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Call of Duty: Ghosts and the experience for PC players

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As an avid console and PC gamer, I’ve often enjoyed the PC experience of Call of Duty with the use of a keyboard and mouse over the conventional console controller.

With many hours spent playing PC based shooters, I’m well aware of the advantages and disadvantages of PC gaming, and I’m not here to support the ‘PC master race’ notion, far from it in fact – unfortunately. Now, before I continue I just want to clarify a couple of points: I understand a PC gaming environment is completely different to that of a console, player hardware is never the same for anyone and there’s tons of variables when it comes to performance and PC gaming.

PC gaming isn’t perfect, some could even say it’s more expensive, but before the usual trolls come out in force to say “PC sux” and “console is better” – you cannot and never will be able to beat the catalogue of games and the customisation/modification potential on a PC *full stop*. Lastly, I’m not at any point complaining about Call of Duty: Ghosts as a game – in fact I really enjoy it. I’m creating awareness and criticising the experience for PC players instead.

Which brings me on to Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PC. Having played Call of Duty: Ghosts development builds at numerous events including EuroGamer and GamesCom, as well as owning the game on the Xbox 360, I was fairly well accustomed to the smooth experience you come to expect with Call of Duty titles. Expecting the same to be the case with the PC version of Ghosts, I went ahead and parted with my money on Steam and began the ~25GB download for Ghosts Multiplayer.

Having invested in a recently built gaming PC including a Core i7 (Noctua heatsink), ASUS GTX 770, 16GB G-Skill RAM, 2x SSD’s, Windows 8.1, I was playing games comfortably with the likes of Battlefield 4 (no crashes, am I lucky?) running at full 1080p with EVERYTHING on Ultra settings and averaging around 70-80 fps during multiplayer, and never dropping below 60. Having waited patiently for the Ghosts download to finish, I decided to load up the game and jump into a match of TDM.

In terms of the Video Settings I had configured on the game, I made use of Nvidia GeForce Experience to recommend settings based on my hardware, most of which were set to High/Very High and at 1080p. I ensured any unnecessary background programs were closed including Fraps (which is known to cause problems with this game).

Well… where do I start? To begin with, 1080p with the *majority* (not all) of the settings set to High was simply unplayable – I would guesstimate around 30fps at most with framerate drops repeatedly to the point I couldn’t engage in a gunfight with anyone. No aspect of any map was smooth, again it was simply unplayable.
Thinking to myself, have I done something wrong(?) I went ahead and triple checked my Nvidia drivers, uninstalled completely and reinstalled them and gave it a second go – no change. It was obvious 1080p wasn’t going to work out, so I decided to drop the resolution to 720p.

Now running at 720p, I entered another game but this time Blitz on the map Stonehaven, and to my surprise it was an improvement until I left a fairly isolated location – again framerate drops all over the place. Instead of the silky smooth gameplay you see on a console, Ghosts on the PC consistently judders every few moments. Having done some general searches on Google and reading countless forum topics, it’s evident to me that this issue is very widespread, with some users reporting even a GTX Titan can’t hold down a steady framerate on the PC.

Tucked within the Options menu is the ability to set Optimal Video Settings, but all that really does is set everything to low and ultimately output a bad looking version of what should be comparable to the next-gen version as seen on the PS4/Xbox One. At this point I find myself asking why a game like Battlefield 4 looks and runs substantially better when in reality having a more demanding environment in terms of gameplay.

The issues for me didn’t stop there, when it came to recording Call of Duty: Ghosts, it wasn’t short of a nightmare. Fraps, a very well known and compatible program which records gameplay for about 99% of PC games just wouldn’t cooperate with Ghosts, DxTory crashed on startup, and I gave up trying anything else. Luckily the new ShadowPlay ability on Nvidia graphics cards was able to record at a respectable quality.

It is evident that Call of Duty: Ghosts for the PC is very poorly optimised and provides an inferior gaming experience for those who are forking out near-console prices for a badly put together experience. Anti-cheat capability appears to be missing as well as FOV editor, a standard amongst many PC games. Black Ops 2, developed by Treyarch is an entirely different story with great performance and perfectly smooth gameplay at maximum settings, averaging at 100+ fps.

In the ideal world we’d love to see Infinity Ward tackle these issues head on and deliver an improved experience to PC players, and can only hope that is a work in progress.

Let us know how you’ve been getting along with Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PC.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How much are COD Points? How to buy, price, how to spend & more

COD Points are the currency of Call of Duty. Here’s a guide on their price, how you can buy them, where to spend them, and what you can buy.

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COD Points have become an integral part of Call of Duty games as they can buy some great cosmetics and other items to show off. So here’s a quick guide to tell you how much points cost, how you can buy them, where you can spend them, and what you can get.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Cold War and Warzone offering special Rambo and John McClane skins and bringing back legendary Operators like Soap and Captain Price, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend COD Points.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game and requires COD Points to do so.

So with our detailed guide today, we’re going to run through the basics of COD Points to help you understand them, tell you what they do, and more.

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What is the price of COD Points?

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying COD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas some need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various COD Points bundles:

  • 200 COD Points for $1.99 or £1.79
  • 500 COD Points for $4.99 or £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) COD Points for $9.99 or £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) COD Points for $19.99 or £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) COD Points for $39.99 or £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) COD Points for $74.99 or £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) COD Points for $99.99 or £84.99

How do I buy COD Points?

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You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

These are the various ways you can procure COD Points.

Official website

This method is only for PC players.

A quick visit to the Battle.net shop will take you to the aforementioned COD Points bundles, and you can take your pick.

PlayStation Store

This method is only for PlayStation players.

Head to the PlayStation Store either on your PS4, PS5, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.

You will be able to purchase them using money or PSN credit.

Xbox Microsoft Store

This method is only for Xbox players.

Head to the Microsoft Store either on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.

You will be able to purchase them using money or Xbox Gift cards.

Retailers

Online or select physical retailers will have copious amounts of COD Points vouchers and gift cards for you to purchase. There will be no difference between official sales and retails sales as they will all sell the same bundles.

Where do I spend my COD Points?

Now that you have a nice bundle of COD Points, where do you actually go to spend them? Well, the answer is rather simple: head to the in-game store for the game you’re playing, browse, and buy.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

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A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone are currently in Season Two of their respective lifecycles at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of Season 2, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough COD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You can buy the Cold War & Warzone Season 4 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.

Also, check out when Black Ops Cold War Season 5 and Warzone Season 5 are set to begin.

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