As Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 kicked off on February 15, players have been diligently unlocking the new battle pass content over the coming weeks. For some, the race against the clock is on as the current season is coming to a close in advance of Season 3. The battle pass includes blueprints for weapons, boosts, and a special in-game event centered on the Operator Daniel “Ronin” Shinoda. However, a few gamers have expressed disappointment regarding the amount of time they feel is needed to experience the entirety of Season 2’s battle pass.

At the heart of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 season is the Path of the Ronin, which mostly tests players’ skills when it comes to headshots. March 15 saw the release of the mid-season refresh, Season 2: Reloaded, bringing with it new camos, weapon challenges, a new map, and a weapon available for use in both Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer and Warzone 2. PvE-inclined players were also given something to look forward to in the form of Special Ops Raid Episode 2, a continuation of the first raid episode.

Recently, the mid-season updates that have taken place have made players feel like they are being rushed to finish the current battle pass before the start of season 3. HyperSocket, a Reddit user, expressed their resentment over this in a thread on the Modern Warfare 2 subreddit. They estimated that it would take them around 450 games to unlock all the content in the two months that a season lasts. This does not take into consideration the bonus XP sources of Call of Duty such as the Mountain Dew codes.

HyperSocket wasn’t alone in their feelings regarding the seasonal demands; many other users commented similarly in the same discussion. There was a shared opinion of discontent, but some players also shared the ways they found to complete the battle pass more efficiently. The bonus XP weekends were one idea, while others suggested DMZ and its missions as an excellent source for XP for the battle pass.

HyperSocket’s criticism of Modern Warfare 2 ‘s battle pass and seasonal setup is one that could be extended to the broader gaming industry, which is increasingly relying on similar structures. Many online-based titles with a large player base have been struggling with a sense of FOMO, due to special events and activities that may only be available for a limited time. The Reddit user’s thread illustrates how this sentiment can apply to battle passes as well, and if they feel this way about Modern Warfare 2 ‘s, then it is likely that other gamers experience the same thing with Destiny 2 ‘s seasonal pass or Fortnite ‘s battle pass.

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