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How to pre-load Black Ops Cold War on PS4, Xbox, & PC

Everything you need to know on how and when to pre-load Black Ops Cold War ahead of its launch.

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The launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is almost here, and fans can get ready by pre-loading the game on each platform.

We’ve got some details for when and how players on all platforms will be able to start pre-loading Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, based on the store listings on PlayStation.

Activision has officially announced the pre-load information for all platforms.

Here’s everything you need to know for each platform.

PlayStation

Pre-loading of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for PlayStation 4 is now live on PlayStation Store for everyone who has pre-ordered a digital copy of Black Ops Cold War.

For PS4, similar to Modern Warfare, there will be content packs to download for each of the three modes of the game.

Here’s the launch file sizes for the two platforms:

  • PlayStation 4: 95GB
  • PlayStation 5: 133GB

Note: console players can choose to uninstall specific game mode packs, such as for Campaign or Zombies, in order to reduce the game’s overall file size. This content can be managed in-game through the “Account & Network” section of the Settings menu.

For customers getting a PlayStation 5 on launch day, you will be able to immediately pre-load Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War when you get the console. For those getting theirs on November 12, be sure to load up the PlayStation Store to start the download immediately ahead of the Nov. 13 launch.

For regions that are getting PS5 on Nov. 19, Black Ops Cold War will be available for download and play as soon as you get your console.

Xbox

Players getting Black Ops Cold War on Xbox, Activision has confirmed a time for pre-load. Pre-load for Black Ops Cold War on Xbox is live for everyone who has pre-ordered a digital copy of Black Ops Cold War.

Here’s the file sizes for Xbox platforms:

  • Xbox One: 93GB
  • Xbox Series X|S: 136GB

Note: console players can choose to uninstall specific game mode packs, such as for Campaign or Zombies, in order to reduce the game’s overall file size. This content can be managed in-game through the “Account & Network” section of the Settings menu.

For Xbox Series X|S owners, you can now also pre-load Black Ops Cold War and get ready for Nov. 13 launch.

PC (Battle.net)

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on PC is available exclusively on Blizzard Battle.net. Activision has officially announced a pre-load time for PC. Pre-loading will be available on November 10th at 10AM PT.

As announced by Activision, Black Ops Cold War is expected to be a 35 GB (Multiplayer Only) / 82GB (Full Game) / 125GB (Full Game on Ultra Graphics) download.

Note: PC players can also choose to install specific game mode packs, such as for Campaign and Zombies, in order to reduce the game’s overall file size. Also note the updated PC file size numbers.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on Friday, November 13 on all platforms.

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Warzone devs tease “immensely popular” Modern Warfare attachment coming to Cold War snipers

The Warzone developers have teased that a Black Ops Cold War version of a popular Modern Warfare sniper attachment could be arriving in the future.

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Raven Software teased in the latest set of patch notes for Warzone that an equivalent to a popular Modern Warfare sniper attachment could be coming to Black Ops Cold War snipers in the Call of Duty battle royale.

May 7, 2021, was an exciting day for Warzone, as Raven Software applied the latest update to the game that made a significant amount of changes.

The Warzone developers also took the time to tease some upcoming changes to Modern Warfare weapons and the mysterious arrival of a Black Ops Cold War version of a fan-favorite Modern Warfare sniper attachment.

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This tease of a Black Ops Cold War version of an “immensely popular” Modern Warfare sniper attachment came under the changes for Combat Recon barrels for Black Ops Cold War snipers in the May 7, 2021, Warzone patch notes.

“As we continue assess the place of Cold War snipers within Warzone, we realize there is much work to be done. In addition to improving the overall efficacy of these weapons and attachments, we will also be taking a close look at their optics,” said Raven Software.

“This includes addressing attachment pros where there are few, if any, use cases,” Raven Software continued. “In specific… we may see a Cold War equivalent to an immensely popular Modern Warfare sniper attachment very soon.”

It remains to be seen what Modern Warfare sniper attachment Raven Software is teasing could potentially come to Black Ops Cold War snipers.

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The developer made a specific reference to the optics of the Cold War snipers, so perhaps an equivalent of a Modern Warfare optic for the long-range weapons could be coming to the Black Ops ones.

