Update: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4/28/20

New Modern Warfare update out.
The cliff notes:
-New Contract: Most Wanted
-New LMG: MK9
-New Store Bundles
-Shoot the Ship Playlist
-Gunsmith Customs

This update brings a few pretty neat tweaks. In addition to the existing contracts of recon, bounty, and scavenge, MOST WANTED will now be an option to activate. This essentially makes you the bounty target for every team in the game…why? If all of your teammates happen to be dead and you don’t have the money to buy them all back, if you survive as MOST WANTED – they all come back to life. Interesting concept, but I am curious as to how many would try it out.

New LMG, the MK9, supposedly has high accuracy, you’ll have to complete the weapons challenge to unlock it. In addition to that, the update brings new weapon bundles and more importantly, the new Gunsmith Customs editor. You can now take parts off of all blueprints and blend them all together to make a super epic gun – can’t wait for people to find OP combinations.

Shoot the ship is back…nuff said.

All patch notes: https://blog.activision.com/call-of-duty/2020-04/This-Week-in-Call-of-Duty-April-27

Review: Acer Nitro VG271U Pbmiipx 27″

Everyone is looking for some gaming hardware upgrades during these stay at home times. For those competitive gamers out there, a 144hz gaming monitor might be one of the best investments you could make. I picked up the Acer Nitro VG271U. Here are my concise thoughts on it.

Important Specs:
– 27 inch IPS Panel
-Freesync
-144hz / 1ms response
-VESA Mount
-2560 x 1440

Out of the box, the stand design is simple and easy to hook up, although it doesn’t adjust much, it will do its job. It has a VESA mount so you can use an existing stand you may have. The colors without adjustment looks pretty great, it was one of the best ones I’ve seen calibrated out of the box, I barely had to make any adjustments.
In my opinion 27 inches is the perfect size for serious gamers, going bigger would cause you to lose sight of your peripheral vision on the screen, some pros even prefer 24″ so they can see the entire screen easier. The 144hz panel also ensures super smooth movement and is probably the ideal refresh rate. Opting for a 240hz panel, you would have to compromise the resolution since driving 240 fps on 1440p is pretty difficult unless you’re packing some serious hardware. I am coming off of a 75hz Ultrawide and while ultrawide is amazing for productivity, gaming on the 144hz 27inch is a lot easier (more competitive). I am immediately noticing improvement in most games, especially shooters like CS GO and Valorant.

It has been selling at a great price and may be out of stock, but they are restocking every few days on Amazon. You can check amazon stock here

Unbiased Review: Valorant Initial Thoughts

If you haven’t heard, Riot has moved their first FPS game into closed beta. Many have deemed it the love child between Counter-Strike and Overwatch, which is kind of accurate.

The game is setup exactly like counter strike, just to name a few aspects:

  • 5 versus 5 with one team planting a bomb
  • Weapons are bought at the beginning of rounds
  • You run faster with the knife
  • The operator sniper rifle is essentially the CS AWP
  • The Phantom and Vandal Rifles resemble the M4 Silenced and AK-47, respectively in recoil and damage

There are some quality of life upgrades in the game compared to counter-strike, such as directly buying guns for teammates that they request in the menu and moving around to setup at beginning of rounds.

Now for the Overwatch aspect, each person gets to pick an agent that has unique spells or abilities. For example Sage can heal herself or teammates once every 35 seconds, she can also purchase extra abilities in the shop at the beginning of rounds, which are a slow orb (essentially a grenade that slows an area for a short period of time) and a wall she can put up to block enemies or even boost herself higher by standing under it. Lastly, her ultimate allows her to revive a teammate. Ultimate abilities are charged by kills or picking up orbs off the ground.

So how does this all mesh together…

So far, I am enjoying the game, but it does need some improvements. The dev team has stated that they aren’t focused on graphics as it was meant to be a competitive e-sports game that focuses on mechanics, I think this is a double-edged sword. It makes the game already look a bit dated, it reminds me of Half-Life 2 mods. The animations and models are very clunky. When people die its almost comical, it looks like how characters died in Counter Strike 1.6 (not CSGO), with almost no physics, just a couple repetitive animations. The blood splatter from headshots looks like they made 1 sprite for it because the splatter looks the same every time. The most laughable things are the smokescreen abilities which are basically smoke grenades, except they look like static circular images….take a look…

Blue Circle?
Purple Circle?

Overall the game is definitely worth a try, especially since it is F2P, once you’re in the beta. I’m happy its here, the gaming scene has been taken over by Battle Royales, over and over and over. Not everyone likes them, its time for some new refreshing games. I applaud Riot for trying to blend elements of 2 games together and I can’t wait to see what’s to come in future updates.

Stay tuned for a follow up review as the game matures a little more.

If you haven’t gotten into the Valorant closed beta, here’s how:

  1. Create a riot account if you don’t already have one
  2. Create a Twitch account
  3. Link your riot to your twitch account here
  4. Watch any drop enabled streamer on twitch playing Valorant here

Riot has stated that watching multiple streams does not increase your chances. We recommend that you leave one stream running all day, you can also lower the resolution in the video player to reduce the network usage.

Valorant Patch 0.47+

It didn’t take long for riot to release a patch since releasing the Valorant closed beta to more people of the general public.

The patch brings a few balance changes and bug/exploit fixes. The most notable ones are below:

  • Knife attacks will deal 2x damage on obstacles now like Sage’s barrier
  • Decreased Raze Paint Shells to 1 and has a 2 kill reset
  • Sage’s slow will now slow airborne players in the zone

Riot’s full patch notes can be found here

If you haven’t gotten into the Valorant closed beta, here’s how:

  1. Create a riot account if you don’t already have one
  2. Create a Twitch account
  3. Link your riot to your twitch account here
  4. Watch any drop enabled streamer on twitch playing Valorant here

Riot has stated that watching multiple streams does not increase your chances. We recommend that you leave one stream running all day, you can also lower the resolution in the video player to reduce the network usage.