill an enemy who is shielded up.

The M4 has a touch more recoil, as mentioned previously, so will benefit even more from some form of underbarrel foregrip.

What do the pros say?

If you can’t make up your mind, you might want to look to the pro players. Seth ‘Scump’ Abner argues that the M4 is actually better for controller players, while the Grau is the preference of PC players.

Former pro Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler says the M4 is definitely the better weapon, but the reduced recoil on the Grau makes it a very tempting option.

Meanwhile, Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry and Tyler ‘FeLo’ Johnson both argue that the Grau is the better option overall.

Which one should you use? M4 or Grau

In conclusion, these two weapons are very close, neck-and-neck. Ultimately, it will come down to preference. But, you might also want to consider your playstyle.

If you don’t mind running and gunning without a sight on your weapon, the Grau is the better choice. You can burst into a small room and use this thing just like an SMG. Not having a sight on the weapon may also allow you to use an attachment slot on the Fully Loaded perk – making this the perfect loadout to pickup after winning your Gulag or being bought back.

The M4, on the other hand, is much better used with a red dot sight or maybe even a thermal hybrid. Use the M16 barrel, a ranger foregrip and 60 round mags, and you’ll be well prepared to pick off targets from a distance. It can even be a good substitute for a sniper, until you get your hands on a second loadout drop.

That’s just our opinion though, and there are many ways you could set up the M4 or the Grau to suit your playstyle. Check out our recommended loadouts for the Grau here.

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby

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From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

Call of Duty WWII screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

Make sure you bookmark this feature and check out our Call of Duty hub for all the latest CoD 2021 news.