How the COVID-19 Pandemic Sucked Me Back Into Call of Duty

It’s an old addiction that I just can’t seem to beat.

I didn’t mean to get wrapped up in the world of Call of Duty but it happened (again). I had come to this understanding that my Call of Duty days were behind me. I had simply completed the campaign and spent a few hours in Zombies in WWII and had spent even less time in Black Ops 4. Quite simply, I had grown tired of it all.

But then Warzone came out, and here I find myself writing about how I can’t stop playing a COD game almost four years after a post bemoaning my Zombies addiction.

It’s not that I enjoy battle royale modes; I was never able to get into Fortnite or Apex Legends and saw too many buggy videos of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to want to try it. The whole idea of having to spend time waiting to get into a match, only to get killed within the first two minutes never appealed to me. (Yes, yes, I should just get good).

More than anything, I think Warzone just came out at the right time. Who knew releasing a free game (or at least, game mode) amidst a global pandemic would be good for business?

Nobody would have been able to account for all the new players who now have a sudden increase in free time. And, the fact that the Warzone is free-to-play pretty much agrees with every player’s wallet at the moment.

While these are two big reasons many players will say pushed them to try the game mode, I will say that they aren’t what got me hooked on it. After all, free games come out all the time and only some of them stick around.

Teamplay and Communication

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So, a major reason I got sucked into Black Ops 3 Zombies in 2016 was the teamplay involved in the game. I’ve always felt that working with other players as a unit to complete goals amplifies gameplay experiences.

In Zombies, you create a small team to go after the map’s Easter Egg, and every player is required to do his or her role if the team is to be successful. Naturally, you need to communicate and build relationships with your teammates if you want to play well.

Many of the same elements can be seen in Warzone. You create a small team and then try to work together to outlast the other teams on the map. While the game mode doesn’t have players perform the same tasks they would in a Zombies game, communication and teamwork is required. You aren’t going to be able to outlast other teams of three or four without talking to others (unless you’re really amazing) and this is part of what has got me so sucked into the game.

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Since I stopped playing Zombies, I have not really had too many of these intense teamplay experiences. There was a period of about two months where I got sucked into Rainbow Six Siege but it didn’t last because Battlefield 1 had come out shortly after I had bought Siege.

I was an unemployed graduate when Battlefield 1 was released so I really poured hours into the game. I did experience a lot of teamplay with the game but this all stopped after the people I was playing with started getting jobs and had less time to play.

I was never able to get into another Call of Duty title following Black Ops 3 because the multiplayer environment really is every player for themselves. Sure, you play game modes like domination or hardpoint with a team but very often you see players are more interested in protecting their K/D ratio than actually winning the game.

Warzone is a little different. People want to win and they are willing to work with you to do so. (Well, most of the time at least).

Social Interaction in a Time of Social Distancing

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Perhaps, I wouldn’t be so into Warzone if I hadn’t been looking for a cheap multiplayer/co-op game to play with my boyfriend and friends. Currently, it is estimated that more than two billion people around the world are in some form of lockdown, so you can’t really go visit anyone. So, video games can be a great way to stay in-contact and have safe fun social experiences.

My boyfriend and I had played a few games before we really got into Warzone, such as Dying Light, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, and Starcraft 2. We’d even bought more games like Overcooked 2 and Heave Ho to keep it going.

While you can be social in other games, I guess this is where the gameplay mechanics and feelings of triumph associated with battle royale game modes come into play. There is nothing like spending 20 to 30 minutes trying to ensure you win. That bond can never be broken.

With social interaction being a big part of the reason I play the game, I do wonder if I will be as interested in Warzone once freedom of movement is a little less restricted and I am able to go and visit friends in their homes.

But, what do you think about Call of Duty Warzone? Are you playing any games you never thought you would enjoy due to quarantine/lockdown? Please share in the comments down below!