It’s fair to say that after a few weeks, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer hasn’t quite pleased everyone, with many lamenting the camping heavy map design and imbalances regarding claymores and sniper shotguns. Thankfully, Infinity Ward have addressed these issues in the latest patch, which also adds two new maps in the form of Krovnik Farmland and Shoot House, while adding Hardpoint to the matchmaking rotation.
As for the patch, buckle up because if there’s something that’s been bothering you about MW’s multiplayer, the odds are likely it’s been addressed. First up, claymores have been nerfed to high heaven, which should please a lot of players. Shooting them now no longer causes lethal damage, with the range and damage width also reduced, and the EOD perk reduces claymore damage even further.
Next up, the infamous 725 Shotgun, star of the Reddit clip from user Tmullz which sees a heavily modified version of the shotgun turn into a sniper rifle, has also been considerably nerfed, with the damage range reduced and spread increased. You know, like a damn shotgun. The M4A1 rifle is also getting a damage nerf, and an increase in recoil.
Footsteps and enemy callouts have also been changed, with footsteps now filtered by geometry, while the volume from a distance has also been reduced. As for callouts, enemies will no longer hear you scream “contact” at the top of your lungs like a soldier who considers stealth and subtlety to be a lousy suggestion. They’ve also been adjusted to be more in line with a player’s line of sight, instead of the near psychic abilities operators had previously.
The full list of patch notes can be found on Reddit, but it seems like a step in the right direction for the game’s multiplayer. That said, the Special Ops mode has received no big patches to address the overwhelming difficulty, which is annoying. Right now, the mode feels unplayable unless you have a competent, four-player squad.
As for the upcoming Battle Pass, Activision and Infinity Ward have announced that it’ll be arriving in December, so you can expect our review-in-progress to be completed around that time too. What are your thoughts on the current state of Modern Warfare’s multiplayer? Sound off in the comments below.