Call of Duty: Warzone Review: Why is it so popular?

Call of Duty's great take on the battle royale genre.

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Call of Duty: Warzone Review: Why is it so popular?

Call of Duty's great take on the battle royale genre.

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We rate Call of Duty: Warzone an 8.5/10

8.5/10

Quick Summary

Call of Duty: Warzone is an incredible take of a battle royale game. With the introduction of many great and unique features such as the Gulag, Buy Stations, contracts, and loadouts, the game is easily enjoyable for all. However, we must say that sometimes it feels like loadout drops play a huge role in how well you do, making it much harder for those new to the game.

Pros

  • Many great and unique features
  • Great map with many environments
  • Loadouts are a great addition
  • Buy Stations help mix up the game

Cons

  • The gameplay is a bit too focused around loadout drops
  • Sounds can be inconsistent

Rating

What is Call of Duty?

Call of Duty is a first-person shooter game franchise that started out in 2003. The Call of Duty game franchise has seen games set during world wars, modern times, futuristic times, and even in outer space. The first Call of Duty game was released back in 2003, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (which Warzone is apart of), was released in 2019 and is the 16th Call of Duty instalment.

What is Call of Duty: Warzone?

Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play 150 player battle royale game. It was released on March 10, 2020, and is a part of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. You do not need to purchase Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to play Warzone. Call of Duty: Warzone is the second Battle Royale instalment in the Call of Duty series, the first being “Blackout” from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

You may also like to check out our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review.

At the start of the game, players parachute into the map of Verdansk. Once you land, you will need to loot gear and equipment to defend yourself and eliminate any threats. As the game progresses and enemy players are eliminated, the playable area will shrink smaller and smaller as a toxic gas closes in. The last team standing wins.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen many renditions of the popular battle royale game mode. Call of Duty: Warzone separates itself from these other battle royale games with the introduction of many great features such as the gulag, buy stations, and loadouts.

About Warzone

Unlike most other battle royale games, Call of Duty: Warzone can hold 150 player games without the performance taking a hit. This in itself is impressive, but what’s more impressive is that in quads it can hold 200 player games without impacting the performance of the game.

Call of Duty: Warzone review
Call of Duty: Warzone - Credit: Activision

Call of Duty: Warzone review: Verdansk

From dense city streets to mountainous terrain, the map of Verdansk has many different environments and includes 20 points of interest. These are:

  • Airport
  • Boneyard
  • Dam
  • Downtown
  • Farmland
  • Hills
  • Hospital
  • Lumber
  • Military Base
  • Park
  • Port
  • Prison
  • Promenade East
  • Promenade West
  • Quarry
  • Stadium
  • Storage Town
  • Superstore
  • TV Station
  • Train Station

Here’s a view of the map in-game.

Call of Duty: Warzone map
Call of Duty: Warzone map - Credit: Call of Duty: Warzone

The Verdansk map is huge, but thankfully, there are many ways of getting around quickly. Below is a short list of the vehicles currently available, all of which are visible on the map.

  • SUV (4 players)
  • ATV (2 players)
  • Cargo Truck (4 players)
  • Tac Rover (4 players)
  • Helicopter (4 players)

Call of Duty: Warzone review: Gulag

The Gulag is easily one of the best and most innovative additions to a battle royale game. Whilst playing Call of Duty: Warzone, upon your first death in Verdansk, you will be taken to the Gulag where you will face off in a 1v1 against another player who has been killed in the same game. The winner of the 1v1 will be redeployed back into the game, whereas whoever loses will be eliminated from the game and will have to be bought back at a Buy Station by their teammates.

Call of Duty: Warzone gulag
Call of Duty: Warzone Gulag - Credit: Activision

Call of Duty: Warzone review: Buy stations

Speaking of Buy Stations, the name is pretty self-explanatory, but these are stations scattered across the Warzone map where you’re able to spend your cash in exchange for:

  • Teammate redeployment ($4,500)
  • Armour Plate Bundle ($1,500)
  • Gas Mask ($3,000)
  • Cluster Strike ($3,000)
  • Precision Airstrike ($3,500)
  • UAV ($4,000)
  • Self-Revive Kit ($4,500)
  • Munitions Box ($5,000)
  • Armour Box ($6,000)
  • Loadout Drop Marker ($10,000)

You can earn money by finding it as floor loot, from opening crates, killing enemy players, and completing contracts found around the map.

