Call of Duty’s newest title didn’t release without a hitch. Fans are disappointed by the low number of available multiplayer maps on launch and famous streamer Dr Disrespect has weighed in on the matter.
Black Ops Cold War is finally here and it has brought a lot of content to unpack. The latest entry in the Call Of Duty franchise released and there is certainly a lot to like about it. There are many different weapons, attachments and multiplayer modes for you to try out, but fans have had their share of complaints with a few things; particularly with the maps.
At launch, Black Ops Cold War came with only eight different multiplayer maps. The game added Nuketown ’84 shortly afterwards on November 24 and this map comes with an 1980’s aesthetic marked by retro graffiti and an arcade machine. There are also two fireteam maps which bring the current total number to 11.
The meager number of available locations for players to battle in has lead to complaints from many fans, and now famous streamers are joining in to voice their frustration with this situation.
YouTube streamer Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV, more commonly known as Dr Disrespect, was in the middle of his Cold War GB Ladder Matches livestream when he briefly touched upon the issue as you can see in the clip below.
In this brief excerpt he says that although he’s enjoying Black Ops Cold War, the small amount of areas in which you can engage players has been disappointing. He further states that the there should be at least 15 maps available at launch, which is understandable since Black Ops 4 came out with 14. Looking at the comments, many other fans seem to share this sentiment.
Some have even suggested copying maps from older Call Of Duty games. This has been done before as Modern Warfare made up with its lack of 6v6 maps with Ground War, and even this game has brought over Nuketown 84. This ensures that players have some familiarity with the area and is considerably quicker than making new maps.
However, we don’t think the developers should bring back too many old maps since ported maps have a history of not always working properly in the new games due to mechanic changes. Black Ops 4 had this issue with its summit and jungle multiplayer maps.
In addition to the technical difficulties that would arise with ports of old maps, it would also be a far less creative way to go about designing your game. Despite the lower than usual number, there are still some real winners available when it comes multiplayer maps in Black Ops Cold War.
Armada immediately comes to mind. This map is unique as it consists of a three large sea vessels that you can zipline or swim between to reposition yourself. It’s a large area with a lot of room for movement and it’s fantastic for sniping. There is also Checkmate, that has become popular with players very quickly.
So there’s still a lot of fun to be had in the multiplayer modes with the maps at hand. Luckily Treyarch has confirmed a new collection of maps with when Season One launches on December 10, so we’ll be seeing more variety in locations soon.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is available for purchase on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5.
How to unlock the Mace in Warzone & Cold War Season 4
The Mace is the next destructive melee weapon to make its way into Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, so here is how you can unlock this item.
Season 4 will be expanding the weapon locker of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone with some exciting new weapons for players to unlock and use in their battles, and we have everything you need to know to unlock the new Mace in Cold War and Warzone.
There have been plenty of new weapons added to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone over the past few months. Season 4 will be no different as players will have the ability to acquire a variety of new ones to use in their fights, such as the C58 Assault Rifle, MG 82 LMG, Nail Gun, and OTs 9 SMG.
One of these new weapons will be expanding the melee arsenal of both games in the form of the Mace, which will undoubtedly pack a punch whenever a player hits an enemy with it.
With this in mind, here is how you can unlock the Mace in both Cold War and Warzone.
How to unlock Mace in Cold War and Warzone
The Call of Duty community will find two different ways they will be able to unlock the Mace in Cold War and Warzone.
One of these ways is to complete a challenge that will unlock the base weapon for players to smash their enemies in either game.
You can find the unlock challenge for this new melee weapon below:
- Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer/Warzone: Using a Melee weapon, get a kill while sliding in 15 different completed matches.
- Black Ops Cold War Zombies: Using a Melee weapon, kill 50 Special or Elite enemies that are taunted by your Frenzied Guard
Players will also be able to unlock the Mace in Cold War and Warzone by purchasing a bundle from the in-game store for both games, which will grant you access to a blueprint that will allow you to use the weapon immediately.
