The ICR quickly became the long range AR player’s weapon of choice in Black Ops 4 due it’s flinch reduction, minimal recoil, and ample damage.
Every gun in Black Ops 4 has its own unique signature due to limits or additions in attachments. This is why it is beneficial to know each and every gun’s weaknesses and strengths to truly get the most out of them. In this guide, TheXclusiveAce helps us show some of the important features of the ICR.
You can check out the full video on TheXclusiveAce’s channel with more details & stats. Embed and link can be found at the bottom of the article.
The ICR’s damage profile/range of 37-29 damage per bullet puts it quite high in the listings. Additionally, the weapon shoots at an average 600rpm and kills in 5-6 shots, depending on the range.
According to Xclusive’s calculations, this puts the Time to Kill (TTK) at around 400-500 milliseconds. Of course, these stats portray the ideal scenario of hitting every shot. This can be easier said than done against Stock 2 strafing SMGs.
Due to its limited movement speeds compared to SMGs and no Stock option, the ICR is best used from stationary firing positions. For example, rotating to the next hardpoint first with an ICR is a risky ask due to the chance of getting caught out by the Maddox or Saug.
Instead, plan on arriving to the hardpoint/other objective zone as the enemy sets up for a push. Find yourselves a piece of cover with a sightline towards the direction you believe the enemies are coming from and wait for the enemies to come to you. This minimizes the ICR’s inherent disadvantages and plays directly into its advantages.
The above weaknesses are compounded by the fact that the ICR has a mediocre hip-fire profile. Unlike the ADS strafe speed, this can be modified and buffed through the use of laser sight. The attachment will force you to sacrifice a perk or another attachment, but can help out if you are struggling on smaller maps.
The ideal class setups for the ICR revolve around three central attachments. The Red Dot Sight, Grip I, and Grip II. This trio will get you through most situations due to the gun’s high damage per bullet and the double grips’ effects of reducing both recoil and flinch.
In addition to the golden trio, you might want to invest in another attachment for extra utility. One option is the laser sight as stated before, but the more viable/well-rounded option comes in the form of Quickdraw. The ICR’s hipfire is dodgy at best and the best results are delivered while aiming down the sights.
As such, Quickdraw will allow you to ADS as soon as possible after you are done surveying the area for hostiles.
In terms of perks, the ICR’s stationary nature puts it at high vulnerability to grenades and other explosives. As such, Flak Jacket is a highly recommended option.
While Gungho lets you pop out of sprint faster by 80ms, Dexerity is the go to second perk for practically all situations. This is due to the near instant ability to slide cancel by ADS’ing with Dexerity. The slide cancel is much faster than the sprint cancel even with Gung-ho.
Dead Silence fits the ICR better than Ghost in the third perk slot due to ICR players generally standing still. Ghost only works while you are sprinting in Black Ops 4 and you will want to refrain from sprinting as much as possible with the ICR.
An alternative setup forgoes the Quickdraw with a second Perk 2. Lightweight increases movement speed while sprinting. As stated above, sprinting can be a risky business with the ICR, but with Lightweight the benefits might just outweigh the costs.
Due to the increased speed, the Lightweight class can reach rotation spots and bomb sites in Hardpoint and S&D more quickly than opponents. This allows you to setup for attacks from the enemy much earlier. Use this class if you seeing yourself fall behind the competition’s speed.
That’s it for this weapon guide. Thank you to TheXclusiveAce for providing detailed information about the gun’s stats. Below is a link to the full video:
Video shows off drastic evolution of Call of Duty Zombies from World at War to Cold War
This one is for the dedicated Zombies fans who have been around since Nacht der Untoten, as this video celebrates the evolution of Call of Duty Zombies.
For those Zombies fans who have been there from the start, here’s a great way to reminisce and relive the Call of Duty Zombies experience we all hold so dearly.
Call of Duty Zombies is still around in today’s Call of Duty, surviving ever since the 2008 classic World at War that started that fan-favorite game mode.
Although a lot has changed since then, players still love the mode, and what better way to bring back good old memories than this video showing the evolution of Zombies.
The video is by Evolution List on YouTube, a channel dedicated to showing the evolution of various games that have stood the test of time.
In the video, fans are given a walkthrough of Zombies from 2008 all the way to 2021, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War being the latest entry in the high-profile Call of Duty franchise to feature a Zombies game mode that recently saw its newest map, Mauer der Toten, added in the Season 4 Reloaded update.
Although the video is fairly short, spanning only 5 minutes, viewers are given one classic Zombies map from each Call of Duty game that possessed Zombies.
