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Black Ops Cold War: Where to Start Guide

New Game. New modes to play. Let’s walk through the best places to start as you dive in.

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Coming November 13th, Black Ops Cold War will launch across all platforms, bringing a large drop of new content for players to experience.

The game offers 3 very different core modes to play on launch, and lots of variety in each area. With all the new content, where should you start?

Campaign

The hunt for Perseus is on! Experience the brand new Black Ops campaign, set right after the events of the original Black Ops game.

Play with and as the iconic Black Ops trio (Frank Woods, Jason Hudson, Alex Mason) and some new characters, like Russell Adler.

“Welcome to the Black Ops Cold War Campaign: At the height of the Cold War, these three moments defined the early history of a newly formed group of CIA operatives. Their objective: to prevent global nuclear conflict through deniable operations, missions whose targets and sources remain off the record to this day.” – Call of Duty blog

The campaign will take you through a number of large and small scale operations while you try to hunt the mystery of who Perseus is. If you’re someone who prefers to not have anything spoiled, we recommend you start here, as you might see spoilers in your Twitter or YouTube feeds in the first week of release. Normally Call of Duty campaigns take about 8-10 hours to finish, depending on the level of difficulty. You can stretch the play time out by playing slow and really adventuring around the environments.

Multiplayer

Most of the community will start here in a rush to get their ranks rolling and experience all the new maps and modes. This year, Multiplayer isn’t just your standard rotation of basic game modes. We also have the Fireteam and Combined Arms modes as well. Here’s the multiplayer rundown.

Core Modes

The core multiplayer this year is back with plenty of new scorestreaks, weapons & equipment to use. These maps when compared to Modern Warfare will be much smaller and significantly more fast paced. Hop in here to experience the newest maps, level up weapons and play returning modes like Kill Confirmed and Domination, or try out the new VIP mode.

Combined Arms

New to the Black Ops franchise, Combined Arms is a large 12v12 scale gamemode set on specific maps. So far we have seen two game modes – Assault and Domination. Assault is a mode similar to Domination, however, there is one point both teams must fight to control. Once a team captures a point, the next point moves closer to the enemies spawn. The first team to conquer all points up to the enemies spawn wins.

Domination on the other hand is exactly how it is in core multiplayer, but with more flags and enemies.

Fireteam

Fireteam is another new part of Black Ops Cold War, and feels like a nice medium between Blackout and Warzone. It features the same plate armor system as Warzone and looting, yet has the Black Ops movement and weapons (there will be no MW weapons in this, unlike Warzone). Drop in as a squad of four in a 40-player server.

As of now, the only available mode is Dirty Bomb. In this mode, you are tasked with detonating as many dirty bombs as you can while fighting off squads of other players. Detonate enough bombs and you’ll win the game…. but be sure to watch out for the toxic fumes each detonated dirty bomb leaves on the field.

Zombies

For Black Ops Cold War, the signature Treyarch zombies is back, complete with new perks, weapons & the return of pack-a-punch.

The new map “Die Maschine”, brings us back to the root of zombies as a reimagining of World At War’s “Nacht Der Untoten”, the original zombies map.

Perks will have a new spin with 3 upgradeable tiers, weapons will now have rarities with varying damage values and you’ll even be able to drop into the game with your own customized loadout. Additionally, there is now scorestreaks, an armor system, and unique zombies field upgrades.

While playing zombies and figuring out all the new features, you’ll also be leveling up your multiplayer level and weapons as an added bonus, so no need to fear missing out on XP to try out Zombies. We recommend starting here if you have a solid group of 4 that finds excitement in exploring something completely new.

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Warzone players slam “rip off” Ultra Operator skin

Warzone players have called out the new Magma Ultra Operator skin for being a “rip off” and advise other players not to buy it.

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Warzone players have been unimpressed with the new ‘Magma’ Ultra-rarity Operator skin for Knight, with it being called a “rip off” as its fiery effect in-game doesn’t match its Cold War appearance or what’s advertised in the store.

Warzone and Cold War Season 4 added the first-ever Ultra Operator skin with Iridescent for Jackal. This brightly-colored skin changes color throughout matches, making it a unique sight on the battlefield.

