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How to play Black Ops Cold War Zombies for free

You could actually be enjoying many rounds of zombie-killing madness in BOCW for nothing, here’s how to play Die Maschine for free.

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Treyarch has officially confirmed that Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode will have a free Access Week on PlayStation and Xbox consoles and Battle.net. Meaning anyone who hasn’t bought the new CoD yet will be able to sample the game’s Die Maschine at no cost.

Black Ops Cold War’s newest take on Nazi Zombies is pretty darn fun. With a refined Perk system and a big, varied map, Die Maschine is full of action and drama, making for a great Zombies mode.

Not everyone will know this of course because they haven’t acquired BOCW, but that will change imminently with the Free Access trial to try it out, courtesy of Treyarch.

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BOCW Zombies Free Access Week

If you’ve been skeptical about investing your hard-earned money into Black Ops Cold War, then this will be a great trial run for you.

Activision has now officially announced the details on the Free Zombies Access Week in a new blog post on the Call of Duty website.

The blog post states that all players, can access the Zombies mode via Black Ops Cold War for free. This includes the new Cranked game mode, and for PlayStation players, Onslaught mode is free. The event begins January 14 at 10AM PT and ends January 21.

For the first time in Call of Duty history, Treyarch’s legendary Zombies mode will be available for free through the Zombies Free Access Week.

This fearsome free access period will be available to all players through their respective platform’s store.

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Die Maschine

An abandoned WWII-era laboratory in Poland containing a massive particle collider has opened a rift to unexplainable monstrosities and animated undead forces. As part of the international response team known as Requiem, you’ll infiltrate the DZ and try to survive waves of zombies through multiple rounds as you either uncover the secrets of “Die Maschine,” or exfiltrate early with your life intact (and some great rewards to boot).

With its starting area paying homage to the original World at War Zombies map that started it all, “Die Maschine” is a round-based Zombies experience where up to four players can drop in and attempt to survive the horrors that lie in wait. Work together by using dozens of weapons, lethal and tactical equipment, powerful Scorestreaks, and special Field Upgrades – such as an Energy Mine or an instant-heal through the Healing Aura – that charge up by killing zombies.

Unlocked some new Black Ops Cold War weapons via the Battle Pass system? Bring them into the fight through your starting loadout and upgrade them along the way. You can also outfit yourself with a variety of Wall Buy weapons, take a chance with a random weapon pulled from the Mystery Box, or give any weapon a serious boost through the Pack-a-Punch Machine.

Cranked

Need a bit more urgency to stay alive in “Die Maschine,” outside of being overwhelmed by waves of zombies? Give Cranked a try.

As per usual, you and your squad will be airlifted in with a loadout of your choice. However, once the first zombie hits the floor, the Cranked Timer starts ticking away. Your Operator will explode if they fail to kill another zombie before the timer hits zero, and the timer gets shorter and shorter as the game progresses! Keep an eye out for the Cranked Timer Power-up, which temporarily freezes the timer for all players.

Watch the clock – and your six – to survive this fast-paced new Zombies game mode… and be sure to put the locational Ping system to use when playing with your squad.

Onslaught (PlayStation Exclusive*)

Those who play on PlayStation can also access Onslaught, the fast-paced new two-player Zombies experience on Black Ops Cold War’s Multiplayer maps.

In this mode, your duo will use whatever is in your loadouts to fight against hyper-aggressive waves of undead forces. Unlike in traditional round-based Zombies, a Dark Aether Orb will confine you to a specific space on the map until it is charged by the souls of the undead.

As the safe area shifts, expect increasingly difficult surges of enemies, including incredibly powerful Elites, to test your duo’s survival skills. Slay enough of these Elites, and you’ll earn special Bronze, Silver, or Gold rankings and exclusive* Weapon Blueprints.

How to download

To download it, you’ll need to go to the Official Store of your platform you’re playing on, search for it, and download it when it becomes available on January 14. The item will be called “Black Ops Cold War Zombies Free Access.”

The direct links to download:

So if you haven’t already bought Black Ops Cold War, then hopefully you’ll give it a go and see what the game’s Die Maschine mode can offer you.

The game’s online multiplayer recently had a free Access Week with free multiplayer before Christmas to obviously try and squeeze out a few more sales before the big holiday season. The new Free Access doesn’t include the online multiplayer, but you’ll be able to slay as many zombies as you want!

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Black Ops Cold War players are not happy with new LAPA SMG

The LAPA is a new SMG for Black Ops Cold War in Season 6, but fans have complained that it may not be as useful in-game as they hoped.

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Black Ops Cold War Season 6 is the last hurrah for the latest CoD entry before Vanguard takes center stage. Unfortunately, the new LAPA SMG has players talking for the wrong reasons since its addition in the last major update.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 is the last chapter before the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard on November 5.

Developers added a whole host of new content for Season 6, from a new Battle Pass to a host of Halloween-themed challenges.

Unfortunately, not all of the new additions have gone down well among the community, with the new LAPA SMG in particular user under fire from fans.

LAPA in Black Ops Cold War

Reddit user PartyImpOP posted expressing their confusion on what the purpose of the LAPA is when its characteristics are compared with other weapons in the same class.

