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Call of Duty: Warzone is the best battle royale since Fortnite

Developed by: Infinity Ward

Available on: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

Warzone is a unique Call of Duty take on battle royale. Specifically, it’s a battle royale game where I don’t have time to be bored.

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It’s free to everyone, even those who didn’t buy last year’s Modern Warfare. Modern Warfare players get a nice bonus, though: Everything you do in Warzone counts toward your regular Call of Duty multiplayer and season battlepass progression.

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This is great for a few reasons. Anything you do in Warzone feels like a net gain, especially if you already play Modern Warfare. Also, there is no progression cap as long as Modern Warfare keeps introducing new seasons.

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Warzone also has two new features that make this experience vastly different than anything you can play in Fortnite or Apex Legends.

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Contracts will change your three-person team’s goals from moment to moment. You can either open a bunch of chests for loot, “recon” and hold an area, or try to claim a bounty on another player’s head.

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These elements keep the action tight and frenetic.

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Another feature to keep you playing: The “Gulag” respawn feature lets defeated players get a chance to re-enter the match by fighting each other in a quick one-on-one match with limited weapons.

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Other players on the second floor of the Gulag can witness your fight, including your squadmates who could potentially help you and call out your opponent’s positions during your turn.

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This is basically a mini-version of Gunfight. So Warzone’s “penalty” for losing is a chance to play a quick match of one of the best modes from Modern Warfare.

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This respawn system keeps Warzone’s battle royale matches long. Fortnite matches can last under a minute if you’re eliminated off the drop. In Warzone, an entire half hour could pass and there’ll still be 50 players on the map.

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Warzone is the best take on the battle royale genre since Fortnite. Infinity Ward would be smart to keep its seasons going a la Destiny 2 and Fortnite style. This makes Modern Warfare the best Call of Duty package in years.

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