Call of Duty: Warzone 2 review

Call of Duty: Warzone 2 review

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What is it? Modern Warfare 2’s standalone F2P battle royale
Expect to pay: Free to play
Developer: Infinity Ward/Raven software
Publisher: Activision Blizzard
Judged by: Windows 10, Ryzen R7 5700g, 16GB DDR4 Ram, Radeon RX 5700
multiplayer? Up to 150 players
Clutch: www.callofduty.com (opens in new tab)

Despite being bogged down by technical glitches and an excruciatingly clunky UI, Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is a huge step up from its predecessor, with clever implementation of AI soldiers, social features that push the mayhem to new heights, and perhaps most importantly, a fantastic new map.

After all, a battle royale game is only as good as its card, and Al Mazrah is one of the best I’ve played to date. The fictional nation of Udal, a jewel of the Islamic Golden Age, has been crushed by internal strife and foreign intervention. A buffet of associative imagery is available here, with the rolling dunes and rocky outcrops of Al Mazrah reminiscent of the Gulf War, and the devastated neighborhoods of the urban centers evoking the Battle of Mosul. Half-finished financial districts contrast beautifully with battle-torn mosques, crusader castles and bazaars, resulting in a map that feels less artificial and, eerily enough, more inhabited than its Verdansk and Caldera predecessors.

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