Evolution of Zombies video
Although the mode was mostly in Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, there have been many variations of the mode, with the video also including WWII’s Zombies, Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies, CoD Mobile’s Zombies, and Infinite Warfare’s Zombies.
Some of the classic maps showcased include:
- World at War’s Nacht der Untoten
- Black Ops’ Five
- Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil
- Black Ops 4’s IX
Of course, there are many other maps shown in the video, but we don’t want to spoil it all!
If you’re a fan of Zombies, this is a great watch so make sure to check out the video below.
Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / Evolution List
Call of Duty players want a Battlefield Portal inspired mode in the future
After FPS fans were blown away by Battlefield Portal’s reveal, Call of Duty fans want to see a similar mode in the future.
Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode was finally announced at EA Play: Battlefield Portal. This is a hub for content from previous Battlefield games, and Call of Duty players want to see a similar mode in the future.
Like Battlefield, Call of Duty has depicted various theatres of war over the years, both real and fictional. Although Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, as a throwback for long-time fans of the franchise, they’ve included Battlefield Portal.
This brings weapons, maps, vehicles, and more from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into one, ultimate sandbox experience. Impressed with the new mode, Call of Duty fans have been asking for a similar experience.
Call of Duty fans have been desperate for remasters of their favorite games from the franchise, with Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer being the most prominent. Black Ops Cold War is chock-full of maps from Black Ops 2, but players still want to see more content from the games they grew up with.
Battlefield 2042 found the solution to this with their new Portal mode. With access to a ton of content from previous Battlefield games, players can create almost any custom game mode they can dream up.
“And that’s how you incorporate remastered content into your game,” said renowned industry insider Tom Henderson after seeing the reveal. He followed this by theorizing that Call of Duty will create something similar in the “next 5 years.”
His theory was met with resounding excitement, with many Call of Duty players wanting to see their favorite multiplayer and Zombies experiences return in the same way.
Battlefield Portal “truly could be the next BIG THING for creators,” said popular YouTuber Chaosxsilencer. “Imagine a Call of Duty Portal with BO2, BO3, WaW, MW2, MW3 assets all usable and customizable.”
“The custom game options available with #BATTLEFIELD2042 and the Battlefield Portal are amazing. So many options and ways to be creative and have fun,” said Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone. “@RavenSoftware we need things like this in Warzone, especially with Battlefield announcing this today.”
With how extensive of a backlog Call of Duty has, it’s very likely that Activision will take inspiration from Battlefield’s exciting new mode – and the demand for it is certainly there.
If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, you can check out how to get access to the Open Beta in September.
Image Credit: Activision / EA
Zombies World Record beaten after nearly 300 hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
It took one Twitch streamer nearly 300 hours of gameplay to beat the World Record for Black Ops 3’s Nacht Der Untoten Zombies.
One player has done the unthinkable and beaten the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nacht Der Untoten Zombies World Record by reaching round 255.
Zombies has a storied history dating all the way back to 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War came bundled with a bonus mini-game called ‘Nacht der Untoten.’ The legendary Nazi Zombies mode would go on to reach ridiculous levels of popularity to the point that Treyarch had to make extra Zombies maps.
Since then, virtually every single CoD title has included new versions and variations of the Zombies formula. Black Ops Cold War is currently enjoying the launch of Mauer Der Toten, the freshest Zombies experience.
However, one Twitch streamer has overlooked modern Zombies in favor of a previous game – Black Ops 3. After 20 days of playing the same game of Nacht Der Untoten on and off, a new World Record was set.
The feat was accomplished by CoD Zombies Twitch streamer TomPhantasy as he smashed the previous record by a staggering 40 rounds to reach Round 255.
Beginning his run on July 2, he spent the next 20 days clocking up nearly 300 hours of game time to obliterate the previous Nacht Der Untoten record.
Remarkably, he was only downed twice, and they both came once he’d surpassed the record figure anyway.
The final seconds of the footage are of the streamer clearing up the last few dregs of Zombies until the round icon in the bottom-left changes to 255.
This absolutely smashes the previous record of 216 rounds set by user Chihiro-516, and may never be beaten.
Dexerto was even able to secure an exclusive word with the streamer to get more reaction to his feat: “The Zombies community has been supporting me for months when I have been attempting this record through the highs and lows,” he said.
He continued: “I knew I had to keep going, because after 24.8 days the game freezes, This meant I had to play 13+ hours per day for those 25 days.”
Massive congratulations need to go to the player who was able to gut his way through an arduous three weeks of Zombies. With Mauer Der Toten very much the new Zombies craze, we wonder if he will one day attempt to set the record for it.
Also, for some more incredible accomplishments, check out the Cold War player who reached 10th Prestige without killing a single player.
Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy
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