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8 things we want to see in Call of Duty 2021

Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War has kept fans ticking over nicely in the 1980s, but here are 8 things we want to see in Call of Duty 2021.

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Black Ops Cold War has offered CoD fans plenty of amazing memories thanks to its intriguing campaign, feisty online multiplayer, and intense Zombies. But now we start to delve into our future wants and wishes with 8 things we want in Call of Duty 2021.

It’s all well and good living in the moment as we are doing with Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone to an extent, but sometimes you have to start looking forward. Before long, Activision’s latest round of frenetic first-person shooter action will be here, and everyone will have their own wishlist of ideas for it.

Cold War has delivered countless hours of fun for players to dive into, but there’s always room for improvement.

So without any further ado, here are 8 things we would desperately love to see in Call of Duty 2021.

1. A campaign

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We’re certain the mistakes of Black Ops 4 won’t be repeated, but we need Call of Duty to remain faithful to its roots and deliver a compelling campaign.

Whether you’re someone who dispenses with the storytelling theatrics and dives into the online, or someone who loves a good campaign, CoD should always have to remain true to its identity. The exploits of Bell, Adler, and the gang in Black Ops Cold was a fun foray and we need more of it.

2. The return of sniping

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Black Ops Cold War has some beastly snipers, we’re looking at you LW3 Tundra, but there are so few of them and so few maps that accommodate them that it’s hard to become invested.

It’s extremely rare that you’ll be killed by a Sniper Rifle, whether by hardscoping or quickscoping, and it feels like that element of CoD has fallen by the wayside. Call of Duty 2021 needs maps with longer channels and more viable Sniper Rifles to help bring back the glory days.

3. More content on launch

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2019’s Modern Warfare pretty much bucked the trend when it came to delivering content for its reboot. Instead of launching with a large amount of content, it focused more on drip-feeding new maps and game modes throughout its lifespan.

This philosophy was adopted by Black Ops Cold War and meant that Treyarch’s Cold War-era shooter only launched with eight original 6v6 maps. It’s true that the new Fireteam mode also contained fresh maps, but they weren’t available for 6v6.

We’ve had the likes of The Pines, Apocalypse, and Nuketown added to the original line-up. Whilst it must understandably be hard to keep on top of new 6v6 Gunfight, Fireteam, Zombies, and Outbreak content, lots of players are only interested in 6v6 and need more of these maps to retain their interest.

4. More fan feedback to bugs and glitches

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Sometimes being left out in the lurch can alienate fans and make them feel like they’re not being listened to, when in fact they are. Between the weekly updates and constant patch notes, the devs are always hard at work trying to maintain multiple areas of CoD games.

The devs for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone do listen, and this is reflected in replies to Tweets, Reddit posts, and acknowledgment of issues that are visible on the game’s respective Trello pages. It just might be an idea to update players a bit more regularly with updates and confirm that certain problems are being addressed to reassure the fanbase.

5. More Zombies & Outbreak

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We wouldn’t be opposed to seeing a proper Spec Ops mode like Modern Warfare 2 in CoD 2021, if not, then another tussle with the undead will more than suffice.

One of the breakout successes to come from Black Ops Cold War was the Season 2 addition of Outbreak mode. A brand new open-world Zombies game mode that shared more in common with Warzone than it did regular Zombies. If we can expand upon this even further, introduce more quests, more abilities, then Outbreak could break out into one of CoD’s best aspects, if not the best.

6. World Warzone 2?

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Warzone has categorically changed Call of Duty forever as its endlessly replayable adaptation of battle royale has been an indescribable success. But if the rumor of a new World War 2 game is accurate, is it time to outlast 100+ players in a war-torn muddy battlefield soaked in blood, rain, and trenches?

The change of setting and scenery could be absolutely fascinating with destroyed buildings allowing for tense and chaotic fights. Tanks and planes strewn about the place, and monuments stricken by total war. Warzone could easily crossover into World War and seamlessly create a whole new, fresh experience for players to engage in.

7. More Hardcore modes

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We feel that not enough love is shown to the Hardcore variants of some of Call of Duty’s best modes. Lots of players enjoy living life on the edge in Hardcore knowing that one small mistake will see their reduced health crumble in one shot.

Yet, the likes of Hardpoint, Gunfight, Fireteam, and many more are all absent from the Hardcore playlist options in Black Ops Cold War. There’s no reason why Hardcore gamers should be missing out on all the fun.

8. Ranked Play from the beginning

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This revisits the argument about having extra content from the get-go, but for a large part of the community, Ranked Play is the be-all and end-all.

Rule restrictions and equipment barriers provide a pure test of skill. Many advanced CoD players perhaps don’t feel challenged by the perceived weakness of traditional lobbies, and Ranked Play gives them that challenge. Cold War took nearly five months to add Ranked Play when it really should be available from the start.


Those are all the things we absolutely want to see in Call of Duty: 2021.

Is there anything we’ve missed out? Is there something else the game really needs? Be sure to let us know on our CharlieINTEL Facebook Page and CharlieINTEL Twitter Page!

