Modern Warfare 2 features some pretty divisive Call of Duty maps, but nothing is more reviled than Santa Sena Border Crossing. Unnecessarily claustrophobic and dull to play, the MW2 locale is also plagued by vehicles that can (and will) explode at a moment’s notice – but Modern Warfare 2 Season 4 Reloaded changes it all.
“The vehicles in Santa Sena Border Crossing will no longer explode. They can still be damaged, but cannot kill players,” confirms Activision in its recent Call of Duty blog post. We can’t believe it either. An intimate object is the subject of a nerf. 257 days have passed since MW2 dropped and now the evil is now defeated.
Santa Sena Border Crossing abandons the usual design method of having ‘three lanes’ for players to converge in. While this was an intentional choice to break up the usual approach seen in COD maps, the presence of consistently exploding cars quickly agitated players, as they could be easily set off with explosives from across the map. No matter where you ran, no matter where you hid, a fiery grave was likely awaiting any player.
But don’t just take our word for it, Call of Duty YouTuber ‘ExoGhost’ displays just how annoying the map is below.
Season 4 Reloaded is live now if you want to see how the redemption arc of this map in action. Accompanying Santa Sena Border Crossing’s improvements is the new Vondel Waterfront map, but it appears that it could soon take the mantle for ‘worst COD map’ in the weeks to come.
Vondel Waterfront can be found next to new playlists too:
- Vondel Waterfront 24/7
- Killstreak Confirmed
- Deathmatch Domination
- Shipment 24/7
- Shoot House 24/7
Is this tweak enough to get Modern Warfare 2 into the pantheons of the best FPS games available? No, but it is a start, at least until we see what the Call of Duty 2023 release date has in store for us.