Activision has now released another Ultra Operator skin with ‘Magma’ for Knight, in which the outfit glows like fiery lava. But Warzone players have been more than unimpressed with its minimal fiery effects in the battle royale mode.

Warzone and Cold War Magma Fury bundle

As Cold War and Warzone are on different engines, the Operators often look slightly different between the two games. This has been severely highlighted with the Magma Fury Bundle, where the skin’s effect is clear in Cold War, but barely recognizable in Warzone.

Many players assumed that the Magma skin would be reactive, where it changes color and design with each kill. This doesn’t appear to be the case, as the molten lava effect is there as soon as you spawn in.

Warzone players have been criticizing the skin as the lava effect is almost non-existent in the bright, hazy colors of Verdansk ’84. Reddit user kaif_chan123 made players aware of the problem by showing off the skin in Warzone.

In the comparison pictures, we can see the skin’s Magma effect is bright and obvious when in the Store but muddied and hard to see in-game. “They did rip me off,” they stated, explaining that they wouldn’t recommend that anyone buys it.

The image from kaif_chan123 is low-resolution, but a video from KRNG Hero (topic begins at 13:48) better shows how it looks in Warzone. After praising how cool the skin is in Cold War, Hero said that you can only see the fire effect in Warzone if you “look very carefully.”

This is one of Activision’s most expensive bundles in the store, so while plenty of Redditors criticized the OP for buying a skin, it’s still something players should be aware of before purchasing the bundle.

Also, Warzone players have called for a Store boycott over the lawsuit against Activision-Blizzard for its “frat boy” culture and sexual harassment incidents.

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Black Ops Cold War players call for major changes to Chopper Gunner Scorestreak

Cold War fans want Treyarch to address the Chopper Gunner Scorestreak as they believe it’s underpowered in its current state.

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Once one of the most feared Scorestreaks in Call of Duty, players think the Chopper Gunner needs a big buff to be worth the points required to use in Black Ops Cold War.

People tend to reminisce about the Modern Warfare 2 days of CoD. Nearly every gamer had the Chopper Gunner killstreak equipped as it was unbelievably overpowered, would be a guarantee to rack up some serious kills, and was fun to use.

In Black Ops Cold War, the feeling is not quite the same. As one of the most expensive Scorestreaks in Season 4, players don’t believe it justifies the points necessary to acquire. As a result, they want it to receive a significant buff going forward.

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One of the biggest issues with the Chopper Gunner is that it requires a whopping 8,000 points to pilot one.

As Reddit user factsvsfiction explains: “This streak COSTS 8,000 points. To put that into perspective, that is 1.6 Strafe Runs, 2 War Machines, 3 Hand Cannons, or 3.5 Death Machines worth of points.”

They then dissect the effectiveness and durability of the Chopper Gunner, in comparison to other Scorestreaks, by saying: “The streak can easily be taken down by down by someone’s Sam Turret that only takes 3 minutes to charge (which can be sooner if they are using a perk to speed it up) or an Air Patrol valued at 2500 points. That’s laughable.”

A common complaint that was echoed by many commenters on the post is that the VTOL Scorestreak is significantly better, and costs fewer points.

You can control the VTOL, but you can’t with the Chopper Gunner, you can manually trigger flares for the VTOL, and it has two modes of fire.

One top commenter said: “I don’t know why you would choose a Chopper Gunner over the Gunship lmao. The CG can get melted by a Calvary Lancer M60 (I have an “Anti-Air” class specifically for this) in 3 seconds.”

After weighing up all the evidence, it’s clear that there is a huge discrepancy between the Chopper Gunner and cheaper Scorestreaks of a similar nature. It definitely warrants some kind of upgrade, or its points requirement lowered.

Also, check out how to turn off crossplay in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone.

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When does Black Ops Cold War Season 5 start? Season 4 end, guns, maps, leaks, theme

Season 5 will be one of the final chapters for CoD: Cold War. Here’s when it will start, and info about guns, maps, and Season 4’s end.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5 will represent one of the last new waves of content for Treyarch’s FPS title. Here’s everything we know about its potential start date, Season 4’s end date, and new guns and maps.

