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Patch Update 1.17 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 now live

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Treyarch has released the latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Patch Version 1.17 is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with PC release to come on May 2. The patch is 11.4GB on PS4 and 12.49GB on Xbox One.

This patch brings the new Operation Spectre Rising content to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4, including new Black Ops Pass MP Maps, new Specialist, new Blackout update, and more. The Operation is live on May 7 on Xbox One and PC.

For all platforms, this update also brings some weapon tuning, League Play updates, and other changes across all modes.

PATCH NOTES:

There’s plenty of content scheduled throughout the Operation, with the following coming to Black Ops 4 during launch week on PS4:

Multiplayer

  • New Specialist: Spectre
  • Black Ops Pass Multiplayer maps:
  • Masquerade
  • Artifact
  • WMD
  • New Game Mode: Prop Hunt (arriving Friday, May 5th)
  • Tuning changes for SMGs, Specialist, and Scorestreaks.

Blackout

  • New Map Updates:
  • Wetworks: Hydro Dam has been sabotaged and the map has flooded
  • Alcatraz: Improvements to gameplay flow and layout
  • New Game Mode:
  • Bounty Hunter
  • New Equipment: DART

Zombies

  • New Gauntlet: “Super Blood Wolf Moon”
  • New Mystery Box Weapon: Tigershark LMG
  • New Feature: Classic Elixir Restock

Global

  • New Customization Items:
  • Death Effects
  • Weapon Charms
  • New Weapons:
  • Tigershark LMG
  • Nifo’Oti Melee Weapon
  • New Mastercrafts, MKIIs & Camos
  • New Specialist Outfits, War Paints, Gestures & Jump Packs

Here’s the full list of what’s new this week in Operation Spectre Rising:

  • Multiplayer
    • Spectre playable in MP and Blackout after unlocking Tier 1 in the Black Market (PS4).
    • 3 Black Ops Pass Multiplayer maps: Masquerade, Artifact, and WMD (PS4).
    • Tuning changes for SMGs, Specialist, and Scorestreaks.
    • Search & Destroy bug fixes.
  • World League Hub
    • Players who leave matches are now temporarily banned for a brief amount of time. The more suspensions a player accrues, the longer their ban will be.
    • Players now lose more points when they leave a League Play match.
  • Blackout
    • “Wetworks” map update now live in Blackout, flooding several areas of the map (PS4).
    • Bounty Hunter mode now live in Blackout (PS4).
    • DART now available to find and equip in Blackout (PS4).
    • Uncle Frank character now playable for Black Ops Pass holders (PS4)
    • Weapon tuning and Mesh Mine updates.
    • Alcatraz map improvements to gameplay flow and layout now live in Blackout.
  • Zombies
    • New “Super Blood Wolf Moon” Gauntlet (PS4).
    • New Tigershark LMG added to Mystery Box (PS4).
    • Classic Elixir Restock feature now places a Classic Elixir into an empty Elixir slot.
    • Improvements to the Winter’s Wail Perk.
    • Halved Camo kill requirements for weapons only obtainable through the Mystery Box.
    • Gameplay improvements for “Dead of the Night” and Mystery Box.
    • Various gameplay and stability improvements.
  • Black Market
    • 50 Tiers with new Contraband items to earn.
    • New Death Effects and Weapon Charm item types added to Contraband.
    • New weapons in the Contraband stream: Tigershark LMG and Nifo’Oti melee weapon.

The following is now live on PS4, with other platforms to follow.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Specialists
    • Spectre
      • Unlocked at Tier 1 in the Black Market during Operation Spectre Rising.
      • Specialist Weapon: Shadow Blade.
      • Special Issue Equipment: Smoke.
  • Black Ops Pass Maps
    • Masquerade, Artifact, and WMD added to rotation in Core and Hardcore playlists for Black Ops Pass holders.

