After months of patiently waiting and the countless amount of leaks and rumors, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is finally here. This iconic FPS has become a staple with video games since its popularity rose during the original Modern Warfare days. Now, the series has taken on a new look that’s similar to the Battlefield series. With the most realistic graphics we’ve ever seen in a Call of Duty, weapons that kickback when you fire them, and the new movement mechanics, this is the most realistic Call of Duty we’ve ever seen.
This new Call of Duty has also received some criticism, though. One of the main critiques centers around some of the maps designs. With rather large maps meant for Ground War maps, some players think it’s become too excessive, while others are content with the maps.
Either way, maps design is perhaps the most important part of any FPS. So, what are the best maps in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?
Here are our top five Call of Duty: Modern Warfare maps:
1. Hackney Yard
Showcased as one of the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Beta maps, Hackney Yard is the classic three-lane style of map that Call of Duty players has been accustomed to in previous games. The three-lane system is where the map has three distinct lanes that players will typically follow as they play out the map. This makes for equal action throughout the map while maintaining a steady flow of movement.
Players have been considering Hackney Yard to be one of their favorite maps so far. The primary reason is that Hackney Yard is relatively smaller in size compared to the other maps in Modern Warfare.
From its traditional design to its well-thought-out cover and building placement, Hackney Yard has made every game mode enjoyable to play and has become the go-to map for players across the world. It’s a classic Call of Duty map that should keep players entertained for months to come.
2. Aniyah Palace
Let’s look at one of the more Battlefield-esque style maps in Modern Warfare — Aniyah Palace. It’s one of the largest 10v10 multiplayer maps in the game, and it’s centered around this once astonishing palace that seems to be destroyed from warfare. The action on this map is primarily found in or around the palace that’s nestled at the map’s center.
3. Grazna Raid
Grazna Raid is another map that was a star in the COD Modern Warfare Beta. While Grazna Raid has a similar style to the traditional Call of Duty maps, its size makes it unique. It somewhat has three lanes of action throughout the match. However, the center of the map where all of the destroyed buildings lay is where players can find most of their enemies. Grazna Raid features multiple headshot angles for players to spot up. It also has numerous corridors for close-range engagements depending on the game mode.
Set in the United Kingdom, Piccadilly is also one of the smaller multiplayer maps in the game, and it’s the star of the second campaign mission in Modern Warfare. The map is designed around a shopping district and features multiple buildings off to the sides of the map, all of which have numerous stories and windows. All of these buildings are fixated around the double-decker buses that the UK is well known for. Although you can’t get into any of these buses while playing, they offer fantastic cover for players to avoid the pesky enemies in the buildings.
Piccadilly is one of the darker maps in multiplayer. It doesn’t have a day or night version like some of the other maps on this list. However, the setting and attention to detail around this map are some of the best in the game.
5. Gun Runner
The final map on this list is another map that was present in the COD MW beta. Gun Runner is set in what looks like a once oil mining complex that was turned into a battlefield. This map blends the perfect mix of buildings for close-range engagements and long-distance ones, with the railyard on one half of the map and the forest area on one of the other sides.
Here’s another feature that makes Gun Runner one of the best Call of Duty: Modern Warfare maps so far: like most of the maps on this list, it adopts the three-lane feature that’s become synonymous with Call of Duty fans.
Gun Runner has also been one of the best maps for objective-based game modes, such as Domination or Headquarters. As for some of the map being so tight-knit, it makes for amazing action surrounding some of these objectives.
Which map is the best?
It all comes down to personal preference at the end of the day. Some players have been enjoying the larger scaled maps because they offer some unique dynamics to the gameplay, as opposed to the ultra intensive gameplay from the previous Call of Duty games. Other players are so accustomed to this playstyle that it’s hard to play more laid back like you would while playing Battlefield.
What maps have you been enjoying in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare so far?
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This article was written by Nick Farrell, an experienced journalist who aims to provide insightful and proactive articles daily.