Grand Theft Auto 5 is famous for its popularity not diminishing over the course of its six and a half year lifetime, only increasing. Thousands of new players still flock to Los Santos month by month - but there's more to the gaming industry than just Rockstar Games, and other publishers are busy launching their own hits in the meantime.
One such hit is Call of Duty: Warzone, Activision's second attempt to marry the hyper-popular Call of Duty brand with the trailblazing battle royale genre. Blackout didn't exactly take the world by storm, so Warzone is doing things differently. If GTA Online's Motor Wars mode doesn't quite scratch your battle royale itch, it might be worth it to take a look at this title as well.
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Warzone is entirely free to play, but if its mechanics and assets seem familiar, your eyes aren't cheating you. Built on the same engine as the recently launched Modern Warfare remake, Warzone shares many assets with the main AAA release. Luckily, you don't need to own Modern Warfare to play Warzone. As is the case with any competitive title, players are looking for ways to get an edge over the competition, and knowing is half the battle.
This is why we launched DownSights, a new site dedicated to Call of Duty: Warzone guides, tips and news. If you're looking for the kind of quality in-depth guides you've come to expect from us here at GTA BOOM, but want to learn more about surviving the Verdansk battlefield instead of how to pull off a heist, this site should be your next stop.
Warzone is the latest in a long line of hit battle royale games, a genre which is living its golden age currently. Initially popularized by PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and then launched into the mainstream spotlight by Fortnite, every publisher and their dog wants in on the fun - we're surprised Rockstar's swing at it was as unambitious as it was.
The basic concept is similar to the rest of these titles - players are dropped onto a large map from above with minimal resources and equipment, forced to scavenge weapons and more with which they need to eliminate other players as an ever decreasing safe-zone forces them together - with a few tweaks. Much like how Apex Legends worked initially, players are grouped into teams of three. Currently, there is no Solo mode.
Alongside this standard battle royale mode, players can also play Plunder, which shares the map and the three-player squads, but ditches the last-team-standing victory condition and the decreasing circle. In Plunder, you need to collect as much in-game cash as you can and be the first to hit $1,000,000. You can't rob Pacific Standard, but there are other banks in Verdansk.
The game is full of easter eggs calling back to previous Call of Duty games, while others seem to be mysteries waiting for players to solve them, possibly providing clues for upcoming content. If you want to know more about Warzone, read in-depth guides that will help you be an MVP or just want to stay up to date on news, DownSights has you covered.