Apex Legends recently released and blew up into the next big battle royale experience. What are some of the things it does right and what could Treyarch gain from learning from their example?
Apex Legends has a hefty bag of innovative new options and features that could seriously help out with Treyarch’s Blackout experience. These range from quality-of-life changes to new features entirely.
We’ll go through our six favorites from the new game (and a few Apex could use from Blackout). Please don’t hesitate to tell us anything we missed and what you would like to see Treyarch learn from Respawn’s latest release.
6 Features from Apex Legends to Blackout
Respawn System (Down But Not Out)
Apex Legends features a respawn system which allows teammates to recover “banners” from fallen comrades. These banners can then be brought to various respawn locations where teammates can be brought back via dropship.
The system adds a lot more depth to the Battle Royale experience and forces teams to finish out fights if they intend to completely keep another team out of the victory.
Call of Duty’s implementation of these feature could be quite simple for Treyarch. Make “Down But Not Out” on the main Blackout game modes as a direct competitor to Apex Legends. The mode already plays similarly and it received wide praise upon its release.
This one is a simple HUD feature. Apex Legends features a small “Squads remaining:” HUD feature directly next to the amount of players left. It’s actually a bit weird something of sort hasn’t graced battle royale sooner.
The feature is an elegant solution to players having to calculate the total through division. It saves a little time from a menial task. The game also changes the “Players remaining:” to a “?” once only a few squads survive to keep things interesting.
Apex Legends opted for an in-game, non-voice communication system based around pings (in addition to voice-chat).
Initiated with a simple R1/RB press, the pings are context-sensitive. This means if you are aiming at an enemy, the game will add a location ping to that enemy (current position). Alternatively, if you aim at a Level 3 Armor, the ping with inform teammates of the item you have found.
The ping system could go to help with random squads in Blackout. Since most players do not communicate through in-game voice chat with strangers, the pings would give a way for these teammates to let each other communicate. Button placement may differ in a Blackout implementation due to grenades/equipment.
Voice to Text
This one is a rather innovative and new feature. Apex Legends allows players to transcribe incoming audio from other players in text chat. The feature isn’t perfect as you might expect, but it gives a new layer of parental control.
Some younger players’ parents may not wish for their children to be in direct contact with strangers online, but the conversion feature allows players to get voice comms in a less personal, text format (allowing for more filtered content). It can also be a great feature for when you just don’t want to hear other players or when mic quality of teammates is sub-par.
Attachments Carry Over on Gun Switch
This one changed the battle royale landscape in terms of looting efficiency. In Apex, when you swap weapons for something new (ground loot or death boxes), all compatible attachments are transferred over to the next weapon. This means you will never have to spend time swapping out attachments, the game takes care of it for you.
Blackout could really use this feature as players have to fidget around with dropping all attachments constantly. The feature makes looting a breeze after gunfights and gets you back into the action faster. The less downtime in battle royale, the better in our opinion.
Field of View options
Apex Legends is among the first console games to allow for Field of View changes (FOV). The feature has been a mainstay in most PC titles since the 90s. It allows players to gain a wider viewing angle, meaning you gain additional peripheral vision as you increase the value.
The downside is that the FOV increase causes a bit of an “fish-eye” effect and can cause motion sickness in a subset of players. As such, the increased FOV should always remain an option rather than a mandatory increase.
2 Features from Blackout to Apex Legends
There’s also a few things that Blackout simply does better than Apex: Legends. Here’s some things the team at Respawn could learn from Treyarch:
Gun Shot Sound Radius
As of current, the combined movement speed and gun shot sound radius in Apex: Legends means that fights turn into teaming brawls. Once you’ve eliminated one team, another is bound to pop up instantly.
This is probably due to the gun shot sounds stretching over a massive amount of terrain. Along with the fast movement speed, there will nearly always be a team in ear shot. The result means that teams will constantly arrive after fights to finish off targets even when they were originally very far away.
