These classic modes deserve some more time in the spotlight…
Black Ops 4 launched with a meager 10 multiplayer modes. While we got two new modes like Control and Heist, the core rotation has left me wanting more.
Previous Call of Duty entries have always brought a fresh take to online first person shooter matches, but I feel like this years entry has missed the mark. Black Ops’ Wager Matches were some of the most fun I’ve had online and I loved the experimental nature of Modern Warfare 2’s modes like Cage Match and 3rd Person Team Tactical.
Here is my list of the five multiplayer modes from past Call of Duty’s that I would like see come back to the series with Black Ops 4.
One in the Chamber
One of the main Wager Match game modes, One in the Chamber was as fast paced as it was tense. A six player free-for-all where each player has an insta-kill M1911, one bullet, a knife, and three lives.
A game of risk/reward, making your shot reloads another bullet in your gun, but missing it means you’re forced to run around the map trying to get a knife kill. Trying to accurately line up my one shot at a madman frantically running towards me made me feel like I was in a horror movie. Turn off all specialists and hand everyone a Strife would make this a perfect fit for Black Ops 4.
Sticks and Stones
Black Ops 4 is sorely lacking special weapons. No, I don’t mean specialist weapons. I’m talking about weapons that feel special. Crossbows, Ballistic Knifes, Assault Shields, etc.
Stick and Stones was a mode based entirely around the unique new weaponry from Black Ops 1. Every player spawns with an explosive Crossbow, Ballistic Knife, and Tomahawk. Ballistic Knife and Crossbow kills grant the player 100 points, while Tomahawk kills reset the players score. Knowing that even when you’re in first place by a wide margin doesn’t make you safe has you playing differently throughout. Sticks and Stones (along with Crossbows and Ballistic Knifes) would bring some much needed variety back to Call of Duty.
A very overlooked mode, Pure was part of Black Ops 1’s Barebones section. Currently, the community is clamoring for Specialists-free game modes, so how great would it be if everything was stripped away. Just a player and their gun.
Pure was a standard TDM or FFA game type except for the fact that Perks, Killstreaks, attachments, and equipment were all turned off. With everyone on the same playing field, it all came down to your ability with your chosen weapon. I think at a time when people just want to go back to the basics, Pure would be welcomed with open arms.
I first played this mode way back in Halo 3 and was in awe. Multiple teams all fighting against each other on the same map led to some great “enemy of my enemy” moments. Teaming up on one enemy alongside an opposing team before pointing our guns at each other felt oddly strategic.
Black Ops II was the first and only Call of Duty to have this mode. Featuring up to 18 players and 6 teams means you can have 6 teams of duos, 4 teams of quads, etc. No matter the permutation, this mode is simply chaotic fun.
Capture the Flag
A literal classic, Capture the Flag has been in first person shooters since the genre was invented. Both teams have a flag, you need to capture the other flag and bring it back to yours. Simple enough.
While Heist has some Capture the Flag mechanics and inspiration, the mode can still be won just killing out the other team. Capture the Flag’s inherent strategy and tactics would make it a great staple to return to the franchise. In almost every entry, it is a little weird the mode hasn’t shown up yet, but Treyarch would be remiss not to bring this legendary mode back from the grave.
From the most popular to the overlooked, these are the modes I want to see added to Black Ops 4. What multiplayer modes would you like see make their return? Let us know in the ranking below:
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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