The last Call of Duty game I played was Modern Warfare 2. The one back in 2009. It was a AAA series back then, but obviously in the last 13 years of constant releases, CoD has become a gaming franchise juggernaut (one I’m happy to observe from the sidelines). It has also cultivated a reputation (at least from this outsider’s perspective) as something of a bro-shooter, accompanying frat toxicity and all.
Jokes about the game’s demographic aside, though, I actually had some fun with the new Warzone DMZ mode this weekend, which is free to play. Whereas previously CoD aped the Battle Royal trend that other games had started (and that is still here as well, it seems), now they’ve taken aim at the extraction shooter genre, which again, other games have done previously (and better). DMZ is like Tarkov-lite, a local arcade port of the more hardcore extraction game.
But, that faster and more “gamey” run and gun style is fun in its own right, with less stakes (and sting) than a real extraction game. As janky as it was, there was a lot to like about the mode. I doubt I’ll stick with it long term like I have with Hunt, but for the cover price, I’ve found it to be an entertaining palate cleanse in-between bouts of slaughtering the hordes in Darktide.