In a recent earnings report, Activision revealed that 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare outperformed every other Call of Duty up until this point in terms of both sales and number of players online. Despite having its fair share of issues, the game still became the most successful Call of Duty of this console generation.
However, that didn’t stop professional Call of Duty player Seth “Scump” Abner from sharing his opinion on the most recent franchise entry.
The Chicago Huntsmen star didn’t pull any punches during a recent tier list ranking featuring an assortment of Call of Duty titles. The list spanned from “god” to “trash,” with numbers one through four in-between. When Modern Warfare entered the discussion, Scump didn’t waste any time deciding that it was “trash” tier.
“If Warzone didn’t come out in this game, worst COD, one of the worst CODs ever made. Warzone saved this game so unbelievably hard,” he said.
Scump explained that the game is “counterintuitive,” and that “it’s a squad-based spawn system so if you sneak through, you spawn on your teammates, it’s the worst Call of Duty ever made.”
The 24-year-old also lamented the “horrible” map design, the inclusion of skill-based matchmaking, and lack of “Dead Silence” as well.
It shouldn’t be surprising that a high-level Call of Duty player such as Scump would take issue with many of the design decisions that Infinity Ward made with Modern Warfare. Much of the game’s map design got away from the traditional three-lane structure in favor of more organic designs that feature a lot more angles and corners. This, coupled with the extremely low time-to-kill, left many Call of Duty veterans frustrated with the game’s leanings toward camping.
These are just a couple of the issues many players have had with Modern Warfare, and perhaps the only hope at this point is that Treyarch will fix these issues with this year’s entry into the franchise.
Max is a freelance writer based in Vancouver, Washington. Armed with a BS in Game Design, he is mainly focused on covering Call of Duty, Legends of Runeterra, and streamer culture for Level Push.