BLACKOUT

  • Wetworks Map Update
    • An explosion at Hydro Dam has flooded the map, affecting several areas in Blackout.
    • Hydro Dam, Factory, Cargo Docks, Hijacked, and the farm near Firing Range have been transformed, allowing for new types of engagements and new avenues for water-based vehicles to turn the tides of battle.
  • Bounty Hunter Mode
    • Drop in and find the beacons of light that indicate new Spectre Stashes, which contain the Shadow Blade and other valuable items, including Level 3 Armor, Smoke, stealth-related Perks, and Trauma Kits.
    • Equipping the Shadow Blade transforms the player into Spectre, giving them unique skills including increased movement speed, the ability to see digital footprints of nearby enemies, and full third-person camera perspective.
    • Spectre can carry both the Shadow Blade and a normal weapon. When the normal weapon is equipped, Spectre will return to first-person view.
    • With each new Collapse, players with the most kills will be marked as Bounty targets that only Spectre can see.
    • Eliminate the target or survive the Bounty attack to be rewarded with a Supply Drop on your position.
    • Unique to Bounty Hunter, players can also perform Humiliations on downed enemies. These are fatal finishing moves to end an opponent in dramatic fashion.
    • Last team standing wins the game.
  • Equipment
    • DART
      • DART now available to find and equip in Blackout.
      • Use for a bird’s-eye view of your opponents and detonate the DART on command or when it hits its target.
  • Black Ops Pass Content
    • Uncle Frank character now playable for Black Ops Pass holders.

ZOMBIES

  • Gauntlets
    • Super Blood Wolf Moon
      • New Gauntlet now available for “Dead of the Night” featuring 30 unique challenges.
  • Weapons
    • Tigershark LMG added to the Mystery Box.

GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • Weapon Charms are now available in Blackjack’s Reserves and can be equipped on weapons through the Weapon Personalization menu.
    • Death Effects are available in Blackjack’s Reserves and can be equipped on weapons through the Weapon Personalization menu. Death Effects play when shooting an enemy and are only visible during first-person, Best Play, and Killcam.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Weapons
    • GKS
      • Increased 5-shot range from 5 meters to 7.5 meters.
    • MX-9
      • Increased 5-shot range from 7 meters to 7.5 meters.
      • Slightly increased 5-shot range damage.
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Created a 5-shot range out to 7.5 meters.
      • Increased 6-shot range from 11.5 meters to 19 meters.
      • Increased 7-shot range from 19 meters to 25 meters.
      • Increased 8-shot range from 25 meters to 32 meters.
    • Switchblade X9
      • Increased 5-shot range from 2.5 meters to 7.5 meters.
      • Increased 6-shot range from 16.5 meters to 19 meters.
      • Increased 7-shot range from 19 meters to 25 meters.
      • Increased 8-shot range from 24 meters to 32 meters.
    • Saug 9mm
      • Stock II: Slightly reduced move speed during ADS.
    • Cordite (consoles only)
      • Increased 5-shot range from 4 meters to 7.5 meters.
      • Increased 6-shot range from 16.5 meters to 19 meters.
      • Increased 7-shot range from 22 meters to 25 meters.
      • Increased 8-shot range from 26.5 meters to 32 meters.
    • Spitfire (consoles only)
      • Increased 6-shot range from 7.5 meters to 8 meters.
    • Miscellaneous
      • Closed an exploit where players could fire faster than intended from sprint by starting a slide, then immediately firing.
  • Specialists
    • Nomad
      • Increased cooldown time for Mesh Mine.
    • Ajax
      • Increased cooldown time for 9-Bang.
    • Torque
      • Increased cooldown time for Razor Wire.
    • Ruin
      • Grav Slam’s kills no longer feed its ability meter to be consistent with other Specialist Weapons.
    • Firebreak
      • Reactor Core kill notifications now take up less screen space.
  • Scorestreaks
    • UAV
      • Duration increased to 30 seconds.
    • Counter-UAV
      • Duration increased to 30 seconds.
    • Drone Squad
      • Damage increased for lead and buddy drones.
      • Minimum and maximum burst fire times increased for lead and buddy drones.
      • Drone clip size increased.
    • Mantis
      • Reduced the amount of time the Mantis can be temporarily disabled.
      • Increased the damage threshold for temporarily disabling the Mantis.
  • Game Modes
    • Search & Destroy
      • Addressed an issue where players would see teammates as enemies if the last player died to a bomb detonation.
      • Addressed an issue where the briefcase bomb could reduce bullet damage.

WORLD LEAGUE HUB

  • Match Leave Penalties
    • Players will now be banned for a brief amount of time after leaving a League Play match. The more suspensions a player accrues, the longer their ban will be.
    • Players will also now lose more points when they quit League Play matches.
  • Weapons
    • Melee weapons have been restricted.
  • Scorestreaks
    • Attack Chopper
      • Rockets required to destroy the Attack Chopper reduced to 2 including the flare.
    • Gunship
      • Rockets required to destroy the Gunship reduced to 2 including the flare.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Addressed an issue that allowed 6 players in a 5-player party.
    • Addressed an issue in the Event End notification that displayed Top 10 when players finished in the Top 5.

