Hardpoint has been a fan-favorite gamemode since Black Ops 2 and each year’s launch brings new maps on which to play it.
Hardpoint on its surface is a simple gamemode. Capture and hold the objective until it disappears, run to the next objective, hold, and repeat. However, this simplicity masks a much deeper game of cutting off enemy routes, rotation timings, and map control.
To help you out in your next Hardpoint match, let’s take a look at some general tips and tricks to keep in mind.
Every Hardpoint map features a set rotation of hardpoints or “hills.” Each match the rotation of the hills remains the same and repeats until the time limit is reach or one team reaches 250 points/seconds. Below, you can see the hardpoint rotation for Slums. You can find additional rotation maps here.
It is important to gradually learn these rotations for each map as getting to the hardpoint first can mean all the difference. For example, if you are losing by 30 points, but the current hardpoint only has 15 seconds remaining, you can begin to rotate to the next hardpoint.
This will allow you setup for the enemy’s attempt to retake the hardpoint from you. If you setup well, you may be able to grab 40 to 50 points from just one hardpoint and take the lead.
Hardpoint Spawns & Objective Control
Properly controlling a hardpoint is just as important as getting there in the first place. Managing spawns and enemy waves means having to think a few steps ahead of the competition.
Spawn points in Hardpoint are determined by player positioning. When your team is holding a hardpoint close to one end of a map, check to make sure one teammate remains in the spawn. This player is generally called an “Anchor” and serves as a block to prevent enemies from spawning behind you and your team.
Once you have the spawns in check, it is time to think about the enemies pushing towards your hill (or about your push towards the enemy hill).
While the immediate instinct is to stand firm at the hardpoint as a full team, it is more advisable to have a few members of the team push out slightly. This creates a buffer zone that helps with mitigating enemy pushes.
Vice-versa, when pushing enemy hills, you should be careful on the way there. Check corners, alleys, rooftops, and nooks for enemies attempting to dwindle down your numbers. It’s quite hard to break into a hardpoint with only two players remaining.
Playing for Scrap Time
Now that we’ve gone over the general strategy of rotating and controlling the Hardpoint landscape, let’s talk about “scrap time.”
Scrap Time is the points you might be able to get from the very end of the 60 second hardpoint (15 seconds and less).
Sometimes, when in the lead, it becomes in your best interest to not rotate to the next hardpoint with your full team. Leaving one or two players behind to the draining hill can net you some of this “scrap time.” This comes in handy when you are winning by a big margin and the enemy cannot risk leaving you to steal away even a few points.
With these simple tips, you may be able to improve your Hardpoint gameplay by a significant amount. If you are struggling with subpar teammates, try to hop into game chat or invite them to a party. Teach them some of the tips you’ve learned here and you’ll both end up with a better Black Ops 4 experience.
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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.
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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