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Ninja explains why custom loadouts in Warzone are “annoying”

Published: 14/Mar/2020 23:47

by Alan Bernal

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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.

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Infinity Ward created a way for players to equip their favorite items with custom loadouts for Warzone.

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.

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.

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.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.