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6 reasons why Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is much better than people think

Black Ops Cold War has divided players since its release, but here are 6 reasons why Treyarch’s shooter is better than it’s given credit for.

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A lack of maps and guns are a couple of reasons why Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War hasn’t been seen in a positive light. But we’ve compiled 6 reasons why players should reconsider these sentiments and appreciate what a good game Treyarch has made.

Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops I – these are arguably the best Call of Duty games ever made. Any subsequent CoD title is measured against these games as they are considered standard-bearers in not only the franchise but FPS gaming in general.

Black Ops Cold War was admonished in the first few weeks of its release, but fast-forward to August 2020, and Treyarch’s 80s shooter deserves more praise than it gets.

The way in which video game content is presented has changed in the industry, and Cold War has been a shining example of this change. We’ve highlighted 6 reasons why Treyarch has taken advantage of this with Black Ops Cold War.

6. Black Ops Cold War has an incredible number of maps and counting

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Heading into Cold War Season 5, the latest Call of Duty game has 20 6v6 maps, 7 Gunfight maps, 5 Fireteam / Outbreak maps, 3 round-based Zombies maps, and a sprawling, varied Dead Ops 3 map.

If you’re not keeping count, that’s an astonishing 37 different maps that Treyarch has created for Black Ops Cold War!

Not only that, but several of the 6v6 maps also have bigger versions of themselves for Combined Arms, and there are plenty more on the way.

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Heading into Season 5, it’s reported that at least 12 more maps are still to come in the game, despite the fact we’re coming to the end of its year in the sun – with Call of Duty Vanguard 2021 on the way.

A leak has also suggested that Black Ops Cold War will go on to receive post-launch content, and will become the “most supported CoD title” ever.

Its initial content may have felt paltry to some, but thanks to the ability to add updates, players aren’t having to pay for map packs anymore, and are drip-fed new content to ensure extreme longevity in their purchase.

5. Cold War has a balanced meta with lots of guns to use

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Unlike the different reigns of terror that Warzone has to contend with the DMR, AUG / M16, and AMAX meta, Cold War has had few complaints in that respect.

Yes, certain weapons have stood out more than others such as the Krig 6 or LC10, but there are more than enough viable options for players to use and experiment with.

From Assault Rifles to SMGs to even Sniper Rifles now, Black Ops Cold War has 50 different weapons to use in the game’s online portion of the game – discounting Zombies Wonder Weapons.

Even weapons that were underused in the earlier stages of the game’s life have become more potent such as the KSP 45, Milano, and Sniper Rifles in general. Whenever a weapon starts to feel too imbalanced like the FFAR or MP5 was, the devs are always quick on the case.

4. So many different ways to play Black Ops Cold War

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Treyarch has tried to be meticulous about its content drops as dropping everything at once would lead to certain modes becoming obsolete rather quickly.

By spacing out the introduction of big game modes such as Gunfight and Gun Game, it has allowed each of them their time to shine in the sun.

New game modes are being added all the time with Capture The Flag being the newest one, and Die Hardpoint being a terrific example of Treyarch keeping up the creativity and chaos of Call of Duty!

Players certainly cannot complain about the wealth of game modes on offer in Cold War, meaning it should be very hard to get bored of the game’s multiplayer.

3. Outbreak & Zombies in General

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As covered previously with the map packs, there was a time when extra Zombies maps were paid content that players would gravitate to in droves.

Now, it’s completely free, and maps like Mauer Der Toten continue to deliver exhilarating Zombies experiences with more Perks, more special weapons, and deep Easter Eggs.

Die Maschine, Firebase Z, Mauer Der Toten, and Dead Ops 3 aside, the real success story of Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies experience has been Outbreak. Whilst the concept of Zombies has remained largely the same for over 10 years and isn’t particularly fading, Outbreak offered a welcome shock to the system.

By making it more open-world and freeing, Outbreak has taken on a completely different structure. Its different objectives, side missions, and areas make it the most diverse Zombies experience in the game’s history – and it’s free.

2. Its campaign has gone unsung

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There was a time when online multiplayer wasn’t really a thing, and the campaign was the predominant way of judging an FPS, console shooter.