BLACKOUT

  • Alcatraz
    • Various environmental updates and mantling improvements added to aid player traversal.
    • Lighthouse foghorn sound effect added at the end of each wave spawn delay timer.
    • Addressed an exploitable area in the Alcatraz map.
  • Weapons
    • Mozu
      • Increased close range damage.
      • Increased headshot multiplier.
    • VKM 750
      • Reduced recoil.
      • Additional recoil reduction during the first 4 shots.
    • Hades (Gold)
      • Reduced hits to kill from 6 to 5.
      • Increased maximum damage range.
      • Replaced 4x Scope with 2x Scope.
  • Equipment
    • Mesh Mines
      • Increased visibility of visual FX to make Mesh Mines easier to spot.
  • Personalization
    • Character personalization and selection will now be shared between Blackout lobby and Blackout Custom Games.

ZOMBIES

  • Classic Elixir Restock
    • Empty Elixir slots will now be filled with a randomly-chosen Classic Elixir during a match.
    • Classic Elixirs will be placed into any empty slots at the start of a match.
    • Team-friendly Elixirs like “Nowhere But There!” have a greater chance of being chosen when playing in co-op matches.
  • Gameplay
    • Dead of the Night
      • Werewolves now spawn less frequently and take more damage when weak points are hit.
      • Adjusted the base health of the Nosferatu and reduced the maximum and minimum number of Nosferatu spawns per round.
      • The Crimson Nosferatu now spawns less frequently, summons reinforcements less frequently, and has lower base health.
      • Removed zombie speed increase that occurs when the Sentinel Key is acquired.
    • Mystery Box
      • Removed some of the Wall Buy weapons from the Mystery Box.
      • Prevented duplicates occurring in consecutive Mystery Box weapon pulls.
      • Reorganized Mystery Box probabilities by weapon tier.
  • Perks
    • Winter’s Wail
      • Now fully recharges with Max Ammo and at every round completion.
      • Will only proc if the player is not at full health in order to reduce the number of times it activates.
      • On Realistic difficulty, Winter’s Wail will still activate on contact since players will rarely survive more than one hit.
      • Players will now gain one charge every 60 seconds.
      • Increased base maximum charges to 3. Modifier charges increased to 4.
  • Camo Requirements
    • Halved Camo kill requirements for weapons only obtainable through the Mystery Box to make them more attainable.
  • Server Pause
    • Addressed an issue where, if a player left a match during a Server Pause, their character model would remain in-game for an extended time.
    • Addressed an issue where players could move during a Server Pause.
    • Addressed an issue where initiating Server Pause could cause players to lose connections to the host.
  • Host Migration
    • Addressed an issue where, if a Host Migration occurred at the beginning of a public match, the wave would unintentionally proceed after the migration ended.
    • Addressed an issue where, if the host used Quacknarok and left, the effect would remain after the Host Migration.
  • After Action Report
    • Addressed an issue where the Rewards section of the Custom Mutations After Action Report would show rewards earned from the previous public or private match.
    • Addressed an issue where incorrect information could display in the After Action Report after a player left after a Host Migration.
  • Visuals
    • Ancient Evil
      • Addressed various visual issues that could occur during natural gameplay, the Main Quest, and the Outro Cutscene.
      • Pack-a-Punch Runes are now correctly aligned for the Wonder Weapon Pack-a-Punch Quest.
      • Addressed an issue where the Pegasus Strike did not appear correctly in third-person when the player was holding the Equipment button.
  • Custom Mutations
    • Global
      • Fixed multiple issues related to the Enhanced Only setting in Custom Mutations.
    • Ancient Evil
      • Addressed an issue where players could be prevented from progressing past the first round in Custom Mutations.
      • Addressed multiple issues related to the Equipment and Regen Speed settings in Custom Mutations.
  • Weapons
    • Saug 9mm
      • Stock II: Slightly reduced move speed during ADS.
  • Stability
    • Ancient Evil
      • Fixed a crash that could occur if players killed a Blightfather during the initiation for a Wonder Weapon.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur after players destroyed the final statue while inside the Charon Charge Attack during the Main Quest.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur after players shoot all Chaos Crystals off of a tree during the Gaia Wonder Weapon Quest.
    • Blood of the Dead
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when firing the Spectral Key and changing targets.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Global
      • Addressed an issue where power-ups and special round Max Ammo could drop outside of the playable area.
      • Addressed an issue where using an Elixir while shooting the Shield’s Pistol could result in the Elixir’s ability not activating.
      • Addressed an issue that prevented Shields from receiving ammo from Max Ammo power-ups.
      • Addressed an issue where, if a player had Mule Kick from the Secret Sauce Perk and lost it, they could not get Mule Kick again unless it was in that same slot.
      • Addressed an issue where Perk descriptions would not update when hovering over Perks equipped to Altars in the Create-a-Class menu.
    • Ancient Evil
      • A prompt now lets the player know they are unable to pick up a Dormant Hand when already holding a Wonder Weapon.
      • Players can no longer accidentally cancel the Pegasus Strike when repeatedly pressing the Equipment button.
      • When fast-travelling with Bots, the Bots will no longer disrupt player movement.
      • Addressed various issues relating to voiceover being interrupted and incorrect subtitles being played.
      • Addressed an issue where, if a player died and entered spectate with a Tribute reward available, their progress could be reset upon returning.
      • Addressed an issue where, if a player used the charge attack with the Hand of Ouranos or Hand of Hemera, the channeling animation would play but nothing would happen.
      • Addressed an issue where a player could be in the Shadow’s Bank and get stuck by receiving help from other players.
    • Classified
      • Addressed an issue where zombies could get stuck pathing in Groom Lake.

