Call of Duty: Warzone (Series) Review
Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.
There are two main game modes, Battle Royal and Plunder, but also limited time events that incorporate new game modes.
Battle Royal has 150 players battling to be the last squad standing. The map gets smaller in playable area throughout the duration of the game. If players die they have a chance to respawn for free by winning in the Gulag: a one on one fight with random weapons. Players can be bought back into the game if squamates have collected enough cash. If all squad members die and lose the Gulag they are eliminated form the match.
Plunder is similar but instead of being the last squad standing, squads are racing to collect the most cash as possible. Once any team reaches 1 million cash collected a two minute bonus round starts. The squad with the most cash at the end of the two minutes wins the game. Squads gain cash by killing other team, completing contracts, and searching for cash around the map. Plunder has no Gulag and squads keep respawning throughout the whole match.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 150 players online. Squads of 1 to 4 players for each game mode. Each game mode has its own limit for players in a squad. There is a toggle option, squad fill, which will add player(s) to your squad depending on the squad size for the selected game mode. There are limited time game mode events that change up the total amount of players in an game and per squad.
Cross-Play: Call of Duty: Warzone has cross-platform and cross-generation play on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, PC. You can tie your profile, progression, and statistics to an Activision account and switch between platforms without losing in-game progress.
Call of Duty: Warzone
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game. Warzone is free to play requiring no subscription for PC and PlayStation but requires Xbox Live to play.
Warzone in-game purchases and battle pass are shared with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Similarly, you can buy cosmetic packs with COD Points (CP) which is bought with real money. There is a free Battle Pass that will reward up to 200 CP and cosmetic items. The Battle Pass has a premium level that cost 1000 CP with more cosmetic items and rewards up to 1300 CP.
Rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of graphic violence towards human-like characters. Violence involves the use of a wide array of weapons, from guns through to rocket launchers and explosives. When characters are shot, they react realistically with some blood splatter. A cut scene shows an enemy character's throat being cut, in slow motion, resulting in sight of blood spray from the wound.
ESRB MATURE 17+ with blood and gore, drug reference, intense violence, strong language, and suggestive themes. Players use machine guns, shotguns, sniper rifles, and explosives to kill enemies in frenetic combat. Battles are accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and blood-splatter effects. A handful of attacks result in dismemberment. The game includes multiplayer badges that depict illustrations of marijuana leaves and smoking; other illustrations depict close-up angles of partially exposed cleavage and buttocks. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.
How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.
Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.
Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.
Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.
How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.
Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.
Some spoken content has subtitles: Some spoken content has subtitles.
Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.
How the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds and spaces.
Head-Up Display: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trails and the like.
How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.
Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.
Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.
You can customise the controls for the game as follows:
Select Preset Controller Mappings: Select preset button layouts.
Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.
Remap Game Menu Access: You can remap buttons to pause and access game menu.
Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.
Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.
Informative Vibration: Controller vibration indicates aspects of the game, echoing visual and audio cues.
How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
High Contrast Mode: You can adjust the contrast of the game to be high-contrast, or the game already has high contrast visuals.
Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.
Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.
Turn Off Blood: Reduce or disable graphic content of blood and gore.
Turn Off Dismemberment: Disable graphic depiction of dismembered bodies and corpses.
How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.
Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.
Visual Depiction of Directional Audio: Indication on screen with arrows, icons, located colour splashes and the like, to show where directional audio for damage, footsteps, environmental or way-finding sounds are coming from.
How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.
Text Chat: Chat to other players by typing text.
Voice Chat: Chat to other players by speaking with headset.
Filtered Chat: Option to filter out profanity and/or sharing of personal information from online chat.
Ping Communication: Send quick preset messages to teammates as safer alternative to open communication.
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.
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