I left the Black Ops 2 LIVE event early on Saturday to make time before my train home and headed over to HMV in Oxford Street to say hi and show some CoD community support to Taylor (@AudioRecovered). Taylor is the first person in the world to get in the queue for a midnight launch of Black Ops 2 and in doing so has fast become a bit of a celebrity. What started with a Tweet from HMV with a photo of him on Wednesday snowballed, and since then he’s been featured in various publications all round the world.
Both Activision and Hmv have been looking after Taylor since he arrived, Hmv have given him access to the store for personal needs as well as supplying breakfast and hot drinks. Just as I was travelling over to Oxford street I checked Taylor’s twitter account and saw he was waiting on another care package from Activison with fried chicken. What was really heart warming too was the amount of support the CoD community have shown him, from words of encouragement to people bringing him stuff he needed or just tweeting to see if he needed anything.
Taylor told me he’d had loads of people come by and offer support, including The Walking Dead and BlackOps2 star Michael Rooker who was over here for the #Blackops2Live event. I am sure like many people who came by, the first thing I noticed about Taylor was he is genuinely a really nice guy and secondly after chatting to him for a while that he had really planned things out. He had portable power packs for his tablet, seasons of TV shows to watch and had even bought some of his university homework with him. Take note kids, education & gaming…
After chatting for a while @Laurahmv arrived with another cup of hot chocolate for him, and Taylor told us about how his tent had leaked in the rain the night before and gotten his sleeping bag wet. Which he was then trying to dry out on the pavement. It highlighted just how tough it must be for Taylor to be camping out for days waiting for the Midnight release, especially in London this time of year with exceptionally cold nights and rain. My props go out to him for this endeavour.
Tonight is his last night sleeping outside, I’m sure tomorrow will make the entire time worthwhile as he reaps the rewards that all gamers know you get for being that first in line at a launch event. If you are in London try to stop by and offer some support or send him a tweet on twitter.
Best Call of Duty Zombies map: Every map ranked from World at War to Cold War
At least one Call of Duty Zombies map has a special place in player’s hearts. So we’ve picked our best Zombies maps and ranked them.
Call of Duty Zombies has gone from a mini-game to pretty much a must-have feature in every CoD game. So we’ve sifted through every Zombies map ever made, settled on the absolute best ones, and ranked them.
It seems that nearly everyone has a favorite Zombies of all time, and a different top five list, such is the impact of Call of Duty Zombies on players. Treyarch’s post-World at War mini-game went on to become as important to people as the online multiplayer itself.
The latest official entry into the series, Black Ops Cold War, offered up several new maps including Firebase Z and the intense Forsaken, introduced terrifying new enemies in Mimics, and produced several memorable Main Quest Easter Eggs.
Vanguard aims to carry the Dark Aether storyline on in Der Anfang, and CoD Zombies will continue to grow. But before we get to Call of Duty: Vanguard, let’s go through and rank every Call of Duty Zombies map in history so far.
Every CoD Zombies ranked
In total, there have been 49 Zombies maps, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to complete the difficult task of ranking them all.
Here is every CoD Zombies map ranked:
- Mob of the Dead
- Kino der Toten
- Der Reise
- Nacht der Untoten
- Zombies in Spaceland
- Der Eisendrache
- Shadows of Evil
- Firebase Z
- Ancient Evil
- Call of the Dead
- Mauer der Toten
- Shi No Numa
- Die Maschine
- Gorod Krovi
- Die Rise
- Nuketown Zombies
- Rave in the Redwoods
- Der Rise
- Attack of the Radioactive Thing
- The Final Reich
- Shaolin Shuffle
- Blood of the Dead
- Zetsubou No Shima
- Beast From Beyond
- Voyage of Despair
- The Shadowed Throne
- The Tortured Path
- The Darkest Shore
- Tag der Toten
- Grosten Haus
- The Frozen Dawn
- Alpha Omega
- Dead of the Night
Top 5 Call of Duty Zombies ever ranked
Now that we’ve managed to rank every single Zombies map ever made, it’s now time to do a deep dive into our top five CoD Zombies maps of all time.
We believe each of our picks has a special quality that makes them so endlessly memorable, and while not all are as refined and packed as other maps, they are in the top five for a reason.
5. Zombies in Spaceland map – Infinite Warfare
Zombies in Spaceland moves away from the largely serious nature of Zombies and throws its players into a mad, exhilarating theme park of thrills, spills, and kills.
It carries on the novelty of Zombies maps around that time by having celebrity David Hasselhoff as the host and also demanded that players work together by having doors that needed to be opened by multiple teammates.
As well as the bright aesthetic, fun traps, and nicely divided up areas of the park, there were also the mini-games in the Astrocade. Featuring multiple, interactive arcade games, players could amass a collection of tokens to redeem for cool prizes.
To sweeten the pot further, players could also grab a bit of a breather on the Triton rollercoaster, a moving shooting gallery. As a whole, Zombies in Spaceland is a fun novelty that separates itself from a lot of the pack to form an identity.
4. Nacht der Untoten map – World at War / Black Ops III
It’s entirely up to you which version of Nacht you opt for, but there’s a part of us that yearns for the simplicity of its original form.
When players completed Call of Duty: World at War, after the credits rolled, many were surprised to be whisked away to a random room with creepy music and only a pistol.
So began the legacy of CoD Zombies, and unlike the Black Ops III remake, the pure nature of Nacht der Untoten still makes it a challenge to this day. No Perks, no Pack-A-Punch, just 1-4 players in a handful of confined rooms.
Given how many Wonder Weapons can be obtained in modern CoD games, the feeling of pure euphoria when you got a Ray Gun from the Mystery Box in Nacht der Untoten was unlike anything else.
