Hello and welcome to the fifth and final write-up in our Clash of Fans series. This week we have been getting together in pairs (virtually) and forcing each other to play a beloved game. Then we chat about what we made of it all.
Here is Wesley Yin-Poole with new battle royale contender Call of Duty Warzone, and Tom Phillips with his teeth-rotting addiction to the colourful Fortnite.
Call of Duty Warzone
Tom: I knew I was getting the full Warzone experience when it’s taken this long – until the very end of the week – to get both of our games downloaded and up to date with the latest 100GB+ version. What on earth is taking up all that space? How big are those bunkers? It feels like I have downloaded a full AAA game rather than a free-to-play battle royale, but I guess I also sort of have. The way Warzone has launched as a free part of Modern Warfare, and the way it feels like it will stick around with some longevity as opposed to… whatever that earlier COD battle royale was, is being well handled. Is that part of the reason you’ve stuck around with it?
Wes: I just think it’s the best battle royale out at the moment. A lot of that has to do with the feel of the game. The feel of the shooting is superb. And some of the mechanics mean you’re more invested in each match. The Gulag, for example, is a genius addition to the battle royale mode, not just because it gives you a second chance, but because it gives you this exciting 1v1 situation. Oh, and I love throwing rocks at players.
I’m curious, as a Fortnite player, do you think Warzone could potentially take you away from that game?
Tom: In a word no. But that’s more for why I personally play Fortnite rather than anything Warzone does. It’s really interesting to compare them – not least because all these battle royale games, Apex being another big example, crib each other constantly. One of the things I was thinking while playing today was – what…