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I Get the “Movement Bros”

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Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 took steps backward

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Back in the Counter-Strike days, there was bunny hopping. You could call it one of the first movement metas.

And like most players, I could never get the hang of it — and no one seriously used it to win pubs or tournaments.

After reading the responses to one of my latest Call of Duty posts as well as playing a slower Modern Warfare 2 for weeks now, I’m beginning to understand the movement shooter crowd.

Like the majority of FPS gamers back in the day, I concentrated on other fundamentals — map knowledge, positioning, and aiming. But developers have to make a game that allows us to vibe on its fundamentals for it to all work.

And Infinity Ward is definitely not doing that.

Modern Warfare 2’s maps were obviously not tailor-made for team game modes. Especially when you consider the new spawn system — there’s no flow anymore.

Positioning is up in the air — we’ll see what happens after the first few CoD tournaments go off.

And aiming has never been a huge skill gap fundamental in Call of Duty. It’s a flick-arcade, not a flick-pixel, shooter.

So with nothing to sink our teeth into, the CoD community is so down bad that they’re now on all fours, “G Walking.

I’m not doing that, by the way. Slide canceling at least looked professional.

If you survey the online competitive FPS landscape you’ll notice that sliding, mantling, and momentum have become standard for modern arcade shooters.

And what’s disappointing is that Call of Duty is the arcade shooter but Apex Legends does more to evolve the genre.

Apex Legends just flows. Everything from the tracking-based shooting, movement set, special abilities, elements — zip lines, slopes, and inventory UI/UX are expertly designed.

Apex Legends is one of the most low-friction experiences in gaming. And I can see why the CoD community was crying about the slide-canceling nerf.

Conclusion

Will Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 last 2 years? We’ll see. I’m already playing Warzone less and less.

See you on the battlefield and as always, stay cool gentlemen.

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