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New data shows why Modern Warfare lag could be worse than Black Ops 4

Published: 27/Sep/2019 1:03 Updated: 27/Sep/2019 13:36

by Alan Bernal

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A deep dive analysis into the Call of Duty Modern Warfare beta revealed huge problems in the game’s netcode, which “could be worse than Black Ops 4.”

Infinity Ward and Activision are gearing up to release their reimagining of the legendary Modern Warfare series on October 25, and have been giving players a taste of the action with a ton of chances to demo the title.

Everything from guns, character models, settings, game physics and more have been impressing their fans, but some players’ experiences are being marred by the less-than-stellar performances experienced from wonky connections.

ActivisionWith all the action happening in a typical CoD match, the network needs to be able to catch up.

But YouTuber ‘Battle(non)sense’ gave players a closer look into the netcode for the upcoming CoD title, “which should give us a good idea of what the final version will be like.”

The results, however, weren’t encouraging as Battle(non)sense saw consistent trends that highlighted many flaws that can cause anything from network delays, in-game latency, and more.

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Right off the bat, the YouTuber noticed that the ping values he was reading in-game did NOT match up with what he was actually getting.

But what was more worrying was that MW’s voice over IP solution uses a Peer-to-Peer system, which apparently made it impossible to prevent teammates from seeing his IP address even after disabling comms.

When comparing the network delays for damage, gunfire, and movement in the MW beta, they were “much, much worse” compared to the result of Black Ops 4.

Battle(non)sense YouTubeNetwork lag measures that show MW’s net code being worse than Black Ops 4.

Modern Warfare’s netcode favors the shooter. So aggressive players racking up kills might have noticed smooth gameplay.

As for the people getting shot in the MW beta, you’ve probably “died behind cover or wondered why in the kill cam you sometimes didn’t fire a single shot even though you fired at least five shots before you died.”

This could be attributed to the “way too long” network delays when getting shot at, since the network struggles to keep up with all the action.

Modern Warfare is set for a huge worldwide release, but it seems like the teams at Activision and Infinity Ward should improve the network before the millions of players bombard their servers.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby

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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.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
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Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive 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. 

Charged Jump

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. 

EMP Blast 

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 Grenade

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

Warzone zombie fight
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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.