Sniper weapons in Call of Duty: Warzone 2 do not live up to expectations for many players. Since release, there has been a debate about whether or not the big guns should headshot enemies.
Sniper rifles, or “snipers” for short, are considered “high risk, high reward” weapons in shooter games. Often a headshot is enough to kill, but there are some disadvantages:
However, what if the last point is omitted? If sniper weapons are very easy to use? How do you create a fair balance? This is where Call of Duty: Warzone 2 stands.
Sniping can be learned quickly, even by inexperienced players. Good hits, even headshots, are a breeze, especially on stationary targets.
To compensate, sniper weapons lose their one-shot kill ability on headshots when the enemy has all 3 armor plates equipped. But for many players this is not a good solution and since release it has been discussed whether the snipers definitely need one-shot headshots or not.
One shot headshot? Community with a clear message
What are the opinions on this? In the active CoD community sharing their opinions on social media, there’s a pretty clear trend. A poll by the Warzone news account “@ModernWarzone” on Twitter is a vivid example of this:
With nearly 43,000 votes, over 86% agree that headshots with heavy sniper weapons should also take down enemies with full armor. However, the discussion under the survey looks more differentiated – there are many who are satisfied with the current system.
Warzone expert “TrueGameData” also speaks up. He also wants one-shot headshots – but only at a maximum distance of 60 meters. What counts for him is the fact that automatic weapons are no longer as easy to control at range as they were in Warzone 1.
There is also a hotly debated thread on Reddit. Within 24 hours, the topic garnered over 1,000 comments. The majority would like the one-shot headshot, but fans of the current system appear every now and then.
The most popular comment with 1,900 upvotes: “I snipe a dude, headshot, not down. He puts new records in, I headshot him again, not down. How is that supposed to be fun?”.
A lively discussion ensues below the comment as to how even the in-game NPCs survive aimed headshots with their helmets on.
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Helmets are also another keyword. Because there are actually some users in the thread who find the current system quite sensible. But they’d rather have a helmet – gear that protects against the one-shot headshots, rather than just using the armor plates to do it.
In the further course, clear statements can also be found that completely support the current system. “jackhwds” explains something like:
You should definitely stick with it. 2-shot kills create a skill gap, which is a good thing. It also prevents quickscoping from becoming meta. It’s not difficult to land a follow-up hit on someone running across the open field.
When we get Snipers back as strong as Verdansk, get ready to see glitter on every roof.
The only way to bring one-shot headshots into play is to make the sniper weapons more realistic. They would then need seconds to aim, have a strong idle sway and could only hit well if they held their breath.
Personally, though, I say forget about one-shot kills. The current skill gap in sniper weapons is great.
The discussions make it clear how wide the range of opinions on sniper weapons in Warzone 2 is. Even if the voting majority would rather have one-shot headshots in the game, there are many players and arguments against it.
How do you feel about that? Leave us a comment with your opinion on the topic. Maybe you have a completely different solution for sniper balancing.
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