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Opinion: Treyarch completely missed the mark with Combat Record in Black Ops 4

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After nearly six months, Treyarch has finally added Combat Record to Call of Duty Black Ops 4. A feature fans have come to expect in the annualized series since the first Black Ops in 2010, took over 170 days to surface in Black Ops 4.

In the past, the Combat Record was a pretty simple feature. An in-game menu where players can check their detailed statistics like accuracy with specific guns, most used specialists, and even go as granular as longest win streaks in specific game modes.

At launch, Black Ops 4 was lacking a Combat Record and instead provided players with a short summary of their top statistics that felt extremely bare. Personally, my numbers have always been pretty low, but I enjoyed perusing the Combat Record to see which stats stood above the rest.

The info on the right is about all the stats you can find in-game.

Treyarch promised the Combat Record would be added to Black Ops 4 shortly after release alongside Leaderboards, but that didn’t happen. Features that fans have come to expect from the fifteenth game in the worlds best selling franchise were just absent for months.

On April 4, Treyarch made an update post for Black Ops 4 that marked the official release of Black Ops 4’s Combat Record. I was thrilled to see the studio finally make good on their promise however my excitement was cut short when I realized this was only coming to mobile.

Yes. The statistics from the game you play on your console are only viewable on your mobile device or web browser. While this isn’t the first time these figures were viewable outside of the game itself (Call of Duty Elite was doing similar things with Modern Warfare 3) this is the first time the Combat Record is exclusively on mobile. Treyarch explains there philosophy here:

Providing Combat Record on mobile and web brings the stats that players want to the platform where they will get the most use out of them without taking time away from playing the game, so you can check your stats quickly and easily on your phone, tablet, or PC between matches.”

My main issue here is that this statement is inherently flawed and no one at Treyarch seemed to notice or care. If the reason for putting Combat Record exclusively on mobile and web was so it doesn’t take time away from playing the game, does that mean the proper way to check stats is to have my controller in one hand and my phone/computer in the other? I’m either looking at the stats or playing the game.

They say that we can now easily and quickly check stats between matches, but I just don’t believe that looking for your phone/computer, unlocking it, finding the Call of Duty companion app, waiting for it to load up and sign in, then swiping around for your desired stat is either quick or easy.

Call of Duty Companion app on iPhone X. Without scrolling or tapping around, I get barely three pieces of information.

The way I used Combat Record in the past was either before games or after games I’d jump in to check how I’m doing with certain weapons and in certain modes. There would be no other devices and my hands stayed gripped on my controller. To get to the Combat Record would only take several button presses however Treyarch seems to disagree.

“When we originally launched Combat Record with Call of Duty: Black Ops, we were excited by the potential of going deep on player stats, and we expanded the feature set throughout the Black Ops series. It was a big feature that unfortunately only a small number of players engaged with in the game because it was buried deep in the menus, and our design goal with Black Ops 4 has been to bring the most meaningful statistics to more players in more locations where they will see and interact with them.”

This statement has me absolutely baffled. I obviously don’t have the numbers on how many players engaged with Combat Record in the past, but I have some issues with their take on fixing it.

The Combat Record in Black Ops 3 is literally four button presses away from any screen in the game. Let’s go with the idea that this is considered “buried deep in the menus.” Then wouldn’t a better solution be to make it less buried in the menus rather than scrapping it all together?

They go on to say that Black Ops 4’s Combat Record will bring the stats to more locations where we can see them. Then why not have them in-game AND in the app? Saying you want more people to see them but then restricting players from seeing them in the game itself just doesn’t make sense. Treyarch should at least give players the option to check the stats on their phones OR in game, not just one place.

The first Combat Record from Call of Duty Black Ops

With all that said, I do appreciate their apology on promising the Combat Record way too early and not communicating properly back then. However, it has been six months since that promise and never were we updated clearly on what was going on. I know game development is hard and there are a lot of things that go wrong, but to leave the Call of Duty community hanging for so long just isn’t right.

After months and months of threads and tweets popping up asking for in-game Combat Record and then having it appear on mobile and web exclusively just feels like we weren’t being listened to or were simply ignored.

In the end, this whole move by Treyarch completely misses the mark. The communication, the implementation, and even the features, does not live up to what Combat Record was expected to be. From my own experience, I’ve found the Call of Duty Companion app to be buggy and harder to navigate than any in-game Combat Record in the past. Ideally, I would love to see Treyarch add the Combat Record back to the game and build upon the app alongside it’s in-game counterpart, but lets at least get some real Zombies Leaderboards first.

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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.

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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.

Call of Duty Zombies Evoltuion List

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.

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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.

For more on Zombies, especially the latest Black Ops Cold War map, Mauer der Toten, be sure to stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / Evolution List

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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.

Battlefield Portal vehicles

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

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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.

Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy

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