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Description of several Black Ops Cold War campaign missions 

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During a virtual briefing of Black Ops Cold War late last week, we got to see parts of three different mission experiences in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s campaign. 

Here’s descriptions of the missions. All gameplay was PS5 gameplay and pre-beta. 

Early Campaign Mission Cutscene: 

A first cut scene was shown to us during the briefing. This cut scene, per Raven, takes place early on in the game’s story. 

This cut scene takes place inside a White House briefing room, as Russel Adler and team showcase their evidence and information on how to catch Perseus. Officials in the room are doubting the intel that Adler’s team brought in, and were questioning as to if Perseus is even real or not. General Hag claims during the scene that ‘it’s more myth than fact’ about Perseus’ whereabouts. 

But the intel they have suggests he’s in play again and has plans to launch an attack against the West. CIA analysts consider him the ‘single largest threat to the free world.’ Russell Alder says, when doubted by the generals, ‘you don’t have to take us seriously, but innocent people will die.’ There’s something ‘major’ happening after 13 years of not hearing of Perseus. 

The scene continues with President Reagan entering the room to get an update on what’s happening. The President says ’is the threat real? Can you stop Perseus?” But Adler calls out that the mission would probably be illegal and in violation of treaties. Reagan ends with ‘Give Adler what he wants’ and says ‘I know you won’t fail us.’ The scene ends. 

First Mission: Ukraine

This mission was a mid-game mission, and it takes place in a Soviet structure behind the Iron Current. This mission features stealth and high action gameplay, where fans have to find out what’s held inside the said structure. 

Fans enter a massive Soviet base and attempt to recover what’s left inside, but are met at first with a glaring 1980s Russia’s vision of America-style set. It looks like ‘any town USA.’ 

This mission is very classic Call of Duty style. When you breach into the perimeter, your team gets detected and has to take out the Russian forces. The mission shows AK-47 weapon, mounted turrets on vehicles as you have to storm through the city to get out with the intel. 

The mission footage ended with a montage style of parts of the mission, including mounted turret on a vehicle to vehicle combat. 

Second Mission: Moscow 

The second mission we saw took place inside the KGB Headquarters in Russia. The building is called the Lubyanka. This is one of the missions that emphasize player freedom and Raven’s decision to allow player choice in Black Ops Cold War. 

This mission starts with you as an undercover Soviet Agent inside an office in Lubyanka. The first half of this mission lets you pick how you want to play it. A screen Raven showed us offered you to play through it by making a choice of whether to Steal, Poison, Bribe, or Blackmail a certain individual in the mission. This dictates how the first half of the mission goes. As you are walking through the Lubyanka, there’s a tense feeling echoed through the character. 

The second half of the mission is the classic Call of Duty action you know from past Black Ops games. You must fight your way through the entire Lubyanka and successfully secure intel and take it out of the Headquarters. 

The mission demo presentation ended with the intense fighting sequence as you work your way out of the location. 

Third Mission: Laos (Vietnam) 

The third mission we saw was a flashback mission to the Vietnam War. The team needs to find vital intel in the past that helps shape Black Ops Cold War story. 

This mission takes place in the later half of the overall story, and they need to find the hidden clue. 

In this mission, players pick the path they want to play through – there are four different options to experience. The map takes place during both day and night in Laos.

The Laos mission is the most unique and mind-bending mission in Call of Duty history, Raven says. You can reset this mission as you play through it and make different decisions throughout the mission itself. There’s four different options to live through this mission. It’s ‘never seen before in Call of Duty.’ 

The clip started in Laos during day time fighting in the jungle as you navigate through enemies and massive firefight. The mission jumps for the sake of time to the night time in Laos as you fight your way to secure the Helicopter to get clear of the area. You can actually reset the mission as you work your way through it and experience it in different ways. 

One clip Raven showed us shows the mission start over and then make players go through a mind-bending experience. Bunkers are falling from the sky into the map, and twists you into falling into it. And then you fall through different dimensions as you try to adjust your mind to get back into the main action. You hear voices in your head with one saying you’re the ‘only one who knows’ the truth about something redacted.

The sequence ended at that point. 