GLOBAL

  • Weapons
    • Bullets that travel underwater will now inflict reduced damage.
    • Fixed an exploit where players could fire faster than intended from sprint by starting a slide, then immediately firing.
    • Selecting a weapon that has a Signature Weapon available will now display both the base and Signature Weapon to choose from.
  • Black Market
    • Gestures and Tags are no longer character-specific, and the UI has been updated to start with the Slot assignment.
    • Gestures, Tags and Jump Packs in Blackout can be now be accessed from the Extras menu in the Lobby.
  • Personalization
    • Gestures and Tags can be played in the Lobby in Multiplayer, World League Hub, and Blackout.
    • Outfit personalization can now be accessed from the Specialist button in the lobby in Multiplayer and World League Hub.
    • Outfit personalization will now be shared between Multiplayer and World League Hub in Custom Games in each mode.
  • UI
    • “Clear All Markers” has been moved to the right stick button on consoles.
    • Player Prestige Master level number is now Gold.
    • Tier Reward animations are faster in the After Action Report.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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Call of Duty tier list – the best & worst games

All of the best and worst Call of Duty titles, ranked.

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Call of Duty is a long-standing franchise spanning 18 different main entry releases. Let’s review the best & worst games yet.

The Call of Duty franchise has changed drastically over the past 17 years. We’ve seen the series reimagined with the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, then the jetpack era with the launch of Advanced Warfare.

Fast forward to the present, Infinity Ward redefined Call of Duty yet again with 2019’s Modern Warfare, launching the series to record sales.

Below you’ll find our tiered ratings for the best & worst Call of Duty games yet.

Note: We’ve excluded the classic Call of Duty games (1-3). After the launch of Call of Duty 4, the franchise hit large new audiences and improved drastically on the classic formula. Comparing those titles to the modern games just isn’t a fair comparison.

S Tier – The Legends

These games are the tip of the spear, the most iconic Call of Duty games yet. Many of these games put Call of Duty on the map and are still spoken as the “golden” games.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

After visiting Vietnam and the Cold War with the original Black Ops, Treyarch set their sights on the future. Black Ops 2 gave players an unforgettable multiplayer experience with futuristic weaponry, scorestreaks, and settings. Included with the base package was the first Call of Duty campaign to have multiple endings, and a zombies experience.

The DLC brought players some of the greatest Call of Duty experiences to date, with zombie maps such as Mob Of The Dead and Origins.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

The game that put Call of Duty on an upwards trend to become the #1 first person shooter franchise ever created. Infinity Ward recreated the core Call of Duty experience, creating a fast paced and polished shooter.

The multiplayer experience brought iconic maps such as Shipment, Killhouse, Vacant, Crash & Broadcast. Additionally, the cinematic Campaign raised the bar for single-player experiences in shooters as well.

Releasing during the hayday of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, this was the “must get” game of 2007.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

After the release of Call of Duty: World At War, Treyarch knew they could step out of their comfort zone and bring the franchise past the second World War.

In order to bring a unique experience, Treyarch opted to set their first Black Ops game during the Vietnam/Cold War era. In the Campaign, players would be part of an elite squad working alongside the CIA in covert operations around the globe.

Black Ops set new highs for Treyarch’s titles, becoming an instant success. Zombies mode was redefined, becoming a rich, story focused experience for fans. Multiplayer introduced new gadgets and movement mechanics, such as the dolphin dive.

