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Opinion: These Classic Maps Should Return to Black Ops 4 MP



Treyarch map design has arguably proven to be the best among the CoD developers over the years and many of these maps deserve to see the light of day again.

From World at War to Black Ops 4, Treyarch has always seemed to have the ability to create at least three to four maps that struck home-runs. Maps with that “special something” which allow them to ascend into the halls of greatness.

It is not just one feature or a single design idea, but rather the prowess with which the maps were conceived. They fundamentally worked well, looked good, and were fun to play.

Treyarch has already added some classic multiplayer maps to Black Ops 4 and have hinted at intentions to continue the trend. So let’s take a look at what we would like to see reenter the multiplayer map pool.

Raid – Black Ops 2

Raid is a classic three lane with asymmetrical design. One side of the map features a pool and a basketball court. The other features the instantly recognizable ring of Raid with its cement blocks and central monument. The featured a steady Hardpoiont rotation, well placed Domination flags, and excellent Capture-the-Flag gameplay. The map is already featured in Blackout.

Standoff – Black Ops 2

Standoff also features a three-lane map design, a trend you will quickly notice produces great experiences, but slims down the side lanes significantly. The central lane features a house, street, and multiple cares for cover. The central lane also makes a 90 degree turn into the spawns which provides safe spawn areas for both teams.  

Infection – Black Ops 3

Infection is a Black Ops 3 map that could work in Black Ops 4 without much change needed. Unlike some of Black Ops 3 maps, Infection can be traversed completely on-foot (excluded the outer rock jump). The map features the typical three lanes setup with crossing lanes in the middle of the map. The map’s lines of sight are generally medium to long range, allowing for LMGs, ARs, and snipers to dominate.

Breach – Black Ops 3

Breach was an instant classic in Black Ops 3. The sniper firefights from building to building in the central part of the map were a mainstay. Again, the map split into three lanes and features a lot of open areas which had to be traversed with the booster pack/wall-running. These areas would have to be filled in with ground for Black Ops 4, but the gameplay stay similar nonetheless.

Redwood – Black Ops 3

Redwood is an iconic Black Ops 3 map that you either loved or you hated. A new rendition of the map could eliminate some of the annoyances of the original. Due to the booster packs in Black Ops 3, the player could swing and tree-run from tree-to-tree causing absolute chaos throughout the map. In Black Ops 4, the map could remain exactly the same and the original’s problems would give way to a beautiful three-lane forest map.

Express – Black Ops 2

Express is a bit of an odd ball on this list. As stated earlier, three-lanes maps lend themselves to become classic due to balanced gameplay. Express, however, is an exception to the rule. The map essentially features one wide lane with trains, tracks, and central crossing corridors and another lane inside the train terminal. The map works due to the train which cuts the wide lane into two distinct paths. The map also featured a dynamic train which travelled on the empty track periodically.  

Hanoi – Black Ops 1

Hanoi was a unique nighttime map with asymmetrical design. The map took place in a Cuban military outpost and features intersecting buildings and markets. The best way to describe the map without playing it is to imagine “controlled chaos.” Many maps can fail at trying to achieve this, but Hanoi executed on it perfectly.  

Launch – Black Ops 1

Launch featured a unique design with the center of map being significantly raised above either spawn side. This meant player’s from both teams would be require to either risk being burned by the rocket (dynamic map element) or ascend towards the middle of the map.

So, did your favorite Black Ops map make our list? Tell us on Twitter at @CharlieIntel.

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CoD community split as players reveal the worst ever Call of Duty game

Call of Duty players were asked to reveal which game they believe to be the franchise’s worst and the results were far from unanimous.



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CoD fans usually have passionate opinions when it comes to debating the franchise’s best game, but the same could be said when the community was asked to reveal the worst Call of Duty game ever.

As Vanguard’s cycle slowly comes to a close with Season 5 on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to indulge in some nostalgia and look back through the years of the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty has been around for so long that most players will have significantly different answers when asked what their favorite or least favorite CoD game is.

This was exactly the case as the CharlieIntel Twitter account asked players from the Call of Duty community to reveal their first played, most recent, best, and worst Call of Duty title of all time.

While the replies revealed that most players view Black Ops 2 or Black Ops 3 as the best Call of Duty game ever made, the same cannot be said for their opinion of the franchise’s worst game.

The replies for the “Worst Call of Duty” section were varied but a trend did begin to appear after a couple thousand responses. It seems most players opted for Vanguard as the worst game the franchise has put forth.

There’s no doubt that some recency bias likely impacted these results, but Vanguard has been one of the most hated Call of Duty games ever made. Despite being fresh in peoples’ minds, the game has come under fire for being a mess since it was released.

Vanguard seemed to be the most popular answer, but it failed to grasp a majority vote as players consistently spread their answers between a few titles. 2019’s Modern Warfare was another popular choice.

