From World at War to Black Ops 4 – and all the DLC’s in between – here are the maps that I want to see in Blackout.
Since the launch of Blackout, Treyarch has expressed interest in making changes to the existing map. They demonstrated their ability to do so at the start of Operation Absolute Zero in December with the addition of Hijacked in the north west, and some new foliage.
This had me thinking. What other maps from Treyarch’s past would work in this battle royale mode? As it stands, there are some remaining portions of the map that are quite baron and a little uninspired. With six Call of Duty titles worth of content to pull from, I started to envision what a “fuller” map would look like.
Of course, adding ALL of my suggestions would make the map a little too crowded and chaotic (empty spaces still have a place in a battle royale after all), but I think adding at least a couple of these maps would bring tons of life and variety to the Blackout experience.
Working chronologically, I’m starting with World at War. While Treyarch’s first original Call of Duty game was Call of Duty 3, I’m picking maps from the Black Ops canon that originated with Reznov back in 2008.
Makin Day: The original Makin was such a popular map, they released a daytime version of it completely free. Being a coastal map, parts of Makin could be placed on the beach by Construction Site and Hijacked. Right now, the only thing on that beach is a bunch of bathrooms and lifeguard huts, all with really weak loot.
Adding the Japanese temples and foliage from Makin Day would make the beach a more desirable location to drop. An alternate location for this map would be east of Train Station at the tip of the small island in the river.
Cliffside: Continuing the theme of waterside World at War maps, Cliffside would work very well at the north west of the map far north of Construction Site. The way I could see it working is by replacing the ground level beach with this high altitude cliff. This could create some tension when running into firefights this high up.
A flight or fight moment – do you defend your position and push or jump off the cliff and redeploy your wingsuit to safety?
Nacht Der Untoten: The Zombie map that started it all, and has been through it all. Featured in every Treyarch Call of Duty in some capacity, Nacht has yet to make an appearance in BO4. Blackout would be a great fit for this two story building because of its compact size and geometric layout. It already resembles some of the more basic houses on the map, so throwing it somewhere north of Firing Range and south of Estates would work really well.
This would also give a more balanced split of Zombies locations on the map, as the north west quadrant of the map doesn’t have much undead.
Jungle: This map already found its way into Black Ops 4 through multiplayer, but I think it’s time we see it in Blackout.
Because Jungle consists of a sandy-grassy environment, it would fit perfectly in the south of the map between Lighthouse and Factory around the transition from green fields to desert wasteland.
Kowloon: DLC maps like Hyrdo have already shown up in Blackout, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this Black Ops 1 DLC map make an appearance. Although the main draw of Kowloon is it’s dense city rooftops, a smaller version of the map could show up south of Turbine to flesh out that area.
As long as they bring the Zipline with it, this will surely be a fun area to play quads in.
Drive-In: No, I’m not taking shots at Risky Reels from Fortnite, Drive-In is just one wildly overlooked map. One of Black Ops 1 later DLC maps, this close quarters map evokes Nuketown in it’s size and would sit nicely alongside it on Nuketown Island.
While I think it’s cool Nuketown now has it’s own island, it wouldn’t hurt to spice it up a little bit with some movie theater action.
Mirage: If the rest of these suggestions fall on deaf ears, I hope this one is heard. The south east portion of the Blackout map is empty. Period. Mirage is a luxury resort in the Gobi Desert and fits PERFECTLY in this empty area. Both in design and layout, Mirage could be a sweet spot for loot and even incorporate elements from other Treyarch desert maps.
Take out all the windmills, they’re not doing much anyways.
Vertigo: Now this actually comes from an idea I saw a while ago on Reddit. What if the Construction Site was slowly building something over time? How cool would it be if eventually it turned into Vertigo from BO2’s DLC.
This futuristic industrial building would serve as a pristine version of the incomplete building we play on today.
Takeoff: Don’t worry if this map has you scratching your head. As a BO2 DLC map that was a remake of a BO1 DLC map, I wouldn’t be surprised if you forgot this one. However, as a mid-sized map this launch site would be a great addition to any empty body of water in Blackout.
It could fit in the far north east of Hydro Dam, giving players a reason to head back there, or even south of Hijacked to give players more naval battles in Blackout.
While any new locations would be a welcome change to Blackout, I think these maps shine brighter than the others. But this is just my opinion, let me know which maps you would like to see make their return through Blackout in the comments 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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