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Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Hands On Impressions: Fast, fun, yet strikingly familiar

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Editor’s Note: Activision paid for our travel, hotel, and access to the Call of Duty XP event. 

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer mode is finally revealed. We got to play Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer at the Call of Duty XP press event and are ready to share some of our impressions of the game.

One of the easiest ways to describe Infinite Warfare multiplayer is that it brings together a lot of features from one different Call of Duty titles into a singular experience that is fun in its own way, fast-paced, and exciting to play. Another way to talk about this game is how strikingly (like, seriously) similar some of it is to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Infinity Ward’s key focus for this title, as stated by Infinity Ward’s Multiplayer Lead, Joe Cecot: “With a focus on driving front line combat engagements and rewards players of all play styles.” One of their key idea in this game is to redefine the player and the play-space that players interact with.

Movement System: 

The movement system in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is almost identical to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s movement system. The players get a boost meter on their screen, which indicates how high you can jump, how far you can boost slide, and yes, wall-running is back.

Unlike Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s movement is more tightly controlled and less ‘fluid’ in terms of chaining-up. Going from running to wall running sometimes feels like you are doing separate movements, versus in Black Ops 3, and at points, there is a delay in the boost sliding quickly experience. At some points in the matches, it feels as if the movement system is unnecessary — there are certain instances when playing when you want to boost jump, but feel like it will put you at a disadvantage in the play space.

This is still a early build of the game, not the final version, so hopefully Infinity Ward address some of the inconsistencies that exist with the movement system.

Combat Rigs: 

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare features the new Combat Rigs, which is basically Infinity Ward’s take on Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s Specialist system.

In an interview with charlieINTEL, Infinity Ward’s Multiplayer Project Director Jordan Hirsh stated that the idea for Combat Rigs came from giving players the equipment they need to play in the different scenery and environments. “Rigs came in pretty early in development. Through that process, we pulled that back and allowed more flexibility. We need to put players in suits essentially that worked in space. So it worked naturally to put players in this cool armor systems,” said Hirsh.

The characters are different from Specialists from Black Ops 3 in that the different weapon and abilities are combined under a Payload category, and there is another option that players have to select for each Combat Rig called Traits. Payload and Traits vary between each character and cater to a wide variety of play styles. The Traits are additional perks that each character can have for the length of the game. Certain traits can only be used once per life in game, while others are consistently active throughout the length of the match.

The Combat Rigs do not have any particular story or connection to the campaign in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. While some might seem overpowered in the description of them, from what we played, it seems Infinity Ward is putting big focus on ensuring balance in the gameplay style.

A huge difference from Specialists and Combat Rigs: Combat Rigs can actually be changed mid-match in-game via the start menu. You do not have to select a rig and be stuck with it the entire game, so if a certain rig just does not work out for you in a specific match, you have the ability to adjust and change whenever. But, when players change the rig mid-match, the payload meter in the bottom left does reset to adjust to the new selection. This is a welcome addition, as it allows you as a player to adapt as the match progresses. Even more so, it helps with adapting in-game to the enemies’ play style.

Pick 10: 

The Pick 10 system is back in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. This system is almost identical to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, but it does have some differences. There’s no specific wildcards, and certain items may cost more points than others. Infinity Ward did not go into major detail on this yet, but stated that it is similar to past Pick 10 iterations. Scorestreaks are not part of the Pick 10; players must pick a set of streaks that will remain consistent across all classes.

The Play Space — Map Design: 

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Infinity Ward has a variety of maps in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Infinity Ward listed some of their focuses in redefining the player space:

  • Fast time to combat
  • Force head to head engagements
  • Never before seen environments (space station, other planets moon)
  • Varied layout designs — high replay-ability

Some maps are the classic, three lane Call of Duty maps, while there are larger maps to cater for those play-styles. Breakdown map takes place on Earth and is a map catered to the larger style of play, while still maintaining the 3 lane structure.

Another one of the maps shown, Frontier, is one of the smallest maps we have ever seen in Call of Duty. It features only 2 lanes, fast paced action which is a ton of fun. The map takes place on a space station orbiting around Neptune but is completely enclosed.

The maps are designed beautifully, both aesthetically and style of play. One of the best modes we got to play was Defender on Frontier. Being such a small map, Frontier allowed for an incredibly fast paced, action packed game of Defender. The map is lined up with close quarter engagements, with enemies around every corner. Even more, when an individual is taken out, their bodies actually float to match the outside environment of the space.