Call of Duty: Warzone review: Loadouts

Before searching for a game of Call of Duty: Warzone, you may have noticed a tab named ‘Weapons’. Under this tab you will find ‘Edit Loadout’, this is where you create your loadouts.

Loadouts allow you to choose your primary and secondary weapons, tacticals, lethals, and perks, as well as being able to customise weapon attachments and camos. Throughout games, loadout drops will get dropped around the map at certain points in the game. These drops allow you to select one of the loadouts that you have created. If you haven’t created a loadout, there will be default loadouts for you to choose from.

Call of Duty: Warzone loadout
Call of Duty: Warzone loadout creator - Credit: Call of Duty: Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone review: Field Upgrades

The introduction of Field Upgrades is another great addition we didn’t know we wanted. You can find Field Upgrades from loot crates and they can give you the advantage over other players, especially if you use them effectively. Here’s a list of all of the Field Upgrades available in Warzone:

  • Munitions Box – Deploy a box of ammo for you and your teammates.
  • Armour Box – Deploy a box of armour for you and your teammates.
  • Recon Drone – Remote-controlled drone that marks enemies.
  • Dead Silence – Temporarily makes your footsteps quieter, kills refresh duration.
  • Stopping Power Rounds – Reload your gun with stopping power rounds that deal extra damage.
  • Trophy System – Deployable autonomous defence system that destroys up to three nearby pieces of equipment and projectiles.
  • Deployable Cover – Portable, rapidly-deployable ballistic cover.

Call of Duty: Warzone review: Plunder

The objective of Plunder is to collect the most cash than any other team. Upon killing enemy players, they will drop a percentage of their total cash on the ground which you can take. Another way to make money in this mode is by completing contracts, upon completion, these will reward you with significant amounts of cash. There are also Cash Drops that happen throughout the game. These Cash Drops are dropped from planes and collecting these packages will give you a lot of free cash. The most lucrative way of getting large amounts of cash is by destroying Attack Choppers. If you find one of these, be careful as if you try and attack it, it may fire back at you. This is the most difficult way of getting cash but is the most rewarding. The most common way of collecting cash is from loot crates and floor loot.

Call of Duty: Warzone review
Call of Duty: Warzone - Credit: Activision

Once a team reaches $300,000 total cash, Cash Deposit Helipads become active. These act like piggy-banks, if you have  a lot of cash you may want to deposit the cash you have so you don’t risk losing some if you die. However, these helipads are often high in traffic so be aware you may run into another team trying to deposit their cash.

Another method of depositing your cash is by a Cash Deposit Balloon. This comes in the form of a Field Upgrade which can be found in loot crates or purchased at Buy Stations and can be used anywhere in Verdansk. However, it’s worth noting that the balloon can be destroyed as they float in the air, so make sure you’re in a safe area when you use this.

Once the first team reaches a total of $1,000,000 cash, the game will enter a “bonus round” period. During this period, players have two minutes to try and defeat the team in first place in an attempt to gain enough cash to become the team with the most cash.

Call of Duty: Warzone review: Pricing

Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play 150 player battle royale game. It was released on March 10, 2020, and is a part of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. You do not need to purchase Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to play Warzone. However, progress from Warzone translates across to other modes in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, such as multiplayer. If you’re interested in this, check out our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review, or purchase the game below.

If you would like to purchase this game for Windows, you will need to purchase the game from Blizzard.

Quick Answers

Is Call of Duty: Warzone free?

Yes, Call of Duty: Warzone is free-to-play.

Is Call of Duty: Warzone good?

Call of Duty: Warzone is an incredible take of a battle royale game. It introduces many unique features that mix up the gameplay, such as the Gulag, Buy Stations, contracts, and loadouts.

Call of Duty: Warzone review: Conclusion

Call of Duty: Warzone is an incredible take of a battle royale game. It introduces many unique features that mix up the gameplay, such as the Gulag, Buy Stations, contracts, and loadouts. Our favourite new feature is the Gulag. Having the ability to die and then have a second chance to be redeployed if you win the Gulag fight, along with being able to be redeployed at Buy Stations by teammates, makes the game much more enjoyable. We must say, sometimes it feels like loadout drops play a huge role in how well you do, making it much harder for those new to the game.

Rating

Visually Reviewed Rated 8.5

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