Still, there is also a possibility that it could be a Cold War version of the popular Modern Warfare tac laser attachment.

We will update this article with any new information regarding what this possible mysterious Cold War version of a popular Modern Warfare sniper attachment could when new information is made available.

For more Warzone, check out how the best CARV.2 loadout for Warzone Season 3, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more news and guides.

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Best CARV.2 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 3

CoD: Black Ops Cold War Season 3 has added the new CARV.2 burst-rifle, so here’s the best loadout for it with great attachments and perks.

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The burst rifle meta is back with the CARV.2. The newly-added gun looks to unseat the AUG and M16 as the king of Black Ops Cold War, and here’s the best loadout for it with perks and attachments.

After a sustained period of dominance, burst weapons were recently nerfed and have dented the usability of Tactical Rifles in Call of Duty.

Both Cold War and Warzone have seen the likes of the M16 and AUG suffer as a result, but the CARV.2 is a mean rebel that wants to restore the class’s integrity.

Here’s how to make a powerful, laser-precise CARV.2 class in Black Ops Cold War Season 3.

Best CARV.2 attachments for Cold War Season 3

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  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 22.5″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

We’re gonna swap out Cold War’s CARV’s decent iron sights for our old favorite, the Axial Arms 3x optic for increased magnification. Next up is the Infantry Compensator as the burst nature of the spread sends the gun upwards, so reducing vertical recoil is key.

Now, we’ve opted for the 22.5″ Task Force barrel as even though it comes at the detriment of accuracy, the nerfing of burst weapons is negated slightly by the power of this barrel.

We’re normally a big advocate of the Field Agent Foregrip, but it’s even more crucial here to restore some of the accuracy sacrificed by the barrel. Finishing off our CARV.2 loadout is the Airborne Elastic Wrap as it’s a must for ADS and flinch resistance, giving you an edge in a 1v1.

Best perks to run with the CARV.2 in Cold War Season 3

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We’ve opted for the Perk Greed Wildcard, meaning you get an additional perk for each slot.

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket, Paranoia
  • Perk 2: Assassin, Quartermaster
  • Perk 3: Ghost, Gung-Ho

Flak Jacket is still the undisputed king of perks as it basically gives you an impenetrable shield. The CARV.2 is less of a run and gun weapon, so we just want to be more aware of our surroundings with Paranoia.

We’re confident that kills will come easy with the CARV.2, so equip Assassin for more points, and use Quartermaster to drop more Gas Mines.

Finally, Ghost is great for keeping you quiet, and Gung-Ho is perfect for quickly switching to another weapon for close-range encounters.

How to unlock the CARV.2 in Cold War Season 3

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As with most new weapons, there is a certain challenge requirement that needs to be fulfilled first.

To unlock the CARV.2 you’ll need to either:

  • “Using Tactical Rifles, rapidly kill 2 or more players in 10 different completed matches” in Cold War or Warzone’s multiplayer.
  • “Using Tactical Rifles, get 250 Longshot kills” in Zombies.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s CARV.2

If you’re not up to the CARV.2, then the AK-47 is another bludgeoning ranged weapon, whereas the LC10 shreds up close.


That’s the Stoner 63 sorted for you in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer. Also, see our tier list of every weapon in Black Ops Cold War to see where we ranked them all.

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Ranking the 10 best Call of Duty maps ever

In nearly 20 years of Call of Duty games, which maps do we consider to be the absolute best? Find out as we rank the top 10 CoD maps ever.

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After playing Call of Duty games for so many years, it’s often crossed our mind, which is the best CoD map of all time? So we’ve gone through them all, and come up with what we believe to be the 10 best ever, and ranked them.

Between Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software, the franchise’s main developers have created some astonishingly good maps over the years. Some have stood the test of time, with some becoming recurring features in multiple CoD games.

We decided to take the unenviable task of going through every single Call of Duty online multiplayer map and trying to pick the top 10 ever. Some CoD games don’t feature at all, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they were bad games, it’s just that some did it better.

Here is our official ranking of Call of Duty’s 10 best maps ever.

10. The Pines

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Black Ops Cold War probably won’t go down in the annals as an all-time great, but it’s had plenty of highspots, including The Pines.