“…the only thing this thing has is relatively good handling, which is hardly even significant considering all SMGs carry that trait anyways,” said the user.

“It’s the slowest killing SMG, and depends on headshots to simply equal the body shot TTK of other SMGs, and has a very slow muzzle velocity to the point where it becomes almost unusable.”

They go on to say that the LAPA is a less effective version of the Milano 821 or AK-74u, meaning that there is little reason to choose it in multiplayer modes.

PartyImpOP also slammed the rest of the Season 6 content, such as “the worst weapon in the Call of Duty history” in the Battle Axe.

Other players were quick to respond to the post, calling the new additions in Season 6 “filler” content at the end of the game’s life in the spotlight.

“Honestly, they were probably just afraid to release more broken weapons right before they abandon ship on this game,” added another Reddit user.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War The Haunting event challenges rewards

While The Haunting event has been a hit for the most part for Call of Duty fans, it’s clear that some of the new content is living up to expectations.

With so little time before Vanguard drops, it remains to be seen if Raven will take steps to make the LAPA more useful.

For more on Black Ops Cold War, check out the 10 best guns in the game, as well as how to open Scare Packages in Season 6.

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How to get Donnie Darko Frank skin in Warzone & Cold War: Release date, price & contents

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players will be able to get the Frank The Rabbit skin from Donnie Darko during The Haunting event.

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The Haunting event will be delivering plenty of scary moments for Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players, and they will be able to experience them as the Frank The Rabbit skin from Donnie Darko.

It is the Halloween season, and Call of Duty is celebrating the spooky time with the second iteration of The Haunting event, which became a fan-favorite in 2020, especially in Warzone.

The Haunting event for the Black Ops Cold War cycle will feature some significant differences compared to the Modern Warfare version, but it will still feature two horror movie icons that players will be able to purchase skins for and terrify their enemies.

Joining Scream’s Ghostface, Frank The Rabbit from Donnie Darko will also be appearing in The Haunting event, so here is how to unlock the Donnie Darko Frank skin in Warzone and Black Ops Cold war.

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How to get Frank The Rabbit Donnie Darko skin in Warzone and Cold War

Players can now unlock the Frank The Rabbit Donnie Darko skin in Warzone and Cold War, as October 24 is when the Donnie Darko Tracer Pack was added to the Call of Duty store for both games.

All you need to do is go to the Call of Duty store in either Warzone or Black Ops Cold war and purchase the Donnie Darko Tracer Pack to acquire the Frank The Rabbit Donnie Darko skin in Warzone and Cold War.

How much does the Donnie Darko Tracer Pack cost?

The Donnie Darko Tracer Pack will set you back 2,400 COD Points, understandable given the top-tier nature of the costume and license, and this translates to roughly $19.99 / £16.79.

Frank The Rabbit Donnie Darko skin in Black Ops Cold War

What’s in the Donnie Darko Tracer Pack?

You can find everything that will be in the Donnie Darko Tracer Pack below:

  • Frank The Rabbit Operator skin
  • “Sky is Falling” finishing move
  • Epic-Rarity Weapon Charm
  • Epic-Rarity Calling Card
  • Epic-Rarity Emblem
  • Epic-Rarity Watch
  • Legendary Sniper Rifle blueprint
  • Legendary SMG blueprint
  • Legendary Assault Rifle blueprint

There is no doubt that plenty of players will be excited to get the Frank The Rabbit Donnie Darko skin in Warzone and Cold War and dominate their opponents in a truly terrifying fashion.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out the most popular loadouts for the Call of Duty battle royale in Season 6, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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How to get Ghost of War Ultra Skin in Warzone & Cold War

Here’s how Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players can get an exclusive Ghost of War Ultra Skin to spook their enemies out.

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For those interested in getting the new Ghost of War Ultra Skin in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, here’s our guide on how to do so.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War‘s integration is coming to an end, and although many have enjoyed the six seasons, a lot of the community can’t wait for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

In the spirit of Halloween, Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have released a new spooky skin called the Ghost of War, and here’s how you can get it.

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Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 6 has introduced loads of new content for players. Most recently, the Haunting event has brought new Operators Ghost Face and Donnie Darko to the roster.

However, there is another new skin players can get, and there are multiple ways for players to obtain it.

How to get Ghost of War Ultra Skin in Warzone and Cold War

The new skin up for grabs is the Ghost of War Ultra Skin, a new Halloween-themed skeleton skin for you to hunt enemies down. There are two ways to get the skin, but one of them is a limited offer.

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Here are the two ways you can obtain the new Operator skin:

  • Players can get the Ghost of War Ultra skin by simply pre-ordering Call of Duty: Vanguard digitally
  • The Ghost of War Ultra skin is also available in a new bundle right now

For those interested in the bundle, it costs 2,400 COD Points and also comes with various other items, including three Legendary weapon skins and a vehicle skin.

If you have already pre-ordered Vanguard, you’re in luck, as you will also be awarded the Ghost of War Ultra Skin with all of the exciting items that accompany the Warzone Ghost of War skin which you can find below:

For those who want to acquire the skin through pre-ordering, you will need to pre-order Vanguard between October 22 and November 2, as after this period, it will not be available through pre-order.

There you have it. For more on Call of Duty, check out our how to fix the Warzone Status Savannah error.

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