Iconic multiplayer and zombies maps were also introduced, like Summit, Nuketown, Kino Der Toten & Moon.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Following the success of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward set their sights to improve upon the mechanics of the original Modern Warfare game with the sequel.

The campaign is a direct sequel to Modern Warfare and puts players in the shoes of several military factions as a war breaks out between the United States and Russia. Iconic figures like Captain Price, Commander Shepard, and Ghost all appear within the game. For the first time, players get to see the face of the main protagonist from Call of Duty 4, Soap.

For Multiplayer, a brand new set of 15 selectable killstreak rewards were introduced, evolving the killstreak system introduced in Call of Duty 4. The create-a-class system offered a new set of complex and unique perks for players, and many fell in love with maps like Terminal & Rust.

Modern Warfare 2 also launched with a “Special Ops” co-op mode, where players could play split-screen or online with a friend in a set of mission scenarios.

A-Tier – Overachievers

Lowering down a bit from nostalgic favorites, here’s some of the heavy-hitting Call of Duty games that deserve praise.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019

While controversial across the hardcore community, Modern Warfare yet again redefined the Call of Duty franchise, giving players one of the most polished and detailed Call of Duty titles ever created.

The campaign reintroduces classic characters with a fresh storyline, apart from the events of the classic Modern Warfare franchise. Each campaign mission introduces a tense, unique experience across the UK, Russia and the Middle East. It’s a must-play campaign experience for any Call of Duty player.

For multiplayer, animations were fine-tuned and weapons were overhauled to feel powerful in the hands of every player. The game opts for a classic Call of Duty loadout style with a twist – each weapon can have up to 5 attachments via the new gunsmith system, where players can change weapon barrels, stocks, grips and more to turn their gun into one that fits their specific playstyle.

In March of 2020, Infinity Ward released Modern Warfare’s Warzone mode, a 150 player battle royale – which was an instant hit. It quickly amassed over 75 million players after its first five months of release.

Call of Duty: World At War

With the evolution of the Call of Duty engine during the development of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Treyarch had the opportunity make the most detailed World War 2 shooter experience yet.

World At War delivered just that, giving players a chilling ride across the Pacific Theatre and Russian front. Gore mechanics were introduced, making the experience much more intense and realistic. By far, World at War is one of the best campaigns in Call of Duty history.

For multiplayer, players had the opportunity to experience gameplay eerie to Call of Duty 4 with World War 2 era weaponry. The game launched with a killstreak similar to Call of Duty 4 as well, giving players a recon plane, artillery strike, and attack dogs at three, five, and seven kills respectively. Popular maps included were Dome, Castle & Asylum.

Zombies were also introduced for the first time in the franchise, with the addition of Nacht Der Untoten. At launch, it was unlocked after completing the main campaign but was later unlocked by default for all players after the mode received high praise from fans. The mode received three more maps through DLC and has been continued in every Treyarch Call of Duty since.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare 3 was the final classic Modern Warfare game, and the finale to the story of Task Force 141 and their battle against Valdmir Makarov.

The campaign brings us front and center to a full scale “what if” scenario for a third World War. Players visit landmarks across the world including Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and New York City. The campaign is a bit lackluster when compared to the first two games, but there are enough exciting locales for the game to hold up.

For Multiplayer, Modern Warfare 3 attempted to change up the create-a-class system with weapon proficiencies, a new perk system applied specifically to weapons. These perks would give weapons less flinch, more damage through walls, or even a second attachment.

Alongside these changes, a new “Strike Package” system was introduced to allow all players to have the chance to achieve killstreaks. Assault streaks reset upon death, granting lethal rewards for players who could reach high streaks in a single life. Support streaks did not reset upon death, but often required more kills and only rewarded less-lethal streaks to support the team. Lastly, we have the specialists streaks, which would reward perks instead of killstreaks. When a player hit 8 kills, they would be rewarded every perk in the game.

Overall, Modern Warfare 3’s Multiplayer felt like a celebration of all the series had achieved so far. It was a fun and exciting experience. The Special Ops mode from Modern Warfare 2 was also re-introduced, with new combat scenarios.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Black Ops 3 was an interesting year for Call of Duty. We debated putting this at B tier due to some of the game’s issues (supply drops, weak campaign), but the gameplay ultimately pulled it higher on the list.

