Streaming star Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins isn’t too keen on custom loadouts in Call of Duty: Warzone, claiming they can make the game “annoying” to play.
Unlike other battle royale games, Infinity Ward mixed up the typical formula of the genre by giving players the option of purchasing a custom loadout during a match. After collecting $6,000, players can go to a Buy Station to choose which of their pre-made loots to call in.
Typically, players would have to solely rely on what they find on the map to win in a battle royale, making these loadouts a sour point of contention with longtime fans of the genre.
Taking umbrage with the option to equip custom loadouts, Ninja detailed his experiences after noticing troublesome patterns in Warzone.
“Unpopular opinion: Custom loadouts in Warzone = everyone has a thermal sniper and there is so much less variety,” Ninja said. “Annoying getting sniped by 30 people and being thirsted from 400M away cuz some player has an HDR thermal 16x scope and kills me [when I am] knocked.”
However, the opinion might not be as unpopular as he thinks, as many people replied to the Mixer frontman expressing similar sentiments.
Unpopular opinion. Custom load outs in war zone = everyone has a thermal sniper and there is so much less variety. Annoying getting sniped by 30 people and being thirsted from 400M away cuz some player has an HDR thermal 16x scope and kills me knocked.
— Ninja (@Ninja) March 14, 2020
Players like CLG Apex Legends pro Jack ‘NiceWigg’ Martin agreed with Ninja, saying that the loadouts make the game a lot more “campy” while giving a lot of leeway for “high ground snipers."
Detroit running back Kerryon Johnson backed up the longtime Lions fan, saying that custom loadouts “ruin” Warzone.
Battle royales have been loved and hated in the past for the scavenging element of the game.
Told y’all....TAKE THEM OUT...ruins the mode https://t.co/RGY83OuRsE
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) March 14, 2020
Though the nature of the random number generator (RNG) can give one team very little to work with while giving another seemingly everything they need, there’s a bizarre element of fairness in the irregular distribution of loot.
With the ability to buy specific loadouts, Ninja has been seeing players equip the same type of weaponry that can make the game feel stale.
The cash and Buy Station components in Warzone look like they’re here to stay, so it’ll be interesting to see how IW adapts if more players voice concerns over custom loadouts.