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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0’s Laser Cats Spark Realism Debate

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 are meant to be realistic, right? On the surface, this is a hugely popular Activision shooter, with campaign missions that mimic historical military campaigns and a military-focused aesthetic that recreates real-world weapons and vehicles in video game format.

Experience Call of Duty’s newest cosmetics: Laser Cats!Here it is redditor exileonwoodct With clip in action.

Laser Cat is actually two $20 cosmetics put together. The Pspsps Operator Skin is included in the Whisker Tango Bundle for 2,400 COD Points or around $20. Also, the Homelander skin from The Boys Homelander Operator bundle comes with his 2,400 COD points.

The Homelander Bundle includes Lazer Everybody’s finishing move, inspired by the show’s supervillains, and the combination of this finisher and cat skin forms Call of Duty’s Lazer Cat. Remember. This effect will return the equivalent of $40. Or it costs a lot to earn COD Points.

With the arrival of the Laser Cats, Call of Duty fans are talking about realism again. There are two different points of view. One is that, despite the marketing, Call of Duty is never realistic, so such wacky cosmetics are a legitimate game, and the other is that Call of Duty, which should lean towards its military shooter origins, has no place for wacky cosmetics.

“[What the f**k] That’s what’s happening to this game,” wrote redditor Destroyer6202. “[What the f**k] How did this game come about? ’ chunny19998 wondered. “Remember when they touted this game as ‘the most realistic of his COD ever’? Well…” wrote denzlegacy. “This is all about you [military simulator] Lovers are trying to erase,” Carpet Fan Club said. “This superhero animal thing is insane,” added Ravdiamant.

“COD is never surreal,” countered another Redditor. “A common problem for COD and Battlefield players. They remember the old games were more hardcore than they were back then. Both games are arcade he’s a shooter his game. Neither were tactical by any means. [military simulators]”

“Even one COD is God forbid to maintain the look of realism in its aesthetics,” said MonkeyAAA1212. “It used to have a grounded aesthetic, but now all the kids cry when they can’t get their hands on unicorn skins and pink laser guns. It’s sad to see how corny this franchise has become now.”

Benji2108 wrote, “Forget the haters,” posting the Call of Duty cat and mouse meme to the Modern Warfare 2 subreddit. “God, I love this game.”

It’s worth remembering that Infinity Ward’s pitch for the 2019 soft reboot of Modern Warfare said the game was gritty and realistic. At the time, this felt like a developer’s attention to detail, with most maps depicting authentic-looking, war-torn locations.

Weapons are realistic and have impressive reload animations and audio. Check out Modern Warfare’s amazing Clean House. Clean House is a tense nighttime campaign mission in which SAS teams clear a townhouse full of Al-Qatara associates using real-world tactics, movement, signals and communications.

After the 2020 blockbuster of Modern Warfare and battle royale spin-off Warzone, Activision released DLC weapons and character skins, as well as tracer effects and takedowns that ventured into Fortnite territory. One was the finishing move of summoning a bat called Edward to eat the faces of unlucky enemies until their heads exploded. There was also a 16-bit death effect.

Three years later, Call of Duty’s Fortniteization is complete with the addition of the Laser Cat. But perhaps we should all think of Call of Duty multiplayer differently than the Call of Duty campaign. After all, Infinity Ward has said in the past that Call of Duty’s multiplayer feels different.

Potential solutions proposed by Call of Duty to this issue, if it’s actually a problem, include a cosmetic block toggle that prevents death effects and other DLC aesthetics from appearing, but it seems unlikely that Activision will greenlight such a thing, especially if seeing other players’ cosmetics creates online envy and encourages purchases.

For now, anyone looking to step into the goofy world of modern Call of Duty should beware of the laser cats littering the battlefield at the time of this article’s publication.

Wesley is IGN’s UK news editor. Find @wyp100 on Twitter. Wesley can be contacted at or confidentially at

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