For a jetpack Call of Duty game, Black Ops 3 found a perfect balance for the movement system. Wall running felt smooth, and combat was fun. Advanced Warfare’s boost jetpack system didn’t allow for wall running or controlled movement, which led to frustrating engagements. Black Ops 3 remedied these issues.

In combination with map design that complemented the movement system, a well-tuned specialist system and a well-balanced group of futuristic weapons, multiplayer was a treat for fans of the new jetpack movement.

Overall, the multiplayer experience was an entertaining one, mostly set back by the supply drop system that made the game feel pay to win. Players would often have to pour hundreds of dollars into a loot crate system to get the best weapons in the game.

In terms of the Zombies mode, it was the most evolved version yet, with brand new boss zombies, and even gave PC players a mod tools client to create their own maps. Towards the end of the game’s lifecycle, Zombies Chronicles was introduced, which brought several fan-favorite zombies map remasters to the game.

B- Tier – Average

These games showed much promise, but fell a bit short.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Black Ops 4 was a return to a “boots on the ground” experience, following Black Ops 3. Many mechanics from Black Ops 3 came over, including specialist characters and abilities. It was also the first and only Call of Duty game to not release with a proper Campaign.

While a fun installment, Black Ops 4 didn’t feel like a truly new Call of Duty experience, launching with four remade maps. The multiplayer felt just as smooth as a Call of Duty game should, but ultimately was set back by the annoyingly overpowered specialist abilities players would get throughout the game. These abilities were easy to use, awarding players with bonus XP for kills, which resulted in easier than normal to achieve scorestreaks.

The gameplay loop of multiplayer which originally fell on skilled gunfights, felt all but absent with regularly spammed equipment, specialist weapons, and streaks. It’s quite the shame, because a very well polished and fun multiplayer experience was hidden behind these mechanics.

Zombies was also a hit and miss experience, resulting in a divided Zombies community that criticized the mode for being shallow and oversimplified.

The main shining star of Black Ops 4 though, was the Blackout battle royale mode. This was Call of Duty’s first try at a modern battle royale, and Treyarch delivered an entertaining experience that gave Battle Royale a true Call of Duty spin.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

While it may not be fair to judge Black Ops Cold War just two months after its release, we decided to put it on the B-tier due to the launch issues. While the Treyarch team had less time than expected, they still managed to fully develop a game during a worldwide pandemic.

The game offers quite an entertaining campaign with all the exciting twists you’d expect from a Black Ops title, albeit a bit short. Multiplayer is what you’d expect as well, with fast-paced, heart-pumping combat. Also as a first to the Black Ops series, we now have 12v12 modes called “Combined Arms”. There’s also a Blackout-esque mode called “Fireteam” that takes place on large maps.

Zombies is the real star of the show though, being completely reworked into a more casual experience overall, while also offering a challenge to players who seek it. New currencies have been implemented into the mode for weapon upgrades, and those weapon upgrade systems have evolved past just the pack-a-punch system. You can even survive Zombies now, through the evac system.

As for the B rating, Black Ops Cold War’s launch just hasn’t impressed us when compared to Modern Warfare and Black Ops 4. The game only launched with eight 6v6 maps, and two 12v12 maps. Fireteam received two maps, but the core multiplayer experience felt lackluster for the games first month.

Luckily, Treyarch added Nuketown post launch, and Season 1 brought us 2 more multiplayer maps, with four 2v2 gunfight maps. Another Fireteam map is expected to launch midseason.

If the next few months go well for Black Ops Cold War, it very well could land higher on the list.

C- Tier

Passable, yet not stellar.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Sledgehammer Game’s first standalone installment in the Call of Duty universe was a beautiful game, with plenty of brand new mechanics. It was a solid game that should be commended for taking chances.

The game sought to capture the excitement of the Call of Duty formula, while also introducing jetpack mechanics. These mechanics allowed players to double jump and quickly evade from side to side. The jetpacks did not allow for much control mid air, which often led to clunky player movement. The sound of players double jumping around the map also created confusing audio queues for players trying to grasp situations around them.

While the core gameplay had its issues, the map design was well catered around the new gameplay design, resulting in relatively decent map flow on most maps.

This game was also the first Call of Duty to be built around the controversial Supply Drop system, that was later removed in Modern Warfare 2019.

Aside from Multiplayer, the game also brought a cinematic Campaign experience, with a relatively sub-par narrative. Exo-Zombies was also later introduced with the first DLC pack.

D-Tier

These games simply missed the mark.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Ghosts is well regarded as one of the weakest franchise entries by fans, and for good reason. This game was a frustrating experience for players, with many complaining about visability on Multiplayer maps.

