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“The Future is Looking Good” MP Review

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Before I begin, we’re not gonna go in detail to explain every feature of the multiplayer experience. If you’re on this blog, then chances are you’ve received all the intel we’ve gathered since May when the game was announced. What we will do is give you our opinions and impressions of the final product.

Activision was nice enough to send us a review copy last week so we can see how far the game has come since we last played it at Treyarch. The thing is, the game was already perfect when we last played it. Make no mistake, this is NOT Black Ops 1.5 or an expansion. Graphics, user interface, gameplay has been taken to another level. Here’s are top 3 innovations for Black Ops 2…

“PICK 10” Create-a-Class

Treyarch has some guts. They took what everyone was use to and changed it up, not because they had to but because it works. No longer are you forced to pick a pistol or equipment you never use. Now you can go into battle like real life Operators with gear that you’re comfortable with and that you’ll actually use. We’ve also been dreaming of the day for when it would be possible to put 3 attachments on a weapon, that day has finally come.

Another risk Treyarch took was with the all new ‘Wildcards’ which is a brand new element introduced into Create-A-Class. Equipping a Wildcard will use up one of your ten available slots, which bend the rules to allow you to use multiple attachments, weapons, and even perks. All in all, Pick-10 lets you play the way you want.


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PRESENTATION (Menus, UI, Etc.)

People take it for granted but “presentation” can make a huge difference. New menus, layouts, and new characters along with a 2025 setting are all it takes to erase any feeling you might have that you’re playing Black Ops 1.5. From the moment you see the Treyarch logo to the futuristic feel of the Main menu and lobbies, it feels like you’re playing a true sequel to Black Ops. One of the main issues we had with MW3 was that in many ways it felt like Modern Warfare 2.5 with new guns and maps. That is not the case here, the love and detail Treyarch put in this game is evident.

It’s safe to say the majority of people are getting Black Ops 2 for it’s multiplayer component, but when you start up the game you discover that you’ve actually bought 3 games in 1. The amount of work they put into Singleplayer, Multiplayer, and Zombies is mind blowing. Coming from Corporate direction, it’s amazing they didn’t sell each mode on 3 disc with 3 different prices. Take it from us, you’re getting your money’s worth…


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SCORESTREAKS

It’s time for me to go on the record. I may love Call of Duty but it doesn’t mean that Im the best player. In fact Im average at best. So imagine my surprise when I was getting multiple scorestreaks in a match by racking up scores points for capturing objective and shooting down UAVs. Call of Duty finally rewards you for playing. The more you play to help your team and participate the better you will succeed.

By now you should know that Killstreaks (along with MW3’s Assault, Support, and Specialist) are long gone. You now have 22 Scorestreaks at your disposal, all of which are probably the best ever in a Call of Duty game. Old favorites are back along with some new ones straight from 2025. Hunter Killer, Dragonfire, and Swarm will keep you running for cover. Thew new futuristic take on the vehicles features blend perfectly into the 2025 combat setting. Kind of makes you wonder if our kids will be taking that into battle one day to protect our country…

We’re haven’t had a chance to experience Leagues or COD Casting since our review was based on pre-launch gameplay so we’ll have to save that for another day.

(5 out of 5)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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