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Best MP40 loadout for CoD: Vanguard Season 4

The MP40 has maintained its status as a standout SMG in Vanguard, so here are the best attachments and perks to create the best loadout.

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The MP40 is the ultimate short-range weapon in Vanguard and with the right attachments, perks, and equipment, you can create a truly powerful class. Check out everything you need to build the best MP40 class in Vanguard Season 4.

Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded didn’t bring much in terms of weapon buffs and nerfs, which means the MP40 is still the top short-range option in the game.

With great stopping power, a quick fire rate, and good maneuverability, the MP40 is great at getting in the face of your enemies.

Getting the right attachments will turn the MP40 from a solid weapon to the best SMG in the game, so here’s everything you need to create the best Vanguard MP40 loadout.

Best Vanguard MP40 Gunsmith loadout attachments

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  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B
  • Optic: Krausnick ISO1M or Slate Reflector (preference)
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 9MM 24 Round Fast Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

First, you should add the Recoil Booster and Krausnick 317MM 04B barrel. Together, these will be a major help in recoil control, weapon handling, and also accuracy, while a massive boost to fire rate will make the MP40 as deadly as possible.

For Optics, it’s entirely down to your own personal preference. Some players prefer the classic MP40 iron sights, but others would rather the precision of the Slate Reflector optic. The Krausnick ISO1M is a solid choice as it increases ADS speed.

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Then, we’re going for the Carver Foregrip underbarrel as it will help players control the weapon seeing as it boasts considerable kick when firing. If you’re not worried about accuracy and wish to maximize speed, then the SMLE Pistol Grip is also a great choice.

For Ammunition, the 9MM 24 Round Fast Mags are a solid choice. Despite reducing magazine capacity the increase to reload speed is much needed as you’ll encounter waves of enemies. For Ammo Type, Lengthened increases bullet velocity, making far-off targets easier to hit and reducing the time to kill.

In order to make the MP40 fire as accurately as possible, we’ll opt for the Stippled Grip which increases recoil recovery and initial accuracy, making targets of all distances easy to hit.

The Brace Proficiency provides improved initial accuracy which will make your first few shots all the more impactful. Finally, the Quick Kit increases your sprint speed, which is perfect for an SMG loadout.

Best Vanguard MP40 Perks & Equipment

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  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Secondary: 1911
  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence

Ghost returned in Vanguard but does not follow the Cold War model. It’s only active while you move, but it remains a powerful choice when Spy Planes are overhead.

Next, we’ve opted for the Radar Perk. Vanguard includes Modern Warfare’s minimap which doesn’t show enemy gunfire on the minimap. However, Radar gives you the classic minimap, revealing enemies when they fire an unsuppressed weapon.

And finally, Lightweight is a great choice for Perk 3. SMG loadouts are all about aggressive play and maximizing speed will let you get up close and personal with enemy players.

In terms of equipment, we suggest the Stim as your Tactical, as it will allow you to replenish your health and Tactical Sprint in an instant while you fly around the map. Field Upgrade is a little more tricky, but we think Dead Silence is a good shout, as it will allow you to make sneaky plays and keep the pressure on your opponents.

How to unlock the MP40 in Vanguard

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The good news is that it doesn’t take long to get your hands on the MP40, as it unlocks straight away, ready to start customizing when you unlock Custom Loadouts at Level 4.

You can also use the MP40 straight away in Warzone Pacific, meaning you won’t need to level up before making a custom class with it.

Best alternatives to Vanguard MP40

If you’re looking to stick within the SMG class, we suggest trying the Welgun or Type 100. These are both viable, but still aren’t quite as good as the MP40, so keep that in mind.

If you’re looking for something with a little more range, grab the STG-44, which has proved itself to be the most versatile weapon in the game. The Automaton is the dominant assault rifle in the game right now too and is another excellent option.

If none of these are of interest to you, make sure to check out our full guide to Vanguard’s best guns, with every weapon ranked.

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Best Automaton loadout for CoD: Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded

Here’s are the right attachments, Perks, and equipment that you can use to make the best Automaton loadout for Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded.

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The Automaton is widely regarded as the top gun in Vanguard. Make sure you’ve got the perfect attachments, perks, and equipment to build the best Vanguard Automaton loadout.

Vanguard‘s lifespan is rapidly coming to a close, but with Sledgehammer dropping the Season 4 Reloaded patch and Season 5 on the horizon, there are still plenty of reasons to jump into the game.

If you’re planning on jumping into some multiplayer, you’ll want to be using the best gun in the game, and it’s hard to look past the Automaton.

The current king of assault rifles, the Automaton has a good damage range, easy recoil control, and the stopping power to wipe out enemies.

If that sounds like your kind of gun, then we’ve got everything you need to create the best Vanguard Automaton loadout.

