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Gaming On A Projector: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II is easily one of the best action First Person Shooter (FPS) for 2022. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II has players deeply embedded in an extraordinary global conflict that features the return of the iconic Operators of Task Force 141. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II can be played single-player in Campaign mode, which is a global campaign tracking down a terrorist who’s looking to do some not-so-nice things with ballistic missiles. During the campaign, Modern Warfare II displays the care and effort that went into the game with some of the best video game cinematics I’ve seen this year. You can also jump into multiplayer game modes online with up to 64 other players. Lastly, you can team up and play in Cooperative mode, where you can do special missions like Gun Game: Mt. Zaya, Denied Area, and High Ground.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is published by Activision and developed by Infinity Ward, the original studio behind the Call of Duty (COD) franchise. Infinity Ward brings COD fanatics state-of-the-art gameplay, with all-new gun handling, an advanced AI system, a new gunsmithing option, and a plethora of other gameplay and graphical innovations that elevate the franchise to new heights.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II was released on October 27, 2022, and it’s a sequel to the 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. For PS5, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II– Cross-Gen Bundle can be purchased for only $69.99. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II– Vault Edition is the way to go. The Vault Edition will cost you $99.99, but it comes packed with good starting bonuses like 55 Tier Skips, Battle Pass (One Season), Red Team 141 Operator Pack, FJX Cinder Weapon Vault, and 10 hours of 2XP and Weapons 2XP. Both editions also grant you access to an all-new Battle Royale experience; Call of Duty: Warzone™ 2.0.

Call of Duty is an FPS video game franchise first published by Activision in 2003. The original Call of Duty was set against the backdrop of World War II. As far as the main series goes, Call of Duty has four. The World War II series, Modern Warfare series, Black Ops story series, and some standalone games like Call of Duty: Ghost, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. I counted at least 21 Call of Duty video games, including the remastered video games. Call of Duty has gone from World War II, modern times with the Modern Warfare series, to a futuristic setting with Advanced Warfare. Whatever video game warfare you’re into, Call of Duty has you covered.

BenQ sent Projector Reviews demo samples of the TK700 and X3000i gaming projectors.

BenQ sent Projector Reviews demo samples of the TK700 and X3000i gaming projectors to write our monthly gaming on projector articles. Speaking of gaming, BenQ also owns ZOWIE, the maker of gaming monitors for eSports. ZOWIE is BenQ’s brand dedicated to developing professional eSports equipment. I recently discovered that eSports and Call of Duty go hand in hand. Did you know there’s a Call of Duty eSports League? The Call of Duty League website states, “Over ten years of Call of Duty eSports history has led to this moment. Call of Duty League™ launches in 2020, featuring the world’s greatest Call of Duty esports players representing 12 teams across four countries, battling for a Championship title.” But I digress; let’s get back to projector gaming.

I connected my PS5 to the BenQ TK700 4K HDR Gaming Projector for gaming on a projector article via a 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cable. I then projected it onto a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon fixed frame projection screen with Elite’s Edge Free technology and Elite’s CineWhite UHD-B screen material. The CineWhite UHD-B (Tensioned Matte White) is a 1.3 gain flexible front projection screen material that is ISF certified for achieving accurate color reproduction and image fidelity.

BenQ states the TK700 is a 4K lamp-based gaming projector designed for competition console gaming. The TK700’s lamp light source brightness is rated at 3,200 ANSI lumens and covers 96% of the Rec.709 color gamut. The TK700 is also fine-tuned to provide a smooth, responsive gaming experience with clear images to better arm you for competition gaming or casual gameplay. The TK700 has BenQ’s Black Detail Enhancement; it’s found under Game Settings. BenQ’s exclusive Black Detail Enhancement accentuates fine details in dark scenes without sacrificing color performance in brighter areas. With BenQ’s HDR Game mode and Black Detail Enhancement, gamers can detect and react faster to threats in dark or bright areas.

The TK700 has a Picture Mode preset called HDR Game mode. HDR Game mode has audio, visual, and optimized latency settings perfect for action and fast-paced games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. The projector’s HDR rendering allowed better color definitions for greater image fidelity on my ISF-certified projector screen.

With Fast Mode turned set to On, the TK700 minimizes the response time between the input source and the displayed image, conveying your sight, hearing, and thoughts into action with minimal delay.

Switching the TK700’s Picture Mode from HDR10 to HDR Game also allows you to go into Game Settings, where it gives the choice of turning Fast Mode on or off. With Fast Mode turned set to On, the TK700 minimizes the response time between the input source and the displayed image.

Low input lag conveys your sight, hearing, and thoughts into action with minimal delay. The TK700 gaming projector I utilized for this article has 4.16ms input lag in 1080p@240Hz, 8ms in 1080p@120Hz, and 16.67ms in 4K@60Hz. The TK700 has a 1.3x zoom lens and produces a 150-inch image at 12.03 feet from the projection surface. Low input lag and a massive projector screen to see the opposition will give you a leg up on your adversaries in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

The sound quality of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is what you would expect from Activision and Infinity Ward. Not only are gunshots and explosions realistic sounding, but so are the quiet footsteps of a player sneaking around. You don’t want an adversary to easily walk up behind you and stab you in the back with a combat knife. A good audio setup allows you to hear those footsteps approaching your location better.

You’ll want an audio sound system or high-end headset for this game due to all the directional sounds. BenQ states that the TK700 has a built-in single 5-watt chamber speaker to provide basic audio functionality. However, I believe BenQ was cautious in their wording about the TK700’s 5-watt chamber speaker. While playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, that single speaker sounded surprisingly good for its tiny size. I do, however, understand BenQ’s careful speaker rhetoric; for a gamer to be genuinely enveloped in sound, they may want more speakers and a more powerful sound.

