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Black Ops Cold War officially rated Mature by ESRB

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The ESRB has posted the official ratings description for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on their website.

Like all past Call of Duty titles before it, Black Ops is rated Mature (17+).

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was rated for PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.

The game has the following descriptives attached to it:

  • Blood and Gore
  • Drug Reference
  • Intense Violence
  • Strong Language
  • Suggestive Themes
  • Users Interact
  • In-Game Purchases

In addition, the ESRB has posted their game description for Black Ops Cold War.

ESBR description mentions that the game features “realistic gunfire, blood-splatter effects, and cries of pain.” It also states that there are moments where players “have the ability to stab or pistol-whip enemies close-up or use them as human shields.”

The game also features a mission where players “infiltrate a drug cartel” and that mission showcases “drug packages and piles of white powder” shown in a warehouse.

The description also states that there is a “zombie mode” that “depicts decapitation and dismemberment” with players using “bladed weapons and guns to kill hordes of undead soldiers/creatures.”

You can read the full description below:

This is a first-person shooter, set during the Cold War, in which players explore locations in Europe and Asia while engaging in combat/infiltration missions. Players use pistols, machine guns, assault rifles, and explosives to kill hostile forces in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, blood-splatter effects, and cries of pain. In addition to ranged combat, players have the ability to stab or pistol-whip enemies close-up, or use them as human shields. Some weapons cause characters to explode into bloody chunks of flesh. A zombie mode also depicts decapitation and dismemberment, as players use bladed weapons and guns to kill hordes of undead soldiers/creatures. In one setting, flyers with the words “peep show” and “XXX” can be seen alongside pictures of women in lingerie; a red-light-district storefront is depicted with a neon sign that reads “XXX.” During one mission, players infiltrate a drug cartel—drug packages and piles of white powder can be seen in a warehouse. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

SOURCE: ESRB

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Black Ops Cold War devs respond to Fireteam Dirty Bomb playlist issues

CoD players are currently experiencing issues with BOCW’s Fireteam Dirty Bomb playlist. The devs have now responded to the situation.

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The Fireteam Dirty Bomb playlist in BOCW has been suffering some map rotation issues which has warranted a response from the devs.

Treyarch’s newest creation, Fireteam Dirty Bomb, sees up to 10 squads fighting across a sprawling map to collect and deposit Uranium. Players must use teamwork to eradicate the enemy, find Dirty Bombs, and detonate them.

It’s a tremendous multiplayer experience that uses elements of Call of Duty’s popular Warzone mode, and the best bits of CoD multiplayer. However, players are experiencing some issues at the moment with the playlist not providing all of the available maps for selection.

The issue has prompted a response from Treyarch who have identified the problem and addressed it.

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BOCW Fireteam Dirty Bomb playlist issue

Fireteam Dirty Bomb currently has three maps for competitors to duke it out on, and these are Alpine, Ruka, and the newest addition, Sanatorium.

The game mode was experiencing issues a couple of weeks ago when it was reported that Alpine was no longer in rotation. A fix was issued soon after and it was welcomed back into the playlist for selection.

Now it seems like Alpine is the only map in rotation as the Black Ops Cold War Trello page is now reporting that Ruka and Sanatorium are not being selected.

The Treyarch team has responded to the issue with haste saying, “Update: We’ve identified the issue, are working toward a fix, and have reintroduced Sanatorium 24/7 on January 25, 2020 at 5pm/PT. Players may continue to see Alpine only when searching in FTDB modes with mixed maps.”

So Sanatorium is now officially back in the game, but only as its own exclusive playlist. Whereas Ruka fans are going to have to wait a bit longer until an official fix can successfully add the map back to mixed rotation.

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How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League Stage 1 kicks off on February 11, and by watching you can get in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP.

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CDL Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League 2021 kicks off on February 11 and offers viewers a ton of free in-game items to earn, so here’s how to unlock the CDL Stage 1 viewership rewards.

Following the CDL Kickoff Classic, the Call of Duty League will officially kick off on February 11 with the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe.

With Dallas Empire looking to defend their title, the return of H3CZ’s OpTic, and newcomers LA Thieves looking to prove themselves, it’s shaping up to be a great year for competitive Call of Duty fans.