As to be expected, Season 4 of Cold War turned out to be quite a hefty update, adding all sorts of new gear to the game. As well as destructive new weapons like the MG 82 LMG and C58 Assault Rifle, we also got the new Ground Fall Event and even an overpowered new Scorestreak.

Things always move on though, so we’re going to analyze the probable end date of Black Ops Cold War Season 4, and the start of Season 5.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4 end date

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As with every new season of Call of Duty, there is a new Battle Pass to give us the necessary information to work out the season’s end date.

The Battle Pass for Season 4 expires on August 11. Meaning players will have until then to max out their pass before Season 5 starts.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5 start date

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CoD never has any truly significant downtime between seasons, and the transition between Cold War Season 4 and Season 5 should be no different.

We’ve gotten official word that Black Ops Cold War and Warzone’s Season 5 will begin on August 12, 2021.

All the key details are still to be revealed concerning the next chapter in the 80s Call of Duty story, and they’re sure to be interesting.

Black Ops Cold War Season 5 new guns & leak

player firing MG 82 LMG

Each new Call of Duty season usually introduces a bunch of new weapons for players to unlock and use in Black Ops Cold War.

As well as the aforementioned MG 82 and C58, Season 4 also welcomed the Nail Gun, OTs SMG, and the upcoming Mace. There’s no official word yet as to what new weapons we will see in Season 5, but a leak has potentially revealed the identity of a new one.

Thanks to dataminer Nanikos, key artwork of the upcoming fifth season has been leaked ahead of time, and the image reveals a new Operator wielding, what looks like, Akimbo TEC-9 Pistols. A rapid SMG like the Bullfrog or PPSh-41, the TEC-9 would be another stellar addition to Cold War’s SMG category.

Also, check out our 10 best guns in Black Ops Cold War and Tier List.

CoD: Cold War Season 5 new maps & leak

hijacked map in cold war

The standout highlight of CoD: Cold War Season 5’s new map selections has to be the return of Hijacked. The exotic Cruise ship returned to house more tense skirmishes across its expensive decks.

As well as Hijacked, Cold War Season 4 also added Collateral Strike as a new 6v6 map, Amsterdam for 2v2 and 3v3, and ‘Rush’ is due in-season.

With the recent Season 5 leak in mind, it seems like players may have another remake to look forward to. As well as Black Ops I’s Summit map featuring in a new Outbreak area called “Weather Station,” they say that Summit will return as an individual 6v6 map.

There will probably be other new map content as well, so we’ll update this section when we know more.

Also, see where we ranked and tiered every map in Black Ops Cold War here.

Cold War Season 5 new Operators & theme

jackal operator in cold war

Season 5 is almost certainly carrying on the story being told so far in Cold War and Warzone. We’ve traveled to various parts of the world following the exploits of Stitch, Adler, and most recently Jackal.

If the rumored leak is anything to go by, then Season 5 may be about to explore even more uncharted territory. The leaked image shows a new Operator who goes by the name “Kitsune.”

She will represent a Japanese-themed approach to Season 5, and could be joined by two other Operators, Kingsley and Surge, although their names could change ahead of launch.

Cold War Season 5 Zombies & new Perks

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We’ve already covered that Outbreak is looking to expand its array of areas to explore, and that might not be all we’ll get in Season 5.

There doesn’t seem to be anything as substantial as the Mauer Der Toten Zombies map that arrived in Season 4, but some new perks could be inbound.

Mule Kick was the sole addition to Season 4, but Season 5 may be adding two more if the Nanikos leak is to be believed.

PHD and Double Tap could be both be set for their debut in Black Ops Cold War.

PHD protects the player from any self-inflicted damage or actions and can cause explosions when jumping from a reasonable height.

Whereas Double Tap is a classic Call of Duty Perk that allows you to fire your weapons faster and perform certain actions much quicker. Both should be a great addition to the game and allow players even more freedom to play the game and complete Easter Eggs.


In the meantime, we’ll continue to report on everything that Black Ops Cold War Season 4 has in store for us, and we’ll be the first to break any Cold War Season 5 news here at Charlie INTEL.

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