Some projectors like the TK700 have enhanced audio capabilities for those who want to ditch built-in projector speakers for an even more immersive sound from the game. For example, the TK700 has what BenQ calls Audio Return+. Audio return port number two (HDMI 2) with eARC allows 7.1 channel and Dolby Atmos audio pass through, transmitting the original full-resolution audio signal to your sound system via a single HDMI cable. Grab yourself a projector that supports eARC to take full advantage of the cinematic sounds built into many modern games.

Modern Warfare II launched with a globe-trotting single-player campaign, immersive Multiplayer combat where you can jump into combat vehicles, and an evolved Special Ops game mode featuring tactical co-op gameplay. Modern Warfare II connects with the new Call of Duty: WarzoneTM 2.0 experience and the evolution in Battle Royale with a brand-new play space and Sandbox mode. Activision states to expect a massive calendar of free content post-launch featuring gameplay with new maps, modes, seasonal events, community celebrations, and much more. I personally enjoy the content that is out right now and can’t wait to see what else will be added to Modern Warfare II.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is an action FPS video game at its core. However, Modern Warfare II has added 3rd Person Mode for a new perspective that makes it easier to spot rivals near you thanks to the broader view of your surroundings 3rd Person Mode provides. You can also change the camera’s position with Shoulder Swapping and revert to first-person precision, aiming down your weapon’s sight. The more expansive view is excellent, but 3rd Person Mode is not for me, but it may be perfect for you. I tried 3rd Person Mode a few times and couldn’t get used to the viewpoint. For now, I’ll stick to first-person shooting.

Almost every aspect of Modern Warfare II depends on target acquisition and your ability to identify and react to threats quickly. Modern Warfare II is an intense test of your reflexes. To be successful at Modern Warfare II requires a low input lag system; there’s no way around that fact if you want to win. The BenQ TK700’s 4.16ms input lag in 1080p@240Hz, 8ms in 1080p@120Hz, and 16.67ms in 4K@60Hz were so fast that I never worried about getting outshot when I ran around a corner and came face to face with a rival. As soon as I recognized the threat, I was on the trigger, and my character immediately put rounds into my target. You won’t survive Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II without a low input lag projector, monitor, or TV.

Look at the Perk Package tab before selecting your weapons. You can choose Assault Package, Phantom Package, Hunter Package, Deadeye Package, Support Package, or Sniper Package. Choose wisely based on your playstyle. The package you pick will have an impact on your operator’s in-game characteristics. For example, Deadeye Package allows you to carry two primary weapons, and your operator’s vision pulses when spotted by an enemy player outside of view. In contrast, the Hunter Package allows your operator to see footprint trails left behind by your enemies so you can track them down.

Primary weapons include Assault Rifles, Battle Rifles, SMGs, Shotguns, LMGS, Marksman Rifles, Sniper Rifles, and Melee (Riot Shield). Secondary weapons include Handguns, Launchers, and Melee (Combat Knife). The more you level up a weapon, the more you can customize it and unlock other weapons. All weapons are customizable with the Gunsmith option. Once in the Gunsmith tab, you can modify your weapon’s optics, stock, barrel, muzzle, ammunition type, and more. You even customize your weapon’s color schemes; you have almost 200 camo collection options to choose from.

I think Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II with a gaming projector and large projector screen is the way to go. Modern Warfare II’s immersive global campaign and multiplayer combat combined with the FPS perspective made me feel like I was in the game thanks to the gaming projector, 100-inch (16:9) projector screen, and video game all seamlessly working together.

Some players like to hide in the distance, and I mean way off in the distance, and snipe from the same spot all game long. Having a massive projector screen allows you to see those snipers easier. To that point, I broke out a tape measure and took some in-game measurements. My operator and adversaries were up to 39-inches tall. However, one of the best parts about gaming with a gaming projector and massive screen for an FPS game is the size of your aiming reticle. My sniper rifle scope reticle was a whopping 44-inches! The large aiming reticle made it much easier to counter-snipe enemy snipers.

A critical element of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is the ability to quickly see and target your adversaries and use the environment for cover and concealment. The easier you can see your enemies, the easier it is to target them. The easier it is to see your environment, the quicker you can find suitable cover and concealment while under fire. Modern Warfare, a gaming projector, and a large projector screen are for you if that sounds good. Suppose you enjoy having your family and friends gather around as you game as if they were watching a big-screen movie, or you like Modern Warfare II’s multiplayer split screen so you can go against another player in your household. In that case, gaming with a projector and a massive projector screen is definitely for you. Modern Warfare II multiplayer split screen on a 100-inch projector screen gave me two player screens that measured approximately 84-inches (7 Feet) wide and 24-inches (2 Feet) tall. You won’t get that size of split screens with a monitor or TV. The experience of gaming with a gaming projector and a big screen is easily one of the best upgrades to my gaming setup.

I’ll leave you with this. Even if you’re not a campaign type of player, I highly encourage you to complete the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II campaign anyways. You may be pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail in the weapons handling, the outstanding cinematics, and the captivating storyline. Without spoiling the ending, know that your ability to aim and scale a building at the same time will be put to the test. Also, polish up your sniper skills; you’ll need them. Squad up and get in the game!

We’ve covered Rainbow Six Extraction, Horizon Forbidden West, Tiny Tina’s Wonderland, Elden Ring, Gran Turismo 7, Dying Light 2: Stay Human, Saints Row: Self-Made, Halo Infinite, Far Cry 6, and now Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. Best of all, it looks like we will keep our monthly gaming on a projector articles next year based on your continued support and interest. Stay tuned for our 2023 initial gaming impressions on a projector with games like Hogwarts Legacy. Keep checking back for more gaming on a projector articles.