Deaths felt nearly instant, and many gunfights felt inconsistent due to the state of the servers. Infinity Ward also had to release the game on six different platforms, and across two console generations, which did not help.

The multiplayer was slow, punishing and overall tough to play as an aggressive player. Enemies blended in well with their surroundings, and killstreaks were lackluster. Competitive play was heavily weighed on host connection, so many online games felt unfair.

This was not helped by the Campaign, which had a confusing and hard to believe narrative, where South America defects against North America. To top it all off, the ending was even more impossible to believe. If you ignore the plot holes, the Campaign does have a few fun moments.

Ghosts is also the first Call of Duty where Infinity Ward attempted a third main game mode, this time in the mode Extinction. In this mode, you fight off waves of Aliens in an attempt to escape multiple scenarios.

Overall, it just felt Ghosts lacked direction. Much of the game went off in different directions. With a hard to digest storyline, subpar multiplayer and an aliens mode, it was tough to feel like this game knew what it wanted to be.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Following the launch of Call of Duty Ghosts, Infinity Ward set their sights on a futuristic sci-fi shooter set in space. After many years of jetpack Call of Duty games, fans were outraged by the decision for yet another year of jetpacks.

Infinite Warfare started off launch looking grim, amassing millions of dislikes on its YouTube trailer, becoming one of the most disliked YouTube videos ever.

Come launch, the multiplayer experience felt like an overall disappointment. The movement mechanics were fun and well-polished, but the Infinity Ward signature gunplay did not translate well into a jetpack title. Hitting targets at range felt unsatisfying, and the chaos of players darting around through the sky led to another year of frustrating gameplay. Since multiplayer is the main component of Call of Duty, much of the player base had a strong dislike for the game without giving Zombies or the Campaign a chance.

Speaking of those modes, Infinite Warfare actually does offer one of the greatest campaign experiences in the history of the franchise. It’s fun, unique and well designed. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s well worth going back for. The character cast is full of personality, and the unique side-missions are a treat.

Zombies also explores a fun twist between the future and the 1980’s, which makes for interesting crossovers between the future and the past.

While Infinite Warfare was negatively received for its multiplayer, its hard to not wonder if things would have went differently had it come out another year, when players weren’t burnt out of the jetpack gameplay.

Call of Duty: World War 2

Sledgehammer Game’s second attempt at a Call of Duty game, World War 2 was met with mixed fan reception. Some were excited to go back to World War 2, while others wanted a modern setting to return.

World War 2 was a solid Call of Duty experience, but that’s just about it. It didn’t introduce many new mechanics to the franchise, something that Sledgehammer previously did with Advanced Warfare. If anything, it felt safe…. too safe.

The multiplayer got stale quite fast after the initial launch of the game, resulting in repetitive matches with little to no variation. Killstreaks felt underwhelming to use and earn, which further resulted in burnout. Players were also initially punished for rushing for the first few months after release, with weapons having aim-down-sight delays after sprinting for several months until player backlash resulted in Sledgehammer Games overhauling the game.

As for the Campaign, it was surprisingly unmemorable for a game that takes place during World War 2. It has a very strong opening, but then quickly turns into a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Many scenes are either exaggerated or plain hard to believe. There are a few unique stealth missions, but no mission ever tops the intensity and beauty of the strong D-Day landing mission the game opens with.

Zombies also makes an appearance in World War 2, but fails to have any flair much like Treyarch’s zombies. Most environments are dull and depressing, and the mode gets repetitive fast. All of the DLC maps also suffer from this exact same issue, which is a shame.

Ultimately, World War 2 just seemed like an uninspiring “play it safe” addition to the franchise. It failed to interest us much after the launch, and since then we’ve yet to go back and replay it.

That’s it for our Call of Duty tier list. Be sure to tweet us @CharlieIntel and let us know your picks!

Image Credits: Activision

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Captain Soap’s top 5 Call of Duty moments of all-time

To celebrate the new Operator bundle coming to Warzone, we commemorate Captain Soap with his top 5 Call of Duty moments of all-time.

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One of Call of Duty’s greatest ever characters and the man who truly began the Call of Duty that we know today. Here are 5 of his most impactful moments that still resonate in the CoD community to this day.

People always identify Captain Price as Call of Duty’s most iconic figure, and yet it was Soap who paved the way for much of the historic franchise’s success. His no-nonsense badass approach to everything made him a memorable and endearing figure, particularly once he became a Captain in Modern Warfare 2.