Blackout faced similar problems, but Treyarch largely fixed it. Their solution was to decrease the overall sound travel distance and implement more audio systems to disallow sound from traveling through terrain. The changes have significantly helped reduce the “teaming” and Apex would stand to gain from the changes as well.
Separate Ammo Storage
Apex Legends puts all loot into the same category and all of it piles up in your backpack. This includes ammo, in stacks of various sizes. The mechanic is meant to provide balance on the amount of items a player can carry at one time, but ammo being tied to the system feels clunky. You are forced to make the decision between grenades, heals, ammo, etc., but usually ammo wins by default.
We believe that Apex Legends could benefit by moving the ammo to a dedicated ammo pouch with hard limits on the max ammo per type. Blackout does this and it means you can choose freely between other item types for your backpack. Having a few extra heals or more ammo is generally not a hard decision as you will always need more ammo to gunfight targets.
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Classic Call of Duty maps recreated as awesome LEGO sets
Everyone has their favorite Call of Duty map and these eight classic maps have been fully recreated with LEGO bricks in stunning detail.
The Call of Duty series has been responsible for some of the most iconic maps in gaming history over the years. Now, some of the most beloved have been reimagined in LEGO.
With the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard, the 18th main CoD entry, edging ever closer, now is as good a time as any to celebrate the series’ history. The sheer number of classic maps has gone a long way to CoD as popular as it is today.
With that in mind, the folks over at Diamond Lobby have recreated some of the most recognizable Call of Duty maps as real LEGO sets. See for yourself below.
If you’re wondering how it was done, Diamond Lobby used a computer program containing every LEGO brick to design and create each map.
Then a 3D designer was drafted in to help make the creations a reality. While it is possible to make these sets yourself, it can vary between $1,340 and $4,726 to track down every brick needed.
You can see all eight of the classic CoD maps, as well the first game they featured in, right here:
Nuketown – Black Ops
Arguably one of the most iconic maps in the entire series, this staple has been updated and revamped for every entry in the Black Ops series.
Rust – Modern Warfare 2
Rust is possibly best known as where the dramatic finale of Modern Warfare 2’s campaign took place. Or where disputes were settled in a 1v1.
Castle – World at War
Castle is one of the best WWII-themed maps in the series to date. That explains why it’s coming back in CoD: Vanguard later this year.
Terminal – Modern Warfare 2
Another MW2 classic, going for a nuke by camping on the plane will bring back plenty of memories for long-time fans.
Slums – Black Ops II
This may not have been the favorite among the average players, but anyone who follows competitive CoD will know that Slums is one of the best.
Crash – Modern Warfare (2007)
The sign of any great map is when it comes back again and again. Crash has featured in four separate titles, securing its place as an all-time great.
Firing Range – Black Ops
Yet another close-quarters map showing up in many different games, Firing Range, along with Nuketown and Launch, were the standouts from the first entry in the Black Ops sub-series.
Raid – Black Ops II
The newest map on this, but by no means the worst. Raid made its way into Blacks Ops Cold War thanks to its popularity back in 2012.
Those were eight classic Call of Duty maps amazingly recreated as LEGO sets.
For more of the latest CoD news, check out the teaser for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6.
Image Credits: Diamond Lobby / Activision
All Black Ops 4 Prestige emblems & how to get them
Here’s every Black Ops 4 Prestige emblem across multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout – and how to unlock them to show off your accomplishments.
Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty title to feature a traditional Prestige system, so here are all the emblems and how to get them.
In every Call of Duty game since the original CoD 4: Modern Warfare, players have been able to flex their skill and time put in my Prestiging.
This resets your rank back to level 1, giving you a new grind and rewards to show for it. One of these rewards is a cool-looking new emblem to show everyone in the lobby that you’re a serious competitor.
2018’s Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty to feature the classic Prestige system, so we’re taking a look at how to Prestige and every emblem in BO4.