A throwback to a certain, classic 1980s film, The Pines has a great environment to explore with frantic battles in shops, lots of verticality, several perch-type spots, and the middle of the map is very accessible thanks to walls and its fountain.

Also, see where it ranked on our list of the best Black Ops Cold War maps!

9. Highrise

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Modern Warfare 2 gave birth to the craziness of 360 no-scoping, quickscoping, and various other ridiculous sniping tricks that would become permanently etched in the early days of YouTube.

Lots of players we know now got their start using Highrise to climb to fame, and that’s also because it’s a great map. You can always use either building to become engaged in heated battles and use them for range before inevitably flying down to the rooftop below for even more conflict.

8. Bloc

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On the other hand, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s Bloc is probably the finest example of a sniping map in the series’ storied history.

Its predominant feature is the two opposing, war-torn apartment blocs that are quite literally set up for a battle of Sniper Rifles. It’s always great fun moving from window to window and changing floors to vary your attack. If that wasn’t your thing, then Bloc has plenty of avenues to storm both buildings and move around the edges of the map to ambush.

7. Rust

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Before “1v1 me in the Gulag“, there was Rust. Taking the idea of a small map from CoD4’s Shipment, Rust still manages to create a small playground but added so many possibilities.

From its stairs-esque shaft to the ladder taking you to the top, there are so many ways you could get the jump on your opponent. Rust also has a myriad of crevices to move around in, making this tiny map feel massive.

6. Rammaza

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Rammaza is not only a bright spot in an otherwise divisive 2019 Modern Warfare reboot, it’s also just a classic Call of Duty map.

With three different levels of fighting possible, a multitude of different ladders and stairs to allow fluid traversal, Rammaza is just big enough and has all its obstacles in the right place. It’s a great map on any game mode and one that we’d definitely like to see return.

5. Strike

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There isn’t a wasted space in quite a sizable Strike map. The spawn points are well-hidden and it doesn’t feel bare in any parts.

It has several key spots such as the iconic middle building, the kitchen area, the houses near each spawn, and there are genuinely so many different ways to play it. Search & Destroy was a particular delight to play on Strike, and it’s aged very well.

4. Raid

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Raid might be the most scenic and stunning map on this list with this luxurious hollywood home boasting incredible architecture, mega-expensive sports cars, and even its own basketball court.

The map just feels unique and underlines this by allowing you to swim under its pool. It’s well-connected by the middle’s garden area and again, firefights can literally take place anywhere on the map. It was one of Black Ops Cold War’s first classic maps to be added to the game, and that’s because it’s still incredibly popular to do this day.

3. Firing Range

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Another smaller map that manages to cram so much into it that it’s hard not to love. The concept is great as we’ve found ourselves on these practice ranges in multiple CoD games, so now actually trying to kill people on it feels apt.

Firing Range is a hotbed for high-scoring games, but unlike a map such as Nuketown, Firing Range feels fair and doesn’t feel like you’ll be spawn-trapped for multiple deaths in a row. It’s definitely the best “small” map in Call of Duty history and we’re sure we’ll be seeing it for multiple games to come.

2. Terminal

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To many, the top spot is always going to boil down between one of two maps, and our number two spot goes to Terminal. If the action had perhaps been locked down to only the outside or inside, then Terminal wouldn’t fair so well.

But thankfully it doesn’t, and it leads to lots of crazy matches with close-range combat, long-range sniping, and everything in-between. Terminal perfectly manages to capture the balance of gameplay, whilst providing a cool backdrop at the same time.

1. Crash

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The best map honor goes to Crash. If the sight of that destroyed helicopter doesn’t make you feel nostalgic then you probably never played Call of Duty 4. Infinity Ward’s take on modern warfare changed first-person shooters forever, and Crash is symbolic of this.

Gone were the days of the arena shooter, Crash represented a new era of detailed, intricate, multi-channeled maps with new ways to play each time. Whether you stayed at the top of the street to snipe down a lane, or headed to the bottom to ascend the three-story building, Crash had everything and more to make a map you wanted to play time and time again.

Which is why we believe it’s the best map in Call of Duty history.

Also, check out our 5 best Call of Duty games ever ranked: Full tier list too.


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Image credits: Activision / Infinity Ward / Treyarch / Sledgehammer Games

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