3. Der Riese map – World at War
Another entry for Call of Duty: World at War in Der Riese, and the genius of some of its ideas are still at the forefront of many Zombies maps today.
Teleporters, Easter Eggs, and the aforementioned PAP and Wonder Weapon features were all introduced via Der Riese. These novel ideas were complemented perfectly by the map’s extraordinary map design.
All the channels and pathways blended together seamlessly, making a smaller map, in comparison to later maps, seem big enough, fair, and keep players keep coming back for more.
2. Mob of the Dead map – Black Ops II
As a DLC-only map, it may not have been enjoyed by as many people as base maps, but the legacy that Mob of the Dead has left been is unreal.
Fans of Warzone’s Rebirth Island would already have been familiar with Mob of the Dead as the map is set in the world-famous Alcatraz prison. It manages to intertwine the themes of the undead with mobsters, and create a perfect scenario in which you need to escape the island.
Action in Mob of the Dead is intense unlike any other, particularly with the tightness of the corridors and its surroundings at times. The Easter Egg for Mob of the Dead is tremendous, and we definitely need to see it reimagined in the future for all players to experience.
1. Kino der Toten map – Black Ops
Sometimes, less is more. Whereas Nacht der Untoten feels barebones and a modern map like Die Maschine is chock full of features, Kino der Toten strikes that fine balance of power, whilst delivering the best map in CoD Zombies history.
Kino’s cinema is probably the most iconic setting in the franchise and its level design makes the map unbelievably accessible. Turning on the power, going through the curtains, and seeing the decimated venue is a cool feeling.
You can manipulate how the Zombies will get to you, depending on which doors you unlock, and the Projector room offers the perfect respite from the chaos. Kin der Toten never stops being a blast to play, and that’s why we think it’s the best CoD Zombies map in the game’s history.
So there you have it! All 49 Zombies maps ranked, and our top five CoD Zombies maps in order as well.
For more Call of Duty Zombies content, check out everything we know so far about Vanguard Zombies.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch / Infinity Ward
Is Black Ops 2 being remastered? Rumors & leaks
Fans have been wondering for sometime if CoD: Black Ops 2 is going to be remastered, and we’ll answer that today.
Several Call of Duty games have received the remaster treatment in recent years, and it’s left fans wondering if the mega-popular Black Ops 2 will get one. Here are all the latest rumors and leaks regarding a Black Ops 2 remaster.
The popularity of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 simply cannot be understated with the game being considered the greatest of all time by many. But fast-forward to 2021, and players want to know if this beloved entry in the CoD franchise will be remastered.
The premise of Call of Duty remasters was kickstarted by the 2016 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered title. Since then, we’ve also had the Modern Warfare 2 campaign be remastered, and there are rumors of Modern Warfare 3 being remastered, despite Activision saying it isn’t.
Is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 being remastered?
From what we understand, no, not at this time. There is absolutely nothing to suggest that any form of Black Ops remaster is in the works.
Naturally, people would think that Treyarch’s Black Ops may receive the same love that the Modern Warfare franchise has gotten, but alas it doesn’t seem to be the case.
Why isn’t Black Ops 2 being remastered?
We believe there could be two strong reasons for Black Ops 2 not being remastered, one being that it would oversaturate the CoD market, and also that we’ve already seen a few of its maps recently.
One of the problems 2016’s Infinite Warfare suffered from is that it released with the full Call of Duty 4 remaster, and consequently, the player base was divided between the two games.
Furthermore, Black Ops Cold War featured no less than seven Black Ops 2 map remasters throughout its multiple seasons, and they feel too fresh in the memory to warrant a remaster of the multiplayer.
We could see a remaster of the Black Ops campaigns, following the successful rerelease of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign.
Activision may have some surprises and remasters up their sleeves, but for the time being, we can only speculate and ask you to keep checking in to see if anything becomes official.
Also, check out everything we know about Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
Infinity Ward announces new Austin office as studio gears up for CoD 2022
The original Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward, is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas for CoD 2022.
One of the three developers behind the Call of Duty franchise is getting a new office. Infinity Ward is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas, in preparation for CoD 2022.
Infinity Ward is the developer behind the original Call of Duty game. Activision founded Infinity Ward in 2002, with the first Call of Duty title being released in 2003. This birthed one of the most iconic video game franchises to date.
Infinity Ward would go on to develop Call of Duty 2 in 2005 before alternating developers. Now, Infinity Ward is known for developing the Modern Warfare titles, which are released roughly every three years.
With Infinity Ward releasing the last Modern Warfare title in 2019, the developer is gearing up for another release in 2022. We don’t know what CoD 2022 will be just yet, but we do know that Infinity Ward is expanding its operations with a new office.
Infinity Ward Austin Texas office
Today, Infinity Ward announced via Twitter that it would be opening a new office in Austin, Texas. This would be the fourth development hub for the company, with the other three being located in Los Angeles, Poland, and Mexico.
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This also means that Infinity Ward is hiring. According to Infinity Ward, the Austin office is currently hiring for all positions, and you can find all of the available jobs posted on the Infinity Ward website.
Call of Duty: Vanguard releases in less than a month. It’s taking players back to WWII, where Infinity Ward is expected to bring the franchise back to modern times, with CoD 2022 speculated to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019.
That being said, we have no official idea what to expect from Infinity Ward going into 2022, but with the significant success of Modern Warfare 2019, it will no doubt be a Call of Duty game plenty of players will love.
Regardless, Infinity Ward is planning something big, and the new office proves just that. So, if Vanguard isn’t your cup of tea, CoD 2022 is just a year away.
Image Credits: Infinity Ward / Activision
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