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Best ZRG 20mm loadout for Cold War Season 2

We’ve got the best attachments and perks to dominate with CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s new ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle.

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The ZRG 20mm is Black Ops Cold War’s most powerful Sniper Rifle, so here are the best attachments and perks to maximize its potential in Season 2.

The ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle is the final new weapon to be added to Call of Duty: Warzone and Cold War in Season 2. This high-caliber bolt action rifle is a slow but powerful beast, capable of one-shotting enemies from any distance.

Although slower than the other bolt action Sniper Rifles, the ZRG 20mm is much more powerful. We’ve got the best attachments and perks you can run with it in Cold War Season 2, as well as a guide on how to unlock it.

Best ZRG 20mm attachments for Cold War Season 2

ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle in Black Ops Cold War
  • Barrel: Rapid Fire
  • Body: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Ammunition: 5 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip

You want to build the ZRG 20mm for speed, as its bullet velocity and damage are already incredible. You won’t be able to run around the map quickscoping effectively, but if you line up your shot, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance.

Although having more power than the other snipers, the ZRG is balanced through its low fire rate. It has a lengthy bolt animation, so the Rapid Fire barrel will vastly speed this process up.

As you’ll mostly be using this Sniper from distance, enemies will often blend into the environment. The Tiger Team Spotlight will mark enemies, allowing you to spot them even in the darkest corners.

The ZRG’s standard magazine only holds three rounds, so you want to equip the 5 Rnd magazine as soon as possible. This will allow you to take out more targets without affecting your ADS speed.

And finally, to improve your mobility while carrying this heavy weapon, the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Bruiser Grip are a great combination. You’ll have improved ADS and movement speed, allowing you to compete with the faster snipers on Cold War’s maps.

Best perks to run with the ZRG 20mm in Cold War Season 2

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We recommend running the ZRG 20mm with the Perk Greed Wildcard. You’ll be able to use six perks at once, allowing for much more versatility in your gameplay.

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin & Gearhead
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Gung-Ho

Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask combined are a powerful combo, making you almost invulnerable to all equipment that comes your way.

The second Perk slot doesn’t have many suited specifically for Snipers, but Assassin will allow you to get a score bonus for ending enemies’ killstreaks and Gearhead will quickly replenish your Field Upgrades.

Ghost will keep you hidden from Spy Planes, allowing you to take up a power position even if a UAV is in the air, and Gung-Ho allows you to swap weapons faster if you get caught at close range.

How to unlock the ZRG 20mm in Cold War Season 2

How to unlock the ZRG 20mm Sniper in Cold War

To get your hands on the ZRG 20mm in Cold War Season 2, you need to, “Using Sniper Rifles, earn 2 Longshot medals in 10 different matches.”

We have some top tips on how to earn these Longshots in our guide on how to unlock the ZRG 20mm in Cold War and Warzone.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s ZRG 20mm

If you haven’t unlocked the ZRG yet or would rather something with more speed, the Pelington and LW3 Tundra are the best options. If you want to dart around the map quickscoping, the Pelington is the weapon for you. However, if you want something more versatile and powerful at all ranges, the Tundra should be your go-to.


If you’re looking for maximum firepower in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer, you can’t go wrong with the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle. It also packs a serious punch in Warzone, so you can check out our best ZRG 20mm Warzone loadout too.

Want to see where the ZRG ranks amongst Cold War’s other weapons? Check out our tier list of every weapon in Black Ops Cold War.

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Cold War April 9 patch notes: Gunsmith Customs & Rivas

Gunsmith Customs arrives in Black Ops Cold War.

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Treyarch has released a new Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold lWar on April 9.

This new Game Settings Update has enabled the new Gunsmith Customs feature to use in Black Ops Cold War. Gunsmith Customs allows players to mix and match attachments of Blueprints on weapons in the same weapon class. Players can save their Blueprints once they create the new one.

This feature has been available in Modern Warfare & Warzone for a while now, but the feature is now expanding to Black Ops Cold War.

The new Game Settings Update also added in a new Operator, Rivas, acquirable in the new Bundle in the Cold War & Warzone store.