The game is notably polarizing as most either loved it or hated it. Some players sunk countless hours into the game as its multiplayer kept CoD fans busy throughout the pandemic. Meanwhile, competitive players and content creators shared a disdain for the game’s core mechanics.

Aside from Modern Warfare 2019, and Vanguard, Call of Duty: Ghosts, WWII, and Infinite Warfare were also quite popular responses. With WWII and Vanguard being two boots-on-the-ground WWII-era CoD games, it seems players don’t take kindly to this style and setting.

Only time will tell if the highly anticipated Modern Warfare 2 will have a strong enough impact on players to eventually become a valid answer for this CoD questionnaire. Of course, Infinity Ward will be hoping it improves on its predecessor and makes its way to the “Best” side of the debate.

For more, check out how Dr Disrespect was not impressed by the graphics shown in Modern Warfare 2’s Farm 18 map reveal.

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Microsoft explain why Call of Duty will stay on PlayStation after Xbox exclusivity rumors

Microsoft have reiterated their claim that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation and gave one simple reason why.



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Both PlayStations fans and Sony itself have expressed concern over Call of Duty becoming Xbox and PC exclusive, but Microsoft have reiterated their claim that the games will remain on PlayStation, giving one simple reason why.

Microsoft announced their shock buyout of Activision Blizzard back in January 2022, with the deal set to close in Summer 2023. While Microsoft previously stated that there are no plans to make Call of Duty Xbox and PC-exclusive, Sony still expressed concern.

As reported by VGC, Microsoft responded to these concerns in a document sent to Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). Here, they accused Sony of blocking games from Xbox Game Pass and reiterated that it “wouldn’t be profitable” to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation.

Microsoft acquired Bethesda back in 2021, and have already started making their games, such as Starfield, Xbox and PC exclusive. However, in this document, Microsoft insisted that Sony shouldn’t worry about Call of Duty being removed from PlayStation.

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“Regardless of how unsurprising Sony‘s criticism of content exclusivity is – given that PlayStation’s entire strategy has been centered on exclusivity over the years – the reality is that the strategy of retaining Activision Blizzard’s games by not distributing them in rival console shops would simply not be profitable for Microsoft,” claimed Microsoft.

Microsoft gave several reasons why they wouldn’t remove future Call of Duty games from PlayStation, but it all boiled down to profit.

“The hypothetical adoption of any content discontinuation strategy would not be profitable for Microsoft and, even if implemented, such strategies would have no competitive impact, for the reasons described above,” concluded Microsoft.

There are also reports that there are contractual agreements that ensure the next three Call of Duty games will be on both Xbox and PlayStation. Rumors suggest that Call of Duty 2024 will be developed by Treyarch, and Activision have even teased a new premium game for 2023.

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Huge Black Ops 4 campaign leak reveals scrapped ‘Career’ mode details & concept art

Black Ops 4’s scrapped campaign has reportedly appeared online in a huge leak showing off concept art and breaking down a ton of details.



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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 went against the norm by opting to skip a campaign, despite it reportedly being in development for some time. Four years later, a leak puts together a ton of information about the scrapped ‘Career’ mode which was set to be an online 2v2 experience.

While Call of Duty players typically enjoy the blockbuster campaigns, it’s arguably multiplayer that brings them back year after year. Despite rumors suggesting that a Black Ops 4 Campaign was in development, the game launched in 2018 without a single-player mode.

Now, almost four years later with Modern Warfare 2 on the horizon, a ton of info has dropped detailing exactly what Black Ops 4’s campaign mode could have been.

Reddit user Purpletoaster20 said this huge post in the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit was the result of “months of research & discussion with people who have inside knowledge of this mode,” and it includes images of internal powerpoints, concept art, and a detailed breakdown of each mission.

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The campaign was dubbed ‘Career’ and would be an online 2v2 mode where players would “race to the finish” against the opposing duo, and whichever side won would affect how the rest of the session would progress.

Taking place in a post-Black Ops 3 2070, there would be “The Year of Chaos” after a pandemic and climate disasters would “heavily diminish the world’s resources.”

Each duo would pick their preferred faction, and then need to battle against AI to complete their objectives ahead of the other team. Plus, there would also be PvP sections with Blackout mechanics, where death would result in respawning back at a base near to the action.

This mode would have counted towards player progression, with each Black Ops 4 season adding several new missions for players to complete.

Four missions were “nearly complete,” and the Reddit user detailed them all in the Reddit post. In these missions, players had to complete Call of Duty-esque objectives such as blowing up convoys and hacking and defending terminals.

But why was this huge mode canceled? According to the Reddit user, it was “due to technical issues & the overall gameplay loop being described as too repetitive,” as well as the release being pushed forward by a month. They also claim that the leaked gameplay wasn’t from the campaign, but was actually from a Specialist HQ mode.

The Reddit user said they’ll be putting all of this information together in a 30-minute video on August 18.

Modern Warfare 2 brings a fully-fledged campaign that will reportedly arrive ahead of the full game’s launch, so be sure to check out everything we know about the single-player.

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