We also got to play Terminal, the fan favorite preorder bonus map for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Terminal’s layout is exactly the same as it was in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. There are some differences, however. In the plane, there are no seats anymore, leaving no cover in the plane as you try to run through. In addition, in the main hallway and select other areas of the maps, glass windows that were in MW2 have been replaced with hard cover that cannot be breached.

As a side note: there are no maps in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer that takes place in zero-gravity, Infinity Ward confirmed to us. They wanted to focus on retaining the classic Call of Duty style and decided against those player spaces.

Another change to the overall HUD of the screen and player space is that in-game, in-match every single player has a little icon above their head which shows their health level. This is a first for Call of Duty, although it has been in other FPS games. It is helpful in identifying how many more shots you need to take out enemies and is not that obtrusive to your HUD. In addition, Infinity Ward has added a brand new feature under the mini-map, which is basically a callout section. It tells you where the action is, and in Hardpoint, will even list the current Hardpoint’s location. Infinity Ward said this is to emphasize and help with player communication. During our playtime, we did not actually notice this being that helpful, as it is kinda small on screen and not that relevant to consistently see and be aware of.

Weapons: 

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Infinity Ward has brought back a wide variety of weapons, alongside brand new weapons. The game features Assault Rifles, SMGs, LMGs, Shotguns, Snipers, Directed Energy Weapons, and more. And for the first time ever, there’s a selection of Classic weapons, which are fan favorite weapons from older Call of Duty games brought back. The classic weapons were not available for us to play with at Call of Duty XP.

In terms of balance, there is a wide variety of weapons in Infinite Warfare. In Black Ops 3, there seemed to be limited variety in terms of how varied the weapons are, but Infinity Ward has really altered and changed up the style of weapons in each category in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. There needs to be some balancing to adjust some of the weapons, as certain SMGs and ARs felt overpowered, but overall the weapon direction is more using modern weapons, where some have a futuristic twist.

There is a lot going for Infinity Ward with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. One of the simplest was I could describe this game is: it incorporates elements from all previous Call of Duty titles, while trying to be fresh, fun, and new. As a side note, yes, we realize that the gameplay does look awfully familiar to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. And it sorta does play like Black Ops 3, but faster. It is almost like an upgraded, better version of Black Ops 3, adjusting for balance, and being cautious of the casual play styles.

One thing’s for sure, Infinity Ward has learned a lot from their mistakes in Call of Duty: Ghosts’ MP, but until we play the final version, it is not clear if this vision will work with the fans.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How much are COD Points? How to buy, price, how to spend & more

COD Points are the currency of Call of Duty. Here’s a guide on their price, how you can buy them, where to spend them, and what you can buy.

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COD Points have become an integral part of Call of Duty games as they can buy some great cosmetics and other items to show off. So here’s a quick guide to tell you how much points cost, how you can buy them, where you can spend them, and what you can get.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Cold War and Warzone offering special Rambo and John McClane skins and bringing back legendary Operators like Soap and Captain Price, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend COD Points.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game and requires COD Points to do so.

So with our detailed guide today, we’re going to run through the basics of COD Points to help you understand them, tell you what they do, and more.

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What is the price of COD Points?

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying COD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas some need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various COD Points bundles:

  • 200 COD Points for $1.99 or £1.79
  • 500 COD Points for $4.99 or £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) COD Points for $9.99 or £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) COD Points for $19.99 or £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) COD Points for $39.99 or £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) COD Points for $74.99 or £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) COD Points for $99.99 or £84.99

How do I buy COD Points?

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You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

These are the various ways you can procure COD Points.

Official website

This method is only for PC players.

A quick visit to the Battle.net shop will take you to the aforementioned COD Points bundles, and you can take your pick.

PlayStation Store

This method is only for PlayStation players.

Head to the PlayStation Store either on your PS4, PS5, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.

You will be able to purchase them using money or PSN credit.

Xbox Microsoft Store

This method is only for Xbox players.

Head to the Microsoft Store either on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.

You will be able to purchase them using money or Xbox Gift cards.

Retailers

Online or select physical retailers will have copious amounts of COD Points vouchers and gift cards for you to purchase. There will be no difference between official sales and retails sales as they will all sell the same bundles.

Where do I spend my COD Points?

Now that you have a nice bundle of COD Points, where do you actually go to spend them? Well, the answer is rather simple: head to the in-game store for the game you’re playing, browse, and buy.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

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A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone are currently in Season Two of their respective lifecycles at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of Season 2, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough COD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You can buy the Cold War & Warzone Season 4 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.

Also, check out when Black Ops Cold War Season 5 and Warzone Season 5 are set to begin.

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