Times have most certainly changed, and whilst other games are opting to leave out campaigns altogether, Call of Duty, with the exception of Black Ops IIII, is persistent in its goal to deliver compelling narratives.

Russell Adler is already one of the more interesting and memorable new characters that a Call of Duty campaign has produced in years. Cold War’s story may have retread some familiar ground with the original Black Ops games, but its twisty-turny developments made it engaging enough to be considered a solid campaign.

It had set-pieces, tense missions, cool puzzles, and culminated with a couple of pivotal moments that shaped how your story ended. Not only this, but Treyarch rewarded attentive fans by continuing this story into the game’s multiplayer and expanding upon it further.

1. Black Ops Cold War isn’t perfect, but no game is

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Since the dawn of video games, they’ve had a bug or a glitch in them that has impacted the gameplay experience for the user.

Modern gaming is the most susceptible the industry has ever been to complacency and rash development. With most gamers having internet connections nowadays, it’s all too easy to release a game, and then add updates to it as the game goes on.

This has been standard practice since the PS3 and Xbox 360 were launched. Even some of the highest-rated games of all time use this method, and they remain successful.

Furthermore, Black Ops Cold War was arguably the most difficult release in the Call of Duty franchise, ever. Its development coincided with a worldwide pandemic that naturally would’ve affected the game’s planning and production.

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Given that Call of Duty is a yearly release, Treyarch was always going to be lagging behind in terms of content, game testing, and overall completeness. In the end, they have been able to catch up and have a game containing an obscene amount of content, whilst still listening to fans to try and fix the game.

Between Cold War’s campaign still being updated, round-based Zombies, Dead Ops, Outbreak, League Play, general online multiplayer, Treyarch has had to juggle a lot on their plate.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will probably not go down in the annals of the series’ storied history as a top 5 great. But the amount of hate and criticism the game has received hasn’t all been just and warranted.

The game is shaping up to be the most loaded CoD title ever and has to compete with the rip-roaring success of Call of Duty: Warzone. At the end of the day, we think Cold War could’ve been a far worse game given the circumstances, and it’s bounced back to become a solid game.

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How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe is a melee weapon that was seen in Black Ops Cold War. Here’s how you can unlock it for yourself.

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A brand-new melee weapon has been seen in Black Ops Cold War and here’s everything you need to know about the Scythe, including how to unlock it.

It can be fun to rack up kills from a distance with an Assault Rifle after hopping into a game of Black Ops Cold War, and sometimes it’s more exciting to use a melee weapon to battle your enemies up close.

Treyarch accidentally released the Scythe melee weapon in Black Ops Cold War in a surprise update on June 6. Here are the unlock challenges the Scythe appeared with for both Multiplayer and Zombies.

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How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe was accidentally added to Black Ops Cold War on June 6, 2022, and tasked players with melee-based challenges to unlock it. Unfortunately, this was accidental so it has now been removed from the game, but it should arrive soon.

Despite being removed, we expect the unlock challenge to be the same. Here’s how to unlock the Scythe in both Multiplayer and Zombies:

  • Multiplayer – Using a Melee weapon, get 2 kills while Ninja or Dead Silence are active in 15 different completed matches.
  • Zombies – Using a primary Melee weapon, kill 200 enemies while Insta-Kill is active.

Completing 15 multiplayer matches will take some time, so you might be faster jumping into a game of Zombies.

The in-game description says that the Scythe is a “quick swinging” two-handed melee weapon that allows you to “reap a bountiful harvest by cutting down all who stand in your path.”


For more Black Ops Cold War, you can check out how to unlock the UGR SMG as well as the best controller settings.

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Best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War

The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s our best compelte with Attachments, Perks, and Equipment.

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The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, and players can’t wait to try it out in multiplayer matches. Here’s our breakdown of the best UGR loadout to run in BOCW.

Even though CoD Vanguard is now in its third season, and Modern Warfare 2 is arriving this year, support for Black Ops Cold War is still going strong. After a huge Zombies patch on April 25, Treyarch have now added a remastered version of the Jungle map, as well as a new weapon.