While watching the narratives of the year unfold, you can also earn free in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP just for watching. Here’s how to get the CDL Stage 1 rewards.

How to earn CDL Stage 1 rewards

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To earn the free in-game rewards for the CDL launch weekend, you must have an Activision account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one on Activision.com by heading to ‘register’ in the right-hand corner.

Link CoD account to YouTube

Rewards are earned by watching CDL Stage 1 through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.

To link your account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
  3. Click on ‘Connected Apps’
  4. Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube, CallofDutyLeague.com, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.

Account linking begins on Wednesday, January 27, so make sure to link accounts between then and February 11.

CDL Stage 1 in-game rewards

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For watching at least 60 minutes of the CDL opening weekend on February 11-14, you will earn the ‘cash stack’ weapon charm to hang on your weapons in multiplayer and battle royale.

And as you watch matches throughout Stage 1, you’ll earn Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens to redeem for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

For watching at least three hours of the Stage 1 Major in the first week of March, you can earn three competitive CoD themed calling cards and an emblem. With these, you can channel your inner Cellium by rocking the ‘Snaked’ calling card and taunt your opponents with the ‘salty’ emblem.

With League Play confirmed to be arriving in Black Ops Cold War in the coming weeks, the calling cards and emblem will be perfect additions to complement your grind.

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Best AUG loadout to use in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

The AUG is one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so use these attachments and perks to maximize its potential.

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The AUG is arguably one of the meta weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so here are the best attachments and perks to maximize its potential in multiplayer.

The AUG appeared as an Assault Rifle in the original Black Ops and as an SMG in Modern Warfare. In Black Ops Cold War, it comes as a burst-fire Tactical Rifle. With a fast fire-rate and high damage, it’s capable of killing a player in one burst at almost any range.

With the Gunfighter Wildcard equipped, the AUG can carry eight attachments, maximizing its potential for all situations. Here are the best attachments and perks to run with it.

Best Black Ops Cold War AUG loadout

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  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 18″ Rapid Fire
  • Body: Ember Sighting Point
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Marathon Stock

This AUG loadout takes full advantage of its one-burst potential with increased fire rate and accuracy.

For optics, it’s mostly up to you. We’ve had the most success with the versatility of the Red Dot Sights but if you want to be stronger at range, consider using a higher optic. To ensure you can take down multiple enemies without reloading, you should add the 45 Rnd Drum magazine.

To reduce recoil and keep your burst shots accurate, you should run the SOCOM Eliminator muzzle attachment and Field Agent Foregrip. These attachments combined will give a huge reduction to vertical recoil. This is vital to ensuring that all shots in a burst hit the target, increasing the one-burst potential.

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Due to this weapon being so powerful as is, the only barrel you need is the 18″ Rapid Fire. This gives a 13% increase to the fire rate, allowing you to either quickly finish the target with a second burst or take out multiple enemies in quick succession. There are no negative attributes to using this barrel, making it the best choice.

The Ember Sighting Point torch gives the AUG a boost to both its long and close-range potential. The torch reveals enemies, which makes it especially effective when players blend into the environment. It also increases hip-fire accuracy by 30%, helping you out in a tight spot.

To counter the weight of these attachments and speed it up, you should add the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Marathon Stock. These increase both your ADS and sprint-to-fire time. When moving around the map or quickly snapping onto a sniper glint at range, weapon speed is vital.

Best perks for Black Ops Cold War AUG

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Flak Jacket

With the power of explosives in Black Ops Cold War, Flak Jacket is vital. When attacking a point, there are only so many places you can be, so expect a barrage of explosives coming at you.

One Semtex or Grenade could be enough to bring you down, and you especially don’t want a random grenade ending your scorestreak.

Scavenger

There’s nothing worse than running out of bullets mid-fight, and the Scavenger perk will allow you to keep supplying as the match progresses. With Scavenger equipped, you can keep hold of your AUG all match without having to swap it out for a weapon with more ammo.

Ninja

When running around the map with the AUG, being silent will give you an extreme advantage. Whether flanking an objective or clearing out a building, having the enemies not being able to hear you will give you an easy multi-kill.

And as a bonus, having quiet footsteps means its unlikely the enemies will hear you.

The AUG is currently one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so try it out with these attachments and perks for yourself.

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