In Call of Duty there have always been insanely powerful killstreaks. Whether it be the Chopper Gunner in Black Ops 1, the Swarm in Black Ops 2, or the AC130 in Modern Warfare 3, strong streaks have always been present. While higher tier streaks should definitely assist you in racking up extra kills they shouldn’t be nearly game-breaking. And for many people, that’s exactly what the System Hack scorestreak in Advanced Warfare is.
System Hack, the base version, is basically just supposed to disable the HUD and reticles of your enemies for roughly 20 seconds. And you can earn this streak after getting just 600 points. That’s not too terrible. But there are a few things that make this scorestreak ridiculously over-powered.
Here’s a video from YouTube personality, TmarTn, showing off the streak in action:
Secondly, you can upgrade with the System Hack streak with some absolutely absurd modules. This includes disabling all enemy equipment, flashbanging enemies on activation, the ability to earn assist points for all team kills while the streak is up, increasing the amount of time System Hack lasts, disabling all enemy Exo movements, and even killing and disabling enemies’ scorestreaks.
Third are the sounds and visuals the player that activates System Hack hears and sees. Whenever this streak is active enemies will emit noise that sounds like static when they’re near the player. Plus if an enemy is lying down or just well hidden they can still potentially be seen because when SH is active the back of the Exo suit shoots off sparks.
So not only does this streak cripple enemy players but it gives the player that called it in, along with his/her teammates, an insane advantage over the opposing team. And while 20 seconds doesn’t sound like a lot of time, it’s actually a pretty grueling time. And if the player using the scorestreak is using the assist points module he/she can actually rack up enough points very quickly to call it in again immediately after the first one is done.
All that being said… we definitely believe the System Hack scorestreak is very OP and needs a nerf. Luckily, SledgeHammer Games Tweeted stating that they’ve heard the community feedback regarding this streak and plan to tone it down in the near future. They didn’t say exactly how they plan to do this but, honestly, any nerf to this scorestreak is welcome.