John “Soap” MacTavish’s accomplishments and legacy have been honored with a new Soap Operator Bundle in Warzone. But we thought we’d take it one step further and pay tribute to one of the best first-person shooter protagonists in recent memory.

“What the hell kind of name is Soap?”

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is now very much a seminal piece of craftmanship that paved the way for the future of FPS games. But before CoD descended into a game of one-upmanship on the multiplayer front, the game’s campaign used to be a must-play component.

The game’s first mission was the famous assault course where Price first laid eyes on Soap. As a lowly recruit, you had to run the course in the quickest time possible and people are still trying to perfect it to this very day. It was an introduction to the game’s mechanics, a solid time to be had, and Soap was officially on his way.

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The student becomes the teacher

Fast-forward a few years for Soap and he’s no longer a newbie finding his feet, he’s a Captain of the SAS and a true leader. The snowy “Cliffhanger” mission reintroduces us to an old flame and it’s now Soap leading the player in a mission.

It’s a terrific juxtaposition with COD4 and a sign of how far Soap has come along from knifing fruit in a training course and being ridiculed.

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Never forget your roots

Soap may be a teacher in MW2, but a student doesn’t forget the person who taught them. This leads to a rather brief but touching moment in a suicidal Gulag rescue operation.

The team is tasked with freeing a prisoner, but not knowing the identity of the person. It turns out to be Captain Price and those one or two seconds when Captain MacTavish is taken aback by seeing his old mentor is about as emotional as Call of Duty storytelling gets. The moment is also enhanced by Worm asking “Who’s Soap?”.

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Soap kills Shepherd to save Price

In the scintillating climax to Modern Warfare 2, the traitorous General Shepherd has severely wounded Soap with a military knife and is now pummeling Captain Price to death.

Soap seems to be on the brink of death when his instincts and adrenaline kicks in and he performs the most incredible knife throw imaginable. It kills Shepherd, he saves Price, who then saves him by getting Soap extracted.

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Captain “Soap” MacTavish’s final hour

A truly tragic and somber moment that still ranks as one of Call of Duty’s most emotive and impactful to this day. Soap is fatally wounded from a combination of an explosion and falling several stories through a host of metal and construction.

Given that several of the moments on this list basically document the father/son relationship between Captain Price and Soap, it’s only fitting its ends with this. Soap, a soldier at heart, even manages to divulge major information with his final words which sets up a fascinating premise in Modern Warfare 3.

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That concludes our list of Soap’s 5 greatest and finest moments in CoD history. It’s a testament to the makers of the game that they keep bringing him back because he’s been such a vital part of the Call of Duty franchise.

Did we miss any out? Be sure to let us know.

Image credits: Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games

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New Modern Warfare 3 Remastered Mod In Development

A Call of Duty custom map creator is attempting to recreate iconic Modern Warfare 3 maps in the Black Ops 3 engine.

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A Call of Duty custom map creator is taking on the task of remastering iconic Modern Warfare 3 maps.

While players have remained hopeful about the dwindling possibility of a Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Multiplayer experience, one popular Call of Duty modder has taken the task upon himself to remaster the next best thing – Modern Warfare 3.

Modder @ramijayd on Twitter is already relatively deep into the project, as you can see from the work-in-progress screenshots below.

These images show off the maps Intersection and Boardwalk, both from the DLC pool of Modern Warfare 3 maps. The left images show Modern Warfare 3 gameplay, and the right shows the updated visuals.

Currently, it appears Ramijayd has mostly completed development on these two maps. He plans to expand development to other iconic maps from the game, while also porting over player models and weapon models from various Call of Duty games. It appears the MP7 model he chose comes from Modern Warfare 2019, while the UMP45 comes from Modern Warfare 3.

This mod will be available only to PC players, as it is built in the Black Ops 3 mod tools. The maps will be available in the future through the Steam Workshop. Ramijayd has shared his interest in hosting public servers for these maps, so hopefully, there will be enough interest when the full mod releases for small servers to be hosted with the MW3 Remastered mod.

With any player-created game mod, this is subject to change at any time and most likely will only include fan-favorite maps from Modern Warfare 3. While it won’t be an exact recreation of Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer, it could be a fun throwback to older Call of Duty gameplay.

Unfortunately, mechanics like Modern Warfare 3 point streaks like the Juggernaut, AC-130, and Predator Missile seem unlikely to be added.

We can only hope to get some sort of release of this mod, as we are still awaiting info from the seemingly halted Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Remastered Mod, which was being developed in the Black Ops 3 engine by community modders.

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