Best Vanguard Automaton loadout attachments

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  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: ZAC 600mm BFA
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Anastasia Padded
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 6.5MM Sakura 75 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

We’ll start off this Vanguard loadout by bringing the weapon’s recoil under control with the help of the MX Silencer muzzle, Polymer Grip rear grip, M1941 Hand Stop underbarrel, and Anastasia Padded stock.

You can take advantage of the improved precision by equipping the G16 2.5x optic to pick off enemies from a distance. The ZAC 600mm BFA barrel will provide a boost to the Automaton’s damage range, priming it for medium-range combat.

The 6.5MM Sakura 45 Round Mags will provide you with plenty of ammunition to take out multiple foes, and the Lengthened ammo type will greatly improve the weapon’s bullet velocity so that it can shred through enemies.

For the Proficiency, we’re opting for Tight Grip to bring the recoil further under control, and we picked Fully Loaded as our kit to ensure that we start off with the maximum reserve ammo.

Best Perks and equipment to use with Vanguard Automaton

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  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Lethal: Mk2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Trophy System

Ghost is an excellent choice for Perk 1 as it keeps you hidden from enemy radars and Spy Planes while you’re on the move. For Perk 2, we recommend Radar so that you can use the classic minimap to find out where your enemy is.

And finally, for Perk 3 we went with Lightweight to boost your movement speed. The Mk2 Frag Grenade is perfect for clearing out rooms, using Stim for your tactical will grant you a health boost, and the new Trophy System Field Upgrade will protect you from enemy Lethal Equipment.

How to unlock the Automaton in Vanguard

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The Automaton is unlocked at Rank 8, so you’ll get your hands on it soon after unlocking Custom Loadouts.

To unlock and level up the Automaton as fast as possible, you can check out our guide on how to rank up fast in Vanguard.

Best alternatives to Vanguard’s Automaton

If the Automaton isn’t your cup of tea, we recommend using the STG44. It’s the first Assault Rifle you’ll unlock and is an incredibly powerful choice.

The MP-40 is still the go-to SMG in Vanguard, so if you fancy some close-quarters combat, we recommend grabbing it.

If neither of these guns tickle your fancy, make sure to check out our full guide to the best Vanguard guns, where we’ve ranked every single weapon in the game.

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Best STG44 loadout for CoD: Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded

Here are the right attachments, Perks, and equipment that you can use to make the best STG44 loadout in Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded.

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Vanguard’s STG44 has been one of the most powerful and popular weapons since the game launched. Make sure you’re running the strongest class possible with our best Vanguard STG44 loadout, including attachments, perks, equipment, and more.

Vanguard may be coming towards the end of its life cycle, but plenty of players are still dropping into the game for a taste of World War II-style combat.

July’s Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded patch didn’t shift the meta much, meaning the weapons that dominated the early part of the season are still powerful today.

Since the game’s launch back in 2021, the STG44 has been a go-to choice for many Vanguard players. With good damage statistics and controllable recoil, the STG44 has proved to be a great all-rounder.

If you fancy using this strong Assault Rifle, make sure you’re running the top attachments possible with our guide to Vanguard’s best STG44 loadout.

Best Vanguard STG44 loadout attachments

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  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 9MM 24 Rnd Fast Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

We’ll start off this Vanguard loadout with the F8 Stabilizer, VDD 760MM 05B barrel, and VDD 27 Precision to bring the STG44’s recoil under control while providing it with a major boost to its damage range.

The Slate Reflector offers a clean and unobtrusive view when aiming at enemies from a distance, while the M1941 Handstop underbarrel and Stippled Grip will provide greater recoil control.

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The 9MM 24 Rnd Fast Mags will ensure that the STG44 has enough ammo to take out multiple enemies, and the Lengthened ammo type will increase the bullet velocity so that your rounds shred through targets.

We’ll cap off this Vanguard loadout by equipping Sleight of Hand to boost the reload speed while Fully Loaded will keep you from running out of ammo in battle.

Best Perks and Equipment to run with Vanguard STG44

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  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Armor

You should definitely have Ghost as Perk 1 in Vanguard. While this Perk is only active while you move, it is still a powerful choice when Spy Planes are above in the skies.

Next, you should equip the Radar Perk as it will let you use the classic minimap that reveals an enemy’s position when they fire an unsuppressed weapon.

Our Perk 3 choice belongs to Lightweight. This STG build is fairly heavy, and Lightweight will counteract it by increasing your movement speed. Using a Stim will get you a health boost while Armor will provide extra protection while holding lanes.

How to unlock the STG44 in Vanguard

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The good news is that the STG44 is available at level 1, meaning you won’t have to grind to get your hands on it. The weapon will be added to your inventory as soon as you launch the game.

Best alternatives to Vanguard STG44

If you’re not feeling the STG44, there are a few other assault rifles that can do an equally good job. The Automaton has been popular in Season 4, while the Cooper Carbine and new Vargo-S are both strong options too.

If you fancy getting up close and personal with your enemies, it’s hard to go wrong with the MP-40. For more, check out our guide to Vanguard’s best guns, with every weapon ranked.

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