Epic Games started the “battle pass” content delivery system and Fortnite still succeeds in delivering top-notch content in its passes. Can Black Ops 4’s say the same?
Black Ops 4’s Contraband tier system has been criticized for containing too many “junk items.” These items are generally stickers, callings, and decals which barely show up in-game and provide very little reward.
While we agree that the tiers do contain much too many junk items, it’s good to keep things in perspective. So, let’s take a comparison between Black Ops 4’s Operation Grand Heist Contraband tiers and Fortnite’s new Season 8 Battle Pass.
Keep in my mind that Call of Duty’s Tiers are “free” while you have to buy the game and Fortnite requires a Battle Pass purchase to obtain most items. This did slightly change for Season 8 as the Battle Pass could be earned through challenges completed in Season 7.
We’ll give the direct comparison first for convience, but you can see stats specifically on Fortnite & Black Ops 4 below.
Alright, now it is time to compare the two in the best and most fair way possible.
In terms of total items, Black Ops 4 brings in 100 items and Fortnite has 115. Remember that Black Ops 4 has events during each Operation with additional tiers like the upcoming Shamrock & Awe event.
When we directly compare “junk items”, we must decide what counts as “junk items.” For Black Ops 4, we have selected Calling Cards and Stickers. For Fortnite, we will look at Sprays, Emoticons, Player Banners, and Loading Screens.
Black Ops 4 contains 69% junk items while Fortnite contains only 40%.
In addition, we want to point out that Fortnite offers 1500 V-Bucks (CoD Points) in total throughout their Battle Pass. This means you actually earn V-Bucks for completing the pass. Meanwhile, Black Ops 4’s Tiers cost nothing to start progressing, but they offer no CoD Points.
One more important comparison is Skins & Outfits. Black Ops 4 contains reskins of Specialists wearing slightly different color and animated GIFs. Fortnite also includes reskins, so we will compare them directly.
Black Ops 4 contains 12 Outfits/reskins to Fortnite’s massive 26 skins/reskins. These are generally the most sought after items and they are found lacking in Black Ops 4.
Grand Heist Contraband Tier Stats
Here’s a breakdown of item types in Grand Heist:
- Stickers – 45 (45 Common)
- Calling Cards – 24 (24 Rare)
- Outfits – 12 (2 Rare, 6 Legendary, 3 Epic, 1 Ultra/Character)
- Warpaints – 5 (5 Rare)
- Weapon Camos – 4 (1 Legendary, 2 Epic/Reactive, 1 Ultra/Mastercraft)
- Gestures – 4 (2 Rare, 2 Legendary)
- Weapons – 3 (3 Ultra)
- Specialists – 1 (1 Ultra)
- Jump Packs – 1 (1 Legendary)
- Reticles – 1 (1 Legendary)
Stickers and Calling Cards make up a massive 69% of the Tiers. Ultra quality items only make up 6%.
Common and Rare items sit at 78% in total with only single unique Blackout character skin. The Tiers only contain two unique Specialist skins with the other being simple re-skins.
Grand Heist’s Tiers include 100 items total.
As you can see, Black Ops 4 Grand Heist tiers do contain a massive amount of junk. It’s honestly a little unacceptable from a game that demands quite a lot of play-time or money for the Operation’s completion.
Fortnite’s Season 8 Battle Pass
We’ll break down the items according Fortnite’s own item descriptors, but we’ll equate certain item classes in our analysis to ensure the comparison is a fair one.
- Reskins/Recolors – 19
- x100 V-Bucks – 15 (Legendary)
- Sprays – 14 (13 Uncommon, 1 Rare)
- Player Banners/Icons – 11 (Uncommon)
- Emoticons – 11 (Uncommon)
- Loading Screens – 10 (9 Uncommon, 1 Rare)
- Back Bling – 8 (1 Rare, 7 Epic)
- 10% Personal XP Bonuses – 7 (Uncommon)
- Outfits/Skins – 7 (4 Epic, 3 Legendary)
- 5% Friend XP Bonuses – 6 (Uncommon)
- Camos/Wraps – 6 (Rare)
- Contrails – 5 (Rare)
- Emotes – 5 (1 Uncommon, 3 Rare, 1 Epic)
- Gliders – 4 (1 Uncommon, 2 Rare, 1 Epic)
- Music – 2 (Rare)
- Harvesting Tools – 2 (Rare)
- Toys – 1 (Rare)
- Styles – 1 (Epic)
Alright, Fortnite has a whole lot of categories, but what do the stats look like?
The Season 8 Battle Pass includes 115 items without reskins/recolors included. With these included, the total goes up to 134 items.
Out of the 115, there are 59 Uncommons, 24 Rares, 14 Epics, and 18 Legendaries.
Uncommon and Rare items make up 72% of the Battle Pass. Epic and Legendary items make up the remaining 28%.
Video shows off drastic evolution of Call of Duty Zombies from World at War to Cold War
This one is for the dedicated Zombies fans who have been around since Nacht der Untoten, as this video celebrates the evolution of Call of Duty Zombies.
For those Zombies fans who have been there from the start, here’s a great way to reminisce and relive the Call of Duty Zombies experience we all hold so dearly.
Call of Duty Zombies is still around in today’s Call of Duty, surviving ever since the 2008 classic World at War that started that fan-favorite game mode.
Although a lot has changed since then, players still love the mode, and what better way to bring back good old memories than this video showing the evolution of Zombies.
The video is by Evolution List on YouTube, a channel dedicated to showing the evolution of various games that have stood the test of time.
In the video, fans are given a walkthrough of Zombies from 2008 all the way to 2021, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War being the latest entry in the high-profile Call of Duty franchise to feature a Zombies game mode that recently saw its newest map, Mauer der Toten, added in the Season 4 Reloaded update.
Although the video is fairly short, spanning only 5 minutes, viewers are given one classic Zombies map from each Call of Duty game that possessed Zombies.
Evolution of Zombies video
Although the mode was mostly in Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, there have been many variations of the mode, with the video also including WWII’s Zombies, Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies, CoD Mobile’s Zombies, and Infinite Warfare’s Zombies.
Some of the classic maps showcased include:
- World at War’s Nacht der Untoten
- Black Ops’ Five
- Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil
- Black Ops 4’s IX
Of course, there are many other maps shown in the video, but we don’t want to spoil it all!
If you’re a fan of Zombies, this is a great watch so make sure to check out the video below.
Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / Evolution List
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.
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.
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.
Image Credit: Activision / EA
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.
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.
Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy
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