How to Prestige in Black Ops 4
To Prestige in Black Ops 4, you need to hit the max level in the game. Once you’ve done that, you can Prestige and start unlocking new items as you continue to do so. And once you’ve Prestiged 10 times, you can hit Prestige Master and get another unique emblem.
The max level in Black Ops 4 is 55 in multiplayer and Zombies and 80 in Blackout, so you need to hit this level 10 times to be Prestige Master.
Here’s a simple guide to Prestiging in Black Ops 4:
- Play Black Ops 4 multiplayer, Zombies, or Blackout until you reach max level
- Press the ‘menu’ button and you’ll see a prompt saying, “Prestige mode available”
- Follow the prompt to the Progress & Unlocks screen
- Press ‘Enter Prestige Mode’ in the top right corner of the screen
You’ll have now Prestiged, so keep doing this until you hit Prestige Master!
All Black Ops 4 multiplayer Prestige emblems
There were 10 Prestige levels in Black Ops 4’s multiplayer, with a unique emblem available for players who reached Prestige Master.
Here’s every Black Ops 4 multiplayer Prestige emblem in order.
All Black Ops 4 Zombies Prestige emblems
Black Ops 4 offers separate Prestige emblems for the Zombies grinders. Again, there are 10 Prestige levels to climb through, and a special Prestige Master emblem for those who went above and beyond.
Here are Black Ops 4’s Zombies Prestige emblems.
Black Ops 4 Blackout Prestige emblems
As part of Operation Grand Heist, Call of Duty 4’s battle royale, Blackout, got its own Prestige system. This acts the same as multiplayer and Zombies, with those hitting level 80 being able to Prestige.
Here are all of Black Ops 4’s Blackout Prestige emblems.
And those are all of the Prestige emblems in Black Ops 4! For more on this Call of Duty title, check out how many people play it in 2021.
Image Credit:Treyarch / u/Swiiifto via Reddit
How many people play Black Ops 4? 2021 player count
Ever wondered how many people are currently playing Black Ops 4? We look at the 2018 Call of Duty title’s 2021 player count.
If you’re looking at picking up Black Ops 4, it’s worth knowing how many people are playing the game. We’re taking a look at how many are still playing 2018’s Call of Duty title in 2021.
Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty title to release before Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War shook up the formula. It featured the first-ever CoD battle royale, Blackout, which paved the way for Warzone’s incredible success.
The game became free as part of PlayStation Plus in July, but with no joint progression system, there’s less of a reason to go back to it. However, many still prefer the game’s mechanics and maps, so it still has a player base.
Here’s how many people are still playing Black Ops 4 in 2021.
What is Black Ops 4’s player count in 2021?
Unfortunately, there’s no precise way to tell how many people are playing Black Ops 4 in 2021. However, we’ve done some digging around various player count tracking websites to come up with a rough estimate.
According to PlayStation tracking website PS-Timetracker, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was played by 2,510 of their users in August 2021. Of course, the number is likely much higher because you must sign up to have your stats tracked, and it only takes PlayStation players into account.
Another website, PlayerCounter, says that, at the time of writing, there are roughly 12,000 people playing Call of Duty games released before Modern Warfare (2019). Unfortunately, Black Ops 4 has been included with the other previous CoD games, so there is no precise data.
From this info, we estimate that there is likely somewhere between 5,000-10,000 players playing Black Ops 4 in September 2021.
Black Ops 4 player count comparison
Activision revealed in May that Call of Duty: Warzone has had over 100 million players log in to the battle royale title. According to PlayerCounter, there are 2 million players playing Modern Warfare right now, but this likely takes Warzone into account too.
According to Steam Charts, Black Ops III has 1,300 active users and the rest of the Call of Duty titles on Steam, such as WWII and Advanced Warfare, have player counts only in the hundreds. However, incorporating consoles likely makes the player counts higher.
Image Credit: Activision
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