How to get Mystic’s Scepter bundle Spellcaster Mace blueprint
Players can also automatically unlock the new melee weapon by acquiring the Spellcaster blueprint when they purchase the Mystic’s Scepter bundle in the store for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War for 1,300 COD points.
According to the official description of this melee weapon, it is “a weapon ill fit for the weak. Mace can inflict critical damage on command — no dice rolls needed on whether it can bludgeon your rivals in a single blow within Multiplayer.”
There is no doubt plenty of players will be doing their best to score some highlight moments with this melee weapon when it officially arrives in Season 4.
For more on Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, check out what JGOD believes is the most underrated loadout or what fan-favorite Black Ops map might be in the new Mauer der Toten Zombies map.
6 reasons why Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is much better than people think
Black Ops Cold War has divided players since its release, but here are 6 reasons why Treyarch’s shooter is better than it’s given credit for.
A lack of maps and guns are a couple of reasons why Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War hasn’t been seen in a positive light. But we’ve compiled 6 reasons why players should reconsider these sentiments and appreciate what a good game Treyarch has made.
Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops I – these are arguably the best Call of Duty games ever made. Any subsequent CoD title is measured against these games as they are considered standard-bearers in not only the franchise but FPS gaming in general.
Black Ops Cold War was admonished in the first few weeks of its release, but fast-forward to August 2020, and Treyarch’s 80s shooter deserves more praise than it gets.
The way in which video game content is presented has changed in the industry, and Cold War has been a shining example of this change. We’ve highlighted 6 reasons why Treyarch has taken advantage of this with Black Ops Cold War.
6. Black Ops Cold War has an incredible number of maps and counting
If you’re not keeping count, that’s an astonishing 37 different maps that Treyarch has created for Black Ops Cold War!
Not only that, but several of the 6v6 maps also have bigger versions of themselves for Combined Arms, and there are plenty more on the way.
Heading into Season 5, it’s reported that at least 12 more maps are still to come in the game, despite the fact we’re coming to the end of its year in the sun – with Call of Duty Vanguard 2021 on the way.
A leak has also suggested that Black Ops Cold War will go on to receive post-launch content, and will become the “most supported CoD title” ever.
Its initial content may have felt paltry to some, but thanks to the ability to add updates, players aren’t having to pay for map packs anymore, and are drip-fed new content to ensure extreme longevity in their purchase.
5. Cold War has a balanced meta with lots of guns to use
Even weapons that were underused in the earlier stages of the game’s life have become more potent such as the KSP 45, Milano, and Sniper Rifles in general. Whenever a weapon starts to feel too imbalanced like the FFAR or MP5 was, the devs are always quick on the case.
4. So many different ways to play Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch has tried to be meticulous about its content drops as dropping everything at once would lead to certain modes becoming obsolete rather quickly.
By spacing out the introduction of big game modes such as Gunfight and Gun Game, it has allowed each of them their time to shine in the sun.
New game modes are being added all the time with Capture The Flag being the newest one, and Die Hardpoint being a terrific example of Treyarch keeping up the creativity and chaos of Call of Duty!
Players certainly cannot complain about the wealth of game modes on offer in Cold War, meaning it should be very hard to get bored of the game’s multiplayer.
3. Outbreak & Zombies in General
As covered previously with the map packs, there was a time when extra Zombies maps were paid content that players would gravitate to in droves.
Die Maschine, Firebase Z, Mauer Der Toten, and Dead Ops 3 aside, the real success story of Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies experience has been Outbreak. Whilst the concept of Zombies has remained largely the same for over 10 years and isn’t particularly fading, Outbreak offered a welcome shock to the system.
By making it more open-world and freeing, Outbreak has taken on a completely different structure. Its different objectives, side missions, and areas make it the most diverse Zombies experience in the game’s history – and it’s free.