The UGR SMG is an interesting close-range option, as it’s an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.” It doesn’t have the bullet velocity to take enemies out at distance, but it’s formidable in close-quarters combat.

If you’re looking to run it in multiplayer, you’ll need to know how to make the most of it. Check out our best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War.

Best Cold War UGR loadout attachments

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  • Barrel: 12.8″ VDV Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: Explosive Flechettes
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

We kick things off with the 12.8″ VDV Reinforced Barrel to seriously boost the UGR’s bullet velocity and damage range. The UGR is severely lacking in both departments, but this attachment makes it far more competitive in longer-range battles.

Next up, we went for the Spetsnaz Grip to keep the recoil in check and make it far easier to control. Then we chose KGB Skeletal Stock and GRU Elastic Wrap for a decrease in sprint-to-fire time and ADS speed, allowing you to get shots earlier while rushing around the map.

Many were surprised to see that the UGR comes with explosive rounds, so we couldn’t resist equipping Explosive Flechettes to our loadout. Aside from the obvious boost in overall damage, they also increase ammo capacity which is vital in a fast-firing weapon.

Best Cold War UGR Perk & Equipment

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  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Ninja
  • Lethal Equipment: Semtex
  • Tactical Equipment: Stimshot

We think the UGR is still effective with only five attachments, so we’re equipping Greed Wildcard to use extra Perks in each slot in BOCW multiplayer matches,

Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask are incredibly important in the first slot, as they’ll keep you protected from incoming explosives and Gas Mines, which can be frustrating when running and gunning.

Next, we picked Scavenger to make sure you never run out of ammo, as well as Assassin to keep the Scorestreaks rolling in. In the final slot, we recommend Ghost to stay invisible on enemy radars, as well as Ninja to help with flanking, which you’ll want to do a lot of with the UGR.

In terms of equipment, Semtex is an easy-to-use lethal, while Stimshot will give you a handy health boost when things get tough out there.

How to unlock UGR in Black Ops Cold War

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To unlock the UGR SMG, players must kill an enemy revealed by their Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. If you’re not a big multiplayer fan, it can be earned in Zombies by eliminating 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

You can also bypass the challenges altogether if you don’t mind spending 2,400 CoD Points on the new Lazar bundle.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s UGR

Black Ops Cold War has some powerful SMGs if the UGR isn’t working for you. The TEC-9 and LC10, in particular, remain incredibly strong in multiplayer matches and rank as two of the best weapons in the entire game.


For more, be sure to check out the best UGR loadout to use on Caldera in Warzone Pacific Season 3.

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How to unlock UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

Here’s everything you need to know about the new UGR SMG including how to unlock the weapon in Cold War and Warzone.

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Treyarch continue to release new weapons for Cold War and the latest is the UGR SMG based on the APS underwater rifle that will be making its way to both Cold War and Warzone. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

Although Vanguard is now in Season 3 and 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 has been announced, Treyarch are still releasing content for 2020’s Black Ops Cold War. Alongside a ton of Zombies changes that arrived with the April 25 update, Treyarch confirmed the classic Jungle map and a brand-new weapon would arrive in the “coming weeks.”

On May 6, the new UGR SMG made its way to the game alongside a remastered version of the Jungle map. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

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Those who played Call of Duty: Ghosts may recognize Cold War’s new UGR SMG as it’s based on the APS underwater rifle that appeared in the campaign. The in-game description says it’s a “full-auto submachine gun” and an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.”

The weapon is projectile-based with quite a low bullet velocity, so you won’t be beaming enemies at range with ease. Players were also surprised to see that it comes with explosive bullets.

How to unlock UGR in Cold War & Warzone

Players can unlock the UGR by killing an enemy revealed by your Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. You can also unlock the UGR in Zombies if you eliminate 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

The new UGR SMG has the same unlock challenge for both Cold War and Warzone, so it’ll be up to you to decide which game you’d like to complete it in. In addition, you can also receive the UGR straight away by purchasing the new Lazar bundle for 2,400 CoD Points.


The Nikita AVT and M1916 have also arrived in Warzone with Season 3, so you can check out how to unlock the new Assault Rifle and Marksman Rifle.

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