Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Enters Season 5
Note: If you want to learn more about the battle royale genre in general, check out my earlier article on the topic.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare entered Season 5 on August 5th. The new season provided fans with Warzone map changes, new guns, and multiplayer maps. If you haven’t played Warzone before, you can access it for free on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PC.
Something I have noticed in Season 5 of Warzone is that Activision has borrowed from their rival Fortnite when it comes to map changes. Attracting players to a location was something Fortnite excelled in. For example, the center of the map contained a POI that was once called “Dusty Depot” in 2017. However, the name was changed to “Dusty Divot” at a later season. While maintaining the same atmosphere of the original Dusty Depot, it had a certain freshness. In Warzone, the stadium was fully enclosed for the first four seasons. However, for the first time — the stadium is now open and can be fully explored. The change to a POI causes many people to land at that location for at least a few weeks. If you want to be fighting continuously, the stadium is the go-to drop location.
On the Warzone map, there is now a moving train that travels throughout Verdansk. Games that I have played with moving trains are Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and Uncharted 3. Fighting other players on the train is a fun experience particularly when the gas (storm) is pushing you into the safe zone. Some of the ground loot has also changed due to the addition of two new guns, and this can provide players with different early game experiences.
Depending on how far you get in a Warzone match, games can last anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes. If you are looking for a shorter battle royale experience with fewer players — Mini Royale has released with the Season 5 update. Similar to the Quick Match option on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Mini Royale offers a more fast-paced game. Instead of the 5 to 10 minutes of early game looting, you will likely be forced to fight players right off the bat.
The Mastery Challenges in Warzone reminded me of the “Prestige” system of old CoDs such as the Black Ops and World at War series. It is no surprise to me that they want players who are dedicated to the game to keep on grinding for medals and rewards. If you don’t own Modern Warfare, there is currently (as of 08/6/20) a free multiplayer weekend where you can play maps such as Oil Rig and Harbor. I would highly recommend utilizing this to unlock the Grau 5.56 and the Bruen MK9 weapons.
Thanks for reading my article. With the many game improvements and additions, playing season five of Warzone is a no-brainer.