2. Its campaign has gone unsung
There was a time when online multiplayer wasn’t really a thing, and the campaign was the predominant way of judging an FPS, console shooter.
Times have most certainly changed, and whilst other games are opting to leave out campaigns altogether, Call of Duty, with the exception of Black Ops IIII, is persistent in its goal to deliver compelling narratives.
Russell Adler is already one of the more interesting and memorable new characters that a Call of Duty campaign has produced in years. Cold War’s story may have retread some familiar ground with the original Black Ops games, but its twisty-turny developments made it engaging enough to be considered a solid campaign.
It had set-pieces, tense missions, cool puzzles, and culminated with a couple of pivotal moments that shaped how your story ended. Not only this, but Treyarch rewarded attentive fans by continuing this story into the game’s multiplayer and expanding upon it further.
1. Black Ops Cold War isn’t perfect, but no game is
Since the dawn of video games, they’ve had a bug or a glitch in them that has impacted the gameplay experience for the user.
Modern gaming is the most susceptible the industry has ever been to complacency and rash development. With most gamers having internet connections nowadays, it’s all too easy to release a game, and then add updates to it as the game goes on.
This has been standard practice since the PS3 and Xbox 360 were launched. Even some of the highest-rated games of all time use this method, and they remain successful.
Furthermore, Black Ops Cold War was arguably the most difficult release in the Call of Duty franchise, ever. Its development coincided with a worldwide pandemic that naturally would’ve affected the game’s planning and production.
Given that Call of Duty is a yearly release, Treyarch was always going to be lagging behind in terms of content, game testing, and overall completeness. In the end, they have been able to catch up and have a game containing an obscene amount of content, whilst still listening to fans to try and fix the game.
Between Cold War’s campaign still being updated, round-based Zombies, Dead Ops, Outbreak, League Play, general online multiplayer, Treyarch has had to juggle a lot on their plate.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will probably not go down in the annals of the series’ storied history as a top 5 great. But the amount of hate and criticism the game has received hasn’t all been just and warranted.
The game is shaping up to be the most loaded CoD title ever and has to compete with the rip-roaring success of Call of Duty: Warzone. At the end of the day, we think Cold War could’ve been a far worse game given the circumstances, and it’s bounced back to become a solid game.
Image Credit: Activison / Treyarch
Warzone cheaters shamelessly flex highly requested Cold War Zombies camos
Warzone’s hacking troubles continue as cheaters have been able to unlock locked Cold War Zombies camos to use in Warzone Season 4.
Verdansk is currently being overrun by hackers sporting unreleased Black Ops Cold War Zombies Dark Aether camos in Warzone Season 4.
It was said by the devs that eventually Cold War’s Zombies camos would come to Call of Duty: Warzone at some point. It’s been quite a long time since the game’s release and none of its skins have turned up in Verdansk yet.
Thanks to the growing power of hackers in Warzone though, they have now arrived in unceremonious fashion. One Twitch user, and even JGOD, have provided evidence of the new Zombies camos running riot in Warzone.
The Twitch streamer goes by the name of Repullze, and they were mid-game with several buddies when they spectated the unusual happenings.
An enemy hacker was running around the map blindly firing with their gun to let the cheat do its usual thing.
But the oddity that was picked up on quite quickly was the skin that the weapon was sporting a DM Ultra Zombie camo that you simply cannot find in Warzone Season 4.
The clip, and stream, caught the attention of popular Call of Duty personality JGOD. He Tweeted out a picture of Repullze’s stream showing further evidence of the hacks.
The camo was different from the Twitch clip as it was now encrusted with diamonds, as was now clearly coated in the “Plague Diamond” Zombies camo.
Warzone continues to be a game played by thousands of players every single day, but there’s no doubt that the morale of the community is at an all-time low.
Between hacks, cheating, and glitches, Warzone Season 4 is proven to be a decidedly mixed experience.
Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software
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