MW2 fans flame NPC Battle Buddy as CoD hitting ‘rock bottom’

MW2 fans flame NPC Battle Buddy as CoD hitting ‘rock bottom’
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Written by 

Alex Garton


13th Sep 2023 11:30

The Mil-Sim era of Call of Duty has officially been left behind, with Activision embracing crossovers with Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage, Lara Croft, and even superheroes from The Boys.

While these collaborations received backlash from certain CoD fans, there's another kind of cosmetic that's causing a stir in the community.

This one comes in the form of a Battle Buddy, which effectively acts as a virtual assistant in-game, calling out kills and unique voice lines during matches.

The reason this one is getting so much hate is because it's tied to the TikTok NPC trend, with the new Battle Buddy screaming out "gang gang" on a regular basis.

MW2 players slam new NPC Battle Buddy as "stupid"

After being shared with the ModernWarfareII subreddit shortly after its release, the NPC Battle Buddy has caused a lot of frustration among CoD fans.

While some just find it "hilarious," others are less amused and argue it's proof the MW2 designers have become "creatively bankrupt."

"I've lost the little hope that I had left for this franchise... I thought we reached rock bottom, but apparently, Activision found a cave under rock bottom," said one user, with another arguing, "This type of c**p is why I quit playing this game, only getting worse."

Ultimately, it's clear there are still a lot of old-school CoD fans who preferred the days when the franchise was strictly Mil-Sim with its skins and themes. For better or worse, those days are over and with the wacky cosmetics doing so well in the store, it's unlikely Activision is going to change the direction the games are heading.

How much is NPC Battle Buddy in MW2?

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If you're keen on purchasing the Battle Buddy: NPC Pack in Modern Warfare 2 or Warzone 2, it costs 1500 CoD points in the store.

It's worth noting the bundle also comes with the "Catchphrase" RAAL MG and "Trending" MX9 Blueprints. As well as a loading screen, emblem, and sticker.

While Call of Duty's eagerness to jump on the bandwagon of trends will always lead to backlash from the community, you can guarantee this bundle is going to sell well. As a result, similar cosmetics are bound to continue releasing long into the future.

Alex Garton
About the author
Alex Garton
Alex is a Senior Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) in English, he has previously written for Dexerto & Gfinity. Specialising in Call of Duty & Apex Legends, he loves (attempting) to improve his aim in competitive shooters and will always make time for a single-player RPG.
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