The 7 biggest sins of the beta – CoD has to change that for the release

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Modern Warfare 2 could be tested for two weeks before release. Players have 7 major criticisms of the new Call of Duty. Do you think so?

Santa Monica, USA – The Modern Warfare 2 beta ended after two weeks. The players were able to test the new Call of Duty extensively for two weeks before it was released in the open beta. A lot of feedback has accumulated – positive and negative. We summarize the opinions and show you the biggest mistakes that Activision should fix by October 28th and the things that are already great.

name of the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
release October 28, 2022
Publishers Activision
Row Call of Duty
developer Infinity Ward
platform PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
genre First person shooter

Modern Warfare 2: Experts and fans argue about beta – what was good and what was bad?

The beta is ending: The new Call of Duty will not be released until the end of October 2022. But since September 16, players have been able to let off steam in the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer beta. Since Monday, September 26th ended the open beta. So the players had two weeks to get an idea of ​​​​the next CoD.

However, it must be noted that Xbox and PC players were only allowed to test in the second beta week. PlayStation players were the only ones allowed to use the full test time. We asked around and collected feedback from thousands of testers. What are players saying about the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and what needs to change before the full release on October 28th?

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What was good about the beta: We summarize here the collected opinions of the fans of Reddit, and social media like together. We supplement the whole thing with feedback from experts and professionals who have been dealing intensively with Call of Duty for years. At the start there are things from the beta that were really well received.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare already brought many modes with © Activision / Call of Duty in the beta
  • Map design: many maps offer verticality, i.e. differences in height. However, the proven 3-lane structure is still used. So there are usually three routes from A to B (The CoD classic).
  • Movement: The new movement techniques such as on edge slopes (and thus focus on pistols) or the improved Dolphin Jump: The new movement in the water is also popular and opens up new tactics.
  • Waffenschmied 2.0: The new weapon editor in MW2 is more complex than before, but can save you a lot of grind and lures with cool unlock options.
  • Sound design: Weapons sound rich, explosions shake the environment realistically – except for footsteps.
  • Perk Balance: I like the choice of supporting extras and the categorization.
  • Vehicles: The diversity and handling of vehicles on water, land and in the air. But that will only really show up in Warzone 2.
  • New multiplayer modes: 3rd person combat and hostage rescue add variety.
  • Kill and Scorestreaks: You can choose whether you get drones, planes or the Juggernaut through kills or points.
Modern Warfare 2's new Gunsmith 2.0 Editor offers plenty of customization options
Modern Warfare 2’s new Gunsmith 2.0 editor offers plenty of customization options © Activision

Here we have analyzed the most important changes and innovations in the multiplayer of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 for you.

Call of Duty: Open Beta draws criticism from Modern Warfare 2 players

What was bad in the MW2 beta? Even if the Modern Warfare beta is well received overall and the players are already spending countless hours in the first-person shooter, there is (justified) criticism. Here is an overview of what is most frequently and loudly scolded:

  1. Not a classic mini-map: Call of Duty started this mistake in Vangaurd and the players are pissed off.
  2. Footsteps: the volume of the steps is criticized, and the popular extra “Ninja”, which lets you walk quietly, is missing.
  3. No (red) names above enemies: you shoot at your own team more often because you can’t tell friend from foe
  4. TTK Too Fast: Players are requesting a slower time to die.
  5. More destruction on the maps would be good, similar to what Battlefield (used to) had.
  6. Cheater: In the last few days, hackers in particular in the Modern Warfare 2 beta made sure that console players had to turn off crossplay
  7. The menu interface: the individual ones for all the content that has nothing to do with direct combat are complex and not very intuitive. Many players complain that navigating menus, selection screens and the lobby with the controller is unnecessarily difficult.
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Modern Warfare 2 lets players argue – will there be changes before the new CoD is released?

The players argue about this: The TTK is once again a controversial topic Numero Uno. Many players grumble: in the new CoD you often fall over without even being able to react. Other players counter that it is more realistic and a fast TTK is fun. However, the critics say that the current TTK invites you to camp in Modern Warfare 2, since you cannot really effectively counter the lazy opponents. If campers use the best weapons of the MW2 Beta, you have little chance.

Here’s how we rate the beta: Our shooter experts on each have over 20 and 15 years of first-person shooter experience with Call of Duty and other shooter games such as Battlefield, Halo, Apex or Destiny. The TTK is too fast for even the quick-reacting, younger members of the editorial team and the missing names about soldiers are annoying.

Overall, we really liked the beta and we think that Call of Duty can build on the last great success of 2019 (Modern Warfare 1). We particularly liked the choice between kill or score streaks, as it rewards objective play. A few tweaks to sounds here, balance patches there, and if Activision doesn’t up the grind significantly after the beta, it’s going to be a bomb CoD.

How likely are the changes? It’s still a long month until Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 releases on October 28th. But for the developers, this one month goes by incredibly quickly. Serious changes will not be possible during this time. But the devs can also fix many things with updates and patches – of course even after the release.

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By the way, you don’t take your progress from the beta into the finished game. But those who have leveled up diligently will unlock weapons and other rewards in Modern Warfare 2 right after the release.