Get the full details on what’s new from the Treyarch Blog:

GUNSMITH CUSTOMS: BUILD YOUR OWN BLUEPRINTS

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own Weapon Blueprints in Black Ops Cold War, your time has come. With today’s launch of Gunsmith Customs, players can now mix-and-match attachments from Weapon Blueprints of the same weapon type to create their very own Blueprints.

Jump into Create-a-Class to build your custom Blueprints, name and save your creations via Custom Mods, and take them into your next Multiplayer or Zombies match. Mash up your favorite Optic, Muzzle, Barrel, Underbarrel, Body, Magazine, Handle, and Stock attachments from your collection into whatever crazy combination you’d like!

RIVAS JOINS THE FIGHT

Karla Rivas, our final new Operator of Season Two, drops into Black Ops Cold War and Warzone today with her own Operator bundle. This bundle includes Rivas’s Epic “Smuggler” Operator Skin, two Legendary Weapon Blueprints, and an Epic Melee Weapon Blueprint, plus a Calling Card, Emblem, Weapon Charm, Wrist Accessory, and the brutal new “Between the Legs” Finishing Move.

After years of fighting against the Menendez Cartel, Rivas has honed her skills as a seasoned guerilla warfare specialist. Learn more about her backstory at the Call of Duty Blog, and check out the Rivas bundle today to drop in as this badass new Operator.

Dead Ops Arcade 3 also gets an update in Zombies today, with adjustments to XP and the Room of Judgment. Here’s what’s new in today’s update:

GLOBAL

Features

  • Gunsmith Customs
    • Players can now mix-and-match attachments from Weapon Blueprints of the same weapon type to create new Blueprints with Gunsmith Customs.
    • Create your own custom Blueprints in Create-a-Class, name and same your creations via Custom Mods, and take them into your next match in Multiplayer or Zombies.
    • Players can create up to 10 custom Blueprints per weapon.

Operators

  • Rivas
    • Rivas Operator bundle now available in the Store in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

ZOMBIES

Dead Ops Arcade 3

  • Gameplay
    • Additional XP adjustments.
    • Adjustment to boss selection in Room of Judgment for Solo adventurers.
    • Addressed an issue in Room of Judgment sequence where bosses were getting auto-killed before the timer expired.

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10 best guns in Black Ops Cold War: Weapon Tier List

Treyarch’s CoD: Black Ops Cold War has a stupendous arsenal of weapons, and we’ve picked our top 10 best guns and ranked them too.

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There are so many different quality guns for Call of Duty players to master in Black Ops Cold War. So we’ve decided to pick out the 10 best guns in Season 2 and rank them.

Black Ops Cold War already had a pretty extensive catalog of guns for players to test out and see what worked best for them at launch. Since the game’s inception, we’ve been treated to the Streetsweeper, Groza, and MAC-10 in Season 1. Furthermore, Season 2’s launch introduced the FARA 83 and the LC10 too, leading to more headaches about what loadout to use in Express!

As well as worrying about the best FPS settings to use and best aim assist settings to use, there’s also the doubt that the gun you’re using is even right for you and your playstyle.

With all these additions there is now almost an overflow of Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Tactical Rifles, and more to pick from. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the expansive array of guns and rank the top 10 weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

CoD: Black Ops Cold War: Weapon tier list

Before we delve into a deep look at the best guns that Treyarch has to offer, we’re first going to do a rundown of every weapon in the game and categorize them. Let’s be fair, some of Cold War’s weapons are must-have and must-use, whereas some are simply not worth your time.

Here is our Official tier list of all of Black Ops Cold War’s weapons:

  • S-Tier: Streetsweeper, Diamatti, LC10, Krig 6, XM4, AK-74u, ZRG 20mm
  • A-Tier: AK-74, M16, MP5, Stoner 63, FARA 83, MAC-10, Bullfrog, AUG, Gallo SA12
  • B-Tier: Groza, FARA 83, QBZ-83, Milano 821, DMR 14, RPD, Hauer 77, LW3 Tundra, Pelington 703, 1911, Magnum
  • C-Tier: FFAR 1, KSP 45, Type 63, M60, M82

Just to explain the system, our S-Tier weapons are the top-of-the-line powerhouses, the A-Tier are great, the B-Tier weapons are just missing something, and C-Tier ones are not worth your time.

