Call of Duty: Warzone is a game all about the gunplay, but sometimes it's easier to get a kill in hand-to-hand combat. For this reason, Warzone players are calling for a nerf for over-powered melee attacks.
It takes a hail of bullets to down a player in Warzone, particularly if they've got Armor Plates to spare. However, when it comes to melee attacks, just a couple of strikes is enough to eliminate the competition.
Call of Duty's battle royale has never been one for 100% realism, but this is something that's still too unrealistic for a lot of players. Now, users are calling for a nerf to Warzone's melee attacks.
Warzone's OP Melee Attacks Need a Nerf
In a new post on the Warzone subreddit, one player reaches out to the development team itself. Asking the developers to look at a clip and ask themselves whether or not the melee combat is balanced, Reddit user MichielbutsayMichael shows off some recent gameplay.
In the clip, the Warzone fan has full health and two Armor Plates as they chase a user inside a building. The enemy has just dropped in, with no time to find a weapon.
Despite the Reddit user hitting their target with a flurry of bullets, they still lose to the practically unarmed user. The enemy player simply steps forward and melee attacks twice in quick succession.
These over-powered hits are enough to completely take down the player, showing a fundamental flaw in the game. Melee attacks need a nerf to be balanced in close-range combat.
Incidentally, close-range combat looks like it'll be the focus of Warzone's new Cold War map. And with a new Black Ops Cold War Season 1 launch date confirmed, it won't be long before we see what weapons are over-powered next.
If the player had gone into the fight with a shotgun, perhaps they would have stood a chance. However, with their assault rifle useless at this range, they would have been better off using melee attacks too.
Perhaps it's not melee damage that needs a nerf so much as it is the attacks' quickness. The game may also benefit from a small stagger that doesn't let you plow through incoming fire to melee your opponent in the face.
Warzone's Melee Weapons
As we can see, two strikes with a gun butt are enough to down a player at 200 health (100 base plus 50 per Armor Plate). However, that's not all Warzone offers to melee-inclined players.
Using the Kali Sticks, it's actually possible to down enemies in a single blow. This is because the melee weapons reportedly also count headshots where other close-range equipment does not.
Even if you miss the headshot, the sticks are so quick that you can get a second strike before your enemy can fire enough bullets to kill. Of course, at least with these weapons, you're deciding to abide by the short-range playstyle.
It makes sense that they should do more damage than a gun's melee. However, they're not the only melee weapon causing controversy.
In fact, it seems that many Warzone players hate Riot Shield users with a passion. Making use of an impenetrable shield wall, those who enjoy the Riot Shield playstyle are all about melee combat.
But when it comes to beating Warzone's hackers, sometimes you've got to embrace the way of the Riot Shield.