The most popular battle royale games are always evolving and adding new content to keep their players sated, and that can sometimes result in an uneven playing field. The latest controversy in Call of Duty: Warzone is the game’s new SP-R sniper rifle, which appears to be based on the beloved R700 sniper from the landmark, Call of Duty 4.
High damage and high mobility have made the rifle quite popular in Warzone, since it’s able to break armor with a single chest-shot and kill in a single headshot. However, it’s the gun’s bullet speed that’s really stirred up controversy. In Call of Duty games, sniper rifles generally have quite a bit of trajectory drop, meaning that players need to learn to lead their targets at certain ranges, but players describe the SPR as “basically hitscan” from even long-range.
Since the SP-R is a reward in Warzone’s current Battle Pass, some have speculated that Activision made the weapon purposefully overpowered to drive purchases. However, it’s undoubtedly true that quickscoping has been an integral part of Call of Duty gameplay since the days of Call of Duty 4, so maybe the developer just intends the sniper as a pleasant throwback. Either way, if the cries of the community are anything to go by, it probably needs a nerf.
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