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Shroud, Summit1g & Nadeshot claim Warzone is “easier” on controller

Published: 26/Mar/2020 11:46

by Jacob Hale

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The controller vs mouse and keyboard debate is one that may never die – but now some of the biggest names in esports and streaming have had their say on the difference in new Call of Duty battle royale Warzone.

While the debate has always been a present one, it heightened when Fortnite Battle Royale was made cross-play, allowing players on various platforms to play against each other in the same lobby.

Since then, aim assist on controllers became a huge problem for PC players, while controller players were incensed at the clear mechanical advantage of using a mouse and keyboard. This argument has continued into Warzone, and Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag have had their say.

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Warzone offers cross-play so people can play against players on all different platforms.

After dying to what he believes is a controller player, Summit immediately called out “the robot” and how powerful controllers are in Warzone. Shroud added that it’s especially prevalent with pistols, implying that pistol use with a controller and aim assist is overpowered.

Summit then chimed back in with a slightly different opinion, and one that isn’t a common argument in the debate. He said: “On mouse and keyboard, the longer a gunfight lasts, the worse the situation gets for us. I feel like on console, the longer the fight lasts, the better the console player’s going to do.”

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He added as a final note that “the robot is going to be the long-term game-changer,” to summarize his view.

Nadeshot: Close range “easier” on controller

Similarly, Nadeshot believes controller players have some big advantages – but doesn’t entirely sit on either side of the debate. In a tweet on March 25, he said that it is an “absolute fact” that “close/medium range gunfights are easier on controller,” but also that long-range gunfights and sniping are “obviously much easier” on keyboard and mouse.

As has become clear, this debate will probably never reach its natural conclusion, with arguments being made for either case and people often believing that their preferred input is at somewhat of a disadvantage.

What is clear though, for the most part, is that a lot of the top names in the industry are having a blast on Warzone – regardless of how they play.

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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.