I don’t always agree with Guy Beahm aka Dr. DisRespect, but when it comes to his latest reviews on the Call of Duty battle royale, war zone, he’s right about the money.
Raven Software, the developer behind war zone, aims to increase the time to kill (TTK) of the game, the time it takes for players to eliminate each other in the game. A higher TTK usually means you have to pump more balls into a opponent to bite the dust. Lower TTKs speed up the game, but make it much easier to die and harder to get out of a scratch.
There is always a balance to be found. If the TTK is too high, the fight can feel like a slog. If the TTK is too low, you’ll find yourself dying with no chance to respond. In a fast game like Call of Duty, you don’t want the TTK to be too high because it slows down the game too much.
Right now in war zone I think the time to kill is about right. This varies depending on how much armor a player is wearing, of course, but aside from well-placed headshots with powerful sniper rifles, it usually takes a full clip to take someone down.
Often players will have time to slide and take cover before dying, but you’ll get the satisfying sound of broken armor, which means they have to tackle before pushing. The TTK is significantly higher, largely due to armor, than in traditional Call Of Duty multiplayer.
But Raven Software would like to slightly increase the TTK and plans to do so by reducing the aim down sight (ADS) speed.
This is the time it takes to bring your weapon from a hip-firing position to the sights for a more accurate shot. There are all sorts of ways to tinker with the Call Of Duty arsenal, often increasing ADS by sacrificing other stats or vice versa.
For close combat with SMGs and shotguns, fast ADS time can mean the difference between life and death. For longer range fights (outside of crazy snipers who have fast range like they were born for it) ADS is less important than recoil control and range, but it’s all one playstyle issue.
The important thing here is that fast ADS, like a lower TTK, makes the game faster and smoother. This speed is a big reason why I prefer Black Ops Cold War at war zone in terms of gunplay, and with an even bigger reduction in ADS and an increase in TTK, my preference gap will only get wider.
Many COD pros have spoken out against these changes, noting that the decrease in ADS will only benefit campers:
Now, Dr. DisRespect has spoken about Raven’s plans, warning that these changes will seriously damage Call Of Duty’s “iconic” shooter in the game (via Dexerto).
“It goes against even the most basic design principles,” he said.
“Believe it or not, they actually want to increase the ADS time of the game! To increase kill time? No damage, as only two or three bullets pass through the 7hz servers we play on. No, they increase ADS times. There’s no way I’m doing something like that in a game I made.
DisRespect noted that it won’t be making similar changes to slow down gameplay in its own upcoming shooter, midnight society.
“Let me tell you, we won’t do that in Midnight Society,” he said. “I want this game to be fun.”
The biggest problem with reducing ADS and increasing TTK, DisRespect points out, is that it makes the game less athletic and less fun by taking away from a player’s ability to react quickly in a given situation. Of course, players can use weapons with low ADS, but that’s the player’s choice. Reduced ADS on all weapons impact all players.
“You want to make the game less fun? Less athletic? Want to give the player less immediate control? As an answer? This is not the way to go at all. This is a huge mistake. You want to make the game, especially Call of Duty, and especially here in Warzone, as athletic as possible.
“Everyone wants TTK to be balanced, but that’s not the Raven way,” DisRespect said. “Everyone says it, and I agree. That’s not what we do here!
The popular streamer compared war zone current state at the fall of battle royale game H1Z1, one of the first of its kind, and now nearly dead and gone. I’m not sure things are that dark yet. Yes, there are many problems with war zone at the moment, and it will almost certainly make things worse, but the new map is still a nice change and – until Raven bizarrely deleted almost all Vanguard playlists – gave players some nice new content to play with . I particularly liked Vanguard Resurgence which is no longer included in the game’s playlists.
What do you think of this ADS activity? What is your experience with war zone recently? I’m on PC so I know I’m not having all the issues that console gamers have, but it seems a bit difficult. Anyway, let me know about Twitter or facebook.
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