CoD: Black Ops Cold War best guns Season 2

10. ZRG 20mm – Best Sniper Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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Added during Season 2 of Black Ops Cold War, the ZRG 20mm has shaken up the long-range game in Treyarch’s newest take on Call of Duty.

Its damage is devastating and anyone that ventures into its sight should probably say a prayer. It suffers slightly because of its naturally smaller magazine and reload time, but this is the cost of one-hit devastation.

9. Stoner 63 – Best LMG in Black Ops Cold War

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Many players are deterred from LMGs due to their bulky nature meaning that ADS speed is reduced, mobility is decreased, and reloading is abysmally painful.

However, the Stoner 63 really benefits from having its weapon level upgraded, and having a few of the right attachments turn into a continuous battering ram if used correctly.

8. M16 – Best Tactical Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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Unlike the AUG, the M16 doesn’t appear to have had too many damaging nerfs that have lowered the weapon’s capabilities and DPS.

The M16 is rocksteady with regards to aiming and can easily kill in only a couple of squeezes of its burst-fire trigger. Most people prefer an automatic weapon for its constant stream of bullets, but with a little more love and attention, the M16 can easily get the job done.

7. AK-47

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No one has ever questioned the AK-74’s overwhelming power as each bullet can rip a hole through space and time itself. For all its power, it can be a handful to control thanks to its haphazard recoil.

Nevertheless, it still retains its aura of destruction and skilled players can effortlessly make it look like one of the best weapons in all of Black Ops Cold War.

6. Streetsweeper – Best Shotgun in Black Ops Cold War

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The weapon is an absolute, indisputable beast. For a weapon that smacks like a hammer, it has very little recoil to show for it. The unbelievable fire rate makes it comparable to any automatic weapon, and if you have a group of enemies in close proximity of you and each other, then they’ve already accepted their fate.

The complete downside to the Streetsweeper is that its reload time is nothing short of vile. Given the furious nature of a game of Call of Duty, you just don’t have time to reload it. If it wasn’t for this, it would be much higher up.

5. LC10

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The LC10 is one of the newest additions to Black Ops Cold War as it was introduced alongside the FARA 83 in Season 2. It’s already usurped many guns to become one of the most-used weapons in the game.

Its piercing shots are matched by relatively high accuracy, and it’s a gun with few drawbacks. It’ll be interesting to see where it stands by the time Season 3 comes around.

4. Diamatti – Best Pistol in Black Ops Cold War

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The Diamatti became a fan favorite once Cold War weapons were integrated into Warzone during Season 1. The reality is that the Diamatti is as fearsome as a weapon comes – let alone a secondary weapon.

Its burst fire nature allows it to barrel its way through ammo and give you a big advantage if you’re accurate. It’s only minor setback is that its range suffers in comparison to ARs and SMGs, but if you’re in a small-to-medium-sized map, then give the Diamatti a whirl.

3. XM4

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Whereas people are drawn to the incomparable firepower of the AK-74, the XM4 has actually been lying out in the open the whole time. Available from the start, the XM4 is about the most well-balanced weapon in the game.

In terms of damage, accuracy, mobility, the XM4 is extremely versatile. There’s a reason it’s still heavily favored by the pros as the right attachments can pretty much make it whatever you want it to be.

2. AK-74u – Best SMG in Black Ops Cold War

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It was a close one in the race for top spot, but the AK-74u JUST misses out. Used by many pros and lauded by most players, the AK-74u is fast and fixates on enemy players with unwavering accuracy.

It’s as fundamentally sound as a weapon comes to be honest. There’s no map that hinders it, it absolutely excels in close-range contests, and it should be in one of your main loadouts.

1. Krig 6 – Best Assault Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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If you know your CoD: Black Ops Cold War, then you probably knew what was coming. That’s right, the Krig 6 takes the top spot because it’s a weapon without any flaws. It’s one of those rare firearms that feels absolutely unbeatable, but not to the point it needs to be nerfed and toned down.

Once you’ve progressed the weapon’s level and reduced its vertical and horizontal recoil, then you have your own ridiculous laser. It’s insanely efficient, very strong, and is quite simply the best weapon in Black Ops Cold War.


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